Raw Food Diet – 6 Must Haves When Preparing Your Kitchen For Long Term Raw Food Dieting

Well-prepared cooking needs good equipment like pots and pans, microwave or oven, not to mention a whole list of cooking utensils needed to cook a fairly simple meal. Going to the grocery store to fill up your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables is only the beginning to raw food dieting. Unless you want to spend your raw food experience eating carrots and celery sticks, you better get equipped! Kitchen equipment is not essential in the beginning. You will find your recipe cookbooks will require more than a kitchen knife and a cutting board.

High-speed blender

A strong high-speed blender like a Vita-mix or Blend tech mixer is the first essential tool you will require. Because you will use your blender several times a day, investing in a high quality blender will service your raw food diet cooking needs for many years to come. With the high-speed blender it is possible to prepare smoothies, hot soups, drink mixes, and sauces. You will also be able to prepare thick mixes which you will need for your dehydrator to make bread for sandwiches and cake bottoms. The best part is that you will never burn your food ever again. A good high-speed blender is anywhere from a $400-$700 investment

Food dehydrator

Once you start using this tool, you will never know how you had managed without it. A dehydrator is basically a warm oven which extracts moisture from prepared foods such as vegetables, fruits and tasty thick mixes over a period of 12 to 24 hours. Dehydrated food can be kept for a long period of time and makes great snack foods. The raw food dehydrator is also used in preparing mixes for cakes and pies to be used as the bottom replacing dough mixes. Most raw cookbooks call for this kind of preparation in many raw food recipes. Generally a good food dehydrator can be purchased between $200-$500 depending on the size and cooking needs.

Food processor

With the volume of vegetable preparation that you will be doing, a good food processor will get the job done much quicker. Raw food cooking takes the same amount of time for preparation as regular cooking does. Compared to regular cooking the only time savings is in the preparation of food because a lot of recipes require chopped ingredients.

Juicer

Making fresh fruit juice or vegetable juice mixes is best made with a high-quality juicer. This is the best way to get a plentiful intake of your fruits and veggies in one day. There are many inexpensive juicers on the market but they generally burn the enzymes therefore degrading the quality of your food. Ceramic juicers on the other hand squeeze the juice out of the vegetables and fruits so as to preserve these precious enzymes. Of course this type of juicer can run into a $300-$500 investment.

Sprouting tray

Since salads are a big part of everyday raw cooking, a sprouting tray is essential. This is a three or four level plastic container with tiny holes at the bottom of each one. There are a variety of seeds which can be purchased at the health food store and sprouted in these containers using only water. Within several days you will have plenty of fresh sprouts to toss into those tasty salads. They are truly the freshest and easiest way to get top-quality nourishment for your new found health.

A bookshelf

The day start your journey and discover raw food cooking, you will end up buying plenty of books to expand this new found experience. This way of preparing foods is so exciting and cannot be compared to any conventional way of cooking. Your taste buds will discover fresh and exhilarating flavors that you will never find even in the best of restaurants unless it offers raw food on the menu.

Even though you may have purchased the best of the best in kitchen equipment, your cupboards presently filled with flour, bread, pasta, sugar and other needless ingredients will all have to be replaced with new ones. Your new cookbooks will call for olive oil, nuts, seaweed, condiments, spices and herbs, many of which you will never even have heard of before.

The World's Oldest Living Woman Is All About Raw Eggs, Raw Meat And Brushing Off Dudes – UPROXX

Gotta love the internet’s fascination with what really, really old people do that enables them to live past the 100 year mark — especially when said old people divulge secrets that are strange and sometimes unhealthy. But 116-year-old Emma Morano’s tips for longevity are downright badass. She just became the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest living woman in the world, and she did it by eating raw eggs, raw meat, and staying single.

