During the winter months, some on a raw diet look for warming foods. Normally after some time on the raw food diet, the want for physically heated foods diminishes for most.
Consider this - fuel your car with vegetable oil!
Sound impossible? I was surprised to learn that you can convert almost any diesel car, truck, SUV or RV to run on used (or pure) vegetable oil (which you can most likely get for free from local restaurants since they have to pay to have it disposed) for under $1,000.
Very interesting concept. The benefits claimed are:
- reduced emissions
- lower driving costs
- no difference in auto performance/power
- lower dependence on foreign fuel
- better for the environment
- your exhaust smells like french fries (that's what they say!)
Read more about Grease Cars.
All the best for your health (and driving)!
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Well, after almost 14 years of being vegan I realized that in the past few years, I've eaten mostly raw, and have continued to feel better as time passed.
Reflecting on this, well, I just had to stir things up a bit and decided to go 100% vegan/raw :). The transition has been exciting even though I've been almost there for some time, other than the few cooked/heated foods occassionally.
I've noticed some disctinct changes... although I've been vegan for so many years, I'm still going through some detox. One of the many wonderful experiences has been the increase in taste awareness and the literal "explosion" of flavors I experience. It's quite amazing. The variety of whole, raw food meals is amazing and I look forward to trying something new every day.
Continued increase in energy, needing less sleep, mental awareness, vitality, weight loss, feeling light and vibrant are just a few of the many benefits I've been experiencing.
I've found food preparation not only easier, but faster (hey, it was already fast as a vegan!) especially since no cooking is needed. Clean up is brief... I've also dropped the use of my dishwasher to less than once a week.
There have been a few adjustments and I'm sure I'll continue making them along the way.
Here are some resources I've found helpful through the transition to 100% vegan/raw:
- RawFood.com - the store for supplies, as well as the forum and resources
- theGardenDiet and The Anti-Aging Diet - Storm, Jinjee and their family are a real inspiration
- VegSource.com - especially Dr. Graham's forum on Raw Food and Sports Nutrition
- AlissaCohen.com - Alissa has some great resources on the raw lifestyle, health benefits and recipes.
- Raw Secrets - Frederic Patenaude's take on going raw, and how to avoid the mistakes most make in transitioning. His views are slightly different than the mainstream raw movement and make sense. They are a great contribution to anyone looking for advice on going raw.
More as my journey continues. Please share your questions, thoughts and comments!
Peace, joy and health,
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You may recall the ads milk, cheese and yogurt producers have been running that claim three servings a day (3 a Day) of dairy helps burn fat.
The dairy producers rely mainly on one study from a University of Tennesse researcher that apparently is suspect because he receives funding from the dairy industry. Well, if you receive funding from an industry that you are conducting research for, then yes, I would call that suspect!
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which advocates a vegan diet and led by Neal Barnard MD, feels strongly enough about the fact this is largely a way to get people to eat more dairy (and feel good about it - in my opinion), that they have filed suit against dairy groups to stop using the ads.
There is more than just one study that concludes that eating dairy keeps you at the same weight or increases it, but also the dozens of side effects and links to health problems. Can these be discounted against just one study?
Read more about the suit at the Washington Post.
Peace, joy and health!
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