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THE POWER OF CACAO AND ADAPTOGENS
We are so pleased to finally have Myrvann Ceremonial Cacao in stock. This is a unique product composed of the best raw materials available; cocoa beans treated with respect from organic farms in Central and South America, roasted and refined in Norway with added mushroom extracts cultivated and extracted according to all the rules of the art for optimal bioavailability and function.
Plants and Mushrooms
Myrvann is a complex made up of active substances that address the whole being, with the main focus on the nervous system, immune system, heart, brain and soul.
All the mushroom extracts are water/alcohol double extracts.
How does it feel?
Theobroma Cacao is a particularly complex and nutrient-rich plant with a large range of substances that are experienced by many to provide a warm and lovingly focused energy over many hours due to blue. the active substances Theobromine, Anandamide, Phenylalanine, as well as about 1/7 of the caffeine as coffee.
The adaptogenic mushrooms, as well as some of the cocoa’s properties, unfold their potential over a longer period of use (three weeks +). We want to invite you to a fixed cup a day for a month. Looking forward to hearing from you!
All the plants/mushrooms will interact differently from person to person in relation to your biochemistry – what potentially needs to be corrected a bit.
Cacao
Cacao has been recognized as an important medicinal plant and central to state and cultural events. The Maya have cultivated cocoa for thousands of years. The plant was considered sacred and they still use it in ceremonies today.
The Aztecs, who drank “cacahuatl” (meaning bitter water) and considered the cocoa beans to be the god of wisdom, Quetzalcoatl. If you drank cocoa, you also got wisdom with the purchase.
The beans were highly sought after, both as currency and mixed with water, chilli, and sometimes psychedelic mushrooms, into a frothy and bitter drink. The Latin name for the cacao plant is theobroma cacao and means “food of the gods”.
And they drank it not only for the taste, but also for the nutrition and the way the plant affects us.
read more here
Mushroom
Adaptogens increase the body’s ability to adapt to environmental factors and avoid damage from them. It can be plants and mushrooms, which have hormone-balancing properties such as our adaptive properties, lower stress, strengthen the immune system and increase the body’s regenerative properties.
Porcupine mushroom, reishi, cancer hyacinth and cordyceps are a super combo, which reduces stress in the body and strengthens the immune system. The mushrooms have long been known in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and in recent years the mushrooms have also gained considerable popularity in the West.
All our mushrooms are double extracts of the mushroom fruit, supplied by Nyta.no
Lion’s Mane
A white ball of fur called “Lion’s mane” in English. It also grows wild in Norway, but is red-listed here and forbidden to pick. It is called the “truffle of the East” as it is also a sought-after culinary mushroom.
As an ingredient in cocoa, the taste is not the most important thing. We use a highly concentrated extract that contains a group of substances very beneficial for cognitive performance and health, which promote the regeneration of neurons and the myelination of nerve pathways.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
Reishi, or lakkjuke in Norwegian, grows on stumps or roots of deciduous trees on most continents. It has become quite popular in recent years, and is often referred to as the mushroom of immortality. It is not without reason, as reishi can help reduce stress and increase resistance to viruses and infections.
The mushroom is also considered sexually stimulating — a rather nice combo together with cocoa.
Chaga, or chaga, grows on birch trees and is known and loved both in Nordic forests and the East. In Eastern European countries, marigold has been used as a folk medicine against indigestion and tuberculosis, and to strengthen the immune system.
The mushroom is the most powerful natural antioxidant known. Of all medicinal mushrooms, chaga probably has the greatest diversity of medicinal properties. It contains a bunch of nutrients, vitamins and minerals and an almost complete amino acid profile.
Cordyceps
Rich in tradition and a mushroom that is widely used in Chinese medicine. Cordyceps is used among top athletes to increase endurance and strength. It increases the production of ATP, which is the cells’ energy molecule, in addition to oxygen uptake.
The mushroom boosts energy, and also helps our liver and kidneys to function optimally.
Text from myrvann.no
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In this article I will write about the awesome properties of adaptogen herbs and how we can use them as tools to support our growth, healing, and performance in our daily lives.