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford recently discussed Morano’s extraordinary life on the Today Show. She was born in 1899 and has lived through “two turn-of-the-centuries.” She left an abusive marriage in the 1930s, at a time when women didn’t do something like that, and then she brushed off subsequent suitors. She lives alone, but has a caretaker and two nieces who visit her every day.

But why the raw diet (which will now be copied by health freaks in New York and LA and everywhere else)? She eats two raw eggs and 100 grams of raw steak every day in order to combat anemia. According to a New York Times article from last year, Morano has been eating these raw eggs since she was a teenager. She also moved to her current home of Verbania when she was younger, because the “pretty lakeshore town” was better for her constitution. As for that unhappy marriage, Morano left shortly after the death of an infant son, and never remarried because, “I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone.”

Morano became the world’s oldest woman last Friday after the previous record-holder, Susannah Mushatt Jones, died. Jones’ secret? Eating bacon every day.

(via Today Show and New York Times)

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These People Ate A Raw Diet For A Week And Freaked The Eff Out – SELF

TFW you eat 6 bananas a day because you don’t know what else to do.

Living the raw-only life ain’t easy, and four BuzzFeed staffers learned that the hard way after committing to a weeklong raw diet challenge. Though their nutritional stint only lasted seven days, hilarity still ensued—mostly because the four couldn’t figure out what the eff they were actually allowed to eat.

Raw diets have been popularized by a number of celebs, most notably Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady. The pair revealed that they eat an 80/20 raw diet while on vacation (I know), meaning they consume raw foods (like huge salads) 80 percent of the time and non-raw foods (like lean meats) the other 20 percent. The BuzzFeed participants decided to go all in, eating only raw for the entire week, and it turned out to be a much bigger challenge than they expected.

Each of the four participants had their own reasons for taking the challenge. Getting clearer skin, strengthening discipline, and feeling “less like crap” were all on the table as potential outcomes. And one woman was even considering a full-time switch to the raw-only life. But after the seven days, most of them were ready to tap out. They felt depleted of energy and funds (“I just paid $10 for this f***ng wrap”), and they were pretty much confused the entire time (“I’ve eaten six bananas because … I don’t know what else to eat”). Then when Jason Wrobel, celebrity vegan chef and author, stepped in to save the day—teaching the staffers how to creatively combine raw ingredients to make delicious meals—the competitors were mind-blown. But they were also kind of over the whole thing.

Only one of the four emerged ready to incorporate raw-only into her everyday life, but that’s something. And hey, the other three said they thought they might eat raw more frequently than they did before. They just maybe need to figure out how to make meals instead of resorting to bananas all day.

Watch the full video below.

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Raw veganism is growing in popularity and should be treated seriously as a dietry choice.


If veganism is seen as an extreme diet, then the idea of going raw vegan will give the uninitiated bacon-induced heart attacks.

But why?

People seem genuinely afraid of going beyond what is perceived as a “conventional” diet and actually thinking for themselves. As more and more additives find themselves into processed food and chemicals seep into the growing of fruit and veg (not to mention antibiotics in animal agriculture), then isn’t it natural to want to know exactly what we’re putting into our bodies?

Obviously, re-reading that last sentence will remind us that even on a raw diet a knowledge of exactly where your food is coming from is highly-desirable. However, it is actually rather easy to clean pesticide residue from vegetables – soak the veg or fruit in four parts water to one part white vinegar for 20 minutes and then rinse them well with water. White vinegar can also be used as a cleaning product around the home.

With your chemically-free fruit and veg, you can add nuts and seeds to the mix and from there on in you can be as creative or not as you wish. But why go raw?

Cooking does indeed make some foods (including meat) edible, so, to many raw vegans, foods that require cooking to make them edible (according to our natural senses anyway) means that consuming them is unnatural. I have some sympathy with this argument – but I personally like pasta too much to go down this road (just being honest).

