Donna goes over the health benefits and ease of using BARF World International’s raw diet.
Raw Food In San Francisco
San Francisco is a raw food mecca–literally. There are numerous sources of fresh, organic produce in San Francisco, and plenty of vegan and raw food restaurants. San Francisco is a very health-conscious and “green” city.
The Best Places to Buy Raw Food in San Francisco
One of the best places to buy raw food is Rainbow Grocery, which sells 100% organic vegetarian food. Absolutely no meat is sold here. Rainbow Grocery is an independently owned cooperative located in the Mission district on Folsom Street. Other places to buy raw food include: Whole Foods Market (2 locations in the city), Harvest Urban Market, Buffalo Whole Foods, The Real Food Company, Valencia Whole Foods and Other Avenues Community Food Store.
How to Buy Raw Food–Fresh From Your Local Farmers
You can also buy raw food from local farmers through a program called a CSA. CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” When you join a CSA, you will receive a box of fresh produce each week from local farmers. Local CSA’s in the San Francisco/Berkley area include: Eatwell Farm, Mariquita Farm, Farm Fresh To You, and Riverdog Farm. To find a CSA near you, visit Local Harvest’s website.
Another great source of fresh produce is local farmers’ markets. Buying direct from farmers is cheaper than buying produce from a grocery store (usually). Plus, you can buy in bulk. Even better, S.F. farmers’ markets offer organically grown food–along with the standard, conventionally raised produce. Finding organically grown produce at farmers’ markets is not common in many East Coast cities. So, San Francisco is especially lucky in this regard.
San Francisco Raw Food Restaurants
Over the last 5 years, more raw food restaurants have opened their doors, as consumers seek healthier alternatives to the destructive American diet of processed foods and excess fat. Raw food restaurants are a great way to eat healthy when traveling. The San Francisco/Berkley area has five raw food restaurants, plus several juice bars. Be sure to grab The Raw Food Restaurant Guide for more information (see below).
Raw Food Support Groups in San Francisco
The best way to succeed on a raw food diet is to have people who encourage and support you. San Francisco is lucky to have many raw food support groups and potlucks. According to Living Nutrition’s website, there are six raw food potlucks in the Bay area, including one in Marin. You may also consider forming a Raw Food Meetup group. According to Meetup’s website, 85 people in San Francisco want to form a raw food Meetup group.
Whatever you do, try to incorporate more raw foods into your diet. Your body will thank you!
Just a little bit ago, I answered some very popular FAQ’s about the Raw Food Weight Loss Diet. Now I want to take an even closer look at one of the biggest concerns most people have with the Raw Food Diet – What to eat.
This is a concern with any diet, whether for weight loss, detox, or just general health. Many times you’ll know the basics of what you can eat, but you will get bored with the basics pretty quickly. This pushes the door wide open so temptation can waltz in a foil your plan -again!
This doesn’t have to be the case, and is one of the biggest reasons I advise people starting this diet to get a Raw Foods Cookbook to help them out. Here are two very easy recipes I’ve come to love to help you through your day.
3 medium tomatoes
1/4 of a small cucumber
1 stick celery
1/2 of a small onion
1/4 cup of fresh parsley
1/2 tablespoon fresh mint
1/2 clove garlic
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
Sea salt to taste
Cut the tomatoes in half and scoop out center, leave about a fourth of an inch worth of wall. Put the scooped out pulp in a bowl and set aside.
Finely chop (or use a food processor) all the other ingredients and put in the bowl with tomato pulp.
Fill the tomato halves slightly higher than the brim.
Makes 6 cups.
These are great for a snack, side dish, or anytime. You can even use smaller tomatoes to make them finger food. 🙂
Nuts Over Raw Salad
1 cup Almonds
1 cup Cashews
1 cup Walnuts
1 cup Peanuts
1 cup Pumpkin Seeds (de-shelled)
1 cup Raw Chocolate Nibs
4 tablespoons of Agave Nectar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Mix all the nuts and seeds in a large bowl. Add agave nectar and stir well. Sprinkle cinnamon, chocolate, and desired sea salt amount and stir once more.
