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.”
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.
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.
started my raw food challenge today :] I was really afraid I would have a horrible headache this morning from not having coffee but it actually didn’t develop till this afternoon. I tried to sleep it off but it’s still there…so that makes me think it’s partly from the toxins leaving my body. I don’t know a whole lot yet about being raw so everything I eat won’t be 100% raw but the majority of my food intake will be as close as possible to it. here’s what my day has looked like so far
breakfast (4:30am) - 1 banana & 1 apple then I got off work at 8 and was kind of hungry so I ate my pear I packed and a few walnuts & almonds
lunch (10:30) - my whole foods lunch post from earlier…the tofu was not raw and I had a grain dish in there too that wasn’t as well
snacky snack - I don’t have a juicer so I tried to find something in WF and I found a raw cranberry ginger juice. the ginger gives it a really strong flavor and smell that I can’t decide if I completely like yet…but I’m still workin on it
dinner - TBD…probably a nice big salad, might make a piece of toast & peanut butter to go with it
so all in all it’s about 75% raw…but who’s counting. it doesn’t matter.
Raw food diets are becoming more popular, but I’m not sure the movement has succeeded in quieting its most persistent skeptics.
Its detractors are quick to point out the following drawbacks about the raw food regime:
You don’t get enough protein
You eventually become undernourished
You’ll lack other vital nutrients like vitamin B, among other things.
Somewhat surprisingly, there aren’t too many long-term studies done on the health benefits of raw foodists. Surveys that rely on self-reporting show a very high level of satisfaction for people who stick with the diet. Their proponents are quick to point out that a raw food diet shields you from most of the drawbacks of the western diet and insist it’s the best way to consume the rich variety of micronutrients needed for long-term health.
That’s probably true. But do their detractors have a point?
Pros and Cons of the Raw Food Diet
By and large, the raw food diet consistently scores well for certain biological markers. Weight loss, plasma cholesterol, plasma carotenoids, and plasma triglycerides consistently move in the right direction for people who adopt a fairly strict raw food regime over the long run. This isn’t surprising since a raw food diet by necessity consists mostly of raw fruits and vegetables, and the stuff in raw fruits and veggies is highly correlated with those markers!
The long term health benefits of caloric restriction are widely proven, and it’s likely that a raw food diet shoehorns you into that sort of eating regime. Of course, that might be an argument for caloric restriction moreso than a raw food diet.
People skeptical about the nutritional benefits of a raw food diet are likely to point out the nutrients that you don’t get by just eating raw plants, mainly vitamin B and protein. Admittedly, they might have a point.
Vitamin B and Protein Deficiency
This critique is especially true for Vitamin B intake. A long-term epidemiological study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that raw food diets are strongly correlated with high plasma levels of homocysteine, a biomarker that’s symptomatic of inadequate vitamin B intake. Another study published in the Journal of Nutrition examined the health status of 200 people who followed a strict raw food diet and found that 38 percent of the participants had vitamin B-12 deficiency. Another study that studied only women found an even stronger result.
The argument about protein intake has less validity. Mostly because any food that isn’t processed has some protein content, and getting enough protein is simply a function of getting enough calories. There are also a variety of plant foods that are excellent sources of protein: spirulina, hemp, soy, etc.
However, there’s no reason the nutritional deficiencies of a raw food diet can’t be overcome with adequate supplementation. All sorts of B-12 supplements exist, and protein powders are easy to come by. A study published in the Annals of Nutrition found that most of the deficiences of the raw food diet go away if you take the necessary supplements (vitamin B, protein, probiotics).
It’s also worth mentioning that not all raw food diets are created equal. They’re often conflated together, but going raw is not the same thing as being vegan, and some raw fooders drink raw milk, certain types of sushi, and even beef and other conventional meats.
I honestly don’t know of any evidence that describes the long term health benefits of that particular type of raw food diet, but reason would dictate that they wouldn’t suffer from the traditional drawbacks of most raw food diets.
So Does A Raw Food Diet Work?
So can the raw food diet work? Yes!…..but it takes a certain amount of attention. That reason itself might be why most self-identifying raw-foodists love their diet. It has very unique benefits to it, and hence selects for people with pre-existing inclinations to try it. If nothing else, it requires a more delicate arrangement of lifestyle constellations to make it work. Enthusiasm, an ability to prepare food, and perhaps complimentary social networks are all necessary to be a successful raw foodist.
If you can weave that together, then you probably have a fantastic eating regime that provides benefits which extend beyond the plate.
Eating fresh, raw fruits and vegetables is, by far, the best choice since their nutritious state is not disturbed in any way prior to consumption. The process of cooking vegetables and fruits, however, contains both pros and cons which should be considered.
Cooking raw foods can severely reduce the amounts of certain micronutrients. The effectiveness of fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K and water-soluble vitamins like B and C are somewhat reduced when fruits and vegetables are cooked. The loss is significantly increased when these foods are overcooked.
However, some nutrients are actually enhanced by the cooking process. For example, lycopene in tomatoes is an important antioxidant which absorbs into the body more easily when broken down through the cooking process. As a matter of fact, the cooking, chopping, dicing and grinding of tomatoes into salsas, pastas and sauces are all effective at assisting with lycopene absorption.
Steamed vegetables have a couple of important nutritious advantages. First of all, a small amount of water is used when steaming which reduces the amount of nutrients lost from being submerged and soaked. Most of the nutrients are retained since they don’t have a chance to leach out.
Secondly, vegetables are normally steamed either whole or in large sections which further reduces nutrient loss. Every time a cut is made in a fruit or vegetable and then cooked, it leaves an opening for the nutrients to escape. Fewer cuts mean fewer openings for such runoff.
The effects of many vegetables are actually enhanced by the steaming process. For instance, the clearing of toxins within the digestive system is greatly helped by steaming cabbage, broccoli, kale, bell peppers, and mustard and collard greens.
The one form of fruit and vegetable preparation which you should avoid is boiling. This cooking process drastically reduces the nutritional benefit and effectiveness of antioxidants of most foods. Broccoli, for example, loses 65% of its vitamin C when boiled while the vitamin C level in spinach is reduced by 60% under the same process.
The exception to boiling is potatoes. These hearty spuds retain their full levels of vitamins B and C regardless of how they are cooked.
The key to maintaining a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables is to eat plenty of them in a variety of prepared ways. The healthiest forms are to eat these delicious foods raw or steamed. However, you can also benefit from foods that are sautéed, baked, or quick fried. Even boiled foods are ok once in awhile when you want to mix things up. Just keep boiled vegetables and fruits to a minimum.
Education and smart planning are the answers to consuming a healthy diet. So enjoy plentiful helpings of an assortment of fruits and vegetables prepared in a variety of ways and reap their nutritious benefits.