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I've been a vegan Raw Foodist for 10 Years now! You may have heard about this diet, mostly called the Raw Food diet. It's really just a FRESH & Natural food diet that replaces cooked/packaged/processed food with fresh (ideally organic) fruits, vegetables, sprouts, fresh, unpasteurized juice, and raw nuts and seeds. Nothing in the Raw Food Diet should be heated above 108F. Almost all I eat is fresh fruit, raw greens & veggies, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, sprouts, and some nuts and seeds! Right now I'm about 90% raw, and have gone through long periods of being 100%. Please see my new site, Best Beauty Foods, for more diet & health tips! Also, here is my old raw food blog, filled with fruity adventures. Scroll down to see what's in my In My Kitchen!
I have Always been very health conscious, and was lucky my parents were very into natural foods when I was growing up. I have never wanted to try drugs or cigarettes, and never been drunk, not once in my entire life. I just hate the taste of alcohol! Plus it can make you fat, kill brain cells, and make you do ridiculous things, or so I've heard. Ha!!! Plus it's expensive! So it's never sounded appealing to me! My grandma made me promise to never drink or do drugs when I was little, and I've tried to follow her advice.
I try not to eat anything that has been cooked/heated over 108F degrees, and I try not to eat any animal products except for bee pollen and honey sometimes. I probably eat about 30% fruit, 60% vetetables, and 10% fats/proteins, in the form of coconuts, avocados, hempseed protein powder, nuts, and seeds. I take vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and herbs too, along with spirulina, chlorella, and sometimes a green powder supplement. I love the teachings of Ann Wigmore, the Mother of Wheatgrass!! She is the actual inventor of wheatgrass juice!! I believe wheatgrass juice is totally miraculous, and try to drink it whenever possible.
My daily diet is pretty consistant, I work out when I get up, (and again in the late afternoon usually) and drink lots of pure water throughout the day. Breakfast is always either a smoothie or plain fruit. I make fresh raw vegetable juice about twice a week with my Green Star juicer (it's Amazing for juicing greens!), so I have a huge glass of fresh vegetable juice daily, (celery, parsley, cilantro, carrots, beets, cucumbers, apples, ginger, garlic) in the afternoon. Dinner is usually a salad of sprouted greens (I like to grow my own buckwheat and sunflower greens, and radish, cabbage, broccoli, alfalfa, red clover, and fenugreek sprouts when I can) and mixed greens. Later I usually have a Cacao Shake, or one of my other Favorite Raw Recipes.
The biggest challenge for me on this diet are chocolate cravings and the wild pizza cravings that happen sometimes, and of course social gatherings where everyone else is eating french fries/cake/ or some other exciting naughty food. My will power is very good, and I won't buy processed food for myself, but when presented with something by someone else, it's very hard to not have a bite! If I slip up, I try not to make myself feel bad about it. Eating cooked or junk food always makes me feel "heavy" and lethargic afterwards, so I just try to remember this and to say no next time! Christmas time with my mom's famous macadamia nut chocolate chip cookies is Really tough!!
I LOVE exercising all the time! I adore endorphins and I worship antioxidants. My favorite forms of exercise are Running on the Beach, dancing, jogging, jump roping, hiking, elliptical, running stairs, biking, and tree climbing.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants that can keep you young and frisky!! They give you TONS of ENERGY, and keep you cancer and disease free!!! That's why I think they're completely miraculous!!!!! Being on the Raw Food Vegan Diet is a lot easier when you have a big variety of fresh, yummy food in the house! It also really helps to have no junk food at all in your kitchen. Choose whatever fresh food you like best. The fruit & vegetable sections below are what make up my shopping list. Some of the fruit is seasonal. I have to buy a lot of fresh produce weekly, because I juice so much. Some of these foods may be easier for me to get since I live in Southern California. But no matter where you live, I'm sure you'll find a fantastic selection of exciting raw food just waiting to be discovered! Here's what I try to have in my kitchen most of the time:
Fruit (when in season)
Organic mixed baby Greens and/or Spinach
Raw Unshelled Nuts (keep in fridge for freshness)
Seeds For Sprouting
Sunflower Seeds in Shell (for growing sprouts or sunflower greens)
Spices, Seasonings, and Sweeteners:
Superfoods & Supplements:
Cold pressed Flaxseed & Hempseed Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil