Raw Food – The Natural Diet

From vegetarian to non vegetarian, raw food is something which provides you “Mother Nature’s” direct nutrition. Free from all the processing and cooking, raw food is the most natural diet available to you as it is, in its purest and natural form. A common raw diet basically consists more of vegan food than other dairy and non vegetarian foods.

Raw diet is uncooked or is not heated more than 40 °C as the plants and vegetables lose the most nutritional ingredients when cooked over 40 °C, experts say. It also heals and provides necessary enzymes to the body which increase resistance power and stamina rapidly.

One of the reasons of physical disorders in human beings is the change in lifestyle. Over the past 100 years it has made almost everything artificial; even food.

Its Benefits

If you are having the raw diet regularly, you need to stop worrying about all the diseases and health issues. Let the most natural diet work for you.

Researchers have found that raw diet not only reduces chances of severe diseases such as cancer, heart problems, obesity and diabetes etc. but it also deals with your daily stress, tiredness, mood changes and depression along with other various unnoticeable issues.

Have a look at how raw diet works perfectly for your day to day and long term health issues:

Energy and Stamina:

Natural raw food consists of vital enzymes which recharge your energy level and result in increased stamina. Raw foods increase your energy level and are very easy for your body to digest.

Lose Weight:

Raw food is a high fiber diet which helps your body in maintaining the proper balance. Raw food is free from salt and supplements and harmful oils which junk food contains. Raw food is the only diet which contains very low cholesterol yet it provides maximum energy.

Look Younger:

It is said that “we are what we eat” so what would you like to choose between a burger containing huge amount of calorie and a fresh plate of salad with raw vegetables. The anti-oxidants and enzymes in raw food heal various small deficiencies which we are not aware of. Consequently we look young, beautiful and energetic, same as raw food does.

Mental Health:

Half of your mental pressure is reduced by the above benefits which raw food provides. Other than this, raw diet contains various components helpful in reducing anxiety. Raw diet increases the blood flow and oxygen in the brain.

Researchers say that due to some of the components of raw diet may positively affect our brain which in turn affects our thoughts and we become more aware and alert in our work.

How to have a healthy dog in just eight weeks: Pet guru Kate Bendix shows how … – Daily Mail

We all know that what we eat is crucial to our long-term health – but how many of us pause to extend that logic to our dogs? Although we’re aware that if our diet is high in ready meals, sugar and processed meat we’ll pile on the pounds, few of us stop to think in the same way for our four-legged friends. And that means that, sadly, millions are now what we can only describe as doggy porkers.

Even if our beloved canine companions are not actually overweight, the foods we choose to feed them are causing long-term health problems. Over the past 20 years vets have noticed a massive rise in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome and skin problems in our dogs – just like humans in fact.

Author and animal lover Kate Bendix is shares her nutritional tips for dogs, pictured with her dog Nikita

Author and animal lover Kate Bendix is shares her nutritional tips for dogs, pictured with her dog Nikita

Deep-down most dog owners know they’re sometimes guilty of over-feeding their pets and not always feeding them the right things. But we’re also victims of marketing misinformation which has made it increasingly difficult to know what a healthy canine diet consists of. We’ve grown up feeding our dogs processed food and commercially prepared dry dog food, or kibble, because we believe the claims made by the food companies such as ‘stick to one food’. In my opinion, this is rubbish.

Luckily help is at hand. This week and next, I’ll be sharing with you sound nutritional tips gleaned from years of research into pet foods and dogs’ health issues. If you follow them – and particularly if you can bring yourself to ditch the dried dog food – then you really will see a different, healthier dog in just eight weeks. You’ll also be able to stop any weight gain and put your pet on the path to fitness. And there are delicious doggy recipes for you to try cooking for your pet at the back of this magazine too.

Part of the problem is that many of us are in denial about over-feeding our pets. You might think you only give them the odd this or that, but to a small animal that’s a big deal. For instance, a digestive biscuit is to a 10kg dog what seven would be to a 70kg human. A 10kg dog needs around 600 calories a day and a plain digestive has 73 calories – an eighth of their daily ration.

Kates says if you really follow her tips, you will see a different, healthier dog in just eight weeks

Kates says if you really follow her tips, you will see a different, healthier dog in just eight weeks

Guilt plays a major part too. Modern life is very busy and we feel guilty for leaving them alone while we go out to work, guilty for having to go out at night and guilty for watching TV when we could be playing with our pets. So when the pleading eyes look up at you, you slip him an extra treat or two. But a good dog diet is not rocket science, I promise you. And it won’t cost you a fortune or eat up your precious downtime either. More to the point, your dog will love it.


