Fruits, Veggies, and Other Goodies

 

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It seems like these days, healthy eating has become such a multi-billion-dollar industry that everyone knows what it’s like to get bombarded by ‘The New Health Food!’ ads for Acai whatnot and Goji Berry thingamajig. It’s an unfortunate aspect of our pharmaceutical culture that we’ve learned to look for cures for specific ills, and we treat food the same way. Cranberries for UTIs, carrots for vision problems, prunes for constipation…we’re treating food like it’s medicine, and it’s failing us. We need a new health food regimen.

It’s true that Hippocrates said “Make food your medicine and medicine your food”, but that’s not what he meant. By eating right in general — every day — we prevent far more illnesses than we could ever hope to treat. The point is not to respond to conditions by seeking a super food, it’s to prevent conditions by getting proper nutrition.

Consume a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables while staying within energy needs. Two cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables per day are recommended for a reference 2,000-calorie intake, with higher or lower amounts depending on the calorie level.

Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables each day. In particular, select from all five vegetable subgroups (dark green, orange, legumes, starchy vegetables, and other vegetables) several times a week.

Consume 3 or more ounce-equivalents of whole-grain products per day, with the rest of the recommended grains coming from enriched or whole-grain products. In general, at least half the grains should come from whole grains.

Consume 3 cups per day of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk products.

Organic Goji Berry – Super Health Food

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One of the hot things on the market today is organic goji berries. Of course with being grown organically you will not have the pesticides used on them, and they are better for you.  Himalayan Goji Berry Juice Goji berry as a health food came to the public consciousness in Western countries less than 10 years ago. Marketed in the West mostly as organic Goji berry, this plant belongs to the Solanaceae family that also includes tomato, potato, chili, eggplant, tobacco, pepper and chili. Even as health benefits of Goji berry is a fairly recent phenomenon among Western cultures, the plant has long been among the medicinal and culinary ingredients used in China. Known in China as wolf berry  the plant has already been cited in literature on alternative herbal medicine dating to as far back as the 7th and 16th century.

The fountain of youth is a myth but there is a beverage of recent vintage in the world market that approximates the promise of perennial vitality and well-being. This drink is Goji berry juice extracted from a fruiting vine that thrives in the inhospitable slopes of the Himalayas. The potency of the Goji berry fruit is rooted to ancient cultures whose influence remains pervasive to these modern days.

The fruits of Goji ripen into small, shiny red berries that develop from cone-shaped, light violet flowers. Among the beneficial nutrients said to be present in these berries are proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, amino acids and dietary fibers. As a health food supplement, Goji is marketed as a major ingredient in juices, creams, bars and capsules. Some Goji berries are also sold in their dried or desiccated form making these products appear like shriveled red raisins. These processed Goji tastes slightly sour and sweet with a mild tangy flavor. In traditional Chinese medicine, the berries are taken raw which may help explain why the organic Goji berry cultivation is encouraged in China and in Tibet. Many Asian dishes also contain Goji berries as a garnishing in the foods’ recipes.

Several health benefits that could be derived from Goji fruit have been advanced by food supplement manufacturers. These health benefit claims include the protection of the liver, improvement of the sexual function and fertility, boosting the immune function, improving circulation and promoting longevity. Goji berry is also said to enhance physical performance by increasing stamina and strengthening the legs. Other health food manufacturers promote Goji berry products by saying that these can be useful in preventing age-related eyesight deterioration, relieving menstrual pains, reducing cholesterol levels and addressing treatment of hepatitis and cancer.

In addition to several provinces in China, Goji is also grown in the Himalayas, specifically in Tibet. The growing of Goji berry in accepted standards of organic cultivation is particularly popular in these areas where producers claim that their produce are certified by the Chinese government as passing organically grown food benchmarks.

What Is Raw Food Diet?

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What is a Raw Food Diet?

A raw food diet is one that promotes the consumption of raw foods. Raw foods, including fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, seeds and herbs, are foods eaten in their natural, unprocessed, uncooked state. Okay I’m sure the arguments will come thick and fast about how delicious various dishes are, but the truth is, you educate your taste buds about what to like. If you are accustomed to eating salty spicy food, then natural raw foods taste bland. But if you eat lots of whole, raw, natural foods you come to appreciate the natural flavors of the food even more!  If you eat whole, fresh, ripe, raw foods, digestion is quick and easy, which frees your body from the process of complex digestion which then gives YOU more energy. The concept of needing to have a snooze after a meal becomes a distant memory on the raw food diet.  That sluggish feeling you get after a heavy meal occurs because your body needs to focus all its energy on the task at hand; breaking down this complex cooked meal into the amino acids and sugars that it can actually utilize. Raw fruits and plants contain these sugars and amino acids in their simplest form so they require very little work before they can be utilized by the body. They are the perfect ENERGY food.

Beauty is another answer to the question of why the raw food diet.  Eating raw food will allow you to sculpt the most beautiful you. Whether you won the genetic lottery or not, your true beauty is likely hiding away under puffiness, blotches, acne, cellulite, excess weight, eye bags, wrinkles, varicose veins, broken blood vessels and bloodshot cloudy eyes. Even if you’re still young enough not to have begun to show the degeneration of your body, internally that is exactly what is happening. Wouldn’t you prefer to be regenerating?With the raw food diet you give your body the chance to clear out years of accumulated junk, all those toxins that have been tucked away in your fat cells, in your eye bags, your acne and your blotches. As those toxins clear out, your most beautiful self will be given the chance to shine.  But its not just physical!  The physical part is just a happy side effect.  Another compelling reason for why the raw food diet is the mental clarity and spiritual connectedness you feel. Your memory will improve, along with your concentration and focus.

Since I have gone raw I have made the most life changing decisions effortlessly. I feel so much more in touch with who I truly am and I can no longer do anything BUT live congruently. I must be who I truly am and I must follow my heart. My intuition is growing stronger by the day and I am beginning to feel so in touch! In touch with myself and in tune with my intuition and my life’s purpose. This is the most amazing thing of all.
So why the raw food diet? Why not?

Why the Raw Food Diet?

 

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So why the raw food diet? One of the best explanations I have heard for why we should eat raw, living foods is because they are LIVING! They are actually still alive, their nutrients and enzymes are 100% intact.  If you take fruit for example and put it in your fruit bowl and ignore it for a few days, it will continue to ripen until it spoils.  If you take that same fruit and stew it with some sugar, will it continue to ripen?  Of course not!  But why? Because it is dead. Cooking food effectively kills it. There are plenty of arguments that cooking expresses certain nutrients that would not otherwise be available and that is true.  But for every one nutrient that is expressed through cooking, 10 000 are destroyed!  I prefer to lose one rather than 10 000, wouldn’t you?  Cooking is one of the most nutritionally damaging things we can do to food, and for what? Without artificially spicing and salting it to high heaven, it’s pretty bland.

 

Eating a raw food diet has been around for many years, but only recently has it started to come into popular practice. There are many raw food recipe books on the market now, as well as raw food restaurants. Much information can be found online in the form of support groups, forums, and newsletters. Why Eat a Raw Food Diet?

If you’re reading this article, you may be wondering about the benefits of a raw food diet, right? Well, the benefits of eating more raw foods are numerous and once you understand them you’ll probably wonder why you haven’t eaten more raw in the past. You’ll also think twice about eating dead cooked foods ever again.