Going Raw by Judita Wignall

I happened to spot Going Raw by Judita Wignall at the library in the new releases section. The cover art had a picture of stuffed mushrooms, some kind of raw burger with bean sprouts, and an absolutely delicious looking raw fruit salad with apples, nuts, and figs. I was sold just by the cover photo. I also liked the fact that it came with a DVD. This is really a perfect book for raw food beginners because not only does it have amazing recipes that actually look and sound appetizing, you also get video demonstrations of how to prepare the food and use raw food kitchen equipment. There are lots of great color photos and tutorials in the book but some learn better with a less disjointed format and the DVD provides that.

Some of the amazing recipes included are:

Berries and Cream Crepes
Orange-Cranberry Oatmeal Scones
Thai Coconut Soup
Miso Soup
Tacos (with a crunchy shell)
Asian Noodles Stir Fry
Classic Pizza
Coconut Curry Samosas
Trail Mix Energy Bars

Some of the DVD Tutorials:

Knife Skills
Dehydrating
Making Nut Milks
Using a Spiral Slicer
Opening a Coconut

I give the book a big thumbs up for offering something unique and sticking with high quality recipes. Some of the recipes from other raw food books look like baby vomit or they require ridiculous dehydrating times. This book balances practical with delicious and I think raw foodies and non raw folks alike would really like this particular book. A+

As I mentioned, I got this book from the library but I have added it to my Amazon wishlist.

Love Affair With Thai Coconut Sugar

When I first started eating more raw foods I was using Agave Nectar in many of my raw desserts. That was all the rage at the time. Now of course many raw foodies have reconsidered this sweetener and decided that it is not the healthy sweetener we once were lead to believe. I went back to my old standby… honey. I missed agave though!

But a few weeks back I decided to try a newish sweetener I had never heard of before… Thai Coconut Sugar or crystallized coconut sap sugar. I ordered a 3 pound tub from Raw Food World and quickly dug in. This stuff is heaven on earth! It is so yummy that you can eat it straight out of the tub with a spoon… just as good as chocolate. It can take the place of sugar and any recipe where you may have been using honey or agave. I imagine you can use it in recipes that call for white sugar too, I am just not sure of the ratio. I look forward to playing with it!

This morning I just slathered some on fresh pink grapefruit and it was yummy. In my house growing up we had grapefruit all the time but my mom would sprinkle Equal packets on each half. When I got older and realized what I bad idea Equal was, I went without grapefruit. I didn’t like them with honey and obviously table sugar was out. My husband uses coconut sugar is his coffee with great success. It melts beautifully and acts much coconut oil/butter in that regard. We keep it in the fridge to extend its life.

This sugar is made from the sap of unopened Coconut blossoms. It is not palm sugar! It is thickened under controlled heat to avoid over cooking which would affect the nutrients and acidity. It contains only 12 % sugars, and has a nutritional content far beyond all other available sweeteners; it is high in Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron, it is a natural source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C and amino acids (specially glutamic acid). Extremely low glycemic (35!). All I can say is YUM!

Doesn’t it look like ooey gooey caramel????

Improving Health With Lemon Water

Nutritionists, doctors, and beauty experts often advise people to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Despite the benefits that this act would bring to our bodies, only a few people actually do it. In these times of coffee shops and fast food chains, water is becoming a drink merely for drinking medicines and if you do not have anything else to drink. This needs to be changed so we could get the much-needed water in our bodies. Raw foodies are already a little ahead of the game because the water content in fresh raw foods is much higher than in cooked, processed foods. But even then we still need to drink water. What you can do is perk your drink a little bit. How? Add lemon. It adds a refreshing twist to plain water while providing your body with more than what plain water can offer.

Lemon is pretty inexpensive so you would not have to worry about your budget. With just a little slice of lemon, you get necessary nutrients such as Vitamin C, B, and Riboflavin.

If you have issues with digestion, adding lemon to plain water is often recommended. Regular drinking of warm water with lemon can help relieve nausea and vomiting, heartburn, hiccups, bloating, and other digestive irritations. This is also an ideal drink for people who do not have regular bowel movements. Lemon is well known to be a natural cleansing agent so it can help cleanse the colon and get rid of waste effectively. It is also said that a spritz of lemon in water would be able to aid the liver into producing bile and to help dissolve gallstones.

If you read a lot of women’s magazines, you would know that lemon is a natural skin care agent. It has antiseptic properties and contains enough vitamin C to promote healthier skin by preventing the early signs of aging from taking place. If you have burns, applying lemon purely or with water will help relieve the burning feeling because lemon has a natural cooling effect.