Take an honest look at your pet – then compare them to the dogs in the Body Conditioning table below to see if they need to lose weight. It works for all dogs and is widely used by pet professionals. Ideally your dog should have 16-25 per cent body fat, or just under if you have a leaner breed like a lurcher or greyhound.

You should also concentrate on the shape of your dog. Stand behind him and place a thumb on either side of his backbone. Now spread both hands across his rib cage. The ribs should be easy to feel without excessive fat covering – like pens in a soft pencil case. Now stand back and look at him from the side and from above. Can you see his waist? Run your hand underneath from the end of the chest along the belly – it should follow an upward curve and not droop down. This is the abdominal tuck. 

Is your dog in good shape? 

A little extra weight can be a big problem. 

Check your dog’s shape regularly – at least once a month with this Body Conditioning table to make sure he’s staying happy and healthy.


Studies have shown that even moderately overweight dogs are at risk of an early death. When a dog gains weight, the hormones released start to have an inflammatory effect on their body. Over time this can create problems for the dog’s whole system – heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys and immune system. This is the starting point for a host of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancers.

Excess weight can also lead to respiratory distress and can worsen brachycephalic syndrome, an upper airway problem afflicting snub-nosed breeds such as pugs. It can even cause a dog to collapse after exercise because it isn’t getting enough oxygen. These diseases are not only distressing but expensive to manage. A 12kg dog with diabetes could cost up to £1,100 per year in vet bills and drugs to manage the disease.

For the past decade the consensus has been that a dog needs to consume 2-3 per cent of their bodyweight daily, equating to 200-300g a day for a dog weighing 10kg. But how much your dog really needs to consume can depend on their energy levels – and whether they’ve been neutered. A neutered dog may need 25 per cent fewer calories a day. 

Studies have shown that even moderately overweight dogs are at risk of an early death

Studies have shown that even moderately overweight dogs are at risk of an early death

If your dog needs to lose some weight, you should first get him checked by his vet, then, if all appears to otherwise be well, reduce his intake of food by 15 per cent per day – no more – and watch for weight loss of 3-5 per cent per month.

Not all overfed dogs develop diabetes, but an unhealthy diet can cause a host of other problems including flatulence, bad breath, allergies, loose stools, constipation, poor coat condition, itchy skin, candida, lack of energy or twitchy energy. Indeed, regardless of whether your dog is overweight, the fact that many of us feed our pets the same food for years on end can itself lead to problems.

This lack of variety can cause Adverse Food Reaction (AFR), an intolerance to ingredients that are continuously served up. This is particularly true of chicken, as it’s prevalent in dog food. While AFR rarely leads to a full-blown allergy, it can compromise your pet’s immune system, causing chronic itchy and dry skin, flea-allergic dermatitis, leaky gut and colitis. These will wear your pet down, cause you worry – and cost a fortune in vets’ bills. But the good news is that you may be able to clear them up with a varied diet.

 An unhealthy diet can cause a host of problems including flatulence, bad breath, allergies, loose stools, constipation, poor coat condition, itchy skin…


Dogs need a balanced and varied diet. There is good research to show that a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, fruit and vegetable diet is the optimum way to feed them. The best way to achieve this is with a mixture of shop-bought wet food, raw food and home-cooked grub. We’ll look at raw and home-cooked food over the page – and you can try my tasty recipes at the back of the magazine.


If you can only do one thing for your dog, I recommend you cut down on the amount of kibble you give or even ditch it entirely. The process by which dried pet food is produced involves refining the carbohydrate content. Refined carbohydrates can play havoc with your dog’s blood-sugar levels and irritate their gut. In addition, some brands contain raw starch, which can be harmful because the bad bacteria in the gut thrive on it, overwhelming the good and leading to problems ranging from bad breath and wind to colitis and skin problems. For the majority of dogs in the UK, dry dog food is all they will ever eat, but many of them are overweight and suffering identical diseases to us.


■ Buy British. In my view, we make the best dog food in the world, using good ingredients and up-to-date manufacturing equipment.

■ Aim for a good balance of ingredients. Commercial dog food suits a lot of people, particularly if they don’t have time to cook. Look for fresh meat, poultry-based fat, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

■ Note how the ingredients are listed. It’s the first six ingredients that count, so often anything listed below this is there for marketing purposes only. The exception to this are food supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin (both of which can help your dog’s joints), which may be listed as additives rather than ingredients.

'In my view, we make the best dog food in the world'

‘In my view, we make the best dog food in the world’

■ Check the carbohydrate content on the label. Too many refined carbohydrates are potentially damaging to your dog’s gut, pancreas and insulin levels so avoid foods that have wheat, soya and maize in them. Instead look for complex carbohydrates which release energy more slowly and are found in foods such as sweet potato, oats, brown rice and carrots.

■ Avoid any food containing ‘various sugars’ – these are added to boost palatability.

■ Also avoid vegetable protein. Dogs can digest meat protein better than vegetable protein, partly because the amino acid balance is better suited to their guts.

■ Beware of foods with antioxidants added. These are preservatives put into the food to slow the rate at which oils and fats spoil and turn rancid. They include Ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT, which have recently been linked with tumour growth. Instead look for foods that have Vitamin E and plant extracts as the preservative.

■ Stay away from food containing the main causes of diet-related allergies in dogs: beef, wheat, dairy, soya and artificial colours and flavours.

Cook up a bowl full of goodness – he’ll wolf it down

As we’ve seen, the wrong kind of diet can cause many problems for our canine companions. Cooking your dog’s meals from scratch gives you the advantage of being able to select ingredients he likes, while avoiding those that set off problems, and I’ve devised some deliciously healthy recipes for your pet that you can try at the back of the magazine.

And as you’ll be feeding your dog more nutrient-rich food, he’ll need less of it. Many dog owners don’t want to pay more than 50p a day to feed their dog. No judgement here, but hand on heart I have to say that feeding a dog properly at this price isn’t viable today. In the recipe section at the back of the magazine, I’ve costed all my recipes to an average of 75p per meal. To economise, I suggest preparing home-made meals in batches, bagging up the food in meal-sized portions and freezing it.

Cooking your dog’s meals from scratch gives you the advantage of being able to select ingredients he likes, while avoiding those that set off problems

Overall, home-cooked food can make a massive difference to your pet’s health, especially if you’re switching from shop-bought food. To keep the costs of home-prepared food down, here are some tips that I’ve gleaned over the years. 

Get your bog-standard meat or fish from any supermarket you like. I personally like Aldi and Morrisons because all their meat is British and not outrageously priced. If you make friends with your local butcher or fishmonger you’ll find there’s often a cheeky bag of offal or a small bone to be had for pennies while you’re buying food for yourself. Cooking in batches ensures there’s always something good in the freezer for your pet. Just repeat the Dog Diet mantra to yourself: ‘I’m choosing to spend money on good food now to save money on vet bills later on.’


Another divisive topic is whether to feed your dog leftovers, so here’s a guide to what you can sensibly feed them…

They can have…

■ Meat – with all the fat, skin and bones removed.

■ Fish – with no bones.

■ Potatoes – a bit of leftover mash is fine, as is a boiled potato, but steer clear of Dauphinoise or fried potatoes.

But they can’t have…

■ Fatty meat or fatty foods. These can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

■ Foods with added salt and pepper. Remove any seasoned skin from meat.

■ Stews and casseroles. Fat, salt, wine, Worcestershire sauce and onions are all bad for dogs.

■ Gravy, even home-made, contains too much salt for pets. Just say NO.

■ Fast food. No surprises – this is also a no-no! 

Foods to avoid 

Some human foods are dangerous for dogs. Here’s what they cause…

■ Chocolate: Seizures, heart arrhythmia, death

■ Alcoholic drinks: Depression of central nervous system, slow respiratory rate, can be fatal

■ Onions: Damage the red blood cells – anaemia

■ Raisins and grapes: Diarrhoea, dehydration, kidney failure

■ Avocado: Upset stomach. The stone can cause obstruction if swallowed

■ Coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks: Seizures, heart arrhythmia

■ Milk, yoghurt, cream: Dogs can be lactose-intolerant causing stomach upset, diarrhoea, itchy skin. Goat’s milk is better

■ Macadamia nuts: Pain for up to 48 hours, fever, weakness in the back legs

■ Sweets, chewing gum, diet foods, toothpaste: Rapid drop in blood sugar caused by increased insulin release. Disorientation and seizures, liver failure

■ Fat trimmings from meat: Liver and kidney problems, pancreatitis 

Raw bones can be fed to your pet a few times a week

Raw bones can be fed to your pet a few times a week

Should they eat bones?

Raw bones can be fed to your pet a few times a week. Bones must always be raw and never cooked. Cooked bones of all descriptions – not just chicken – are harder, more brittle and will splinter easily. 

Raw bones are much softer and full of nutrition. 

