The dining room is abuzz as people peer at the food before them. It’s the first meal of a detox program at Mitzpe Alummot, a health retreat whose focus is on raw organic vegan food and juice fasting. This group includes people in good health, those looking to lose weight and those with cancer or type 2 diabetes.For many, it’s their first foray into raw food; they’re unaccustomed to the colorful salads, sprouts and gourmet-style lasagna made from zucchini, pesto, sun-dried tomato tapenade and almond “cheese.” There are murmurs of apprehension, surprise – and approval.
You know I have been playing with this whole raw thing for a year now but have been 100% RAW for 3 weeks now and you know it has finally clicked with what all the fuss is about!
Eating 100% raw foods (meaning they are not taken above 115f/46c) means that you are never destroying any enzymes from your food, hence constantly receiving optimum abundance and energy from all foods that you are eating!
I have been a natural nutritionist for many years eating an organic 100% vegan diet (with the odd glass of champagne), being healthy fit and active, so has the raw foods changed anything for me?
What has become clearer to me than anything literally is the CLARITY!
Eating 100% raw foods (including LOTS of chocolate), has made me feel more clarity than I have had for a long time!
Benefits of eating 100% raw for me have included better concentration, more capable, less fear, softer, calmer and definitely more in touch with consciousness!
It may sound wacky, but eating a healthier more live food diet HAS to a)cleanse and detoxify you and b)guide you back to where you actually really should be, i.e. to your ideal weight, to make a career change that you really deeply desire, to find relationship balance, more emotional clarity.
It is not just about weight loss. It’s more that weight loss is just par for the course! It is going to happen anyway! It is the lifestyle change that is vital and so needed in our society today which is why RAW foods, raw chocolate, support and advice and cafes are popping up all over the place. And why you are reading this!
Eating raw foods is the new black – don’t miss out!
As you know, the diagnosis of diabetes means there are going to be some lifestyle changes, the major changes being diet and weight management. This is the same with people and with dogs. If a veterinarian has diagnosed your dog with diabetes, your vet probably has already started advising you on which foods and brands of diabetic dog foods that your pup can eat. Here are some further dos and don’ts, a general rule of thumb, to go by when diabetic dog food is not available per se.
GOOD FOR YOUR DOG
- A natural diet of homemade and raw foods. This does not mean table scraps–a natural diet is planned and on purpose. This way you know exactly what your dog is eating. A natural diet doesn’t have to be expensive or hard work and there are many Websites with recipes that make it easy.
- Low fat meats. Choose high-quality meats with little fat like chicken, turkey, fish and eggs.
- A few fresh vegetables and raw fruits. Fresh veggies and fruits in moderation (but never grapes or raisins) are high in nutrients and vitamins, and have natural sugars, which are not bad for diabetics like processed and refined sugars are.
- Some grains. Certain grains like oats, brown rice and millet are beneficial for diabetic dogs. Used sparingly, these provide fiber which helps control insulin levels.
- Brewer’s yeast. This contains a substance known as ‘glucose tolerance factor’ which helps the body to use blood sugar more efficiently.
- Vitamin E. This aids in reducing the requirement for insulin.
BAD FOR YOUR DOG
- SUGAR. Do not feed your dog ‘people food’ or dog food that has sugar in it. Be sure to check that sugar or its other forms (sucrose, fructose, syrup, etc.) is not on the list of ingredients.
- Baked goods. Eliminate this from your dog diet, including most dog biscuits.
- Most fats. For instance, while turkey and chicken are OK, you should remove any skin and fat before giving it to your dog. Generally, you should not be giving your dog any foods that have been prepared in fats. A touch of fat is healthy and is already found naturally in meat. Other OK fats are quality fish oils.
- An all meat diet. Over time, this type of diet is harmful because of mineral and other imbalances. Dogs need balance found in grains and vegetables as well.
- Fatty meats. Meats with highly saturated fats like beef, ground beef, and pork should not be given.
- Most dry dog foods. Most dry dog foods are mainly made up of simple carbohydrates–not what a diabetic dog needs. However, dry diabetic dog foods are generally safe, but you still want make sure it is high in protein and vegetables. You still want to be sure to supplement dry food with quality wet food.
- Cornmeal. Some nutritionists also advise cornmeal, but sometimes dogs have allergic reactions to wheat and corn.
Just as with people, a dog with diabetes can have a high quality of life with a balanced lifestyle that includes a good diet, medication if necessary and regular exercise.
Clive Rose/Getty ImagesMost of us think we know what it means to “eat well.” Technically, the rules are simple: You should eat a lot of vegetables and fruits; you need enough protein and carbohydrates; and you’re better off steering clear of too much sugar.
For the average person, the total caloric number will most likely be in the 2,000 calorie range.
But when you look at professional athletes, a new level of diet weirdness starts to appear. Sure, those athletes need to hit a certain calorie number, but the way they get there can vary greatly.
Here are the surprising diets of seven elite athletes.
If you want to eat healthy but still enjoy ice cream-like desserts there is a great, easy, raw pineapple ice cream dessert you can make. Raw fooders have been making this ice cream for a long time and it’s a great standby raw recipe. It isn’t really made with cream but the texture is that of ice cream, sorbet or sherbet. It’s a real surprise when you make it for the first time.
It’s simple and one of the easiest recipes to make if you want to eat healthy and want your family, friends and guests to eat healthy too. The kids love it. I have served it many times and no one even guessed that it wasn’t really ice cream in fact people ask for it over and over again when they come to visit or when I serve it at events.
Of course it’s a little hard to take to potlucks unless you’re having it at home because it needs to be kept frozen. It’s best served right after you make it. I often make it after my family or guests have arrived, but you don’t have to. You can make it ahead of time and just keep it in the freezer.
Pineapple is one of most nutritious foods on the planet. It contains carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, chlorine, sulphur and manganese. It has high amounts of vitamin C and has vitamin A, B1 and B2 among others. The proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzyme bromolain (sometimes spelled bromolin) is responsible for healing and curing many diseases and conditions and new discoveries are made for it all the time.
Pineapple can stop or lessen inflammation in the body. It’s been used for arthritis – both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and to help repair tissues after injuries. Many people with hand and joint pain claim it has stopped arthritic pain in their fingers etc. It has been used for diabetic ulcers and to speed healing after surgery.
Pineapple can help digestion and is often used in some countries following the evening meal. It breaks down protein easily easing the demand on the body for its reserve supply of enzymes. It reduces blood clotting and can helps reduce or remove plaque from the artery walls.
It can actually help improve circulation and has helped many people who suffer from angina. It has helped bronchitis by clearing mucous waste and throat infections by digesting dead or diseased cells and microbes in the throat. It has helped all sorts of digestive problems and works like a laxative and a diuretic. It’s great for the brain too, helping with memory, sadness and that melancholy feeling. Other claims are that it helps cure eczema, gout, hiccups with one bite and lowers blood pressure.
So here’s the easy raw recipe.
Hard to believe but there is only one ingredient. It’s best made in a Champion juicer or Green Life, Green Power or Green Star Juicer or any juice extractor that has a homogenizing blank, however, it can be made in a food processor too. Centrifugal type juicers usually won’t work though – the mass market kind. You can try it if you have a juicer.
If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area you can easily find frozen pineapple tidbits they have in the frozen food case. Or you can use frozen pineapple from any other store it doesn’t matter. If you can’t buy frozen pineapple you can buy fresh chunks and freeze them or cut up fresh pineapple and freeze them.
I’ve found fresh pineapple from Costco seems to be the cheapest running around $3 per pineapple. Produce people have told me they grow like weeds in Hawaii and it’s doubtful they’re sprayed with chemicals. Cooked or canned pineapple won’t work and don’t contain bromolain, which is destroyed when it’s heated.
So take any amount of frozen pineapple and put it in the Champion juicer with the homogenizing blank or Green Life, Green Power or Green Star with the homogenizing blank or just use a food processor. In the juice extractors just run it through. In the food processor process it fast until creamy and quickly remove and refreeze.
