On my way to work this morning I reflected over how most people don’t see the connection between what they put in their mouths and their health. I guess most people have heard the saying that you are what you eat, but seeing what some people eat makes me scared. I’m not going to moralize, but just want to say that if you feed your body junk and processed foods, you will suffer eventually. Most illnesses take years to develop, making it hard to trace the root of the problem. The conventional medical system makes me sad. Doctors prescribe medicines for the symptoms, which do nothing to treat the cause, medicines that can have horrendous side effects. It makes me even more sad knowing that most (if not all) diseases can be prevented by making a few lifestyle and dietary changes. Disease does not happen in a healthy body. It’s not something that just “happens” to people, but are the result of many different triggers.For example, most people have acidic bodies as opposed to alkaline and unfortunately diseases thrive in an acidic body. Basically we should be eating more of alkaline foods like vegetables and leafy greens, and less of the acidic stuff like red meat, coffee etc. I think you get the point. Something I find interesting is that pasterurized milk is acidic while Raw milk is alkaline… Personally I start everyday with a green smoothie. Kriss Carr from Crazy Sexy Life explains it pretty straightforward here.

Today I made Sarma Melngailis’ Fig and grape cleansing shake with a green twist. The grapes and figs mask the flavor of the greens very well, so if you don’t like the taste of greens this is drink is perfect  🙂

Grape and fig shake with a green twist

4 cups red grapes

1 cup figs, hard stems removed

1 cup filtered water

Small handful of chard

Handful of beetroot tops

1/2 t vanilla

Tiny pinch of salt

pinch of cinnamon

Blend and enjoy. I also added about a cup of ice and blended again, which made the drink cool and very refreshing.

I’ve heard so many amazing stories about recovery and reversal of disease from people who started incorporating Raw Foods into their diets. I’ll admit, I was sceptic at first, which is a normal reaction to something unknown. But Raw Food isn’t a miracle cure, it’s about fueling your body with unprocessed foods, proper nutrition. And it’s not a new thing. After all, that’s the way we ate before we started cooking our foods ;). When I started eating Raw last fall I never intended on going “all Raw”. That just wasn’t part of my plan. I’d followed Dr. Mercola’s newsletter for a while and he recommends that you eat at least 30 % of your foods raw, so that’s what I intended to do. 30 % is very doable. Think about it, that’s a meal and a snack a day for most people. I was surprised at how easy it was. I normally ate a Raw breakfast, but often found myself eating more than one meal of the day Raw. And everyone, yes EVERYONE can incorporate at least a Raw snack in their busy schedules: a fruit, a handful of nuts or seeds. It’s only hard if we make it hard. After a few months I found myself wanting to kick things up a notch and that’s when I started seeing real results! I went all Raw (except for a weekend) for two weeks and after that there was no turning back. Seeing the improvements in my skin, noticing a “glow” and generally feeling so much better, I was hooked. That said, like I’ve mentioned before, I’m no fanatic. I don’t do any “percentage”, but try to eat as much Raw Food as possible, simply because that’s when I feel my best.

What I’d like to say to all sceptics out there is try it! Do like I did and incorporate Raw Foods slowly or jump in at the deep end of the pool and go all Raw as a 2 week experiment. Please let me know if you don’t feel and see any difference. 🙂

Have a great day

Peace and love xx