Try chicken wings, lamb shoulder, duck necks and pork ribs. Many can be bought frozen in pet shops – or befriend your butcher.

Why not give raw food a try? 

Faced with a raft of health issues from obesity to diabetes and allergies, increasing numbers of pet owners I come across are feeding their animals raw food to help them back to health. The raw food diet, which involves feeding your pet uncooked meat and fish plus vegetables (either blended raw or cooked) and fruit, has become such a trend among dog owners in recent years that some pet food manufacturers are now selling their own formulations. The thinking behind it is that our pets’ ancestors were hunting carnivores and therefore uncooked meat is nutritionally superior for them. The types of meat and fish served raw include rabbit, duck, salmon, turkey, venison, beef and chicken.

Raw food certainly divides opinions. Some vets love it because they see healthy dogs with pearly white teeth, but others think it’s dangerous because they’ve had to operate to remove splintered bones from a dog’s gut, although cooked bones are more likely to be a problem as they’re a big no-no (see the box below). If it fits in with your lifestyle, your dog may thrive on it, but don’t feel guilty for not feeding it to your pet.

Some vets think raw food is dangerous because they've had to remove splintered bones from a dog's gut - but they are more hazardous cooked

Some vets think raw food is dangerous because they’ve had to remove splintered bones from a dog’s gut – but they are more hazardous cooked

Raw food can have enormous benefits. Firstly, you have less ‘output’ to clear up. This is because your dog’s body can use most of the nutrients so doesn’t waste much. You’ll notice digestion improve, energy levels and weight seem to even out, your dog’s skin, coat, eyes and teeth gleam. I’m not quite sure why this is the case, but all the raw-fed dogs I’ve met are a healthy weight. I suspect this is because the extensive research their owners put into making it work leads to them becoming more attuned to their dogs’ needs.

If you’re new to raw feeding, try your dog on a commercial raw food first. Brands like Natural Instinct, Natures Menu and Nutriment are very good and available online or from your pet shop’s freezer. They’re designed to be a complete food, so you know your dog’s getting the right balance of nutrients. As a guide, the ingredients in shop-bought raw food should resemble those in the table above. Add in the odd raw treat as well, such as thawed frozen duck necks and tripe sticks… Yum!

If you’re preparing your own raw food, the basic rule of thumb I use is: one-third raw meat with some bone, one-third cooked carbohydrates and one-third blended or cooked fruit and vegetables, by weight. If you’re avoiding carbohydrates, try 80 per cent meat and bone and 20 per cent fruit and veg. There’s no need to eliminate carbs from your dog’s diet unless it’s for health reasons, such as a clear intolerance to a particular food. For a normal dog, eliminating carbs may leave them lethargic. High-energy breeds need slow-release carbohydrates such as those found in sweet potato or quinoa.

Commercial Raw Food

These are the typical ingredients you can expect to find in shop-bought raw food. By law, they have to be listed on the packet in order of quantity with the largest amounts first, as they are here…

■ British chicken with bone (75%)

■ British chicken liver (5%)

■ Peas

■ Carrots

■ Butternut squash

■ Curly kale


■ Broccoli

■ Flaxseed oil

■ Sea kelp

■ Wheatgrass

■ Barley grass

■ Spirulina

■ Thyme, bilberry, brewer’s yeast

Blend veg like carrots and kale
Dogs barely chew and a dog's digestion starts in their stomach

Blend veg like carrots and kale. Dogs barely chew and a dog’s digestion starts in their stomach

Tips for serving raw food

■ Practise good food hygiene. If you’re using frozen raw meat, defrost it thoroughly, mix it with other ingredients, then serve it. Never refreeze raw meat that’s previously been frozen.

■ Blend fruit and veg. Dogs barely chew and a dog’s digestion starts in their stomach. Blending fruit and veg really amounts to doing the chewing for them, making the food easier to absorb.

■ Mix cooked vegetables with raw meat. Starchier vegetables such as carrots, swedes and turnips become easier to digest when cooked.

■ Vary protein sources. Lamb, pork, chicken, game and fish contain different levels of essential vitamins and minerals, all of which your dog needs.

■ Most dogs love offal. If raw feeding, around 20 per cent of your meat and bone ratio can be offal. But limit liver to 5 per cent as it’s high in Vitamin A which can cause joint pain.

