Perhaps you've tried going totally raw. It went fine for a little while. But you couldn't stick with it. Setbacks result from many causes. Some are physical: digestive trouble...overly rapid weight loss...nutrient deficiencies...lack of energy. Some are psychological: emotional attachment to cooked food, cultural and social pressure.
I'm nobody special. I was raised on cooked food. My mom was a chocolatier, and-no surprise-I was a sugar addict. Yet this is my sixteenth year on 100% raw. Over the course of these years, I've watched people wander into the world of raw, some staying, but others leaving. I've longed to figure out a way to help every newcomer become successful. I think I may have found the answer...
Recently, I have been working on my old elbow injury to increase range of motion with a therapist. He is an exceptionally healthy 63 year-old individual. I'm always curious about the lifestyles of very healthy people. My therapist's secret? No, not raw foods-he eats a regular diet. But there's one thing that sets him apart from the vast majority: a thorough chewing of each bite of food. On my lecture tours I've met several people who were avid believers in chewing. All attribute their good health, in significant part, to this simple practice.
You might be thinking: That's no big deal. Not news. We've heard it many times. But here's what I'm saying: Practice. Just "knowing," doesn't do anything.
I invite you...step into your kitchen right now. Grab an apple, a salad, any food you enjoy. Take a bite. Chew it as you usually do, only count the number of times you chew each bite before it disappears down your throat. Unless you have been practicing mindful eating, the numbers are usually surprisingly low-one or two times for liquids, five or six times for solids.
To maintain your youth, to stay “evergreen”…you need chlorophyll! Tonya Zavasta, 55
One of the truly amazing stories validating the importance of chewing comes from Antonio Stanchich, a Nazi concentration camp prisoner who survived cold, hunger and extremely hard labor thanks to thoroughly chewing his meager rations of food. Antonio even chewed the cold water he was given. Years later, his son Lino Stanchich described his father's experience in his best-selling book, Power Eating Program: You Are How You Eat.
Could proper chewing be the missing link to raw food success, to curing deficiencies in B12 and Vitamin D, to needed weight loss or weight gain, to ending intestinal gas, indigestion, and cravings? I wholeheartedly believe it may well be. Read my article Chewing Guide to Raw Food Success
Beautiful On Raw Just Turned Ten!
We at Beautiful On Raw are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our first appearance on the net. Throughout these ten years, the research has never ceased, as we have searched high and low for the most effective tools and tips, the latest news, the most current and urgent health updates. My deepest gratitude goes to my most capable and caring assistants, who have been helping me serve my readers better: Penny Budinsky, Kelli Haines and Natalya Richter.
Whether you have been with me since the get-go or you joined us just recently, we'd would love to hear from you. How has Beautiful on Raw helped you? Was it our straightforward advice that's worked for you? Or was it something incidental, unexpected? What's your testimonial? Write in, won't you, and tell us?
To celebrate this occasion, we are offering a special deal for the next 48 hours! With every purchase of $100 or more, we will include a FREE bottle of our NEW Gentle Facial Cleanser. Note: Even if you don't see the Cleanser in your order confirmation, rest assured we'll add it to your order, and see that you receive it--if you place your order of $100 or more (not including shipping) before 11:59pm May 8th, 2013!
If you are looking for a way to use chia seeds in recipes, then fruit pudding is one of the best. Pre-soaking the seeds will ensure the gelatinous texture necessary to achieve the pudding-type consistency. For extra creaminess, add an avocado. Use any fruit that's in season - you can't go wrong with this recipe!
America's favorite pie is climbing up a few notches on the health scale. Sugar-free, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, casein-free, and cooking-free! What better way to introduce your family and friends to raw foods?
Some argue against facial massage, facial exercise and especially against dry-brushing, on the ground that facial skin is extra-sensitive. A better way to state the truth: Facial skin is different. Check it out: Under a microscope, you'll see the cells making up the top layer of the face are generally smaller than skin cells.
How do some manage to stick with the raw lifestyle for the long-term? And why do others revert, even after initial considerable success? Just eating raw, I believe, is not quite enough to achieve optimal health. How you eat is equally important.
This Month's Winners
Again this month, we have 3 new winners of our Customer Appreciation Raffle!
Every month we choose three winners at random from our email list, whose names and partial email addresses will appear in the newsletter. This month, our winners are:
NameEmailDate Added to Our List
Monika akin....@hotmail 12/15/12
Cindy aggie......@hotmail 10/30/11
Raine raine.......@yahoo 08/02/10
If you are one of this month's winners, choose one from the following three items to receive as a FREE gift: