Raw Food- Better than you think!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty- Red Stick Partners

‘Raw foodism' or  ‘rawism' is a lifestyle which promotes the consumption of uncooked and unprocessed foods as a large percentage of a person's diet (usually 75%).  This can sometimes mean raw foodists do not eat eggs and milk but others eat meat and fish (if it's raw).  It depends on the lifestyle and results desired.  Raw food is considered in the raw when it is not brought up to any temperature past 116 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Why eat raw food?  It has been scientifically proven that cooking not only destroys nutrition, enzymes, vitamins, but chemically changes foods from the substances needed for health into free-radicals and poisons that destroy your health!  When a food is not cooked it retains enzymes and valuable nutrients that help in breaking down and absorbing food and nutrients. 

Some of the benefits are raw food are:  stronger immune system making you more resistant to disease and allergies, more energy & strength, helps to heal chronic diseases such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, asthma, high blood pressure, etc., great for losing weight (you're not eating oreos and fried foods!) and maintaining your natural, healthy weight, clearer skin, and you look healthier!

Now that you know the health benefits go ahead and try out some of the following tasty recipes!:

Cream of Asparagus Soup
1 bunch of asparagus
3 stalks celery
1/2 small onion
1 1/2-2 avocados
1 cup water
6 sprigs organic parsley
2 tsp. tomatillo powder
kelp or Nori to taste
Blend until creamy. If not creamy enough, add 1/2 small avocado and blend.

 

"Spaghetti" and Tomato Sauce
To make sauce, blend in blender or Vita-Mix:
6 medium totmatoes
3-4 Tbs. tomato powder or all-purpose seasoning
2 tsp. jicama powder (optional)
1 tsp. beet powder (optional)
 Italian seasoning
Onion and/or garlic or kelp to taste
To make "spaghetti":
Grate gold zucchini or butternut squash lengthwise. pour sauce (ingredients above) over "spaghetti" and mix together. Minced, grated cauliflower can be added to give a taste and feel of grated cheese.

 

 Dreamsicle Smoothie
Milk and meat of young Thai coconut
2 frozen bananas
3 dates
juice of a ripe navel orange (just hand squeezed straight from orange into blender)
1 Tbl honey
1 tsp vanilla
icePlace all ingredients, except ice, in blender and blend til smooth! Add ice cubes gradually until desired consistency reached. 

 

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

14+ Button Mushrooms (washed and stemmed)

Stuffing:
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 cups basil
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Place mushroom caps top side down on a plate
Blend all stuffing ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
Scoop a small amount of stuffing into each mushroom cap.
Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 5-6 hours, or until soft.

 

For additional information on a raw food lifestyle & recipes:

Rawfoodlife.com

Living-Foods.com

Goneraw.com

Fromsadtoraw.com

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Ray Henderson
Weichert Realtors' Northeast Group - Saratoga Springs, NY

I don't think the raw food thing is for me, especially if it included meat or fish. I could do the vegetables but not on a long term basis.

Jul 31, 2008 08:07 AM #1
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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi Toni,  We try to eat at least one raw food each day.  Certainly doesn't meet the 75 % mark but we enjoy it.

Jul 31, 2008 08:13 AM #2
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Katerina Gasset
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Toni- Raw foods, no meat and no dairy, is the only diet known that will prevent cancer and also get rid of cancer when you get it. We have a healing center here in WPB and they heal all terminal patients with their raw foods along of course with yoga and other therapies. You go for 3 weeks and learn how to eat the raw food diet and take out meat and dairy and breads, etc. Amazing stuff I have seen right in front of my face!

Thank you so much for the recipes. Do you have more? Email me!

Jul 31, 2008 08:21 AM #3
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Carole Lhuillier
Keller Williams Realty SunCoast - Saint Pete Beach, FL
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Thanks for sharing.

 

Best of luck in growing your business.

Carole Lhuillier

Our Home Team

Jul 31, 2008 09:07 AM #4
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Toni, I am so on board with your suggestion of eating raw food. Carrots alone are much better raw. Great idea to promote and thanks very much for raising the level of awareness for everyone!!!

Jul 31, 2008 10:30 AM #5
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Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Toni... I actually did a lot of reading about this a few years ago.  Everything you menton about the benefits is true, but I remember reading many articles that said that many people who tried this dietary approach found it VERY difficult to stick with for any length of time and that one of the most common reasons was the limited options for eating outside the home.  Interesting post, thanks for sharing it!

Jul 31, 2008 12:28 PM #6
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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
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I too like to eat a lot of raw food and mostly vegetables. The problem is when there is ice cream around :-)

Your friend in Charlottesville!

Jul 31, 2008 01:09 PM #7
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Toni House
Keller Williams Realty- Red Stick Partners - Baton Rouge, LA
Realtor, Baton Rouge Real Estate Expert

Ray- Just a little bit can help!  And I do not include fish or meat... except for the occasional sushi outing! 

Bill- It's one step healthier! Keep it up!

Katerina & Nestor- Thanks so much for the comment!  It is amazing what a better diet can do for you and the power of raw foods!  I was just introduced earlier this year to it and although there's not many people into a raw diet here in Baton Rouge but I'm trying to form a group to do a Baton Rouge Raw Food Workshop!  And I will definitely send you some recipes!

Carole- Thank you so much and I wish the same for you!

 

Aug 06, 2008 10:08 AM #8
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Toni House
Keller Williams Realty- Red Stick Partners - Baton Rouge, LA
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Gary- It is surprising once you start trying raw food how much better things taste! 

Steve- That is definitely true, in this day and age where less and less meals are cooked at home and people opt to go out to eat in some places it is difficult to find restaurants that serve raw food.  This is something I'm having to deal with in Baton Rouge.  So I try to stock up at Whole Foods as much as I can and prepare food at home. 

Charles- haha!  I do have a GREAT ice cream recipe that I received from a raw picnic in New Orleans!  You'd be surprised!

Aug 06, 2008 10:12 AM #9
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