Cool-As-A-Cucumber Soup For A Hot Summer Day

When the summer days are hot and steamy try this cool cucumber soup for a delicious, creamy lunch or light dinner!

By Laura Fox, Raw Inspirations
Serves 2

1 medium cucumber, peeled
1 ripe avocado, pitted
Handful of fresh dill, stems removed
1 small clove garlic
Sea salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste
Lemon juice to taste
1 C water

Place in blender and blend until smooth.

Garnish with:
Cucumber chunks
Red pepper chunks
Pine nuts
Chopped raw olives

Enjoy with raw crackers and a fresh salad or all by its fresh, creamy self!

Written by ChuckS in: Holiday Celebrations |

Summer Party Menu Idea – Great for 4th of July or Labor Day

Everyone loves a summer celebration and the focus is usually on the food. Here are some fantastic recipes to help you stay raw while you party!

Sun Burgers on Sunflower Bread
From Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, by Ani Phyo

2 stalks celery, chopped, about 3/4 cup
1/4 C yellow onion, chopped
1/2 C red bell peppers, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp oregano, fresh or dried
1 C sunflower seeds, ground
1/2 C flax seeds, ground
1/2 C water

Place celery, onion, bell peppers, salt, oregano, sunflower seeds and flax seeds in a bowl, adding water last. Mix well. Form four balls and flatten into burger patties. Place on mesh dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 7 hours turning burgers over half way through.

Black Sesame Sunflower Bread

1 C ground flax seeds
1/3 C whole flax seeds
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 TB yellow onion, chopped
1 1/3 C water
2/3 C sunflower seeds
1/4 C black OR tan sesame seeds

Mix ground and whole flax seeds, salt, garlic, onion, and water. Add sunflower and sesame seeds and mix well.

Use the back of a spoon to spread batter evenly on one teflex sheet on dehydrator tray. Dry at 105 degrees for 4 hours. Flip onto mesh sheet and finish dehydrating for another 4 hours or until desired firmness.

To serve, dress your sunflower burger with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sea salt & pepper, raw mustard and catsup.

Fresh Corn-on-the-Cob

Take the husks off fresh corn cobs and wipe off the corn silk. Salt and pepper if you prefer. Bite into a juicy taste treat!

Fruit Kabobs

Make a presentation of your fruit by threading them onto bamboo skewars and poking them into a pineapple or flower vase. Use star fruit, blueberries and star-shaped cookie cutters on watermelon slices to get a patriotic look. Or cut flower shapes for a summer bouquet of fruit. Get creative and take your fruit from simple to spectacular!

Cucumber-Dill Salad
From RAWvolution by Matt Amsden

5 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1 red onion, diced
2 bunches fresh dill, stems removed and leaves chopped

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients and toss to mix thoroughly.

1/2 C raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 C cold pressed olive oil
1/2 C fresh lemon juice
1 TB sea salt
5 cloves garlic, peeled (less if you prefer)

In a high-speed blender combine the dressing ingredietns and blend until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad, mix well, and serve.

All-American Apple Pie
From Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen

2 C sunflower seeds
1 C raisins, soaked
1/2 apple

Blend crust ingredients in a food processor and form into a pie pan.

7 apples
8 dates, pitted and soaked
1/2 C currants or raisins
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp cinnamon

In a food processor, blend 2 apples with the dates until smooth. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

In food processor, pulse chop 4 apples into tiny pieces. Remove from food processor and place in bowl with the dates. (You can slice the apples instead if you like a more traditional looking pie).

To the date mixture, add the cinnamon, lemon, and currants and mix well. Pour filling into pie curst and let stand for at least an hour.

Banana Papaya Ice Cream
(See recipe on “My Favorite Recipes” post)

Watermelon Mini Delights
From Rawleen on the recipes at goneraw.com

1 Watermelon, cut into squares
2 C cashews, soaked to two hours
1 C Agave
Vanilla, to taste
Water, to taste

Place watermelon cubes on a serving platter.

Put cashews, agave, and vanilla in food processor and process. Add water slowly, little by little to achieve a smooth frosting-like consistency. Place in a zip-lock bag and cut a small section off the bottom corner. Use this as your frosting instrument. Squeeze frosting on each watermelon, then top with a blueberry! You can also include little flags on each one for decoration.

