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Raw Food and Healthy and Glowing Skin

Were you aware that your skin is the largest organ in – or on – your body? Its job is to provide protective cover for all the other organs in your body, and because of that it’s vital that you keep your skin healthy. The skin also works to help your body maintain and regulate its core temperature, through perspiration. Generally, looking at someone’s skin will give you a good indication of their general health. Pale, oily or sallow skin can all be signs of a less than healthy body.

The irony is that so many people spend so much of their hard earned money buying creams and lotions to put on their skin, trying to improve its appearance. We buy bronzers, acne creams, moisturizers and so much more, all trying to make our skin look healthier. What if could quit spending all that money on ointments to put on the outside of your skin, and could start making it look better from the inside? That’s what the raw food diet can do for you. By eating a diet based on healthy and organic raw foods, many people find that their once pallid and unhealthy looking skin begins to glow with a new vigor.

As you eat a diet consisting of raw fruits and vegetables, you’ll be adding more of the minerals and vitamins that your body so needs for healthy skin. Raw foods also contain higher moisture content than cooked foods, and that added moisture shows in your skin. The increase in fiber, vitamins and minerals will lead to better health for all your organs on the inside and that improved health will show in your skin.

You see, your skin is like a window into what happening inside your body. As your organs begin receiving the nutritional food that they need to perform, it shows in your skin. Not only are you receiving more of the nutrients that you do need, you’ll be cutting out the toxins and impurities that you don’t need. One of the ways that your body removes impurities is through perspiration. That means that all those bad chemicals pass through the skin, causing problems like dry skin or acne breakouts. On a naturally healthy organic raw food diet, you won’t be consuming all the impurities and toxins found in so many processed and cooked foods. That leads to better looking skin and healthier hair. There really is something to that phrase “an inner glow”!

As you reduce the amount of cooked foods in your diet and replace it with raw foods, you’ll find you’ll have more energy and better health – and it will show on the outside. As your body receives optimum nutrition through uncooked fruits and vegetables, you’ll begin to look and feel your best, naturally.

Living Raw Food: Get the Glow with More Recipes from Pure Food and Wine

Picking up where the bestselling Raw Food/Real World left off, Sarma Melngailis invites us inside her glamorous restaurant, Pure Food and Wine, with dozens more recipes for fresh and vibrant juices, shakes, soups, simple dishes, main courses, desserts, and cocktails. Whip up an antioxidant-rich Goji Tropic Shake or a sweet, cleansing Cilantro-Pineapple Shake for delicious nutrition on the go Cool down with a Cucumber-Mint Gazpacho Soup and an Heirloom Tomato, Fennel, and Avocado Pressed Sa

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21 Raw Questions

I have seen a few of my favorite raw food bloggers doing these 21 raw questions so I thought I would give it a whirl…

1. Favorite Raw Vegan milk? Almond Milk… we drink it straight up, put it in cereal, and add it to fruit to make ice cream, and of course we make yummy smoothies, usually banana chocolate with Amazing Grass Powder.

2. What are the top 3 recipes you are planning to make? Hmmm… this summer I am looking forward to raspberry and blackberry sorbet, watermelon smoothies, and fruit salad. We like to keep it simple.

3. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure? The first time I made raw key lime pie it came out lumpy and REALLY sour because I just peeled some key limes and threw them in the blender. The next time I just juiced regular limes instead.

4. How do you organize your recipes? I keep them on my computer in text files, or bookmarked from web sites… it is not a very good system and I need to figure something else out.

5. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal? Compost definitely. We throw everything in a bowl on the kitchen counter and when it gets full we toss it into the compost pile in our back yard.

6. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be? Strawberries, watermelon, and snow peas. Delicious!

7. Fondest food memory from your childhood? Probably my mom’s prime rib. I LOVED prime rib with a passion. Pretty sad that my fondest food memory is of eating a dead cow.

8. Favorite raw ice cream? Raspberry Lime Sorbet. I have always loved sweet and sour.

9. Most loved kitchen appliance? My Vita-Mix… life would be incomplete without it!

10. Spice/herb you can’t be without? Cilantro! I spent over 20 years in the Southwest so Mexican food is soul food to me and salsa with tons of cilantro is the heart if it.

