Newsletter From BeautifulOnRaw, December 2011
- The Raw Food Lifestyle: Real Life Examples
- A New Look at Concentrated Nutrients
- FREE Recipes and New Blog Articles!
- When you Have Doubts...
- This Month's Reader Appreciation Raffle Winners Are...
The Raw Food Lifestyle: Real Life Examples
I encounter some people who tell me they've "tried" the raw food diet and failed --though I always wonder how much effort "trying" really encompasses. "Can't be done!" they say. It ain't easy, I'll agree. But it can be done. And has been done--with real success--by some pretty neat people.
In my November newsletter, I invited successful long-term raw foodists to join in a study led by a gerontologist, Dr. Luigi Fontana. We received more than 30 responses to participate in this raw food study from people practicing the raw food lifestyle, ranging from three to up to twenty-four years and LOVING it.
However, due to the stringent requirements only twelve people qualified. Still, two great totals, given that long-term raw foodists are rare. I was elated reading their inspiring emails.
The volunteers were asked to provide Dr. Fontana with a description of their daily raw food regimen. Even though the basics are the same, we marvel at their creativity.
Eating a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds is pretty much the foundation for any raw foodist's success, and these formed the bulk of our respondents' dietary content. The variety was also impressive. Some people include sprouts, fermented foods, and seaweed, but these don't appear on everyone's menu. Said one 24-years-on-raw veteran:
My diet consists of lots of fresh fruit, large quantities of raw vegetables, and some nuts and seeds. No oil, nothing refined, almost none (maybe twice a year) "gourmet" raw food, very little added salt.
Of the 12 volunteers screened into the study, all but one include some "superfoods" in their regimens. Over half of those who include superfoods or supplements also take Vitamin B complex or B12 in some form. Two people said they do consume dehydrated foods, while the others do not. Three people watch their intake of fat very closely, eating only minimal amounts of oil, or none at all:
I have been completely raw for over 9 years. My diet consists of organic fruits and veggies, very little fats (mostly in the form of a few nuts and ground flax seeds daily, infrequently a few seeds, and even more infrequently minimal olive oil).
This person also noted that on a daily basis she uses Hallelujah Acres Barley Max brand--an organic barley and alfalfa mix--and LifeGive brand Chlorella.
One person focuses on instinctive eating with a "mono" diet--one fruit or vegetable at a time, no mixing or blending.
Diet isn't everything. In order to succeed long-term with a raw vegan diet, or good health in general, exercise is a must:
I have been living raw, 100% for eight years and still going strong. I've been physically active most of my life, some years to the extreme and some years at a more leisurely pace.
Not everyone in the study gave details about exercise. But two people noted that they follow an intense exercise routine, including running marathons and doing Bikram yoga.
Dietary variety is plentiful across the group. Some take seaweed or sea vegetables, some not. Olive oil is the preference for many who consume oil, chia for others. Some take a short and particular list of herbs and supplements, while others vary and experiment a bit. Some eschew vitamins in supplement form altogether, while others take the Bs and some D.
One goes for sprouted buckwheat and occasional dandelions. Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries appear on several lists, goji berries on one. Smoothies for breakfast...raw soup for lunch...salad for supper--"a very large salad," one emphasized--seems to be a common pattern. A few of the less common inclusions: blue-green algae...calcium bentonite clay...nutritional yeast...sauerkraut...an avocado a day...pink Himalayan salt...bee pollen...
I hope these examples will encourage you as you are making your New Year's resolutions to get to the next level on your health journey.
In my Raw Food and Hot Yoga, you'll find more information and ideas on how to find your own path, discovering experimentally what works best for you. In doing this, you will become your own raw guru and set yourself up for success--for life!
A New Look at Concentrated Nutrients
"nutritionally packed" combos, it not only didn't help to delay aging but also had a negative effect on longevity. Read more in Vitamins Can Shorten Your Life!
When I hear about studies like this, I barely can resist saying: I told you so. These scientific studies make perfect sense. For a detailed explanation read Quantum Eating.
FREE Recipes and New Blog Articles!December 2011 Rawsome Recipes!
Hang on to your stocking caps, because December doesn't disappoint when it comes to delicious raw produce to keep you creative and satisfied all month. There are a surprising number of fruits available in December including persimmons, tangerines, grapefruit and pomegranates. You will also find an assortment of nuts and of course, the omnipresent and omni-important leafy greens...Click here for the recipes!
Myths About Cosmetic Preservatives
We all get concerned when we see a chemical-sounding name among ingredients in our cosmetics. Since I have been eating raw foods without anything added to them for the last fourteen years, when creating my own cosmetics, I wanted them to be as pure as possible. Preservatives in particular became a focus of my most scrupulous investigation...Continue reading Preservatives Myths...
Raw Food Testimonials Nov/Oct 2011
Hello Tonya, I just wanted to say I love the new face cream; I also loved the old one which seemed a bit lighter. I like the new one better and like the fact it has more sea buckthorn oil in it. Maybe offer both formulas, one day and one night cream. They both smell wonderful. I have really oily skin and both work well for me. I am also 50 years old and the new formula seems to be doing the trick for around the eyes. I am also about 80% raw food...Continue reading the Testimonials...
Vitamins Can Shorten Your Life!
They're good for you...that is until they're bad. You don't have to look far these days to find nutrition science changing its mind right and left. Oat bran is good for you, they tell us, and it's a "must," plastered across every cereal box. Next thing you know, they've discovered it's not such a great idea...Continue reading Vitamins...
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