Don’t need a wheatgrass juicer if you live at Hippocrates…
I didn’t answer any questions this week, so I have four that I want to address today…
The topics I’m going to cover are non-toxic cookware, smoothies and heartburn, and affordable wheatgrass juicers.
Let’s get going…
First question from Claudia is about non-toxic cookware…
“Which cookware do you guys recommend to cook in?”
Great question Claudia! As you know, we eat some cooked foods now, so when we switched back to eating some hot food we needed to reassess our cookware.
As a general rule, any non-stick pan that has some sort of flashy name for its coating is likely something you want to avoid. Whether the coating is PFOA or PTFE or some other chemical, it doesn’t really matter since there are better options.
The two types of pans we recommend are cast iron and ceramic coated.
We actually don’t have any cast iron pans, but we do use a ceramic coated soup pot. We use this when we make soups, stews and teas. The brand we have is Le Creuset and from my understanding this is a high quality (but also high priced) brand.
These two above – ceramic coated or cast iron – would be the best, but you can also use stainless steel – without coating – if that’s all you can afford for now. But with that said, always remember a good pot or pan lasts a very, very long time. So while you may get a deal now, the good pans will last longer than many of the cheaper ones – saving you money in the long run.
Some people are concerned about the extra iron that you may absorb from the cast iron pans, so that may be something you want monitor through mineral tests – if it’s something you’re concerned about.
Question from JB…
I am of good health and I am strong but I went raw few days ago and the smoothies with romaine lettuce, banana, strawberries and flax seeds are causing me to have terrible heartburns. Is mixing veggies and fruit bad for my stomach?
Hey JB, to answer your question in short form, no – mixing veggies and fruit should not be bad for your stomach.
I’m not sure what’s going on with you, but sometimes when you transition from one diet to another strange things start happening.
One thing that is very possible is a little digestive unrest.
What I’d do is a little elimination challenge and see how it turns out. How to do this? First, look at your smoothie ingredients and then systematically take one at a time out for a week. So for week 1, take out the flax seed and see if you still have the heartburn. If it solves the problem, keep out the seeds. If it doesn’t, take out the banana the next week and add back the seeds. Continue on like this and see if anything happens and the heartburn improves.
If, in fact, removing one of these items does work and you no longer have the symptoms, then wait about 2 weeks and add it back to the smoothie to see if you get a reaction. This way you’ll confirm if the ingredient (or combination) was affecting you, or if it was just a transition period.
This process doesn’t only work for stomach unrest, but also for rashes, mood swings, sleeping problems, allergies, acne and more.
“Hi there! I’m doing some research for a class and I was wondering if you guys could help me out. Do you happen to know, off the top of your head, what the positive environmental impact is of ONE vegan meal, or even better, ONE raw meal. What ONE meal would save on water, energy, pollution, etc. I’ve been having trouble working out the numbers and thought your tenacity and wisdom might come to my rescue Thanks either way! Clarissa PS Even a referral would be much appreciated!”
Well Clarissa, I don’t have any idea, but I wonder if one of our readers does.
So my “referral” is opening it up the crowd here to see if they can help you out.
To Renegade Health Readers: Can you help point Clarissa in the right direction?
Next up a question about wheatgrass juicers from Colleen…
“I was wondering what the cheapest wheatgrass juicer is that you would recommend.”
Hey Colleen! I’m excited you’re interested in making your own wheatgrass. The process doesn’t necessarily take too much time, I find the hardest part is planning to make sure that you always have a new tray ready to go once you’re done with the last.
Anyway, the cheapest wheatgrass juicers are the ones that are hand crank machines. You can find new ones starting at about $40.00 that are made of plastic components, or find new stainless steel juicers starting at about $100.00.
The good news about these is that you can get an arm workout while you’re making your green drink. The bad news is that it’s a manual process and takes effort.
For about $200.00 you can find a new machine that is electric and will juice wheatgrass as well as other items, which is $100.00 more than the hand crank, but how often do you really want to spend a few minutes or more cranking out a shot or two?
I think in the long run it’s a better decision to save your money (unless you need wheatgrass now) and get the better machine because they generally last longer too – though your stainless steel crank juicer will likely last into the year 2200.
I’d put aside $20 a month or so for the next 10 months and then reward yourself (and your restraint) with a brand new machine.
These days, you may not even need to pay full price. In many cases, it’s not even that sensible to buy things new since you can find great deals on Ebay or other buy and sell sites. I would even suggest posting on health message boards to see if anyone has an old juicer they don’t use anymore.
Try tag sales and estate sales as well, Annmarie found a 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator used twice for $25 ($250.00 new) at a local flea market!
I want to know your thoughts: Any money saving or non-toxic pot recommendations?