Why Raw? Maybe Vegan? How about Juicing?
The raw food diet is a lifestyle diet where at least 75% of all food consumed is eaten raw and never commercially processed or cooked.
The raw food diet offers the following benefits:
weight control; it is difficult to become obese on a raw food diet
a stronger immune system
more mental clarity and creativity
a reduced risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases
Raw fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all brimming with vitamins and minerals which can help boost our immune system, give our gums a great workout, keep us slim and leave our skin looking young and silky.
Raw fruit and vegetables deliver far higher levels of nutrients to our body than cooked food. In fact, nutritionist Jane Griffin believes raw food contains a third more vitamins and minerals than cooked food. The thing that ties various raw food diets together is that generally no foods that have been pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives are included. This means avoiding, or at least greatly reducing, most popular packaged and processed foods sold in the grocery store like breads, bottled condiments, cereals, crackers, cheese, refined oils and processed meats.
benefit from eating more raw foods include those with:
high blood pressure and high cholesterol (4)
gallstones or gallbladder disease
joint pain (5)
muscle aches and pains
trouble with weight gain/obesity
Raw foods have a big impact on the acid/alkaline balance in our bodies. Diseases develop more easily within the body when acidity rises, because acidosis lowers immunity. The body can become overly acidic due to environmental pollutants, stress, processed and refined foods, lack of nutrients, and mineral-deficient water. Cooked foods create even more acidity in the body, but on the other hand, raw foods neutralize acid and help alkalize the body.
Here are some raw foods you can start to eating regularly:
Citrus fruits (several servings per day)
Sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds
Coconut kefir/raw and organic regular kefir
Raw veggies like carrots, celery, peppers, tomatoes, etc.
Extra virgin coconut or olive oil
Cultured veggies (like sauerkraut or kimchi)
Watermelon and cantaloupe
Vegan might be a better choice for you…what is the difference?
Vegetarians do not consume any fish, meat, or poultry. A lacto-vegetarian consumes dairy products and an ovo-vegetarian consumes eggs. A lacto-ovo vegetarian consumes both dairy products and eggs, but no meat.
Vegans are vegetarians who do not consume any animal/insect derived products including dairy products, eggs, and honey. This group avoids animal/insect-based food dyes, binders, and additives.
Individuals following a Raw Diet consume products that are uncooked and unprocessed. The percentage of raw foods can vary from 50-100% raw. Their diet may or may not be vegan. Consumers of the raw diet do not cook foods at temperatures greater than 116 degrees Fahrenheit.
Should I Juice?
Drinking adequate fluids like water and low sugar, cold pressed juice helps the body function more efficiently, improves energy, and helps remove toxins more effectively. Drinking water throughout the day, even while on your juice cleanse helps keep everything moving. Hydration also makes your skin glow.
New studies are showing that juice cleansing is a powerful and effective way to keep the body’s systems in balance. UCLA recently published a body of work on the health benefits of a three-day juice cleanse. Their research illustrated that juice cleanses increase beneficial gut bacteria, promote weight loss and improve general well-being.
Juicing Gives your Digestive System a Rest
Bloated? Irritated bowels? Sensitive stomach? A juice cleanse can help reset your gut. When you drink only cold pressed, raw fruit and vegetable juice, you’re greatly reducing the amount of input and stress that your gut experiences. This gives your body the time to heal and recharge, while also taking in essential vitamins and phytonutrients. Adding prebiotics and probiotics to your cleanse will help you get back to feeling how you want to.
We recommend a 3 or 5 day organic juice fast with us..