Saturday, July 11, 2009

Energy Cocktails and Life Extension

(Photographs copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Looks like it could be a daquiri, does it not? This particular drink is made of mostly vegetables with a few fruits. Ingredients include: green cabbage, carrot, beet, zucchini, raspberries and banana. I've been trying to add more raw foods to my diet and after watching a recent Oprah segment with Dr. Oz about Life Extension and Calorie Restriction, I'm re-hooked.

I had an epiphany a couple of years back (just so happened it took place in LA~that city of Angels) when on a walk I had the distinct feeling I was being given a message; what O. calls an "Aha Moment". I am frequently working on raising my vibration and something told me, while on a hillside overlooking a lovely view, that if I really wanted to work from a different perspective (via vibration and frequency), more raw foods could help me do that.

So, even though I have drifted on and off that wagon since my epiphany, I have been working to incorporate more raw foods still flowing with live energy. And this season's garden fresh bounty (which a generous friend keeps us in large supply of) and berries on the vine (of which I am buying by the flat and freezing for the winter) has upped my energy in ways I could become addicted to.

Don't get me wrong, I haven't gone off the deep end. I still partake in a little steak, red wine and chocolate (on weekends). But during the week, I've been making up energy cocktails in batches and sipping on them over the course of a couple of days. Last week's batch included fresh cabbage, yellow and green zucchini, cucumber, snap peas, parsley and 1 apple lightly steamed and then blended with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and banana. The whole thing tasted mainly like a thick applesauce.

I have to tell you that 5 pounds came off easily when, instead of reaching for a snack, I reach for one of these energy drinks. I'm also excited and eager to study more about Calorie Restriction and Life Extension as well as the gentleman who inspired these drinks for me, one Billionaire David Murdock, fruit and real estate tycoon, who has created a Life Extension research lab: North Carolina Research Center. He decided, after losing his wife to cancer, that he wanted to create the lab that would find the cure. Gotta love that! I just read an article recently that said the cure has not been found and is probably not close to being found because the system of research will only fund in small increments of safe ideas. So maybe that's what we need, someone with billions who wants to be 'the one' and is willing to go beyond the system's tunnel vision.

If you want to learn more about Life Extension and Calorie Restriction from Oprah's show, click here which includes a segment about David Murdock as well as some other very interesting new info concerning Life Extending Technology.

And join me in an energy cocktail! In setting up the link, I just noticed that the original air date of this particular show was on my birthday! So here's to many more!


  1. This cocktailo looks delicious- and it's so healthy! I really need to include more veggies in my diet..salad is just not enough..and I eat too few fruits- this cocktail sounds perfect:) I'll go check out the Oprah link as well. How many are recommended per day- morning, afternoon?

  2. Ooh that looks really good! Like a refreshing treat. Gotta love Dr. Oz.

  3. Ms. Lucy~ Not sure what's recommended. I just make a big batch and sip till it's gone (over 2-3 days), then make a new batch. I've probably at the very least quadrupled my fruit/veggie intake since I started doing this. And with more exercise, my body already feels stronger and with much more energy! Let me know how it goes for you!

    Katie~ I agree about Dr. Oz. He's always got something interesting going!

  4. What beautiful images you've created. Now you have me itching to get in the kitchen.

  5. Thanks Relyn~ What kinds of things do you like to create in the kitchen?!


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