raw food advantages

Get Your 8 Glasses of Water a Day Through Raw Foods

We’ve all heard hundred of times that we should drink eight, 8 oz glasses of water per day to maintain an optimal level of hydration. Yet there is little scientific evidence for this advice and that for most people, more water just means more trips to the bathroom! Not only is this a waste of time, and water, the constant flushing of water through your body can mean a loss of vital minerals as well. 

“Eat your water and you won’t need to count your glasses,” said Howard Murad, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad Inc. “If you replace at least one glass of water a day with one serving of raw fruits or vegetables, you will be able to stay hydrated significantly longer.”

This is not to say that water is bad for you. It is, in fact, essential for hydration and overall health. The goal, according to Dr. Murad, is to strategically hydrate so that water is available to your cells throughout the day. Eating foods that are rich in structured water, especially raw fruits and vegetables, will not only help your body hold onto water longer, you’ll get the added boost of important antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients. By sticking to a healthy diet you’ll end up eating most of the water needed each day to stay well hydrated.

What foods does Dr. Murad recommend for eating your water?

Because the body is constantly replacing damaged cells, if we eat key foods and take targeted supplements, we can protect and promote cellular health by keeping the body flooded with cell protecting antioxidants and the building blocks of stronger cell membranes.

Here are some examples of Dr. Murad’s recommended foods that contain high levels of nutrients and structured water, a great source to help you “eat your water:”

Food: Cucumbers

Why eat them? Cucumbers are composed mostly of water – structured water – which will keep you feeling hydrated longer. But, they are nutritious too! Cucumbers are an excellent source of silica, a trace mineral that contributes to the strength of connective tissue, and the cucumber skin is a good source of Vitamins A, C and folic acid.

Food: Pomegranates

Why Eat Them? Pomegranates are a wonderful source of antioxidants, and may be the world’s most prolific source of polyphenols. The unique combination of elements in pomegranates increases the protective abilities of sunscreens (which can help prevent sun damage).

Food: Avocados

Why Eat Them? Avocados contain potassium, monosaturated fats and are very high in fiber. The monosaturated fats in avocados contain oleic acid which has been found to improve fat levels in the body and help control diabetes and cholesterol.

Food: Apricots, Mangos

Why eat them? Apricots and mangos contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Vitamin A normalizes the production and life cycle of skin cells. In skin with acne, there is an overproduction of cells in the stratum corneum which is the outermost layer of the skin and is composed of biologically “dead” cells. These excess dead cells combine with sebum (the skin’s own natural oil) to form comedones - the pore plugs that are the defining element of acne. Taken as a dietary supplement, Vitamin A helps to prevent overproduction of skin cells in the stratum corneum.

Food: Broccoli, Spinach

Why eat them? These green foods are a great source of Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) which is a potent fat-and-water-soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Did you know?

When you cook vegetables, you may be missing out on some of the benefits and nutritional components that raw foods provide. Try and eat a healthy diet of raw fruits and vegetables to absorb all of the rich nutrients.

For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com Source:  http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Food_and_Nutrition_690/Eat_Your_Water.shtml
The Health Wheel - Make Raw Food A Spoke

The perfect diet model as described by Dr. Douglas Graham:

  • Whole / Fresh / Ripe / Raw / Organic Plants
  • Sufficient amounts of calories 
  • Simplicity at the meal time 
  • Variety in the diet

It is not just about raw food diet. The raw food healthy diet is just one spoke of the health wheel. Your health is just as good as your shortest spoke/weakest link. If you are interested in other spokes, here they are:

  • Clean, fresh air
  • Pure Water
  • Foods for which we are biologically designed
  • Sufficient sleep
  • Rest and relaxation
  • Vigorous activity
  • Emotional poise and stability
  • Sunshine and natural light
  • Comfortable temperature
  • Peace, harmony, serenity and tranquility

These are essential for even a moderate level of True health.

Source: http://www.inspirawtion.com/

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5 Different Ways to Go raw

When I first started my adventure with raw food many years ago, there wasn’t nearly as exciting a movement as there is today. I was basically armed with one book on raw food and the limited information online. Still. It was enough to fascinate me and get me going, because I was craving energy and over-the-top health. Now that raw food’s popularity is soaring, I’m asked all the time, “How can I get started with raw food?” Today, I’m sharing with you five different ways that you can easily get started on your own raw food adventure. Are you ready? Great! Let’s go…

1. No-Brainer Raw Foods: Let’s start with my own personal raw food journey, which is a good first example. When I found out about raw (by simply stumbling onto a raw food book in a health food store), I was already eating a vegan diet and therefore I was familiar with veggies, fruit, and salads. So, it made sense to me, at the time, to simply add more salads, fresh fruits, fresh veggies, smoothies, guacamole, fresh salsa, etc. These things were familiar, easy, and naturally raw – I call them No-Brainer Raw Foods. This was great way to bump up the amount of raw food in my life without much effort, and in turn, by eating more of these foods I was eating less… ummm… toast with soy butter. (I was a toast addict.) All kidding aside about toast, by eating more raw food, I was eating less wheat, soy, and other vegan foods that, while in moderation I think are fine, I didn’t want them as staples in my diet.

2. All-Raw… One Day At A Time: As good as my experience with No-Brainer Raw Foods was, I had bigger plans for my life with raw food, and I was ready to try another tactic and make it more serious and measurable. I decided to pick one day a week where I went all raw. One day a week was totally manageable and not intimidating. Brilliantly, it turns out that it inspired me to do more days. Score! I felt so great on those all-raw days that it wasn’t long until I wanted to incorporate more days into my life like that. Before I knew it, I was going 3 days a week 100% Raw, and then 4 days, and so on… until I was all Raw.

3. Raw til Dinner: Although I didn’t start my raw food adventure with this tactic, I know many who have. This style is popular for a couple of reasons: 1) it’s easy for people with a family who doesn’t eat raw and/or 2) some people simply don’t want to eat all-raw but want to have a strategy for eating “more” raw. It’s exactly as it reads: you eat raw food until dinner. Then, for dinner, the recommendation is that you still eat about 50% raw, if possible, and make the other half of your meal cooked, vegan foods. Let me give you an example of what this could look like: Breakfast (lots of fresh fruit, green smoothie, green juice, or raw granola with raw nut milk), Snack (raw almonds, hemp seeds, and/or dried fruit, or fresh fruit), Lunch (large salad, raw soup, raw veggies, raw cheese dip or raw hummus, raw crackers, or some fancy raw lunch of lasagna or quiche), Snack (raw snack bar), and Dinner (the easiest raw part of dinner is to have salad with the other – cooked – part of dinner: vegan burrito, lentils, beans, rice, tofu, cooked veggies, etc.).

4. Certain Things Raw: This option, although not super common, can be a great way to dabble in raw (and fun!). Furthermore, it’s a stealthy way to get your family to eat more raw. Basically, you make certain foods always raw. For example, apart from the No-Brainer Raw Foods listed in number one above, you can make certain things always raw, such as desserts. There are so many brilliant raw desserts, you’ll never get bored: cheesecake, brownies, cookies, cakes, bars, ice creams, chocolate(!), etc. Making the decision to have all desserts in your life raw is an effective health choice because it means no more refined flours and sugars. Heck, many raw desserts can be eaten for breakfast because they’re usually super healthy. You could also take the step that you always have one side veggie dish with dinner that is raw. Perhaps you eat raw mashed no-potatoes or marinated broccoli or a delicious carrot raisin dish. Pro-tip: When you combine this Certain Things Raw plan with the No-Brainer Raw Foods plan above, you’re really on your way with raw food.

5. Fast Track to Raw: For some people, the only way to start the raw diet is by jumping in with both feet 100%. Although this wasn’t the right path for me, I know a few people for who it’s been a great plan. I think that the people who tend to fall into this path with raw might have found themselves at a point in life where they were ready for big change! Maybe it’s an illness that triggers the desire. Maybe it’s wanting to shed lots of weight really fast. Maybe it’s just being fed up with not feeling the best and they’re ready NOW for immediate change. Or, maybe it’s just that the person has an all or nothing personality. Whichever the reason, this path can be tricky but not impossible! If you have the will, excitement, and you’re prepared, then you can succeed with flying colors. How can you get prepared? My recommendation is that you get raw food books, read some raw food blogs, and understand what to expect with a raw food diet. Research local restaurants for options. Prepare your family if needed. Figure out where you’ll get your produce and what appliances you’ll need. And, get lots of great recipes. From there, you might start with simple raw foods so you don’t spend tons of time in the kitchen, unless of course you want to. Let your body get into the groove of raw food. Then, you can dabble with some more complicated recipes and enjoy the Fast Track to Raw.

Whichever way you decide to start with raw food, here are my take-home points:

Listen to your body and follow its lead. If you’re tired, rest. If you’re not excited about certain foods, then don’t force them. Find the raw foods that you love to eat and go from there. Your taste buds and preferences will change over time. Promise!

Remain flexible and don’t stress. There are five ways outlined above that can be used in moving to a raw diet. If one doesn’t jive with you, try another.

Surround yourself with raw. One of the best ways for staying motivated is with community and education. The community can be found online (raw forums, raw food blogs, and blog yourself!) and through meetups (check meetup.com for local groups). You can get a raw food coach as well, and more education can be found with DVDs, classes, magazines, etc. I’m constantly putting all of those things in front of me. And, every time I pick up a book or magazine, or read someone’s blog about what they’re doing with raw food, I’m excited and inspired.

Source:  http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/5-different-ways-to-get-started-with-raw-food/ For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
The Why, What and How of Raw Food Dieting

Why Eat Raw Food?

The raw food diet is based on the belief that the most healthful food for the body is uncooked. Although most food is eaten raw, heating food is acceptable as long as the temperature stays below 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit (the cutoff temperature varies among those in the raw food community).

Cooking is thought to denature the enzymes naturally present in food. According to raw foodists, enyzymes are the life force of a food, helping us to digest food and absorb nutrients. If we overconsume cooked food, our bodies are forced to work harder by producing more enzymes. Over time, a lack of enzymes from food is thought to lead to digestive problems, nutrient deficiency, accelerated aging, and weight gain.

Cooking food can diminish its nutritional value. For example, the cancer-fighting compounds in broccoli, sulforaphanes, are greatly reduced when broccoli is cooked. Certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat. Other foods, however, become more healthful after cooking, because the fibrous portion is broken down. For example, cooked tomatoes contain three to four times more lycopene than raw tomatoes.

Cooking also promotes the formation of potentially harmful compounds in food during high heat cooking, such as advanced glycation end products and heterocyclic amines.

What Do I Eat On a Raw Food Diet?

There are different ways that people follow a raw food diet. Most people who follow a raw food diet are vegan. Some consume raw animal products, such as raw milk, cheese made from raw milk, sashimi, ceviche (raw fish), or carpaccio (raw meat). Some people eat only raw foods, while others include cooked food for variety and convenience. The percentage of raw food is usually 70 percent or more of the diet.

Raw food detox diets or cleanses are entering the mainstream. People typically go on a detox diet for 3 to 21 days. After the detox diet or cleanse, they may continue a raw food diet, return to their regular diet, or try to improve their daily diet by consuming more raw foods.

To find out what foods are typically eaten on a raw food diet, read the List of Foods to Eat on a Raw Food Diet.

How Do I Prepare Raw Foods?

Soaking and Sprouting

Raw beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds contain enzyme inhibitors that are normally destroyed with cooking. The nutrients can be released by soaking them (germination) or sprouting them.

Germination involves soaking in water for a specific amount of time. Although the recommended germination times vary from 2 hours (for cashews) up to one day (for mung beans), some raw foodists say that soaking overnight is sufficient and more convenient. It’s important to start with dried, raw, preferably organic seeds, beans, legumes, or nuts.

Rinse beans, nuts, legumes, or seeds and place in a glass container. Add room temperature purified water to cover and soak at room temperature overnight. Mung beans, however, require a full 24 hours. Rinse a couple of times prior to use.

Sprouting

After germination, seeds, beans, and legumes can be sprouted. After they are drained during the final step of the germination process, place them in a container for sprouting. Leave them at room temperature for the recommended time. The seed, bean, or legume will open and a sprout will grow from it. Rinse the sprouted nuts or seeds and drain well. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Dehydrating

Foods can be heated, never above 118 F, using a piece of equipment called a dehydrator to simulate sundrying. They are enclosed containers with heating elements to warm at low temperatures. A fan inside the dehydrator blows the warm air across the food, which is spread out on trays. Dehydrators can be used to make raisins, sundried tomatoes, kale chips, crackers, breads, croutons, and fruit leathers.

Blending

Foods can be blended or chopped using a food processor or blender, to make recipes for smoothies, pesto, soup, hummus.

Fermenting

Pickling

Juicing


What Equipment is Used to Prepare Raw Food?

Blender - to make smoothies, soup, nut milks

Thermometer - to ensure during heating that food stays below 118 F

Dehydrator - a piece of equipment that can blow air through food at low temperatures.

Juicer

Mini-blender - for chopping or grinding small amounts of food

Food processor

Spiral Slicer - cuts vegetables into spiral shapes

Large containers or trays to soak and sprout seeds, grains, and beans

Mason jars or sprouters

Besides Cooked Food, What Foods Should I Avoid?

Some raw beans can be eaten after they have been soaked and sprouted, but others are considered unsafe to eat, such as kidney beans, soy beans, and fava beans. Other foods that are avoided include:

Buckwheat greens

Mushrooms

Peas

Potatoes

Rhubarb leaves

Taro

Cassava and cassava flour

Parsnips

On a raw food diet, people usually avoid food grown with pesticides or made with preservatives, additives, food color or food dye.

What are the Benefits of a Raw Food Diet?

People who follow a raw food diet believe it has numerous health benefits, including:

Increased energy

Clearer skin

Weight loss

Reduced risk of disease

The raw food diet contains fewer trans fats and saturated fat than the typical Western diet. It is also low in sodium and sugar and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber, vitamin A, and health-promoting antioxidants. These properties are associated with a reduced risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. For example, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consumption of a raw food diet lowered plasma total cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations.

The raw food diet is also thought to have a favorable acid-alkaline balance, being low in acid-forming food. Too much acidity in the body is thought to result in disease.

Besides the immediate benefits, the raw food diet may theoretically slow the aging process and reduce inflammation, because it contains fewer advanced glycation end products and other potentially damaging compounds.

Source: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/Raw_Food.htm For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
Plentiful Benefits of the Raw Food Diet

There are many raw food diet benefits, including retaining the most nutrients out of the foods we consume. When we cook our food we break down the nutrients within, often times losing vital minerals and vitamins, and sometimes we even create new compounds during the cooking process that are actually harmful to us.

Other benefits of switching to a raw food diet include the detoxification of the human body of all the preservatives and chemicals found in processed foods and beverages. Some people switch to a raw food diet over a traditional diet for weight loss and better weight management.

The raw food diet centers around the principle that raw foods contain natural enzymes that when consumed boost our natural defenses against disease and illness. Raw foods are any foods prepared raw or cooked below 116 degrees Fahrenheit or 47 degrees Celsius.

While most raw food practitioners are vegan (people who do not consume animal products) there are even raw food dieters that consume raw meat, eggs, fish, and dairy. The raw food diet will definitely help dieters lose weight from not consuming fatty processed foods, but will also help keep the pounds off by not going back to a fatty diet.

Another benefit of a raw food diet is that it is easier on the body to digest. People suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or who are often times constipated can relieve their symptoms by adopting a raw food diet.

Giving a raw food diet a try is a great idea for anyone looking to have more energy from their diet, improve their digestion and to lower their risks of developing cardiovascular disease by dramatically decreasing their saturated fat content. A raw food diet is also great for maintaining positive and negative cholesterol and blood pressure in the body.

There are some issues to be aware of when switching to a raw food diet, some foods consumed raw can be dangerous such as kidney beans, meats, diary, buckwheat, or parsnips to name a few. Make sure you do some research when trying a new diet and when consuming foods in a new way.

Adopting a raw food diet also requires some discipline, time and organization to make sure you are preparing and consuming nutritious meals that will sustain your body and family.

Raw food diet benefits definitely outweigh any negatives or extra time spent preparing meals, because we are what we eat, and eating raw nutritious organic whole foods is the quickest way to improved health.

Source: http://www.professional-article-marketing.com/plentiful-raw-food-diet-benefits/ For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
Vegetarian, Vegan or Carnivore - We could all use more Raw Foods

Whether you’re vegan, aspiring to be a vegetarian or a card carrying carnivore, eating more raw fruits and vegetables will benefit your health. You’ll find that when you increase the amount of fruits, vegetables and natural unprocessed foods you eat, you will start to eat less dairy, meat and non-nutritious processed foods without feeling hungry or deprived. Your diet will become more alkaline which helps your body more easily maintain its optimal and life-critical pH balance. You’ll obtain more of the vitamins and phytochemicals that are diminished or destroyed during cooking and benefit from the extra fiber found in fruits and vegetables.

 Here are some easy ways to get your raw food consumption up to 50%.


For Breakfast:

* Start the day with a smoothie of raw fruits, raw nut milk and some greens like the blueberry, pear and spinach smoothie pictured above. The combinations of fruit and veggies are endless!

* Or have a fruit salad with your favorite fruits and berries topped with raw nuts, seeds, coconut or Ezekiel cereal.

For Lunch or Dinner

* Enjoy a raw soup like Avospacho or Curried Lentil Soup.

* Make a huge, yummy salad as part or all of your meal like Asian Coleslaw or Waldorf Salad.

* Make raw dips and Raw Crackers like Guacamole and Raw corn chips or Veggie Seeded Crackers.

* Enjoy raw entrees like Raw Tacos or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

* Make Raw Sushi or Veggie Wraps.

For Snacks or Desserts

* Make delicious, high omega-3, Chia Pudding. We can eat this every night it’s so good. Mix it with berries or other fruit or just eat it on its own. Everyone I’ve turned on to chia pudding loves it!

* Enjoy a raw crisp like Peach and Blueberry crisp.

Source: http://foodsforlonglife.blogspot.ca/2012/03/its-spring-time-to-enjoy-more-raw-food.html

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The Skinny on Raw Food Diets

Spring is a perfect time to stop working over a hot stove and get fit and healthy for summer. So ditch the oven and reap the raw food diet benefits. But what is “raw food” and why is it said to be so beneficial for weight loss, clear skin, general inflammation and increased energy? A raw food diet is based on the idea that heating and cooking foods above 118 degrees (47 Celsius/Centigrade) breaks down naturally occurring enzymes that help us digest, bring essential vitamins and minerals to our bodies and give vitality to our lives. A raw food diet should consist of largely plant-based, preferably organic fare like beans, seeds, dried fruits, seaweeds and grains. Most followers of a raw food diet claim that a raw food diet should consist of 75%-100% raw, living, unprocessed and organic goods.

Cooking food, particularly over a high or open flame can not only rob food of its natural benefits, but it can actually make food do more harm than good. For example, essential nutrients like Vitamin C are denatured and rendered useless by extreme heat. Consuming raw, sprouted and “living” foods is the best way to deliver Mother-Natures already perfect packages of vitamins, minerals and enzymes to our bodies. Many foods such as tomatoes, broccoli and other leafy greens contain cancer-fighting compounds that are lost when the vegetable is cooked in any way. Cooking is also thought to contribute to the formation of cancer causing carcinogens such as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

While most people that choose a raw food diet are entirely vegan, a raw food diet isn’t just carrot sticks and broccoli anymore. With a few tools like a dehydrator and food processor, a raw food diet can include indulgences like delicious veggie pizza, carrot cake or pumpkin seed “cheese.”

Raw foodists believe that the advantages of a raw and living food diet are numerous and varied. A person following a raw food diet can see significant weight loss and weight stability (meaning that once the weight is lost, the pounds stay off!) Other benefits include a reduction in overall inflammation, increase in energy and the body’s natural ability to fight disease, enhanced digestion, clear and glowing skin, strong and healthy hair, a significant drop in cholesterol and a decrease in the risk for developing heart and cardiovascular diseases. Consuming cooked food is thought to create acidic toxins that contribute to chronic illnesses like diabetes and arthritis.

Eating a raw food diet is affordable and the health benefits can reduce your overall health care costs as well! A raw food diet is not only great for your body, but its good for your wallet, too!

Source: http://internet-profit-articles.com/get-the-skinny-on-raw-food-diet-benefits/

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The Best Diet: Doctor Weighs In

“Can you tell me about your diet?”  It seems like such an innocuous question, and it’s one I find myself asking my patients all the time. Yet it is a remarkably complex question, and cannot be answered   with a nuanced discussion worthy of its importance in a 15-minute office visit.

