Our increase in noise pollution, and why this is a problem.

Take a listen on your commute home via bus, train, subway, etc.  Or, the next time of stepping out into the city street, pause to listen close.  Sometimes, the noises we hear are natural and relatively benign, such as a car whooshing past, or the sound of a person walking alongside of you, the gentle rustling of leaves, birds chirruping, or a train click clacking over tracks in arrival.

More frequently, the noise(s) are growing more substantial and grating.  This can include sounds such as (though not limited to): horns blaring, the melody (or more often, jarring vibrations) of entitled people who, nowadays and often, have decided that because they want to hear a particular song or type of music, we all do.  Thus, blasting it from their phones or even portable speakers as they walk down the road past or even worse, sit/stand next to us on the train.  More nagging noises can include cell phones dinging, producing all manner of loud sounds while people play games or text, all of which is audible and even disturbing.  As well as those colleagues who sit near to you and play their personal radios aloud, all day long.

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Noise, to a real degree, is an inescapable aspect of life, especially within city living.  However, sometimes these are normal, relatively ignorable sounds.  Just as frequently though, they are the actions of others imposing their noise and ultimately, their narrative, on us.  All whether we like it or not.

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Drink me! The best sips for superb health.

water

Water.  Seems so obvious that it isn’t worth mentioning, but, the vast majority of us do not drink nearly enough.  In fact, most people going through their days at least semi-dehydrated and not knowing it.  Drinking water is crucial to maintain all your bodies systems in functioning properly.  It energizes your muscles.  Water keeps your skin moist and supple.  It maintains normal bowel functioning, as well as keeps your kidneys working well.

 

green tea

Green tea is grand for your health in countless ways.  It can improve brain function and help make you sharper, increases fat burning and improves physical performance, may lower risks of certain types of cancer, can decrease your risk of Alzheimer and Parkinson, improves dental health, assists in strengthening immune system, can help lower risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as many extend life.  This is a drink worth acquiring a taste for on a daily basis.

 

milks

Non dairy milks.  Think almond, cashew, coconut milk, and macadamia milk.  Just beware loads of added sugar.  Go with unsweetened versions.  These are loaded with good for your body fats and ingredients which help your body function at its best.

 

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Pomegranate Juice.  This one packs an antioxidant punch.  Research shows it may help prevent inflammation, heart disease, and cancer.  Its also great for your skin.  Just beware, many pomegranate juices have loads of added sugar.  You want pure pomegranate juice, nothing else.

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Throwback: Top 5 Recipes in every category.

Hi all you fabulous fellow foodies,

In tune with the New Year and all the resolutions swirling about in peoples minds and intention towards their healthiest, best selves in 2019, here are some personal top 5 most loved recipes in each Sweet. Raw. Free. category!

Note: Click the name of any recipe to be taken to its corresponding recipe page!

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One is Company

We live in a culture of FOMO. Frequently cramming schedules to overflowing, whether said appointments truly nourish and fulfill us or not, because busyness feels important.  Being busy can lend one a sense of feeling worthy.

On a slightly separate though similar thought, rarely is one ever truly alone.  Our lives are those in which everywhere and anywhere we go, we are continually surrounded by others.  At home, with our family, roommates, friends, or romantic partner. On the bus or train, crowded by people.  At work, a continued clustering of others, ever around us.  Potentially spending a significant portion of our day on the phone, or communicating and navigating interactions with others in all manner of other modes (whether email, social media, texting, etc).  The majority of our time is spent in communication with and around other people.

Anywhere we might go, even if deciding to enjoy such on our own (without bringing along a companion), is still overflowing with others. Whether the library, a restaurant or café, out on a walk, to the park or gym, there will be a plethora of other people abound.

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A Over Crowded Office.

For a significant number of people throughout our culture, aloneness is associated with being a “loser.” As though if one chooses their own company, it must be because there is simply no alternative. That this could never possibly be a preferable choice if one had a truly fulfilled and awesome life.  As if ever being surrounded by others is the only ideal, normal, and best way of being.  Many people feel depressed at such a thought (as spending time with oneself), distressed, or even afraid to be alone with themselves. As though this indicates a deficit or lacking in us somehow.

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How Sitting all day Destroys Your Health

With the ever increasing rise of digital technology, as well as administrative and desk jobs having become a primary job type, sitting has become the most common posture in the workplace and the one we tend to adapt for most of our day (studies show most desk workers spend an average of 10 hours per day sitting).

What is so bad about this for our health?

It turns out, a lot.

The human body and skeleton isn’t designed to be sitting, immobile, inactive, and hunched over all day.  Its actually designed to stand, move, run, walk, bend, sprint, stretch, essentially to be in action the majority of the time.

