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Well, what are you waiting for? Head over to Mark’s Daily Apple and get started! If you’re new to the Primal Blueprint you’ll find all the information and support you need there. Here’s a short overview of the Primal Blueprint:

It’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? My challenge, as soon as I’ve finished what’s left in my fridge, will be to stay away from dairy for 30 days. That means drinking my coffee black, which I really don’t like. I guess that’s a good thing, since that means I won’t drink as much coffee. Other than that, I will stay as purely primal as possible.  Although this is basically how I live (minus a few slip ups here and there) there is always room for improvement. What is your challenge going to be?

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Need I say more? *Shaking my head*

It is sometimes argued that we should eat like monkeys, since we share at least 90 % DNA. Well, monkeys eat lots of leafy greens (something most of us need to eat more of), fruit and small animals! Well, researchers have noticed that chimps even make their own spears to hunt. Take a look at this video clip and see for yourself.

Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t written a post in almost a month! Time sure flies. Bad me! I’m working my last month at my current job and then I’m not sure what will happen. Ideally, I’d have my Raw Food business up and running, but I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time to it as I’d like, so I think I’m more likely to start a new job in the meantime, a job that doesn’t involve commuting for 3 hours a day… Before any possible new job opportunities, I’m going on a trip to the Netherlands to meet my Brazil friends and a surf trip to Portugal. Yay!

I just watched a video of a guy that’s 108 years old and eats lots of Raw Food. Take a look at this guy!

He sure doesn’t look a day over 80, lol. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he’s not just alive, but also healthy. Once again, we are (and become) what we it. Junk in, junk out. Period.

I’d also like to challenge you to go primal for 30 days in the Primal Blueprint 30-day Challenge by Mark’s Daily Apple. But wait a minute, that’s not Raw! Well, here we go again. I won’t preach veganism or vegetarianism vs meat-eating (and then there’s meat-eating and meat-eating. I definitely say no to factory farming and unnatural farming practises). But I happen to think that the primal lifestyle makes sense in so many ways. I love Raw Food and I also love the primal message. There’s no reason the two of them can’t coexist. So what is the primal lifestyle all about then? Well, basically it’s about eating lots of high quality fat, relatively large amounts of protein and relatively small amounts of carbs (no refined carbs such as wheat, rice etc.).  Anyway, it’s much better explained on the website, along with some delicious recipes, so take a look! There are lots of prizes to win during this 30-day challenge, so don’t miss out 🙂

More and more people are choosing organic instead of conventional products. Apparently this is threatening to the large corporations that hold a large market share. Take a look at this video about a Raw Food coop in Venice, CA. It makes me wonder, doesn’t the police have anything more important to do than draw guns and raid a Raw Food store?! It’s both scary and sad.

Just wanted to share an article I read today about how biotech companies have manipulated their own research in order to favor their findings. I avoid GMO foods like the plague. I find the whole thing really scare. The commercial interests are just way too big and there’s no research guaranteeing that it’s safe for human consumption. Most of the corn and soy is GMO, so if I buy corn I make sure to buy organic and I don’t consume soy at all except for miso and tamari (where I go for the organic and unpasteurized). You can read the article here.

Well, I’m back from a weekend in southern Spain where I visited a friend that has a house there. Lucky me! Unfortunately three days pass way too fast! Since I am addicted to my greens and tend to fall off the wagon a bit with my mostly Raw eating, I made sure we took a trip to the grocery store the first morning. Look at the size of those romaine heads! They’re at least 4 times the size of a romaine head in Sweden and cost only a fraction. Was I happy or what! Well, judging from the picture I was. 🙂 I made green smoothies for the girls and huge salads.

Back in Stockholm it was cold and rainy. I was terrified that this meant the end of a wonderful summer and that from now on cold and darkness awaited me until next July. I immediately started considering different emigration plans. We’ll see what happens, but I think I’ll stick around for a while, though. Luckily I was wrong about the weather. Today was beautiful, but as usual I was stuck inside an office. To make matters worse, I had to close the blinds in order to see the computer screen.

