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Here it is, a new EASY recipe that doesn’t involve COOKING.  Yay!

Today is Wednesday … you have time to plan ahead and obtain your ingredients before the weekend.  So, decide now.  Friday, Saturday or Sunday?  Great!

Very Easy, Very Yummy

This VERY EASY recipe kicks off this series of ‘challenges’ and it’s one that I KNOW everyone will love!  Who doesn’t love CHOCOLATE MOUSSE?  This “Let’s Eat Raw” challenge recipe is as I said last week, a GREAT way to get kids to eat more vegetables because even though it’s a chocolate mousse, NONE of the ingredients contain harmful sugars and the ‘mousse’ texture is achieved by using AVOCADOS …. yes, you heard right AVOCADO CHOCOLATE MOUSSE!  The taste is seriously DELICIOUS.  Let’s get going!

 

Let's Eat Raw Midweek Challenge - Chocolate Mousse
 
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Quick and easy to make VEGAN Chocolate Mousse. DIARY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Raw Vegan
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 3 Desert Spoons of Maple Syrup or Agave (reserve some to adjust flavour before serving)
  • 3 Desert Spoons of Cacao Powder
  • A dash of pure Vanilla essence
  • A pinch of Salt
  • Cacao Nibs for topping
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a small 2-Cup type blender or regular blender and blitz until creamy and smooth.
  2. Hold back on some of the Maple or Agave to finish off based on your sweet preference.
  3. Spoon in separate serving glass and top with Cacao Nib (Increase quantities to suit).

 

So the challenge has been issued!

Now you know WHAT to make and HOW to make it!  It’s YOUR TURN.  As Scott Mathias Raw is all about spreading the word on healthy, delicious food, (and the incredible benefits you get by eating raw – even for one meal a week) I would LOVE it if you would send me a picture of your dessert – and most importantly – let me know how the kids or your friends reacted.  Here’s what to do:

  1. Just post to your Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or other social media account and hashtag #scottmathiasraw (this is so I get to hear about it 🙂 ).
  2. Add your comment telling me what you liked or DIDN’T like about the recipe and the reactions you received from others.  I LOVE feedback!
  3. Or you can email pics and comments to recipechallenge@scottmathiasraw.com
  4. Post your comments in the COMMENT boxes below – add a link to your images if you can!
  5. The ‘WINNER’ will be announced NEXT WEDNESDAY!

The brilliant thing is, if you (and others in your circles) love the recipe, we’re all winners!  However, I will choose the BEST story and picture and post on next Wednesday’s blog along with the next recipe for you to try.  The WINNER will receive ALL 30 VIDEO RECIPES from my RAW Food Revolution series (value $39).

I really hope you’ll join the challenge – it’s a few ingedients and 5 mins – and a lot of deliciousness and fun!

And remember…. RAW FOOD is about LIBERATION, not LIMITATION!

PS… if you’re not the competitive type but want to show some love, then simply leave a short comment and ‘rate the recipe’ by clicking the stars below the comments box – THANK YOU 🙂

Scott Mathias & Clare DarwishScott Mathias (Certified Holistic Health Coach. American Association of Drugless Practitioners) CHHC. AADP is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator.  He takes an integrative approach to solutions, based on functional aspects of the body and his own ‘selfhealing’ experience which led him to create his own iLifefoods range of plant-protein healing products.  He is also a former television network presenter both in Australia and New Zealand.  He is the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ and the soon-to-be published ‘Lets Eat RAW’ Vegan recipe book.  He lives in Noosa, QLD with his partner Clare Darwish and his 14yr old Malteze/Shitzu dog ‘Toasti’

Introducing Let’s Eat Raw Midweek Challenge!

Ok guys and gals.  It’s time to up your game!  I’m setting you a CHALLENGE!!

Are my RAW Recipes just languishing, loitering and lazing on your laptop?

I ask, because over the last two years, HUNDREDS of downloads of my delicious free raw-vegan recipes have arrived in various kitchens around the world.  And so now I would really appreciate your help and your feedback both on my recipes and on Eating Raw.

 

The TOP FIVE things I’d like to know are ….