This takes only a few moments and can be eaten at breakfast, on the go, or even as a late night snack and I love the salty/sweet combination!
All it takes to ease into this diet is replacing your snacks with healthier choices like the salad above, and replacing one meal a day with a raw meal. I wish you tons of success!
A NEW café opened its doors in Glastonbury High Street on Thursday, March 10.
The former eaterie La Terre has transformed into ethical café Excalibur which serves sustainable and locally-sourced food.
Focusing on vegan food the team also specialise in “raw foods” and use cutting edge food technology to create “exulted deliciousness” – anything to “excite the tastebuds”, says co-manager Greg Manning.
Raw foodism (or following a raw food diet) is the dietary practice of eating only uncooked, unprocessed foods.
Mr Manning said: “The concept for the restaurant was born from a collaboration of dreams between owner Peter Jensen and author and fermented food enthusiast Kenny Sunshine. Glastonbury has been crying out for something like this as our restaurant really encapsulates all of the characters of Glastonbury.
“We have been well received and have been fully booked since we opened. One of the reasons we have been so successful is that there are so many unusual and esoteric food diets that people adapt to to ensure your health now, and we are able to cater to people’s needs in an incredibly healthy, environmentally friendly and of course delicious.”
Also part of the team working at cafe Excalibur is highly experience raw food chef Jivan Mukta, who has worked under Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver; Europe’s leading raw living plant based chef, raw master chef and food coach, Sarmado Sibley; and fellow raw food expert and chef, Yuki Ortega Yamamoto.
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Also to maintain the highest standards in the cafe, the restaurant owners used an air purifier matt wall paint to decorate the café which absorbs, filters and neutralises chemicals and pollutants, solvents and VOCs from the atmosphere.
They have also installed a full-spectrum EMF defence system which protects diners from pulsed radiation from mobiles, WiFi, wireless gadgets and EMFs.
As well as this, the cafe’s water is filtered and energised.
Owners at Excalibur say they aim to produce “a magical merging of fabulous food and amazing ambience that satisfies body and soul”.
Excalibur is open from 8.30am until late Monday to Saturday, opening at 9am on Sunday. It also has an alcohol licence to serve until 1am and offers cocktails, juices and organic wines. The cafe plans to have regular music nights too.
Raw food is generally defined as food that has not been heated beyond 115F. Generally, people on a raw food vegan diet eat raw at least 75% of the time. There are some great reasons to consider such a diet.
Benefit 1 – Rapid Weight Loss
People who eat a such a diet experience rapid weight loss. This is due to the fact that the vegan food has a lot of fiber and few calories. The fiber gives you the feeling of being full, hence people on raw food vegan diets eat their fill and yet drop pounds.
Benefit 2 – Improved Health
In addition to making you slimmer, which alone results in less chance for many diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, a raw diet has many other health benefits. Many vitamins, healthy bacteria and digestive enzymes are destroyed when food is heated over the 115F threshold. Raw eaters benefit from such nutrients, which eases digestion, boost energy levels and improve skin.
Processed food is loaded with sugars and preservatives, which can cause a low energy state. Since raw foods don’t have preservatives and have significantly less sugar. Eating a raw diet can make a marked improvement for your overall health and well being.
Benefit 3 -More Environmentally Friendly and Ethical
Most meat eaten in the United States comes from CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feed Operations). These mega feed lots have an atrocious environmental impact and are known for horrendous animal living conditions. In the contrary, an organic raw food vegan diet takes people out of the CAFO system and provides them with food that is ethical, healthy, and better for the earth.
Vegans should make sure to supplement their diets with B12 since it is only found in animal products.
So drop some pounds, be healthier and do something great for the earth.
While most nutritional guidelines agree on the benefits of eating a good amount of fruits and veggies as important, those who follow a raw vegan diet take this concept to a whole new level.
One of the most prevalent voices in the community, the half Ecuadorian Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, is building an empire on the idea of community and eating raw, organic foods.
“I studied in Costa Rica, and I studied agriculture there at that time,” Carrillo-Bucaram, 28, told CNN en Español. “Using that experience, I was inspired to create my co-op in Houston called ‘Rawfully Organic.’”
A raw vegan diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and steers clear of all animal products, including eggs, butter and cheese. Eating raw (nothing cooked at a temperature higher than 118° Fahrenheit) and organic – as well as staying away from processed foods – are the pillars of the raw vegan philosophy.
Although there is a great variation from nation to nation, the typical Latin American diet is focused on meat and animal fats, complemented by vegetable-based dishes like rice and beans. When you consider how that food is treated here – with pesticides, genetic modifications and preservatives – it shouldn’t be any wonder that many U.S. Latinos are turning to an alternative diet that turns this concept on its head: raw veganism.
Carrillo-Bucaram’s raw vegan co-operative is the largest such business in the country. It distributes organic produce to thousands of families in and around Houston. She also published a cookbook, “The Fully Raw Diet,” in January, which is the No. 1 seller in Amazon.com’s Raw Cooking category.
When asked by ChicVegan about her future plans, Carrillo-Bucaram replied, “I want to see my co-op expanded into more cities across the nation. There are still so many people to reach in regards to sharing the amazing perks of a raw vegan lifestyle. I have put so much love and energy into my cookbook, so I hope to see that project do really well. This cookbook has incredible recipes that anyone, regardless of diet preference, can enjoy!”
With three Fully Raw companies running and hundreds of thousands of views on her recipe and motivational videos, there is no sign of her slowing down.
Another prominent Latina in the raw vegan movement is Mexican-American vlogger Yovana “Rawvana” Mendoza. Rawvana is known for applying the raw vegan treatment to popular Latin dishes like ceviche and tostadas. A San Diego native, she has also lived in Mexico City and is a certified health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Asked by SanDiegoVille about the influence of being a Latina on her raw vegan lifestyle, Mendoza said, “My Mexican heritage plays a big part in my food preferences. I really like cilantro, spicy [flavor] and onions, and everything I make always ends up having a Mexican twist, whether I want it to or not. I love to use nopal in salads and juices,” she said, referring to the cactus paddles eaten throughout Mexico. “If you haven’t tried it, I recommend you do. It has many benefits for the body. One is that it improves digestion. If you don’t like it raw, even steamed or grilled in tacos is great. I have a video on a nopal salad [in Spanish] on my YouTube channel.”
Videos showcasing creative dishes like Mexican-style cauliflower “rice,” raw veggie tacos and her Mexican vegan bowl – a mix of both cooked and raw plant-based foods – have earned Mendoza a loyal fan base on various social media platforms.
With almost 400,000 followers on Instagram, more than 32,000 on Twitter and almost a million subscribers to her YouTube channels, this young Latina is making a mark on the vegan world. And she plans to expand her brand into raw classes and books soon.
Amber Lowry is a college associate at Fox News Latino. She is currently a senior at Montclair State University studying Communication and Media Arts.
The raw food detox diet is getting popular these days as people want to cleanse their bodies properly using natural remedies. This method offers valuable vitamins, minerals and enzymes that you lose during the high heat cooking process. Raw food diet has been recognized to assist people to lose weight, increase their stamina, improve their overall health and provide higher chance of longevity.
This natural raw food detox diet remedy will provide macrobiotic aid and will promote health by avoiding highly refined or processed foods. Taking these food will make us gain extra weight and increase our intake of sugar, fat and chemical content which will throw our entire system out of balance.
The modern food we eat today and how they are processed affect the health problems of most humans in this world. Using macrobiotic raw food detox diet, you will eat your food in smaller portion and chew your food thoroughly so that the digestive system can work efficiently.
In this way, all the foods eaten will be fully utilized by your body. No doubt is true cooked vegetables and soup are delicious to have, but the way of preparing will rob them of their natural goodness.
However, if you eat in a poor way such as having meat and processed food, they will provide nothing good for your body to function properly. In fact, many people have turn to fresh uncooked food diet to give their digestive system a much needed break from processed food and toxic loaded meats.
