Monday, 20 September 2010
Friday, 3 April 2009
Skin and Raw - Toxic wastes can build up under the skin in fat deposits and sick tissue. Toxicity can lead to dehydration which leaves skin haggered. I have only just learnt the true value of being properly hydrated... we all know we need it, but it's not until we truly understand it do we get motivated to make the effort to hydrate. I am feeling so amazing from upping my water intake. Of course raw foods have a high water content which is excellent! See http://www.watercure.com/wondersofwater.html and the excellent book by Ramiel Nagel.
Teeth and Raw - This subject is so well explained in the following article http://www.naturalnews.com/022564.html. I intend to eat to heal my cavities as an experiment. So much I am reading suggests that eating acid forming foods creates such an inbalance in the body that it has to pull nutrients from the bones, including the teeth, to rectify the problem. Also see http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=529174.
Hair and Raw - Grey hair isn't the inevitable part of aging we are led to believe. I have known people in th early twenties with completly grey hair, although one of these muppets used to go home after work and eat a box of icing sugar for dinner and had never eaten an apple before. Need I say more! Ann Wigmore was grey in her seventies and through a raw food diet including wheatgrass she was able to reverse the grey into a full head of colour. Her hair was tested in a lab to prove it wasn't dyed. http://www.wigmore.org/miracles_wheatgrass.html and http://rawlivingfoods.typepad.com/1/dr_ann_wigmore/index.html.
Hair loss is also nutrient related. "In animal experimentation a lack of even one of the B vitamins can cause animals to lose their hair. When the food intake is again made optimal, the hair quickly grows in and becomes luxuriant." (http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/nutrition-and-the-hair/some-common-disorders.html). If you think about it, the body is not going to prioritise hair colour over a more vital function of the body. Give the body what it needs and the hair comes back! Testimonials - http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=28985 and http://annwigmore.com/index.php/testimonials-1.html.
An excellent and comrehensive resource for information surrounding raw food can be found at http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/index.html.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
I had the Raw Food epiphany over six years and boy what an incredible journey. But like all things viewed with hindsight I wish I had known more about the Green Smoothie!
Many raw foodists relish the high fat content of nuts as did I... but after learning more about fat as explained in the book 80 10 10 by Douglas Adams, it became clear that too much fat was having a negative effect and creating cravings. Since discovering that our natural diets would be similar to chimps which is mainly greens and fruits, the Green Smoothie makes so much nutritional sense. I don't want to reinvent to wheel as so much has been written about the benefits of this green goodness, but merely to praise its virtues.
I find that I am satisfied by their existence, I look forward to eating them (remember to still chew so the enzymes in your mouth to start digesting it) and once I have consumed a jug full I am nicely satiated. And best of all I don't crave anything... I just feel balanced and happy! Did I mention they taste AMAZING! To begin with you might want to try 60% fruit with 40% greens with some ground flax and hemp seeds. Here are some mixes to try:
- Winter Smoothie - 1 cup organic frozen berries (any kind), 2 cups fresh spinach, 1/4 inch fresh ginger, water
- Spring Smoothie - fresh orange juice, ripe bananas, frozen mangoes, and several large leaves of kale (extra frozen mango gives lovely thick consistency you eat with a bowl + spoon)
- 1/2 bunch romaine lettuce, 1 cup strawberries, 2 bananas, water
- 4-5 kale leaves, 4 apples, 1/2 lemon juiced, water
- 2 big handfuls mixed baby greens, 2 pears, 2 mangoes, 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- Choc-mint – 2 cups spinach, 10-12 mint leaves, 3 bananas, 2 Tbs. carob powder, 1 cup water
- 1 handful of spinach, 2 stalks of celery, 2 bananas, 2 pears, 1 apple, 1 cup water
- 1 small handful of spinach, 2 cups rocket, 2-3 mangoes, 1 cup water
- 1/2 head romaine lettuce, 1 small pineapple, 1 large mango, 1-inch fresh ginger
- 1 handful wild greens (e.g. dandelion), 1 small handful mint leaves, 3 cups honeydew melon
- 3-4 stalks celery, 2 ripe persimmons, 1 banana
- 1 handful chard leaves, 5-6 kale leaves, 3 large bananas, 1 cup water
- 1 handful parsley, 3 cups of peeled papaya
Taken from EatSpouts.com http://eatsprouts.com/blend/green.html
I whole heartedly recommend incorporating Green Smoothies into your life, even it’s just for breakfast. There is lots of info on the web and I can recommend Victoria Boutenko’s Green for Life as a good place to start. Have fun and enjoy!
Watch Victoria Boutenko’s son tell you how to make the best Green Smoothie!