 

What are adaptogens?

The definition of an adaptogenic substance is a nontoxic substance from a plant extract herb or mushroom that increases the body’s ability to resist and recover from the damaging effects of stress. Adaptogens also promote or restore normal physiological functioning when we are exposed to stress.

 

Let me share some examples of how this works.

If you are exposed to large amounts of stress for a certain period of your life, due to for example a traumatic experience, or maybe you have an exam, you need to increase your focus and or performance, or you experience some form of shock. If this is the case adaptogens can helps soften the blow from this extra amount of stress that you are exposed to.

These amazing herbs can for example assist the body adapt to greater amounts of cold or heat exposure, or other physical and challenging conditions you may find yourself in. In other words, they assist the body to adapt and work through any form of stressful impact, be it physical or emotional, they also do it in a gentle and balanced way without being overstimulating or by depleting the body`s own resources if you take them as recommended.

 

 

The different types of adaptogen herbs:

There are many different types of adaptogens, with different qualities, and you may choose your preferred adaptogen or adaptogens, based on what you feel suits your specific needs.

Some adaptogens have great calming, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties and those may be great to include daily if you need a chill pill, you need restitution and rest. Some adaptogens strengthen the immune system, gives you more stamina and help you move through periods of time where you need to perform either mentally or physically. Other adaptogens are great for creating a more balanced hormone system or help you to stabilize your energy levels so that you don`t get overstimulated. This is especially helpful for people who get easily burned out, who need more stability and who need to perform evenly in their workday or everyday lives.

 

In my opinion adaptogen herbs are the ultimate stress-management hack. Considering the amount of stress, we are exposed to daily and the damage we accumulate from this stress, adaptogens are awesome tools we can use to assist us in dealing with stress. In addition to working actively with handling and managing our stress, of course!

 

A little bit goes a long way

Another important piece of knowledge I have learned through the years is that it is gentler to the body and less straining if you include small amounts of different herbal extracts, than if you bombard the body with large doses of just one or two substances.

So, my advice is to take small amounts of for example three, four or more different herbs. Then you can create a unique synergetic effect as well as getting the properties of the single herb.

 

 

Some of my favorite adaptogens when it comes to restitution and peace are:

Ashwaganda, reishi and holy basil.

 

Some of my favorites for strength and stamina are:

Rhodiola, eleuthero, schizandra and chaga.

 

Some of my immune favorites:

Astragalus, chaga and agaricus blazeii.

 

Performance favorites:

Cordyceps, maca and american ginseng

 

I have only skimmed the surface when it comes to the properties and traits of the adaptogenic herbs mentioned above. This is the short version, but all the adaptogens mentioned also have many other healing properties, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral traits and they also help to stimulate and strengthen different organs.

 

You get a lot of bonuses if you include some of the above examples in your day-to-day life.

 

 

Here is a list of some great adaptogens, so check them out!

Chaga

Reishi

Maca

Eleuthero

Rhodiola

Schizandra

Astragalus

Ashwaganda

Cordyceps

Suma

Amla

Holy basil

American, or white ginseng

Shativari

 

I also recommend you try a chaga boost in your cacao next time you order something at one of the Oslo Raw cafées.

 

 

Sara Chacko has over twenty years of experience as a health and nutrition advisor, author, lecturer, and course holder. She also gives private health, and nutrition consultations.

 

 

Contact:

Sara.m.chacko@gmail.com

You can find more information about Sara`s courses at:

https://blogg.sarachacko.no/helseinvesteringen2021/

 

Social Media:

Instagram: @soopasara

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/sarachackomat

 

Health Disclaimer

This article provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided by the author, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately.

The opinions and views expressed by the author have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, health practice or other institution.

 

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In this article I will share essential information needed to create a healthy and balanced hormone system.

Our hormones and the hormone system are very complex, and they are highly affected by our thoughts, emotions, nervous system, and brain; therefore, I will only focus on the most important details and information regarding the hormone system.