Drinking water with lemon not only cleanses and improves bodily processes; it also helps with dental issues like toothache and gum problems. If you are prone to bleeding gums or your gums are causing bad breath, massage some lemon water on them to cleanse them and give them a fresher scent. Lemon water can also be applied on the gum and the tooth that aches. The antiseptic property of lemons helps cleanse and ease the pain brought about by toothaches.

Weight loss is one of the many things that are difficult to achieve for many people. If they knew that lemon can help with weight loss, they would probably be drinking nothing else but lemon water. By drinking this instead of other commercial thirst quenchers, you get lesser calories and you get the water that your body needs to digest better and to burn calories faster. You can even maximize the weight loss effect by adding honey to your warm glass of lemon water.

Lemon water is not just for adults, but for kids as well. When your child has a fever or flu, let them drink warm water with lemon. This does not only provide them with much-needed vitamin C to make their resistance stronger, it also helps the body perspire more, thus, breaking the fever.

One small change with big results.

Raw Food Kitchen Equipment and Supplies

If you want to be successful on your raw food diet it is important to have a well stocked kitchen in terms of raw food supplies and raw food kitchen equipment. Being prepared, having the right tools and ingredients can be essential to sticking to the raw food lifestyle. Some essential raw food supplies to have are:

Excellent Knives – As a raw foodist you’ll need to cut up a lot of fruits and veggies. With good knives you won’t accidentally cut yourself or give up opening that delicious coconut or pineapple for lunch. Ceramic knives are a particular favorite among raw foodies.

Powerful Juicer – You’ll need a powerful juicer. There are many different brands of juicers that you can buy in many price ranges. If all you can afford is one of the lower end electric juicers at first, that is okay but you’ll never regret investing in one of the powerful raw food juicers that are available. Many time raw newbies will start out with a good blender first and then work their way up to a juicer later. This is okay too.

Dehydrator – While there is some controversy over eating dried food, if you sprout your ingredients first, you can make some wonderful dried “breads” and “crackers” to enjoy with your healthy and delicious raw salsa. Small and super restaurant quality dehydrators are available.

High Speed Blender – Having a very powerful high speed blender is very important for allowing you to create nutritious and palate pleasing smoothies. Like the juicers these come in a variety of price ranges and abilities. Choose the most powerful one you can afford. In this case, do remember that you get what you pay for. The Vita Mix is one of the most sought after high speed blenders that raw foodist use. In addition, it has a long warranty and can make a smoothie out of almost anything. A Blendtec is another good option.

Food Processor – A good slicer/food processor is an excellent addition to your raw food kitchen because it will make the process of preparing food faster, more pleasant, and even tasty because you won’t tire out during chopping time. Many different brands, motor speeds, and functions exist among different types of food processors, so choose carefully to make sure it will do what you hope it will.

Fresh Raw Foods – The other important raw food supply that you should have is, of course, plenty of raw fresh foods on hand such as fresh fruit, fresh veggies, raw nuts, and more. Read all your labels to make sure something is really “raw” if it does not say raw it probably isn’t. When it comes to fresh produce, choose, as much as possible, organic grown over conventionally grown produce.

All About Juice Diets

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for the health, but did you know that juice diets can be even better for you? No, really. Juice diets are a fast way to cleanse the body and give it a big push of healthy nutrients. They are one of the primary ways to flush the toxins out of your body. Juice diets can also help jumpstart your metabolism and improve your long term diet. Fruit and vegetable juices are rich in nutrients but low in calories so you can drink a lot of them and get a big boost. This is why a juice diet can help you lose weight while providing all the nutrition that your body requires.

Juice fasting is a type of detox diet where a person consumes only fruit and vegetable juices. If you’re determined to lose weight but don’t know where to start, a cleansing juice diet is a great way to kickstart a new and healthier lifestyle.

People undergo a detoxifying process for a number of reasons. You may identify with some of them.  It may be because of some specific health condition, to decrease body weight, or to restore the body’s system. Juice diets involve fresh fruits and vegetables for a short period of time or if enjoyed, may be incorporated in your everyday diet. Organically grown ingredients are best for detoxifying the body.

One of the biggest benefits of juice diets is the enhancement of your health. If a juicing diet is new to you, it’s best to begin slowly. Start with only one or two ounces per session. Once your body adjusts to the diet, gradually increase the amount. For an effective juice diet, aim for 12-16 or even up to 32 ounces per session.

