Detox

Getting to Grips with Raw Plant-based Clean Eating...

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It’s simple really, imagine a long crisp leaf of iceberg lettuce, filled with a savoury sprouted grain pate, and topped with sliced radishes & cucumber, with a handful of chia sprouts and perhaps a couple of slices of avocado, or maybe your favourite creamy raw dressing! Yes, you’ve got it!

That’s it, there’s no meat, no fish, wheat, gluten, dairy or genetically modified (gmo) food. This is the raw food model of clean eating, it’s about eating green, non-processed, natural, freshly made, organic, plant-based, raw, living, 'real' whole vegan food.

A plant-based diet is one that consists of foods that come from plants. Food in its original, fresh, ripe, raw and unadulterated state contains naturally occurring enzymes which aid in digestion.

For most people on the planet, our first experience of raw living foods was provided through our mother’s milk. The immeasurable health value of breast milk is because it is a “human-specific” pre-digested food, designed especially to nourish our young.

Some groups may want to convince you that raw clean eating is a fad diet, but they probably know very little about it and may be either mis-informed or even uninformed. There are numerous testimonials and scientific studies clearly outlining the benefits to be gained from making the choice for plant-based veganism!

The most important thing to note about eating clean, raw, plant-based vegan food, is that it is a way of life and NOT a diet!

It’s important to know that cooking (heating) denatures food. Lifegiving and healing nutrients are heat sensitive. On average, the cooking process destroys 50% of the minerals and fiber, 75% of the protein and vitamins and 100% of the hormones, oxygen, phytonutrients and enzymes in food. Cooking also renders food toxic by creating free radicals through a process call glycation.

As long as you eat a diverse range of raw plant-based whole foods, you will be able cover most your nutritional bases.

If you have experienced regular bloating, gas, digestive discomfort, constipation, irritability, allergies etc. clean eating can help you with these health symptoms as they have for me.
I have found that in following a clean, raw, plant-based diet, there has been a great improvement with my digestive issues, resulting in my increased energy levels and which has of course contributed to a more positive mind-set. Raw plant-based foods also help to alkalise the body, reduce acidity and have less chance of fermenting in the gut and causing inflammation or other related autoimmune reactions.

The best “nourishment creates strength and the more aware we are of our own nutritional needs, the stronger we will become.

When your are beginning the raw plant-based food lifestyle yo,u may be wondering where your essential nutrients will come from.

Importantly, in order to properly nourish your body, you will need to create meals from scratch, while eliminating inflammatory foods, like refined salt and sugar, alcohol, processed food, bread and canned food. This is a preventative approach to health and wellbeing. Raw plant-based food diets mostly supply more nutrients because they supply some nutrients and proteins very simply and easily. You can eat more raw plant-based foods in a balanced way by following these simple steps (below). In addition, raw plant-based food diets sometimes include a few lightly cooked veggies.

It is essential to eat a richly diverse, clean, raw plant-based diet that include:

  • probiotic foods
  • sea vegetables
  • fermented foods
  • sprouted seed and grains
  • soaked nuts and seeds
  • organic fruit and vegetables
  • cold-pressed juices
  • cold-pressed oils
  • healthy fats
  • herbs and spices

These foods will provide you with most of the essential nutrients your body needs, like protein, calcium, minerals, vitamins and ........... At each meal, plan around a large main salad, a small amount of lightly cooked veggies can also be added if required.

Some time ago, it was believed that vitamin B12 supplements were essential for old people, but new studies have shown that they are essential for every age group. You should therefore add a good quality, non-syntheic vitamin B12 suppliment to your clean eating dietary strategy.

Raw fruits and vegetables can be hard to digest for some people lacking certain enzymes or digestive capabilities and because they’re high fiber diets. If this is the case for you, try adding probiotics and digestive enzymes supplements to your diet to support this process. Essentially, it is also important to thoroughly chew your food before swallowing to support your digestive process more fully.