  1. Do you find Raw Food Recipes easy to make?
  2. Do you make them regularly for yourself, your friends and your family?
  3. Do you feel better when you know that all the food you’re taking into your body is having a positive effect
  4. Are my recipes languishing in your PC or laptop waiting for the day when you’ll find the time to ‘have a go’?
  5. Which of my recipes are you favourite – and why?

Relax!  I don’t really expect you to respond with your answers (though that would be wonderful – simply answer in the comments section below), but I AM trying to give you some food for thought (pun intended!) and gently remind you about those delicious recipes!

 

Corn Salsa Salad & Nut Ma
Corn Salsa Salad & Nut Mayo

When preparing to ‘cook’ raw, it’s helpful to remember these facts…

  • You don’t have to be a trained chef to produce these gorgeous, health-giving meals. Anyone, including kids can make them.
  • Eating raw means no more calorie-counting – just relax and enjoy your food.
  • You don’t need to ‘read the labels’ when you’re eating a plant-based diet!
  • All LIVE food needs is a good wash and preferably to be prepared as soon as possible after picking or bringing home from your local grower.
  • If you can’t afford organic produce or have a farmers market on your doorstep, just buy the freshest fruits and vegetables your local store offers.
  • Get some inspiration from my RAW vegan recipes here – I suggest you start with something like Corn Salsa Salad with Nut Mayo which is easy to make and delicious to munch!

I’m really, really hoping that…

I’m really, really hoping that you want to make and taste some RAW food delights because I know that once you do, there’ll be no going back!  And whilst I’d love you to be eating RAW all day every day, I realise that’s a big ask.  But, I would love you to introduce at least one RAW meal into your weekly menu… so how about joining me every Wednesday for a ‘Let’s Eat Raw’ midweek challenge?

Every Wednesday, I’ll give you a new EASY recipe that doesn’t involve COOKING… you’ll have time to plan ahead and get the ingredients before the weekend.   The weekend’s usually the time when we focus on spending quality time with our family and friends and what better way than to prepare some delicious fresh food to enjoy together.

Next Wednesday, I’ll start our Let’s Eat Raw Midweek Challenge by giving you a VERY EASY recipe and one which I KNOW everyone will love because it’s SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS!  It’s also a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables because even though it’s a chocolate mousse, NONE of the ingredients contain harmful sugars and the ‘mousse’ texture is achieved by using…. well, tune in next week* to find out!

*If you really can’t wait – email me at recipechallenge@scottmathiasraw.com

And remember…. RAW FOOD is about LIBERATION, not LIMITATION!

Scott Mathias & Clare Darwish
Scott & Clare – Advocates of a Raw Vegan Lifestyle

Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and Member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).  Scott is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator who takes an integrative approach to solutions based on his knowledge of how the body functions and his own ‘self-healing’ experience.  It was this experience which led him to create his own iLifefoods range of plant-protein healing products. A former television network presenter both in Australia and New Zealand, Scott is the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ and the soon-to-be published ‘Let’s Eat RAW‘ Vegan recipe book. Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his partner Clare Darwish and his 14yr old Maltese/Shitzu dog ‘Toasti’ (who also enjoys a raw, though not completely vegan, diet).

This delicious fresh RAW Vegan Pea, Mint & Rocket Soup makes a tasty lunch on these cooler days!

Enjoy with some warm seedbread or crackers straight from the dehydrator and give your tastebuds and your tummy a real treat with this raw vegan pea soup.

Pea, Mint & Rocket Soup
 
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Warming and nutritious RAW Soup for the cooler days. GLUTEN-FREE - DAIRY-FREE
Recipe type: RAW Vegan Soup
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 500g Organic Fresh or Frozen Peas (thawed)
  • 1 Cup of freshly chopped Rocket
  • 1 Medium clove of Garlic (optional)
  • 1 Dessertspoon of Macadamia Oil
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Ground Pepper
  • ¼ Freshly Chopped Mint
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender for a few minutes until smooth.
  2. Add some almond milk if you want a smoother consistency.
  3. TIP: Letting the blender run for a while will warm the soup up without cooking it.

