Friday, January 9

A Healthy Colon and A Raw Food Diet

I belevie that sickness starts in the colon. If the colon is not well fed it will bring disease and illness to the body. So, how do we clean our colon and ensure it is in the healthiest condition.

In my personal opinion, a diet high in raw food consumption helps the colon to heal thus the body gets well also. The fact that the vitamins, nutrients, minerals and enzymes necessary for healthy body all reside in food that is whole and live is proof enough that a diet that is high in raw foods is best for the body.
If this is the case, then people who eat a greater percentage of living, organic foods are generally free of most illnesses, have greater mental clarity and higher levels of energy. I know I have never felt better and many of my previous complaints have slowly faded.

The body is amazing in its healing power. I have experienced and watched over and over again the healing power of food. In fact, I do not understand why people misunderstand their dis-ease when they aren't truely understanding the cause of the disease. If we only realized that our diet, our food, is the main culprit, then those people who are suffering would make the simple, yet powerful changes to the food they give themselves. Without the proper nutrition the body not function in the way it was created. To make the body a dumping ground for dead, cooked, and processed foods is ignoring the laws of nature where the body is concerned.

I am a firm beleiver that Raw foods help the body do its work and provide healing power to any diseased parts it may have. Raw foods are not necessarily miracle foods that heal you...they are just the ultimate in nutrition for your body. Raw foods heal because the more you consume raw and unprocessed the less you are eating the processed foods that can and do harm you.

When food is cooked beyond a specific temperature the necessary nutrients are then depleted the body's immune system weakens at an alarming rate, causing colds, flu, diabetes, heart disease, allergies, and other illnesses and conditions to enter your body. Raw foods build the immune system to it optimum defense level giving it the fighting power if needs to keep disease where they belong - outside of your body.

There is evidence that many fruits and vegetables have nutrients that not only build the immune system but also kill cancer cells and/or stops the spread of the often debilitating disease. Fruits and vegetables have phytonutrients that include antioxidants. These nutrients help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer.

Let's consider a slice of cooked pizza. After you eat it, what does your body do with it? Much of it gets absorbed into the body and it is then used as raw materials to build new cells. Will those cells function properly? Or will they be a reflection of the poor nutrients they were built with? Wouldn't you rather your body build cells with a stronger nutritional foundation, perhaps from leafy greens and fresh fruits?

I know which option sounds better to me. It is painfully obvious. If you are one who suffers from forgetfulness or declining thinking skills, a diet high in raw foods will help you be more alert, think shaper and more logically. On a raw food diet you may experience the elimination of body odor and halitosis.

There has also been much focus on alkaline/acid food consumption. Scientists have discovered that healthy people have systems that are more alkaline and less acidic. An alkaline body is more conducive to health and well-being in contrast to an acidic one. If the body is more inclined towards acidity the pH balance is undesirable and it increases the risk for infections from bacteria, yeast, parasites, and viruses. Cancer thrives on acidic conditions. A healthy person's body fluid pH level should be between 7.1 and 7.5. Most raw foods are alkaline forming thus we have one more reason why raw food has healing powers.

A diet high in raw food consumption helps the body to work at a level conducive to healing. When the body is properly furnished with the nutrients it needs to thrive then a longer healthier life is a definite possibility. If you are sick in some way...raw foods may be just what you are looking for.

I offer a Raw Food Coaching program that is offered both in our clinic or long distance via an online consultation. This program offers you a detailled nutritional report of your current diet and eating habits and recommendations to begin adding raw foods. My recommendations are designed to assist you in moving towards a raw food diet. I offer recipes, shopping lists, meal planners and education.

Thursday, January 8

Perfect Pear and Pecan Raw Salad

On New Years, Paully Wally (my beloved) and I decided to treat ourselves to Dinner. As rawfoodists, eating out takes some preparation. We like to talk to chefs and tell them our lifestyle. Honestly, though, we never have met a chef who was not intrigued and more than eager to accommodate our taste buds.

We went to a small, but colorful cafe in the heart of Peterborough Ontario. It was named The Sunrise Cafe. Chef Denis was awesome. Our second course was this pear and pecan salad with a raspberry sauce. It was so good, Paully and I were absolutely silent as we enjoyed each and every bite. The variety of flavours were incredible. Since this night, we have duplicated our own version or this salad 3 times, perfecting it each time.

Here is the result:
1 pear - peeled cored and sliced into very thin sections
4 green onions - finely chopped
1 tsp sea salt
4 tbs olive oil
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1/2 lemon juiced
1 tbs raw honey or 1-2 mushed dates
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup raspberries
4 cups spinach baby
1/2 cups parsley chopped
1/4 cup pecans chopped or crushed
1 pinch black pepper and sea salt
1/4 cup goat feta cheese or Crumbled Nut Feta

In blender, mix the raspberries, with 1/2 the honey or dates and coconut milk. Step aside.

Toss the sliced pear and green onions with the salt, olive oil, vinegars, honey and lemon juice. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Set a few slices of the pear aside for decoration

Gently mix the spinach leaves and chopped herbs and pecans. Just before serving, mix the greesn with the sliced pear concotion.

Arrange on plates. Arrange some of the sliced pears on top. Drizzle the raspberry sauce. Top with the feta cheese and sprinkle with the pepper.

Serve immediately. Enjoy and smile.If you want more recipes and great raw ideas, sign-up for our regular newsletter called The Raw Natural Path at IF the link doesn't work, copy and paste it into your browser