Wednesday, February 25, 2009
If you're thinking about adopting a healthier diet than the one you're eating now, you may have thought about starting a raw food diet. Maybe you're eating the standard American cooked food diet or maybe it's a fairly healthy diet but you'd like to eat even healthier. Maybe the hard part is knowing just how to start a raw food diet or what to eat. In any case you'll be healthier by incorporating more living or raw foods into your diet.
One of the best ways to start out is just by slowly adding fruits and vegetables to your current diet. You can add three or four fruits to your breakfast meal and/or have an all-fruit smoothie. Your smoothie can be an all fresh fruit combination of fresh and frozen. Although fresh is best. You can use 2 bananas for a base and add to it. For lunch you can have a small salad or cole slaw and more fruit along with what you would normally have.
In any case you want to eat all your raw food first so you don't leave much room for other foods that are cooked. The raw food will be better for you. You'll find you start craving certain fruits and vegetables after eating them for awhile.
For dinner you can have a huge, I mean enormous salad. Use red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, romaine, spring mix or spinach leaves as a base then add a cut up tomato and avocado and any other vegetables you like. Eat this first before any of your dinner food. This is my main course at dinner time. I usually don't have room for much else and if I do I still only have raw fruit or other raw foods.
For snacks in between meals you can have any kind of fruit, fruit smoothies, green smoothies, green juice or carrot juice, raw nuts or raw desserts of which there are many you can make easily.
Of course these are just a few ideas. There are lots of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to choose from and hundreds of raw food recipes you can make.
The most important thing is to just start. It does not have to be complicated and you don't have to follow a raw food diet plan or program. There is no right or wrong way. There are dozens of way to eat a vegan, raw food diet.
There is nothing to buy except the food you want to eat, no supplements to take. Just good healthy food that provides hundreds of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients all ready to go to work boosting your immune system to fight off anything that might come along. It's a natural detox diet and natural colon cleanse too. No need to buy expensive colon cleanses. I've been eating a 100% raw food diet for many years. I cured my breast cancer, fibromyalgia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and all my other ailments.
About the Author
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Friday, February 20, 2009
Raw food and living food are one and the same. Raw food is food that is unaltered food, which has not been heated above 105-115 degrees. Raw food consists of uncooked vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, sprouts, and super foods.
Here is a brief list of raw foods:
* Vegetables: Broccoli, Zucchini, Cabbage, Cucumber, etc…
* Fruits: Oranges, Apples, Grapefruits, Bananas…
* Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews…
* Seeds: Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds…
* Sprouts: Alfalfa, Mung bean sprouts, Barley, Buckwheat…
* Super foods: Spirulina, Maca, Wheat grass…
Raw food is considered a living food because the nutrients and enzymes still remain intact. When food is cooked above 105-115 degrees, it rapidly starts to lose its enzymes and nutrients. Enzymes are heat sensitive and die once a certain temperature is reached. Nutrients, on the other hand, are reduced to some degree but some may still be present after cooking.
Why Should We Eat Raw Food?
Our food today is not the same as it was years ago. Today we have a wide array of processed, canned, irradiated, sugar laden, and nutritionally dense foods. The world is now based on convenience, so we have more fast food and quick meal options. This is because no one has time to cook or eat raw foods. More importantly, as stated above, cooking food produces food that is altered and thus lacking nutrients and enzymes.
Raw foods are full of flavor and nutrients; these foods are natural and made for human consumption, and they do not require heating in order to enjoy them. When you eat raw foods, you are giving your body 100% of the nutrients and enzymes available. Enzymes help to break down the foods you eat and obtain the nutrients available within them. When eating cooked food, your body has to make its own enzymes to process the food that you are eating. This causes the body to use more of its resources, which in turn causes aging and disease.
If we would feed ourselves living foods, which contain the needed enzymes, we could possibly live a bit longer and live without disease. Living food produces a living body, whereas cooked food produces a diseased body-if not immediately, it will later in life.
What Are the Benefits of Eating Raw Foods?
