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Eating A Plant Based Diet

Eating a plant-based diet, rich in alkalizing foods (and drinks) is one of the most beneficial things we can do for our health. It strengthens our immune system, improves digestion and is imperative in helping rid the body of toxins. Consuming plant-based foods in their natural state, are the most nutrient dense sources and are the most healthy for us. Whole, plant-based foods contain nutrients that synergistically work together to produce a much more powerful effect on our health. According to the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, “Vegetables, fruits, and other plant foods are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients (like vitamins C and E, beta-carotene) that may protect our cells from damage by cancer-causing agents, halting the earliest processes that lead to cancer…they contain thousands of phytochemicals (natural substances in plants) that appear to protect against cancer in a variety of ways. But cancer protection is just one of many potential health benefits of a plant-based diet. Eating an abundance of vegetables, fruits, and other plant foods may protect against heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and birth defects. Soluble fiber from grains and legumes may help lower blood cholesterol. Antioxidants in plant foods may help prevent cataracts, and carotenoids specifically appear to prevent deterioration of the retina of the eye. A plant-based diet can also contribute significantly to reducing obesity, a risk factor for cancer and other diseases.”

In addition to the many internal health benefits of a plant-based diet, reduced weight, increased energy, improved mood and healthier skin, hair and nails are also common results.

Ben Franklin said, “ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

RAWk On!

Benefits of a Raw Foods Lifestyle

What is a raw food lifestyle and diet? A raw and living food diet consists of fresh, preferably organic, uncooked, vegetables, fruits, sea vegetables, raw nuts*, seeds*, legumes*, and grains* in their whole state or as close to their natural state as possible. They are not heated or cooked above 112 degrees Fahrenheit. Heating food beyond 112 F destroys the nutritious enzymes in raw foods. By preventing the enzymes from being destroyed, foods have a higher nutritional value, your immune system is less compromised and you gain overall health benefits. A raw foods diet is essentially a vegan lifestyle. Dairy and animal proteins are avoided in a raw food diet. Although, pure and raw honey is acceptable which is not typically accepted on a vegan diet.

The benefits of eating raw foods are amazing for your BODY, MIND & ENVIRONMENT

*Sprouted or soaked prior to consuming.

 Good For Your Body, Mind, and Environment! 

BODY
  • Raw foods are the best balance of nutrients, water and fiber to meet our bodies needs. A diet rich in raw vegetables, fruits nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains feeds your body and cells with vitamins, minerals and enzymes necessary for good health/increased immune system, thus prevention of sickness and disease.
  • Eating raw foods especially, dark leafy greens and vegetables help restore the body to a balanced pH.  A balanced pH is essential to keeping our bodies healthy.  Disease cannot survive in a pH balanced body. Balanced pH leads to healing inflammation in the body on forms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, back and joint pain, asthma/allergies, candida.

  • A raw foods diet is one of the best forms of natural detoxification. Fiber and antioxidants help rid the body of toxins and free radicals. Digestion and elimination is regulated and when that is in harmony everything else is too. Weight normalization/loss, and increased energy and stamina is result because your body is working in conjunction with your foods in the most efficient way.
  • Anti-Aging (inside and out!): Raw foods are loaded with phtyochemicals (antioxidants) which prevent cell damage, chronic inflammation and have anti aging properties. Eating a diet rich in a rainbow of raw foods will often result in skin becoming more vibrant, firm and glowing!
MIND

What we eat plays an important role in how we feel. Eating raw foods is a natural form of detoxification not just for the body but for the mind. When you nourish your body, your mind benefits greatly too. Increased focus, concentration, creativity, and joy are results.

It is a scientific fact that deficiencies in some essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients can lead to symptoms associated with stress, mood swings, depression and behavioral problems. Unless you replenish your nutrients on a consistent basis, your stress symptoms will continue for longer than normal.

Interesting fact: In the 1960’s when there was a boom of processed, refined, nutritionally deficient foods there was a significant rise in mood disorders.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, deficiencies in: 

  • B vitamins can cause poor concentration & memory, depression, irritability, stress, confusion
  • Folic acid: anxiety, depression
  • Magnesium: anxiety, depression, irritability, stress, insomnia
  • Vitamin C: depression
  • Selenium: depression; irritability
  • Zinc: depression, confusion, blank mind, lack of motivation, loss of appetite
  • Selenium: depression; irritability
  • Zinc: depression, confusion, blank mind, lack of motivation, loss of appetite
  • Omega 3: depression, poor memory
  • Tryptophan: depression

Raw Foods For Good Mood:

  • Walnuts (magnesium, omega 3, tryptophan, zinc) 
  • Pumpkin Seeds (magnesium, omega 3, zinc)         
  • Sunflower seeds (magnesium, omega 3, selenium, zinc) 
  • Sesame seeds (calcium, magnesium, tryptophan)   
  • Cashews (tryptophan) precursor to serotonin feel good chemicals
  • Kelp (calcium, omega 3, protein, zinc, magnesium)
  • Garlic and Brazil nuts (selenium)
  • Peppers & Broccoli (Vitamins B1, 3, 5, 6, Vitamin C, Magnesium)
  • Spinach/dark leafy greens (Folic acid) 
  • Avocados (essential fatty acids, tryptophan, folic acid)           
  • Bananas (Vitamin B6, tryptophan)          
  • Oranges & Strawberries (Vitamin C)
ENVIRONMENT

A raw foods diet is essentially a vegan diet (which no animal products are used) so it is shown to be better for the environment. PETA has a great read.

Whenever you can, choose organic! Green2Care (one of my favorite sites) has 15 great reasons to go organic. Check it out.

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