raw food benefits

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.

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REPOST: Ten reasons eating raw is healthier for you and the planet

On a raw food diet, one is allowed to eat only slightly heated or completely raw plant-based food. The following article by Jonathan Mead via Zen Habits elaborates on why allowing the body to run completely on raw food is worth a try.

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At the beginning of the new year I decided to go Raw for 30 days. I’ve always been interested in eating a raw diet, but never had the guts to completely jump in and do it. I would eat raw for breakfast and lunch most days but would break down at dinner time and eat cooked food. I was eating about 60-80% raw, I just needed the extra push to move to eating 100% raw vegan food. I got that push after seeing these amazing before and after eating raw photos.

I decided the best way to know if something is all it’s cracked up to be is to try it. At the very worst if it doesn’t work out you can always go back, right?

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What I found is that eating raw is not only easy to do, but makes you feel amazing.

It wasn’t easy to resist eating cooked foods at first. Just like breaking any habit, it takes time and persistence. Most of all, it helps to simply take it one day at a time and focus on only one goal. For the new year I decided not to make any other resolutions or goals, but to simply eat a raw vegan diet for 30 days.

Here are just a few things I’ve learned:

  1. Live foods. It’s common sense right? A cooked seed won’t grow, but a raw seed will. Heating food over 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys much of the nutrients in your food. Cooking food also diminishes the natural life energy. I’d rather put living food in my body.
  2. Enzymes. Cooking food destroys much of the natural enzymes (your body can also create enzymes, but can only do so much) in your food that are needed to break down nutrients. Eating raw eliminates this problem.
  3. Insane energy. You won’t know this unless you try it for yourself, but eating raw gives you an amazing boost in energy. I used to get tired around 2 or 3pm during the day. Now I simply don’t have that problem. When I do get tired, it doesn’t last nearly as long and an orange or apple will recharge me within a few minutes.
  4. Better sleep and less sleep needed. I’ve slept better than ever while eating raw. But most importantly, I don’t wake up feeling tired or groggy anymore. On most days, I wake up feeling full of energy.
  5. Increased mental clarity. Eating raw has helped me focus on the things that are important and made me more emotionally in tune with others. I feel like a wall of fog has been removed in my mind. It’s easier to think clearly and focus for long periods of time.
  6. Eat as much as you want. This isn’t really a health benefit, but it is pretty awesome. I never get that uncomfortable full feeling eating raw. You know where you have to unbutton the top button on your pants and take a nap? I don’t get that. I can eat as much as I want, and while I will feel full, I don’t feel weighed down or tired.
  7. Less cleanup. Simply put, there aren’t many dishes to wash when you eat fruit and vegetables. Although if you do compost (like I do), you’ll probably have to do it more often.
  8. No packaging. Eating raw means less packaging all around (well, I guess you could argue that banana and orange peels are “packaging”). This means less trash in a landfill and more room in your cupboards. Win/win for everyone.
  9. More regularity. You should naturally have around two to three bowel movements a day. If you’re going less than that, it probably means your intestines are unhealthily clogged. A raw diet gives you more than enough fiber to keep you regular.
  10. Connection with the earth. Eating food that’s been freshly picked just feels different. You feel more connected to the earth and more grounded. Eating lots of processed foods — frozen or from a box — makes creates more of a gap and leaves you feeling disconnected from the earth that sustains you.

Want to give it a try? If you’re interested in pursuing a raw diet, here are a few great resources to get you started:

It should be noted that you don’t have to go 100% raw to see the benefits of eating this way. My transition to a raw diet wasn’t a quick process. I’ve been vegetarian for seven years and in the past two, started eliminating most dairy as well.

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You don’t have to drop out and becoming a complete raw foodist right away. Any increase in raw foods in your diet will give you noticeable, immediate results.

Bob Edwards is the founder and proprietor of YJ Sciences Inc., a natural food supplement company based in Vancouver. Learn more about the company and its flagship product Youth Juice by visiting its official website.

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
Raw Foods for Weight Loss

“Raw food for weight loss definitely works for some, and there are definitely benefits of raw food to be had for your health.

Raw fruits and vegetables offer you fewer calories, and your body takes longer to digest raw, than it does cooked foods.

Your body can easily digest raw foods, and raw can help you feel satisfied for longer, so you are less likely to crave something else to eat an hour later, after you have had a meal.