Raw Food Chef, Digestive Health Specialist, Scott Mathias, scottmathiasraw, iLifefoods, gluten-free desserts, dairy-free desserts, gluten-free, dairy-free

I‘m a Digestive Health Specialist, RAW Food Teacher and Author living in beautiful Noosa, Australia and teaching globally. At 60, my journey to excellent health began when I sought and found natural means to heal myself of a chronic digestive disorder. I founded iLifeFoods.com, a 100% pure Australian Digestive Health and Plant Protein Company, and proceeded to further change my lifestyle to support my ongoing excellent health by learning to prepare and serve the most amazing RAW food. I am also the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut’ and the upcoming ‘ Let’s Eat RAW ‘ recipe book. Do join me in knowing more. I am here to help you find your personal freedom. – See more at: https://scottmathiasraw.com

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RAW Pasta with Corn and Sweet Mustard Sauce

This very popular dish is simple to make and will tempt the most discerning tastebuds!

Buy organic where you can and ensure you use fresh produce for best results.

Pasta with Corn in a Sweet Mustard Sauce
 
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A simple yet tasty vegetable combination with a sweet mustard sauce. Gluten free - Dairy free!!
Recipe type: Raw Cuisine
Cuisine: Gluten Free - Dairy Free - RAW Vegan
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1-2 Lge Carrots
  • 1-2 Lgs Zucchini (Courgette)
  • 1 Cob Fresh Sweetcorn
  • 1-2 cups fresh Mange Tout or Green Beans
  • 1 Spring Onion
  • Sauce:
  • 2 Tsp dried mustard seed or use 1 Dsp of Dijon Mustard (it's considered raw)
  • ½ cup good Olive Oil
  • 2 Dsp Tahini
  • 1 Med Clove Garlic
  • ¼ Tsp Australia Lake Salt
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 Dsp Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
  • 1 pickled Gherkin (optional) for added sweetness
Instructions
  1. Spiralise carrot and peeled zucchini
  2. Remove the kernels from fresh corn
  3. Add chopped or sliced mange tout/french beans
  4. Add chopped spring onion
  5. For the sauce I used a Tribest 2Cup blender:
  6. First using the 'powder blade' (that's the flat one) turn two teaspoons of dried mustard seed into powder
  7. OR for speed use 1 large dessert spoon of Dijon
  8. Add ½ Cup of good olive oil and the remaining ingredients
  9. Blend and adjust seasoning then pour over the prepared vegetables and thoroughly toss together
  10. Serve in a nice clean white dish and garnish with some wild herbs
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Scott Mathias CHHC.AADP
I‘m a Digestive Health Specialist, RAW Food Chef and Author living in beautiful Noosa, Australia and teaching globally. As I approach 60, my journey to excellent health began when I sought and found natural means to heal myself of a chronic digestive disorder. I founded iLifeFoods.com, a 100% pure Australian Digestive Health and Plant Protein Company, and then proceeded to further change my lifestyle to support my ongoing excellent health by learning to prepare and serve the most amazing RAW food. I am also the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut’ and the upcoming ‘ Let’s Eat RAW ‘ recipe book. Do join me in knowing more. I am here to help you find your personal freedom. 🙂

Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 12

In the last post we talked about why eating a raw food diet really isn’t a diet at all.  In this FINAL post in the Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips series, we’re going to talk about how eating more raw foods can help detoxify your body.

Cleaning is an everyday part of our lives.  If we’re not cleaning the house, we’re doing laundry, cleaning the car, cleaning out the garage or attic, or clearing our desk of the never-ending piles of bills, junk mail, receipts and coupons we accumulate.

We even clean the outside of our bodies on a daily basis, by showering, brushing our teeth and washing our hair.  Since cleaning is such a healthy part of our everyday lives, it only seems logical that we should take some time to clean the inside of our body as well.

Raw Food Lifestyle Tips - Step 12

Detoxification and tissue cleansing is the process of purging environmental and chemical toxins from your body.  Did you know that these toxins can disrupt every system in your body?

When our body is polluted with such toxins, its own detoxification system including the liver, lungs, skin, kidneys and lymphatic system can’t work as efficiently as they were designed to.  These damaging poisons sneak into every cell of your body, and do their best to wreak havoc with our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

These contaminants can create such problems as lethargy, foggy thinking, unhealthy skin, decreased vision, mood swings, and digestive disorders.

However, by adopting a lifestyle that includes eating healthy raw foods, our body can conduct its own ‘spring cleaning.’  And contrary to what many might think, raw foods are actually more easily digestible than cooked foods are.