Written by ChuckS in: Holiday Celebrations,Recipes |

Some Of My Favorite Recipes To Get You Started

Luscious Green Smoothie

1 apple, cored
1 orange, peeled
2 bananas
1 stalk celery
Handful of spinach leaves

Place about 1 ½ – 2 C water in high speed blender. Add the rest of the ingredients a couple at a time, mixing between. Blend until smooth, green and luscious. Pour into a beautiful glass and enjoy the liquid energy coursing through your veins! Green smoothies are most nutritious when eaten immediately, but if you have some left, refrigerate and have it for lunch.

Note: Try your own variations. Use whatever fruits you like and add a handful of kale and/or spinach. You’ll come up with some delicious favorites and become addicted to how great they make you feel!

Alissa’s Blueberry Pie
From “Living on Live Food” by Alissa Cohen

2 C almonds
½ C dates, pitted & soaked for 20 minutes (no time to soak? Add a little water)
6 C blueberries (I use thawed frozen ones – much cheaper)
2 bananas
1 ½ TB honey

Crust: In a food processor grind almonds until fine. Add dates and blend until smooth. Remove and pat into a pie plate.

Filling: In food processor combine 4 C blueberries, 2 bananas and 1 ½ TB honey. Blend until smooth. Remove from processor and stir in 2 C whole blueberries. Pour into crust. Refrigerate at least 3 hours so the filling can firm up.

Note: I love this even better without the crust! Just mix up the filling, pour into a bowl and chill until firm for Blueberry Pudding. So Simple! A clever friend of mine made the filling with the berries still frozen and it was a yummy blueberry ice-cream treat right out of the food processor.

Coconut Breakfast Cakes
From “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen” by Ani Phyo

Flax seeds are a great source of omega 3, similar to that found in fish such as salmon. Many studies have shown flax seeds lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels. Flax seed may also help lower blood triglyceride and blood pressure and reduce the chance of a heart attack. Flax seed is rich in fiber and the antioxidant lignan, known to fight disease and prevent cancer, especially breast cancer. Flax is also very good for relief from arthritis.

3 C flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
2 TB liquid coconut oil
½ C agave
½ tsp sea salt
¼ C water

Put flax meal, coconut oil, agave, salt and water in a large bowl and mix well. Form 8 balls and flatten into a “pancake” shape, about ¼ to ½ inch thick. Place on a plate separated by parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator. Cover extras with saran wrap or place in a zip lock bag.

To serve, top with sliced fruit like bananas and strawberries and drizzle with raw honey.

Orange Cucumber Salad Dressing
From “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen” by Ani Phyo

1 small cucumber, about 5 inches long, diced
¼ C cashews
1 medium orange, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 TB grated fresh ginger
¼ C extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic
Juice of 1 lemon, about 2 TB
1 tsp sea salt

Place all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Place in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Simple Sunflower Salad
Makes approx 2 cups

½ C raw sunflower seeds, soaked 8 hours (just soak them overnight and they’re ready in the morning)
1/3 C raw almonds, soaked 8 hours
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 TB lemon juice
½ tsp dry dill weed
¼ tsp Herbemare or Spike seasoning
1-2 TB olive oil

Place all ingredients in the food processor and chop to desired consistency. You might like it a little chunky or completely smooth. Taste and adjust flavors to your liking. Serve on a bed of romaine lettuce and top with sliced grape tomatoes or use as filling for a lettuce wrap sandwich with cucumber slices.

If you prefer a more traditional tuna salad recipe you can fold into the mixture a few tablespoonfuls of homemade vegan mayonnaise.

Vegan Mayonnaise
Makes ¾ cup

1/3 C raw almonds, soaked for 8 hours
½ C water
Juice of ½ lemon
¾ TB raw honey
½ TB raw apple cider vinegar
1/8 tsp dry mustard
½ tsp sea salt
½ to 2/3 C olive oil

Place all ingredients in a heavy duty blender except olive oil. Puree the ingredients until very smooth. With blender still in motion, slowly pour a thin stream of olive oil through the opening in your blender’s cover. Continue to puree until you reach the right consistency. Taste and adjust flavors to your liking.

Raw Tacos or Taco Salad
I have tried a bunch of different taco meat recipes and this one is by far the best!

1 ½ C raw walnuts

2 cloves garlic
2 TB cumin
1 TB chili powder
Sea salt
Lime juice
Tabasco (optional)

Process walnuts, garlic, cumin and chili powder in food processor until desired consistency; leave it a little crumbly like taco meat. Add a sprinkle of sea salt, squirt of lime juice and Tabasco if using and pulse a few times to incorporate.

Serve rolled in a large lettuce leaf or on a bed of torn romaine lettuce with chopped tomatoes, raw olives, fresh corn salsa and diced avocado.

Fresh Corn Salsa

2 ears fresh raw corn, cut off the cob

1/2 Sweet red pepper, chopped
¼ C Cilantro, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lime
Sea salt, to taste
no (optional)

Combine all ingredients and serve over tacos, or spoon into an avocado half.

Zucchini Pasta Primavera
From the recipes on rawfoodtalk.com

Alfredo Sauce:
¾ C water
¼ – 1/3 C lemon juice
½ tsp raw honey

½ tsp sea salt
1 clove garlic
1 ¼ C cashews

Put cashews, sea salt and garlic in food processor and mix until finely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.

1 zucchini, peeled
Cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ C peas, fresh or thawed frozen
Fresh basil, shredded
½ of a red pepper, chopped
Fresh parsley, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
Lemon zest
Small carrot, grated

Marinated mushrooms (Optional):
1 C sliced mushrooms in a zip-lock bag with 3 TB cold pressed olive oil,
1 TB Nama Shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce) and 2 TB lemon juice.
Seal the bag, swish the contents and let marinate approx 20 minutes.
Drain and they’re ready to use in whatever dish you want.

Make wide noodles out of the zucchini by drawing the vegetable peeler down the sides of the zucchini to create long “ribbons”. Keep rotating the zucchini as you peel, until you get to the seeds. Place a handful of noodles onto a plate, top with ¼ cup alfredo sauce and sprinkle the rest of veggies, herbs and lemon zest over the top. Very pretty dish and yummy!

Fresh & Yummy Marinara Sauce

10-12 sundried tomatoes, soaked in warm water 15-30 minutes to soften
1 large fresh tomato
1 large red pepper
1 stalk of celery
1 clove garlic
5 fresh basil leaves
Liberal sprinkling of Italian Seasoning herb blend
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Blend all of the sauce ingredients except sundried tomatoes in a food processor. Add the soaked sundried tomatoes last, a few at a time and blend.

This sauce is great over zucchini pasta or on raw pizza!

Almond Ginger Nori Rolls
From “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen” by Ani Phyo

Almond Ginger Pate:

1 TB ginger

1 C almonds, dry
1 clove garlic
1 lemon, juiced
½ tsp sea salt
¼ C water

Place almonds in food processor and mix until fine. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.

Nori Rolls:

Nori sheets, raw ones are dark purple
Avocado, sliced
Ginger almond pate
Spinach or Romaine lettuce leaves
Green onion, julienned
Carrot, grated
Sea salt
Mung bean sprouts
Tomato, sliced into rectangles
Herbamare Seasoning
Cucumber, julienned

Lay out a nori sheet and spread with dry spinach or romaine lettuce leaves on the end closest to you. Top with ¼ C ginger almond pate and any of the other ingredients you like. Roll tightly and serve whole or cut in half so you can see all the pretty fillings. Eat immediately so the nori is still crisp.

The Best Raw Chili
I got this recipe second-hand, but it is from the book “Rainbow Green” by Dr. Gabriel Cousens.

2 carrots
2 stalks celery

1 red bell pepper
¼ – ½ C leek or green onion, cut up small
3-4 cobs raw corn, cut off the cob
¼ C cold pressed olive oil
Sea salt

Using a food processor to make it quicker, individually chop carrots, celery and red pepper into very small (but not mush) pieces, taking each veggie out before chopping the next and placing them in a large bowl. Add onion, corn, olive oil and salt. Stir together. If you have a dehydrator, place this mixture in at 105 – 110 degrees for an hour.

During that time, in the food processor add:
½ C soaked sun dried tomatoes
4 tomatoes
2 avocados
1 TB ginger
Sea salt
2 TB chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
Cayenne to taste

Mix this with the veggies above and put it back in the dehydrator for one more hour. If you don’t have a dehydrator, just mix it all up and enjoy a hearty meal! This makes a lot, share it or freeze some for next week.

Chocolate Macaroons
From “Raw Food Real World” by Matthew Kenney & Sarma Melngallis
Makes 24-36

3 C dried, unsweetened coconut
1/3 C coconut butter (also called coconut oil)
1 ½ C raw cacao powder

1 TB vanilla extract
1 C maple syrup (this is not raw)
½ tsp sea salt

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and stir well to combine. Using a small ice-cream scoop, your hands or a tablespoon, spoon rounds of the dough onto a dehydrator screen. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12-24 hours until crisp on the outside and nice and chewy on the inside. If you don’t have a dehydrator – just refrigerate them and eat them like no-bake cookies, they are delicious!