 

First, I will address the biggest issues and challenges we face when it comes to creating a balanced hormone system. Then I will share how we heal, and how we can solve these problems.

 

The Challenges!

In our current society our biggest contributors to an unbalanced hormone system are without a doubt the combination of accumulated pollutants in the body, lack of essential nutrients, harmful microorganisms, overexposure to stress and insufficient amounts of restitution.

 

Let’s address the first issue pollution, and lack of sufficient nutrients:

Accumulation of pollutants, this includes toxins, plastic, and heavy metals. This is one of the contributing factors when it comes to having hormonal imbalances. Since we are exposed to large amounts of toxic substances every day, we must be aware and address this important issue.

The solution to this problem is detox, to assist the body in releasing accumulated pollutants. By keeping your food easily digested, avoiding processed and refined foods, avoiding unnecessary exposure to harmful chemicals and substances Also by including foods that are rich in micronutrients you allow your body to keep the accumulation of pollutants at a minimum. I have earlier written about nutrients and heath in the article Basic Nutrition part one.

 

Another thing to include is to add certain plants, foods and herbs that assists the body`s natural ability to detox and add plants that stimulate different hormones, to further create more vitality and balance.

 

 

The second issue:

Harmful microorganisms and having an unhealthy environment in the body.

 

Harmful microorganisms include for example viruses or different types of harmful bacteria. They can burden our organs and glands to a degree that our body`s overall performance is limited. Therefore, we need to manage the levels of microorganisms that are present in our bodies.

The solution to this is to create a healthy, balanced environment in the body, which I address in an earlier article I wrote, Basic Nutrition part two.

 

Finally, the last two issues:

Stress, lack of restitution and how it affects our hormones!

 

 

We are exposed to extreme amounts of information, we are faced with many choices, and we are exposed to a lot of pressure daily. This creates an enormous strain on the brain and the nervous system. Little has changed in our DNA, and technically, we are still apes.

This amount of pressure and huge amounts of information we are exposed to, continuously, can make our brain and nervous system feel overloaded. This is will over time contribute to also creating an overloaded hormone system.

 

How do we relate to this and what can we do?

Overexposure to stress, lack of restitution and sleep deprivation is a bit trickier to address because many of us aren´t always aware that our adrenals are producing large amounts of stress hormones continuously, even though this is the case. Therefore, we don`t realize it before it is too late, which is ok, because sometimes it is the only way we learn how to navigate and take proper care of ourselves.

Also, stress hormones can be great, and it is healthy for us to expose ourselves to stress from time to time. The problem though, for most of us today, is that we are producing stress hormones for long periods of time, even major parts of our daily lives and this can be very damaging.

 

What does this really mean?

Physiologically this means that the body is in fight or flight mode large amounts of our day. When the body goes in to fight or flight mode it slows down a lot of our bodily functions to a minimum so that we can focus on surviving and facing a potential deadly threat.

Some of the functions that are slowed down include our digestion, our production of happy hormones, metabolism hormones, wellness hormones including our production of reproductive and sexual hormones.

Basically, everything comes in second hand to resolving the current, crucial problem at hand. On top of that, the production and release of of stress hormones over time creates an enormous amount of strain on all functions in the body. The body needs an extra amount of time to recuperate from such an ordeal. The body also needs to process and break down this extra surge of stress hormones, which means the daily load and pressure on the body`s functions and organs is increased. All of us can understand that this is not a sustainable and not an ideal situation to find yourself in.

 

Another factor I need to highlight is that when it comes to the amount of stress exposure and the level of tolerance is that it is highly individual. Age, gender, and genetics are an important factor to take in consideration of when it comes to stress tolerance. Usually, men are more tolerant to higher levels of stress than women are and the consequences over time are usually more severe in women than in men. That´s why two different people can have a highly different experiences and reactions to stress.

 

Conclusion:

The conclusion therefore is that when we are exposed to high levels of stress the body will prioritize survival. Survival is ok, but just surviving doesn`t create the foundation for a healthy and happy life. Surviving doesn`t mean thriving!

It means that the reproductive hormones, wellness hormones won`t be in focus and you will produce less of them. Also, the glands that govern metabolism hormones, including the thyroid, will be less productive. The consequence may therefore be that you gain weight, have mood swings, get easily drained, get depressed, get a weak immune system, slower digestion, and a congested liver. Over time this can also lead to more severe consequences.

 

So, what is the solution to this?

I recommend that you address your stress levels and the amount of stress you are exposed to and focus on managing that stress and work through it. Also, the second part of this last issue comes in here, the need for restitution! If you are exposed to high levels of stress, it is important to make sure you get enough sleep, a minimum amount of 8-9 hours of sleep every night is recommended.

 

 

Emotional and mental health is also crucial when it comes to having healthy and balanced hormone levels. For example, being able to feel safe, let go of worry and stressful issues is key and working on creating it. Overanalysing or overthinking situations that are out of control only creates further imbalance.

 

 

I would also like to share some great tips and advice when it comes to hormones:

 

  • Stillness! Be still, meditate and manage your emotional and mental needs. Relax, take a time-out, let go and make time for yourself and creating the life you want.

 

  • Therapy! There are many awesome therapists that can assist you in working through your issues and I always recommend my clients and everyone I meet to go to therapy. I love my therapists because they help me grow, prosper, and reach my goals!

 

  • Get a massage, go to a spa, find those activities that support your own growth and healing.

 

  • Set aside time where you can create own wellness, health and pursue your dreams.

 

  • Again, make sure you get enough micronutrients and healthy phytonutrients which I addressed in the article Basic Nutrition part one.

 

  • Get enough sleep!

 

  • Find a physical activity that resonates with you.

 

  • Nature! Go outside in nature, expose yourself to the sun, it is a great way to relieve your body of stress and nurture yourself.

 

  • Go on vacay mode! Explore how you can create and include that sense of freedom, peace, and vacation in your daily life.

 

 

Sara Chacko has over twenty years of experience as a health and nutrition advisor, author, lecturer, and course holder. Sara also gives private health, and nutrition consultations.

 

Contact:

Sara.m.chacko@gmail.com

You can find more information about Sara`s courses at:

https://blogg.sarachacko.no/helseinvesteringen2021/

Social Media:

Instagram: @soopasara

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/sarachackomat

 

Health Disclaimer

This article provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided by the author, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately.

The opinions and views expressed by the author have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, health practice or other institution.

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Article written by Sara Chacko

In the first part of basic nutrition, I focused on nutrients and the importance of micronutrients, the smallest particles, the base elements. In this part, part two I will highlight a few of the challenges we face in our current, daily life and the society we live in today.

The situation we are faced with today is totally different from the situation we faced just 50-100 years ago. Our situation today is a lot different, especially when it comes to the subject of pollutants and harmful microorganisms, like for example viruses and bacteria.

 

Pollution

We have created a world where we are depleting earth from its resources and simultaneously, we produce huge amounts of pollution in different forms, continuously.

This means we are exposed to a higher concentration of pollutants, harmful substances, and chemicals daily and a lot of us are now seeing the consequences of being exposed to these harmful compounds over time.

 

The solution here is to be aware of our current situation, limit the amount of pollution you are exposed to and make sure that you assist your body in getting rid of the compounds you are exposed to. By doing so you make sure that pollution doesn´t accumulate in your body. This is basically just like showering, taking out the trash and brushing your teeth every day. It´s just the way things are now and being aware, doing what we can to improve our situation and not to be afraid is key.

 

Apart from assisting the body in releasing the harmful substances we are exposed to daily, that is, detoxing, it is also a great thing to avoid products and foods that contain a lot of harmful chemicals. By choosing organic food and natural, pure skincare products for example, you can minimize your own exposure to harmful chemicals.

 

Pathogens And Microorganisms That Cause Disease

When you want to create a healthier body, full of life force and vitality you must not only make sure you get enough micronutrients, minimize your exposure to pollutants and detox. You must also take in consideration the amounts of harmful microorganisms you are exposed to and strengthen your own immune system and healthy gut bacteria.