Eating raw food will give you much more energy, so you can get the exercise in that you need.  When you are overweight, the last thing you feel like doing is exercising.

If going raw seems a little difficult for you, and it is, try doing it in small baby steps.  When ever you are eating something, add something raw with it. Raw fruits and vegetables contain digestive enzymes, and these will help in breaking down the cooked food you are eating.

Raw food contains fiber, and this will expand in your stomach and help you feel fuller for longer, and will help eliminate the cooked food from your digestive tract.

Eating raw foods, will give your body plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Add a salad to your evening meal, and eat some of it before you eat the cooked food.

Try and eat a piece of fruit, or vegetable, such as carrot before everything you eat.

Cooked foods do contain more calories, and if you enjoy a glass of wine with your evening meal, this is also adding a few more calories.

I personally could not go on a complete raw food for weight loss diet, it would be impossible, having a busy life with kids etc, and having to cook meals for the family.

All I do, is what I have suggested above, I always add something raw, and eat it before the cooked meal, this way I enjoy the benefits of raw food.

Sometimes, I will eat only fruit during the mornings, until midday.  If I have a busy day ahead I will prepare a small container of chopped celery and carrot, and pop it into my handbag.

When you are trying to lose weight, definitely cut out alcohol, if you enjoy a glass of red or white every night, you will be surprised how much this can pile on the weight, there are quite a lot of calories in alcohol.

Eating raw food is usually made up of vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, seeds, grains, nuts and juices, and some people are very passionate about eating only raw and nothing else.

There are definitely benefits of raw food on your health, but personally, the way I manage to keep the weight off, is to just include raw fruits and vegetables into each day.  Between meals, and before meals.

I think, if you have plenty of time on your hands, perhaps you don’t have kids, than raw food for weight loss could be for you.”

Source: http://www.foreverlookingood.com/raw-food-for-weight-loss For more on raw foodism, visit us at www.rawconvenience.com
The Number 1 Reason People Fall Off a Raw Diet

The number one reason peeps go back to cooked food from a low fat raw vegan diet is undereating on fruit. I see it all the time and I succumbed to it myself in Sept 07 when I went back to cooked food for a month. It would’ve been a longer stay on cooked food if I didn’t learn how to eat enough calories from sweet juicy fruits. I never used to be the type to count calories although I did have a stint in my youth because I went through anorexia and bulimia, calorie-counting became my friend in a way… I enjoyed the certainty I felt the system provided.

So why do we need plenty of carbohydrates in our diet & briefly what are they?

Well carbohydrates are our body’s most efficient source of energy. Carbohydrates are created by plants and stored in their leaves, stems, roots and fruit through a process called ‘photosynthesis’.

Most of the time a fruit is more than 90% carbs, making it the ideal food to meet our nutritional requirements.

We have sweet tastebuds on the tip of our tongues for a reason, these tastebuds are the first point of contact with our food…so naturally we seek out carbohydrates hence everyone is familiar with the ‘sweet tooth’ term.

We need a steady supply of glucose to our brains and body to function optimally.

What are the foods that peeps always go back to when they return to cooked foods?… Carbohydrate rich foods like pasta, breads, cakes, pizza, pastries, icecream, chocolate, cereals, rice…why? Because one’s cells are starving for carbohydrates and as a result the brain will search for the most dense caloric source available which is cooked carbohydrates! When we are hungry our brain doesn’t care if the carbs come from an unhealthy source (like cooked food) it just cares about getting blood sugar levels back up again…It’s really quite simple.

I feel a big part of the reason peeps avoid eating sufficient amounts of fruit is because they think it will make them fat! If carbohydrates made us fat then this would be reflected with soaring obesity levels amongst Asian countries like Japan, (where eating large quantities of rice is the norm) but actually the opposite is true. The countries that have the largest consumption of carbohydrates are always the slimmest & the most fit.

If we try to replace much needed carbohydrates with fat then we will not thrive long term and also we will gain fat more easily…Fat is very dense in calories (9 per gram in comparison to 4 per gram for carbs ) and is processed very differently to carbs, fat is stored almost effortlessly, and have you ever noticed that fat provides little appetite satisfaction?