You can also run frozen raspberries through after the ice cream and swirl some through or on the top of the pineapple ice cream for a nice effect.
You’ll magically have made the healthiest pineapple ice cream, sherbet or sorbet raw recipe on the planet and nobody will know they’re eating healthy, unless you tell them of course. This raw pineapple recipe is so easy and so good for us!
Health conscious people chose certain healthy options without questioning because they’ve already looked into the rationale and made their choices! So, without further ado here are those 6 things.
1. Buy organic food
There are a number of valuable reasons to buy organic food. Non-organic food has herbicides, fungicides and pesticides, which are known to be toxic. Yes, they’re only in small amounts, but these toxic substances when taken long-term, through frequent consumption, add up to something significant, especially if junk food is chosen regularly in the diet.
Organic food has better nutrition value because the toxins in the above are not present to denature the food’s vitamins and enzymes (lose their molecular shape). Also, organic food is GMO free…
2. Eat a high percentage of raw food
On the subject of vitamins and enzymes raw food has a higher nutrition value than cooked food. For example, some food can have very little nutrition value because it contains many denatured vitamins and enzymes caused by the extreme temperatures (heating), unable to serve the body’s metabolic requirements. The same effect occurs when deep freezing food.
It’s not unusual for health conscious people to have a salad a day and have an overall diet of around 80% raw food.
3. Drink plenty of clean water
If someone put me on the spot and asked what I would say is the single most important contribution to health, I’d respond by recommending drinking more than an adequate supply of good clean water, because it’s probably the most underrated factor that contributes to health. No wonder health conscious people are often seen drinking water!
4. Exercise regularly
Besides improving hormonal control such as blood sugar regulation, then there’s better cardiovascular function, body mobility, muscle contraction, nervous function and other bodily functions, exercise also helps with alertness and cognitive ability thus increasing intelligence…
The recommendation is around 20-30 minutes exercise a day. The level of exercise depends on the individual and what is appropriate for them in terms of age and fitness… Where appropriate, the more strenuous the exercise, the better. For example, frequent strenuous exercise gets you puffing and panting which in effect improves cardiovascular function.
5. Maintain a positive outlook
Many health conscious people are frequently seen up-happy. They frequently laugh, have their hopes and are optimistic! Usually, they find themselves having plenty to do in life that interests them. They appreciate the beauty in things… It’s also worth a mention that meditation helps maintain good health.
6. Avoid toxicity
With the state of the world today it is increasingly difficult to avoid so many different environmental toxins such as air radiation, other pollution and low electromagnetic frequencies from applications such as the computer, Wi-Fi, mobile and phones… etc but health conscious people avoid chemicals from personal care and beauty products like toiletries, shampoo, hair sprays, creams and lotions… by choosing the natural non-toxic forms of these products.
As already mentioned toxicity is also avoided by choosing the organic option while avoiding junk food.
-It is hoped that this brief guide will inspire the reader to look into the healthier option.
It wasn’t long ago that raw food bars were all the rage. If you didn’t eat your food raw, you weren’t in with the IN crowd and you were out of the loop in the healthy rage. There are still some raw food bars around but pretty much the fad has died down and, I think, for good reason.
A lot of my patients ask me about the health benefits of eating raw food and I agree there are some foods that are of benefit eaten raw, some I question, and some I never would recommend without cooking. In case you were wondering about whether it’s more beneficial to eat all of your food raw, here’s some pros and cons you might want to consider.
What’s So Great About Raw Food?
To begin with, raw food is anything that has not been heated above 118 degrees. It’s reported by raw food enthusiasts that temperatures above that kill the natural enzymes present in food and make it harder for your body to digest them. It’s true, that your body needs specific enzymes to digest your food. As we get older those enzymes decrease and don’t do the job of digesting as well which may leave us constipated and missing a lot of nutrients from our food.