Why raw food is good for your dog

■ It’s unprocessed 

■ Good for healthy teeth and gums 

■ Now available as a complete dog food from your pet shop 

■ Feeding raw clears up a lot of health niggles in your pets and can reduce that doggy smell

…and its pitfalls

■ Raw food needs supplementing with extra minerals and vitamins if you’re not buying commercial products, see my website thedogdiet.co.uk for details 

■ It’s crucial to get the meat/offal/fruit/veg ratio right 

■ Freezer space is required 

■ Raw food requires safe handling as with any raw meat 

■ Bones can be a hazard  

For more info, visit www.thedogdiet.co.uk. 

The Dog Diet by Kate Bendix is published by Short Books, £8.99. 

WellPet Welcomes Sojos Raw Pet Food and Treats to Family of Premium Pet Food … – PR Newswire (press release)

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — WellPet, LLC, the number-one independent, family-owned natural pet food company, announced it has acquired Sojos, the Minneapolis-based maker and brand of naturally nutritious raw pet food and gourmet treats. Introduced to pet parents in 1985, Sojos pioneered and today is one of the leading brands in the fast-growing category of raw nutrition for pets.

Ward and Maggie Johnson have built one of the most exciting brands in raw nutrition and a first class team and manufacturing facility,” said WellPet Chief Executive Offer Tim Callahan. “WellPet and Sojos share a mission to transform the lives of pets by providing the very best in natural nutrition and, now, our collaboration will enable them to grow and serve more pet families while staying true to the Sojos we know and love.”

Sojos joins Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack® and Holistic Select® in the WellPet family of premium, natural pet food and treat brands. Together, WellPet’s brands have more than 100 years’ experience serving pets with the finest quality pet foods and treats.

“Our dream has always been to fundamentally change the way that people feed their pets and with WellPet we believe Sojos is in an even better position to make that dream a reality,” explained Sojos’ Ward Johnson.

Sojos foods and treats will continue to be made in Minneapolis at Sojos’ own facilities. Sojos Complete® recipes come with freeze-dried meat – just add water and serve. Sojos Pre-Mixes® are specially formulated to let pet parents add their own meat, along with water.

About Sojos:
Sojourner Farms began making its Sojos Original raw pet food in 1985. Since then, Sojos has made it possible for millions of pet parents to bring the benefits of natural, raw nutrition into their homes, safely, easily and affordably. Sojos raw foods and treats are available at independent pet specialty stores across the US and Canada. For more information, visit www.sojos.com.

About WellPet, LLC:
WellPet, the number-one, independent, family-owned natural pet food company is home to premium pet food brands Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack® and Holistic Select®. For more than 100 years, WellPet has delivered on the promise of doing whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for the pets that depends on us. Today, our team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets at WellPet are committed to carrying forth our strong heritage, continuing to find new ways to bring innovation, nutritional excellence and product quality to our family of natural brands, always putting pet health first. For more information, visit www.wellpet.com.

Wellness®, Holistic Select®, Eagle Pack® and Old Mother Hubbard® are trademarks of WellPet, LLC. All Rights Reserved. © 2016

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Raw Food Detox Diet For Seniors

A raw food diet is a nutrient rich diet of mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. Nutrient rich equals stronger bones, healthier skin and a greater resistance to disease. Older people tend to have brittle bones that break easily, liver spots and blotchy skin, and they get sick easily. A diet of processed and cooked foods is responsible. The raw food diet is a low-toxin diet.

During a detox diet you eliminate the toxins from cooked and processed foods. Live foods are also rich in the antioxidants that help to prevent cancer and reduce the aging process. Some of the foods richest in antioxidants are blueberries, blackberries, spinach, tomatoes, red grapes, pomegranates, cranberries, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, apples, pecans, cherries and plums. Eat plenty of these foods during your raw food detox to cleanse your body of toxins.

The older population is susceptible to chronic disease and decreased organ function mainly due to nutrition. Decreased organ function may affect the digestive system, absorption, metabolism or the excretion of nutrients. A large percentage, approximately 80 percent of people over 65 may suffer from one or more chronic diseases.

Nutrition, known to interact with the aging process in various ways, is an important factor in their prevention and/or recuperation. There is no better method of obtaining proper nutrition than a detox diet. Don’t worry about going hungry while eating these foods because you will eat as much as you want to. Your hunger will always be satiated.

Don’t let anyone tell you that your activities should be completely restricted due to your age. OK, maybe you have slowed down a little bit as you aged, but that doesn’t mean you should just sit around and age more. On the other hand, if you’re 70 you don’t suddenly decide you can run a marathon. However, you can take walks, ride a bike or workout. There are workout videos for seniors… and… you can eat right.

