A Jamaican Vegan Encounter...

I call this one © 'Fruit Seller'!

I call this one © 'Fruit Seller'!

I'm still cooing after my recent Jamaican experience! It's my second trip in a year and at a different time of year. My trip was spent in Kingston and for this visit I booked a lovely Airbnb instead of a hotel, a more relaxed choice for me and much cheaper.

The last time I stayed in Kingston for any length of time was over twenty years ago, long before I became aware of raw food or knew about veganism. Needless to say raw wasn't a big thing back then either, although vegan Ital food has been around in Jamaica for a very long time in the Rastafarian tradition. Imagine how thrilled I was to discover that there two vegan cafe's minutes from where I was staying, Natural Touch at and New Leaf at Lane Plaza, not to mention my discovery of others spread throughout the city. Sadly I wasn't able to visit them all this time around (I plan to visit again soon), but my other favourite place for totally raw food was 'Mi Hungry' in Marketplace, located just behind Usain Bolt's restaurant. Juices are available everywhere, fresh coconut water from roadside vendors and from juice cafes. I saw a couple of interesting juice places at Devon House.

The best part of the experience though, was the two mango trees in the garden, which provided a daily harvest of the sweetest, most juicy mangos I've ever tasted; plus all the other fruit that is now in season. This time around, I had the pleasure of sampling fruit and vegan dishes I've never encountered before, I'm telling you, I was literally in raw soul food heaven, (smile).

In the photo above, you can see otaheite apples (Jamaican apples) which I bought a bag of in the market, and apart from consuming copious amounts of ripe mangos' (as opposed to the un-ripened varieties we get in the UK), I also happily tried out star apple and hog plums; along with enjoying super fresh jelly coconut water.

I loved the completely raw 'nyam burger' and fresh juices from Mi Hungry, the pizza made from a bammy (fermented cassava) base, topped with ackee and veggies from New Leaf and the most filling power protein smoothie with sea moss and flax, that I've ever had from Natural Touch.

And I just happened to bump into the famous Tarus Riey, reggae super star on his lunch break one afternoon in New Leaf!

It may not seem like a spectacular experience to those for whom living on a beautiful tropical island is the norm, but for me born and raised in London, where the tropical fruit we can access is mostly harvested while un-ripened and is therefore often bland, this kind of experience is definitely spectacular for me. 

I have been so inspired from all my journeys during the past year, that a prolific stream of raw soul food recipes are just streaming into my consciousness, so you know that I'll be in the kitchen re-creating them, right? You can grab a few of my latest recipes creations, inspired by my trips to Jamaica and India in the food section of this website.

So these photo's show a coconut vendor, my star apple, otaheite and mango breakfast, running into reggae star Tarus Riley in New Leaf and last, my delicious nyam burger from Mi Hungry.

Go raw and tap into the power of maximum nourishment!
— Sistahintheraw

Hope you've enjoyed my sharing about my foodie trip to Jamaica.

Sending you big Caribbean hugs
One Love
Sistahintheraw x

Blending and Juicing

What is the difference between blending and juicing? This is a question that I get asked all the time.

Blenders retain everything from the physical ingredients. 
They take the entire fiber and pulp and blend it all together, all of which is consumed together, usually as a smoothie, but also as soups etc..

Juicers separate the pulp from the juice and you drink the juice only. 
The process of extracting the liquid content of whole foods through a special juicing machine, means that the fiber is then discarded. Pressing fruit for it's juice has a long history, particularly for winemaking, dating back centuries.

When you juice green vegetables, you liberate the chlorophyll and your body immediately absorbs it. Chlorophyll is a detoxifier, deodorant and is an incredible healer of inner and topical inflammation and wounds. The chlorophyll enriches your blood. It is centered on magnesium and our blood is centered on iron. Juices provide you with loads of energy, but try to drink your fresh juice as soon as possible for it's full nutritional benefits.

You need to be careful to use simple juices if you are on a lot of medication. If you are very sick, you will may release toxins very quickly. This will happen in the form of bowel movements, perspiration etc.  Sometimes your liver dumps a lot of toxins. Chlorophyll is a neutralizer of toxins and can often deal with anything you have. It is good for many conditions, you will need to check your status with your qualified health practitioner.

However, it's no secret that antioxidants can support the healthy function of your body's tissues, plus green juices are an amazing high protein, nutrient rich food that enhances your body's cellular structure and acts as a detoxifier.

In the blending process, 90% of the nutrients are destroyed within the first minute and a half of blending! Plus you may also struggle to digest these combined foods, which is not the case with green vegetable juices.

The best green juice recipe from The Hippocrates Health Institute.

The best green juice recipe from The Hippocrates Health Institute.


Food Combining

It’s best not to combine fruits and vegetables (unless it’s apple), as this can affect how well your digestive enzymes function. Yes!
"Vegetables like carrots, beetroots, broccoli and zucchini don’t combine well with fruit due to their high starch content. In his book Food Combining Made Easy, Dr. Herbert Shelton explains that starchy foods have to be eaten alone because starches are digested with enzymes different from those used for any other food group. Combining starchy foods with fruit may cause fermentation and gas. However, Dr. Shelton found that green leafy veggies combine well with pretty much everything." (Ref: Food Matters)

Invest in the best equipment you can afford
Cheaper juicers and blenders introduce heat and oxygen that destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fresh vegetables and fruit Masticating or cold press juicers, while more expensive, will last longer and are gentler on your fresh produce.

A good way to think about making your investment, is to ask yourself this: if you can afford expensive gadgets, wonderful travel or up-to-date designer clothing or jewellery, ask yourself which investment is better for your health? "Let your most valuable investment this season go to some authentic self care that will leave you enjoying a better today and tomorrow." 


Do comment below with your experiences relating to juicing and/or blending.
Good or not so good? Every experience is a learning experience towards more health and wellness.

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