We live in a global environment and by traveling the world like we have, especially the last fifty years, we have brought with us different types of harmful microorganisms with us while traveling. Also, by killing off different types of organisms we have created stronger and more resistant types of these microorganisms. So not only are we exposed to more varieties of harmful microorganisms from all over the world, but we are also exposed to stronger and more evolved, harmful microorganisms.

 

This is also something we should be aware of, and we must act accordingly. The first thing we must be aware of when it comes to harmful microorganisms, for example bacteria and viruses, they need certain types of conditions to be able to thrive. If you consume certain types of foods and create conditions that are unhealthy for the body, you will be more susceptible to harmful microorganisms.

The best way to limit the amounts of harmful organisms in your body is to focus on foods that pathogens don´t like and create a place they can`t thrive in.

 

So, the solution to this problem, which is especially obvious nowadays, in our current situation, is to focus on creating an environment that these harmful organisms can`t thrive in. Focus on strengthening your own, healthy bacteria, eating foods, products, herbs, and plants that are antibacterial, antiviral and that doesn`t feed these disease creating microorganisms.

There are many different types of plants, herbs and foods that are both antibacterial and antiviral and by consuming these plants you will create an environment pathogens don`t want to inhabit.

Some examples of antibacterial, antiviral and strengthening foods:

Foods that strengthen our healthy gut bacteria, also known as prebiotic foods, are cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale.

Inulin rich foods like Jerusalem artichokes, black salsify, parsnips, artichoke, and potatoes. Leafy greens like spinach, salads/lettuce, and arugula.

 

Antibacterial and antiviral plants are for example, fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, garlic, parsley, oregano, and cilantro. Bitter herbs like rhodiola rosea root, eleuthero, and olive leaf. Berries like, elderberries, choke berries, wild blueberries, and sour cherries. Medicinal mushrooms like chaga, reishi, turkey tail and agaricus blazeii.

 

The conclusion:

We humans have created an unhealthy environment that which is the society we find ourselves in today. We are polluting and stripping earth from its resources and that is just the way it is right now and that is how it will be until we make some major changes. I am not sharing this information to create fear, it`s just the facts we must face.

So, we have the responsibility to consciously relate to the current situation, do the best we can with what we have, make healthy adjustments and changes for ourselves, as well as the world around us. We need to empower ourselves, keep ourselves informed, take care of ourselves and the environment that we live in.

 

I would also like to end this with these important words. Focus on giving yourself the best, give your body what it needs to thrive, stay healthy and do it with love.

 

Sara Chacko also holds courses, lectures and gives private consultations.

You can find more information about Sara`s courses at:

https://blogg.sarachacko.no/helseinvesteringen2021/

Or send a mail to:

Sara.m.chacko@gmail.com

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Instagram: @soopasara

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarachackomat

 

Health Disclaimer

This article provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided by the author, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately.

The opinions and views expressed by the author have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, health practice or other institution.

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Article written by Sara Chacko

In this first part of the article, I will highlight the most important factors to take in consideration when it comes to nutrition, having great health and being vital.

I will also address some of the issues and challenges we face in this day and age. Last but not least I will present some of the solutions to these issues.

 

Why do we eat? We eat to give our body nutrients so that it may function optimally.

 

Nutrition is the ability to feed your body with the right amounts of nutrients that it either needs to survive, or the amounts it needs to thrive, be vibrant and full of life force, your choice!

 

When it comes to nutrition it is really simple. You need basic elements in certain amounts, forms, concentrations and varieties to meet the body`s needs and allow it to optimally perform all of its functions and processes.

If you don`t give your body the amount it needs every day, some of these processes will not function as optimally as they can. This can also cause certain symptoms and problems for the body over time.

It is really up to you to administer the right amounts of basic elements and nutrients and most importantly, do it according to the level of performance you wish to operate on.

Do you want to just survive and operate on an average health level or do you want to thrive, be vital and full of life force?

Your health is after all your responsibility and there are many competent and experienced individuals out there that can assist you on your health journey, but you have to put in the work.