How often do you want to reach for sweet juicy fruits after a high fat meal? The reason is because you did not satisfy your ‘sweet carbohydrate tooth’. When we undereat on carbs we overeat on fats and we all know high fat diets are unhealthy right? I like this little article on fats

The reason sugar gets a bad wrap in the mainstream is to do with the company it keeps…

The common SAD diet includes large amounts of meat, dairy, and refined grains, with this also comes a lot of simple refined sugars… Making the sugar’s role in this mix therefore hard to determine. Sugar then becomes the scapegoat, taking focus off the animal products and saturated fats which definitely impact health more significantly than any simple sugars would.

Another reminder of our sweet tooth is reflected in how most of the population eats… always looking for reasons to ‘sweeten up’ dishes…I find it very interesting to watch others at meal times, have you ever noticed that the majority of peeps don’t eat butter, mayonnaise, or sour cream unless they have a carbohydrate to go with it?

In fact, one way to lose your attraction to foods like beef, bacon and butter is to not accompany it with carbohydrates (no sauces, gravy, honey, jams etc), there is a good chance you will soon lose your appetite for these foods… (although salting foods will keep you addicted which is another topic). How often do we eat one food at a time until we are full like every other animal in nature? Should we really have to ‘dress’ a food up??…Fruits and tender greens are the only foods that taste great alone, meet our nutrtional requirements perfectly and are easily attained in nature.

I recommend peeps who want to attain vibrant health, fitness and high energy levels through a 100% low fat raw vegan lifestyle count their calorie intake for at least the first month, this should provide a good solid base for long term success. Go to nutridiary.com and work out how many calories you need to MAINTAIN your current weight and aim for this with sweet juicy fruits.

Lastly you shouldn’t have to discipline yourself when it comes to eating and you don’t have to if you are meeting your physiological requirements of sufficient carbohydrates everyday from a clean natural source such as fruits. There is a reason I haven’t had a mouthful of cooked food for 2years…hopefully after reading this post you can work that one out.

Source: http://sweetjuicyfreelee.com/2009/11/08/undereating-on-frui-cooked-food/

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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
Raw Food Benefits

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Raw Food Benefits

If you’ve hardly stepped near your oven this summer and chosen salads and soups rather than slaving over a hot stove, there’s no need to feel guilty. Raw fruit, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all brimming with vitamins and minerals which can help boost our immune system, give our gums a great workout, keep us slim and leave our skin looking young and silky. Luckily, we are more likely to eat raw food in summer because we are attracted to lighter, cooler dishes such as salads, juices, chilled soups and smoothies. Raw fruit and vegetables deliver far higher levels of nutrients to our body than cooked food. Here are some benefits of taking raw food:

1. The nutrients from raw foods are delivered through the blood to the cells resulting in cleaner blood and healthier cells. This is the goal. Superior nutrition will return your cells to their more youthful functioning. Because raw foods are easy to digest, this frees up energy for healing and cleansing.
2. Lipase and Protease are enzymes found abundantly in raw live foods that assist in weight management. Lipase helps your body with digestion, fat distribution, and fat burning. Without lipase, fat stagnates and accumulates. Protease helps break down proteins and eliminate toxins. Eliminating toxins is essential to burning fat because your body stores excess toxins in body fat.
3. A chewing motion stimulates blood supply to these parts of your mouth – helping to keep them healthy and exercised. Cooked, processed food by contrast can contain high levels of sugar which can lead to tooth decay.

4. Raw food can also benefit our skin. Carrots and tomatoes contain betacarotene which when eaten raw contains higher levels of this vitamin. After the body digests betacarotene, it is converted into vitamin A. This chemical stimulates skin cell growth and builds collagen – a structural protein present in the skin which is essential for skin elasticity.
5. Raw foods are rich in Vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants. These ingredients boost your immunity and may reduce risks for serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
6. When you eat raw foods you are consuming a higher content of fiber. This improves digestion and elimination processes in your body. Additionally, the human body produces approximately 22 different digestive enzymes that are capable of digesting carbohydrates, protein and fats. Raw vegetables and raw fruit are rich sources of these enzymes.Want to experience the benefits of a raw diet yourself? Join us for one of our monthly Brad’s Raw 7 Day Challenges! Commit to eating a 100% raw diet for one week with the support of the Brad’s Raw Foods team, as well other challengers!

