How To Stay Raw During The Holidays

With all the parties during the holidays, there are many temptations and opportunities to get cooked.

I like to look at it a little differently.

Since this time of year is for celebration, giving and appreciation, I see it as an opportunity to grow stronger in your convictions and celebrate them... celebrate your path to awesome health through a vegan raw lifestyle.

By growing in your healthy relationship with yourself, you not only grow into better health, your relationships with others blossom as well.

And in addition to sharing gifts with friends and loved ones, what better time to give yourself a gift... the gift of awesome health (only you can do it).

Here are some ideas to thrive during the holidays:

  • instead of attending a party, throw your own. Include raw and healthy alternatives to the normal heavy and fattening dishes.
  • when attending dinner parties, bring your own dish. You can always eat your own dish if there are no healthy alternatives.
  • if the topic of why you may not be eating something comes up, mention that this is what you feel like eating (the raw and healthy alternative).
  • eat more fruit!
  • focus on the social part of the events rather than the eating.
  • take some time out for yourself and celebrate your life and raw journey.
  • have plenty of fruit and salads handy to eat and share during the holidays.
  • find raw potlucks or meetups in your area and visit with link-minded friends.
  • eat a raw meal or snack before attending an event so you won't be hungry. Gives you more time to visit.

Celebrate and enjoy the holidays, vegan and raw!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours!

Mark

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Why Go Meat-Less?

Posted on July 24th, 2006 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Why Go Meat-Less?

If modern civilized man had to kill the animals he eats, the number of vegetarians would rise astronomically.
- C. Morgenstern

If we - that is, society - switched to a vegetarian diet, atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, which accounts for most heart disease, would vanish.
- William Roberts, M.D. editor in chief of the American Journal of Cardiology

From both a moral and health aspect... the benefits of avoiding meat in your diet.

To your best health!

Mark

(quotes from the book 'Your Right to Be Beautiful' by Tonya Zavasta)

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Raw Foods and Hunger

Posted on July 22nd, 2006 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Raw Foods and Hunger

One of the things I've noticed since transitioning to a raw food diet is that the hunger 'pangs' I'd had in the past... stayed in the past :).

Sure, I may feel like eating something, although I no longer have intense feelings of hunger. I can often eat some fruit throughout the day and a nice salad for dinner and feel satisfied. More importantly I feel full of energy, light on my feet, relaxed and grounded.

This is how our bodies work naturally... and why eating fresh, organic and raw foods is optimal for your health... and longevity.

One of the reasons those on the SAD diet (standard american diet) get hunger pains is in part the additives in processed foods (MSG for example) and in part because the normal American stretches their stomach far beyond their normal size. Emotions and stress play a factor as well.

Go raw and feel great!

All the best for your health,

Mark

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Get Your Greens With Blended Salads

Posted on July 22nd, 2006 in greens,meals,raw vegan diet,recipes by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate 1 Comment »

One of the many questions I receive is along the lines of... "it's hard for me to get more greens in my diet, how can I do it?"

The short answer is, it couldn't be easier... if you want to. Making your salad the main dish for dinner is a great start... and then start experimenting with different greens. There's an abundance of green leafy vegetables that you can make into dozens of salads, burritos, wraps and many more.

Here's a favorite that's quick, easy and a great way to increase greens in your diet.

Blended Salad

One of the benefits of blended salads is that you can get a large amount of greens into a meal.. and you can be creative with what you add to the mix. Here's one of my favorite recipes:

(serves 1-2 ... adjust accordingly)

3-4 Kale leaves
5-6 Romaine Lettuce leaves
2 Roma Tomatoes
1/4-1/2 Cucumber
2-3 Green Onions
Handful of fresh Cilantro
1/2 Avocado
Handful Sun Dried Tomatoes
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 Red Pepper
Sprouts (alfalfa, brocolli, etc)
Sprouted Pumkin Seeds

Add all ingredients except green onions, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and avocado into a blender or food processor and blend until you get a smooth consistency. I recommend adding a little at a time and saving the sun dried tomatoes until the end and blend partially to leave small chunks. Top with chopped avocado, green onions, pumpkin seeds, and sprouts and you have a super green meal! You can be creative and make any combination you'd like... toppings, different greens, vegetables, seeds... make a different one every time and have fun!

Enjoy!

All good things,

Mark