The way we have developed in terms of daily use of our bodies (or, not) is in stark contrast to both our optimal health and the ways our bodies are meant to function and move.

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Sweet. Raw. Free. Exciting Announcement!

Dear Sweet. Raw. Free. Readers, Fellow Foodies, Bakers and Chefs,

I am excited to share with you an expanding of the content on which I will focus here on Sweet. Raw. Free.

Alongside the usual posting of recipes (all of which will continue to fall under one, if not more, of the following: gluten/grain free, sugar free, lactose free, or raw), I will begin posting articles in relation to other realms of health (such as, nutrition, sleep, physical activity, emotional and social health, relational health, and more).

Recipes will be interspersed with articles of this nature, adding to the overall fullness of my offering a blog in favor of the encouragement toward leading your healthiest (and happiest) life.

In the meantime I would love to offer, in the mood of healthier eating and New Years resolutions, a round-up of my favorite recipes for your perusing and sampling pleasure:

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Healthier Chocolate Mousse

Who doesnt love the whipped, light-as-air, though decadent and rich taste of chocolate mousse?  Non-chocolate lovers aside, this tends to be a universal crowd pleaser.  To me, chocolate mousse is romantic nights in.  Its sexy and sensual.  Wintery nights holed up by the fire.  An extravagant ending to your meal, simple in appearance, though one that wows in taste.  Behold, my version of chocolate mousse, though with no added refined sugar.

Super easy to make, tasting indulgent and delicious, though with something like half the usual amount of sugar in traditional chocolate mousse recipes.  A sweet treat worth getting psyched about, to be sure.

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Lose the wheat, lose the weight

Hi all!  Happy Holidays!  Just in time for New Years and all those health-related resolutions…

For a slightly different posting, I am going to offer a review of an excellent, health-oriented book I read recently.  “Wheat Belly: lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health” by Dr. William Davis.

With the arrival of the new year and everyone vowing to overhaul their diet and health, this article seemed an ideal topic.

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A book on my perpetually growing, never-ending, “to read” list for years that I just now got around to reading.  And wow, was this an eye-opening, sobering read indeed.

I used to tout the belief that, while bread wasn’t great for you, it was sugar that was the ultimate evil.  Sugar is horrible for your health, that truth still holds, but on reading this, I learned that wheat is the food to avoid at all costs.  At least, if you wish to remain disease free, age well, not gain tons of weight over the years (and no, exercise will not keep wheat related weight gain off), nor have neurological issues, diabetes, or heart disease.

I was absolutely flabbergasted to read just how awful wheat is for both our physical and mental well being.  It was a bit depressing (because who doesn’t love pasta?), though a mind-blowing, and thus, incredibly important read to say the least.

And further, wheat isn’t one of those things you can just “enjoy in moderation.”  Wheat is a food that, anytime even a bit of it enters your system, it wreaks havoc and sets in motion all the damage I will now describe below.

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Sweet. Raw. Free. Cookbook!

Love recipes you’ve seen or sampled on Sweet. Raw. Free? Are you an impassioned foodie at heart? A health aficionado? Motivated and inspired toward eating and living a healthier life, though not wanting to skimp or sacrifice on taste?

Then the “Sweet. Raw. Free. Cookbook” is the thing for you.

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Chock full of eye-catching, vivid photographs, coupled with easy to make, top-notch-in taste recipes, all of which fall under at least one (if not more) of the tiers of gluten/grain free, lactose-free, sugar-free, or raw, this is a lifestyle changing cookbook worth having at home.

The perfect gift for a family member, friend, romantic partner, or colleague who loves food, as well as enjoys topics related to healthier eating.  It’s also an ideal item to have on the shelf in your own kitchen at the ready. Whether you are one of those unique types who loves actually reading cookbooks (in which case, we are kindred spirits), or is just looking to shake things up in terms of your weekly menu, all while whipping up food that is scrumptious, though simultaneously great for your health, “Sweet. Raw. Free.” has you covered.

See below for a sneak peak of some of the recipes within…

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There are several versions available to suit your preference. A softcover print book, a hardcover version (with or without a dust jacket), as well as an E-Book- which is perfectly portable and thus, can be taken with you easily anywhere.

Here is the link just below for how to get your own copy (you can also find the book by going to Blurb.com and in the top right hand corner, within the search bar, typing “sweet raw free”):

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Sweet. Raw. Free.
By Brooke English
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If for some reason, the link above didn’t work, here you go:

Preview or purchase Sweet. Raw. Free. on Blurb.com here.

Have a blast cooking and baking up a plethora of decadent, delectable, healthful, and easy to make dishes, many of which are lovely to look at, and even better to eat.

With warmest regards, gratitude, and wishes,

your fellow foodie,

Brooke