Raw Foodists For Three Days

I just decided today for the rest of this week, I will only eat raw foods. Eating a raw food diet is vey beneficial to your body. According to The Best of Raw Food website, when your diet consist of more than 75% raw foods, these are some of the improvements likely to happen to you.

  • More energy
  • Up to 3 hours more sleep
  • Weight loss
  • More beautiful skin
  • Clarity of mind and better memory
  • Improved immune system
  • Improved fertility
  • Prevent or even reverse diabetes

  • Raw plant foods are rich in oxidizing, alkalinizing chlorophyll. Live foods contain a specific balance of natural forces. Plant foods like vegetables, fruits, sprouted legumes, and nuts have a collection of proteins, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins found within them. But, what is raw foods? According to The Best of Raw Food, it consist of raw foods that hasn’t been cooked or heated above 42 C/118 F degrees and preferably:

    Unprocessed – as fresh (or wild) as possible
    Organic – no irradiation, preservatives, pesticides or GMO.

    So to kick off my three day raw diet, I started my morning with a fresh organic juice. It had carrots, kale, oranges, ginger and a lemon. Most of these items came from my local farmers market. Please go out a support your local farm.

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    Now raspberries are in season. I was able to get a small batch of blueberries last weekend, so I had some of that for breakfast. My lunch will be a fresh garden salad jazzed up with some raw nuts.

    In between my meals, I’ll drink white/green organic teas, fresh juices and my lemon water.

    If you are interested in a raw food diet. Check out this website. I think it has the best step-by-step raw diet plan that’s easy to follow. Click here for The best of Raw Food website. They also have fabulous raw food recipes to help you along the way.

    References:
    Raw Food – One of Your Keys to Outstanding Health by Wes Peterson, Mercola.com

    Day 3: Dinner…Juice Time

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    For dinner tonight I decided on juicing. I juiced kale, carrots, and one beet. I wish I had some ginger. Ginger really gives it that kick. Anyway, I will have to pick up some tomorrow.

    If you noticed a little hand to the right, it’s my daughter. She was helping me juice. She also enjoys drinking the juice too. My boys not so much! So far, I’m enjoying my vegan diet. I actually don’t miss eating meat, and I’m not craving for any.

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    Thank you for your support!

    My 14 Day Vegan Diet/Detox

    I’ve gone days without eating animal protein, so to challenge myself I’m doing a 14 day vegan diet. I’m holding myself accountable by including all of you.

      How?
      Well, I will document/blog all of my meals and snacks for 14 days. I’m basically giving my body a rest.

    Our bodies are products of nature and it’s designed to heal and detoxify on its own natural way. Unfortunately, we are over-exposed to a large variety of toxins (environmental, food, water, and emotional) in our daily lives. Plus, we do not take good care of ourselves, leaving our system compromised and further polluted. I have one other family member on board with me, Kareem Anglin . He’s going to be my sidekick in this. We’re up for it and anyone else who’d like to join in.

      Why now?
      Well, I have not been feeling the greatest lately, and I think I have a lot of toxic build-up. Lately, I’ve been experiencing low energy, low motivation, and I got sick twice within two months. It’s unlike me to get sick especially, back-to-back. That’s a no no in my book.

    Here’s a list of some signs of toxic build-up. If you’re experiencing quite a few of these, maybe it’s time for a detox.

    • fatigue
    • poor digestion
    • illness
    • overweight
    • disease
    • constipation or poor elimination
    • low energy
    • prolonged use of pharmaceuticals
    • low motivation
    • prolonged use of alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs
    • depression
    • susceptible to illness
    • parasites, worms
    • fungus, yeast growth
    • continuous headaches

    Poor food choices, stress, poor breathing and lack of sleep simply leave our systems overly acidic. The blood needs to remain in an alkaline range and the body’s intelligence will do everything in its power to keep this. A toxic internal environment is an acidic one. You will have cravings, addictions, tension, and moodiness, feel stiff, and find it hard to lose weight, suffer from poor digestion, heartburn and eventually even diseases like osteoporosis, cancer, and kidney stones.

    So…this is why we need to detox.

    It’s time for a washout! It’s time to clean out, refresh and revitalize. During the process I will also do a colon cleanse with my Ballerina Tea, and it’s caffeine free. It has senna in it which will make you go, seriously.

