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8 The Grapevine

September 19 - October 3, 2013

THE JOYS OF SOAKING

Guess what? All grains (white and brown

rice, quinoa, kamut, millet, wheat, etc), all

legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc), and all

nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, sunflower

seeds, chia, flax, etc) are all actually SEEDS!

Not everyone knows this, but it’s time you

did: all seeds contain something that keeps

them in a dormant state (i.e., asleep) until

conditions are proper for them to come alive

and grow. Proper conditions are when the

seed has enough water to absorb, causing it to

swell and burst with life, releasing this “something”

that has kept the seed asleep and kept

it from rotting while it waits for water.

This “something” that all seeds (and nuts and

beans and grains) contain, is called an enzyme

inhibitor, and it is a necessary, natural chemical

used by the seed to protect and preserve

itself. When you eat grains, nuts and legumes

without soaking them first, you are absorbing

all the enzyme inhibitors that the seed is releasing,

which inhibits your natural enzymes

in your body, which causes you to not absorb

all the nutrients from the good food you are

eating. If you're not soaking them first, you're

not getting all the nourishment that you

need to, and over time, you are building up a

“block” in your digestive tract, blocking the

absorption of minerals and vitamins from all

other food that you eat!

When we soak our seeds, not only are we

releasing and discarding the harmful enzyme

inhibitors, but we are also bringing the seeds

to life, thereby activating all of their nutrients

and increasing the bio-availability of the vitamins

and minerals that the seed has to offer.

Proper soaking also makes the seeds more

alkaline, even after cooking, since soaking

increases the amount of available calcium. It's

only been in recent years that we've disregarded

the traditional methods of soaking, sprouting,

and fermenting our grains, legumes,

nuts and seeds. Somewhere along the line we

forgot or got lazy, and our health has suffered

for it.

Many people today have digestive trouble

when eating whole grains, beans and raw nuts,

and even some have allergies to these nutritious

foods. The main reason for this, along

with the large-scale use of harmful toxins on

all non-organic foods, is that the grains/nuts/

beans have not been soaked. We need to start

soaking, my friends, the info is here, the time

is now, So SOAK, SOAK, SOAK.

There's why.

Here's how: Use warm water to soak your

seeds, and leave them at room temperature

for the required soaking time, loosely covered

(with a cloth, plate, or loose lid).

For seeds that require a longer soaking time

(8-12 hours), adding 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice

or vinegar to your water discourages spoilage

from unfriendly bacteria.

For non-vegans, 1-2 tbsp of a cultured natural

product like yogurt, kefir, whey or buttermilk

are beneficial to the soaking process, as the

healthy, live lactobacillus bacteria in these

cultures begins to break down the proteins in

the seeds, making them even easier to digest

and absorb nutrients from.

Nuts need to be raw in order to revive and

activate them. No sense in soaking a dead

roasted nut.

As always, organic is best for the body/mind/

spirit.

Always drain the water from your seeds after

soaking and rinse well. If you are cooking the

seeds, add fresh water and cook as usual.

The soaking time for seeds depends mostly

on the density of the seed, usually meaning

the denser the seed, the longer the soak, with

some exceptions.

8-12 hour soak : Almonds, Barley, Buckwheat

Berries, all Beans, Chickpeas, Flax,

Kamut Berries, Lentils, Millet, Whole Oats,

Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Rye, Wheat

Berries.

2-4 Hour Soak : Cashews, Hazelnuts, Quinoa,

Pecans, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts

If you want to go the next step and sprout

your seeds, and not just activate and remove

the enzyme inhibitors, you will need to soak

them longer. Usually a good rule is to soak the

seeds overnight or for a full 24 hours, drain

the water, rinse well, and leave moist and uncovered

(or under a cloth), rinsing 2-4 times

a day, until a sprout is visible, letting it grow

to your desired length before thanking the

universe and enjoying your little delicacies.

Yes, it takes a little longer to get a soaking

routine working for you in your life. It takes

planning your meals a day (or half a day) in

advance, and it means absorbing all available

nutrients and treating your body and the

foods you put into it with the respect and consciousness

that you all deserve!! Hooray !!

Coconut Janice Gaudet

MATCHING OPPORTUNITIES

BOOST STUDENTS FUNDRAISING

Here they come!

Landmark East students are heading out to

neighbourhoods in Wolfville and surrounding

communities collecting sponsor dollars for

their 11 th Annual Walkathon, the school’s signature

fall fundraiser in support of the Landmark

East Student Bursary Fund. The young

people, along with parents, alumni, staff and

board members, will be canvassing throughout

September to help build the Landmark East

Student Bursary Fund.

This year the Johnson Scholarship Foundation

will match 50 cents on every dollar raised at

the event. The Florida-based Foundation has

been a major benefactor of the school since

2000, investing over $1.65 million in bursary

funding to assist Landmark East families with

demonstrated financial need. The Johnson

partnership also incorporated matching grants

to boost local fundraising and has contributed

$130,000 of the more than $387,000 raised

over the past decade through the Walkathon

Event.

The need for bursary funding is ever-present

and growing every year,” says Landmark East

Headmaster Peter Coll. “Families, particularly

from the local area, are struggling to meet the

financial commitment of tuition payments.

Very often the availability of a bursary is the

deciding factor on whether or not a child can

attend Landmark East. The Valley community

has been extremely generous over the

years, donating to our Walkathon, and many

promising students have benefitted from that

support. “

This year’s supervised neighbourhood sponsor

drive takes place from 6:30 to 8 pm throughout

September. It provides an opportunity for students

to participate in the fundraising process

as a community-service project. Many of these

volunteers are international students. They are

brand new to the school, and often this is their

first encounter with the Wolfville community.

Canvassing also takes place in surrounding

communities such as Kentville, Canning, Port

Williams, Newport, New Minas, and Windsor,

as day students, alumni, staff, board members

and their families get involved as ambassadors

for the cause. Online giving is also now

an option through the school website: www.

landmarkeast.org.

Left to Right : Ben Kroker, Rebecca Holleman, Jaylene Hubley, Richard Adams, Delila Hubley, Wesley

Smith, Marika Hubley. Front-row elementary students: Emma Schofield, Mackenzie Routledge

This year the Walkathon will take place on

Sunday, Sept 29, from 1-5pm. Participants

of all ages will gather on campus to make the

5-kilometre afternoon hike through town and

the neighbouring dyke lands. The walk will

be followed by an informal celebration at the

school to recognize volunteer efforts. Local

merchants have donated refreshments, awards,

and incentive prizes.

Landmark East is Canada’s independent day

and boarding school for students with learning

differences. The school, located on Main Street

in Wolfville, was established in 1979 and offers

individualized programs developed to meet

unique learning abilities for students aged 8 to

19.

For more information, please contact:

Rose Spicer,

Director of Development

(902) 542-2237

rspicer@landmarkeast.org

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