Friday, August 31, 2012

Orange Juice is not just Orange Juice...Repost



Ah, orange juice.  So pure.  So natural.  So refreshing.  Or so I thought until I found out the industry’s dirty little secret.
I drink orange juice everyday.  Let me rephrase.  I DRANK orange juice every day.  In fact, I was beginning to think something was wrong with me.  I drank it A LOT.  Almost addictively.  It was becoming an expensive habit.  But I never gave myself a hard time over it because it was orange juice…what could be so wrong with drinking a lot of orange juice, right? (Besides the fact that it is pasteurized, but I digress…..)  Afterall, I wasn’t buying it from concentrate, which is way worse for you.
Well, now I know why I was drinking it so incessantly.
There’s a reason why your orange juice always tastes consistent i.e. the taste never changes.
There’s a reason why Tropicana doesn’t taste like Simply Orange.
Besides pasteurization, there’s another reason why the shelf life is really long.
Hey kids, an you say ‘Aseptic Storage’ and ‘Deaeration’?  These words of the day are brought to you by the orange juice industry itself and should replace ‘Fresh Picked’ and ‘Natural’.

What I thought was a product that was merely grown, picked, squeezed, pasteurized and then put in a carton is not that simple of a process.  The step between pasteurizing and packaging is an open secret in the Orange Juice industry and is standard industry practice.
After juicing the oranges, the juice goes to giant holding tanks and the oxygen is removed from them. This means that it can safely sit in there for up to a year.  This also means that the liquid is now tasteless.  What gives orange juice its flavor has 100% to do with the oxygen in it!

So how come your orange juice tastes like – well – orange juice, then?  Ah….the company add in flavor packets.
When the juice is stripped of oxygen it is also stripped of flavor providing chemicals. Juice companies therefore hire flavor and fragrance companies, the same ones that formulate perfumes for Dior and Calvin Klein, to engineer flavor packs to add back to the juice to make it taste fresh. Flavor packs aren’t listed as an ingredient on the label because technically they are derived from orange essence and oil. Yet those in the industry will tell you that the flavor packs, whether made for reconstituted or pasteurized orange juice, resemble nothing found in nature. The packs added to juice earmarked for the North American market tend to contain high amounts of ethyl butyrate, a chemical in the fragrance of fresh squeezed orange juice that, juice companies have discovered, Americans favor. Mexicans and Brazilians have a different palate. Flavor packs fabricated for juice geared to these markets therefore highlight different chemicals, the decanals say, or terpene compounds such as valencine.
Flavor and fragrance packets!  That means that ‘they’ have targeting specific neuro pathways and receptor sites in my brain that do set up addiction.
You have no idea how upset I am.  We have all been duped.  But maybe I should be grateful for finding this out.  It has motivated me to finally buy that juicer I’ve been meaning to.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Make your own milk, even if you dont think you have the tools

Did you know you dont have to go the store to buy alternative milks.. for those of us who had to give up milking cows or just buying the milk by the carton, you can use your basic kitchen utensils and appliances to make
-almond milks, and rice milks and more
These two are the least expensive and it will go along way  if you do it right....some people love banana milk as well, and coconut milk is always a good fragrant yet subtle milk...

Click Here for a basic rice milk recipe.. you can use a processor, or a pot on a stove, my fave on a budget is a blender which can cost between 10 dollars and up.. but dont expect alot out of 10 dollar kitchen appliance, these are only for beginners.. not for a family of 5 diving rite into blending.

Another thing you want is either a strainer, or a 5 gallon paint strainer that you can get in a pack for cheap at Home depot or lowes. Of course they come clean, be sure to give them another wash and they can be reused to over and over to strain your milks, and can with stand a wash in the washing machine.

And of course water..plenty of water

Last but not least, you want to use containers, as of right now it still stands that glass containers are the best to store your foods and drink. I will have listed where you can purchase big jugs and small bottles to store your milk.

If you didnt know, babies are allowed to drink these milks as long as they have no bad reaction, these milks have a nutrional value way higher than cows milk, and safer then some made up chemical in a can, but of course nothing is better than the milk from your own breast...(more on that later)....

Check out the recipe page for milk recipes and enjoy

Rice milk Recipe


1 cup cooked rice (I prefer to use brown organic for a more nutritious option. We buy it in bulk to save money.)
4 cups water (filtered, if possible)
Dash salt (I recommend RealSalt.)
1 Tablespoon sweetener (or to taste; optional)
Additional flavoring (optional; vanilla for vanilla-flavored milk; to taste)

1. Place all ingredients in blender.
2. Blend for four minutes in a regular blender, or two minutes in high-speed blender like a Vitamix.
3. Enjoy!

Almond Milk Recipe
Fresh, homemade almond milk is a easy to make from scratch. This homemade almond milk recipe is a completely raw food recipe, a real raw treat! Use your homemade almond milk in smoothies, soups and other raw food dishes. If you like homemade almond milk, you might also want to try a homemade cashew milk recipe or another dairy substitute.


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • water for soaking nuts
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 dates (optional)
  • 2 or 3 vanilla beans


Soak the almonds in water overnight or for at least 6 hours.
Drain the water from the almonds and discard. Blend the 3 cups of water, almonds and dates until well blended and almost smooth.
Strain the blended almond mixture using a cheesecloth or other strainer.
Homemade raw almond milk will keep well in the refrigerator for three or four days.