If you are health conscious and have been paying attention to the news about diets for the last couple of decades, you should be thoroughly confused.  Low-carb? No-carb?  High-protein? Mediterranean?

Why do the experts change their minds all the time, and why can’t you get a straight answer about what to eat to be healthy?

I am a simple primary care physician without a crystal ball, so I will not be able to provide you with an omniscient answer about the diet you must follow.  But I certainly can synthesize some pragmatic tips to help you get and stay healthy, since you are what you eat.

My first tip for you: Ignore the fads. The Atkins Diet, based on a low-carb/no-carb concept, has proved remarkably successful for losing weight quickly. But it wreaks havoc on the cholesterol levels of my patients and has not been studied in regard to its impact on heart disease. It can be very hard to follow, and once you step off the Atkins diet, rapid weight re-gain is very common. The same can be said about Sugar Busters.

The Paleo Diet seems to be the fad du jour, and I was initially intrigued because I find studying our evolutionary history often helps us understand modern-day questions.  However, the Paleo Diet relies much too heavily on animal protein as a source of calories, and I will explain later why this is problematic.

I won’t go into all of the fads out there, but if there is a cleanse involved, a single food item at the center of the diet (the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet) or something that sounds pseudoscientific (the blood type diet, the Candida diet), then you should probably stay away.

Many of the people promoting fad diets are trying to make a buck off insisting that their simplified diet is the “best.” Hogwash!

What you find if you study fad diets is that anecdotal evidence of their success may abound, but scientific evidence is much harder to find.

PRAGMATIC ADVICE

Now that I have told you what not to do, I bet you are hoping I’ll tell you what to do. Well, I can’t.  Not with military precision.  Not with a step-by-step guide or meal plan or commandments.

When I ask my patients about their diets, I want to know what their daily schedule looks like, what foods they prefer, what is possible and sustainable, since we are all different. I prefer to give guiding principles rather than dictates. Here’s my advice.

First: Chose produce over processed foods. If it is not in a box, can or jar  but rather comes from the produce section, it is best. Nothing beats raw, real fruits, nuts, beans and vegetables in the nutrition they deliver.  They will not contain high-fructose corn syrup. You will get some calories but more water, fiber, vitamins and minerals than with that Twinkie you were thinking about.

Second: Avoid fast foods and eat out seldom.  Restaurants pump sugar, salt and fat into everything to increase the pleasurable taste of their foods.  Portion sizes are large to attract customers.  The result is a remarkably toxic mess of too many calories that expand your waistline and clog your arteries.

Third: If you must eat animal protein, try to keep it lean.  Fish seems to be the healthiest animal protein, while poultry, pork and beef are much more apt to cause health problems (I’ll discuss this more later in the column).

Fourth and perhaps most importantly: Avoid  liquid calories.  There is no redeeming quality to sugary soft drinks.  These empty-calorie sources not only are like gasoline on the fire for developing diabetes, but they cause bone mineral loss and tooth decay. Liquid calories—also found in iced tea and even fruit juices—pack on the pounds for most people.  Try your best to stick to water—it’s what nature intended!

LESS MEAT FOR THE DOC

Now you know what I preach. But what do I do in my own life?

Well, that all changed about eight weeks ago.  My brother, Jason Lillis, is an obesity researcher at Brown University in Providence, R.I.  He sent my family an email about eight weeks ago announcing that he and his wife could no longer ignore all the studies they have been exposed to and were becoming vegetarians.

He asked that my family read “The China Study” by  T. Colin Campbell and  Thomas Campbell Thomas M. Campbell II, and watch the documentary “Forks Over Knives.”   I must say, these works are well grounded in science, much more so that 99 percent of the fads out there.  They encourage a mostly plant-based, whole-foods diet—avoiding animal proteins and certainly avoiding processed foods.

These works highlight the dramatically increased rates of many different kinds of cancers found in societies that consume animal meat, compared with those that do not—a research finding that is gaining scientific steam.

As a result of my brother’s encouragement, my wife and I are eating much more vegetarian.  We still have an occasional piece of fish (not fried) and continue to eat some dairy.  But the beef, pork, chicken and turkey are no longer welcome.  The result has been more weight loss for us both, more energy throughout the day, better sleep and a greater general sense of well-being.

My best advice: Do your own research and watch the film my brother recommends. Try to figure out where you can make improvements in your diet.  Don’t beat yourself up over occasional indulgences, but try to do better on a day-by-day basis. You will feel better for it.

Success Story on Fruit Based Diet

The following is an interview with Chris Kendall by www.therawfoodfamily.com.

“As I have been passionate about the raw food diet for more than 8 years now, I want to present another interview to you.  Today I am talking to Chris Kendall, a friend of mine, who is living on an 80-10-10 diet or a high fruit based diet.

He eats mostly fruit, and massive amounts of it.  I saw him eating 30 bananas a day!

We as The Rawfoodfamily and I as Ka Sundance, do NOT eat this way, but also recognize that the movement is growing and growing, so I feel that I just need to ask somebody who does it successfully and therefore knows more about it.  Chris is also an athlete and is real fit, so I feel that he is a good spokesman for this lifestyle.  It works for him, and it has worked well for many years.

So in this interview, I try to make him tell us some of his secrets about the 80-10-10 diet and how he can eat kilos of fruits each day (and how he feels satisfied).  Even more so I want to know some secrets to help you guys learn about a high fruit-based diet and how you can make this work for you (if you feel that this makes sense)

So lean back, enjoy and learn some tricks and tools to lose some weight, while eating as much as you want.  Become more healthy – the natural way, with the raw food diet!”

Source: http://www.therawfoodfamily.com/success-on-a-fruit-based-diet-80-10-10-interview-with-chris/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=success-on-a-fruit-based-diet-80-10-10-interview-with-chris

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Raw Food fights breast cancer

The protective effects which one’s diet, in particular fruits and vegetables, offers against cancer may, intuitively, seem to apply more to cancers which are related to the gastrointestinal tract, such as colon cancer, stomach cancer or intestinal cancer. On the other hand, for certain cancers, like those of the ovaries, prostate and breasts, one may be more inclined to believe that hormones play a bigger part. The truth, however, is that diet does play a significant role even in breast cancer. And a recent study has revealed that the consumption of good amounts of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence by almost a third. This protective effect, however, only seemed to apply to certain women but not others.

Details of Study

The study team had looked at data pertaining to 3,000 breast cancer sufferers in a bid to analyze if low fat intake and consumption of high amounts of fruits and vegetables could play a part in preventing the return of the disease. Such a diet had previously already been linked to reduced breast cancer risk.

Half the women were told to consume 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, double the daily dose of 5 servings recommended by United States government agencies, as well as to boost fiber consumption and lower fat intake. This group was then compared with a group who were asked to stick to government guidelines. The average age of the study subjects was 53, and the study was published in theJournal of Clinical Oncology.

