On The Raw Road

I've just returned from a 9 day vacation with my daughter... a road trip from Arizona to the mid west and back. It was her first driving trip and we both had a ball enjoying the scenery, time together and visiting family.

I noticed much about our society along the way as well as how easy it is to eat a healthy diet on the road while traveling.

First I noticed how unhealthy most people we ran across looked. It's no wonder with the type of food available at highway stops... fast foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, tacos, ice cream and the like. In fact we joked (kindly) that many people looked just like the fast food they were eating (think big and super-sized). We made good use of McDonalds and Taco Bell's along the way... they had clean and mostly empty restrooms! While visiting a McDonalds for a restroom break we decided to walk into the restaurant to see the highway below (a great view) and noticed most folks eating there overweight and weren't very happy. Interesting.

We decided to stop at Whole Foods before leaving and packing a large cooler with freezer packs and food for 2-3 days of meals. My daughter does eat some cooked food and we brought some pre-made soups for quick meals for her along with plenty of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I brought my Vita-Mix blender (won't leave home without it!) and we started each day with a fresh blended fruit smoothie, more fruit throughout the day, a soup for my daughter and a larger salad for me and a smoothie for dessert.

There were 2 Whole Foods Markets along the way not far from the highways we were traveling on, and we stopped at both on the way there and back to stock up and sit down for a fresh and healthy meal. We noticed each store had different locally grown fruits and vegetables and made sure to try them all.

We both felt great throughout our trip, had nice picnics in scenic areas off the highway and thoroughly enjoyed our fresh and organic meals. Fun!

I believe one of the important parts of getting back to a natural diet and lifestyle is to spend time with our children, families and loved ones. Away from televisions and many of the modern technologies we have grown accustomed to in our society today. Time in nature, noticing the flowers, mountains, creeks, fresh breeze and beautiful sunsets. We experienced all that and more on this trip, and it was priceless.

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Eat Legumes; Live Longer

Posted on May 25th, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Eat Legumes; Live Longer

Those that eat legumes live longest reports a study by the National Aging Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

"There is a 7% - 8% reduction in mortality hazard ratio for every 20g increase in daily legume intake"

The study showed that legume consumption is the most protective dietary predictor of survival regardless of their ethnicity.

Legumes have long been associated with good health, and are a staple among vegetarians and vegans. Legumes include soy, tofu, natto, miso, brown beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas, white beans among others.

Read more of the study at PubMed.

To your best health!

Mark
http://vegandiet.blogspot.com

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Where To Buy Organic, Vegan?

Posted on May 7th, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Where To Buy Organic, Vegan?

I'm often asked... where do you buy healthy, organic, vegan food?

That's a good question, because many people aren't familiar with the growing number of stores, both online and off that offer a large selection.

Here are a few of my favorites (and some recommendations from friends):

Wild Oats - www.WildOats.com
Stores in most cities throughout US. Not everything is organic or vegan, but they carry an excellent selection. Has better vegan baked goods selection than most others.

Whole Foods - www.WholeFoods.com
Stores in most cities throughout the US. Not everything is organic or vegan, but they carry an excellent selection.

Trader Joes - www.TraderJoes.com
Stores in many cities, expanding quickly. Need to look closely at labels, not all products are healthy, but they carry many healthy brand lines and low prices.

Natures First Law - RawFood.com
Large selection of raw/living foods, beauty, supplements, books, videos, events and appliances. Run by well known raw food advocate, author and speaker David Wolfe. Has low price guarantee. Staff is mostly raw.

NaturalZing - NaturalZing.com
Offers large selection of raw, vegan and organic foods, cooking supplies, personal care, and supplements. Staff is mostly raw.

Oraganic - Oraganic.com
Large selection of organic foods and sweets, vegan, raw foods, health and beauty, food bars and home and garden. Well priced, excellent customer service.

VeganEssentials - VeganEssentials.com
Large selection of vegan foods, snacks, clothes, personal care, accessories, supplements and more.

Vegan Store - VeganStore.com
Top rated veggie store with large selection of foods, clothes, personal care, gifts, accessories, pet and related products.

Many towns now have local co-ops, buying groups, farms or clubs that purchase organic foods in bulk for their members. Check your local natural or health magazines, newspapers or local organizations to find one near you or visit: Find A CSA Near You

Let me know if you have others to add, along with your experiences.

To your best health!

Mark
vegandiet.blogspot.com

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Lower Your Blood Pressure By Avoiding Animal Fats

Posted on May 3rd, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Lower Your Blood Pressure By Avoiding Animal Fats

A recent international study found that consumption of animal fats was linked to higher blood pressure.

Lower levels of arachidonic acid, a fatty acid found in animal fats, shows to be linked to lower systolic blood pressure. The study found that reducing intake of animal foods was one of several healthy dietary changes that can be made to lower blood pressure.

A vegan diet, void of animal or dairy foods, has been known to have a large number of health benefits, including lower blood pressure.

Read more at Yahoo News.

To your best health!

Mark
vegandiet.blogspot.com

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