Raw Foods; Moving To The Mainstream

The raw-foods lifestyle is becoming more accepted thanks to not only the obvious health benefits, but also the press celebrities are getting when talking about their experiences. High profile chefs have also created menus and restaurants around the concept of raw foods.

A raw foods diet, basically anything that's not heated over 118 degrees, has been reported to clear your skin, reduce risks of disease, increase energy, improve moods, drop excess weight, eliminate headaches, sinus problems and heartburn, and clear your mind among other benefits.

Eating vegan and mostly raw, I've experienced all the benefits mentioned above and more. Before becoming vegan, I would regularly feel exhausted after a meal (consisting of meat, dairy or processed foods) feeling like I needed a nap, had low energy levels, mood swings, and was overweight.

Some of the benefits I noticed most were almost boundless energy, weight loss, a consistently "good feeling" and an incredibly clear and vivid "mental clarity". It's hard to explain the "clear thinking" because I didn't feel "fuzzy" before, but in comparison, there is a distinctly clear difference in being able to focus with a clear mind.

I now taste the difference between fresh, organic foods and regular produce easily (organic tastes fresher, live and much better) and am able to notice the negative impacts of processed foods, meat, dairy, additives and preservatives clearly. I feel blessed to rarely get sick, don't worry about my weight, rarely get tired and have seen improvements in almost every area of my life.

Now over 12 years into my vegan lifestyle, to say I feel great is an understatement! A true blessing.

Read more at: In the Raw - Newsweek Health Beat - MSNBC.com

BTW, the article above quotes some research that indicates vegans may have low bone denisty and a nutritionist that believes the USDA food guidelines are sufficient. As well meaning as that may be, the research doesn't support those assertions. The study they refer to indicated that vegans has a lower bone density because they are lighter and consume less calories, not that they have risks of osteoperosis. In fact, the study mentions they will follow the subjects in the study to see if those risks develop. Also, USDA guidelines in the past have lead to our current health crisis and to say they are sufficient is careless and not founded in fact, in my opinion. Follow the links here in previous posts for more details. Of course, research well and make informed decisions.

What are your experiences?

To your best health!

Mark
http://vegandiet.blogspot.com

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Save on Groceries, Grow Your Own Garden

Posted on March 7th, 2010 in Gardening,greens,local produce,raw vegan diet,video by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate 6 Comments »

One of the ways I've found to save on your grocery bill (next to shopping at your local farmers market) is to grow your own garden. As I show in this video, you don't need a lot of space to grow just about anything you enjoy. You can dig up a small garden, or use the square foot garden method to grow just about anywhere around your house. You can also use containers as I do if you're short on gardening space. All it takes is getting some compost locally (I found some at my local Whole Foods) and seeds. Here's an update on our home garden:

The True Raw Diet: Effects of Foods Most Never Notice

Posted on December 22nd, 2008 in depression,diet,greens,lifestyle,raw diet,raw food,raw vegan diet,recipes,toxins,vegan diet by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate 11 Comments »

It's been a very interesting 8 months! As you may know I've been focusing exclusively on raw, whole foods and have avoided most everything else including raw 'junk food'. This includes high fat avocados, dehydrated foods, processed foods, sauces, oils, bars and other foods that contain raw ingredients but have been processed. Basically I've eaten locally or organically grown fruits and veggies with a very limited about of nuts or seeds.

There have been many benefits to this but the one thing that stands out for me has been the ability to feel how everything I eat affects me.

I was fascinated with what I've learned.

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

Tip For Greens

Posted on October 12th, 2005 in food,greens,local produce,recipes by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Tip For Greens

We all know the benefits of eating greens, although sometime it's challenging to get enough to meet your nutritional needs. Most people don't consume enough greens, even those on vegan or raw diets.

Well here are a few ways to get your fill.

First, try a delicious green smoothie!

A great combination of vitamins and minerals along with the important fiber that's missing in juicing. Try to mix 60% ripe fruit with 40% fresh, dark greens. They are easy to digest and assimilate and actually start absorbing into your body while still in your mouth. They're also easy to make and quick to clean up.

Here's how: combine some fresh fruit like pears, apples, or mangos with some dark leafy greens like romaine lettuce, parsely or kale in a blender. Add a little water and blend.

Try these combinations:

Strawberry-banana-romaine
1-cup strawberries
2 bananas
½ bunch romaine
Water

Apple-kale-lemon
4 apples
½ lemon juice
4-5 leaves of kale
Water

Pear-Spinach
(my favorite)
6 peaches
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
Water

Adjust amount of fruit and vegetables as necessary. These recipes inspired by Victoria Boutenko and Frederic Patenaude.

Second, try some "green lemonade".
Green Lemonade
Here's how:

You'll need a juicer for this one. Juice a 1/2 head of romaine lettuce, 2 celery stalks, 1 apple, 5 leaves of kale and 1 whole lemon. The apple and lemon add a sweet zing and make this a delicious and easy way to get your greens.

Inspired by Natalia Rose, author of The Raw Food Detox Diet.

After consuming these daily for a few weeks, I noticed increased cravings for more fresh, green foods and eliminated any past unhealthy cravings. This continues today after many months and is an incredible feeling.

Enjoy your life-giving greens!

All the best for your health,

Mark

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