Eating a Raw Food Diet

Eating a raw food diet is essentially a way of eating that does not involve the heating of foods. Part of the premise lies in the fact that heating foods above 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys their inherent food enzymes, a vast majority of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and their all important life force.

Chemical Changes in Cooked Foods

Heating foods radically changes their chemical properties making them less “recognizable” in once ingested. For instance, heating an egg renders into a solid mass whereas it began in a liquid, gelatinous. This occurs because the heat of frying or boiling denatures the protein structure within the egg, essentially making it more solid. As a result, this heated egg is now much more difficult for the human digestive tract to break down.

Another process that occurs with cooking foods is known as glycosylation. This is when sugar literally attaches to protein molecule. Glycosylation has been linked to the premature breakdown of the body’s cell and many other undesirable health conditions.

The Importance of Raw Food Enzymes

The reason that the natural food enzymes are so important is that our bodies have only a limited ability to produce its own enzymes. Bear in mind that our bodies produce metabolic and digestive enzymes. The latter are used to breakdown foods whereas the former are essential to every single reaction in the body. But the problem is that we only produce a finite number.

When you eat cooked foods, you force your body to use more of its own enzyme reserves to digest them. Overtime, this is just like continually withdrawing money from your bank account without making any deposits. Eventually, you will run out of enzymes!

When you have no more enzymes, you no longer have any life – it’s that simple.

Eating raw foods help you make more “deposits” into your enzyme bank account, allowing your body to preserve its own precious enzymes for more important uses such as breaking down problematic cells, immune complexes, and more.

What Can You Eat on a Raw Food Diet?

A raw food diet is mainly vegan for the simple reason that it isn’t healthy or advised to eat raw animal products. Therefore, a raw diet contains no dairy, meat, or other animal products. Other than that, the choices are endless. Most raw foodists have diets that consist of vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds.

The amazing part is that the possibilities are truly endless with raw foods. Many people think of not being able to eat meat or wheat as a huge limiting factor. But the fact remains that processed, dead foods are dangerous to your body and there are tons of delicious and nourishing raw food recipes that will give you so much more than you can possibly imagine.

My Own Raw Food Experience

I started following a predominantly raw food diet in 2007 and it literally changed my life. From improved skin complexion to having more energy and mental clarity, I can’t tell you how much better you can look and feel by eating the way nature intended for you to eat.

Growing up on dead foods like wheat, dairy, and meat literally destroyed my body and at the young age of 17, I lost my hair to Alopecia as a result of my immune system which had gone hay-wire and began attacking itself. Again, this was caused by years of abusing my body with foods that it was allergic to.

However, since eating a raw food diet, my health has never been better. My hair has returned (although I keep my head shaved because I like it like that now) and I have more energy than a teenager on red bull!

That’s why I wrote Eating for Energy. If you’d like to experience the same kind of health and vitality then I urge to make the raw food diet more apart of your lifestyle!

Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s leading holistic nutrition and health experts. If you want to lose weight and live your healthiest and most energetic life ever, then you can learn more about his raw food diet book, Eating for Energy and get started with a FREE 6-part Energy Secrets e-course by visiting EatingforEnergy.ca today.

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Garden of Life RAW MEAL – Sprouted, Vegan, Gluten-free Meal Replacement

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In addition to being a certified meal replacement, it contains 26 grams of 98% bio-available plant-sourced protein and 7 grams of fibre.

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Putting Your Life First – Taking Care of Yourself With Raw Foods

The pressures of family life, especially for women, can sometimes result in a neglect of personal health in pursuit of producing a healthy lifestyle for the rest of the family.

For some women, the schedule is a gruelling round of cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing, interspersed with holding down a full time job and helping other members of the family pursue their hobbies and interests outside of school, college and work.

It certainly is not fair that one person should have to shoulder responsibility for so many others but the fact is that many women do and would not wish to change their commitment to their family’s well being, despite being driven to distraction on a daily basis!