Findings of Study

About 900 of the entire group of women reported not experiencing hot flashes, which is a common side-effect of conventional breast cancer therapy. Analyzing the data on these subjects, the study team found that only 16% of those who doubled their fruit and vegetable intake suffered a relapse after 7 years, as compared to 23% of those in the control group. With specific regard to post-menopausal women, the reduction in risk was about 47%.

Hot Flashes, Estrogen and Breast Cancer

What is the significance here of hot flashes? After undergoing conventional breast cancer treatment, women who experienced hot flashes had been found to have lower levels of estrogen as compared to those who did not. And the reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence revealed by the study only applied to women who didnotget hot flashes after their bout of conventional cancer therapy.

Now, estrogen is known to be an important factor in the most common kind of breast cancer. Put together, all this information implies that consuming additional servings of fruits and vegetables, much more than the government’s suggested dose, could help in lowering the levels of estrogen in breast cancer survivors, thereby putting a lid on the possibility of relapse.

This distinguishing factor could help explain why, among previously conducted studies, some showed that increased fruit and vegetable intake could lower the risk of breast cancer relapse, while others did not come to the same conclusion.

"It appears that a dietary pattern high in fruits, vegetables and fiber, which has been shown to reduce circulating estrogen levels, may only be important among women with circulating estrogen levels above a certain threshold," said John Pierce from the University of California San Diego.

Conclusion

In battling breast cancer, whether in prevention, recovery or warding off a relapse, there are many important strategies which one could adopt. On top of eating healthful plant foods, other recent studies have surfaced some of them. These include being happy and having optimistic attitudes (http://www.naturalnews.com/024645.html), carrying out regular vigorous exercise (http://www.naturalnews.com/025280.html), having sufficient amounts of sleep (http://www.naturalnews.com/025015.html), and being in a happy marriage (http://www.naturalnews.com/025410.html). In reality, these are steps which are useful not just in defeating breast cancer, but in promoting overall good health as well.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/025612_cancer_breast_natural.html#ixzz1lBbwssn3

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The Effects of a Raw Food Diet

Foods that are labelled as comfort foods, in other words foods that we turn to when we are tearful, upset stressed, tired or just plain livid– or all of the above, only ‘comfort’ us whilst we are eating them –which is usually a few minutes at most. I can swallow a packet of biscuits in a few minutes when I’m really stressed – especially if I remove the packaging. However, these comforting foods will very rarely lift our mood. In fact, we’ll generally feel so shitty about our crap food choices that we’ll end up feeling more miserable than we did before we comfort ate. With raw foods, we often get a sense of delight immediately after finishing or sometimes during a meal made up of healthy whole foods.  I never thought it would be possible to get ‘high’ from foods, but I’ve often felt a sense of euphoria, or the urge to laugh during a raw meal.

Eating raw foods is good for the conscience. When we eat a vegan diet that relies on natural foods and locally-sourced produce, we can rest easy knowing that we aren’t responsible for eating the flesh of another; and that the foods we eat aren’t produced in manners that rape the planet. The production of animals for consumption by humans is far more costly than the production of comestibles for the vegan diet. By eating organic foods, you are saying no to the chemical additives and pesticides in the food, that not only damages our bodies but the environment also.

Whilst organic foods might be more expensive than non-organic on the surface, if you are eating your food raw then you will be saving money on boiling, grilling, toasting, roasting, steaming and the excessive amount of hot water, cleaning products (not to mention elbow grease) it takes to clean burnt-on food and grease.

Eating a raw food diet, or even a diet that is high in raw organic wholefoods and that is mainly vegan, has been linked to all kinds of benefits from a reduction in cellulite, an increase in spirituality, improved skin, happier mood, peaceful countenance and an improved sex life to some almost unbelievable claims such as teeth becoming whiter, the regrowth of hair in the bald, improvements in eyesight and the cessation of pain or discomfort in old injuries.

Many people that make the raw food lifestyle a part of their lives find themselves changing career paths and doing something more rewarding such as becoming yoga instructors, working with animals or retraining as raw food chefs.

My experience with raw food has been a very positive one. I can’t claim that gray hair became brown again as  I don’t yet have grey hair, or that my sex libido increased exponentially (which is a great shame), nor have I retrained to become a yoga master – which again is an effect I’d quite welcome. But I can vouch for a better mood, younger looking skin, eyes that sparkle with vitality, a sensation of euphoria, positive mental attitude and a calmness that helps me approach each day with a tranquil smile.

The raw food diet is like yoga for the digestive system.

Source: http://www.diet-and-anti-aging.info/good-diet/raw-food-diet/effects-of-a-raw-food-diet-part-ii/ For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
Advantages of Raw Foods

A raw food diet is one in which at least 75% of the ingredients are raw, though there are many who claim that a raw food diet should be 100% raw and uncooked. To prepare a raw food diet, cooking methods which do not destroy the nutrients of the food are used. Most of the food however, is consumed either raw or very lightly cooked.

The proponents of raw food believe that there are many health benefits of consuming a completely raw diet. The biggest advantage of consuming such a diet is that there are several improvements in the overall health of a person. The individual’s weight begins to normalize since several uncooked foods are low in fats. These foods are also not processed so a person’s consumption of chemical preservatives and additives is drastically reduced. The raw food diet provides the individual with plenty of essential nutrients without significantly increasing the calorific content of their meals.

When we cook foods, the heat and the acids alter the composition of the food, making part of it difficult to metabolize.

Therefore, a part of the cooked food we consume is not assimilated by the body. The raw food diet, on the other hand, consists of natural foods and therefore the body is equipped to completely metabolize the food. Raw food can break down into several components which are then sent to be metabolized by various different cells in the body. This not only aids in the proper digestion of food, but also allows a person to remain healthy and energetic.

One of the greatest improvements of a raw food diet is enhanced digestion. The human digestive system is able to completely digest raw foods and this decreases common digestive problems such as acid reflux, acidity, diarrhea, and constipation. Raw foods also help to stabilize stomach acid production and this helps to aid the digestive process and strengthen the digestive system.

Though some raw food diet enthusiasts allow adding a small portion of cooked foods to their diet, most agree that adding even a little bit of cooked food to a raw food diet can alter the balance that the raw foods create in the body.

If there is even a small amount of cooked food in the diet, it can cause the production of acids as well as bile. There are even residual effects of digesting the cooked foods and, therefore, the cooked food diet does not offer respite from gastric problems. It is believed that if you add cooked foods along with raw foods, the resulting acid which is produced, can cause the raw foods to create indigestion. If you do desire to eat cooked food as well, it is best to separate the cooked foods and the raw foods into two separate meals.

Most raw food recipes for a beginner will consist of large portions of fruit. Lunch can consist of a raw food salad recipe and finally have cooked food in the last meal of the day. However, be careful to wash all your raw foods well so that you get rid of any residual pesticides and similar chemicals which may have been used while farming these raw foods. You may also go in for organic raw foods, if they are available.