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Johnny Depp – Vegan

Eating more fruits and vegetables enables the digestive system to ‘clean house’ and begin the process of purging the dangerous environmental and chemical toxins from the cells of the body, thereby restoring the systems to their optimal states and since raw foods are so nutrient-dense, they also simultaneously provide the body with much needed nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs so that it can continually perform it’s purging process without fail.

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I hope you’ve found this series of tips helpful and will continue to integrate a much healthier diet into your daily routine from now on. If you’d like to know more, then keep an eye on your inbox and Scot’s blog and we’ll continue to bring you the latest news on what’s hot and what’s not in the RAW Food Revolution.

Thank you for participation so far and I’d love you to help me spread my message. The future of our planet and our survival depends on it, so please share with your friends.

Clare
If you’re enjoying this series of Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips, please feel free to share with your friends or leave a comment in the box below.  :)
Scott Mathias & Clare DarwishClare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias.  Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business.  The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia.  She now assists Scott at his fortnightly Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.

Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 11 The Diet That Isn’t A Diet

In the last post, we talked more about eating organic foods on a raw food diet.  In this post we’re going to talk about why eating a raw food diet really isn’t a diet at all.

raw vegan lifestyle tips - step 11As we have discussed many times before, a busy lifestyle can sometimes make it difficult to stick to a so-called diet plan, especially when we’re trying to lose weight.

Whenever you start a new diet you’re forced to either keep track of your fat intake, sugar intake, carbohydrate intake, or caloric intake.

Does this sound familiar?

With all that counting and weight watching, it’s no wonder most of us become discouraged and fall off the diet wagon more often than we stay on.  Sometimes it feels like you’re living on a roller coaster.

Add to that the surplus of convenient prepackaged diet foods available on store shelves, that we grab when we don’t have the time or energy to prepare a nutritious meal and it should be no big surprise that most of us end up headed down the wrong path anytime we try to start a new diet.

Did you know that those so-called diet foods are often packed full of preservatives and additives? Always be sure to read your labels!

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As we well know, raw foods are full of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals our bodies need to perform optimally.  They provide enzymes for proper digestion, cleansing our system and purging toxins. Another thing that makes raw fruits and vegetables so wonderful is that you can eat as much of them as you want without any repercussions.

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In addition, the natural high fibre content of most raw foods will help you feel fuller, thereby reducing your food intake.  They’ll assist in turning up the thermostat in your body, helping to melt away that excess weight and nourishing your body’s cells to continue with the fat-burning process.

Most raw foods are naturally low in calories, and obviously much lower in calories, fats, sugars, and carbohydrates than the dieting convenience foods we are conditioned to reach for. Once you begin incorporating more raw foods into your diet you will enjoy the benefits of increased  energy, regulated blood sugar and blood pressure levels, sharper vision and improved mental functionality, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start eating more raw foods sooner.

Make sure you look for your next issue soon.  We will be talking about how eating more raw foods can help detoxify your body.

Clare
If you’re enjoying this series of Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips, please feel free to share with your friends or leave a comment in the box below.  🙂

Scott Mathias & Clare DarwishClare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias.  Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business.  The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia.  She now assists Scott at his fortnightly Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.

Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 10  Why Eat Nutrient Rich Organic Foods?

In the last post we talked about what a raw food diet can do for your skin.  Let’s talk some more about eating organic foods on a raw food diet.

Fortunately for those of us who understand the benefits of eating organic and raw foods, there are a lot more options available to us than there were just a few years ago.  It used to be that you had to go to a local fruit stand or specialty food store to find organic products and those were few and far between.

Now there are many more whole foods and stand-alone stores with more popping up all the time. The supermarket chains are catching on too, with more organic selections than ever before. If you don’t see them in your local store, just ask. You’re probably not the only person in your neighbourhood who would like to see more of these options.

Many grocery stores now feature sprouts and other living foods in the produce aisle. Of course, if they don’t, there’s nothing easier to grow for yourself than sprouts!

There are also tons of sites on the Internet where you can order raw and living foods. Just do a search on raw foods in your country,and you’ll come up with a lot of different places to order a wide variety of healthy foods.  Many of these sites are also full of useful information, to help you learn about eating raw foods, and help educate you on the specific food values.