11. Recipe (Cook) book you have owned for the longest time? Joy of Cooking. My Mom gave it to me but I don’t ever use it.

12. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly? Not crazy about jams and jellies generally but Blackberry would probably be the most appealing.

13. Favorite raw (vegan) recipe to serve to an omni-friend? A green smoothie because when people drink their greens and enjoy it, it is like Christmas.

15. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking. Almonds, Walnuts, and hemp seeds.

16. Favorite grocery store? Whole Foods.

17. Food blog you read the most.Yikes, that is like asking which tooth I brush the most.. I read TONS of foods blogs!

18. What is one ingredient that you’ve become familiar with that you can’t imagine you ever lived without? Chia seeds.

19. Most coveted condiment? Shoyu sauce.

20. Best food smell? Garlic.

21. Best cooked food memory that you’d like to re-create raw? Clam Chowder. I could substitute oyster mushrooms for the clams but that is as far as I have gotten in my planning, lol.

Play along by answering the 21 Raw Questions on your own blog!

Yacon Syrup – A Healthy Sugar Alternative

Yacon syrup is derived from the root of the yacon plant. This member of the sunflower family is found in South America, and Peruvian people use the root chopped in sweet dishes. The syrup has a distinctive flavor, not unlike molasses or caramel.

What makes yacon a healthier alternative to sugar is its low glycemic nature and the fact that it is a whole food, easily accommodated by individuals wishing to eat a more natural diet. It is free of glucose, and 30% of its sugars are fructooligosaccharides, or FOS. FOS are not absorbed by the body, so they pass through the digestive system without getting metabolized. Because of this, yacon syrup has half the calories of another common liquid sweetener, honey, and can be used by diabetics.

* Potential health benefits
Colon health
FOS are prebiotics – that is, they set the stage for healthy intestinal flora to flourish. Thus, yacon’s cleansing effect on the colon will not create an imbalance of “good” bacteria.

Weight loss
An abstract recently published in a European nutrition journal suggests that yacon may aid in weight loss. When taken daily, it apparently creates a feeling of fullness and may actually decrease body fat, subsequently promoting loss of weight.

Cholesterol and blood pressure
Yacon may also lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. And preliminary studies suggest that yacon may act as a blood thinner, decreasing the chance of clot formation and lowering blood pressure. 
Safe for diabetics and those on an anti-candida diet
Diabetics often have a hard time finding a whole food, natural sweetener; but yacon is safe for people with diabetes due to it being so low on the glycemic index. Individuals on an anti-candida diet – that is, a sugar-free diet to eradicate systemic yeast overgrowth – are able to partake of yacon without exacerbating their problem.

* How to use yacon syrup

Yacon makes a good substitute for honey, maple syrup, or molasses in recipes. It can also be eaten over fruit or plain yogurt. To make a brown sugar substitute, mix 1 cup of Xylitol (a sugar substitute derived from birch trees) with 2 tablespoons of yacon syrup; shake until the mixture is uniformly brown.

* Acceptable for vegans

Vegans often avoid white sugar and honey due to the involvement of animals or animal products in the manufacture of these sweeteners. But yacon syrup’s source is the yacon plant only, and no animals or animal products are involved in the harvest or manufacture of it.

This relative newcomer to the sweetener scene offers a lot of potential, not only as a substitute for sugar but as a health food in its own right.

Review of the Vita-Mix 5200!

Hop on over to my other blog and read a full review of the Vita-Mix 5200 blender.

So what makes the Vita-Mix such a kick butt blender? The number one thing is that it makes healthy eating so much easier. Want a green smoothie? No problem. Not in the mood for store bought salsa…make your own with fresh ingredients in just 60 seconds. While your at it grind up some flax seeds, tomatoes, celery, a little lime, and cilantro and then spread the resulting pulp mixture onto a dehydrator tray or oven tray for homemade Mexican style crackers. Want some fresh juice? Throw the entire fruit or veggie in there skin, seeds, and all watch it get pulverized into juice. See? Healthy eating made easy.