There are a few additional nutrients that you may have to consume along with your plant and raw food diets. Vitamin B12, copper and zinc are three micronutrients that are not completely provided by a raw food diet. Therefore, to fulfill the dietary requirements of these nutrients, it is best to add nutritional supplements to your diet. It is important to talk to a doctor before you decide on a nutritional supplement.

When it comes to other nutrients, raw foods cater to the needs of the human body and does not hinder the digestion and absorption of food. It is important to ensure that you receive all the nutrients that your body requires on a daily basis. In many cases, people on a raw food diet do not consume an adequate amount of iron rich foods.

 In addition to this, several plant based foods do not have very high iron bioavailability. This can cause or aggravate conditions like anemia and so it is important to ensure that your diet has an adequate amount of iron-rich foods and you can also include iron supplements.   Before you begin taking these supplements, it is important to check with a medical professional and find out how much of nutrients you really require and then fix the dosage of the supplements accordingly.

Eating raw, though healthy, does not come very easily to most people. Like in any other diet, it is important to start slow with the raw food diet as well. When you start introducing raw foods to your diet, there is a likelihood that your system will react to it.

As explained earlier, raw and cooked foods, when consumed together, can cause indigestion. Therefore in the initial weeks of switching over to the new diet, you will not only experience slight digestive discomfort, but may also experience cravings for cooked food. To make the raw food physiologically more beneficial for you, you can include a little salt in the food as well. Since both fruits and vegetables digest differently in the body, it is best to eat fruits first and vegetables later, in a different meal. So your raw food diet plan should be made accordingly.

Raw food diet weight loss is considered to be one of the safest and healthiest way of losing weight. Since raw foods work on your digestive processes and metabolism, the weight loss caused by a raw food diet is completely natural. Apart from this, the raw food vegan diet is full of natural enzymes which help you lose weight and simultaneously make you healthy as well. The raw food detox diet is also very beneficial for the body. Raw foods can help in the detoxification of the human body.


Source: http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/health_benefits_of_raw_food_diet

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Raw Food Diet for a Healthy Colon

Right now there is a lot of talk around colon cleansing. A number of folks insist that colon cleansing typically is a must to detoxify the human body. Others say that cleansing the colon can be harmful to the human body not to mention that the human body  naturally cleanses itself.

It is actually a truth that Americans seem to have turned to eating more processed foods as well as less of natural raw foods and that the human body will process natural raw foods better than it can processed foods that contain chemicals.

It looks reasonable to assume that anything which is purely natural can not be dangerous or at least it ought to be less harmful than chemicals whenever it comes to the human body.

Many of us understand that indeed there usually are 2 natural details you may do to to aid our colon to stay healthy. 1 is to drink adequate amounts of water every day  and the second typically is to eat foods very high in fiber like raw vegetables and fruits plus whole fiber breads and cereals.

Generally there is a medical industry standard text for the particular diagnosis and treatment of condition called the Merck Manual and its figures for diverticulitis for those over 45 years of age has the actual following figures for diverticulitis statistics:

# of cases:

1950 – 10% of all those over age 45 diagnosed with diverticulitis

1955 – 15%

1972 – 30%

1987 – almost 50%

Because we can see the instances of diverticulitis has increased dramatically  since 1950.  This may be due in part to the dietary habits of modern day people who insist on ingesting microwaved food, hydrogenated fats, deep fried foods, caffeine, sugar, white flour, and aspartame and other artificial sweeteners.

Individuals in addition tend to not drink enough water or alternatively eat enough raw vegetables and fruits. When was actually the last time you ate a raw vegetable or fruit? When was the last time you drank a glass of water?

Foods and Beverages to Avoid if you wish a Healthy Colon:

Avoid:

Foods which contain white flour

Processed foods for instance baked goods and also pasta

Sugar or food which contains sugar

Excess Protein

Pork

Processed Meats

Milk

Cheeses

Eggs

Soy Products

Caffeine

Canola Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Hydrogenated Oils, Margarine, Vegetable Oil of any kind and Oil that does not say that it is cold-pressed.

All Artificial Sweetners specifically aspartame (Nutrasweet) and Splenda.

Microwaved food

Regular table salt

Monosodium Glutamate

Artificial Coloring (like that is throughout Gatorade and other unhealthy drinks.

Just about all cooked food except for fresh vegetables plus grains.

Tap water except if  it is spring water

To enjoy superior colon wellness  ensure that you do nothing to stop the purely natural procedure of elimination. This means that when your body states it has to move,  then let it to move. When you feel the urge to move your bowels do not hold it in.   Holding it in is going to decrease the body’s signaling in the future. Do not take excessive laxatives as you you may decrease your purely natural power to have a bowel movement.

Eat plenty of fresh fruits not to mention vegetables. Drink at least of 8 – 8oz glasses of water every day . Your colon needs water to function correctly.  Stay away from processed foods and microwaved foods.  Exercise daily at least do 2 walks every day of 15 minutes in duration each time.  A large number of adults never receive enough exercise and exercise helps circulation which in turn helps digestion.

Source: http://paleolitic.com/tag/raw-food-diet/ For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
Raw Food Advocate Speaks About The Advantages of Raw Foods

A sweet smell enveloped the room Thursday night in Willard Hall as university alumna Christa Smedile prepared one of her “green smoothies,” made with organic kale, mango, pineapple, banana and water.

Smedile spoke to a room of 18 students and community members about the benefits of the raw food movement. She says her interest in holistic health and disease prevention attracted her to the diet.

“The raw food diet really caught my attention because it was something I had never heard about before,” Smedile says. “It really made sense to me because we are eating a lot of packaged and processed foods in the standard American diet.”

Smedile graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics in 2006, after which she completed a year-long internship in dietetics and became a registered dietician. She currently works at Alere, a health enhancement company in Philadelphia, and owns a business called Living Lotus, which focuses on nutrition, exercise and stress management.

Smedile says the raw food diet is made up of 75 to 100 percent unprocessed, whole-plant based, and preferably organic, food. In order to retain its enzymes, the food cannot be cooked above 118 degrees Farenheit.

Although her diet is not completely raw, she begins each morning with a green smoothie, which includes at least one dark, leafy green vegetable like kale or spinach, and tries to eat seven to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Smedile says she is 95 percent vegetarian and eats locally and organically as much as she can.

“I think it just bumps up your quality of life so much that you are really living a vital life,” she says. “There’s a difference between being healthy and vital and being without disease. Lots of people are without disease, but they’re not really living their life to the max.”

Smedile’s workshop was hosted by the Food and Garden Policy Committee, a graduate student organization started two years ago. The organization currently operates a garden behind the English Language Institute on Main Street that includes community beds where students can grow anything they want and a section where members teach students how to garden.

Junior Elizabeth Hetterly, a member of the committee, heard Smedile speak on campus last fall and attempted to follow her diet suggestions.