I have tried raw vegan dishes at a couple of vegan fairs, but I’m afraid that I didn’t like them. I didn’t hate them, I just found them bland – although I’m always willing to be educated to be taught otherwise. But others do find them surprisingly delicious and visually attractive. So, for me, it is just a matter of personal taste – being vegan doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy food after all.

You can get all the nutrients essential to your well-being from a raw diet and, indeed, many nutrients are lost in cooking food – especially if people over-cook it. I, personally, never cook broccoli or cabbage for longer than two minute, and always fry sprouts for a similar length of time.

However, there does seem to be a wide variety of raw foods on offer – a few dishes that jumped out at me while researching this article include; raw mushroom lasagne, raw chocolate hazelnut cheesecake, raw mushroom burgers and raw mango cupcakes.

You will notice that mushrooms crop up a couple of times there – who doesn’t like raw mushrooms? They are the perfect addition to any salad and taste absolutely delicious uncooked. In fact, many of us enjoy salads or fruit salads in the summer anyway – this, my friends, is a raw vegan dish – or can be if you don’t throw in any processed fake meats or cheeses. Bell peppers are a great addition, they’re very colourful too, as are home sprouted seeds – very nutritious – and how about a few nuts too?

It has to be remembered, that tea and coffee are out of the window in a raw diet – as are your beloved herbal teas – but are tea and coffee not unnatural stimulants anyway?

There is nothing to stop anybody trying a raw diet a couple of days a month as either a change or way of seeing if this diet is for them. At the very least, it adds variety to your meal plans. There are several free downloads of raw vegan recipe books available in the Kindle store.

While not for me, I can see the appeal of this diet and I see no reason why raw vegans can’t be perfectly healthy. It does, if anything, teach those who follow such a diet to carefully monitor which nutrients they are eating and making sure they get a balanced diet. Dismissing such choices as “fads” is patronising and fails to take into account people’s real and serious concerns about where their food comes from and how it ends up on their plates. So don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Why Healthy Eating Is So Good for Hypermobility Syndrome Sufferers

So, we all know that eating healthily is good for us. We hear it enough times. It’s something we ‘should’ do. But I want to give you a personal take; make it real to you. I want you to know how much of a difference eating healthily has made to me as a Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS) sufferer and I want to give you some tips on how you can start to feel this health and vitality in your own life.

Let’s look at the facts first:

Why eating healthily is particularly good for HMS sufferers:

When our body is clean on the inside we are healthier on the outside.

Our organs of detoxification, including the liver and the kidneys, work 24/7 to keep our bodies clean. The more we eat natural food the less they have to work. This is great for two reasons: 1 – we look and feel better; 2 – our detoxification system can then spend its time doing internal ‘housework’ making sure every part of our body functions the very best it can. This means our joints can be kept healthy and recover from injury more quickly.

Eating healthily can satisfy us with fewer calories.

The more healthily we eat the more weight we’ll drop. That’s great for general health but also really important for us HMS sufferers.

Fresh food delivers us vitamins and minerals in abundance in a way that processed food cannot.

It’s very easy to be over-fed yet under-nourished when we eat a lot of processed food. If we enjoy plentiful fruit and vegetables we’ll be ensuring we deliver quality to our bodies. Vitamins and minerals are essential to ensure optimal health and functioning of our joints, tissues, bones and muscles.

• Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly greens can improve our digestion.

It’s all about having the right level of hydrochloric acid in your tummy – have a look at the writing of Victoria Boutenko for the details. Having efficient digestion is not just something that means we feel better – it also ensures we absorb more of the goodness from the food that we do eat. A double whammy!

Because our body is working less, we have more energy.

We look better and we feel better – a great way to make sure we are experiencing life in the best possible way we can at any given time.

• Because we have more energy and look better, we feel better. I know how easy it is to feel down when you have HMS. Feeling brighter on a daily basis and being happier when we look in the mirror are two all-important factors when it comes to feeling better every day.

We have less allergic response.

There are many, less healthy, foodstuffs that can cause allergies. (You can find out about the more common of these – wheat and dairy – by googling them or reading an author like Patrick Holford.) Allergies do not just show up as skin or breathing problems, they also clog up all the processes of our bodies, along with lowering our health and vitality generally. If we give our body a break from these we can function at a much more healthy level.

The body was designed for the natural sugar in fruit.

Eating less processed sugar and replacing it with natural sugar puts so much less stress on the body. Our system was not meant handle processed sugar and getting it cleaned out of the body day in day out really takes its toll. Noticed how you get more spots when you eat a lot of chocolate? It’s because the skin is an organ of detoxification and if the other organs in the body that clear unnatural foodstuffs are over-loaded then the toxins will be pushed out through your skin.

Natural water without having to remember to carry a bottle with you everywhere!

Our bodies need water to function properly. Without it, all our vital systems lack oxygen and just can’t work properly. It affects our joints, muscles and connective tissues too – all those things that we want to keep in the best state possible. If we eat more fruit and vegetables we’ll get water in its natural state – packaged inside some beautifully sweet-tasting fruit!

Now perhaps you are asking: “How does she know all this?” Well, that’s because eating healthily has literally changed my life.

I had my hypermobility diagnosed in 2008, but I’d been suffering for many years; RSI making my academic life hell, lower back problems putting me out of action over and over again while neck and shoulder problems plagued me from a very early age.

2008 was the worst I’d been. A problem with my neck and shoulder was so bad I had to leave the course of study I was on. I couldn’t hold my head up for long without muscle spasm and immense pain. I spent months in bed and became very depressed.

After what was a very long, dark time I was finally diagnosed with EDS and got to work with a great physiotherapist.

I decided that I wanted to do everything I could to improve my health. I started researching diet and was amazed at what I found. I learnt about how many of the food stuffs we take as normal (e.g. bread, milk, soy) can be highly allergenic. I learnt how our body is constantly detoxifying, and how, if we put unnatural substances into it, it has to work really to get rid of them. I learnt how many of the animal products we eat are full of chemicals and hormones that have been routinely used to treat the animals. I learnt how natural, raw foods are not only choc full of vitamins and minerals, but also include enzymes which make them easier to digest than processed food. I learnt how greens are a wonder food – not only providing minerals in abundance, but also actually improving the way our body digests.

There are plenty of resources, freely available online, written by doctors and enthusiasts alike, which provide evidence and experience to champion healthy eating.

I decided to become my own tester. It’s simple and cheap – I’d recommend giving it a go! ‘Try on’ a healthy diet for a few meals, a few days and see what it does for you. I did just that and I’ve never looked back.

I started to make changes to the way I ate. I cut down on the amount of animal produce and included a lot more fruit and vegetables. I found not only did I love it, but I felt and looked so much healthier. Without trying, I lost weight I never thought I’d lose, my skin cleared up and my eyes started to sparkle. I had more energy and slept better. I got ill with colds and passing bugs much less frequently. Importantly, along with the physiotherapy, the state of my joints and muscles improved. They hurt less often and with less intensity, and when I had a setback it was shorter and I healed more quickly.

I was so sold that I continued to work on my diet. I now eat a diet very high in fresh fruit and vegetables. I don’t eat any animal produce and I don’t cook my food.

You might think this is extreme, but, boy, it works for me! I feel the best I have ever done. I haven’t had a cold for over 2 years. I love the shape of my body. Even better, I love the food I am eating. Our taste buds are amazingly flexible. They adjust to new flavours very easily. For example, once I took processed sugar out of my diet I really started to taste the sweetness of natural produce. Now I can get my sugar kick from apples, oranges, pineapple and mango with no guilt!

Importantly, my hypermobility has improved immeasurably – I couldn’t even pick up a book two years ago and was in constant pain, now I frequently walk home from the shops with several shopping bags. I can exercise, engage in most pursuits and live relatively normally. A lot of this success is due to my wonderful physiotherapist and my own determination to strengthen, but I don’t doubt that a substantial part of my recovery has been due to my dietary changes.