SOURCE: mailonline, raw food for the beginner.com, BRAD’S RAW FOODS

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Great Tasting Juice That Is Good For You

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  No bottled or canned juice found in stores, compares in taste texture or quality to a juice extracted from fresh fruit or vegetables, nor can they provide the health benefits that fresh fruit juicing can provide. By extracting the juice of fruits and vegetables you will be consuming the beneficial enzymes found primarily in raw foods, with the added benefit that your body can absorb these and other nutrients more quickly than from solid foods. Enzymes found in fruits and uncooked vegetables contribute to increase the body’s metabolic rate when consumed in a regular basis. Juicing provides an easy and convenient way to consume these very important foods more frequently. Juicing is also a good source of antioxidants that help boost our immune system and combat the damaging effects of free radicals. Increasing the ingestion of foods rich in antioxidants can have anti-aging benefits as well.  

  If you are considering purchasing a juice extractor there are several factors that you should take in consideration. First, you will be most likely to use it regularly and take advantage of the benefits that juicing provides if it is easy use. Models that have extra wide feed chutes are more versatile since fruits and vegetable can be fed whole and no preparation is necessary, so look for the models with extra wide feed chutes. Second, you will not mind using it frequently if it is easy to clean. Juicers with dishwasher safe components are preferred. Third, more power in the motor in general, means that you will get more juice from fruits and vegetables faster. Finally, consider juicers that have multiple operating speeds. Soft fruits like watermelon need to be processed at lower speeds, while hard fruits and vegetables must be processed at higher speeds. One model that meets all these criteria is the Breville 800jexl Juice Fountain Elite, also known as the Breville Elite 800jexl.  It is durable, easy to clean and very easy to use. Juicing offers some many health benefits and it is a easy and convenient way to feed your family with nutrients enzymes and the antioxidants that they need to keep their immune system and metabolic rate in optimal shape. Why not give it a try?

  Check out the Breville 800je review to learn more about this model features and characteristics.

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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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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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Raw Food Diet Users Claim Big Health Benefits

For those accustomed to eating cooked food (in other words, most people), the move to a raw food diet is a major commitment.

But it’s well worth it, says Rose Vasile, a former Kitchener, Ont., resident who discovered raw food in 2001 after moving to British Columbia.

Vasile is a certified raw foods chef, instructor and educator and the author of “Uncooking with RawRose.” She self-published 500 copies in 2006 and recently released the fifth edition, with total sales of 9,000.

A raw food diet is similar to a vegan diet — no dairy, meat, fish, eggs or honey. But raw foodists also believe cooking food above a maximum temperature of 40.6 C to 47.7 C (105 F to 118 F) — the cut-off point varies in the community — destroys beneficial enzymes in it. That means grains, unless they’re sprouted, all soy products and any foods processed at a higher temperature are unacceptable.

Vasile, whose cut-off is 40.6 C (105 F), started her transition to raw food gradually, initially attracted by a desire to lose weight. As she increased her intake of raw food, she says, she noticed other changes besides the weight loss, including more energy, the disappearance of food allergies, improved mental clarity and digestion and fewer mood swings.

Raw foodists generally claim an extensive range of health benefits from the diet.

“I’m not a medical practitioner and I’m not a nutritionist,” she says. “I just feel better when I eat raw.”

She says she eats about 90 to 95 per cent raw and her experience is that most raw foodists follow a similar regimen. Exceptions to her diet include some steamed vegetables and tea, although she doesn’t bring the water to a boil. She also occasionally indulges in vegetarian sushi (with cooked rice) or dark chocolate.

But most of her diet consists of fruits, leafy greens and other vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and some fermented foods, including red wine, all eaten cold or at close to room temperature. She makes her own crackers in a dehydrator and is a big proponent of green smoothies (about 60 per cent fruit and 40 per cent leafy greens blended together).

The recipes in her book, all of which she developed, are surprisingly varied. Her lasagna is made with layers of mushrooms, zucchini and spinach, almond cheese (made with fermented almonds) and marinara sauce (made with a base of sun-dried tomatoes and dates), and her “pasta” dishes are made with beet, squash, carrot, celery root, turnip, yam or zucchini noodles.

She has a large section on soups, salad dressings, sauces and dips and another on desserts, often using nuts and seeds as the base for cakes or pies.

For those who miss the comfort of hot foods, she suggests warming spices such as cinnamon, cayenne or ginger.

One of the challenges of eating raw is to know just what is raw, she says.