“I had heard about the raw food movement before, but I didn’t really know that much about it,” Hetterly says. “After hearing her [Smedile] speak at the last workshop, I tried out a couple of recipes and I tried being at least half raw but it was really challenging.”

She says if she found more recipes she liked, she would consider trying the raw food diet again. However, she still enjoys a green smoothie every morning, her favorite of which includes banana, orange, strawberry and either kale or chard. She says by replacing her daily cup of coffee with the smoothie, she has considerably increased her energy level.

“It’s definitely more long-lasting and more stable,” she says. “It’s not a sharp peak and a drop. You get energy and it’s consistent throughout the day.”

Senior Kayley Hassler, a human services major with a focus in nutritional counseling, says she was inspired by the workshop. Although she does not follow a raw food diet, she says she has prepared a lot of smoothies and juices and would consider trying it.

“You look better, you feel better, you are better,” Hassler says.

Source: http://www.udreview.com/alum-advocates-for-raw-food-movement-1.2870021#.T6qmwusS2uk For a quick, easy, on the go raw food meal replacement, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
Canadian chef Douglas McNish trades steaks for Raw Foods

Classically trained Canadian chef Douglas McNish was overweight and unhappy when he decided he needed to make a change in his life and his diet, and he hasn’t looked back since.

In his first cookbook, “Eat Raw, Eat Well,” the 29-year-old Toronto-based executive chef, teacher and raw food consultant provides 400 raw, vegan and gluten-free recipes and explains why he switched from a traditional diet and cooking steaks professionally and decided to give up meat and become a vegan and then a raw food chief.

“One day I woke up and decided to change my life. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired,” he said.

Along the way he dropped 100 pounds through a change in diet and exercise and experienced a lightness and increased energy that he said he had never known before.

He spoke to Reuters about why he decided to change how he eats, the benefits of a raw diet and the impact it has had on his health and career.

Q: What exactly is a raw food diet?

A: “It is composed of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. Generally it is organic and nothing is heated beyond 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Centigrade).

Q: Why is there a temperature restriction?

A: ”The thought process, and there is scientific evidence behind it, is that once you cook food beyond 115 degrees Fahrenheit you are destroying the enzymes and much of the nutritional content (of food). Enzymes, and this is scientifically proven, are what the body needs in order to digest food. Whether or not you are eating cooked or raw food the body needs those enzymes. By cooking the food you are destroying the enzymes.

Q: What are the benefits of eating a raw food diet?

A: “The more raw (food) you get into your diet the more you will feel increased energy, more mental clarity, be more focused, feel more stamina, sleep less, and you will have a more overall feeling of well being and weight loss.”

Q: How easy was it for you to switch to a raw food diet?

A: “I don’t want to say it is hard and I don’t want to say it is easy. It requires information. It requires knowledge and it requires research. It’s like any time you change your diet. You really want to get to know it … It requires you wanting to do it. Once you have the knowledge, once you have the information, I don’t look at it as hard. It is a gradual process that you take step by step.”

Q: How difficult is it to prepare and make tasty raw food meals?

A: “For the most simple raw food recipes you require a good knife, a cutting board and a bowl. Once you have the techniques down it really is a matter of 10 minutes of work.

Q: Do you need any special equipment?

A: ”To start you do not. You can make smoothies and desserts in a regular blender with regular equipment. The further you get into this diet, and if you choose to, you can buy things like a high-power blender, a $500 investment, but I highly, highly recommend it.

“And if you are serious about it, the next step is a food dehydrator. It acts like a mini oven and allows you to keep your food at a constant 110 or 115 degrees so you are retaining the vitamins and minerals. It opens up a whole world of nutrient-dense food, especially protein-containing foods.”

Q: Where did all of the recipes in the book originate? Did you create all of them?

A: “I did.”

Q: What is your favorite raw food recipe?

A: “Hands down I would have to say my go-to recipe is kale salad. It is such an easy way to feel full, to get your proteins, your healthy fat … and it takes about 10-15 minutes of work.”

Pesto-Coated Carrot and Parsnip Fettuccini

Ingredients:

3 large carrots, peeled

3 large parsnips, peeled

1 tbsp (15ml) tbsp cold-pressed (extra virgin) olive oil

14 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided

1 12 tbsp (22 ml) fine sea salt, divided

34 cup (175 ml) cold-pressed hemp oil

12 cup (125 ml) raw shelled hemp seeds

3 cloves garlic

3 cups (750 ml) chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions:

1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel carrots and parsnips into long, thin strips, dropping into a bowl as completed. Add olive oil, 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon juice and 14 tsp (1 ml) salt and toss until vegetables are well coated. Set aside for 10 minutes, until softened.

2. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process hemp oil and seeds, garlic and remaining lemon juice and salt, until somewhat smooth but the hemp seeds retain some texture. Add cilantro and process until chopped and blended, stopping the motor once to scrape down the sides of the work bowl. Add pesto to fettuccine, toss well and serve. Makes 2 servings.

Source: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/04/17/canadian-chef-douglas-mcnish-trades-steaks-for-raw-foods

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Going Green with your Diet

'Green' may mean different things to different people. But those of us concerned with good health will think about 'greening' their diet. Your mother was wise when she prepared green vegetables for your meals and spent time coaxing you to eat them.

'Greening' meals means eating dark, green leafy vegetables as part of your five servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Greening the diet also means consuming 'green' beverages. To expand the term, greening means planting all the produce you can and use them for your meal. You will get food fresh from the soil that goes straight to your pot.

Home-grown greens

The first place to start in ‘greening’ your meals is in your backyard. It means that it will be easy to reap and you will save some money by eating what you grow. If you have a small yard, you can boost your space by using containers to grow the vegetables. You can get expert advice from the Rural Agriculture Development Authority as to what to plant when, where and how. Becoming a home-grown farmer is a healthy activity you want to encourage, as it provides exercise and stimulates the mind. This also strengthens food security at the household level.

Better nutrition

Home-grown foods provide better nutrition than foods that are imported over thousands of miles to get to our tables. Nutrient content is diminished through packing, transportation and storage. Locally grown foods are best when picked fresh and used in food preparation shortly after. The seasonal foods that you reap can be prepared for freezing for use later in the year.

Organic

In the process of growing your own foods, you should go organic. Foods grown organically are better for your health as they are free from fertilisers or pesticides. Organic foods are better as you are at less risk for allergies, skin rashes and build-up of toxicity in the body.

Going vegetarian

If you move to a vegetarian diet, you will eliminate meat and dairy from your diet. Research has shown that antioxidants, phyto-chemicals and other health-enhancing nutrients are found in vegetables, the basis of a vegetarian diet. With a balanced vegetarian diet, you can get all the nutrients you need. Gradually start eliminating meat slowly and increase the amounts of vegetables and produce in your diet.

Raw foods

Raw foods mean foods that are uncooked or unprocessed. In their raw state, these foods live in transmitting direct energy to the body, some of which would be loss with processing and packaging.

