Looking For Nutritious Dog Food Recipes? Nothing Beats A Raw Food Diet For Dogs

The fact that you actually chose to read this article, is proof enough for me that you must be a true dog lover. Who else would spend time researching about nutritious dog food diets than those truly devoted to their best buddies? And, it was wise of you to do some online research on the topic. Most pet owners make the mistaken assumption that their pets have the same nutrient needs as them. However, we have to realize that our pet dogs are actually wild animals that have been domesticated. The best diet for them is their native diet, which is raw meat.

Now, you might think that this will bring on salmonella, e-coli or other types of food poisoning to your dog. Don’t worry, it won’t. Our dogs’ digestive systems are not like ours. We need to cook meat in order to kill bacteria that can wreak havoc on our system. On the other hand, dogs are not susceptible to these kinds of microorganisms. In fact, raw meat might actually be more nutritious for them, especially if you compare it to commercial dog foods, which are laden with preservatives, fillers and chemicals.

Cooked meat loses a lot of its nutrients. This is because cooking breaks down the proteins, vitamins and minerals of meat. It also loses a lot of its moisture content, which would have ideally contributed to meeting your dog’s daily water needs. As a whole, meat should be the primary component of your dog’s food.

Now, if we take a look at commercial dog food, their usual ingredients are mostly soy, corn, and wheat. These ingredients happen to be the most common allergens among dogs. Our dogs’ digestive systems were not designed for processing grains. A high-grain diet among dogs has actually been correlated to pancreatic stress and tooth decay among dogs. Some raw dog food advocates even campaign for the total elimination of grain from our dogs’ diets.

What makes up a dog’s raw food diet, or what they call, biologically appropriate raw food (BARF)? Ideally it is made up of 60-80% raw meat. It can be raw meat from beef, buffalo, venison, chicken, turkey, rabbit and fish. Small animals like rabbit and fish can be fed to them whole. The raw meat component can further be broken down to about 1/5 organs, 1/5 skin and fat, and the rest in muscle meat.

Bones are also nutritious additions to your dog’s diet. But, they must be from animals that were freshly killed for meat. Never feed them old bones from animals that have been long dead and preserved. Good sources of bones would be, for example, freshly killed rabbits or chickens. It is actually safe to feed your dog chicken bones if they are fresh and uncooked. Chicken bones become dangerous to dogs when cooked because cooked bones become brittle and are much more likely to splinter. On the other hand, fresh bones are easier to chew and digest. If you’re doubtful about this information, verify it with a veterinarian.

Some 20-40% of your dog’s diet can come from vegetables. Some vegetables, however, can cause bloating among dogs.

So, if you’re ready to feed your dogs some raw meat, go ahead and ask for left-over animal parts from your butcher! Just remember to take proper food handling precautions, for your sake, as you already know that our systems our much more sensitive than that of our dog’s.

Raw Foods – What Can I Eat on a Raw Food Diet? – Nurse’s Guide

“What can I eat on a raw food diet?” is a question I’m often asked. Being a long time nurse and raw fooder myself who has cured herself of numerous ailments, diseases and conditions, I can give you a good idea of the best foods to eat.

You may be interested in starting a raw food diet because you have health concerns. If so, know that I cured myself many years ago within one month of starting to eat raw foods of breast cancer, fibromyalgia, arthritis, acid reflux, GERD and digestive issues, recurrent heartburn, headaches, diarrhea, constipation, TMJ that goes along with fibromyalgia, sleeping problems – waking up for two hours in the middle of the night and many others.

Maybe you’re already healthy and just want to make sure you stay that way. A raw food diet will be insurance for you as well.

Before I started on raw foods I had never heard the term “raw foods,” so it was all new to me. I learned fast however and it was really quite simple. A raw food diet can be anything you want it to be if you stick with plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Of course you don’t have to eat 100% raw foods to get the many health benefits of a vegan raw food diet.

If your focus is on an 80% raw food diet especially – to begin with that may be a good idea, unless you have some very serious health concerns. Then you may want to take a different approach – as many raw foods or living foods as they are also called, in your diet as you can handle. Of course you’ll want to check with your doctor on any diet changes you make and especially if you have any serious illnesses, diabetes, heart problems or you’re on any medications. Clear it with your doctor first.

My best suggestion is that you try to add a lot more fruit to your breakfast menu. You may know that the national Food Guide Pyramid recommends about nine fruits and vegetables a day. This means two to four servings of fruits and at least three to five servings of vegetables every day. I don’t think that is enough. I eat a lot more than that in one day.

