29 year old Angela Stokes chose to take her raw food lifestyle to the next level by completely going on a liquid (fruit and veggie) juice diet for 92 days. Unlike a juice fast, Angela did not deprive her body of calories or nutrients. She simply provided her body with easily digestible nourishment – minus the fiber.
Most people keep trying to make improvements to their regular grocery lists – like price/saving adjustments, need/want stuff and also, these days, adding or removing things that may be beneficial to their family’s health. If you haven’t already, consider adding these items to your grocery list for the benefit of your and your loved ones’ health.
The raw food revolution is gaining popularity, and I’m glad because we are learning to incorporate delicious raw meals into our diets that don’t leave us hungry for burgers and fries. We’re learning that raw doesn’t limit us to carrot sticks and spinach leaves, so more and more people are jumping on the raw wagon.
The word “HEALTHY” is probably one of the most misused and misunderstood words of our generation. We definitely all want to be it, because it means living longer and feeling better while we’re here. But, so many of the health related messages are funded by people and corporations with ulterior motives that it becomes hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Your body can secrete acid and alkaline enzymes to break down your food – but not at the same time. Protein digestion requires an acidic digestive environment, and carbohydrates require an alkaline one. Combining the two will cause confusion and putrification of your meal.
When is it time to call it quits with lunch? Is it when your entire sandwich, fries, salad and sides are gone? Is it when your belly starts to feel bloated? Most of us feel that it’s necessary to fill up in order for a meal to be satisfying. I was once even under the misconception that filling up meant my body was getting full nutrition.
Detoxing is body’s way of eliminating poisons and by-products from everyday life. Whether it’s flour from a diet high in refined carbohydrates, heavy metals from exposure to environmental toxins, back-log of medication, or viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites or worms – all of this stuff needs to come out.
The mineral Zinc is present throughout the body and helps with the healing of wounds, and is also a vital component of many enzyme reactions. Zinc is particularly important for healthy skin and is essential for a healthy immune system and resistance to infection.
Deciding to make drastic lifestyle and diet changes can be extremely overwhelming. If you choose to begin by eating organic and whole foods, as I did, you may soon realize that there is a much bigger picture. As I mentioned in part 1 of this series, detoxing from the supermarket way of life literally opens your mind to a world of conscious decision making.
What if I invited you to lunch and offered you one of three dishes: A bowl of crunchy potato chips, a bowl of juicy red grapes, or a bowl of leafy greens – which would you choose? My mother asked me this question yesterday as we debated my role in convincing society to change their eating habits.