Micronutrients

So where do we get our nutrients from? First, we need micronutrients, the basic elements and we need an abundance of them. They are the most important aspect since they are the smallest particles and basically make up everything that you are.

What are micronutrients? Micronutrients are minerals and trace minerals. They are also vitamins but when it comes to micronutrients it is first and foremost the minerals and trace minerals we need to focus first on. These are after all what our body has the highest consumption of.

 

Where do we get our minerals and trace minerals?

In vegetables, mostly leafy greens. If our water supply was optimal, we would also get minerals and trace minerals through water. But since our water isn´t really mineral rich these days, we have to get our daily supply of minerals through our diet only.

 

Now this would all be hunky dory except for one tiny problem.

One of the biggest issues we face today, is that the amount of minerals and trace minerals in our food (vegetables) has declined by 35-80% since the seventies. (!) This is a crisis nobody talks about and it is mainly caused by industrial farming and huge productions where we deplete the soil from nutrients, without returning these nutrients. This is getting worse every year. Another issue is that we have to start focusing on biodiversity when it comes to agriculture, so that we allow more and different types of plants and crops to grow and feed us.

 

Since our soil and food contain low levels of micronutrients it means that even if you have a diet that is rich in green food and lots of vegetables, you might still, most likely, get too little micronutrients in your daily diet.

So, what do we do?

If you picture an average meal in your daily diet. For you to be able to absorb the nutrients in your food, your body needs to digest it first. The digestion needs resources (micronutrients) from your body to be able to perform. To get nutrients out of your food you need certain amounts of nutrients from your body, for the digestion to work, or else your digestion wouldn`t function properly.

 

Therefore, our focus should be on easily absorbed foods that gives us an abundance of micronutrients, instead of eating foods that may be adding to the depletion of micronutrients, that is already present in our bodies.

 

Focusing on food that contains high levels of micronutrients and that are easily digested, should be our first priority when it comes to nutrition. By doing this we make sure that our body gets everything it needs to function optimally and stay healthy.

 

So, what are foods that are easily digested and micronutrient rich?

Green juices are an awesome way to get easily digested and high levels of micronutrients! You can for example juice celery, kale, cucumber, fennel, spinach, salads, fresh herbs. It is the easiest way to get it in there!

Remember the rule of thumb though, juice the greens and eat the fruit or you can add the fruit in smoothies.

Veggies only when it comes to juicing, or else the concentrations of sugars will be higher than the concentrations of micronutrients and getting the high concentration of easily absorbed micronutrients is why we juice in the first place, right?

 

Now, there are a lot of other factors that we should pay attention to when it comes to nutrition, but in this article, we are only covering the basics. There is another thing we need to make sure we get enough of and that is vitamins and active plant compounds.

Therefore, I suggest that you do research in what foods are the best source of these nutrients and eat them daily. Personally, I am not a fan of mineral and vitamin supplements, I am one of those who promote foods, not supplements and there are many awesome foods and plants in nature that are rich in all the nutrients we need. I have written books about this.

 

 

Macronutrients

We also need our daily dose of macronutrients, macronutrients are fats, proteins and carbohydrates. I will not focus too much on this subject since most of us don`t have any problems getting enough macros in our daily diet. The most important thing to focus on when it comes to macros is the quality and the source.

For example, processed macros and highly processed macros are not recommended, especially when it comes to fats. Use pure, extra virgin oils and focus on slow carbs, preferable non-processed carbs from vegetables. The source and amount of protein you need every day should be of good quality and according to your level of activity on a daily basis. The amounts of macros we need in our daily diet is individual and depends on the individual`s general constitution and amount of physical activity.

 

Summary:

Remember that the body needs an abundant amount of easily digested micronutrients every day to thrive. So, eat or drink your greens and make sure you get a broad spectrum of both minerals, trace minerals and vitamins in your food every day!

Stay clear of processed and highly processed macros, take care to get good quality macros, from a good source.