Juice diets are very “in” these days. This diet is praised for its health benefits. If you are planning to start one today, do your research first before taking the plunge. This will ensure that your juice diet will be fitted to your lifestyle.

Benefits of Juice Diets

If you are not yet convinced about the importance of juice diets, perhaps the following benefits will help get you started on this healthy lifestyle:

Elimination of dangerous toxins inside the body is the primary function of a juice diet. It cleanses your body and detoxifies the liver to make your skin glow and make you look good. Vegetable and fruit juices are the easiest form of food for the body to digest. Juice is a very powerful aid for detoxifying and healing the body.

It can reduce people’s addiction to nicotine or alcohol. Through fruit and vegetable juicing, you can lose up to 2 or 3 pounds per day. Of course, it is not healthy to lose 2-3 pounds each and every day. But it is a great way to jumpstart your weight loss plan.

The effectiveness of a process depends on how disciplined you are. You must be strict in your regimen to get the best results. Juice diets are an effective way to lose weight and have a healthy and beautiful body.

Raw Star Recipes

I interviewed Bryan Au of Raw in Ten Minutes and the new Raw Star Recipes over on my other blog today. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

I have more than 100+ recipes to choose from and anything or everything that you already enjoy I have a raw organic cuisine recipe or version of it that is fresher, faster, healthier and even more amazing! My goal is to make Raw Organic Cuisine the Main Food Trend in 2011 – Bryan Au

Discover the Amazing Health Benefits of Juicing

Juicing Apples

I could go on and on about the benefits of juicing. I just love juicing. It is such an easy way to get your vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes.

Frankly, I’m surprised more people aren’t juicing.

Juicing information is easy to find and you can easily create your own delicious juicing recipes. Just throw anything into your juicer and see how it tastes.

Phew, that last sentence brought back some old memories. I remember when I tried to juice a whole onion just to see what would happen. I forced myself to drink it.

I learned that my gag reflex was working very well as I was drinking down that “delicious” onion juice.

After I drank the whole thing I of course felt a feeling of great pride and accomplishment. My stomach did feel a bit odd though with a mild burning sensation, but other than that it was just another experiment in my life.

I don’t remember if it was before or after the onion experiment that I decided to juice oranges and throw in a whole garlic. Suffice it to say that it wasn’t a big hit and I’ve never done it again. If you’re going to juice garlic then stick to one clove or two. It’s strong stuff!

Why Should You Juice?

The juicing health benefits are too good to pass up on. There is something called juice feasting. It’s when you live on juice alone (it’s possible!) for months and months at a time. People that juice feast lose weight, look healthier and their wellbeing skyrockets.

The longest I’ve been on a liquid juice diet is about a week and I felt great afterwards. Ideally you want to be in a warm climate when you do this. I’ve tried to do it here in Sweden during the winter, but it is much more fun during the summer when you can enjoy some sunshine.

How Can You Juice?

The how is easy, although you want to make sure that you get a good juicer. Many cheap juicers have blades that spin so fast that they destroy the nutrients of your fruits and vegetables.

I personally have been juicing with an Omega 8005 for almost 3 years now and I have been very satisfied. It doesn’t damage and it is easy to clean. It also works great with leafy greens and wheatgrass.

There are many other juicers out there like the Champion, Jack Lalanne and they are probably all good in their own way, but I recommend the Omega 8005 because that is what I have been using and that is what I will continue using unless someone is really good at convincing me otherwise.

When Should You Juice?

Juicing can be done at any time. You can drink juice between meals, with meals or after meals. It doesn’t matter. However you do it, you will get the full benefits of juicing.

However, some say that you shouldn’t drink juice with acidic foods such as meat, eggs, and dairy because it can confuse your stomach.

Your stomach uses different stomach acids to digest different foods, so if you’ve just eaten say, meat for example, you could wait for awhile before drinking your super healthy fruit juice OR you could just drink your juice one hour before you eat.

Freshly-squeezed raw juices are digested extremely fast by the body so drinking before a meal can be a good choice. I myself am a bit sporadic and like to drink whenever I feel like it. There are no rules and it is better that you drink your juice than get sick of it because of all of the rules. Rules are made to be broken… when your health is at stake ;)

Juicing and Pregnancy

I’m surprised that juicing and pregnancy even gets brought up. Juicing during your pregnancy is extremely healthy. Try to juice organic, fresh produce, it is even better.

I am not a doctor. I am just sharing the information that I have found. I highly recommend you do your own research and form your own opinion.

The general consensus seems to be that juicing is extremely healthy for everyone, even pregnant women, when it is mixed with a healthy diet.