Vita-Mix 5200

Raw Food Staples You Need

So what ingredients do you need in the kitchen to make most raw food dishes? I know a list was really

So what ingredients do you need in the kitchen to make most raw food dishes? I know a list was really helpful to me so I thought I would post one here. These are your basics. A regular kitchen might have flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking poder, etc. A raw kitchen is a bit different. Other than the obvious raw fruits and veggies you may want to stock up on the following raw ingredents:

Nuts: Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Macadamia nuts, Pine nuts, Walnuts

Seeds: Sunflower, Pumpkin, Flax, Hemp, Sesame

Sweeteners: Agave Nectar, Honey, Dried fruit (dates, raisins, coconut), Carob powder, Lucuma powder, Stevia (not raw).

Nut Butters/Oils: Almond Butter, Cacao Butteer, Coconut Butter/Oil, Tahini

Condiments: Nama Shoyu, Apple Cider Vinegar, Oilive Oil (cold or stone pressed), Sea Salt, Braggs Liquid Aminos (not raw).

Spices: Any you want really but important ones are Cayenne, Chili powder, Cinammon, Coriander, Cumin, Nutmeg, and Tumeric. Blended ones are nice too like Apple Pie Spice or Pumpkin Pie Spice.

Other: Dulse, Nori, Cacao Nibs, Dried Olives, Greens powder, Maca Root powder, Spirulina.

See my raw kitchen appliances post for info about what kitchen gadgets and gear you may need.


What is Raw Food Detox?

A good raw food detox diet is based on the premise that if a person stays away from foods that are cookedGreens at 115 degrees or higher that they will lose their nutrients is not new.  Many people are running with this raw food detox diet for healthier food intake that isn’t void of natural ingredients or nutrients.  It is also an excellent way to rid your body of toxins and keep your body at a good healthy weight.

Raw food detox is based on eating raw plant food and foods that are low in animal proteins – even dairy.  Unprocessed, whole foods and uncooked fruits and veggies should be a major part of your raw food detox diet.  Cooked food is believed to rid our foods of good enzymes and disrupts our metabolism, however; some meats and dairy are included in the first and second levels of the raw food detox diet while your body is transitioning.

Other parts of the raw food detox is not mixing your starches like brown rice and whole grain bread with fresh fruits at the same time.  The raw food detox diet also recommends colon cleansing through natural enemas or by a professional therapist.  While not a totally Vegan diet (think honey), almost every element of the raw food detox diet consists of plant-based foods with very little meats and dairy products and sometimes none at all.  Only a small amount of cooked food is acceptable.

To begin raw food detox, start with throwing away your bad foods like cereals, white breads and rice, and pastas.  Add whole food like grains, honey, fresh veggies, and fruits.  During the processing of eliminating the bad stuff, you will also introduce more whole and fresh foods until you are completely free of processed food. Avoiding the mixing of certain foods as mentioned above, is also introduced when starting raw food detox.

There are many rules and levels to raw food detox so make sure you talk to an expert in the field and read some books on the subject.  Your goal will be to increase the amount of raw foods and deleting any harmful or bad foods.  Instead of having your big meal in the morning, with raw food detox, it is recommended to have your larger meal at the dinner hour and only consuming fresh fruits and veggies throughout the day. Another careful rule is to choose when you eat your starches, meats, nuts, and dried fruits. In raw food detox, this should be done a few hours apart from fresh fruits and veggies.

A drink of green lemonade, which can be made in your home and the recipe for this and other, recommended foods can be found in any raw food detox book.  Remember, your goal on this diet is to rid your colon and body of toxins that are harmful to your body and clean out your system for optimal functionability.

People who have completed and continue to utilize raw food detox can feel that poisons being depleted from their bodies and have claimed to feel refreshed and healthy as well as having high energy and brainpower.

Because there are so many levels and rules on the raw food detox diet and it may require purchasing varied and more expensive items than you are used to, so be sure and talk to a good natural nutritionist who is knowledgeable about the diet and what will work best for your weight and height.  You don’t want to go too fast if you are very overweight or too slow if you body is already used to many fresh fruits and vegetables.

Colon cleansing is not new for a healthier you, however, the raw food detox diet is a more effective and natural way to help your through this process instead of the harsh chemical way that can be ineffective, cause infections, and may not produce the expected results you are looking for.

If you want to try a raw food detox I recommend the following book: The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss.