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Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 4 takes a look at transforming your kitchen to acommodate your new raw food lifestyle.

In Step 3, we talked about processed foods and why you should avoid them.  Have you noticed a difference in the way you feel yet?

As we have discussed before, switching to a raw food diet doesn’t mean that you have to give up all the foods you’re used to eating.  You just need to start eating more raw, organic and live foods.

Before you begin your transformation make sure that you do some research online, go to your local library or bookstore and get a couple of books about eating raw foods, so that you can have a better understanding of what eating a raw food diet can do for you.  If you haven’t already done so, please get a copy of Scott’s amazing book ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ – (it’s available in printed version as well as a pdf download to your computer, android phone or tablet).

OK!  So, where’s the best place to start changing your eating habits?

It’s at the supermarket or better still, your local greengrocers store or Farmers Market if you’re lucky enough to have one in your area.  Whether  you have a few pounds to lose or you’re at a good healthy weight, there are two simple rules that you should  keep in mind when you go shopping.

1. Always go shopping with a well-planned list.

2. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry.

This way you won’t walk out of the shop with things that you don’t really need and you will be better able to resist the Mars bars and potato chips that are usually strategically placed near the checkout!!  I have taken the liberty of attaching a Shopping List to help you get started!!

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Daybreak at Noosa Farmers Market

It’s a good idea to clean out your refrigerator and your cabinets before you go to the store.  Be sure to throw out the half-empty bags of snack foods.  Put any unopened, processed foods in the donation box at your local grocery store or better still, take a deep breath and chuck them in the bin.  (I know that will feel like throwing money away at this stage, but trust me, you will save a small fortune when you start eating RAW).

As for prepackaged microwavable foods, think seriously about this modern way of cooking… does it really contribute to your new healthy lifestyle?  Why not put the microwave in the garage for a while and see how  you get on without it – Remember ‘out of sight is out of mind’, at least in the beginning stages of your  transformation!

Clean out your crisper drawers, invest in a good food processor like a Vitamix* or Thermomix and pick up one of those little ‘Magic Bullet’ individual processors for fast sauces, salsas and guacamole… (these cost  around Aus$40 and are available on eBay and at local appliance stores).  Get your kitchen ready for an  influx of new organic and raw foods.

With a few simple tweaks you can easily transform your kitchen from processed food prison to a haven of  health and wellness for you and your family.

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On your initial visit to the greengrocer or local farmers market, be sure to stock up on dried fruits and nuts for snacking.  Load up on fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Buy some grain fed chicken, fresh fish  and choose only the leanest cuts of beef if you can’t resist red meat and keep your intake of animal proteins to a minimum if you can.  Don’t worry, you won’t be eating your meat and fish raw, but if you must have it, then buy the best and gradually reduce your intake until you are ready to do without it altogether.

The key to success when changing to a raw food diet is to make eating this way fun.  Try some new recipes and invest in some new kitchen utensils like a salad spinner and the food processor I mentioned earlier.  Try using more herbs and spices to jazz things up.  Click here for some free recipes!!

Make sure you look out for Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 5 when we’ll be talking about some of the tools you’ll need in your kitchen to help complete your transformation.  Feel free to ask a question or give me some feedback on this post.  Just leave your comments below.

Until then, remember that raw food is about liberation not limitation 🙂

Clare

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https://scottmathiasraw.comClare 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.

Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 3

In the last blog post, we we talked about why you should consider switching to a raw food diet.  Today, we’re going to talk about processed foods and why we should avoid them.

Most people never even consider the effect that eating processed fried food has on their body, let alone what it does to their blood. While I was doing research for this article, I spoke to my good friend Maria Waldock of My Life Blood and she sent me some pictures of blood plasma after a fatty meal and let me tell you it’s not a pretty picture. Healthy blood plasma is supposed to be translucent, but after eating a fatty meal it looks very cloudy.

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Healthy Live Blood Cells
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Red Cells showing Rouleaux

(Pictures courtesy of My Life Blood)

What most of us don’t realize is that even seemingly healthy processed foods are often loaded with hidden fats, sugar and sodium. So even though you may think that the healthy prepackaged snacks that you buy in the store are good for you they may be quietly wreaking havoc in your body.

Let me ask you a question, how do you feel after eating a great big cheese burger and fries from your favorite fast food restaurant?  Do you feel like you need a nice long nap?  It’s no surprise, because all of that extra fat drags you down and makes you feel sluggish.

While the thoughts of going on a diet may bring up negative feelings and make you think that you have to give up all of the foods that you love to eat it’s important to consider some of the good things you do when you go on a diet.

– You stop eating processed fatty foods.

– You start eating more fruits and vegetables.

– You cut out soft drinks, sugary beverages and drink more water.

When you do this the end result is increased energy, better brain function and less need for sleep.  As you may recall me mentioning before, processed, fatty foods are hard for your body to digest.  When you eat them they take an enormous amount of your energy to consume. When you don’t eat them you don’t use up all your energy trying to digest them so you have more available for work, play, exercise and more!

Many people dread the thought of changing to a healthier raw food diet, but in fact you don’t have to make drastic changes in your lifestyle to begin feeling the benefits.

All you really have to do is take a good look at what you normally consume in a day without even thinking about it.  Most of us will reach for some chips, drive through a fast food restaurant or grab a pizza when we want something in a hurry and not even consider the impact we’re having on our bodies.  But once you realize what you are doing you can make small changes that will help break those habits.

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Tuscan Pizza with Cauliflower Base

One way you can avoid the fast food trap is to keep healthy snacks within your reach. Do you remember when you were little and your mum packed your lunch?  She always included a piece of fruit and some carrot sticks! Well, just because you’re all grown up doesn’t mean you can’t do that too.

Pack yourself a bag of fresh veggies, apple slices and some cashews, peanuts or walnuts to help you get through the day.  Your body will thank you for it and reward you with more energy and a much more restful sleep.

Be patient.  At first, grabbing healthy snacks may not seem as appealing as hitting the drive-through or grabbing a Snickers on your way out of the store, but in time you’ll actually crave healthy snacks over those fatty, sugary ones that you’ve grown addicted to.  Just give it a try!

Make sure you look for your next issue soon.  We will be talking about transforming your kitchen to accommodate your new raw food lifestyle.

Until then, EAT well to BE well!

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In the last blog, we talked about what a raw food diet is.  Now we’re going to find out why you should consider switching to a raw food lifestyle.

As I mentioned before, cooking your food takes away many of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to maintain optimum health.  In fact, here are some stats for you to digest (pardon the pun)  – When you cook food:

Did you know that the cooking process alters the chemistry of food, making it harder to digest?

This alone is a good reason to start eating a raw food diet because you will automatically start feeding your body what it needs when you stop cooking food and start eating it uncooked.

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Fact: A raw carrot has much more nutrition than a cooked carrot.

Have you ever seen the commercials on TV for antacids and digestive aids and wondered why there are so many people with digestive problems?

It’s because we’re putting so much processed food into our bodies that aren’t easily digested.  Our bodies were designed to process high fibre, high water content, fresh produce. When we consume a healthy diet full of these types of natural foods it can literally abolish digestive problems like… acid indigestion, constipation and irritable bowels, just to name a few.

There’s no doubt that obesity is an epidemic suffered by millions of people around the world. What you may not know is that the overeating and the lack of willpower is not the main cause.  The main underlying cause is malnutrition.  Sounds weird I know, but let me explain.

Did you know that the diet industry is more profitable than the oil companies?

This is true because of the way that we eat and prepare our food.  Prepackaged, overcooked and over-processed foods practically guarantee that we will overeat.  Psychologists may say that we overeat because we are missing something or trying to fulfill a need, but the reality is that most of the time our bodies are still hungry, even when we feel full.

Sesame carrots with Shoyu & Lime

Fact: When you start giving your body the nutrients it craves, overeating will cease!

Eating raw foods will boost to your metabolism as well.  While it takes a little more energy to digest raw foods,  it’s a healthy process.  So, rather than spending energy to rid itself of toxins produced by processed food, the body uses its energy to feed your cells, sending vitamins, fluids, enzymes and oxygen throughout your body, turning it is to the efficient machine it was designed to be.

Did you know that a starving brain will trigger the thoughts that make you overeat?

Once you begin consuming a raw food diet you will naturally stop overeating, because your body and brain will no longer be starving for the nutrients they need. Whenever you go to put a bite of food into your mouth just keep in mind that brain and the rest of your body don’t need quantity; they need quality.

Make sure you look out for my next Tip when we’ll be talking about processed foods and why you should avoid them.

Please share your own raw food experiences, ask a question or simply leave a comment in the box below.

Yours in Good Health!

Clare

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Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 1

The raw food diet has been around quite a while but when it comes to living a raw food lifestyle there is still some confusion about the type of foods you can consume and how they will benefit your body.   These easy step by step tips to incorporating a healthier raw vegan lifestyle will help you get clarity around this whole raw food movement.

As a vegetarian of 10 years, it was relatively easy for me to drop wheat and dairy from my diet when I arrived in Australia to visit my friend (and now gorgeous partner) Scott.  The result?  My ‘middle age spread’ disappeared … FAST!!  I lost 14kgs in 12 weeks to be exact.

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While many start eating raw food to lose weight there are many other benefits that should be considered.  Among them is the fact that it can help you live a longer and healthier life free of medications and regular visits to the doctor.  Many women going through menopause report a sharp decrease in hot flushes and night sweats… YAY!  Symptoms like bloating, acid reflux, constipation and even more chronic conditions like Coelia Disease, IBS, Diverticulitis and even Diabetes… yes Diabetes, can be reversed within WEEKS of cutting out meat, wheat, dairy, processed foods and white sugar.

With today’s busy ‘on the go’ lifestyle and so many prepackaged ready-to-eat foods available, the simple truth is that most people eat far too much in the way of processed food.  In fact, most don’t even stop to think about what we’re putting into our bodies.

When it comes to consuming a raw food diet, it simply means consuming food in its natural, unprocessed form.  There are many very good reasons why this is a good idea.  For example, processing and cooking food can take a large amount of the nutritional value away from the foods we eat. In fact up to 90% of the good nutrients can be lost.

Do you ever remember hearing your mother or grandmother say “don’t peel your carrots or potatoes”?  They were right!  They told you this because they knew that most of the nutrients are in, or just under, the surface of the skin.  This holds true for almost all of the fruits and vegetables that we consume, with a few exceptions.  We will talk more about those later.

A common misconception is that consuming a raw food diet means that you can’t eat anything cooked ever again.  When in reality it doesn’t mean that at all.  You don’t have to eat everything raw.  It simply means that at least 75% of the food that you eat should be unprocessed and uncooked.

The mainstay of the diet will consist of eating unprocessed, uncooked, organic, whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruits, seaweeds, etc.

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Uncooked fresh fruit and veg retains 100% nutrients

Did you know that cooking your food not only removes some of the nutrition, but it also takes away a lot of the flavour?

A raw food diet means eating more the way our healthier and more fit ancestors did.  They cooked very little, and certainly didn’t cook or process fruits and vegetables.  They ate them raw!  When you stop to think about eating a raw food diet it only makes sense.  It’s how our bodies were meant to consume and process food for nutrition and energy.

There are many benefits to eating to a raw food diet, as we will discuss in my next blog.  Just keep in mind when you begin eating a raw food diet you will notice your metabolism will work better, you’ll lose excess weight, have more energy and enjoy the benefits of better health.  You’ll also leave the table feeling satisfied, light and energy-filled not bloated, stuffed and in need of a lie down!!  So what do you have to lose?

Look out for Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 2 … COMING SOON!

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“Funghi con crema alle erbe selvatiche” – Mushrooms with wild herb cream

Another popular raw mushroom dish from our Tuscan Celebration Menu this month.  All dishes presented on this site are gluten and dairy free.

Mushrooms with Wild Herb Cream - Raw Vegan Recipe
 
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A delicious take on the ever-popular Italian food. All dishes are uncooked and use the finest organic or spray free fruits and vegetables. Dairy free, gluten free.
Recipe type: Starter or Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
Mushroom Marinade
  • 12 Med. Size Swiss Brown or Portobello mushrooms bases trimmed and marinated in the following mixture for 2-3 hours:
  • 1 Cup of Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup of Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup of Coconut Palm Syrup or Agave
  • S&P
Wild Herb Cream
  • ½ Cup of RAW Cashews – soaked for 3-4hrs
  • ½ Cup of Macadmia Fines – finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • Juice from 2 Limes
  • 2 Tsp. Fresh Thyme leaves and as many whole fresh pieces of thyme as you have mushrooms for garnish
  • 1 Dsp. of Olive Oil
  • S&P to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend the WHC ingredients and adjust flavours to suit your taste by adding extra of anything based on your preferences.
To serve
  1. Remove the mushrooms from the marinade onto kitchen paper to absorb the excess moisture.
  2. Line the mushrooms up on a nice serving platter.
  3. Drizzle the cream sauce over the top.
  4. Finish off by adding the thyme pieces as the garnish.
  5. Splash some olive oil over the top along with an additional grind of black pepper.

 Mushrooms with Wild Herb Cream – Raw Vegan Recipe

Feel free to ‘LIKE’ this recipe or leave a review to encourage others to try this and other delicious and nutritious raw food recipes.

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

 

 

A delicious and easy snack for you to enjoy at any time of the day!!