    Here are my guidelines for this 14 day vegan diet/cleanse

    • Favor foods in their whole form
    • Eliminate white sugar and white flour
    • Substitute animal protein (meat, eggs, chicken) with organic plant sources of protein (legumes, beans, nuts, seeds)
    • Watch caffeine consumption (the less the better)
    • Limit alcohol
    • Drink ginger tea.
    • Eat three meals per day with limited snacking (only if actually hungry, not bored!)
    • Drink warm/room temperature water with meals rather than iced drinks.
    • Weekly one day cleanse (ballerina tea)
    • Include living foods in your diet like raw sprouts and fresh vegetables
    • Wheatgrass as a supplement

    All I have to do is increase my intake of these foods:

    • Fresh fruits
    • Fresh vegetables
    • Fresh fruit juices
    • Fresh vegetable juices
    • Whole grains (pasta, rice and breads)
    • Legumes
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Water/teas (at least two liters per day)

    Keep in Mind…
    When you detox, the toxins have to come up and out so there will be a process to go through. You may feel nausea, low energy, cravings, and even challenged at times.

    It’s all worth it.

    Food Frauds in Your Grocery Store: It’s better to buy Organic

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    According to The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) consumers need to be wary about food frauds lurking at supermarkets and grocery stores. Many everyday items we buy like milk, fish, honey, and coffee may be tampered with.

    But, what exactly is food fraud?

      “Food fraud means that somebody adds something or replaces a perfectly safe ingredient with essentially something unknown,” Markus Lipp, senior director of food standards at USP, says. This replacement is illegal, but could go undetected.
      “Any risks, hazards, or problems that occur will only depend on how knowledgable and ethical the person who committed that fraud is,” Lipp says. “If they think it’s safe but in fact it’s not safe, then everyone else will suffer the consequence.”

    An independent study by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention shows that the packaged food that you buy at the grocery stores may be loaded with fillers and are not what they seem.

    I recommend that you buy fresh, whole, organic foods to make sure that you’re getting what you actually paying for. Reading your ingredient labels also may help to identify those filler.

    Here’s a link to the study: Food Fraud Database: Seafood, Clouding Agents and Lemon Juice as Foods Vulnerable to Fraud

    To view the slide show of some 10 items and the fillers possibly used in them click here: The Daily Meal

    Meet The Companies Behind: Big Organic

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    For the last fifteen years, the largest multinational food corporations have been intensively buying up organic producers in an effort to enter the profitable niche market.

    These companies benefit from the premium charged on organic products, a premium that committed consumers will pay because… Boston Review

    The organic movement is rapidly growing and big companies want a piece. It’s hard to trust companies like Kraft, Kellogg, and General Mills. It’s important to read your labels even though you’re buying organic. Shop at your local farmers’ markets when you can’t grow your own. Join your local food co-op they’re often a great resource of local and organically grown items.

    Every month, millions search Google for farmers markets and local food. To meet that appetite for all things local, FarmersMarket.com will be the ultimate “farmers market,” connecting shoppers to farmers and markets like never before.

    For some great tips for buying Organic:
    https://organicready.org/2012/08/28/choose-organic-produce-where-it-matters-most/

    Five Reasons to Eat Organic Apples

    Author: Beth Hoffman

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    There are good reasons to eat organic and locally raised fruits and vegetables. For one, they usually taste better and are a whole lot fresher.

    Which single piece of produce could have the greatest impact on agriculture, the environment and your family’s health, all at once?

    The data says: Apples

    Reason #1: The average conventionally grown apple has more pesticide residue on it than any other fruit or vegetable.
    According to the Environmental Working Group‘s analysis of USDA data, pesticides showed up on 98 percent of the more than 700 apple samples tested (yes, they were washed). And it wasn’t just one pesticide either – apples from around the country, domestically grown and imported, were found to have up to 48 different kinds of pesticides on them. While less than the 69 types used on cucumbers, that’s still far more than the single pesticide found in sweet corn (shucked) or the 15 on oranges (peeled).

    Reason #2: We are not quite sure what some of those pesticides do to humans or the environment.
    Apples are commonly sprayed with Syngenta‘s Paraquat, a pesticide under scrutiny for a possible link to Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, apple growers in Michigan received an exemption for the last three years (and have recently applied again) for “emergency use” of the unapproved antibiotic kasugamycin. While not an antibiotic currently in use by humans, data on its affects on ground water and animal reproduction and development are not known.

    Reason #3: Farm owners and workers like to live and work in safe environments too.
    Even if the pesticide residues break down and are no longer found on the apple when you purchase it, those who spray the pesticides, and their communities, are affected by the chemicals directly. The problem with chemical use on farms is that someone has to apply them, and often communities nearby are hit with pesticide “drift.” A study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) last year found:

    According to the USDA, in addition to the 81 percent of conventional apple orchards which spray organophosphates on apple orchards, carbamates and pyrethroids are also used nation wide (on 35% and 29% of fields, respectively). Chlorpyrifos, a chemical linked to lowered IQ and higher incidence of ADHD in children is also still sprayed on 59 percent of apple orchards in the U.S., endangering the general public and those children living in rural areas.