When it comes to switching to a raw food diet it’s important that you experiment with different foods to find out what you like.  Take the time to learn a little about what the different nutrients in foods do for you.

Let’s go over a few quick examples of nutrient rich foods you can try:

  • Cabbage –  Red and Green varieties – High in Vitamin C; important for healthy cell function.
  • Celery – low in fat and is a source of dietary fiber, iron, and calcium.
  • Tomatoes – an excellent source of antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Eggplant/Aubergine – a good source of minerals like manganese, copper, iron
    and potassium
  • Kale – Rich in fiber and helps reduce calorie intake with less hunger. We like that!
  • Broccoli – contains some of the highest levels of vitamins A and C of any food. Good for building your immune system
  • Pumpkin – So rich in fibre and vitamins; helps reduce appetite by filling the stomach with digestible fibres.

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These are only a few of the wonderful organically grown foods that will help you add valuable nutrients to your diet. There are many more so don’t be afraid to pick up something new on your next trip to the whole foods market.

Make sure you look for my next blog soon.  We’ll be talking about why eating a raw food diet really isn’t a diet at all.

Clare

Scott Mathias & Clare DarwishClare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias.  Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business.  The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia.  She now assists Scott at his fortnightly Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.

Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 9 looks at what a raw food diet can do for your skin!

In Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 8 we talked about the importance of organic foods.  Today, I want to talk about what a raw food diet can do for your skin.

Did you know that the largest organ in your body is your skin?  It provides a protective covering for the other organs of the body. It changes to regulate your internal body temperature and it’s a good indicator of our overall health and well-being.

The cosmetics industry is huge, with people spending thousands of dollars on topical skin care products every day.  These products promise to give your skin a vibrant, healthy glow, but they’re not the key to having smooth and youthful looking skin.  They are simply… cosmetic!!

The simple fact is if everybody spent just a fraction of the money they spend on these preventative cosmetics  on healthy fruits and vegetables, we would all have great skin.

When you eat raw foods, you put more of the essential vitamins and amino acids your body needs into it.  You’re also adding moisture naturally.  As we discussed in a previous issue, raw foods have a much higher moisture content than cooked foods, simply because the cooking process takes away so much of the essential moisture that naturally occurs in food.

Did you know that your skin is a mirror of what’s going on in the rest of your body?

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The Raw Food ‘Glow’

Eating fresh fruits and veggies is paramount for healthy skin.  Raw Food Chef Russell James began his career after finding the remedy for his acne was to eat raw food and so many of our market customers testify that after taking Scott’s Green Papaya Powder to clean up their insides and by eating more fruits and veggies uncooked, serious skin conditions like Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis simply disappears.  Here’s what one customer has to say about his experience…

And when your organs and blood are fed the nutrition they need to function properly, that shows in your skin.  Get your vitamins and moisture from foods like apples and carrots.  When you do, then phrases like “inner beauty” and “inner glow” will be applied to you.  Your skin is what’s presented to the rest of the world and healthy, glowing skin makes the best first impression.

When you start adding raw foods to your diet, things will just naturally fall into place.  You’ll feel better. You’ll look better.  People will react to you more positively – Scott and I are often complimented on our youthful raw food ‘glow’.  You’ll have so much more energy for your work, your friends, and your family.

This kind of energy is a self-perpetuating thing.  You don’t need self-help books, expensive moisturizers and plastic surgery to look your best, because when your body and skin are getting their essential nutrition from raw, uncooked foods, you’ll look and feel your best, naturally!

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Health Skin Needs Fresh Fruit & Veg

Make sure you look out Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 10 when we’ll be talking more about eating organic foods on a raw food diet.  I know we discussed this in Step 8 but it’s really essential that you educate yourself about the many, many benefits of eating organic food!!

Please feel free to share your experiences, ask a question or share this information.  Leave a comment in the box below… we’re here to help!

Clare

Scott Mathias & Clare DarwishClare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias.  Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business.  The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia.  She now assists Scott at his fortnightly Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years

Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 8 – The Importance Of Organic Foods

OK, so we’ve talked about why you may not need as many fluids on a raw food diet. In this post we’re going to talk about the importance of organic foods.

Let’s deal with the biggest complaint first shall we?  Organic food is more expensive… true!!  However, consider this – how expensive is a debilitating, chronic illness which could lead to an early death?  Billions are spent on alternative healthcare by those who mistrust conventional medicine these days.  Most people know that pharmaceutical medicines DO NOT HEAL… they merely deal with the symptom and not the cause.

Also, imagine what would happen if everyone demanded organic food at their local supermarket.  Would the big corporations respond?  YES, of course they would.  The only reason most have allocated a meter (or less) of shelf space for fresh organic fruits and veggies, is because YOU continue to buy the cheaper offerings.

Another consideration worthy of thought is this… when we transition to a raw vegan lifestyle, we naturally begin to consume less as our bodies adjust to the 100% nutritional value we receive compared to eating cheaper, cooked or processed foods which have very little nutritients left, therefore we need to consume MORE!!  Are you getting the picture yet?

Rant over!!

Now, as we all know, food that is grown or raised without chemical pesticides or chemical fertilizers is called “organic.”  We’ve become so used to eating foods that have been grown with fertilizers and pesticides, that most of us have forgotten what it’s like to eat organically grown food or what a difference it can make in the way that we feel.

Why else would you choose to eat organic food?

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You may not realize this but we pay a lot in terms of flavor and nutrition so that we can eat perfect-looking food.  While organic food may have an occasional bruise on its flesh and not be as shiny and sleek as food that’s been sprayed with harmful chemicals it is generally fresher and more flavorful than the fruits and  vegetables you commonly find stocked at your local supermarket or corner shop.

raw vegan lifestyle tips - step 8Many times, they’re grown locally, so they haven’t been stored or refrigerated.  Consider the difference in flavor between a  vine-ripened tomato and a regular tomato.  There’s just no comparison.

Remember your body has to process everything you put into it and eliminate what it cannot digest. If your food contains toxins in the form of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, your body has to figure out a way to get rid of the toxins. When the body  cannot get rid of toxins fast enough, it stores them until it has time to eliminate them. This can lead to a multitude of side effects and health problems.

Did you know that many of the pesticides used in farming have been found to be carcinogenic?  Is there a connection between this and the increase in allergies, metal poisoning, and chronic digestive problems?  You decide!

raw vegan lifestyle tips - step 8So there’s no doubt that reducing your exposure to these toxins can and will improve your overall health. While your body is designed to eliminate toxins it needs to expend extra energy to eliminate them.  This is energy that could just as easily be doing other things such as healing damaged cells, fighting off viruses and bacteria, or patrolling the  body for cancer cells.

So it only stands to reason that you will feel substantially better without putting these poisons into your body.  Especially if your system is sensitive to toxins.

Fortunately, it’s getting easier to do this because there’s a growing selection and variety of organic produce becoming available in specialty stores and even in grocery stores these days as people become more aware of the dangers associated with consuming harmful pesticides and fertilizers.

In my next post, I’ll be talking about what a raw food diet can do for your skin.  Please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Clare

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Scott Mathias & Clare DarwishClare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias.  Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business.  The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia.  She now assists Scott at his fortnightly Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.

In the last post we talked about the difference between being a vegetarian and going on a raw food plan.  Today, in Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 7,  we’re discussing why you may not need as many fluids when you consume a raw food diet.

When you start eating more raw foods, you may begin to notice that you’re not as thirsty as you used to be. You’ll soon discover that you don’t need as much water or other beverages as you normally would.

There are several reasons for this, including the fact that raw foods such as fruits and vegetables naturally have a higher volume of water in them, so when you consume them your body is getting the hydration it needs from them.

This doesn’t mean that you should stop drinking water or other healthy beverages.  It just means you won’t crave as much of them.  As with any diet and lifestyle changes it’s very important that you listen to your body.  It will tell you what it needs.

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If you’re overweight, sluggish, tired, depressed, your body is most likely telling you to make some dietary changes.  Consuming more raw foods will help eliminate many of the side effects that you experience from
eating an unhealthy diet.

Did you know that overwhelming thirst can be the symptom of Type II diabetes?
*If you experience this symptom over a long period of time, please see your doctor immediately.*

When you start consuming more raw foods, with a higher fibre and moisture content, you’ll experience more positive effects like losing weight, more energy and vitality along with less thirst, fatigue and body aches.

If you’re not overweight, or don’t have Type II diabetes, you still might find you’re not as thirsty as you used to be.  First of all, if you’re drinking water and juices, you’re not consuming caffeine, which is so dehydrating and makes you thirstier. And by not consuming as much in the way of cooked foods or especially processed foods, which have astronomical sodium counts, you won’t be as thirsty either.

Incidentally, did you know that Type II and in some cases Type I Diabetes can be healed in less than a month?  Check out this documentary about the revolutionary work by Dr Gabriel Cousens… seeing is believing…

By consuming more raw, uncooked food, and pure water and fruit juices, you’re putting your body into  balance.  Keeping sodium to normal levels found in foods means you’ll start to require a more balanced amount of water.  Instead of thinking of this as changing or taking away, think of it as adding balance, and it will make the process of going raw and eating healthier much easier.

Next time, we’ll be talking about the importance of organic foods, so stay tuned 🙂

Clare

Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 7 – Back to Top

Scott Mathias & Clare DarwishClare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias.  Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business.  The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia.  She now assists Scott at his fortnightly Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.

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What’s the difference between vegetarian and raw vegan diet?

In Step 5, we talked about some tools you’ll need in your kitchen to help your transformation.  Now we’re going to talk about the difference between vegetarian and raw vegan food.  So, what’s the difference between vegetarian and raw vegan diet?

Generally, someone on a raw food eating plan is considered vegetarian with only a few differences.  The main one being, when you’re on a raw food diet you don’t cook the majority of the fruits and vegetables that you consume.

Another difference is that a strict vegetarian doesn’t eat meat, fish or poultry, they only consume grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. some may consume dairy products and eggs, while others may not.

What's the difference between vegetarian and raw vegan diet?

When it comes to being a vegetarian, sometimes things can get a little bit confusing, because there are so many different categories of vegetarians, like vegans and fruitarians.  It really just boils down to a matter of personal preference and beliefs.

Let’s quickly go over some of the different types of vegetarian diets:

– Semi-vegetarian

Eats predominantly vegetarian but includes some meat. Also called flexitarian or pseudo-vegetarian.

– Transitional vegetarian

Someone who is converting to vegetarian lifestyle but isn’t quite there yet.

– Lacto-ovo-vegetarian

Eats both dairy products and eggs. Includes all vegan foods.

– Lacto-vegetarian

Eats dairy products but not eggs.  Includes all vegan foods.

– Ovo-vegetarian

Eats eggs but not dairy products. Includes all vegan foods

– Su Vegetarian

Excludes all animal products as well as vegetables in the allium family (which have the characteristic aroma of onion and garlic, scallions, or leeks.)

– Vegan

Does not eat dairy products, eggs, honey, or any other animal product.

– Fruitarian

Basically the same as Vegan, but they only eats foods that don’t kill the plant like apples, tomatoes blueberries. Root vegetables like potatoes and carrots are excluded from their diet.

This may seem a tad confusing but some people LOVE labels!!  Quite frankly, I prefer to keep my life simple and don’t go around announcing my food choices, not even in restaurants.  Vegans may also avoid products in which animal products are used in the production, but might not actually remain in the finished food. This includes sugar and some wines.  They also avoid non-food animal products such as leather, wool, down, etc. With their main source of protein coming from beans, nuts and seeds, and whole grains.

Samuel L. Jackson - Proud Vegan since 2013
Samuel L. Jackson – Proud Vegan since 2013

There are also raw vegans who combine a vegan and raw food diet together to exclude all food of animal origin, and all food cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit.  The reason for this?  Anything heated above 118 F starts to ‘cook’ and ultimately begins to lose some of the nutrients in the food.  Is this why so many overweight people are always hungry???  I’ve mentioned this before, but here’s the stats again:

Advocates of the raw food diet believe that enzymes are the life force of food and that every food contains its own special blend of these enzymes to help us digest our foods without relying on our body to produce its own digestive enzymes.

When you begin reading about the raw food lifestyle, it makes sense that food should be consumed in this manner, mostly because the cooking process destroys vitamins and minerals that naturally occur in our food.  Not to mention that it is a proven scientific fact that cooked foods take longer to digest and allow partially digested fats, proteins and carbohydrates to clog up our intestinal tract and our arteries causing harmful long-term effects on our bodies.  PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ON THIS… it’s important that you understand that the causes of so many chronic conditions being suffered by the majority of people these days, is food related.