A healthier eating plan might be within easy reach by introducing some raw food options for women who lead a frantic lifestyle. Part of the problem with eating cooked food is that more than 70% of the nutrients contained in raw food are ‘cooked out’ through boiling, roasting and frying. Frazzling our food seems to be a time worn tradition of the human race and one that is difficult to replace with healthier habits!

By using a good quality cold press masticating juicer, a large quantity of raw food may be consumed as a delicious drink. Preparation required is minimal and in fact may be organised along with all the traditional food preparations associated with cooking the family breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The beauty of ‘drinking’ raw foods is that little time is required to introduce the food into the body and once there, the nutrients digested get to work in record time, producing a higher energy level and improving any number of natural body resistances to disease, infection and general malady.

Raw foods are a suitable alternative to cooked options for the whole family but invariably it is Mom who pioneers an introduction in an effort to improve her own health. Raw food is undeniably unappetising when presented in its raw state and impossible to digest in a short period of time due the amount of chewing required before it can be swallowed. However, when juiced into a tasty drink, it is easy to consume four or five items of fruits or vegetables within a few minutes.

Taking the raw food option is the first step on the road to recovering a healthy eating regime and often is the starting point for a whole new way of life for women who struggle to find the energy to produce three or four cooked meals per day for a ravenous family. As energy levels and general health improve, it is not long before the lady of the house starts to realise the whole family could be benefiting from this healthy way of eating and begins introducing juiced raw foods to family members of all ages, from the baby on up to Grandpa!

To start a raw food regime, begin by purchasing an efficient juicer.

If you are considering a healthier lifestyle, start with a single gear juicer. I recommend the Samson Juicer from Purely Juicers. If you prefer a twin gear juicer try the Omega Juicer

Koi Garden – Add Color and Life

What makes a Japanese-inspired garden look extremely peaceful? It really boils down to the balance of all the teeming life in a very natural setup. Everything looks organic. At the same time, there are allowances made so that a person can indulge in this scenery without really worrying about “uncontrolled” factors, like those that you can find in the wild. And the best exemplar of this would be a Koi garden. A Koi garden is really a water garden, or pond garden, or even a “goldfish” pond garden. People often call this waterscaping, because the decor is mostly directed into making the watery habitat resemble existing natural creeks and waterways as closely as possible.

People are now finding lots of benefits to installing a Koi garden in their own plots of land. For starters, the sound of running water has always had that soothing effect on people’s nerves. Greenery has a calming effect on the eyes. But it is really the Japanese carp or the Koi that can bring life to the entire waterscape. Koi fish is very easy to take care of. They look wonderful when they cluster in schools, and they provide vibrant colorations on their own. Plus, Koi fish make endearing pets, which can be trained to approach and take food from its human handlers.

If you are thinking about getting your own Koi garden, here are a few elemental things to consider:

1. Your proposed location. A Koi garden can be as small as a small pond, or as expansive as a man-made creek. But the issue of space is really dependent on how much you can give over to your aquatic pet(s). Heating the water may not be necessary since Koi fish thrive very well in colder climates. However, you need to make sure that the location is actually safe enough to keep your aquatic pet(s) in. The pond should have a lip tall enough to keep the fish in. Some Koi species have the natural tendency to breach on land, but diving back into the water is another thing altogether. At the same time, birds, cats, raccoons and other animals might be in the area, and find a smorgasbord of free fish swimming merrily away. You have to make sure that the area is clear and out-of-bounds from marauding freeloaders. Overhanging tree branches may offer a form of natural lattice from flying birds.

Additionally, you need to make sure that your pond has its own filtration system and oxygen supply. This will help keep the water clean, and your fish happy, healthy and whole.

2. Your actual decor. Your Koi garden will not be complete without the greenery within and without the water. Try to find out what plant life can be planted successfully in the pond’s water, without affecting the Koi fish within. Water lilies are usually great additions to water ponds. At the same time, some small shrubs and bushes can be planted along the rim of the pond to bring balance to the entire garden theme. Sand, gravel, small stones and rocks can help complete the look. Of course, large decors favor larger areas. But if you have a small pond, try to consider installing hanging decors instead.

J. Miller is a koi expert. For more great tips on koi care and koi ponds visit http://www.koicares.com

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