Now, there are some great, high vitamins and mineral, fiber-filled foods recommended for raw food dieting that are all the things you should include in a healthy diet anyway. They include such foods as vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains and juices as well as monounsaturated fats from olives, avocados, coconut, and nuts. As you can see, it’s mostly a vegetarian diet, but people who practice a raw diet exclusively say there are many benefits such as:
• Lower cholesterol.
• Lower/stable blood sugar levels.
• Lower blood pressure (from decreased sodium intake).
• May prevent stomach and oral cancers (overly cooked, barbecued food suspect).
• High in fiber, helps maintain good bowel health and blood sugar levels.
• Boosts immune system from higher glycoside levels in raw food.
• Avoidance of wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and table salt may help some allergies and aids the body in detoxifying itself.
• Clearer skin.
• Weight loss, sustained.
What’s Not So Great About Raw Food Diet
The raw food diet lifestyle, in its purest form, is mostly a vegetarian diet. I become concerned about vitamin deficiencies, especially deficiencies in B12, which is common in vegetarian diets. This deficiency can result in anemia, and conditions of the nervous system, as well as neurological disorders of cognition problems and dementia. The best sources of B12 are from red meat, and secondly chicken, fish, and wheat germ.
In addition, not heating foods past 118 degrees allows food borne pathogens to stay intact and can result in serious illness. Take eggs for example. Many of my patients brag about how they put a raw egg in a blender with juice, etc, and drink it all down. I cringe and then tell them they’re lucky they dodged a salmonella bullet but may not always, as eggs can be carriers of bacteria.
Depending on how strict you are into a raw food diet, you may also include some fish (sushi, etc), red meat, and milk (non-pasteurized, non-homogenized only). Adding meat and fish works better from a nutritional standpoint, but from a food borne pathogen standpoint could pose some serious problems. Both fish and meat can carry bacteria, like salmonella and others. If you’ve ever suffered a Salmonella food poisoning event, you don’t want to go there again. They can also carry viruses and parasites. Non-pasteurized milk can also carry Mycobacterium bovis that can cause non-pulmonary type tuberculosis. In short, these raw foods can result in some serious illnesses that you don’t want to subject yourself to.
And if vitamin deficiencies and food borne pathogens aren’t enough to scare you away from a raw food
diet, some raw foods are included that are in a natural and uncooked state, many of which can be toxic.
Here is a short list of these foods:
• Kidney beans and sprouts contain a chemical called phytohemaglutinin, which can be toxic.
• Alfalfa sprouts contain canavanine.
• Apricot kernels – contain amygdalin, which is raw cyanide.
• Buckwheat greens are toxic if raw. They can trigger photosensivity.
• Parsnips – raw, contain furanocoumarin which can be toxic.
In addition, time may be a factor in not choosing a raw diet. Since it is mostly all raw food, it takes a lot of buying and preparation time, as freshness would be of ultimate importance.
Convenience may be another negative, as it would make it hard to go out to eat. Also getting used to it may be hard for people who have eaten meat, sugar, salt and alcohol their entire life to switch to a raw diet.
Is There a Healthy Way To Eat Raw Foods?
The answer to that question depends on whom you ask, mostly. But even many raw food enthusiasts say that the ideal raw diet is 75% raw and 25% cooked, and if I were going to “go raw” this is the way I’d likely do it as well.
• Twenty-five percent of your raw diet could be cooked meat, fish or eggs, but I would add a good digestive enzyme to help digest these proteins especially if you’re past age 40.
• The other 75% could be made up of raw vegetables steamed just enough to soften them and bring out their flavor. Raw fruit and nuts are always great in their natural form and I wholeheartedly recommend eating several servings of these vitamin and fiber rich foods every day.
• As always, drink half your weight in clean, filtered water a day to flush toxins out of your body.
This is what I tell my patients who ask about the health benefits of a raw food diet. There are a lot of positive elements involved, such as eating all the vegetables, fruit, and nuts, and staying away from sugar and alcohol and processed foods. These are healthy changes that anyone can incorporate into their diet whether it’s completely raw or not. To avoid serious illness however, stay away from sushi and steak tartare unless you really can vouch for where they came from and who handled them.
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