Scott and I choose to keep our lives simple, with clean, whole foods which nourish and naturally detox our bodies daily.  Energy levels increase when you eat live foods and I found that my 14kgs of extra weight that I carried about during my vegetarian days just fell away once I removed wheat and dairy products from my diet.

Next time, I’ll be talking about why you may not need as many fluids when you consume a raw food diet. Now, this will surprise you, so look out for my next blog post.

Until then remember that Raw Food is about LIBERATION… not LIMITATION”

By the way, if you haven’t yet downloaded your FREE Raw Food Recipes, then click here to get some easy and delicious ideas to help you get started.

Please leave your comments below, ask a question, or pass on your own experiences with vegan/vegetarian lifestyle.

Clare

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Scott Mathias & Clare DarwishClare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias.  Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business.  The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia.  She now assists Scott at his fortnightly Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.

Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 5 discusses the TOOLS you’ll need in your kitchen to help you complete your transformation.

 

Firstly, you WON’T need to make a huge investment when switching to a raw food lifestyle.  In fact, you WILL end up saving money by cutting back on processed convenience foods.

When you first start eating raw foods, it’s important to keep in mind that it isn’t just about putting something healthy in your mouth.  When you’re shopping for your food, make it a visual experience as well.  Try to fill your shopping basket up with  a variety of fresh foods, wonderful flavors and beautiful colors.

Did you know that the visual appearance of food is one of the first stimuli received by your brain before you’ve even tasted the flavor of the food?  Reds and Greens go very well together on your plate and will ensure a good mix of red anthocyanins and green chlorophyll and without doubt good tools allow you to get maximum nutrients from your food.

orange violet pansies
Anthocyanins give these pansies their dark purple pigmentation.

It’s true, the visual appearance of your food can greatly influence the enjoyment of it. That is why it’s very important that your food looks appealing on your plate.

Zucchini Fettucine from scottmathiasraw.com
Zucchini Fettucine with Asparagus and Olives

AVitamix Blenders you may recall me mentioning before, it’s a good idea to invest in a juicer, so that you can enjoy fresh vegetables and fruit juice.  A juicer is much more powerful than an ordinary blender and can easily liquefy foods while retaining much of their nutritional value.  However, I prefer NOT to juice as I believe too much fibre is lost in this process.  It is, of course, your choice.  Mine is to make smoothies in my Vitamix which ensures that I get to consume the necessary fibre as well.

If you don’t have a steamer, invest in one of those too, so you can lightly steam your vegetables.  They are really inexpensive these days.  While you are consuming a raw food diet, it is perfectly acceptable to steam or blanch your fruits and vegetables if  you want eat them warm.  Just be careful not to overcook them.  Use a food thermometer and cook them no higher than 118 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you don’t go above this temperature, you won’t be causing much damage to the digestive  enzymes in the food.

global knivesYou’ll also want a good set of knives, some chopping tools and a mandolin slicer for cutting up your fruits and vegetables really thin.

Spiralisers are very popular among raw foodies and they’re really inexpensive to buy.  If you want to reduce the time it takes to chop, grate, or grind, a food processor is a good investment as well.  You can also use it to slice and puree sauces in seconds.  It can be a real time saver!

A new cutting board is a good idea as well.  You don’t want to use the same cutting board for all your fresh foods that you use to cut up chicken, fish or other foods.  It’s a good idea to have one dedicated especially for your fruits and vegetables.

Storage containers specifically designed to help keep fruits and vegetables fresh are another thing that you will want to consider adding to your kitchen.  There are many available at your local discount store or online, that can help keep your lettuce crisper and your fruit fresher, so you don’t end up throwing out more than you eat.

When you go shopping for new kitchen tools you will be amazed at how many specialty items you can find to make food preparation and storage more efficient and fun, so don’t be afraid to splurge on some great new gadgets for your kitchen.

Make sure you look for Step 6 soon. We’ll be talking about the difference between being a vegetarian and going on a raw food plan.

Until then, join our Facebook Community for free recipes and more health tips and please feel free to leave a comment in the box below – we’re here to help you!

Clare

Scott Mathias & Clare DarwishClare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias.  Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business.  The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia.  She now assists Scott at his Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.