Raw foods have few calories and people lose weight fast when going on a raw food diet. It’s not meant to be a temporary fix but a lifetime commitment to superior health. That’s what I enjoy and have from the first month I made a change from the standard American diet, many years ago.

For lunch and dinner you can have fruits, veggies, huge salads and sunflower seed pates, roll-ups, raw vegan entrees and raw desserts such as live fudge, blueberry pie, lemon torte, live apple pie, raw fudge and hundreds of other choices. You can make crackers easily, smoothies, fresh green and carrot juices and lots of appetizers. There are many recipes you can make and easy raw recipe books that you can help you get a good start too. Raw food recipes are usually fast and simple.

The important thing is to do something. Get started on a raw food diet and see the pounds melt away, this without buying expensive diet programs or diet plans or investing in expensive supplements. I lost ten pounds fast and it shocked me. If you don’t need to lose weight, that is only one of hundreds of benefits of eating a raw food diet. Raw foods are loaded with nutrients, phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, minerals and trace minerals and all in their natural state. Get started on the road to superior health today! Now you may have a better idea of “What I can eat on a raw food diet!” Get started today and enjoy superior health like I do!

MK Gandhi's experiments with uncooked food – The Indian Express

Written by MK Gandhi |
Published:January 29, 2016 2:44 pm

gandhi-mountbatten-tea_759_wiki Mahatma Gandhi having tea with Mountbatten. (Source: Arungandhi.net/Wikimedia Commons)

I have been known as a crank, faddist, mad man. Evidently the reputation is well deserved. For wherever I go, I draw to myself cranks, faddists and mad men. Andhra has its fair share of all these. They often find their way to Sabarmati. No wonder then that I found these specimens in abundance during my Andhra tour. But I propose to introduce to the reader only one fellow crank who by his living faith in his mission compelled my admiration and induced me to plunge into a dietetic experiment which I had left unfinished at the age of 20 when I was a student in London.

This is Sundaram Gopalrao of Rajahmundry. The ground was prepared for him by a survey superintendent whom I met at Vizagapatam and who told me he was practically living on raw food. Gopalrao has a Nature Cure establishment in Rajahmundry, to which he devotes the whole of his time. He said to me, “The hip-baths and other kindred appliances are good so far as they go. But even they are artificial. To be rid of diseases it is necessary to do away with fire in the preparation of foods. We must take everything in its vital state even as animals do.”

“Would you advise me to adopt entirely raw diet?” I asked.

“Certainly, why not? I have cured cases of chronic dyspepsia in old men and women through a balanced diet containing germinating seeds,” was Gopalrao’s reply.

“But surely there should be a transition stage,” I gently remonstrated.

“No such stage is necessary,” rejoined Gopalrao. “Uncooked food, including uncooked starch and protein are any day more digestible than cooked. Try it and you will feel all the better for it.”

“Do you take the risk? If the cremation ceremony takes place in Andhra, the people will cremate your body with mine,” I said.

“I take the risk,” said Gopalrao.

“Then send me your soaked wheat. I commence from today,” I said.

gandhi_759_wiki “Would you advise me to adopt entirely raw diet?” Gandhi asked Gopalrao. (Source: Wikipedia)

Poor Gopalrao sent the soaked wheat. Kasturbai, not knowing that it could possibly be meant for me, gave it to the volunteers who finished it.

So I had to commence the experiment the following day – 9th May. It is therefore now a month when I am writing these notes.

I am none the worse for the experiment. Though I have lost over five pounds in weight, my vitality is unimpaired. During the last eight days the weight has shown a decided tendency to increase.

Fellow faddists should know what I am doing. I take generally:

8 tolas of germinating wheat,
8 tolas of sweet almonds reduced to a paste, 8 tolas of green leaves pounded,
6 sour lemons, and 2 ounces of honey.

Wheat is replaced twice or thrice during the week by an equal quantity of germinating gram. And when gram is taken in the place of wheat, coconut milk replaces almond paste. The food is divided into two parts, the first meal is taken at 11 a.m. the second at 6-15 p.m. The only thing touched by fire is water. I take in the morning and once more during the day boiling water, lemon and honey.

Both wheat and gram germinate in 36 hours. The grain is soaked in water for twenty-four hours. The water is then strained. The grain is then left in a piece of wet Khadi overnight. You find it sprouting in the morning ready for use. Those who have sound teeth need not pound the grain at all. For coconut milk a quarter of the kernel is grated fine and you squeeze the milk through a piece of stout Khadi.