My improved health and increased vitality has sky-rocketed my self confidence and general happiness. I’ve had the confidence to be able to start pursuing the things I’ve always wanted to – I’m much more creative in my everyday life and I’ve even moved to a different country, something I’d wanted to do from a very young age!

Who knows what it could do for you?

It’s super easy and tasty to ‘healthify’ your diet. How about trying a fruit smoothie? They are easy to make with a regular blender.

So, if you’ve got a blender get it out of the cupboard. Put it on the work surface in your kitchen. Then it’s there, ready to make you gorgeous fruit-based smoothies that your body will thank you for every day – loads of vitamins and minerals and natural hydration. If you’re up for it add some greens too – they’ll make it a wicked colour and you’ll send your mineral quota shooting up for the day.

Try this recipe for size:

• Get two really ripe pears. Quarter them and remove the cores. Then dice them roughly and put them in your blender. Pop the lid on the blender and pulse the blades until the pear is liquid.

• Chop a third of a medium cucumber and add in with the pears. Do the same thing with the pulse button to liquidise the cucumber.

• Take two large handfuls of spinach and add them to the blender. Blend again until the spinach is incorporated and you have a nice smooth liquid.

• Pour all this into a glass and sit back and enjoy the taste!

You can watch me showing you how to make this delicious and easy smoothie here: http://www.pathlesstrodden.com/pear-spinach-smoothie/

For more information on my diet and hypermobility journey, as well as recipes and a chance to sign up to my ezine check out my website.

Give your body a break and the chance to work the way it was intended to work!

Guinness confirms 116-year-old Italian woman as oldest person in the world – Today.com

Could raw food and the single life be fueling the longevity of the only known person who has lived through parts of three centuries?

Emma Morano of Italy certainly thinks so. The 116-year-old, who last week became the oldest living woman in the world, credits her long life to being single for most of it.

Following the death of an infant son and an unhappy marriage that ended in 1938, Morano decided against remarrying, despite plenty of suitors.

Oldest living woman, Emma MoranoAP

Emma Morano poses next to a picture of her younger self, in Verbania, Italy, on May 14.

“I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she told The New York Times in 2015.

On Monday, The Guinness World Records officially confirmed Morano as the world’s oldest living person.

“Ms. Morano has experienced things first hand that will soon be consigned to memory, and the record books. She can teach us all a lesson of the value of a life well lived,” said Marco Frigatti, head of records for Guinness.

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Emma Morano, at 116 years young, is the oldest living person in the world.

Despite Morano’s claims otherwise, genetics likely have played a large role in her longevity. One of her sisters lived to 102, while another died just shy of the century mark.

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Born on Nov. 29, 1899, Morano supported herself working in a factory making jute bags, then in a hotel, working well past retirement age.

She credits her relatively good health to a long-standing diet that includes two raw eggs and 100 grams of raw steak each day. A doctor recommended the regimen decades ago to help counter anemia. Morano also enjoys homemade applesauce brought by her nieces.

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Today, she lives by herself in a one-room apartment in Verbania, a lakeshore town in northern Italy near the Switzerland border, but receives daily visits from a caregiver and two nieces.

“I am doing fine —116!” she told well-wishers from her bed last Friday when journalists descended upon her home to document her achievement.

The supercentenarian claimed the title following the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones, a New Yorker who passed away last Thursday. She also was 116.

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5 Reasons I Stopped Eating a Raw Vegan… – Organic Authority

reasons why the raw vegan lifestyle may not be for you

For about a year, I delved deep into the raw vegan lifestyle as a culmination of my attempt to improve my health and reach an even higher level of “cleanliness.” I was coming off a few years of a “detox” lifestyle, in which I embraced all things laced with green juice, kale, and avocado, with the occasional goat cheese, grass-fed beef, and ancient grains to boot. Then, looking to challenge myself even more and hopefully feel even more amazing, I decided to take it to the next level – I went totally raw vegan. For a while. Then, I stopped.

