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Better Health in the Raw

I've been home with my dad for the past few months.

He had a stroke and needed some support while recuperating.

It's been like – I'm the parent and dad is the child.

And as a parent, I've been in charge of the meals.

The first thing we did was to remove the fuses from the stove – a safety factor following a minor mishap.

That opened up the question from dad – "What do we eat now – we can not cook?"

"Leave that to me" I said, "I'm a bit of a gourmet salad maker."

And so for the past two months or so, dad and I have been living on a raw diet of fruits, vegetable salads, dried fruits, cheeses and some wonderful wholemeal breads.

o Dad has lost a bit of weight – and I've earned a bit – go figure!

o Dad is sleeping better – in fact, he now sleeps through the night whereas before, he was up and down like a monkey in a coconut tree.

o His bowels are functioning a lot more regularly.

o The pain that he was regularly experiencing in parts of his body is now intermittent and of less severity.

o He gets out and walks for 20 minutes each day, greeting people in the neighborhood and stopping for occasional visits with friends.

o His eyesight has not improved.

o His hearing is down by 1/3 – however, I can play his stereo and it does not bother him.

o And his memory is sometimes laughable – like when I found a bowl of porridge in the crockery cupboard.

But all in all, he's really happy with his improvement and he feels so positive about his diet that he rarely misses the opportunity to tell everyone – "I eat it raw now – we do not cook our meals."

Does it work?

You bettcha!

Just give it a go for a short time and watch the results.

Keep warm in the raw.

Kevin

Kevin Hinton has been teaching the art of Natural Living and Natural Healing for over 25 years. He is recognized as Australia's leading health educator. For more information on how to improve your health – go to http://www.thehealtheducator.com and while there, sign up for a world class health newsletter. …

Top 3 Nordic Berries and Health Their Benefits

The Nordic landscape is easily recognized by its beautiful cloudy mountains, it’s open spaces, deep dense pine tree forests with fresh and cooling air and clean water. Eatable animals such as lamb, elk, deer roam the wood and everyone can forage for wild berries, fruit and mushrooms, as well as catch fishes of many kinds. All key ingredients in the new Nordic kitchen, which is gaining popularity rapidly due to restaurants such as Noma and some of the best gourmet chefs of the world.

Surprisingly to many, simplicity is one of the main characteristics of the Nordic cuisine. Nordic cooking is based on a lot less ingredients than many other cuisines and on more high-quality ingredients cultivated in the cold and dry Nordic climate, which significantly influences the flavour of each dish.

The unique summers are short, but features long days with a beautiful midnight sun, and hence the very short growing season. This tends to result in a brief explosion of fresh and tasty ingredients such as especially wild berries, delicious fruit and beautiful mushrooms. The long and cozy winters in our special part of the world has made the Scandinavians become experts at preserving food in order to store the summer ingredients.

The berries are what make the cuisine unique. Especially cloudberries, blueberries and buckthorn berries. They can be found in all kinds of dishes and grow wild in the nature, so that everyone can pick them up freely. Their health benefits are many and traces of their use go back all the way to the times of the Vikings who brought cloudberries with them on their journeys to avoid loss of vitamin C.

Cloudberries are the most popular berries in Norway. It’s eaten during Christmas and used all year round for a number of purposes. It is considered THE Norwegian berry and considered a national treasure. Scarce and not easy to propagate, they are not commercially grown. Cloudberries are quite similar to raspberries, but a little bit bigger in size with a sweet/ tart apple flavour. Rich in Vitamin C, they are a natural choice for recipes requiring berries, and have considerable benefits especially for healthy gums and sound teeth. The rich berries and their many health benefits were already discovered by the Vikings and it is still being recognized as one of the most tasty and healthy berries around, but unfortunately it’s also a lot more pricey than any other berry due to the rarity of this wonderful orange treat.

Next to Strawberries, blueberries rank second in popularity of berries worldwide. There are cultivated and wild blueberries to be found, the latter being more tart in flavour. Being very low in calories and plentiful of nutrition it is suggested you have a bowl of raw blueberries once a day. Blueberries have been enjoyed by Native Americans for hundreds of years. In the Nordic countries you find them in the forests, and the Scandinavians have so many great child memories from picking blueberries in the deep pine …