Banana-Papaya Ice Cream
From the recipes on rawfoodtalk.com

1 banana, peeled and frozen
½ papaya, seeded, peeled, cut up and frozen (frozen mango is also delicious to use!)

Break up the frozen banana and place along with frozen papaya pieces in food processor. Turn it on and hold it down! The frozen chunks can really get the food processor moving around for a minute. When it starts getting mixed together, stop the food processor and scrape the sides down. Process until you see it becoming creamy and holding together (about a minute or two). Done! So creamy, just like soft serve ice cream but completely good for you. If you want, you can top with chopped nuts, coconut and raw cacao nibs.

Alternate flavors can be created by using different frozen fruits in place of the papaya, such as strawberries. For chocolate, add raw cacao or carob powder to the mixture when you scrape the sides down, then finish processing.

Fresh Mango Cobbler

From the book Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo

Make sure to choose perfectly ripe mangoes, and try to get mangoes with less fibrous flesh if possible.

3 cups pecans, dry
1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
¾ tsp sea salt
¾ cup pitted dates

¾ cup pitted dates
3 Tbsp. coconut oil
½ vanilla bean or 1/2 tablespoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
? cup water, as needed

3 to 4 ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded, and diced (about 6 cups) OR pineapple

If using the vanilla bean for the crust, slice open the bean and scrape out the s
eeds. Process the pecans, vanilla seeds (or vanilla extract), and salt into a powder in your food processor. Add the first 3/4 cup dates and process until mixed well. Sprinkle half of the crust onto the bottom of a pie dish and set aside. (Don’t bother rinsing out your food processor after making the crust; the leftover crumbs will add in with the syrup ingredients.)

If using the 1/2 vanilla bean for the syrup, scrape the seeds out. Process the second 3/4 cup dates with the oil, vanilla seeds (or vanilla extract), and water as needed to make a thick syrup. Set aside.

To make the filling, place the sliced mango into a large mixing bowl. Toss with the syrup. Spoon onto the cobbler crust. To serve, top with the remaining half of the crust.

Note: This dish will keep for two days in the fridge but is best eaten right away while the crust is fresh and crumbly. After it is covered in the fridge the moisture makes the crust squishy.

Rawlmond Joy Candy
From the recipes on rawfoodtalk.com

1 C raisins
½ C shredded coconut
1 TB cacao powder
¼ C coconut oil
1 TB agave
Whole almonds

Blend the raisins in the food processor. Add oil and coconut, mix. Add cacao and agave and finish mixing. Shape into small bars and add a whole almond on top. You can eat them right away, but they are better if you can wait and refrigerate them for 30 minutes or more. Very yummy treat!

Raw Truffles
From the recipes on rawfoodtalk.com

½ C raw pumpkin seeds
½ C raw sunflower seeds
½ C raisins
1 C pitted dates, soaked for 20 minutes
½ C shredded raw coconut (plus more for rolling in)
¼ C cacao nibs
Squirt of agave

Put pumpkin and sunflower seeds in food processor and mix until chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Shape into balls and roll in coconut. Chill until firm. Great little energy orbs!

Written by ChuckS in: How To Get Started,Recipes |

Daily Meal Ideas

Most people want to know what my DAILY MEALS are like so I’ll give you a few ideas.

Breakfast – Green smoothies are the best. Try them! It’s a fruit smoothie with a little added spinach, kale, parsley, celery or whatever you like thrown in for tons of nutrition. The fruit/green combinations are endless.

The very best book of recipes for smoothies is by Revvell Revati at this link: http://revvellations.com/shopping/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3 you can even buy it as an ebook and download it right onto your computer immediately.

Also, check out the youtube video demonstration of green smoothies I have put on this blog.

For another easy breakfast I will cut up a few fruits for a simple fruit salad like banana, apple, papaya, pineapple. Or, sometimes I want something a little more traditional or special and I will have one of Ani Phyo’s coconut pancakes with strawberries and raw honey drizzled over. If I have made one of the delicious raw pies, I’ll have a piece of blueberry or banana cream pie – yum!