Simple Tips to Apply at Home
Use these tips to introduce your family to the power of a raw, whole, plant-based food diet:

  • Clean out your kitchen of anything that is in a bottle, can, bag, box, or jar that does not have to be refrigerated. 
  • Read the labels, any food products that have artificial preservatives added, and has a long expiration date should also go, along with any animal products, junk food, processed food, soda, sweets, coffee, cooked food, sweets/candy, biscuits/cookies etc. These are inflammatory foods.
  • Learn how to make delicious raw vegan recipes. You can attend local classes, or you can try out the recipes in Sistahintheraw’s free downloads, on the website or in the Love Your Body Clean Eating programme.
  • Based upon the new raw vegan recipes you like the best and want to practice more, stock up your larder and refrigerator with fresh, whole, ripe, raw, organic produce, nuts, seeds, and herbs.
  • Drink plenty of clean water, along green juice and wheatgrass daily: see my Creating Wellness One Green Juice at a Time blog.
  • Implement proper food combining: Combining foods properly is key for optimal health and aids in digestion. 
  • Share a big, fresh salad as the “main course” of every meal. Learn how to make delicious, healthy homemade salad dressings from my recipe e-books.
  • Learn how to grow your own sprouts at home! It is easy, economical, and fun! Kids love to get involved in sprouting. And, you are feeding yourself and your family the most nutritious food on the planet.

One last point, take your time and don't rush into change, some studies have shown that it can be challenging to maintain lifestyle changes without adapting the foundation needed to make an on-going commitment to them. 

Want to Know More?

Resource and Research:
http://hippocratesinst.org/chlorophyll
http://hippocratesinst.org/gluten-and-inflammation
http://hippocratesinst.org/science/vitamin-b12-supplementation
http://hippocratesinst.org/health-family-and-plant-based-food
http://hippocratesinst.org/5-important-nutrients-for-vegan-athletes-or-anyone
http://hippocratesinst.org/power-nutrients

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Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. This website does not provide medical advice. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. The products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications and medical conditions. 

 

Blending and Juicing



What is the difference between blending and juicing? This is a question that I get asked all the time.

Blenders retain everything from the physical ingredients. 
They take the entire fiber and pulp and blend it all together, all of which is consumed together, usually as a smoothie, but also as soups etc..

Juicers separate the pulp from the juice and you drink the juice only. 
The process of extracting the liquid content of whole foods through a special juicing machine, means that the fiber is then discarded. Pressing fruit for it's juice has a long history, particularly for winemaking, dating back centuries.

When you juice green vegetables, you liberate the chlorophyll and your body immediately absorbs it. Chlorophyll is a detoxifier, deodorant and is an incredible healer of inner and topical inflammation and wounds. The chlorophyll enriches your blood. It is centered on magnesium and our blood is centered on iron. Juices provide you with loads of energy, but try to drink your fresh juice as soon as possible for it's full nutritional benefits.

You need to be careful to use simple juices if you are on a lot of medication. If you are very sick, you will may release toxins very quickly. This will happen in the form of bowel movements, perspiration etc.  Sometimes your liver dumps a lot of toxins. Chlorophyll is a neutralizer of toxins and can often deal with anything you have. It is good for many conditions, you will need to check your status with your qualified health practitioner.

However, it's no secret that antioxidants can support the healthy function of your body's tissues, plus green juices are an amazing high protein, nutrient rich food that enhances your body's cellular structure and acts as a detoxifier.

In the blending process, 90% of the nutrients are destroyed within the first minute and a half of blending! Plus you may also struggle to digest these combined foods, which is not the case with green vegetable juices.

The best green juice recipe from The Hippocrates Health Institute.

The best green juice recipe from The Hippocrates Health Institute.

BASIC RULES

Food Combining

It’s best not to combine fruits and vegetables (unless it’s apple), as this can affect how well your digestive enzymes function. Yes!
"Vegetables like carrots, beetroots, broccoli and zucchini don’t combine well with fruit due to their high starch content. In his book Food Combining Made Easy, Dr. Herbert Shelton explains that starchy foods have to be eaten alone because starches are digested with enzymes different from those used for any other food group. Combining starchy foods with fruit may cause fermentation and gas. However, Dr. Shelton found that green leafy veggies combine well with pretty much everything." (Ref: Food Matters)

Invest in the best equipment you can afford
Cheaper juicers and blenders introduce heat and oxygen that destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fresh vegetables and fruit Masticating or cold press juicers, while more expensive, will last longer and are gentler on your fresh produce.