Number 20: on Oshuns Fave Raw Recipes list - Raw crispy onion rings

raw, vegan, onion rings, susan powers, dehydrate, raw food recipe

Raw Vegan Onion Rings

**this recipe includes almonds (see Simply Oshuns vegan recipes for vegatable based batter)

There is a variety of ways to show you how to make raw vegan onion rings, gluten free, nut free, wheat free and so on.. and with all fresh whole foods.. While this basice recipe is in the top has nothing on the veggie based recipe...that will be listed soon..


Almond Milk:
* 1 C soaked almonds
* 4 C water
Onion rings

* 1 Large Onion
* 4 C Almond Milk
* 3/4 C Almond Milk Pulp
* 1 C Ground Flax (3/4 C before grinding)
* 1 T. Smoked Paprika
* 1/2 t Ground Chipotle
* 1/2 t Salt


Almond Milk:
1) Combine soaked almonds and water in blender. Strain through nutmilk bag. Save the pulp and dehydrate it.
Onion rings
1) Slice onions and place in zip lock bag with almond milk. Soak while pulp is dehydrating.
2) When pulp is done dehydrating, place in food processor with flax, spices and salt. Separate into two batches. If you use all of it at once, a lot of it will be come saturated and too wet to use. Splitting it into separate batches protects against waste.
3) Drain onion rings, RESERVING milk.
4) Dip onion ring in the milk, then in the almond flax mixture, dip in milk once again and then in almond flax mixture again to get a heavier coating.
5) Dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours until almost dry. You want the onions to retain a little moisture, the breading should be dry

Know what step you want to take towards healthy..

Whats your next step towards a healthier you? For some its no chemicals in the hair, but still using chemical based hair beauty enhancements  conditioners and shampoos. Which is great for step one. Then as you begin to become more conscious of what is coming toward your skin and hair, you tend to realize that you want to eat healthier as well... and that is when people begin to either go for an organic food, raw food, or vegetarianism, or vegan ism, or maybe just lighten up on foods they are already eating.

Either way you will find the definitions to raw,natural, and organic below this post.  Find which is best for you to start with and before you know it you will be living a naturally, organic, raw life..

From head to toe, I hope to help you discover how to change your world and the world around you.

Definition of Raw

    adjective /rô/ 
    rawer, comparative; rawest, superlative
    1. (of food) Uncooked
      • raw eggs
      • - salsify can be eaten raw in salads or cooked
    2. (of a material or substance) In its natural state; not yet processed or purified
      • raw silk
      • raw sewage
    3. (of information) Not analyzed, evaluated, or processed for use
      • - there were a number of errors in the raw data
    4. (of the edge of a piece of cloth) Not having a hem or selvage

      • (of a person) New to an activity or job and therefore lacking experience or skill
        • - they were replaced by raw recruits
      • (of a part of the body) Red and painful, esp. as the result of skin abrasion
        • - he scrubbed his hands until they were raw
        • - Fran's nerves were raw
      • (of the weather) Bleak, cold, and damp
        • - a raw February night
      • (of an emotion or quality) Strong and undisguised
        • - he exuded an air of raw, vibrant masculinity
      • Frank and realistic in the depiction of unpleasant facts or situations
        • - a raw, uncompromising portrait
      • (of language) Coarse or crude, typically in relation to sexual matters

      Definition of Natural

        adjective /ˈnaCHərəl/
        Existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind
          • - carrots contain a natural antiseptic that fights bacteria
          • natural disasters such as earthquakes
        1. (of fabric) Having a color characteristic of the unbleached and undyed state; off-white

          • Of or in agreement with the character or makeup of, or circumstances surrounding, someone or something
            • - sharks have no natural enemies
          • (of a person) Born with a particular skill, quality, or ability
            • - he was a natural entertainer
          • (of a skill, quality, or ability) Coming instinctively to a person; innate
            • - writing appears to demand muscular movements that are not natural to children
          • (of a person or their behavior) Relaxed and unaffected; spontaneous
            • - he replied with too much nonchalance to sound natural
          • Occurring as a matter of course and without debate; inevitable
            • - Ken was a natural choice for coach
          • (of law or justice) Based on innate moral sense; instinctively felt to be right and fair

            • (of a bid) Straightforwardly reflecting one's holding of cards

              • (of a parent or child) Related by blood
                • - such adopted children always knew who their naturalparents were
              • Illegitimate
                • - the Baron left a natural son by his mistress
              • (of a note) Not sharped or flatted
                • - the bassoon plays G-natural instead of A-flat
              • (of a brass instrument) Having no valves and able to play only the notes of the harmonic series above a fundamental note

                • Of or relating to the notes and intervals of the harmonic series

                  • Relating to earthly or unredeemed human or physical nature as distinct from the spiritual or supernatural realm

                Definition of organic

                  adjective /ôrˈganik/ 
                  1. Of, relating to, or derived from living matter
                    • organic soils
                  2. Of, relating to, or denoting compounds containing carbon (other than simple binary compounds and salts) and chiefly or ultimately of biological origin

                    • (of food or farming methods) Produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents

                      • Of or relating to a bodily organ or organs

                        • (of a disease) Affecting the structure of an organ

                          • Denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole
                            • - the organic unity of the integral work of art
                          • Characterized by continuous or natural development
                            • - companies expand as much by acquisition as byorganic growth