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Ready for a RAW change?

Starting a 30-day experiment with eating more raw foods.

Are you ready for a RAW change?  I know I am.  I often wake up in the morning thinking, "What can I do today to make my life better?".  I'm inspired by the possibilities.  I'm excited at the very thought.  I'm energized into action.

Here's what I've come up with for today:  I will incorporate one raw food meal a day, for 30 days, and see how doing this effects my well-being. 

Here's why RAW:  What we know is that our bodies need enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein, essential fats and fiber to function properly and optimally.  To put it simply, it is a fact that cooking food destroys many of the enzymes that help us naturally digest it, as well as a  large percentage of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients we need to thrive.  It just makes sense to incorporate more raw foods into our diet if we want to get the most from our food.  The more nutrients we can digest from our foods, the more likely our chances are of having good energy, a highly functioning immune system, properly functioning organs, the ability to form bone and tissue...the list goes on and on.

But don't take my word for it, try it for yourself.  Ask yourself, as will I, how you feel after you've eaten a raw meal vs. a cooked meal.  Conduct your own experiment and gather your own scientific data based on your individual body/mind experience.

Check out My New Roots for some great recipes and an aesthetically pleasing blog adorned with pictures to make your mouth water...

Lucky for me, my day 1 RAW meal was taken care of when I visited my good friend who is an AMAZING chef that just went raw, herself.  After a delicious "everything salad" and a raw brownie, I feel good and nourished.  The food looked so beautiful and good, I couldn't possibly have waited to eat it in time for a photo. Sorry, I'll do better next time ;).

On a separate note, while taking steps towards my raw journey, I accidentally purchased and Excalibur Dehydrator, instead of the Vitamix I was really going for.  When stocking your kitchen with the neces(scary) - because it's damn expensive! - tools for healthy eating, pay attention when you click the 'buy now' button.  I hope that eating more raw foods will sharpen my attention to detail!

Be inspired.  Eat well.  Live well.  Be happy.

Love, Patti

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Michael West February 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Hi Patti, It's great to eat raw. Healthy and invigorating. You'll lose weight and rarely get sick. At least that's my experience of being raw 18 months now. I eat a lot of salad, so I thought I'd share a raw salad dressing. The stuff you buy in stores has lots of weird stuff in it, so you're better off making your own, and it only takes 10 minutes. Raw Ranch Dressing 1 cup cashews soaked 2 hours to soften, drain 1 lemon peeled or the juice of one 1 lemon 1/4 small onion or a shallot or 1 tsp of onion powder (not onion salt) 1 garlic clove or 1 tsp garlic powder (not garlic salt) a little water, say 1/4 cup, but you can always add more later to get the texture you like 1 pinch of sea salt 1 dash or two of pepper Blend until smooth. You can use any blender to do this, but eventually if you're going to be raw you will want a Vitamix. I have a 5200. Expensive, but well worth it, believe me. Add some green herbs as you like - dill, basil, parsley or cilantro or some combination. Pulse blend quickly. You want to mix but not turn your ranch dressing green, so keep it brief. This will keep in the fridge for about 5 days, but I recommend using it up right away for maximum food value, and I bet you will because it is delicious.
joy February 14, 2012 at 05:43 PM
how do you make a raw brownie?
Michael West February 14, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Joy, I don't know how Patti's friend makes them, but here is one approach. I don't know what kind of food or equipment you have on hand, so here is a pretty flexible recipe that you can adapt to your available resources. That said, there is no substitute for Medjool dates. However, you can find them in the fridge at Elio’s store next to Trip Barnes. Lots of wonderful things at that store! Okay. The recipe will follow in another comment because of limitations on length.
Michael West February 14, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Raw Brownies Ingredients: 1 cup raw organic walnuts (Or any walnuts you have), soaked for 2 hrs 1/2 cup cacao powder (Or cocoa if you don’t have cacao) 1/8 tsp sea salt (or any salt you have) 10-12 pitted Medjool dates 1/4 cup raw organic almonds (Or any unsalted almonds. If salted, forget the 1/8 tsp salt above), soaked for 2 hrs Instructions: 1. In food processor, chop walnuts until all ground up. Reserve soak water. 2. Add cacao (or cocoa) and salt, then a handful of dates at a time until nicely mixed in. Mix should be doughy and may form a ball. If too dry, add some soak water to get doughy texture 3. Last add almonds and mix in, but don’t completely pulverize 4. Spread onto teflex sheet, if you have a dehydrator and shape into a rectangle. If not, place in a rectangular pyrex dish and spread flat. 5. Heat at 115 in dehydrator (you can set the dehydrator to 140 for 30 minutes then turn down to 115). After a couple of hours in dehydrator, flip on to regular mesh sheets and finish drying. If no dehydrator, place pyrex dish in oven at 115 and heat until firm. 6. After several hours when brownie batch is firm remove, cut into individual brownies and place in freezer until cold 7. Serve and enjoy!
Patti Roads February 15, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Hi Joy! Here is the link to the best raw brownie I've ever eaten. So delish. En...Joy! http://mynewroots.blogspot.com/2011/04/raw-brownie.html
Patti Roads February 15, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Mmmm.
Patti Roads February 15, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Thanks for your response ;) Look forward to "talking raw" with you more.
joy February 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
sounds great! So if I dont have a dehydrator I go from spreading flat (4) to let firm and freeze (6)? THANK YOU!

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