It is unnecessary to enter into further details. What I have given is enough for diet reformers to help me with their suggestions. I have lived for years on uncooked fruits and nuts but never before beyond a fortnight on uncooked cereals and pulses. Let those therefore who know anything of unfired food favour me with literature of their own experiences.

I publish the facts of this experiment because I attach the greatest importance to it. If it succeeds it enables serious men and women to make revolutionary changes in their mode of living. It frees women from a drudgery which brings no happiness but which brings disease in its train. The ethical value of uncooked food is incomparable. Economically this food has possibilities which no cooked food can have. I therefore seek the sympathetic help of all medical men and laymen who are interested in reformed dietetics.

Let no one blindly copy the experiment. I have not Gopalrao’s faith. I do not claim success for it yet. I am moving cautiously. The facts are published so as to enable me to compare notes with fellow food reformers.

— Young India, 13-6-1929

Excerpted from Diet and Diet Reform by MK Gandhi, printed and published by Navajivan Publishing House, Rs 30, navajivantrust.org

© The Indian Express Online Media Pvt Ltd

How to Sharpen Mental Clarity With a Raw Food Diet

Eating raw food offers a number of unexpected improvements to your quality of life. For one thing, energy levels are increased dramatically with the raw food diet. For another, raw foodists report noticeably sharpened mental clarity starting about 1 week into the diet. In this article, we’ll cover three ways that raw food can improve your cognitive function.

1. Removing toxins from your diet

When you cook your food, you introduce toxins into your diet. These toxins take a number of different chemical forms, the most common of which are called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). When food is browned on a grill or in a toaster, a chemical reaction takes place binding sugars and proteins together to create these toxins. When these materials get stuck in your system, they produce an inflammatory response. Consumption of these materials has been associated with aging of the skin, brain, and internal organs, along with associated diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer’s. By eating raw food, you eliminate intake of these items from your diet. Mental clarity is increased because your body has lower levels of systemic inflammation. You can think of it as the difference between having a headache and taking an aspirin to make it go away so you can concentrate. Energy levels are also increased because of the diminished load on your liver.

2. Removing unwanted hormones

This point applies to vegans as well. When you eat meat, you are typically consuming food from female or castrated male animals. When you eat dairy, you are eating something that came out of a pregnant or lactating cow. Even if you are eating fully organic, hormone-free meats and dairy, at baseline you are still tilting your balance toward higher levels of estrogen consumption. Vegans and raw foodists often report increased feelings of relaxation, peace, and ease when these influences are removed from the diet. Impulsive and irrational behavior becomes less common. Menstrual cycles also take on much greater regularity.

3. Increasing depth of sleep

When you eat meat for dinner and go to bed a couple of hours later, your body is still processing a huge load of animal protein. For instance, when you eat a big steak dinner and then feel like falling asleep, your body is mobilizing blood flow to the stomach in order to manage the digestive workload. When you eat raw food, your body is managing materials that are much more easily digested. You are also getting a much higher intake of fiber, which speeds digestion along. As a result, sleep cycles can deepen substantially. When I eat raw food, I enjoy a greatly increased restfulness of sleep, and I am much more likely to remember dreams on waking up. Because memory and mental clarity is largely formed during deep sleep cycles, stringing together night after night of clear sleeping can strongly improve your focus.

Let’s summarize: when you eat raw foods, you take a huge load off of your system. This energy you once used for processing toxins or acting out the anxieties and urges of animal proteins can now be reclaimed and used for higher levels of productivity.

Keeping food in the raw – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Who would have expected such flavor bombs, total treats to the senses, from dishes prepared exclusively from uncooked foods including bland yellow squash or flax seed? And who knew that raw foods can include breads, crackers, cakes and cookies made using a dehydrator? Even chocolates and ice cream.

Prepare to have many of your preconceptions blown to smithereens, as mine were during a recent visit to the kitchen and teaching studio of Joan Jackson, AKA “the Raw Kitchen Magician,” as she explains basic principles of raw food preparation to three students who had traveled from as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, for her monthly weeklong, intensive session.

Don’t call her a chef, or even a cook, she insists. Instead, Jackson sees herself as a raw food instructor who can help people, especially those with health issues, get over the fear factor and adopt a raw food diet or simply incorporate more raw food into their diets. While a raw food advocate, she’s no purist, explaining that people can gain the full benefits of a raw diet by replacing 60 to 80 percent of the typical American overly processed, meat-based diet with raw food.