That’s all I have for you on the benefits of juicing. I hope you enjoyed the article, and I hope you take action and make yourself a delicious juice right now!

Ingela Johansson is in love with all things natural, especially natural skin care. If you want to find more articles written by her, visit her blog, where she covers topics ranging from the best natural anti aging tips to how to cure acne.

What You Can Expect From the Raw Food Weight Loss Plan

There are thousands of weight loss plans out there and most of them claim to help you lose the pounds easily and effortlessly. But, to lose weight effectively and have no lasting repercussions, including gaining the weight back, you have to choose a plan that you can stick with for the rest of your life.

Other diet plans include pre-packaged foods delivered right to your door, books that tout various ways to lose weight and infomercials containing glowing testimonials. They work if you follow the plan religiously, but when the pre-packaged food begins to taste like cardboard, low carb food isn’t appetizing anymore and you begin to suspect those celebrity testimonials were contrived – it’s time to look at a lasting and nutritious diet plan that you can live with.

The great thing about the raw food weight loss plan is that you can take it as far as you want to. Raw foods let you eat as much as you want and need to satisfy cravings and hunger as long as you stay within the realm of raw, rather than cooked foods.

For example, not everyone can stomach the thought of eating raw fish (sashimi) or raw meats such as steak tartar. But, you may enjoy the thought of eating all the raw fruit and veggies you want and include sprouted breads, bagels and tortilla wraps in that menu.

There’s a wide variety of foods and drinks that you can consume when you choose the raw food weight loss diet plan to get rid of those extra pounds. Some ice creams, nuts, smoothies, juices, cookies and even alcoholic drinks are included in the raw food weight loss diet plan.

You should eat foods that have an alkalizing benefit and provide your body with a pH alkaline to fight fat – and raw foods contain that advantage. pH test strips can be purchased if you want to test your alkaline level. There are many varieties of nuts and seeds that fit the profile of being highly acidic and if your acidic level drops, you can pop a mouthful of them to raise it.

When you choose the raw food weight loss plan, you should try to buy organic foods whenever possible. You’ll know that they contain more nutrients and minerals that other foods don’t have — and, are much better for you.

You can find dozens of raw food menus and recipes online or in books. You may want to consider joining a forum or blog devoted to raw foodism so that you can communicate with others who are using raw foods as a way to lose weight and get healthier.

You’ll be amazed at how delicious the foods on the raw food weight loss diet plan can be – and after all, if it doesn’t taste good, the chances that you’ll continue with the plan and keep the weight off are miniscule.

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What Is Raw Food – And How Can I Benefit From It?

A lifestyle that advocates the consumption of organic foods that are uncooked and unprocessed is sometimes called raw foodism. Many people who hear about the raw food diet plan are confused about what it entails and ask, what is raw food – and how can I benefit from it?

It may sound like a diet that’s very restrictive and not very interesting, but most raw foodists base their diets on utilizing around 75% of raw foods. They believe that if a large percentage of what they eat consists of foods such as seeds, nuts, beans, seaweed and vegetables that they’ll reap the benefits of weight loss and improved health. There is such a wide variety of raw foods you can consume on the diet plan that it doesn’t seem boring or uninteresting.

Raw food advocates also believe that heating food over 116 degrees destroys enzymes and nutrients that the body needs in order to digest and absorb the food for maximum health benefits. Weight loss is one of the most touted benefits of eating a diet that consists mainly of raw foods. This type of diet contains much less trans and saturated fats and helps your body burn calories naturally.

Some other benefits of eating a raw food diet are:
· Decreased health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure that can lead to strokes, and breakdown of the immune system that causes disease and bad health.
· Aids the digestion of foods and helps your body absorb the nutrients found in most raw foods.
· Increased energy levels because your body is performing more efficiently.
· Skin takes on a glow from within because your diet is free from processed foods.
· Weight loss is the ultimate benefit of eating raw food. If you need to lose weight, this diet is a safe and healthy plan to follow.

If you’re asking yourself the question, “what is raw food and how can I benefit from it,” you should read online reviews about people who have decided to try the plan and have benefited in various ways.

When your diet consists mainly of meat and overcooked vegetables, your body may become sluggish and unable to correctly process foods for the benefit of your health. The fiber and phytochemicals (plant chemicals) you receive from a raw food diet is far better than our typical diets which contain sodium, fats and chemicals used for processing.

If you’re still asking yourself the question, what is raw food, and how can I benefit from it, do your own research, either online or from the many books you can find at the book store or library. It’s a diet plan that can change your life for the better and provide you with many healthy years to come.

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