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Bliss Balls are very popular among raw/vegans however, many of them tend to include acai or goji berries which are not part of our nutritional matrix and are classed as a fashionable superfoods. This recipe is simple and much tastier in my humble opinion. Enjoy!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Raw Food
Serves: 12-14
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Pecans
  • 1 Cup Medjool Dates (destoned)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbs Raw Cacao Powder
  • Desiccated Coconut
Instructions
  1. Blend the Pecans and Dates in a food processor.
  2. Add the Vanilla Extract and Cacao Powder and blend until ingredients are combined.
  3. Put a good teaspoon of the mixture between your palms and roll into bite-sized balls then coat in desiccated coconut.
  4. Stores well in or out of the fridge.

 

My new ‘themed’ menus are going down a treat (pardon the pun).  As 2013 began, I decided to introduce a variety of tastes from around the world that we all love.  My RAW Vegan lifestyle is never boring, in fact, there’s hardly a carrot in sight in my kitchen these days because I experiment with lots of different ingredients and flavours.  My latest hobby (and part of my course experience for my guests) is to select a recipe at random from my favourite magazines and cookbooks such as ‘Gourmet Traveler’ or ‘Dish’ and then replicate them WITHOUT cooking and WITHOUT using flour, processed sugars, dairy or meat products.

RAW Falafel

RAW Falafel and Coriander Cream

I’ve surprised myself at the outcomes and the simplicity with which some of the worlds favourite dishes can be created simply by using a little imagination.  What a great way to relax after a challenging day at work or when the kids have gone to bed.  Sit down with a nice cuppa or glass of your favourite tipple and switch off from the daily routine and just contemplate the possibilities.

Clare also found this quirky new ‘easy recipe’ tool which she has installed on the blog,  and will be converting some of my previous recipes on the blog over the next few days, so watch this space… AND now you can download your own copy of my raw recipes to add to your healthy food repertoire.

In response to the calls for this RAW Falafel Recipe which is just one part of my all-RAW Vegan Greek Menu, I’m posting the ‘how to’ right here.  ENJOY!

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RAW Falafel
 
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This very popular RAW Falafel is easy to make and keeps well in your fridge. Prepare in advance - ideal Party Food or as a Starter or Main
Recipe type: Party Food, Starter or Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups of Dried Chick Peas left to soak overnight and rinsed over 2-3 days to stimulate sprouting.
  • 1 Cup of Fresh or Frozen Garden peas thawed.
  • ¼ Diced Red Onion
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • Clutch of Fresh Coriander
  • ½ Tsp of Cumin Powder
  • ¼ Tsp Coriander Powder
  • Lge Squeeze of Lemon/Lime Juice
  • Dash of Macadamia Oil
  • S&P
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients into your food processor and mix thoroughly holding back on some of the oil and juice. Consistency should be firm and cohesive so that you can either roll into small balls or make patties.
  2. Lay the patties out on your drying tray if you have a dehydrator or baking dish if you intend to use your oven to dry on no more than 50C, fan on and door open. Dehydrate for several hours turn every hour.
  3. These will be ready between 3-4 hrs.
  4. A fan oven may only take 2-3 hrs. You will know when they are dried.
  5. Serve with Coriander garlic cream sauce.
  6. Use the cashew cream recipe shown in the Moussaka recipe but remix by adding more lemon/lime juice and a small clutch of fresh coriander.

 

January and February saw the introduction of a RAW Italian meal theme, and after posting some of those dishes on my Facebook page, the cry went out for more ‘themed’ menus. So March has had me focusing on Greek food and with bookings already coming in for April, I’m now looking at Moroccan, Indian, Thai and Turkish with no doubt many more examples of this wonderful world’s cuisines to play around with.

So far, the response has been phenomenal.  In fact, every single class this year has been SOLD OUT well in advance and in some cases even over-subscribed.  Recently, my partner Clare and I moved into a new house with the genuine intention of being able to cope with the growing demand.  We’ve also been asked for ‘immersion’ courses and are now planning on offering residential courses over the weekend or longer in the coming months.  So, if you’re serious about changing your eating habits and find you need a bit more than just a day class, we will be able to invite you to come and live with us in our beautiful home in the Noosa Hinterland very soon.

CLICK HERE for more info on the RAW Food Masterclasses which are held every other Saturday at my home here in Doonan on the Sunshine Coast of beautiful Queensland, Australia.

Scott Mathias - 'Understanding The Divine Gut'

I‘m a Digestive Health Specialist 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 Hemp 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’.  Do join me in knowing more. I am here to help you find your personal freedom.