Tonight I had dinner with a friend. On my way there I crossed Hötorget, an outside market place in central Stockholm. I passed just as they were closing up for the day and the venders get a bit carried away trying to get rid of the produce. All the berries where half price, so I got a carton each of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

I can’t wait to go up north to pick my own blueberries and wild raspberries. I’m already picturing my fridge filled with nothing but blueberries lol. Yes, I’m probably nuts. Until I get to go wild and crazy in the forests and pick all the berries I want for free, I’ll enjoy these babies in different shapes and forms, starting with a green smoothie tomorrow morning. Speaking of which, it’s time for this girl to hit the hay.

XX

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

Summer is here and so is the heat. I’m not complaining. I love it! The only thing I’m whining about is being imprisoned in an office. That’s what it feels like. I did something bold a couple of weeks ago – I turned in my resignation! It felt really great, cause I’ve been frustrated for a while now. This is so not what I want to do and I need to find something that is more in line with me (not to mention a job that doesn’t involve commuting for 3 hours a day!). However, I have a feeling that in order to find my dream job, I’m going to have to create it for myself. What I do know is that I’m passionate about Raw Food, food and health. I just need to figure things out a bit more.

Staying more or less Raw has never been easier than now. It’s so hot right that I can’t even imagine eating a cooked meal. All my body seems to crave is fruit and salads, so that’s what I’m feeding myself. I just had about a kilo watermelon for lunch, lol. I usually eat something with a bit more substance (not to mention more fat), but it was perfectly satisfying and I didn’t make a lunch box to bring to work. I normally go out for lunch with my colleagues, but since everyone is on their vacation, I’m almost alone in the office.

Last night I experimented in the kitchen, trying to come up with a delicous Raw ice”cream” recipe. I haven’t tasted the final result, but will do that as soon as I get home tonight. If I find it worth sharing, I’ll post the recipe here, along with a picture.

Time to focus on work again. In a few hours I will get to enjoy the sunshine, so I might go for a swim in the lake. 🙂

Hi dear reader (if you are out there 😉 ),

New day, new week. I’ve felt a bit off for the past few weeks, work-wise, personally and diet-wise. Yesterday I started feeling that I’m back on track and today I feel alive and kicking! Every time I fall off the wagon diet wise, I feel and notice the difference within a couple of days. I feel less energized, my mood is less stable, my face has less glow to it and my skin is more prone to break out. Luckily, within a couple of days of getting back on track, I can both see and feel the positive changes again.

Something I almost never let go of is having a green smoothie for breakfast. Green smoothies are a great way to get your daily greens and are really easy on the digestion. We all need to eat large amounts of greens every day, but very few of us eat enough. Leafy greens are a great source of vitamin K, a crucial vitamin that is found mostly in greens. Vitamin K is crucial for blood blood clotting and bone remodeling. According to a new study, it may also play an important role in play a role in balancing blood fats.Luckily, since blending the greens breaks the cell walls of the greens, you don’t need as much as you would need if you were to eat them in, let’s say a salad. The best thing, though, is that they taste delicious. Although the smoothies tend to look very green (and sometimes even brown or purple) the sweetness of the fruit/berries masks the taste of the greens very well. I started experimenting with green smoothies about the same time that I started incorporating more Raw Foods in my life and was further inspired by Victoria Boutenko. You can read more about her story and the health benefits her family experienced here.

This morning I made a very simple, yet delicious green smoothie with lots of fresh strawberries. Unfortunately I was in a hurry, so I didn’t have time to take a picture.

Green strawberry smoothie

3-4 cups of fresh strawberries with stems

2-3 handfuls of  greens of your choice (for this one I took a couple of handfuls of spinach and about half a handful each of red chard and green oak leaf lettuce)

2-3 dates

About 1 cup filtered water depending on how thick you want your smoothie

Tiny pinch of sea salt

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I normally start with one or two dates and add one more if I want a sweeter smoothie. If you prefer your smoothie cold, add ice and blend again. Enjoy!

Last week was melon week, but I have a feeling that this week will be all about strawberries 🙂

Have a fantastic week!

XX

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