Sara Chacko is an author, nutritionist and herbal specialist who has been working with nutrition, food, superfood and plant medicine for over 23 years. Sara has published four books about nutrition, held many courses and lectures and is well known for her competence and knowledge within her profession.

 

Sara Chacko also holds courses, lectures and gives private consultations.

You can find more information about Sara`s courses at:

https://blogg.sarachacko.no/helseinvesteringen2021/

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I see myself more as a cocoa researcher and cake chemist than a baker. I associate baking with heating, fermentation and ordinary baking as we know it. In the preparation of raw cakes, the rules of the game for other baking are not followed. It may sound unusual to freeze instead of warm up, but in many ways it is easier. The ingredients should simply mixed, frozen and eaten. If you are impatient, you can eat the dough raw, without getting a stomach ache or a guilty conscience.

 

Nut-free candy

I also make lighter cakes without nuts, which I can serve to anyone with a nut allergy. I always find some clever solutions. Most cakes can be made completely nut-free, and thus the cake table becomes more tempting for anyone who wants to treat themselves to something good, regardless of allergens. The nuts can be replaced with other nuts, seeds or groats. In the cake bases, the almonds can be nicely replaced with coconut mass, oatmeal or sunflower seeds, while the cashews in the cake filling can be replaced with coconut cream and avocado.

 

The many shapes of the cakes

In all my recipes, unless otherwise specified, I use a cake tin measuring 23 cm in diameter. You can use both smaller and larger shapes, round and square. Small shapes give high cakes, while large shapes give low cakes. I like to double the recipes sometimes to get an extra plentiful cake. The cakes taste good anyway.

I also like to roll balls of cake base, and then roll them in everything from chopped nuts to coconut pulp colored in berry powder. The possibilities for making several layers and structures in the cakes are also many – use your imagination!

 

Soaking

As a seed waits to wake up, seeds, nuts and almonds come to life when they come in contact with water. When asleep, the superpowers are not as potent. They only begin to germinate and bloom when activated. When a almond is soaked, it absorbs the water and swells. After a night soaking, the water looks rather brown, and then it is a good idea to rinse the nuts a couple of times. Now they are activated and far more easily digestible and stomach-friendly. Seeds and nuts have different needs, and some pass through the intestine more easily than others. Almonds preferably need one night to wake up, while cashews are fluffy and soft after a few hours in water. Seeds only need a few hours in water before they become easier to work with for both the machine and the stomach. Soaking also has the advantage that the consistency of both pesto, cake filling and cream cheese becomes more airy. In other words, it´s essential for the filling in cakes and other flexible mixtures that the nuts and seeds have been soaked before use.

 

In cake bases and granola, the opposite is desired. Then we will have crunching resistance in every bit. The nuts should still preferably be activated before we eat them. Then they are soaked as usual, but germination stops when they are dried in the drying oven. They are still activated, but not moist enough to continue growing. Chia seeds and buckwheat are two of the seeds that tend to develop a small tail when they are soaked long enough. Then they become all the more nutritious, but it might be a little weird to serve a cake with a bottom that blooms? Well, you can try and see!

 

Consistency

Consistency is also important for the taste. Be careful when mixing everything in the machine, and check how the consistency develops. Run to everything has the same temperature and is well mixed, so that the ingredients have not separated. Then it will be experienced as if the cake contains small crystals. Since I use a lot of fat in the cakes, this is extra important. If frozen berries are mixed with coconut oil, everything hardens in a short time. You need a strong machine to soak it all up again, and it takes a few minutes before everything that has separated is smooth and fine. In other words, it is a good idea to let all the ingredients reach room temperature before mixing them.

 

The homemade goodies work just as well as a light snack in the freezer, like a wedding cake. If the cake is to stay on a cake table for several hours, it needs a little extra support to stay up. Add a few more tablespoons of coconut oil or cocoa butter to the filling. Cashews are one of several ingredients that make the consistency firm, airy and like a cheesecake. If you want to make a fuller cake with more nuts, these can replace some of the coconut oil or cocoa butter.

