==== ====For More Tips & Info Check This Out :http://tiny.cc/hln1z==== ====Youve heard the buzz. The raw food diet is gaining momentum! The audience for the raw foodbooks is expanding at a very fast pace. This is because the Baby Boomer generation, many ofwhom refuse to grow old, is looking for answers. Another reason is that the rising cost of healthcare (as well as the disappointing side effects of drugs and surgery) is creating a consciousness inpeople that they need to take responsibility for their health and not hire someone else to be incharge of their bodys fate.The word is getting out---the raw diet is not just another weight loss fad. This is the natural dietand people on this diet have reversed cancer, heart disease, hepatitis, and other major diseases-as well as minor nuisances such as herpes, athletes foot, dandruff, and even sleepwalking.The younger generation has also caught on to this diet. Most of them have come from the veganpopulation. These are ardently opposed to the eating of any animal products. Many feel the nextstep for them is to "go raw." Many of them view this diet as a spiritual practice, since the energynormally used to digest cooked food is freed up to go to the higher centers.Then there are the women who also get hooked into this diet for beauty. Model Carol Alt is theultimate example, and she showed the power of a raw diet to create a beautiful body and maintainyouth by posing nude in December 2008s Playboy magazine. Women love this diet for weightloss and maintenance, soft and radiant skin, loss of cellulite, full hair (sometimes even reversingthe gray!), and more.The word is also getting out that the raw diet helps with athletic performance, getting thecompetitive edge at work, mental health (being freed from depression, schizophrenia, and more),and creativity.But what does this strange diet consist of? Are all these raw fooders eating salads and munchingon carrots and bananas all day? How could that possibly provide enough calories and variety tosustain people for the long run?A typical raw food vegan diet consists of unheated (not above 118 F) fruits, vegetables, nuts,seeds, and sprouted grains and lentils. From this seemingly limited fare, however, one can createa wide variety of dishes, ranging from the "fast food" smoothies and salads to the gourmetimitations of cooked food dishes. Most raw fooders eat this way. They expand the variety of plantfood they consume, eating a wide variety of olives, or exotic fruit, for example.A raw vegetarian might also include raw egg yolks (providing they are from an organic, preferablyflaxseed-fed, free range chicken) as well as some raw dairy such as kiefer (available in raw dairystates like California; otherwise you have to buy from the Amish or own part of a cow or goat).
There are also those who eat raw meat, such as steak tartar, ceviche, and sashimi. Marinating itovernight in lemon juice it is supposed to kill the parasites.Omitting cooked food might seem like a huge sacrifice, but raw fooders dont feel deprived oncethey have weaned themselves from addictive processed food, filled with sugar, wheat, dairy,monosodium glutamate, table salt, aspartame and intense spices, all of which serve to hook theconsumer into food addiction. Raw food actually tastes better than cooked food, because theflavor isnt cooked out into the air. You just dont need to add all those spices and toxic ingredients.It is easy to make a raw, whole food recipe which most of us are very familiar with: guacamole isan example---just make it from whole foods instead of a mix! Or make trail mix from raw shreddedcoconut, nuts, seeds, and sundried raisons and apricots.Many people who go raw use raw gourmet recipes that mimic their favorite cooked dishes untilthey are used to eating raw, after which they boast spending no more than 10 minutes a day in thekitchen. The raw gourmet dishes often require expensive machines, such as a Vitamix and atemperature-controlled dehydrator, but you can do a lot with just a blender and a food processor.Here are a few gourmet raw recipes from The Live Food Factor, A Comprehensive Guide to theUltimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet:Sunflower Seed Pâté1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight, rinsed1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked overnight, rinsed½ cup pitted olives2 red bell peppers½ bunch cilantro or favorite fresh herb1 t Celtic or Himalayan salt½-1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes and cut into small pieces with scissorsPut the seeds through a blank screen of a juicer. If you dont have a juicer with a blank screen, youcan use a food processor with the "S" blade to blend them, but it wont be as creamy. Then, mix allother ingredients in the food processor with the "S" blade.Raw CandyNuts, soaked 6-12 hours, rinsed and drainedDatesRaw carob powder, to taste (optional)Raw shredded coconut or unhulled sesame seedsMix nuts, dates and carob in food processor. Mix in a food processor with the "S" blade until themixture forms a ball that bounces around inside that machine. Remove and form little balls. Rollthe balls in sesame seeds and/or raw shredded coconut. These keep a long time in the freezer.Experiment with ingredient proportions and quantities to suit your own taste.Deluxe Macadamia Nut Cheese
12 oz (3 cups) macadamia nuts, soaked 6-12 hours, rinsed and drained1 t Celtic sea salt2 cloves garlic1 T fresh cilantro¼ cup lemon juice3/8-½ cup unpasteurized olive oilBlend in food processor with the "S" blade, adding the nuts a little at a time. Mix until creamy, thetexture of cream cheese.Note: For a creamier mixture, you could put the nuts through a juicer with the blank screen beforeputting them into the food processor. In that case, you will need about half the olive oil! You mighthave to add one or two tablespoons more of oil.Blend until it has the creamy texture of cream cheese. Serve on flax crackers, or use as avegetable dip with zucchini, baby carrots, sliced bell peppers, fresh broccoli and so on.Tahini Sauce1 cup raw tahini¾ cup unpasteurized olive oil2/3 cup orange juice (about 2 medium-sized oranges)3 cloves garlic1½ inches fresh ginger1 T nama shoyu (optional)1-2 t Celtic sea salt¼ cup fresh cilantro (optional)Mix in food processor with the "S" blade, adding ingredients a little at a time. Mix until creamy. Thisis great on raw Oriental vegetables for a stir-fry or on Nori Rolls.Chinese Stir "Fry"1 foot long daikon radish4 carrots1 bunch green onions5-6 stalks celery½ head small cabbage2 zucchinis1 red bell pepper1 cup mung bean sprouts¾ cup watercress3 stalks broccoli1½ cups snow peasSlivered raw almonds or raw cashewsSesame seedsTahini sauce (see "Sauces, Salad Dressings, Condiments")Tempeh (optional)
With the food processor, grate the daikon radish, and slice the carrots, celery, green onions,cabbage, zucchinis and bell pepper. (This is one time you will be especially thankful for your foodprocessor: A job that could otherwise take an hour will be finished in minutes!) Put into a largebowl. Cut off florets from broccoli and toss into the mixture. Chop off tips of watercress and toss in,along with mung bean sprouts. Cut off stringy ends of snow peas and toss in. Fold in about a cupof tahini sauce. Top off with almond slivers (or truly raw cashews, sliced) and sesame seeds.Chop up tempeh and fold into mixture.Serves 8-10.Raw Hummus2 zucchinis¾ cup unhulled sesame seeds, soaked 6-12 hours, rinsed, drained¾ cup raw tahini¼-½ t cayenne½ t celery salt3-4 garlic cloves1 t Celtic sea salt¼ cup lemon juiceBlend in a food processor with the "S" blade, adding ingredients a little at a time until creamy.Serve on flax crackers or use as a vegetable dip with sliced zucchini, baby carrots, sliced bellpeppers and fresh broccoli.With a bit of effort, it is easy to transition to a mainly raw diet. After a year or so, most are satisfiedwith eating simply. Nothing could be tastier than Natures fast food, after all!Susan Schenck, LAc, is a raw food coach, lecturer, and author of The Live Food Factor, TheComprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet, known as theencyclopedia of the raw food diet. Go to http://www.livefoodfactor.com to get a free chapter fromher book.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Susan_Schenck==== ====
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