A raw vegan diet comprises of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without heating over 118 degrees Fahrenheit. The idea behind it is that uncooked plant-based foods retain their nutritional integrity and thus give your cells more bang for their buck.

After nearly a year of attempting the vegan raw lifestyle, I had to let it go. There were five main reasons why the raw vegan lifestyle (or any overly restrictive diet) wasn’t for me and why you may want to reconsider overdoing the health craze and sticking to what feels right for you, too.

1. Too Much Supplementation

Before starting a raw vegan regiment, I researched and discovered it was important to supplement with vitamin B12, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. I also made sure I was eating foods rich in iodine, selenium, zinc, and iron, which are nutrients a vegan lifestyle can lack. However, after awhile, it felt inherently unnatural to have to take supplements to fill in for my diet in key areas. Supplements didn’t feel like a passive complement to my diet; instead, they felt like a vital source of nutrition. I am a huge proponent of probiotics and the occasional supplement for specific purposes, but as a daily ritual, it revealed a gaping hole in my diet.

2. Socially Isolating

This one goes without saying. Food is the centerpiece of most social interactions, and eating a specific diet can isolate you at the table. It also draws negative attention from others who are offended by your dietary choices or simply find them ill-conceived. I am used to being the girl with dietary specifications, but being raw vegan took my seclusion to the next level.

3. Interest Turned to Obsession

I always treated my health endeavors as enjoyable, fun, and creative experiences, but setting the bar to an uncomfortable high made me increasingly obsessed with my diet. The burden to be “perfect” was stressful and started to etch at my happiness and overall well-being, defeating the purpose of the so-called ideal diet, which was supposed to make me feel like my best self.

4. Not Convenient

The key to staying on track with a diet that requires special ingredients and has little room for flexibility is an environment that caters to your needs. While all may be carefree and easy in your natural element, once you travel or are taken out of your environment for a period of time, a raw vegan diet becomes supremely difficult. Planning can be exhaustive and finding on-the-go solutions is hard to come by.

5. Something Always Felt Missing

Despite eating a diverse raw vegan diet, I still felt like I was always missing some elemental nutrient, texture, or warmth in my system. My skin glowed, but from eating so many raw foods, I was often bloated, gassy, and unsatisfied. Comfort was hard to come by and even when my diet was as pure as could be, it felt plastic. I craved something cooked, and I started to realize that my body (and soul) actually needed it.

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World's oldest person says her long life is down to her daily diet of raw eggs and meat – Scottish Daily Record

THE world’s oldest person has said that her long life is down to her daily diet of raw eggs and meat.

Emma Morano is 116 years and 170 days old and is believed to be the last person alive who was born before 1900.

The Italian puts her longevity down to eating three eggs (two raw, one cooked), fresh pasta and a dish of raw meat, which she has enjoyed for the past 90-odd years.

Emma was born on November 29, 1899, in Civiasco in northern Italy.

Read More: World’s oldest person, Susannah Mushatt Jones, has died aged 116 in New York

She married in 1926, but left her husband 12 years later. Her only son passed away aged six months.

Emma has lived in the same two-bedroom apartment since she married but has been unable to leave it for 25 years.

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Emma Morano with a pillow marking remarkable age
Emma Morano with a pillow marking remarkable age

She lived alone until a few months ago, when a carer joined her.

Emma urged those wanting to live a long life to avoid drugs and ­cigarettes and drink a little grappa instead.

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The record was ­verified by Guinness World Records.

The previous oldest person, American Susannah Mushatt Jones, died in New York last Thursday at the age of 116 years and 311 days.

The oldest living man is 112-year-old Holocaust survivor Israel Kristal.

The all-time record is held by France’s Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at 122 years and
164 days.

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