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How to Transition to a Mostly Raw Food Diet

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  • alanaji8
    Ever want to eat a healthier diet of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds? The raw food diet is gaining in popularity because it enables your body to not
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 2, 2008
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      Ever want to eat a healthier diet of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and
      seeds? The raw food diet is gaining in popularity because it enables
      your body to not only prevent, but also reverse disease. In addition,
      it gives you the energy of your youth. Models and Hollywood stars such
      as Carol Alt and Demi Moore know it is also a beauty secret for
      maintaining great looks well into middle age. Here is an easy way to
      go raw.

      1. Start with breakfast. Have a smoothie. An example recipe is ½ cup
      of freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 cup water, ½ bunch kale and/or 3 T
      hemp seed protein powder, 1 T coconut oil. If you care for some
      melon, eat it 20 to 30 minutes before anything else as it doesn't
      combine with other foods. Pack an apple for a snack. You are now
      eating about 25% raw.
      2. When you are ready, pack a salad of organic vegetables for lunch
      with some homemade dressing of raw apple cider vinegar, extra virgin
      olive oil, and a bit of raw agave or unheated honey. (There are plenty
      of raw dressing recipes; this happens to be one of the easiest.) Add
      some raw nuts or seeds that have been soaked overnight to get rid of
      the enzyme inhibitors. (Be sure to rinse them.) Also make your own
      sprouts to add to the salads. You are now eating about 60% raw.
      3. For a snack have the apple and some raw trail mix: organic goji
      berries with raw nuts and seeds, any sundried fruit, and shredded
      coconut. Be creative. Now you are eating about 70% raw.
      4. When you are ready, switch dinner to raw. There are many free
      recipes on the internet. Simple ones include raw soups, kelp noodles
      to make pad thai, and Chinese stir "fry" with various raw sauces.
      Dinner is when most people are tempted to eat cooked food. If you are,
      have some lightly steamed vegetables sprinkled with walnuts ground up
      in your coffee grinder or Vitamix.

      You won't feel deprived. When you eat 80-100% of your calories in raw
      foods, you will feel so much more alive! When we eat a cooked food
      diet, we use about 85% of our energy digesting the food.

      Susan Schenck, LAc, MTOM, is raw food coach, lecturer, and author of
      The Live Food Factor, The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for
      Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet, with Victoria BidWell. Go to
      www.livefoodfactor.com to check out more free articles.
    • alanaji8
      Ever want to eat a healthier diet of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds? The raw food diet is gaining in popularity because it enables your body to not
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 3, 2008
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        Ever want to eat a healthier diet of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and
        seeds? The raw food diet is gaining in popularity because it enables
        your body to not only prevent, but also reverse disease. In addition,
        it gives you the energy of your youth. Models and Hollywood stars such
        as Carol Alt and Demi Moore know it is also a beauty secret for
        maintaining great looks well into middle age. Here is an easy way to
        go raw.

        1. Start with breakfast. Have a smoothie. An example recipe is ½ cup
        of freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 cup water, ½ bunch kale and/or 3 T
        hemp seed protein powder, 1 T coconut oil. If you care for some
        melon, eat it 20 to 30 minutes before anything else as it doesn't
        combine with other foods. Pack an apple for a snack. You are now
        eating about 25% raw.
        2. When you are ready, pack a salad of organic vegetables for lunch
        with some homemade dressing of raw apple cider vinegar, extra virgin
        olive oil, and a bit of raw agave or unheated honey. (There are plenty
        of raw dressing recipes; this happens to be one of the easiest.) Add
        some raw nuts or seeds that have been soaked overnight to get rid of
        the enzyme inhibitors. (Be sure to rinse them.) Also make your own
        sprouts to add to the salads. You are now eating about 60% raw.
        3. For a snack have the apple and some raw trail mix: organic goji
        berries with raw nuts and seeds, any sundried fruit, and shredded
        coconut. Be creative. Now you are eating about 70% raw.
        4. When you are ready, switch dinner to raw. There are many free
        recipes on the internet. Simple ones include raw soups, kelp noodles
        to make pad thai, and Chinese stir "fry" with various raw sauces.
        Dinner is when most people are tempted to eat cooked food. If you are,
        have some lightly steamed vegetables sprinkled with walnuts ground up
        in your coffee grinder or Vitamix.

        You won't feel deprived. When you eat 80-100% of your calories in raw
        foods, you will feel so much more alive! When we eat a cooked food
        diet, we use about 85% of our energy digesting the food.

        Susan Schenck, LAc, MTOM, is raw food coach, lecturer, and author of
        The Live Food Factor, The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for
        Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet, with Victoria BidWell. Go to
        www.livefoodfactor.com to check out more free articles.
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