I flipped open the lid of my suitcase and looked at the small cubby of space staring back at me. 2 weeks until I leave Bangkok, Thailand (and travel to Cambodia before Kenya, Africa), and I have somehow accumulated more items than I can carry… yet still have a wish list of what I would love to bring on my next adventure.
The prospect of traveling (yet again) overseas with nothing more than spirulina, chia seeds, and iodine water tablets isn’t really the most appealing – trust me – but neither does carrying a hefty load on my back.
So instead of trying to formulate how to pack all of my favorite kitchen essentials in my suitcase, I’ve instead settled to sharing my list with all of you, so you too can create vibrant health within your stationary home. One day, when I decide to settle in one location and have a ‘home base’ to create all the magic from, my kitchen or clinic will definitely boast these incredible staples.
Read: If there were 9 staples I’d recommend to folks to have on hand and USE every day, these would be them.
1) Kangen (Alkaline) Water
Water is a privilege too few of us appreciate, but it wasn’t until recently I really began to take it for granted after realizing and experiencing its healing capabilities. For a moment forget that 783 million are still without clean water, the MAJORITY of people even with running tap water are drinking, bathing, and using for everyday use extremely toxic, acid aqua.
The current public filtering system cannot remove chemical additives like aspartame, prescription drugs, and fluoride (which is still being put in the public’s water supply and is dumbing down the collective), therefore they continue to circulate in the water supply and store in peoples’ bodies regardless if they’ve taken them by choice or not.
Add this conundrum to the acid / alkaline imbalance, most people are chronically dehydrated and in need of alkaline water to permeate through the cell wall barrier and hydrate their body.
This, friends, is what the Kangen water machine does. You can read more about it here, and how it uses electromagnetic plates to charge the ions of the water and basically break up the molecules so its easily absorbed. When I have a clinic and/or a stationary house, I will have one of these.
It is my hope that someday every family unit will have a water purifier and ionizing machine (like the Kangen) in their house, as was the original intent by the inventor. It’s incredible at supporting healing and detoxifying the body at rapid rate.
In the meantime, we can all do our best to drink more natural, spring water (which is basically what Kangen water mimics in its process) that is filtered naturally, and also waste less water while living more consciously.
2) Coconut-Almond Yogurt
I love fermented food. Like seriously, love it. I had chronic acne – even on a living foods, vegan diet for over 4+ years – but it wasn’t until I started consuming a predominantly low-glycemic diet and eating TONS of fermented food that my gut finally healed itself. Now I can consume gluten-free grains and cooked vegetables again without any issues: this is partly due to healing the gastrointestinal tract and also a lot of the emotional-release work I have done.
Anyways, because I love yogurt – the creamy, luscious texture – and relish feeding my gut the beneficial bacteria it needs, I make this almost every other day and enjoy it with chia pudding (see below) when I need a nourishing snack.
Coconut-Almond Yogurt – the original recipe – comes from the incredible man Lou Corona. I am in love with this genius and the wisdom he has already gifted the world, and recommend you check out HIS version of the recipe until I upload one to Bloom.
3) Spirulina or Chlorella Powder
Spirulina – a blue-green algae – is one super food I don’t think I’ll ever be without. Here are just SOME of the benefits:
- Spirulina is 65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which has gotten a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory properties, especially when taken with other quality Omega-3 supplements. (I suspect that the benefits of GLA in Spirulina are even more than what the studies have found since these studies often use vegetable oils for their GLA source, and the other inflammatory compounds in vegetable oils can interfere with the anti-inflammatory ability.) It contains all essential amino acids.
- Spirulina contains Omega 3-,6 and 9s and is especially high in Omega-3s.
- Spirulina is extremely high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.
- Spirulina has a very high concentration of bio-available iron and is excellent during pregnancy and for those with anemia and will not cause constipation.
- Spirulina is a great source of other nutrients including (according to Wikipedia): “Spirulina contains vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable”.
- This Spirulina (from Mountain Rose Herbs) was tested be an independent laboratory and found to have an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of over 24,000 which is 4x the ORAC score of blueberries. The ORAC score is generally used to measure antioxidant ability and concentration in different foods.
- Spirulina is also incredibly high in calcium with over 26 times the calcium in milk, making it excellent for children, the elderly and during pregnancy.
- Some research has suggested that Spirulina may be helpful in allergies and allergic reactions.
- Spirulina’s phosphorus content makes it helpful as part of a tooth re-mineralization regimen.
See what I mean? If everyone were to love pond scum as I do, the world would be a different place. Granted, the taste is one you have to get used to (I think it has a ‘cheesy’ flavor), but it also blends in with green smoothies and blended salad entrees. Therefore I recommend to do what works for you to consume more of this food.
For those who like low-glycemic and calorie-free sweeteners, stevia is without a doubt the best. The sweetener is derived from the Stevia leaf which is naturally sweet and is native to South America. It even boasts a few health benefits! Keep in mind it is technically ‘processed’, so if that doesn’t resonate with you, stick to whole-fruit sweeteners like dates, raisins, etc…
I love the brand ‘Sweet Drop’ and know it’s available in most health food stores. I’ve also found a natural powder local to Bangkok, and have been using that in most of my evening teas with fresh almond milk.