The benefits of eating raw foods are enormous. As mentioned above, you are getting all of the nutrients and enzymes needed to process the foods and provide life to your body. When giving the body what it needs (living foods), you are creating an environment that will allow your body to heal itself; our bodies have the ability to heal if given the right foods.
Raw foods have been known to help the body heal itself of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. I believe that you can live a life free of pain and disease by eating raw foods. The nutrients and enzymes provided by raw foods provide the body with energy. It balances the hormones, in addition to providing a healthy and strong body and strong immune system. Most consumers of raw foods (known as "raw foodists") do not get colds or flu, and they do not suffer from the illnesses that the world has come to know as "normal." A cold, for example, is not normal. A cold is a sign that the body is not able to kill the virus; it is a sign that the immune system is weak.
Signs That You Are Enzyme Deficient
Some of the signs of enzyme deficiencies are indigestion, stomach upset, gas, and bloating. If you have some of these problems, it's highly possible that you do not have the enzymes needed to process the food that you are eating; this is a sign that you might want to think about changing your diet.
If you have a disease such as cancer or high blood pressure, it is highly likely that you are enzyme deficient and are in need of enzymes.
How to Incorporate a Living Foods Diet into Your Lifestyle
Start eating more fruit and vegetables, attend a living foods class in your area, purchase books that are written by raw foodists, and get in your kitchen and start discovering the wonderful taste of living foods.
Living foods are not boring foods. You can make pizza, bagels, bread, chocolate cake, and more. Living foods have so much flavor-you won't miss cooked food.
If we don't start making time to provide better health, our lifespan-as well as the lifespan of our offspring-will be shorter. As the years go by, I have personally noticed that people are getting diseases at young ages. I believe that we have the option to live better and longer, but we have to be willing to do what most people aren't, and that is giving up our addiction to cooked foods.
About the Author
Tanisha Marshall is a Certified Raw food Coach. Tanisha is dedicated to working with women who would like to lose weight and conquer their unhealthy attachments to food naturally. Be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter for more great advice like this and upcoming events visit www.tanishamarshall.com
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Know The Difference Between Raw Food and Vegetarian Diet
By Russel Esquibel
Most people do not know the difference between raw food diet and vegetarian diet. In order to first know the difference among the two, we must first take a closer look on their similarities. True, a person who is on a strict raw food diet can be considered as a vegetarian. However, unlike a vegetarian who can eat cooked vegetables, a raw foodist only consumes foods that are uncooked and unprocessed. A vegetarian is a person who eats cooked and uncooked, processed and unprocessed fruits and vegetables. A vegetarian can eat onion rings in a restaurant but a raw foodist can only eat raw fruits and vegetables and drink fruit juices. If you think it is hard for vegetarians to find something to eat, how much more for the raw foodist.
There are several different types of vegetarians – vegans, fruitarians, etc. – and a raw foodist is a type of vegetarianism. Unlike that of a vegetarian, a raw foodist can include sushi on their diet. As long as the food is not cooked and unprocessed. A vegetarian may eat steamed broccoli, however, a raw foodist only consumes it in its raw form. A vegetarian’s diet do not include meat, fish, or any kinds of animal product while a raw foodist – as mentioned above – can include it in its diet as long as it is in its raw form. Meaning, a person who is on a raw food diet is also considered a vegan who consumes uncooked, unprocessed raw foods.
If you are on a diet that only consumes foods that are at least 75% raw, or uncooked fruits and vegetables, then you are one of the many people who are on a raw food diet. Raw foods contain the necessary food enzymes that our body needs. As a matter of fact, raw foods have high levels of enzyme than that of cooked foods. Studies show that cooking foods (especially above 116°F) is can reduce the enzymes of the food.
Those who are on a raw food diet have a meticulous method in preparing their food such as sprouting seeds, grains and beans; soaking nuts and dried fruits; and extract juice from fruits and vegetables.
Consuming organic foods is the best way to have a healthy diet. Lots of supermarkets and grocery stores are now offering packed fruits and vegetables. As a matter of fact, more and more fruits and vegetable retailers have been popping up these days. It is now much easier purchase bags of fruits and vegetables.