FullyRaw Banana “Nice” Cream with Berry Sprinkles! Free of unnatural sugars, processed ingredients, chemicals, and animal products. DAY 8 of the 14-Day Bikini Body Challenge calls for a sweet treat! NEW RECIPE VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/5cG8j1qmlzQ
FullyRaw Burritos for dinner! Made these for the fam, and everyone loved them! Collards from Rawfully Organic Co-op wrapped with guac, red bell pepper tahini, tomato, sprouts, and the works! Full recipe on the 21-Challenge meal plan at www.fullyraw.com. Share delicious foods with those you love! 👬 New video on how I stay social and eat FullyRaw vegan here: http://youtu.be/RxpcXKuJGJU
If you feel that you need to make a change and you want to live as healthfully as possible, you may want to consider a cleanse or detox. A raw food detox can be very energizing and appealing.
Instead of eating processed foods that will fill your body with toxins, on a raw detox, you’ll eat fresh, raw organic foods that will slowly rid your body of these toxins, leaving you feeling better than ever. A raw food detox can be temporary, or you may find that you feel so good when eating raw foods that you want to make it your lifestyle, which is perfectly acceptable, too.
The human body is amazing. It is always in the process of cleaning out the toxins, but it can only clean out the toxins so much when you continue to consume more foods that replace what was just removed by the body. A raw diet simply replaces the toxic foods and replaces them with very clean foods, thus speeding up the detoxification process.
On this diet, you are consuming only fresh fruits and vegetables, which are made up primarily of water. Because the body doesn’t need to work very hard to digest these foods, the body has the ability to remove the toxins at the cellular level. While this is great for the body, it will take dedication. Your body will crave the toxins that is has become accustomed to, much like when a smoker tries to quit smoking. You may experience skin problems, headaches, fatigue, and nausea. If these symptoms are too severe you may need to slowly embrace this new eating style so as not to make such a drastic change.
A detox such as this could last a week or it could last a couple months, it is all based on personal preference. Obviously, the longer the cleanse the more toxins the body will be able to remove and the better you should feel. Those first few days can be rough, but by continuing to eat well and adding in exercise (rebounding is recommended), a lot of people find that they have never felt better in their entire lives.
“For years, I’ve heard that cooking vegetables makes them less healthier to eat, but I didn’t know why.
Now I do (I theorize).
The longer it takes food to enter your bloodstream, the better it is for you. Raw vegetables are harder to digest; solid foods require your body to work harder and break them down in order to extract the raw nutrients.
Soft foods break down faster and enter your bloodstream. Drinks like Coke or Pepsi are liquid with tons of sugar and they enter into your bloodstream really fast. The same is true of fruit juices. That’s why I drink mostly water or sometimes tea; the liquid is the stuff that goes into you the fastest.
Cooked vegetables are softer than raw vegetables. They still have mostly the same nutrients, but they enter your blood stream faster and your metabolism doesn’t have to work as hard to get them into you. Therefore, they raise your blood sugar levels faster and are digested quicker, making you hungrier earlier than you normally would be if the vegetables were not cooked.
For best results, eat vegetables raw. If you’re like me and this isn’t feasible, cook them but don’t overcook them. Make sure they still have a crunch and you’ll be okay.”
Monday morning, 7am - Check in When I got up I looked in the mirror and did the same assessment that I had done on Sunday morning. Despite feeling like I was dragging myself around through most of the previous day, I woke up on Monday feeling great. I rated myself about a 9 out of 10. My eyes were still swollen but I felt less bloated, less tired, and generally more optimistic. Today was going to be a good, healthy day!
Breakfast, 7:45 am After lemon water (never skip it!), I had another “Mango and Spinach Smoothie,” but this time I added a quarter cup of mixed berries. It definitely helped to make it feel less like I was drinking a solid:
So colourful! Well before at least. After blending, I’m not gonna lie, it kind of turned an icky brown - but still tasted good!
