Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Health Benefits Of Eating Raw Food

Eating Raw Food

Eating Raw Food

The Benefits Of Eating Raw Food

You have probably heard about the Raw Food Diet. There are a lot of different variations on the Raw Food Diet depending upon the person advocating it.
The basic and common feature of most raw food diets is that they all advocate eating food in their natural state – that is, uncooked, unprocessed, organic and unexposed to herbicides and pesticides.

What does a raw food diet include?

All raw food diets include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Some include unprocessed nuts and uncooked grains.
Some raw food diets are a variation on veganism which shuns all animal-based food.
Other raw food diets include eggs, milk, cheese and raw fish (sushi and sashimi).
Then there is just the simple action of eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables to retain all their nutrients. One example of this is the juicing lifestyle, where fresh homemade juices are made from both vegetables and fruits are the mainstay of one’s daily intake.

Reasons To Fill Your Diet With Raw Food

Weight Loss
The main purpose of most people who shift to a raw food diet is for weight loss. It is true – eating raw food will facilitate weight loss because eating raw food will mean that you won’t consume as much fat and calories as with a regular diet.
Disease Prevention
Another main purpose of most people who shift to a raw food diet is to fight what is referred to as lifestyle diseases. Lifestyle diseases include hypertension, coronary artery disease and diabetes. These lifestyle diseases are often caused by eating food that is too high on fat, sugar and cholesterol.
Chemical Free Eating
Some who go on a raw food diet do so because they want to avoid the accumulation of harmful chemicals in their bodies from food that is exposed to pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones.
Fruits and vegetables grown in commercial farms are usually treated with pesticides and herbicides to keep insects from feasting on the fruits and vegetables.
Livestock, pork and chicken grown commercially are treated with hormones and antibiotics to prevent disease and ensure optimal growth. Seedless fruit are sprayed with hormones as well.

Anti-Aging And Increasing Immunity

Still some people who opt for a raw food diet emphasize a healthy lifestyle that will keep them looking young.
They believe that fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables and grains boost the immune system which keeps infectious diseases at bay and it improves the body’s circulation and systemic functioning which gives them clear skin and radiant hair.

Is It Easy To Maintain A Diet Of Raw Food?

As with all diets, you must consult your doctor to see if you may shift to a raw food diet. And if you do shift to a raw food diet, perhaps it is best to do it gradually.

 
Start with juicing an assortment of fruits and vegetables to replace colas and desserts. Replace your regular cooked meals gradually with a wide assortment of salads and grains and nuts.
 
The most difficult thing about going on a raw food diet is sourcing raw, unprocessed and chemical-free food.
If you like going out to eat, you will find it difficult to find restaurants that serve only raw food.
 
The next difficult thing is in preparing the food—it is time consuming. It is easy enough to simply peel a banana or eat an apple for a snack but if you have to subsist on fruits and veggies, you will have to carry fresh fruits and vegetables with you throughout the day.

 
Another problem most people encounter with the raw food diet is that food grown organically is more expensive.
 

Also there is a real danger of malnutrition as there are nutrients and minerals which you cannot get from uncooked fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You will have to take a vitamin or food supplement for this.
You will have to eat fruits and vegetables that are unfamiliar to you. The texture of uncooked food may be difficult to get used to at first.
  
For those who advocate eating raw fish, eggs, milk and milk products, you might need to conquer your gag reflex first. There is also a real danger of food poisoning from food that is unpasteurized such as milk and milk products, so one needs to take care, though these days it is not as problematic since the there are many quality controls in place.

  
Final Thoughts
 
Shifting to a raw food diet requires a lifestyle change as well as a change in mindset. It will not work for everyone and some people can follow a raw food diet but not strictly. Ask your physician first.

  
There are so many benefits to eating raw food and one thing to keep in mind is that it need not be exclusive of other food, you can simply add more fresh, and raw fruits and vegetables to your diet on a daily basis and cut out processed foods. That alone is a huge step to improving your health, preventing disease and curtailing the effects of aging.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Blueberries

Blueberries

 

Do you have fresh blueberries and don’t know what to do with them?  But want something easy that doesn’t need a recipe?

Check these ideas out:

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Freezer Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam with Homemade Biscuit

Strawberry Jam with Homemade Biscuit

 

Homemade Freezer Strawberry Jam

It’s strange, but the older I get the more I forget everyday things, but remember childhood memories.   Making freezer jam with my Gramma Verschor (we called her Ma) is one of those memories.   I was reading a facebook post about “You Pick Blueberries” and the strawberry jam memory came to me.   Don’t ask me why.   I am just grateful for the memory.    I don’t have a lot of hand written recipes from Ma, but I managed to find this one my Mom gave me.

 

 

For a short period we lived next door to my grandparents. And they grew a lot of things. (Including snails….. yes, you heard me snails… guess you wouldn’t call them growing, maybe raising is more like it. )  But they had their own little plot and Ma would go out and harvest them now and then. She would boil them, and my Grandfather (Pa) would pull them out with a crochet hook and eat them. EWWWWWWWWW! This is a story for a different post.

 

 

Anyway, they had a small patch of strawberries. This was covered with a homemade “blanket” of weaved rope to keep the birds from getting them before Ma could pick them. Hey! It worked.

 

 

Then I would help her make the jam. I have to admit, at the time, I didn’t like helping out.   I would rather be on my bike riding as far as I wanted to.
But my Mom made me do it. Even tho I really didn’t want to be there, I knew something was special just being with Ma.   And now I have a memory of it.

   

Before I post the recipe..  a little about the above picture.  YOU CAN DO THIS.  This is a homemade biscuit (you can buy them and get the same effect).  Whipped cream and jam. The “dripping” effect of the whipped cream is from it sitting and getting room temperature.

   

That’s it.  This is a perfect “IMPRESS THE HECK”   out of someone for breakfast, brunch or treat.    Give me some time and I will find the recipe I used for the homemade biscuit.  I am not really very organized.  I got it on line sometime somewhere.  But can’t find it now.

    

Easy Easy Strawberry Jam

   

Ingredients
1 pt fresh strawberries, washed, drained and hulls removed
2 1/2 Cups fresh pineapple, peeled and finely chopped
7 Cups sugar
2 pkgs (1 3/4 oz) powdered pectin
1 Cup cold water
4 pt freezer containers with lids

   

Directions
 
Place strawberries in a large mixing bowl.
 
Crush the strawberries with a potato masher.
 
Measure out 2 1/2 C strawberries and place in a separate bowl.
 
Add the pineapple to the strawberries.
 
Slowly add the sugar and stir until well combined.
 
Place the cold water in a saucepan over medium heat.
 
Add the pectin.
 
Stir continuously until water begins to boil.
 
Boil 1 minute.
 
Remove from heat.
 
Pour the water mixture into with the fruit.
 
Stir well to combine.
 
Continue stirring 4 minutes.
 
Pour into the pt freezer containers and cover.
 
Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.
 
Freeze after 24 hours.
 
Jam will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  
To use, remove from freezer and allow to come to room temperature, about 1 hour.
 
Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

You can get the containers here:

                               


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But these jars are readily available in your grocery stores.

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