    Reason #4: Apples are one of the country’s favorite fruits – and eating more organic apples could immediately impact farming.
    Not only is apple pie American, so are apples. The third most consumed fruit in the U.S. (next to oranges and grapes), apples generate $2.2 billion a year. 350,000 acres in the U.S. are dedicated to growing the fruit, and apples can be grown in all 50 states, although 60 percent of them are currently grown in Washington. Yet organic orchards currently account for only 6 percent of apple acreage in the country, even though organic apples are one of the most popular organic fruits.

    Reason #5 Organic apples don’t cost an arm and a leg, and are a great snack.
    The cost of an organic apple can be as high as $2.99 a pound and as low as $.99. And at about 1/2 of a pound a piece – that means the most expensive organic apples you can buy would run you only $1.50 a pop. Eating five of them a month would be only $90 a year – a cost most American households can bear. (Although this is more apples than most households currently consume – a discussion for another article perhaps).

    An apple a day, it turns out, can do far more than just keep the doctor away.

    Source:
    The Most Important Foods to Buy Organic
    5 Reasons to Love Organic

    Reminder: 12 Foods You Must Eat Organic (“Dirty Dozen”)

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    This list of foods is called the “Dirty Dozen” and is updated each year at EWG’s Shopper’s  Guide.

    1. Apples: This healthy powerfood has to look perfect, or many consumers get  suspicious. New to the top toxic spot, apples are susceptible to more than 30  insects and at least 10 diseases, so conventional apples are sprayed many times  during the growing season. Fungicides and other chemicals are also added after picking to prevent tiny blemishes that can accumulate during  storage of up to 9 months. (Read the possible Apple Benefits.)

    2. Celery: “Nobody likes to find a caterpillar-damaged stalk  in their celery bunch,” says Stuart Reitz, PhD, a research entomologist with the  USDA. There are 64 pesticide residues found on celery.

    3. Sweet Bell Peppers: The creases in their crowns hold  pesticides, so they soak in. They also have less insect-deterring compounds in  them.

    4. Peaches: Farmers may spray peaches every week or two from  bloom to harvest—and peach fuzz can trap pesticides says peach breeder John R.  Clark, PhD, a horticulturalist at the University of Arkansas, who peels every  one of the thousands of peaches he eats each year. The USDA Pesticide Data  Program found 62 pesticide residues.

    5. Strawberries: They are delicate and prone to disease,  including fungal attacks that can turn them to mush during transit and storage.  Millions of pounds of methyl bromide are used every year by California  strawberry growers. It damages the ozone layer, so it is banned in many parts of  the world. “This chemical has an uncanny ability to damage DNA, which creates a  host of problems, ranging from reproductive effects to cancer and neurological  damage,” explains Gina Solomon, MD, MPH, chief scientist at Natural Resources  Defense Council. “Since the chemical is also highly volatile, it is easy for it  to drift and affect workers and nearby communities.”

    6. Nectarines: They are closely related to peaches, so they  have the same weakness and “need” the same chemical support.

    7. Grapes: To prevent that easily-occurring rot, farmers  spray aggressively with fungicides. The USDA Pesticide Data Program found 34  pesticide residues.

    8. Spinach: Those green leaves are loved by grasshoppers and  other insects, and the plants themselves suck up chemicals from the soil. For  example, spinach has been shown to contain DDT from the soil, even though DDT  was banned over 10 years ago. (You don’t just want to pass on spinach, though.  It’s too healthy, as you can read here: Spinach Health Benefits)

    9. Lettuce: Like spinach, there are large surface areas to  protect. The USDA Pesticide Data Program found 51 pesticide residues.

    10. Cucumbers: Without spraying, they can be very delicate.  The USDA Pesticide Data Program found 35 pesticide residues.

    11. Blueberries: The berries are targets for insects such as  blueberry maggots and bagworms. The  USDA Pesticide Data Program found 52 pesticide residues.

    12. Potatoes: They are sprayed 5 or more times throughout  the growing season to protect against various pests. After harvesting, another  round of spraying occurs in the packing shed to ward off mold.

    Extra foods on the “dangerous” list:

    13. Kale/collard greens:  Like spinach and lettuce,  they have large surface areas that absorb sprays.

    14. Cherries: If just one of the western cherry maggots is  found in a shipment, the entire load of fruit must be dumped, so growers spray  out of fear of losing their crops.

    Check out more about the USDA Pesticide Data Program here.

    If you are familiar with Star Wars, this video, Grocery Store Wars, is a  great spoof with a  strong message supporting organic farming. A movie  from not  so long ago, in a supermarket not so far away… Join the adventures of Cuke  Skywalker, Obi-Wan Cannoli, Chewbroccoli  and the rest of the Organic Rebels  fighting against Darth Tader and the  Dark Side of the Farm.

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-foods-you-must-eat-organic.html#ixzz277wQDMv6