Raw Food Pyramid: 7th Level - Cultured and Fermented Foods.
Cultured and fermented foods convey many healthful benefits. In the US, however, they are mostly relegated to condiment status, like a bit of sauerkraut on a hot dog. Almost every culture has its cultured/fermented foods, and have for centuries. One of the by-products of fermenation (lactic acid) is preservation, so cultured/fermented foods could be made and stored for years.
In recent decades cultured/fermented foods are making a health-centered comeback, thanks to people like Donna Gates of Body Ecology, making the knowledge and the products readily available for our consumption.
The benefits of consuming cultured/fermented foods are: B12. Friendly Biotics/Friendly Flora in the intestines. Easy digestion. Great taste (even if you have to “acquire” it).
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Smoothies are the easiest way to get all of your nutrients in. Any number of bitter greens (that are so good for us) can be consumed raw and made palatable by the addition of a sweet fruit or other sweet ingredient. Full of fiber and other goodies, these smoothies can be the start of your day, and the primary fuel for many hours. If you’re at all like me, your smoothies may start off small but grow to fill the whole blender - more than you can drink at first. So pack up the remainders and share with others or keep as a snack for later in the day.
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Food Pyramid For Allergy Elimination Diet: Healthy Eating for Food Allergies
Need some ideas for what to buy at the grocery store? Shopping with food allergies or for a loved one with food allergies is not always easy.
Food in its natural form and state, meaning not in a box or bag, is the least likely to be cross processed with allergens and other ingredients containing allergens.
Look to the Raw Food Pyramid above for aid in a balanced diet. For example, if you have tree nut allergies but consuming seeds seem to be okay, try substituting fat and omega needs (nuts) with seeds. Instead of almond milk, try hemp milk. Instead of pine nuts in your pasta or salad, try Hemp Seed Hearts.
Grocery shopping for a foodie with food allergies just got simpler.
Focus on the simple and easy. Just add more raw good stuff to your life. Getting to 60% raw is a simple as having a raw fruit or green smoothie for breakfast, large salads before any cooked lunch or dinner entree, and snacking on fresh fruits of “buyable” raw snacks between meals. Whether you’re a raw newbie or someone who just wants to eat for more vibrant health, this is the simplest formula.
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The fountain of Youth is the water in your food. Water is the main ingredient in the first 6-7 levels of the raw food pyramid. Water-rich food promotes hydration and satiation.
While I love the texture provided by my dehydrated foods like granolas and breads - they are without water, as in DE-HYDRATED. That’s why they’re are at the top of my period, as in the least of what I eat. They taste and mouth-feel good, but my body has to work harder to process these foods.
Eat primarily water-rich foods and drink good water.
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What’s a Super Food? It’s a food that is so packed with complete nutrient value that a human could live on a small amount of them, alone.
David Wolfe made them famous by focusing so much attention and effort to find and bring super foods to the US from South American and other places where people are known for vitality and longevity.
David Wolfe’s Top 10 list is available above, but there are other honorable mentions include Wheatgrass Juice, Chia Seeds, Super fruits like Acai Berries and Mangosteen. And many others. And it seems that every year, more are discovered in some undisturbed region of the world.
There is even a diet based on calorie restricting by consuming only superfoods. It’s called the CRON diet and that stands for… Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition.
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Nuts and Seeds are the first bus stop for new raw foodist. Because of their heaviness, many raw newbies fill up on nut- and seed-full entrays and snacks. Lots of protein and lots of fat.
Many meat-like entrees get their start in Nuts, and definitely the desserts are heavily weighed in the favor or nuts. Seeds are the basis for most of my dehydrated pantry, my breads, crackers, chips and granolas. Nuts and Seeds give variety and texture to the raw food diet.
As a person moves forward with a significantly raw diet, the desire for such heavy grounding entrees and desserts starts to diminish. Once the body has gotten used to the new diet, the mind can begin to recognize what was old habit from what the body is now saying. “I’m okay with less food and lighter food. I don’t need to feel full in order to feel satisfied. I recognize that I’m being fed premium nutrient-rich raw foods, so I don’t need so much any more. And I like it lighter please.”
Have fun with nuts and seeds, no matter where you are on your raw food journey.
And know that soaking most nuts and seeds is necessary to remove the enzyme inhibitors that allow them to be stored indefinitely.
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Leafy Greens are the foundation of the Raw Food Pyramid for Vibrant Health.
It’s easy to get caught up in the dehydrated foods and the nuts and seeds when starting off raw. That’s the usual preoccupation with newby raw foodists. But the most vibrant health can be found by introducing raw dark green leafy vegetables as the foundation for your raw food diet. And there’s so many ways to get them in. Let me count the ways…
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These are the foods that put us in the mind of cooked food textures, the breads, crackers and wraps. These foods serves as the foundations of Quick and Easy raw meals. With enough of them in your dehydrated pantry, the raw-food lifestyle is easy to maintain.
But these foods are dense and concentrated. So they’re higher on the pyramid because they, ideally, should be only a small percentage of the raw food diet. And if you’re going to consume a lot of dehydrated foods, make sure that you drink plenty of water.
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Here’s some info on the benefits of Sprouting. I googled the “benefits of sprouted foods” and this is one of the hits from www.HealthInspirations.com.
Dried seeds, grains and legumes do not contain discernible traces of ascorbic acid, yet when sprouted, they reveal quite significant quantities which are important in the body’s ability to metabolise proteins. The infinite increase in ascorbic acid derives from their absorption of atmospheric elements during growth.
Sprouts have several other benefits. They supply food in predigested form, that is, the food which has already been acted upon by the enzymes and made to digest easily. During sprouting, much of the starch is broken down into simple sugars such as glucose and sucrose by the action of the enzyme ‘amylase’. Proteins are converted into amino acids and amides. Fats and oils are converted into more simple fatty acids by the action of the enzyme lipase.
During sprouting, the beans lose their objectionable gas producing quality. Research has shown that oligosaccharides are responsible for gas formation. For maintenance of health, some amount of gas production is necessary but it should be within safe limits. As the process of germination ends and sprouting begins, the percentage of oligosaccharides is reduced by 90. Sprouts contain a lot of fibre and water and, therefore, are helpful in overcoming constipation.
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The fourth level of the pyramid is all about fruits - No matter what the season. Due to the ease of transportation, many of these fruits are available year round. But best is when the fruit is local and in season.
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Raw Food Pyramid: 2nd Level - Vegetables (Land and Sea).
Just as with the foundation level, Leafy Greens, land and sea vegetables can be made into many textures and flavors. There are no limitations - anything is possible - all that’s needed is imagination and courage.
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