Living, raw food doesn't have to be boring! It can be stimulating, exciting, sensual and delicious! When you shift to a raw diet, you will begin to experience life in a whole new way! Raw foods have exceptional affects on both your health, happiness and appearance. When you consume foods that are living, that life energy fuels your body, mind and soul in ways that you can not imagine until you experience it for yourself!
When I first went raw, I craved a lot of sweet treats, but as time when on, these cravings faded and I began desiring living foods that I had never craved before. Once I turned on this primitive desire and healed my body and mind from the standard American diet (SAD diet), I could feel myself changing. I felt a sense of peace and well-being while creating and consuming living foods. I was feeding a part of myself that I had never fed before and I truly feel like it changed my entire physical make-up. I don't know if everyone choosing to go raw will have this profound experience, but I know that I feel like I am more "myself" than I have ever been before.
After changing my diet, I lost weight, my skin became clear, and so did my mind. I felt like becoming raw gave me a upgrade in who I was, and what I was capable of. It felt like my "secret weapon" in a way! I have written a book, written articles for magazines and blogs and have completed many projects with joy and ease, and I know it is directly linked to my shift in nutrition.
I am so grateful that I listened to my heart and made this choice, no matter how drastic or strange as it may seem to some. If you would have told me ever a year ago that I would be eating primarily raw foods, I would have laughed at you! I have never been a vegan, or even a vegetarian at any point in my life! I literally went from a standard American diet, to a high raw vegan - almost overnight, and I will never look back!
Here are some of the delicious, high-vibe, living foods that I have enjoyed over the last six months. I have made these myself, from recipes online, from raw cookbooks, and also just from instinct. I have never been a very good cook, or even enjoyed cooking to be honest. Becoming raw has ignited a fire within me! It is a passion and outlet for my new, fierce creation in the kitchen. I look forward to sharing my journey and maybe even inspiring you to upgrade your life with living, raw foods!
Raw Banana, Berry Pancakes
Raw Flax Seed Crackers with Avocado and Tomato
Raw Vegetable Sushi with Raw Peanut Sauce
Raw Food Benefits — 7 Benefits of a Raw Food Diet
Raw Food Benefit #1: More Energy
One of the biggest raw food benefits is having more energy and feeling younger. Raw food contains simple sugars, enzymes, nutrients, and minerals that our bodies need in an easily digestible form. Since less energy is needed for digestion, you have more energy available for other tasks—such as working, playing, exercise, or anything else you want to do. Which brings us to raw food benefit number two…
Raw Food Benefit #2: Easier & Faster Digestion
Raw foods contain living enzymes that help your body digest food quickly and easily. These enzymes are destroyed when food is cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. When you eat a big cooked meal, a large amount of energy is required to digest the meal. This explains why you feel tired and sleepy after a big Thanksgiving dinner (or any large cooked-food meal). With raw food, digestion & elimination are quick and easy.
Raw Food Benefit #3: Lots of Fiber and Naturally Detoxes Your Body
Raw food assists in naturally detoxing your body. When you eat plenty of raw foods, you’re getting lots of fiber, allowing your body to release mucus, toxins, and accumulated waste. When you eat clean food (fresh fruits and veggies), your body can focus on detoxing—instead of having to focus on digesting unhealthy, artificially processed, dead, and packaged foods. Good health requires good elimination—and fiber assists in that process.
Raw Food Benefit #4: Rapid Weight Loss
Another fantastic benefit is raw food weight loss. When you eat a raw food diet, you’ll probably lose weight. Why? Because raw food is pure – it doesn’t contain junk food, harmful additives, hydrogenated oils, or lots of empty calories. Raw food provides maximum nutrition for minimum calories. Plus, fruits and veggies are naturally low in fat.
Raw Food Benefit #5: More Nutritional Value than Cooked Foods
Foods cooked above 118F° will lose enzymes, nutrients, minerals and vitamins. You can compare the energy that surrounds living food to the energy that surrounds cooked/dead food using Kirlian photography. Living foods have more energy, which can be seen with Kirlian photography.
Raw Food Benefit #6: Feeling More Rested & Possibly Needing Less Sleep
Among other raw food benefits, you might experience the need for less sleep. When we eat large amounts of cooked food, the energy required for digestion taxes our bodies. As a result, we need to sleep more to recover. Many people report feeling more rested, and needing less sleep on a raw food diet.
Raw Food Benefit #7: Anti-Aging Benefits
Raw food contains anti-oxidants, which play a big role in reducing the signs of aging. Researchers have concluded that free radical damage causes oxidation — and this is the central process of aging.
Free radicals are created as a side-effect of natural metabolism. They are also caused by drugs, environmental poisons and pollutants. The antioxidants and micronutrients in raw foods (fresh fruits & vegetables) reduce free radical damage, and help prevent the signs of aging.
Here are some more of the delicious foods that
I have enjoyed since becoming Raw!
Raw, Berry Cheesecake
Raw Chocolate Fudge
Raw Onion Rings!! Yes... you read that right!
Raw Stuffed Tomato and Mushrooms
Raw Zucchini and Summer Squash with Raw Garlic Aioli Mayo
My favorite Lunch! Romaine Wraps with Raw Hummus, veggies and apples
Raw, Sprouted Quinoa, Spinach, Mushrooms and Tomatoes
Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding
Raw Raspberry Pina Colada
Raw Mac and Cheese
Raw Spicy Dill Pickles
Raw Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Fennel and Orange Salad and Raw Creamy Tomato Soup
All photos by Joe Martin, my hot, raw husband!
Visit Joe at Joe Martin Photography
or at our home business, Willow Toys!