I do love food, but I am more so fascinated with how such small, daily choices can largely impact our world, body, heart, and mind. Therefore every time that I eat, I sincerely make an attempt to really listen to my body and hear what it is truly craving.
For example: I'll be teaching a class and suddenly I'll get blindsided by an overpowering craving for grapefruit.
Hmm... my body is probably saying, "You need to protect your lil' vegan ass from these germ-shellacked kiddos. More vitamin C puuuhhhleeezzzz..."
Often I'll view some pretty intoxicating vegan food porn, and while it usually appeals to my eyes or briefly my stomach, I usually don't feel any lasting craving towards it (I think this could also apply to many other cravings in life...).
In light of my boring palate, today's blog is dedicated to a vegan product that I consume constantly:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR!!
Alone, I think this stuff tastes like how an unwashed hiking sock would smell...sickening. However, mixed with fresh juice, honey, or other fruit-vinegar-ish type liquids (which is how I take it), it has an addicting slightly sweet, sour-apple flavor.
There are many companies that sell ACV, but I use the Braggs' brand. If you can purchase it from a store, it is quite inexpensive. However, I have to get mine shipped here through a special vitamin company.
According to the Braggs (Naturopathic doctors and loooong time health crusaders), ACV contains a wealth of nutritional benefits.
You can check out a little video and extra info here:
Before moving to Korea, I worked at Whole Foods. At the cash register, I would frequently see bouncy, glowing, shiny, happy people purchasing ACV by the gallon. Since I'm nosy, I would always ask if the promised health benefits were fulfilled. EVERY customer was always eager to share his or her personal, life changing testimonial with me.
At that time, I was still skeptical of any "magic potion" and tried to focus my diet on strictly raw foods (although, Braggs' vinegar claims to be raw...). It wasn't until almost a year ago when a friend recommended that I tried it for my frustratingly blemish-prone skin. I wish that I could write that it is the best skin clearing agent available, but I've only noticed a little improvement (but.. better than nothing, right??).
I primarily take it for its internal healing properties.
Everyday I must stand before a well-conditioned and finely tuned fleet of highly-powered, small children. These little tanks bombard me with the utmost sophisticated ammunition: boogers.
The naturally occurring Malic Acid in the vinegar gives it anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-child properties. Despite my increasing insomnia, I have (*crossing fingers and knocking on wood*) been able to fend off sickness like a champion.
ACV is also supposed to help increase flexibility and strength in joints and tendons. In high-school, I had a minor knee accident, (perhaps one day I'll write of the heroic and fantastical tale...) and I try in any way that I can to give my left knee a little extra help.
(Also, I have an ardent desire to one day teach yoga and continue rock-climbing.... the joints must stay happy)
I definitely recommend this product. If for some reason you are unhappy with your purchase, you can use it topically on your scalp, skin, or to even clean with!