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Can You Go Raw?

How to live a living-food lifestyle.
Jenny  Ross
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Jul 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Whether you’re looking to move into a more energetic space, restore overall wellness, achieve a vibrant lifestyle, or find alternatives to processed foods and their associated health conditions (ulcers, indigestion, headaches, chronic fatigue, and depression have all been linked to diet), living foods could prove to be a very viable option for you . . . and even serve to heal you completely.

Trying the living-foods lifestyle, even if for only one day or one meal a week, will start to give you an idea of what is possible. Keep in mind that this is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Choosing to add even one more component of living nutrition to your daily eating plan will begin the process. The best choice you can make for the health of your body and mind is to take control of your diet one bite at a time. Go back to the basics of health, and add in more of the good stuff.

Here are 10 ways you can incorporate living foods into your daily diet:

Supergreen smoothies: Start your day with a delicious smoothie blended with fresh fruit, greens, and superfoods!

Salads: Have a salad with every meal. Fresh greens aid digestion and provide chlorophyll to help break down the proteins in the food you eat.

Vivacious wraps: Collard greens, red chard, and romaine lettuces can all be wrapped around fresh vegetables, hummus, guacamole, and more. This is a nice alternative to a salad.

Superfoods = super you!: There are several raw superfoods available as supplements. Add these vital nutrients to salads, sandwiches, pastas, and wraps. Because much produce is cultivated in depleted soils, adding the vitamins and minerals from superfoods can help remedy basic health concerns such as low hormone levels, chronic fatigue, concentration issues, an unbalanced metabolism, and arthritis. These are all attributed to demineralization in the body.

Juices: Especially for people with busy schedules, fresh juices can be a lifesaver. Apple, orange, and pineapple juices hold their enzyme content throughout the day and act as preservatives in fruit and vegetable blends. Sip on an apple-lemon-ginger blast and feel the amazing energy (it really is better than coffee!).

Dark, leafy greens: Add kale, spinach, chard, or collards to your next sandwich. Remember that just adding more of the “good stuff” can jump-start your health and take it to the next level.

Fruit salads for dessert: If you have a sweet tooth, try fresh fruit salads for dessert. Make them fun by using different ingredients such as coconut, cherimoya, sapote, pineapple, mango, and fresh berries! These are a fast and easy solution when you don’t have time to whip up a more advanced raw dessert.

Raw ice creams: These delicious desserts can be made in advance and enjoyed at the end of a meal or as a high-protein snack. The essential fatty acids serve as a sustained source of fuel for the body . . . and you’ll be treating yourself to a vital, vibrant meal at the same time.

Breakfast delight: If you’re a breakfast lover, enjoy this meal any time of the day. Raw breakfast items, although oftentimes sweet, are very high in protein. Try a delicious banana smothered in almond butter instead of a candy bar for your midday snack.

Squash pastas: Squash pastas are a great quick fix and can be easily tossed with your favorite fruits and vegetables, as well as a variety of sauces. They make a great alternative to the standard salad and, of course, to the heaviness of a regular pasta dish. You can begin by simply substituting the noodles and leaving the rest of the ingredients in your favorite pasta recipe and then slowly adapting your selections as your body calls for more vibrant foods.

About Author
Jenny  Ross
Jenny Ross, the owner and executive chef of the living-foods restaurant 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa, California, has been a pioneering spirit of the raw-foods movement since 2000, beginning with her first Los Angeles café. As a chef, her unique creatio Continue reading