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Joan Jackson prepares her Beauty Granola in her Lemon Grove kitchen.

— Eduardo Contreras

What constitutes “raw” may surprise you, since foods can be heated to 118 degrees and dried in a dehydrator, warmed and still be considered raw, she explains. This opens the door to unexpected foods, including flavorful vegetable, nut, and seed-based crackers, tortillas, breads and cakes that easily replace traditional baked goods. These breads, with the addition of nut butters and fresh veggie toppings, quickly turn into nutritious snacks, wraps and canapés.

Based on her experience when she “went raw” in response to a health crisis while working 60-to-80-hour weeks, this kitchen wizard understands that meal preparation must be fast, easy and, yes, fun, so that anyone can produce nourishing, tasty, satisfying meals in under 10 minutes.

How is this possible? The key, she explains, is organization. It’s critical to set up your kitchen with the right tools and equipment and arrange your food purchasing and preparation systems to have key foundation foods at the ready to combine with fresh produce and other ingredients in minutes. Her book, “The Raw Kitchen Bible,” explains her system and shares her basic “formulas” — never “recipes,” a term she feels discourages creativity and experimentation.

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Jackson’s Beauty Granola includes Brazil and macadamia nuts, shredded coconut, dried blueberries and dates.— Eduardo Contreras

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Every one to three months, she prepares her foundation foods, including breads, drying them in her dehydrator for about 36 hours, never exceeding the approximate 118 degree temperature threshold when “raw” becomes “cooked,” killing the enzymes that are key to the raw diet.

If you’ve been contemplating adding more raw food into your diet, going beyond the usual salads and fresh fruit and veggie snacks, but don’t know where to start to create appetizing meals, check out Jackson’s basic Saturday raw food class. She also takes her message of the raw food diet’s health benefits to large groups, especially within African-American and minority communities.

Setting up a raw food kitchen is not inexpensive. Purchasing essentials for a basic kitchen can run $2,000 to $3,000, including a high-powered blender, two dehydrators, a juicer, one or two heavy-duty food processors and 200 containers. Another $800-$1,000 purchases basic food supplies, including nut butters, extracts, nuts, seeds and oils. For a more elaborate kitchen like Jackson’s, costs run $4,000 to $6,000. But missing from her kitchen are a cooktop, oven, toaster and microwave.

“But the truth is that you can start this raw food life with just a good knife and cutting board,” she says.

The native San Diegan never envisioned herself as a raw food guru. In 2005, an overworked civil rights attorney weighing 320 pounds and pre-diabetic, Jackson had an epiphany when she found she couldn’t move quickly enough to rescue her young son when he slipped on a Fashion Valley escalator. He wasn’t injured, but Jackson, who was suffering from a growing array of chronic ailments, realized she had to “change or die.”

She switched to an organic, vegan and raw diet. Within three days she had more energy, and within a month her symptoms disappeared. To celebrate her improving health, she enrolled in the three-week body-mind-spirit program, including a raw diet, at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) in Lemon Grove. Within 18 months she had lost 150 pounds.

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Raw food chocolates created by Joan Jackson.— Eduardo Contreras

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After her first OHI stay, Jackson began experimenting with raw food and set up her pantries, equipping her kitchen over a four-month period. Then calls started coming, from people completing OHI programs who had no grasp of how to translate a raw food diet into daily living.

“‘Can I come see your kitchen, may I bring my friend?’ I decided to open up my kitchen and teach a class on Saturdays. People were afraid to go home, not knowing how to feed themselves. I wanted to demystify raw food for people and show them a real raw food working kitchen,” Jackson explained.

Her teaching, which gives her joy, gradually supplanted her law practice, which she closed in 2012 in favor of full-time teaching, consulting and coaching.

Changing her diet also transformed her life, from a once-angry lawyer into a joy-filled teacher who’s found her passion.

Larson is a San Diego freelance writer.

Squash “Pasta” Primavera

This is a “formula” — adjust proportions to taste.

Makes 1-2 servings

  • 1 summer squash, yellow or green (zucchini)
  • 1-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 3-4 dried raw black botija olives, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Marinara sauce to taste, optional (recipe follows)
  • 1-2 tablespoons raw “Parmesan” cheese (recipe follows)

Make squash noodles/spaghetti using a spiralizer or chop thin strips with a knife. Toss with basil, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and salt. Top with optional marinara sauce. Sprinkle with “Parmesan” cheese and serve.

Homemade “Parmesan” Cheese

Rejuvelac is sold in health food stores or is easy to make from online recipes.

  • 2 cups pine nuts and/or macadamia nuts
  • 1½ cups rejuvelac
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Salt to taste

Soak nuts overnight in rejuvelac. Drain nuts, measuring remaining liquid and topping off to reach required amount of rejuvelac. Place all ingredients in blender, blending until smooth. Spread mixture about 1/8 inch thick on Teflex sheets and place in dehydrator for 12-18 hours at 105 degrees. Flip “cheese” sheets and return to dehydrator to dry another 12-18 hours until thoroughly dry to touch. Allow to cool, crumble and refrigerate in sealed containers to maintain freshness.

Adapted from Charlie Trotter recipe

Marinara Sauce

For seasonings, start with small quantities (1-2 teaspoons fresh herbs, 1-2 cloves garlic, pinch of salt) and add more to taste. Leftover marinara sauce can be blended with a banana and dehydrated to use like a tortilla for wraps.

  • 6 Roma tomatoes
  • 6 ounces olive oil
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes
  • Agave nectar, to taste
  • Basil and other fresh Italian herbs, to taste
  • Garlic, to taste
  • Salt, to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until creamy. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Beauty Granola

Vary ingredients and quantities to taste.

Makes 1-2 servings

  • 1 cup mixed macadamia and Brazil nuts, irregularly and coarsely chopped in blender
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup flax seeds
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup sun-dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • Pinch chipotle chili powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground vanilla bean
  • 3-4 Medjool dates

Mix all ingredients except dates in bowl. Add dates, shredding into small bits while mixing together with hands. Serve in bowl or glass with almond milk.

Almond Milk

Reusable food-grade nut milk bags are widely sold online.

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3 cups water (for standard almond milk or 2 cups for cream equivalent or 4 cups for nonfat milk)

Blend in heavy-duty blender. Pour into a food-grade nut milk bag to strain over a bowl. Squeeze out milk and use residue as almond paste. Refrigerate up to four days.

Chocolates

The choice of nut butter determines whether the chocolate is light or dark. Cashew butter produces a milk chocolate flavor, while almond butter yields a darker chocolate.

Makes about 12-15 chocolates

  • ½ cup cacao butter
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Flavorings to taste: vanilla, almond or mint essence or coffee extract; curry or chili powder
  • ¼ cup agave syrup (or other sweetener)
  • ½ to 1 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond or cashew butter
  • Optional extras, such as shredded fresh coconut, chopped nuts or cacao bits

Melt cacao butter in a dehydrator or by suspending bowl in hot water. When cacao butter is warm, mix in salt, cayenne and extracts or essences. Working quickly, stir in agave syrup, followed by half cup cacao powder, mixing in powder well. Taste before adding more cacao powder to increase richness. Mix in nut butter and any additional spices, flavorings or extras. Form chocolate into desired shape or place in individual paper cups before chilling and serving.

Resources and ingredients

Many organic raw food products, including flatbreads, rejuvelac, nuts, seeds, nut butters, olives and produce, can be purchased at the Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market, 4767 Voltaire St.; at Whole Foods locations, larger Sprouts stores and farmers markets, or ordered online.

For salt, Joan Jackson recommends fine pink Himalayan salt or other sea salts (Salt Farm carries a wide variety of sea salts).

Rejuvelac can be purchased or made economically at home from quinoa or wheat berries. For a recipe, see rawmazing.com.

Spiralizers, including the Spirooli Jackson uses, are available online at Amazon.com.

Full information about Joan Jackson’s Lemon Grove classes and books are available at RawKitchenMagicia…. To contact her, call (619) 991-1118 or email [email protected]

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Five Reasons Why The Raw Food Diet Is Recognized To Cure Acne

For those who suffer from acne and other embarrassing skin disorders, frustration and depression often haunt their lives. Doctors tell them one thing, naturopaths another and friends and family yet another. You have probably tried everything that people have told you to cure your acne, and yet you still have it – real bad. What are you doing wrong? Is there anything that will work? Yes, there is – and many people are starting to venture down an alternative pathway to cure their skin problems once and for all. This alternative yet astounding pathway is the raw food diet, which has been known to cure acne and repair skin to its former glory.

What Is The Raw Food Diet?

The raw food diet is a healthy lifestyle based primarily on raw plant-based foods. This diet consists of raw fruits, vegetables, salads, fresh juices, berries, sprouts, avocado, nuts and seeds.

Why Does The Raw Food Diet Cure Acne?