During this process, the body will gently tune itself as the raw food detox diet are loaded with extra vitamins and minerals to boost the health and immune system of your body. In the long run, your overall health will improve and the good news is the recipes are easy to follow and tasty to eat.
Sydney’s first raw-food cafe has since grown into a small empire.
Sadhana Kitchen, an organic-wholefoods and raw-food cafe, has expanded slowly. It opened in 2012 in a shared space in a Newtown yoga studio, then it moved to Enmore. Now it has set up a second cafe in Bondi.
It took two years to find the ideal beachside spot. The one the team found used to be a Thai restaurant. Founder Maz Valcorza has kept the space’s existing exposed brick. Every light hangs off the end of a copper pipe, as though the plumbing’s been pulled straight out from the walls. It seats 60 and can now offer a dinner service.
The plant-based, ethically sourced fare, sprinkled with the latest “superfoods” (activated grains, nuts and seeds), has attracted a strong following.
Everything is prepared at temperatures below 40 degrees Celsius. “We wanted the least amount of refinement to our ingredients, as long as it’s still hearty, familiar and indulgent,” says Valcorza.
Choose from a selection of nutrient-dense smoothies such as The Warrior with berries, banana, chia seeds and sprouted-brown-rice powder. There are also breakfast bowls of cacao nibs and a popular Cheezeburger, a vegetarian patty topped with homemade vegan cheddar.
“I don’t want people to feel like they’re just going out for a salad,” says Valcorza. “When people leave here, they’re going to feel full.”
The cafe plans to serve pulled-jackfruit tacos and barbecue fries topped with mesquite powder – a sweet Central American superfood made from the ground seeds of the mesquite plant.
Sadhana Kitchen also intends to serve organic picnic hampers it calls “Bondi baskets”. Customers will be able to order them online, pick them up and take them to the beach.
Sadhana Kitchen Bondi
132 Warners Avenue, Bondi Beach
Ever notice how raw foodists have great skin? One of the major points supporting a raw food diet is the amazing, youthful appearance that goes along with the weight loss and exuberant energy levels. This article will explain some of the reasons why raw food can lead to youthful skin. We’ll also cover ways that raw foodists may risk damaging their skin over the long term.
Mechanisms of skin aging
Skin aging is a complex process. Dermatologists distinguish two types of aging skin: chronological aging and photoaging. These two aging patterns are typically found at the same time, but have different symptoms. Chronologically aged skin sags due to the breakdown of the underlying elastin fibers, while photoaged skin shows wrinkles and spots of hyperpigmentation.
Both forms of aging occur due to damage caused by inflammation and free radicals in the skin. UV radiation, stress-induced systemic inflammation, and toxin-induced local inflammation are the primary culrpits. When these forms of molecular injury occur, tissue-chewing proteases like collagenase get activated to remove the damaged material. When this process occurs enough times in one place, a wrinkle forms. So the name of the game in fighting wrinkles is never to allow the damage (i.e. inflammation) occur in the first place.
Skin Care Benefits of Raw Foods.
Raw foods are extremely helpful for the preservation of wrinkle-free skin. This admirable feat is accomplished in a variety of ways.
1. Antioxidants Raw foodists take in a much higher load of antioxidants like vitamin C and phytonutrients than people on a cooked food diet. As a result, more free radicals are stopped in their tracks before causing damage to skin tissue and generating inflammation.
2. Toxin-free Toxins associated with cooking food are eliminated from the diet entirely. One type of toxin derived from cooked food is known collectively as advanced glycation end products. These sugar-protein complexes get stuck in the system and create local sites of inflammation by disrupting cell-cell interactions.
3. Hormone-free = Stress-free By eating no meat and avoiding dairy, raw foodists reduce systemic stress caused by dealing with animal hormones. Raw foodists frequently report a more peaceful disposition once they have adopted the diet. By reducing stress, a major source of wrinkles is dropped.
4. Deeper sleep When your digestive process is moving along at full speed, your body can focus more on sleeping. That drain of energy that occurs after eating a big steak– it may feel like you’re getting some rest, but it’s coming straight out of your energetic bottom line. Your body, and especially the skin, repairs itself during sleep cycles. Eating raw food helps you do that.