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Raw food – can often be perceived as a strict diet where the goal is purification, but for me, it is about raw pleasure and natural ingredients. We all live in bodies that want to both enjoy and absorb the nourishment. Nature has made it possible for us to live healthy and stay healthy with the help of nature’s pantry. To explore plants is a journey in colors, flavors, and textures that is made just for us! With this starting point, the senses become the center of the food experience.

 

Back to the roots

When I discovered raw food, it was nothing new to me, because I had eaten salad and nuts all my life. Now, however, I wanted to learn where the food came from and what it did to my health and body. Maybe not because I should be so much healthier, but because of the desire and joy of finally enjoying the food. I found my way back to nature’s pantry, picked wild plants, and collected what the season offered. Until then, I had processed most of what I found, either by cooking or frying. Now I tested out eating the plants as they were. I made raw nettle pesto, which tasted so much better than cooked! I went even further and put rowanberries straight into the cake. Many thought I was quite strange, and wondered what I was doing. When spring came, I collected everything I could find of shoots and wild plants and tricked out new raw dishes that brought nature even a little closer. When I was going to serve spruce shoot cake on a course I held in wild plants, I got many wondering and a little sceptical glance, but the course participants tasted the sour spring cake and were pleasantly surprised that they ate a spruce tree!

 

 

What is Raw food?

Many people think raw food is a fancy concept that requires major restructuring, but raw food has worked in traditional diets for generations, so it is hardly a temporary health trend with new dietary rules. It’s about looking around nature and finding our way back to the roots and raw materials. I like to eat raw food at all meals of the day. Some days I only eat raw salads and green snacks, and other days lots of cakes. When I visit others, I gladly accept what is served.

 

Rawfood is simply raw vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, oils, seaweed, and mushrooms that have not been heat-treated above 42 ° C. We do not cook and fry – just freeze, dry or eat – the ingredients are as they are. The reason is that the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in the plants are sensitive to heat, and like best at low temperatures. Without enzymes, the body’s functions, such as digestion and detoxification, are inhibited, and we are not very well protected against diseases and bacteria. The transport of nutrients to cells, tissues, and organs is also impaired. If I’m going to eat a heavier cooked meal, i start preferably with a raw food salad or a little sauerkraut full of enzymes to start digestion. Rawfood is also full of fiber which helps the food more easily through the intestines.

 

The raw cakes are full of fiber, minerals and vitamins, something I remind myself of when it seems too good to be true to eat cake for breakfast. The cakes give the body lots of nourishment and stable energy. The composition of fats, proteins and carbohydrates makes it possible to eat cake for breakfast without getting cloudy. The fat and proteins in the cakes slow down the absorption of carbohydrates, which we find a lot of in fruit. Rawfood also ensures a balanced pH value, as it adjusts the acid-base level in the body. If you eat acidic food, your body becomes acidic. If you are overworked or stressed, it also contributes to an acidic environment in the body. In addition, cooking food often tends to lower the pH of alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables. If you regularly eat foods that have a pH value above 6 – and no more than 7.5 – you will help the body to maintain a balanced environment.

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Our gut plays an important role in our overall health and especially to prevent chronic diseases. If your gut is not happy it will effect the whole ecosystem of the body. We need both prebiotic and probiotic to achieve this. In our home made mango yoghurt you find all of the good stuff, and it’s super easy to make. Enjoy it alone or with oats, chia puddings, smoothies or for dessert!

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Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cake https://osloraw.no/2021/08/22/raw-chocolate-hazelnut-cream-cake/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=raw-chocolate-hazelnut-cream-cake https://osloraw.no/2021/08/22/raw-chocolate-hazelnut-cream-cake/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 18:14:43 +0000 https://osloraw.no/?p=14349 Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cake Read More »

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We would like to share an upgraded recipe on our Raw chocolate hazelnut cream cake, with KETO options aswell! It’s a best seller in our cafes, you can shop it here in our wepshop and here’s the recipe and a few reasons why I love raw cacao:

… raw chocolate for a better mood, healthy heart, glowing skin, anti-inflammatory benefits, gut-healing with prebiotics, anti-aging, better cognitive function and on it goes.

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