Important minerals, vitamins, healthy omega three fats, fiber, protein, enzymes …

Important minerals, vitamins, healthy omega three fats, fiber, protein, enzymes, that are hydrating and easy to digest!

RAW – Important every day foods that include most fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grasses, sprouts, fermented foods (eg sauerkraut), fresh and dried herbs, seaweeds, ‘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’

or according to Wiki – “Raw foodism (or rawism) is the practice of consuming uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic foods as a large percentage of the diet. Depending on the type of lifestyle and results desired, raw food diets may include a selection of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds (including sprouted whole grains such as gaba rice), eggs, fish (such as sashimi), meat (such as carpaccio), and non-pasteurized/non-homogenized dairy products (such as raw milk, raw milk cheese, and raw milk yogurt).

Superfoods – These foods include foods that have a dozen or more unique properties, not just one or two. They comprise a specific set of edible and incredibly nutritious plants that are neither classified as food nor herbs. They are both food and medicine as they have elements of both. They are a class of the most potent, super-concentrated and nutrient rich foods on the planet. They have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body and are the optimum choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality and cleansing and alkalizing the body. Superfoods meet and exceed all our protein requirements, our vitamin and mineral requirements, essential fatty acid requirements, immune system requirements and much more. Eg Spirulina or Maca.

Superherbs – These include herbs that have super tonic and adaptogenic properties as well as many other unique gifts such as supporting the immune system, heart, lungs and kidneys. Eg. Reishi mashroom or Cat’s Claw (uña de gato).

Cooking at temperatures higher than the cutoff temperature is thought to destroy the enzymes naturally present in food. According to raw foodists, enzymes 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 and nutrient deficiency. More that that we do not have an unlimited amount of enzymes – so when they are busy digesting food – we succumb to viruses and bacteria that are otherwise destroyed by the enzymes…

How are Foods Prepared?

On the raw food diet, specific methods can be used to make foods more digestible and to add variety to the diet:

  • Sprouting – Grains, seeds and small beans and legumes are soaked and sprouted.
  • Soaking – Nuts and seeds are often soaked.
  • Juicing – Fruits and vegetables can be juiced.
  • Dehydrated – Foods can be heated, never above 116 F, using a piece of equipment called a dehydrator.
  • Pickled
  • Blending – Foods can be blended or chopped using a food processor or blender, to make recipes for pesto, soup, hummus.

There are many processed raw food products available at health food stores, natural grocers and online, such as:

  • Cold-pressed oil
  • Raw nut butters
  • Raw nut “milks”
  • Fermented foods such as miso, kimchee and sauerkraut
  • Dried fruits and vegetables
  • Vinegar
  • Raw chocolate
  • Raw crackers, chips and snack foods

What Equipment is Used?

  • Dehydrator, a piece of equipment that can blow air through food at low temperatures.
  • Juicer
  • Blender
  • Food processor
  • Large containers or trays to soak and sprout seeds, grains, and beans
  • Mason jars for storing sprouts and other food

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, such as oxidized cholesterol.

 

 

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Bottom line – You must make time to be Healty

Who would not want to live headache free?

Say Bye Bye Aleve, Tylenol, Advil and aspirin. Since I started in late December – I have not had a SINGLE headache! I’m pain-free. Even after a heavy % night and not drinking plenty of water in between I still don’t have any headaches. Sorry pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies – I’m no longer Your patron!

This is not a life style for the lazy or people who ‘do not have time’ … Bottom line – You must make Time to be Healthy. We are bombarded with infomercials that make us think well-being is going to come from a pill or a miracle powder or a machine or a diet…. I don’t believe that for a minute. There is NO magic cure.

You must get up earlier in the AM to make Your juice and You must prepare Your salad or snacks in the PM before bed… There is no way around it.

I was never a morning person… but now I get up an extra hour earlier to make my food … I never thought I could give up chocolate, ice cream and chips… and I did. I was never one of those fit skinny people who lived healthy and exercised all the time and sneered at junk food. I was always on a diet. My weight would go up and down like a tide. Periods of over eating and denying myself food.

It is mind over matter now… maybe it came with age? I reached a point in my life where knowledge trumps bad habits. Because it is all they are – bad habits. We get our bodies use to the refined sugars,  salt and processed junk. They change out tastes and get them addicted.

It is Your decision if You think Your heath is worth it. Investing in well-being now will pay off but it takes commitment and time. There are no short cuts here.

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

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Quick? Decision

How should this blog look? There are so many different ways I can approach it.

Basically what I want is to explore my well being and trace the changes that will take place in the coming months as I venture into the world of total Rawness. I would like to go deeper into many things as all is interconnected and there is no way of just talking about one thing. I should also go and get my blood work done…

I think what I will do is – write a bit about myself – and the reasons for this change in life style. Then as we go into the daily or weekly updates I will write more tidbits connected with the choices – nutrition – environmental impact – it is all very connected and I would like to treat it all as a whole rather than separate parts.

By no means am I a professional – so Im not qualified to give medical or otherwise advices. I don’t also want to sound like Im preaching or trying to convert anybody! I do this for my own self. This is NOT an ideology. I modify it however I see fit.

A little bit about myself then health wise – I have been a vegetarian for over a year now… which for the most part made me more regular in the bathroom (if we are suppose to be honest – there it is). I have developed a slight allergy to milk a few years back – slight meaning – one yogurt OK; a glass of milk stomach cramps. I was never a huge meat eater and for environmental reasons I totally gave up – cow first (Australia’s influence plus hug environmental impact), pig (pig was never my thing accept for occasional bacon with eggs) then chicken and all else… I still ate seafood from time to time. Ate yogurt few times a week and added a bit of skim milk to my daily coffee. AND Eggs. I love eggs. This will be the hardest thing to give up really.

I got use to drinking my coffee black – I find that drinking black coffee makes You appreciate the flavor of it much more; milk changes coffee’s taste. I’m however somewhat of a fan of coffee and like to buy whole beans, grind them myself (or have them ground at the store) and taste different coffees from all over the world … I don’t drink instant coffee (as it is processed).

A few years back I got use to drinking my tea without sugar (occasionally I add honey to my black tea with lemon), the honey is of course just simply for the sweetness as all the nutrients it has are killed in hot water <– this is exactly why it is hard to just give straight facts .. always something to be added.

I have a head start – I ventured into the rawness around December 25ish till February 10th ish … accept for eating eggs… I pretty much just kept it at Juices (fresh twice or three times a day with Spirulina which is my source of protein), salads (spinach and kale are my favorite bases and whatever else veggies I have), smoothies (soy milk, hemp milk, almond milk, coconut water and milk, rice milk) with bananas, strawberries, mix berries. Snacks – almonds, walnuts, just nuts, baby carrots. I started adding my superfoods into the diet – more on those later.

My first observations – lots of energy and more alertness – after 5h of sleep I was up ready to go. Before I would have to sleep 8h and was never a morning person. Plus if I worked out and was on a diet I would be super tired and needed more than 8h of sleep. Here I was working out 2h a day and not eating a lot and had more energy than I ever remember outside of being a kid!

My skin looks better (I also started to use only natural products aka cosmetics without parabens and oils).

I’m a lot more regular – bathroom department. I was never very regular on normal food habits. Border lining issues I must say…

As with any food eating changes we have to be very careful with depravation. When we embark on these missions – be it a diet or an experiment or what not – we should always do enough research to make sure we have all the areas covered – nutrition wise. There is so much that goes into the daily food intake and with our organ function – every time I did it in the past I ended up depriving myself of some important trace element, vitamin or mineral (not even taking on the enzymes, coenzymes, amino acids, fats and so on).. as we get older I noticed that they are more and more prominent and important and results show up almost right away. Not even considering long term damage done through reckless dieting and malnutrition.

For example – I developed bad dandruff in summer 2010 – what I thought was dandruff anyhow. I bought some heavy duty shampoos (yeah it was quite bad). I couldn’t figure out the cause, first I though it was the water and climate change (I have just come back from Australia) then from a fungus or something of that sort and then I thought about my diet – and naturally it all comes back to our diet! I researched and read up on similar conditions and TaDaa – I was lacking Zinc. Zinc as it turns out is required as a catalyst of enzymes (about a 100 of them), protein synthesis, plays an important role in immune functions, wound healing, cell division, DNA synthesis… Zinc deficiency is responsible for hair loss (I have experienced that!) impaired immune function, impotence and so on. Now daily we need to supply our bodies with Zinc as it is not stored in our bodies. (http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/)

Now most of the Zinc we consume as humans comes from poultry and red meat and whole gains (but zinc is present in a lot more things)… Vegetarians and Vegans eat legumes (beans and lentils and chick peas). To compare – ½ cup of chick peas or beans is around 1.2mg of zinc – and daily recommended allowance for an adult woman is 8mg; 3oz of beef cooked is 8.9mg. As you can imagine – it would be quite hard to eat so many beans in one day… not impossible – but daily… quite a task!

Now I take a daily zinc supplement – I would like to get to the point of not having to take it – even though it is natural and has some good additives…. However I need to do more research about It – if it’s necessary to take it – or can I make a daily meal plan and not have to depend on the supplement. Everything is back to normal with my scalp and my wounds heal fine!

So with that – the possibility of more energy, good looking/healthy body/skin, less health issues and more overall happiness – I begin … wooohooo

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