A good way to think about making your investment, is to ask yourself this: if you can afford expensive gadgets, wonderful travel or up-to-date designer clothing or jewellery, ask yourself which investment is better for your health? "Let your most valuable investment this season go to some authentic self care that will leave you enjoying a better today and tomorrow." 

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Do comment below with your experiences relating to juicing and/or blending.
Good or not so good? Every experience is a learning experience towards more health and wellness.

Check out the juicing recipes in the FREE 1-Day Juice Fast download and watch out for Sistahintheraw's Juice Club.

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE?
You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Anita McKenzie, is a Raw Soul Food and Holistic Health Lifestyle Mentor, she is founder of the brand "Sistahintheraw" and "Raw Soul Food" and a leading authority on Raw Food Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make healthier choices, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Sistahintheraw now at: www.sistahintheraw.com

Medical Disclaimer
Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. This website does not provide medical advice. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. The products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications and medical conditions. 

 

 

My Epic 24 Hour Detox That Yields Awesome Results

If you’ve been feeling bloated, then you know more than anyone that you need to cleanse the junk from your body. It’s not always easy picking which path to take to cleanse your body for the results you want. But, I’ve made it super easy with my Epic 24 Hour Detox.

I don’t believe in deprivation, so you will not feel deprived in any way. In fact, you’ll feel quite the opposite.

The reality is, no matter how clean we eat, we live in a very toxic world. Before we even open our mouths to take a bite of food, we are exposed to vehicular and industrial pollution in the air and toxins in our cleaning products and cosmetics. Not to mention the havoc wreaked on the body by stress. So, the question is not ‘am I toxic?’ but rather ‘how toxic am I?’

Ready to eliminate those toxins that cause weight gain, brain fog, loss of sleep, loss of mental clarity, and fatigue?


Here’s my Epic 24 Hour Detox:

Upon Waking Drink:
Morning Lemon Elixir-
1 cup warm or room temp water
Juice from 1 lemon
Pinch of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon raw honey OR a couple of drops of stevia

Breakfast:
Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Bliss-
1 cup unsweetened almond/coconut/hemp or rice milk
½ cup frozen or fresh, organic wild blueberries
½ cup spinach
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon flax meal or chia seeds
Pinch of cinnamon
Stevia or raw honey to sweeten
Ice (optional)

Snack:
10 almonds and 1 apple

Lunch:
Mixed Salad-
2 cups mixed greens or spinach, chopped
½ cup carrot, chopped
½ cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup artichokes (BPA free, canned in water)
1 avocado, cubed
¼ cup hemp seeds or seed of your choice
Handful parsley, chopped
Handful basil, chopped

Chop vegetables and mix in a large bowl. Top your salad with avocado and hemp seeds. Drizzle with dressing of choice.

Snack: 
½ avocado w/ tomato & sea salt

Dinner:
Carrot Ginger Soup-
4 cups chopped carrots
6 cups bone broth or water
1 medium onion, minced
2-inch nub ginger root, peeled and grated
Sea salt to taste
Dash nutmeg
Chopped fresh parsley, dill, or cilantro

Put carrots, ginger, and onion in a pot with broth. Bring to boil then cover and reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and put everything in a blender or food processor to purée. Serve hot topped with fresh herbs.

Evening:
Early Evening Immune Boosting Ginger Elixir
1 cup warm or room temp water
Juice from ½ lemon
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or 1 tablespoon if tolerated
1 teaspoon raw honey or stevia

Bring the water and ginger to a boil, and then lower flame. Add the lemon and keep at a low simmer for a few minutes. Then pour into a mug & nourish your body.


If you’ve loved this mini detox and want to find more about my detox programs, then click here for the 'programmes and products' page to join my next Clean Eating Detox Program to maximize your results.