Skin Care Caution for Raw Foodists
While raw food offers many benefits that balance out strongly in the positive direction for skin care, a few important issues need to be considered.
1. Nutrient deficiencies Raw foodists can come up short in key nutrients for the skin. Among these, omega-3 fatty acids and carnitine are often deficient in the raw food diet.
2. Protein deficiencies Adequate skin repair requires protein. When you are getting enough protein, your body can do the important work of filling in gaps and wrinkles before they become permanent.
3. High-glycemic inflammation Inflammation-producing toxins like the advanced glycation endproducts we described above can form in the body due to very high blood sugar levels. This is one way that eating too many fruits unbalanced by fiber and protein can paradoxically lead to more wrinkles.
The raw food diet for dogs is controversial, but its popularity is growing among pet owners striving to feed their dog a healthy and safe food. The diet requires you to feed your pet raw meat, vegetables, fruits and bones. Most traditional veterinarians are not on board with the diet, as the risks have been studied and documented in many professional journals.
In 1993, a veterinarian in Austria, Ian Billinghurst, proposed a new canine feeding method that he called BARF – an acronym which stands for Bones and Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. He based the diet on the foods that wild canines ate before they became domesticated.
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Some critics of the diet cite the health threat of bacteria in raw meats as their reason for not backing the diet. Others believe that whole bones can break teeth, cause internal organ damage and increase the potential for choking. Some experts feel that the unbalanced diet may be detrimental to a dog’s health if fed for an extended period of time.
The benefits of the raw food diet for dogs have slowly been coming to light with recent research, but the diet is so new that there has not been many long-term studies performed on its health effects in canines. However, holistic veterinarians, dog owners and other experts in the field of canine health and nutrition say the benefits of the raw canine diet include:
- Healthier skin
- Shinier coat
- Higher energy levels
- Smaller and less frequent stools
- Cleaner teeth
And because the raw dog food diet is so rich in nutrients you won’t have to feed as great a quantity.
There are some commercial pet food manufacturers who believe in the research being done and feel that the raw food diet may be the wave of the future for canines. They are beginning to create commercial raw foods that are much more convenient for pet owners than shopping for and preparing their own raw dog food at home.
This week I had the opportunity to chat with Shelby Wisniewski, Brand Activation Manager for Nature’s Variety Instinct, a pet food manufacturing company specializing in the raw food diet for dogs. Their Raw Boost Kibble offers complete and balanced nutrition for dogs of all ages, and they offer specialized blends for toy and small breeds.
I spoke with Shelby about the company and the raw food diet for dogs. I wanted to know the differences between raw food and traditional dry kibble and the important things that pet owners should know about the diet.
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As I mentioned, the raw food diet for dogs is gaining in popularity. Shelby told me that pet parents are more aware than ever before about what they’re feeding their dogs. They’re paying attention to what’s in their pet’s food and they want to avoid highly processed foods that contain dog food ingredients they don’t recognize or preservatives and additives they don’t feel good about.
She also said that they are recognizing that they can find better nutrition in foods that are made from pure, real ingredients. The raw food diet gives them the ability to feed their pets food that’s as close to its natural state as possible. That’s what the raw dog food diet is all about!
Nature’s Variety Instinct got its start with raw diets and a simple belief that what we feed our pets should match their original diets. Shelby says the company believes that we should follow nature’s lead and stick with the pure, real nutrition of raw food. The company’s purpose is “empowering people to transform the lives of pets.”
Instinct Raw provides an all-natural, complete and balanced diet. It’s made with pure animal protein and real, whole food ingredients, which allow for maximum nutrient absorption and improved digestibility.
All of the vitamins and enzymes in Instinct Raw are naturally occurring, not derived from artificial ingredients or dog supplements.
The difference between raw dog food and traditional kibble
Of course, this was my primary question. Why spend more money on raw food? What are the major benefits compared to traditional dry kibble, which is also the most commonly fed diet by dog owners.