Composting

As you develop your backyard garden, you can return peelings through composting back to the garden. Make the compost from peelings, wilted vegetables and fruit and from vegetables children refuse to eat.

Water is life

Fresh water is arguably the most undervalued resource on the planet. Its value as a commodity increases every day. Fresh, clean water is worth far more than the most precious metal or gem. Drink a clean, safe-source drinking water instead of canned soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, coffee or bottled sports drinks. Water is the only beverage your body needs.

Fragrant foods

Complementing the foods you plant, you should plant fragrant herbs and spices. These reduce your dependence on sodium-laden seasonings for the foods you prepare. Organic spices and herbs are more readily available than ever, and you should turn over your spice inventory frequently so the spices you buy are as fragrant and delicious as possible when you are ready to use them. Common herbs and spices include basil, cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, allspice, bay leaves, oregano, paprika, thyme and sage.

Balancing

As you green your diet, you will find that you will be a healthier person and you will also contribute to saving the environment.

Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120405/cook/cook5.html For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
The Natural Cures Within You

In the United States, about 36 percent of the population will be killed off by atherosclerosis  and its end products of heart disease, stroke and, rarely, fatally high blood pressure.  Another 22.8 percent will die before their time of cancer. Emphysema will knock off 5.1 percent more,  diabetes another 3 percent and so it goes down the line.

Completely avoidable diseases that have natural cures kill most people, and countless more that haven’t yet shuffled off their mortal coils are living in pain and misery from problems like IBS, which is estimated to afflict as much as 15 percent of the population.

Only 20.8 million people, or 7 percent of the population, have diabetes at the moment, but another 54 million people have prediabetic symptoms, according to the American Diabetes Association. An estimated one out of three Americans born in 2000 will eventually get diabetes.

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, and in the cause and prevention of disease." - Thomas Edison

Taking Responsibility

It’s easy to engage in the sham game of placing blame elsewhere and then looking for pity when you’re sick. When I was suffering from colitis, it was quite satisfying to shake my fist at cruel fate, which I saw as punishing me for no good reason.

Doctors like to play along with this game too. Oh, no, no, colitis could never be caused by diet, they assured me. They admitted that they didn’t have a good grasp of the cause, but they certainly wouldn’t blame me, who, after all, was eating plenty of protein and some sides of vegetables.

When I was overweight, it was cruel, cruel genetics that was the cause, certainly not my SAD diet and lack of regular exercise. Doctors would rather blame fate than acknowledge that a well-kept body is capable of using natural cures to heal itself of just about anything.

Whether you’re suffering from cancer, type two diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, or most of the unnecessary diseases that ail us, the sad but true fact is that you’ve brought it on yourself.

Taking responsibility can be a hard thing to do, but once you have, you can empower yourself to correct the causes of disease and enact the natural cures that are innate in all of us.

The Big Misunderstanding 

The current medicinal concept of curing disease, and the industry’s amazing rate of failure in doing so, stems from a misunderstanding of what disease is. Why do we suffer from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and lesser maladies like Colitis? It’s our food and our lifestyle.

As Professor T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University pointed out in his excellent book, “The China Study,” even those who just take the basic dietary steps of cutting out meat, dairy and eggs from their diet while increasing their intake of fruits and vegetable see their rates of cancer, heart disease, and other diseases of affluence plummet.

And these are individuals who are not even eating a healthy raw food diet. Raw food health is on another level entirely.  

Natural Cures For The Diseases that Ail You

Got diabetes, heart disease, or colitis? Suffer from allergies or headaches? Chronic fatigue? Just about anything else? The cure is at your fingertips. No doctor can save you, but you can find your your own natural cures.

So what do you have to do? 

1) Adopt a healthy raw food diet to bring about natural cures

2) Adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Source: http://www.raw-food-health.net/NaturalCures.html#axzz1qtzIrLvM For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
Raw Foods for Radiant Skin

Radiant skin is up there on most women’s beauty wish lists, but would you sacrifice a hot meal in the pursuit of a glowing complexion?

From Miranda Kerr to Madonna, celebs can’t get enough of ‘eating raw’ and swear by the enzyme-rich diet, which promises to deliver gorgeously youthful skin.

According to followers of the regime, uncooked fruit and vegetables are at their best ‘alive’ when they’re enzyme-rich and packed with anti-oxidants.

The idea is that by eating only raw food, you’ll have more energy, your skin will glow and, thanks to all the vitamins you’re digesting, look more youthful.

And incredibly, the diet has gained such a following that devotees are already booking tickets for this year’s first ever Rawpalooza Raw Food World Summit.

So, which are the best raw foods to munch on?

Experts say that alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, raw foodies should try to eat as many protein-rich seeds and nuts as possible.

And if you’re parched, forget sipping a Diet Coke, instead reach for some raw bee pollen or almond milk to quench your thirst.

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/beauty/6571986/Celebs-love-skin-friendly-raw-food For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
Raw Food Diet: The Basics

The “raw food diet” has been a big nutrition trend for some time.  What does it entail? Meals consisting of raw, unprocessed plant foods, such as vegetables, nuts, whole grains, beans, and fruits.  Is the diet worth it?  Well, that is a more complicated question to answer.

The concept behind the raw food diet is that foods are consumed in their most natural, and thus healthiest, form.  Cooking vegetables and legumes tends to kill the nutrients.  Processing such foods tends to add chemicals and preservatives. 

At this point, the raw food diet is looking mighty enticing.  Compared to the average meal, a raw food alternative is higher in fiber, lower in fat, and lower in sugar.  However, one must beware of certain deficiencies (e.g., vitamin B12) that can occur when avoiding animal products in a raw food diet.  Additionally, certain foods need to be cooked in order to obtain certain nutrients.  For example, when tomatoes are cooked, the lycopene content is highest.  (Lycopene is a carotenoid thought to play a role in disease prevention.)  Meanwhile, eating raw egg whites can actually be a catalyst for a biotin deficiency. This is because avidin in the egg white binds to biotin in the egg yolk and prevents it from being distributed properly.  To avoid this, the egg should be cooked (which denatures the avidin) as opposed to eaten it raw … or eggs should be avoided altogether and replaced with biotin supplements.

Now back to the original question: Is the raw food diet worth it? If done properly, the raw food diet can be beneficial.  The American Dietetic Association (ADA) offers the following guidelines for raw foodists in order to ensure sufficient intake of nutrients naturally found in animal products:

  • Eat almost twice the iron as nonvegetarians. Good sources of iron are tofu, legumes, almonds and cashews.
  • Eat at least eight servings a day of calcium-rich foods like bok choy, cabbage, soybeans, tempeh, and figs.
  • Eat fortified breakfast cereals, nutritional yeast, and fortified soy milk for B12. Supplements are a good idea.
  • Eat flaxseed and walnuts. Use canola, flaxseed, walnut, and soybean oil. These are all sources of omega-3 fatty acids. You may also want to take an omega-3 supplement.
Source: http://hairandhealth.blogspot.ca/2012/03/raw-food-diet-basics.html For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com