Snack, 8:30 am The smoothie alone, especially without rice milk or anything more substantial, I don’t think can be considered breakfast. So I had a “snack” quite soon after. Instead of pumping in more fruit sugars though, this time I dipped baby carrots in half a mashed avocado. This kept me feeling pretty full throughout the morning. During this time, I prepared…
Karen’s “Marinated Veggies”
4 tomatoes, diced
1 medium head of broccoli
1 orange bell pepper
6 stalks of celery
olive oil, to taste
apple cider vinegar, to taste
Italian seasoning (just mixed dried herbs like basil and oregano)
Chop up all the veggies into bite-sized pieces, season it to taste with the oil, vinegar, and spices, and let it sit in this marinade for several hours.
Lunch, 11:30 am For lunch I had these marinated veggies on top of some massaged kale:
So delicious that it can only be seen sideways!
Snack, 1:30 pm After coming back from a challenging hour of yoga (yes, I had the energy to do it, and more!) and in keeping with my smaller, more frequent eating resolution (but not my fruit sugars one), I had a bowl of fruit salad as a snack:
Those kiwis just looked so sad sitting on the counter. They were calling my name!
Snack #2, 3 pm Well, here we go again! My stomach was rumbling and making some pretty out of this world noises, so I had a second helping of my marinated veggies.
Dinner, 5 pm I ate early because I was off to go sub for a friend’s rec beach volleyball team. It ended up being, no hyperbole, the worst calibre of volleyball I had ever witnessed - I credit the great mood lift of raw eating for the fact that I didn’t punch anyone during the process. Fortunately, it was a challenging 45 minutes of biking to travel to and from the field, and I had the chance to play an hour of ultimate Frisbee afterwards. I was really, really happy with how strong and energetic I felt. A complete 180 from yesterday’s quagmire of lethargy. Anyways, I’m getting off track. For dinner I had another big batch of delicious Nori Rolls. I added sundried tomatoes this time and they were awesome. But before heading out the door, I broke down and crammed in a few rice cakes - I was desperate for something salty and crunchy.
Snack, 9pm When I got back from my evening of activity, I rewarded myself with a bowl of oatmeal. Its usually something I have every day, and I was really missing it. Plus its nice to eat some warm food before bed.
This is getting to be a really long post, so I’m going to write a separate one with my ‘debrief’ of the challenge. But all in all, I’m glad I did this! It took a while, but I give it full credit for my stellar Monday energy levels.
People are increasingly becoming cognizant of the many benefits of raw food diet. In addition to weight loss, this diet plan helps you to prevent dangerous diseases like cancer, cardiac diseases and diabetes. The entire body is cleansed with all the anti-oxidants which have been seen in raw food.
A raw diet lets you eat to your fullest and still lose weight. For this reason people consider this diet as “raw diet paradox”. You will find raw food is made up of high quantities of water and quantities of fiber. They have got a surprisingly low calorie count. You feel full after you consume raw food and you still don’t put on weight.
Some weight loss tips through the help of raw food diet:
Get hold of a juicer: is really important should you be considering to move raw. By using a juicer you may make juice of fruits and veggies. Some fibrous foods like wheatgrass need to be processed in a juicer as a way to break down the fiber and cellulose. Therefore, digesting the meal becomes straightforward.
Consume raw honey rather then sugar: honey is renowned for its anti oxidant properties. It is really an antiseptic with an antibacterial product. Likewise, honey provides you with energy and can revitalize skin.
Raw foods offers you the key benefits of organic natural skin care: you will see your skin becoming clear and glowing with organic food. The raw food that you simply consume hydrates your skin layer.
Organic raw flaxseed contains a high amount of omega 3: this is very good for your digestive system.
After you move to a raw diet, the transition really should be a gradual process: your body needs time for you to alter to the progress. Therefore enjoy a gradual process.
Raw foods can help digestion remarkably.
Raw food consumption was practised thousands of years ago. People of days gone by acknowledged some great benefits of a raw diet.
A raw food diet causes complete detoxification of the body. Toxins are eliminated in the body and it becomes stronger and healthier.
Starving isn’t a technique for losing weight. It causes tremendous injury to the body. The extra weight which is lost is regained within a short span of time. Therefore, the effort undertaken goes to waste. Instead shifting to some raw food diet is a substantially healthier option.
For best effects, it is possible to combine your raw food diet with proper exercise. You will be able to get noticable the real difference in just a short span of time.