For example, many almonds are pasteurized, so they don’t qualify. Dates that have the pits steamed out of them aren’t raw, but dates with pits are. Most dried fruits sold in stores are dried at high temperatures, she says, and therefore aren’t raw. But sun-dried fruits are OK. “Refined” oils are not approved, but unrefined, cold-pressed or stone-pressed oils are fine. There are many more exceptions.

Once you become familiar with “real” raw foods, the actual food preparation is no more time-consuming than cooked foods, Vasile says. And the clean-up is a breeze.

But it does require planning.

She dehydrates and sprouts a lot of her food, processes that take many hours and have to be done ahead so the ingredients are available when she’s ready to make a meal.

Chelsea Clark, owner of Rawlicious, a raw food restaurant with two outlets in Toronto, says one thing that surprises her is the number of older people interested in eating raw, an observation Vasile also makes. When the first Rawlicious opened in 2008, Clark says, “diehard raw foodies” would travel considerable distances to eat there. Now the clientele is a total mixture of carnivores, vegetarians, vegans and raw foodists. “We’re very mainstream.”

The restaurants are strictly vegan but slightly less stringent than Vasile in their definition of raw food and the temperature at which dishes can be served.

“It’s hard to get them on the scale that we need them,” says Clark of ingredients such as non-pasteurized almonds, for example. The restaurants also use balsamic vinegar and maple syrup, which are “bordering on the raw,” but are not acceptable to strict raw foodists.

Foods served warm — to a maximum of 48.8 C (120 F) or warmer than room temperature — at the restaurants include pizza and meat loaf (both nut-based), mashed “potatoes” (which are really cauliflower) and a warm soup.

But one of the biggest menu hits is ice cream made with cashews and coconut.

“I don’t think anyone would know that it’s raw ice cream,” Clark says.

Source: http://www.brandonsun.com/lifestyles/breaking-news/raw-food-diet-followers-claim-range-of-health-benefits-challenge-is-planning-139232933.html?thx=y

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Raw Foods regulate bodies cell cycles

It’s amazing that more than 2000 years ago we realized many universal truths, and we did it without the scientific method. One person who really knew what he was talking about was Hippocrates, who said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.

We lost our common sense for awhile and fell in love with a disease establishment that claimed science was on its side. Apparently we are now coming to earth again in a new age where science and sense meet. Scientists are now explaining the finer points of the truth Hippocrates was trying to tell us – nature has provided us with all the tools we need to stay healthy. An example of this type of research is a study published in the January, 2008 edition ofFrontiers in Biosciencethat deals with the importance of regulation of the cell cycle in prevention of cancer.

What is the cell cycle?

The growth and maintenance of plants, animals and humans is the result of an ordered series of events which constitute the cell cycle. During this cycle, chromosomes are duplicated and one copy of each duplicated chromosome is transferred from the mother cell to the daughter cell. Proper regulation of this cycle is essential for the normal development of multi-cellular organisms. If control of this cycle is lost for any reason, cancer or other degenerative diseases may be the result.

Successful cell replication depends on two critical processes: the replication of DNA, and mitosis – the nuclear division of the daughter cell from the mother cell. The master controllers of these processes are protein kinases that regulate the proteins involved in this DNA replication and mitosis.

The research

For this study, scientists reviewed the sequence of events that regulate cell cycle progression with an eye towards the check points and mechanisms that cells employ to insure DNA stability during this cell cycle even in the face of genotoxic stress.

They noted that key transitions in the cell cycle are regulated by the activities of the various protein kinase complexes composed of cyclin and cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) molecules. These cyclins are CDK binding partners which are required for kinase activity and are intimately linked to the cell cycle stage. CDK activity can be controlled by other mechanisms, such as the addition of a phosphate group, resulting in deregulation of the cell cycle. This is the process that leads to cancer.

Although diets rich in fruits and vegetables are increasingly being recommended for the prevention of cancer, their active ingredients and mechanisms of action have not been well understood. This research presents evidence that dietary agents identified from fruits and vegetables can act to modulate the effects of deregulated cell cycle checkpoints. It is through this mechanism that cancer may be prevented by dietary choice.

Compounds from fruits and vegetables that appeared particularly noteworthy were apigenin (celery, parsley), curcumin (turmeric), epigallocatechin-3-gallate (green tea), resveratrol (red grapes, peanuts and berries), genistein (soybeans), and silymarin (milk thistle).

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/024958_fruits_and_vegetables_cancer.html#ixzz1lGEQaCgC

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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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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