The reason I adore it is because making low-glycemic and ketogenic treats is now technically possible. It’s less refined than xylitol and offers more range for creativity, therefore it’s a 10 in my culinary book. (See below: a ketogenic, live-food Chocolate Torte using stevia and xylitol as the natural sweeteners)
5) Lemon / Lime Juice
With a bit of stevia, lime or lemon juice becomes… lemonade! This perfect concoction hydrates my body and cleanses my liver, and it’s something I strive to consume almost every morning. (16 oz.)
New to the whole lemon-in-water thing? Read here to learn about all the wonderful benefits and why you should start off every morning with 1 – 2 glasses of water as well!
6) Sprouts & Greeeeens!
What color are sprouts and other leafy vegetables? They’re GREEN! The color of the heart chakra, one of our most important energy centers which craves to be re-awoken and nourished in this ‘emotional dark-age’.
In fact, that green pigment that makes greens so wonderful is what makes life possible. The oxygen we breathe comes from the chlorophyll in plants… and that’s just one correlation with why we all need to consume – and be around – more green.
“Chlorophyll is identical to human blood with one exception: the center element in chlorophyll is magnesium, whereas the center element in blood is iron. Some researchers claim that chlorophyll has the ability to release magnesium from its center and absorb iron, and thus become hemoglobin. Chlorophyll literally becomes human blood. More blood means our body has more ability to disburse oxygen!
Chlorophyll not only increases oxygen levels throughout the body, including the extremities, it also releases carbon dioxide, which helps prevent disease incubation. Green foods take carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, the toxic byproducts of our breathing in heat and pollution, and convert them into oxygen. So it’s a simple equation: green foods = oxygen = the most powerful tool we have for disease prevention and recovery.”
Read more on the benefits of greens – books could be written on it – here.
Open up to love and eat more green, living foods!
7) Sunwarrior or Garden of Life Protein Powder
I’m not one of those individuals that thinks we all need a whole cabinet devoted to ‘super foods’ and must live super expensively to thrive, but I do appreciate the wonderful supplements (like fermented rice protein powders) that help us achieve optimal health in a really easy way.
My two favorite ‘protein powders’ are Sunwarrior and Garden of Life. Both include beneficial probiotics and tons of vitamins and minerals, so it’s like taking a multivitamin in a super yummy way.
Before I get any hate mail, I do want to say that protein is not as huge of a concern as made out to be by the media, but it is still important. After learning more about the energetics of food and my imbalance being on a very cleansing, expansive, low-fat raw diet for so long, it made sense to me that (being an O+ blood type as well), I needed a bit more protein to thrive. Often this signal gets confused and we interpret it as a craving for more fruit. (Read “Healing and Food” by Dr. Ann Marie Colbin)
It’s more ‘Yang’ and contractive compared to the very expansive, cooling, alkaline fruits and vegetables many of us eat, so serves its purpose in helping us rebuild tissue, boost the immune system, and re-balance energetically. Plus, I would prefer to get my source from a top-quality plant-based source than animal.
Oh Chia, how I adore the tiny black seeds, nutrient power-load, and crunchy – yet nutty – flavor. Did you know the ancient Aztecs used to take this seed on long endurance treks, as it absorbs 10x its weight in liquid, cleanses the digestive tract, and is full of much-needed vitamins and minerals? It’s a super-food, alright, and I think every person should keep a jar on hand.
For breakfast or a snack, one can make chia porridge or add it to smoothies or cracker batters for a nutritious thickener.
I will be taking some of this with me to Africa, but wish there was an affordable source there for the indigenous people as well. Someday in the future, this will be reality: see project Nourishing Roots and the intent of my venture.
9) Minerals: Fulvic Acid (Shilajit) & Magnesium
One major thing I have learned in regards to health and degeneration – thanks to my friend Jack Cross and mentor Robert Cassar – is that because there are only 3 main minerals added to soil fertilizers (NPK – Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium), most everyone is mineral deficient.
This is a huge problem because fulvic acid, magnesium, chromium, B vitamins, and the long list of 80+ minerals required for optimal brain health, detoxifying the pineal gland, and ensuring well-functioning organs are greatly lacking in today’s fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens.
Therefore, if we can’t get it from the food (even eating a super healthy, clean diet), where can we get them from? Magical substances like Shilajit. Read more on its benefits here.
This intense phytocomplex has potential pre-cognitive activity and has been shown to have incredible impact on reversing degenerative brain disorders. It also has 80+ minerals needed to detoxify (open up the cells and stagnant stores of the body) and rebuild. It’s native to India (the Himalayas) and can be purchased online… But I think this concern and its need is so powerful we need to be finding other ways to remedy the mineral deficiency situation. I’m working on it and am open to learn if you want to comment.
So there you go! I hope you feel inspired by this list, as these foods / components are definitely what I choose to have on hand when stationary. I know you will benefit from including them as well.
Bloom for Life, you deserve nothing less!
xo Amanda Froelich