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All hail the cucumber

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

A couple of quick things today…

First of all it’s about 90 something degrees here and I feel like I’m melting. I just did some yoga and it was definitely HOT yoga! I sat down at the computer with my cucumber juice and just opened this email which I’m not sure where it came from but thought it was interesting. I love them for how they clear up your skin and take away any blemishes and make your skin look smooth as silk! But, here are some other nifty little facts about cuc’s below.

Also, there are still spaces left in the September Raw Food Teacher Training so if you’re interested, please call Jessica in the office to register. Also… my new product site is launching this week! yeah! If you’re not on my mailing list, please visit the home page of AlissaCohen.com and enter in your email and you’ll get all my notifications on this stuff and more!

Cucumbers, who would have ever thought?

The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their “Spotlight on the Home” series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance..

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area. (WOW)

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!! (DOUBLE WOW)

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9.. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber sliced rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10.. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

New Raw Food Store Coming soon!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Ive been working like crazy for the past few weeks to get my store back online. I’m super excited because there are some cool things that ill be offering and I’m hoping you LOVE them!

Ill have all the basics: coconut oil – the one I have always loved and then got away from while I was private labeling, It’s the Virgin De Cacao Creme one. My Therapeutic Enzymes that many of you have called the office begging for. My Green Powder that many of you were also upset to see go! and all the basic Cacao products, Raw Oats, Salts, superfoods, etc…

Appliances are back with a bunch of juicers, vitamixers, blenders - I’m now carrying the food processors that I use, and of course dehydrators!

My favorites though are all the specialty items like the truffle oils, Himalayan Salt Slabs for serving, dried mushrooms (I just made a lobster mushroom salad last night from the dried lobster mushrooms that were sent to me as a sample. OH MY!!!!). I also have a bunch of the Rejuvenative Food nut butters along with their fermented foods –  if you haven’t tried these, you must! They are SOOO good! Although some of these specialty foods look a little pricey, a little goes a long way. And, you know how it is when your raw, sometimes that  one little treat holds you over for a long time.

I was sitting at the computer all day yesterday (I know, I said I wasn’t going to do that anymore!) but the cool thing was that I had a jar of Mulberry butter next to me and OMG! At first I thought it was the weirdest thing but then I ate half the jar. Its so delicious!

And… some of the prepared foods – AHHHHH! The Truffles are back! and some AMAZING Macaroons! Ive been pigging out on them!

And then there are some fun kitchen gadgets that will be helpful in preparing your raw food dishes. Even some ring molds and hard to get items like that, that I use in my upcoming Raw Food for Everyone Book. Oh, and those cool glass jars that I use on my Living on Live Food DVDs are on there also. Ive been asked about those for years and finally found where to get them again.

Please let me know if there is something you would like me to carry and ill do my best to find it! You can add your wish list HERE or send me an email.