The raw food diet has many amazing benefits that most modern medications and popular diets do not come close to. Here are five reasons why the raw food diet is recognized to get rid of severe acne:

1. There are no fatty heavy meats, cheeses, butter, and other hard-to-digest animal products that clog up the digestive system due to their high saturated fat content.

2. Fresh fruits and vegetables are primarily water-based foods, which are easy on your digestive system. This means that your body can focus on healing itself, rather than spending all of its energy digesting food. When your body is given the opportunity to heal itself, you will notice considerable improvements in your skin, face, hair, nails and weight!

3. Fats on the raw food diet are good fats: unsaturated fats (especially monounsaturated fat), which are found in avocados, nuts and seeds. These fats help to nourish and repair the skin.

4. The living food lifestyle allows the body to constantly detoxify and regenerate itself without any road blocks caused by heavy foods. This means that after complete detoxification has been achieved, your acne will cease to exist and should not re-appear if you keep on eating plenty of raw food in your diet.

5. The raw food diet is nutrient-rich, which means that your body will be fed an ample supply of healthy proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fibre. This is the opposite of many processed overcooked foods today – many which can be described as nutrient-dead.

The Evidence:

It is certainly helpful to read the many reasons why the raw food diet is recognized to cure acne and other skin disorders, but it is even more helpful to hear of success stories of it achieving this. Briefly I will relate two:

Joy Houston (adult cystic acne)

Joy Houston suffered from severe cystic adult acne for many years. Her skin became radiant and acne-free after she became a raw foodist, which is very encouraging for those who also suffer from cystic acne.

Julie (teenage acne)

Another success story is that of a young woman named Julie. During her late teenage years, Julie was plagued with severe acne which caused her much embarrassment, a low self-esteem, depression and panic attacks. Julie tried every medication out there but she both mentally and physically worsened as a result. Julie then heard about the living food diet and readily changed her diet to mostly raw fruits, vegetables and living salads. Her skin healed very quickly as a result and her happiness levels also increased.

So if you do suffer from acne, whether you are a teenager or an adult – be assured that the raw food diet has alleviated many people from their suffering, and it could definitely be of help to you too. Because of its nutrient-rich properties and detoxification triggering process, the raw food diet has helped many people in the world cure their health problems

Benefits From Raw Food Diet Recipes

Raw food diet recipes are those that consist of only organically grown vegetables and fruits. A raw food diet has not been cooked at temperatures over 115 F degrees. This is critical because when foods are heated above 115 degrees F valuable enzymes and nutrients are destroyed. These nutrients are key to your body’s health. Because many people eat cooked vegetables as well as processed foods millions of people are dealing with bodily deficiencies often for years and even decades. Is it any wonder that millions of people are now diagnosed with cancer?

If you are interested in learning more about raw food diets then what better way than to learn from those who have experienced and studied the different facets of this diet for years. The way I recommend is to read books from qualified authors as these books are massive collections of knowledge and helpful tips. Here are some ideas to consider when you are trying to learn more about raw diet recipes:

  • Look for books that will give you tasty recipes. The success of your raw food diet recipes are dependent on your personal experience. Just because you are eating healthy is no reason to eat food that lacks taste. In order to assure your success you need to eat foods that you will like and look forward to eating on a regular basis. These books can also provide you with the types of foods to buy and a good description on what these foods can offer you. Start by making a list of the foods that you like and then work to find recipes that use those ingredients.
  • Surf the Web or read magazines that deal with the topics of raw food diets. Many of these sources offer tips from nutritionists as well as information on which foods are important sources of nutrients.
  • Many traditional recipes can be adapted into raw food diet recipes. By taking popular recipes and substituting cooked versions of vegetables or fruits with raw ones, you can create new and tasty recipes that will help to sustain your interests.
  • It is not always possible to prepare your own food and you typically won’t find too many restaurants and fast food joints serving foods prepared this way. Use the internet to look for places nearby where you live that will have raw food recipes ready to be served to those on the go.
  • When you search for raw food diet recipes, make sure not to become confused with vegetarian recipes. The recipes should be composed of uncooked organic ingredients. A true raw diet enthusiast is someone who eats at least 75-80% raw foods.

Changing the way you eat can be a great turning point in your life. You just need to make sure that you put in your research to generate the results that you want. By finding raw food diet recipes that are delicious tasting to you, you will give yourself an incentive to continue this diet for more than a month. This diet should become a lifestyle and it can when the right raw food preparation is used and you make sure to plan your meals accordingly.