A lot of people have a hard time with change, but just to incorporate 25 percent more natural fruits and vegetables and nuts into your diet is a good beginning. It’ll get your detox started and you will probably feel good enough about it to forge ahead until your diet is at least 75 percent raw. Raw foods are rich in the nutrients you will not get in processed and cooked foods. You should also drink 8 glasses of water every day.

Fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts and legumes are all great raw foods and there are many recipes available to help you make attractive and tasty dishes. Eating raw foods will naturally reduce your caloric intake and increase the nutrients your body requires. The average person gains 1.5 pounds per year. By age 40 what we have always teasingly called “old age chub” sometimes begins to become apparent. That’s because at 40 you’re not as active as you once were.

You’re sitting in an office all day instead of playing football. You’re getting the kids fed and settled down instead of going out dancing. Stuff happens. Eating a diet of 75 percent raw foods is a natural weight control. No, you won’t waste away. Once your body reaches its natural weight, it’ll stabilize itself.

Everybody, regardless of age needs to drink water. You sweat, you use the bathroom; you are constantly eliminating fluids from your body. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water (preferably 8) every day will replace the eliminated fluids and keep your body hydrated. When you are dehydrated your blood pressure can drop causing you to become light-headed or dizzy; you may even pass out. You can experience organ failure if your condition goes untreated. Your urine should be clear or very light yellow when you are drinking enough water.

Usually seniors living on their own are still functioning pretty well. One very good thing about raw food is there’s very little or no cooking, so, if getting around in the kitchen is becoming hazardous the danger of getting burned is out, you don’t have to spend a lot of prep time to make your carrots look attractive… and you don’t have to wake up one morning and declare yourself a raw foodist. You can incorporate raw foods into your diet at a rate that is comfortable for you.

Raw food detox can be a problem if you’re not moving around too well. You may want to make sure you’re near the bathroom. Another very good thing about eating raw foods is that you don’t have to read labels. You know what you’re buying. If there’s some processed foods you have to eat because of something in your medication, by all means, do so. You may eventually find that you don’t need as much medicating once the nutrients of natural foods kick in.

And most importantly, always listen to the advice of your health care provider. Don’t be surprised if your physician suggested you increase the amounts of fruits and vegetables in your diet. A raw food detox diet will improve the way you look and feel.

Wdowik column: The diet year in review – Colorado State News

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As we enter a new year, many have set goals to eat better and maybe lose some newly gained holiday pounds. 2015 brought new diets and recycled old diets, and had many of us talking about what, ultimately, is the best diet.

  • Top-rated diets including the DASH, TLC, and Biggest Loser diets encourage a variety of whole foods with an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats, while discouraging processed foods. With reasonable portions, this blueprint has been shown to reduce weight and chronic disease risk.
  • Clean eating plans, such as The Eat-Clean Diet and The Whole 30, allow you vegetables, fruits, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats while avoiding sugar, alcohol, additives and preservatives. Some versions eliminate grains, legumes and dairy, and others encourage you to have a cheat day. The concept encourages real foods rather than refined, which is never a bad thing, but it is not necessary to eliminate entire food groups unless you have an allergy or intolerance.
  • Raw food diets claim that cooking makes food toxic, thus recommend only raw fruits, vegetables and grains. While some heating methods do destroy nutrients, there is no support for the claim that this diet pattern will cure headaches, allergies or arthritis. Even our ancestors used fire. Speaking of which…
  • Paleo-type diets, including the Caveman and Stone Age diets, profess that eating like our ancestors will make us leaner and less prone to chronic disease. This diet pattern allows meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables and fats while eliminating grains, beans, peanuts, dairy, sugar and processed foods. This type of diet will lead to weight loss if you typically eat excess calories, but nutrition experts discourage a high meat intake and question the need to remove whole food groups.
  • Detoxes and cleanses claim to clean you out and rev up your metabolism. If you really think you need to be cleaned out (which your body does naturally), try drinking 8-10 cups of water daily and increasing your fiber intake from fruits and vegetables. Then add daily physical activity for a metabolism boost.
  • Vegetarian diets range from macrobiotic to vegan to inclusion of milk and eggs but no animal flesh. Popular versions include the China Study, Engine 2 and Skinny Bitch diets, and reasons for adhering to them range from weight loss to ethical beliefs. Pro: They all encourage vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Con: Some of these diets are extremely restrictive and make outrageous claims; eating is not meant to be punitive.
  • My favorite rendition is “flexitarian” eating, emphasizing a plant-based intake (vegetables, legumes, nuts, fruits, whole grains) with a side of dairy, fish, lean meats and other animal products to your liking, and minimal processed foods. This eating style steers the body to a healthy weight while reducing the risk of chronic disease.

There is no best diet for weight loss; the most successful reduces calories, period. Choose a style you enjoy and can stick with, and include regular physical activity. For non-dieting tips, see our January newsletter at www.nutritioncenter.colostate.edu.

Happy eating and Happy New Year.

Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RDN, is an assistant professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and director of the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center.

Can a Raw Food Diet Be Beneficial for the Human Body?

It is a matter of choice in a raw diet. However, eating food entirely raw ensures that an individual receives the optimum benefit. This new way of thinking guarantees that the human body will benefit from the enzymes being preserved.

What foods can a raw food diet include?

Raw diet foods such as vegetables, especially a food like broccoli which contains high Vitamin C and folate, is an excellent choice of a raw food. Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or often just called ORAC value is higher in a food such as spinach, nuts, blueberries, strawberries. These types of foods have a high ORAC value, though it can be lowered or completely diminished by cooking.

How can a consumer know which raw food will lower the free radicals in the body?

It is a simple choice to look for superfood stores that specialise in organic superfoods. The diet can contain such organic superfoods as raw cacao or sprouted whole grains, eggs, fish and raw milk yogurt. When seeking a raw food, it is important to remember that in order to receive the antioxidant properties, the food must not be cooked at all. This means that most canned products are exempt from the food list. There are many recipes which utilize foods with high ORAC value for example there is a popular green smoothie that diet proponents swear is delicious and wholesome and is a powerhouse of nutrients at the same time.

Are there specific benefits received from a raw diet?

Yes, there are definite healthy benefits from adhering to a specific healthy raw food consumption diet. Vitamins are not destroyed by cooking. For example B12 is reduced by 30 to 40 % raw food diet when it is cooked. It is a matter of educating oneself to the benefits of adhering to a raw food diet. For example, the widely used microwave oven was out-lawed in Russia in 1976; yet, thousands of people continue to use it in other countries. Baby food and formula heated in a microwave loses the value of its vitamins.

The benefits of one’s skin becoming clear and increased energy levels are obvious to someone who has switched their eating style. Often there is weight loss if one is overweight. Those with high measurements of cholesterol and triglyceride levels find that a raw diet lowers these numbers substantially.

Where can a consumer purchase high quality products for a raw diet?

The Internet is a good source for finding health food products. Obviously, safe quality products which are guaranteed organic are the elite choice. An online superfood store that offers a wide assortment of optimizing products for a healthy life style is a reliable choice for nutritional products. Healthy products which are obtained from a company offering only the highest quality products worldwide are a sensible, astute choice.

Here's How to Eat Like Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, According to Their Chef – Celebuzz

Veggies with a side of veggies, but hold the tomato.

Personal chef Allen Campbell revealed what beautiful people Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady eat on their strict, plant-based diet to Boston.com. Campbell, who comes from a raw diet background, values organic ingredients and keeps away from GMOs.

“80 percent of what they eat is vegetables,” he says of Bundchen and Brady. “[I buy] the freshest vegetables. If it’s not organic I don’t use it. And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans. The other 20 percent is lean meats … As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”

He does not use white sugar, white flour, or MSG. “[Tom] doesn’t eat nightshades, because they’re not anti-inflammatory,” says Campbell. “So no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants. Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but maybe once a month.”

Other foodstuffs that he avoids are coffee, caffeine, fungus, and dairy.

Credit: Allen Campbell

Brady rarely eats fruits, barring the occasional banana in a smoothie, but his children enjoy homemade fruit rolls made from bananas, pineapple and spirulina, which is an algae. “It’s a super fruit. I dehydrate it,” says the chef. “I dehydrate a lot of things.”

Read more on the football player and supermodel’s diets over on Boston.com, and launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Bundchen at the “Gisele” book release in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Easy Raw Food Recipes

You may be a raw food newbie looking for recipes that are simple and easy, or you may be a raw food veteran who’s too busy to really have enough time to spend preparing your healthy meal. Well, the most common raw vegan recipe that is very easy and quick to whip up is your typical raw salad. How boring. Lucky you, you’ve landed on a page that has a list of some very easy raw food recipes you can prepare in just five minutes or less!

Before we get down on the list, let me tell you this: if you don’t already have it, you should at least get yourself a blender or a food processor! Trust me. These kitchen tools are like every raw fooder’s best buddies! They’re very handy and can make everything so much easier.

But if you don’t have a blender or a food processor (yet) you can first try making one of these easy raw food recipes that don’t need any equipment, like marinated mushrooms or chocolate fudge.