Shelby explained to me that the primary difference between dry kibble and raw pet food is that dry kibble is cooked and raw pet food is not. This means that dry kibble is more processed than raw pet food, because the ingredients are not kept in their most natural state.
Nature’s Variety Instinct believes that it’s possible to make dry kibble that incorporates the power of raw. That’s why they introduced a grain-free, high-protein kibble that’s coated in freeze dried raw food known simply as Instinct kibble.
They also offer Instinct Raw Boost kibble, which is a grain-free, high-protein kibble that includes freeze dried raw pieces. Today they have a full portfolio of kibble, all of which is built on the principles of raw nutrition.
When discussing what pet owners should be looking for in the dog food that they choose, Shelby says that the first ingredient – which is listed as such because it’s the most prevalent in the food – should be a named meat, poultry or fish protein, such as chicken, venison, duck or salmon.
Other ingredients to look for are real, whole ingredients like fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, blueberries or cranberries. It’s best to speak with your veterinarian about your dog’s specific needs and what nutritional qualities you need to look for in his dog food.
Common misconceptions about the raw food diet for dogs
During my discussion with Shelby, I learned that the two most common misconceptions about the raw food diet for dogs are convenience and safety. Because feeding raw pet food can be different from what most pet parents are accustomed to, there’s a bit of hesitation when it comes to how feeding raw changes their daily habits.
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That’s why they offer Instinct Raw frozen dog food as an option. It is offered in various forms, including pre-portioned medallions and patties and ready-to-serve bites. They also offer freeze-dried raw and other options that make feeding raw dog food as easy as feeding kibble.
There are many other frozen dog food products available on the market as well, but you need to be careful which brand you choose. Not every manufacturer holds itself to the high standards that you see with Instinct pet foods.
Do some research on the dog food that you’re considering before making a purchase.
Instinct incorporates intensive procedures for quality and safety in their manufacturing process. They follow the same industry best practices as are used in human food, including High Pressure Processing (HPP) and a natural, USDA-recognized anti-pathogen treatment.
It’s just as important to know where your dog food comes from as it is to know what the ingredients are.
Their ingredients are sourced from USDA inspected facilities and facilities regulated by the FDA. The company also owns its manufacturing facility, which adheres to state, federal and EU regulations and standards and is regularly monitored by third-party auditors.
Switching to a raw diet
You cannot simply decide to switch your dog to a new brand of food or a new diet without making a plan for a gradual changeover. If you just switch him to a new food instantly, it will more than likely make him very sick.
Shelby’s advice when feeding any new food to your dog for the first time, is that it’s best to transition slowly. Pet parents should mix increasing amounts of their dog’s new food with decreasing amounts of the previous food over a period that can be as short as two to three days or as long as three weeks. During this time, pet parents should monitor the frequency and consistency of their dog’s stool and adjust the transition accordingly.
Instinct Pet Food provides an interactive app on their website to help pet parents determine proper products, feeding amounts and schedules.
When we feed our pets their original diet, we unlock their potential to truly thrive. If you decide to switch your dog to a raw diet, you are likely to see benefits including:
- Leaner, stronger muscles
- Natural oils and omega fatty acids provide healthy skin and coat
- More appropriate for dogs with food allergies and sensitivities
- Chewing raw meat and bones promotes healthy teeth and gums
- Raw, natural whole food ingredients promote maximum digestibility
I also asked Shelby is the raw diet would be appropriate for all dogs. This was her response:
There is no one perfect diet for 100 percent of dogs, but a raw diet is appropriate for virtually all dogs. Dogs of all sizes, weights, breeds, and ages can benefit from the pure, real nutrition of raw.
– Shelby Wisniewski
If you’re considering switching your dog to a raw food diet, it is best that you speak with your veterinarian about it. They know your dog’s health history and what his nutritional needs are. They’ll be able to answer any of your questions about the diet and help you select the best commercial food for your dog.
I’d like to take this time to thank Shleby Wisniewski for speaking with me and for helping me educate our readers about the benefits of the raw food diet for dogs. Make sure to check out Nature’s Variety Instinct’s website for more information about their dog food products and the benefits of feeding your dog raw.