So it’s a good idea to really have a look at our diet and eating habits to see if what and how we are eating is of optimum benefit to our health.
Fasting and Health
Have you ever done a fast of any kind? It may have been a juice fast where you only drank freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices or it may have been more extreme like a water fast where you drank only water for a day or longer. Do you remember how this made you feel?
Fasting is a process of cleansing the body of all the toxins and residues that are present in our digestive system. Though many people assume that if you are not eating solid foods, then you would be low on energy, surprisingly when you fast you can often feel the opposite; full of energy and life.
Benefits of a Raw Food Diet
A raw food and / or a vegan diet can have a similar effect.
The benefits of eating food in its raw state are that the natural enzymes in the food are intact and not broken down. Cooking destroys some heat sensitive vitamins like Vitamin C and folate. As well the flavours of raw food are more potent and alive than when food is cooked, so your experience of savouring the flavours will be more alive and exciting.
Of course as in any other food, quality is important, so make sure you source your fruits and vegetables from places that don’t use pesticides in the growing of their produce. Luckily in the last decade or so there has been an explosion of farmers markets around the world, which are a great place to get your fresh produce direct from the grower. This also gives you an opportunity to chat with the person who grew your food, and this human connection really adds something to whole experience.
Make your food preparation: chopping, processing, making sauces and dressings, into a meditation or share the duties with partners or friends. Then instead of it feeling like a drain, you will benefit from some extra time in the kitchen.
Though it isn’t necessary to switch completely to a raw food diet to maintain a high level of health, you may want to try a 50 – 50 raw food to cooked food ratio, and see how it changes the way you feel and your energy levels on a daily basis.
Veganism is both a nutritional and a lifestyle choice for many people.
Meat consumption has been proven to increase the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and meat production has a very heavy environmental impact, due to the greenhouse gases emitted by cows as well as the slashing of old growth forests for grazing areas. So becoming a vegetarian is a positive step to a healthier body and a healthier planet!
To stay healthy you need to make sure that you are getting enough protein and calcium as well as vitamins and minerals. It's a good idea to make sure you eat plenty of nuts and grains, that you eat lots of legumes and bean products like tofu and tempeh, and that you also include things like seeds like flax seeds, walnuts and canola oil. These foods can provide you with a good source of Omega 3s. And of course no forget to include loads of fresh greens in your daily menu.
Even if you don't have your own veggie garden, you can grow sprouts and things like cress in your windowsill as long as you have a bit of sun.
When you feel good on the inside, and you have a whole lot of energy that you are getting from the foods you are eating, you are going to have a lot more energy to get up each day and live your life.
I have been a vegan since my daughter inspired me to make the switch in 2013 and I have experienced a great increase in my energy levels. This inspired me to share veganism, and then the raw food diet with others. In case you didn’t know, as well as doing Theta Healing sessions and teaching, I also run regular workshops teaching people how to prepare delicious raw food treats in Dubai under Raw Love Vegan brand. As well I host a monthly vegan potluck dinner where everyone brings a dish and we share and enjoy a beautiful vegan banquet in the company of friends.
Want to have some fun in the kitchen making something delicious? Here is a recipe for you.
1 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
1 cup peanuts
1 cup dates
½ cup cacao
1/3 agave syrup
1 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/3 cup agave syrup
- Crush the nuts in your food processor into small crumbs
- Add soaked and rinsed dates and all other ingredients and process it till it forms dough consistency
- Press the dough into molds that are most suitable for you or make round bliss balls
- Place it to freezer until you prepare chocolate, you can eat them also without chocolate topping
- For Chocolate mix all ingredients well and cover the brownies with it and add nuts, seeds
- Keep the brownies in fridge or freezer in airtight container