Raw marinated mushroom recipe

You will absolutely love this very delicious recipe. You will need sliced mushrooms, olive oil and raw soy sauce (nama shoyu). Just pour the oil and soy sauce over your mushrooms, gently stir, and let it sit for about five minutes. And that’s it. Too easy? Well it is really that easy! Raw food recipes don’t have to be complicated to be tasty and these raw marinated mushrooms have a real cooked feel to them. Of course, you can pair this dish with other raw vegan recipes like raw salads or raw soups. Explore the options and surprise yourself!

Raw chocolate fudge in 1 minute

No it’s not a typo. You can really produce raw chocolate fudge in just 1 minute. Or maybe even less! Simply mix cocoa powder with coconut oil and honey in a small bowl. Watch the measurements and don’t add too much of any ingredient though. I’m sure it won’t take long for you to mix it as I’m also sure it won’t stay long in its bowl. Easy raw food recipes like this can be made even without you having to stay in the kitchen.

Rawtarian’s silky green smoothie recipe

Okay, here’s one of the easy raw food recipes that needs a blender, and a high-speed blender is highly recommended. For this recipe just blend bananas, oranges, an apple, spinach, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, and/or chia seeds together. The silky texture is what really makes it so tasty because green smoothies like this usually need to be blended until silky smooth to taste the best.

Raw salmon salad pate recipe

The name may sound like it’s going to be a complicated one to make but in truth, this one is so easy! Raw food recipes like this are surprisingly divine for your taste buds. All you need to do is process sunflower seeds into a fine meal, then add red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, sea salt and dill to be processed until well combined. Transfer it from the food processor into a bowl and you may add chopped celery if you like. It’s that simple and you already have your raw salmon salad pate!

These are just some of my many easy raw food recipes that you can try out. Whether you are still just transitioning to a raw food diet or already enjoying a healthy raw food lifestyle, exploring more creative and imaginative healthy recipes that not only save you time, but also ingredients, is rather satisfying. Sometimes, especially in cases like this, less is surely more.

Tom Brady's kids have a diet that is almost as strict as his – Business Insider

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

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Tom Brady is a professional football player who is still in peak shape at an age (38) when most players are retiring. Gisele Bündchen is a supermodel and actress who is still in great shape at an age (35) when most models are retiring.

So it should be no surprise that they both are obsessed with staying in peak condition and part of that is controlling what goes into their bodies. Naturally, that obsession is also practiced by their children.

Hilary Sargent of the Boston Globe sat down with Brady and Bündchen’s personal chef, Allen Campbell, and discussed what the Super Family eats.

While the diet of Brady and Bündchen is a bit jaw-dropping, it is not a complete shock considering what each does for a living and how important their bodies are to their work. But what is a bit jarring is what the children eat because, if anything, it sounds nothing like what most of us experienced growing up.

When asked if the kids eat the same as Brady and Bündchen, Campbell said, “pretty much,” noting that about 90% of the time it is the same. The main construction of the family diet is described here:

80 percent of what they eat is vegetables. [I buy] the freshest vegetables. If it’s not organic, I don’t use it. And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans. The other 20 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.

It’s very different than a traditional American diet. But if you just eat sugar and carbs—which a lot of people do—your body is so acidic, and that causes disease. Tom recently outed Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola on WEEI. I love that he did that. Sugar is the death of people.

In addition, to not using sugar, Campbell says he also does not use white flour, iodized salt, or MSG, and he never cooks with olive oil. 

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen with their son Ben.

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen with their son Ben.

The menu for the children does deviate and one of things Campbell has been making a lot for the kids is sushi.

“I’ve been [making a lot of sushi for the kids] lately,” Campbell told Sargent. “It’s brown rice, avocado, carrot, and cucumber. The kids like [it] maki-style, so the rice is on the outside. And I do it with a ponzu sauce, which is uzu and tamari. [I use] tamari because we stick to gluten free for everything.”

As for snacks, don’t expect grocery store fruit roll-ups or potato chips.

“I make fruit rolls from bananas, pineapple, and spirulina,” Campbell added. “Spirulina is an algae. It’s a super fruit. I dehydrate it. I dehydrate a lot of things. I have three dehydrators in their kitchen. I also make raw granola and raw chocolate chip cookies.”

Campbell also notes that the children eat fruit, something Brady avoids, except for the occasional banana smoothie.

While it doesn’t sound like the most exciting meals for a child, they won’t have to make that adjustment to a healthier lifestyle that most adults struggle with.