Lunch – I might have half of the green smoothie I couldn’t finish from breakfast (It makes a lot), or a greens and fruits salad. I like to put strawberries, apple slices, grapes or other fruit in my green salad so that I don’t really need to use salad dressings. Plus I add raisins, pumpkin seeds, cucumbers, tomatoes, grated carrot, avocado, bell peppers, sprouts, mint leaves, green onion… just whatever I have on hand. There are lots of great raw salad dressing recipes, too. I have also discovered a great “tuna” salad recipe I call Sunflower Salad that I love to roll into a lettuce wrap or put on a salad.

Dinner – I like to try new recipes if I have time, but on nights where it has to be quick I will have green/fruit salad or veggie sandwich with tomatoes, cucumber, sprouts, spinach, red bell pepper and mustard sauce wrapped in big lettuce leaves or on dehydrated bread. I also love ants-on-a-log with celery and raisins using raw almond butter (sadly, peanuts aren’t raw). Some of my other favorite recipes are: tacos or taco salad made with ground seasoned walnut meat topped with fresh salsa, zucchini pasta primavera, veggie nori rolls, Thai spring rolls w/ “peanut” sauce and fresh veggie chili.

Snacks – Trail mix made with raw nuts (almonds, cashews, macadamia, and pecans), pumpkin seeds, raisins, goji berries, dried banana slices and sunflower seeds. Fresh fruit or veggies of any kind. Something great to keep in your purse or desk drawer for a hunger emergency are Lara Bars, which are packaged raw energy bars (I buy at Down to Earth health food store). My favorite flavors are chocolate coconut chew, cinnamon roll, banana cookie, ginger snap and cherry pie.

Treats – My favorites so far are chocolate coconut macaroons (Raw Food Real World by Matthew Kenney & Sarma Melngallis), blueberry pie (Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen), banana cream pie (an Ann Wigmore recipe in Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen), rawlmond joy candies (web recipe), banana-papaya ice cream (web recipe), fresh mango cobbler (Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo), raw truffles (web recipe).

You’ll have your own favorites in no time!
Written by ChuckS in: How To Get Started,Recipes |

Answers To Nutrition Questions I Am Most Frequently Asked

One question I am always asked is, “Where do you get your protein?” First, it is interesting to know that human breast milk is 5% protein. This is the perfect food for babies who are growing more quickly than at any other time in their lives (they are doubling their weight in 180 days!). Since older children and adults are not growing at such a rate, we do not need any more protein than that. The United Nation’s World Health Organization recommends that men and women obtain 5% of their calories as protein. The USDA puts this figure at 6.5%. Our need for protein is easily met with fruits having 4 – 9%, nuts/seeds/sprouts 10 – 25% and vegetables 15 – 50% of their calories from protein.

How about calcium? Plenty of calcium is found and more easily absorbed into your body from plant foods. In fact, only 30% of the calcium in a cup of milk is actually absorbed by the body. Your body would get twice as much calcium from a cup of broccoli. The problem is that the body uses a lot of calcium in the process of excreting all the excess animal protein and will leach it out of your bones if necessary to get the job done. Plant protein doesn’t create that kind of problem. Plus, there is more calcium in many fresh green vegetables, fruits and nuts than there is in milk. Almonds have 245 mg, figs 269 mg, broccoli 123 mg and milk has only 115 mg/100g.

Many people worry about getting sufficient iron. Gabriel Cousins, author of Conscious Eating has this to say about anemia (shortage of iron in the body): “Why do vegetarians have less anemia? The answer, I believe, lies in the leafy greens, which often have a higher concentration of iron than flesh foods. For example, according to the USDA Handbook No. 456, gram for gram, kale has fourteen times more iron than red meat. Spinach has approximately eleven times the iron as ground beef. Strawberries, cabbage, bell peppers, and even cucumbers have more iron per weight than ground beef or sirloin steak. Researchers have also found that Vitamin C, which is high in fruits and vegetables, significantly enhances the body’s ability to assimilate iron.”

Written by ChuckS in: FAQ,Nutrition Charts |

A Little Info to Get You Started

Let me just tell you that I started by having raw breakfast and lunch, then eating a cooked vegan dinner for a couple of months and it was O.K. for a transition. I felt a little better, lost a little weight, got used to how it felt to be satisfied after a raw meal, but it was hard sticking to it! When I decided to get on board 100% it was so much easier to resist cooked food – I didn’t even want it. Cooked food smells good to me, but it is like smelling flowers, I enjoy taking nice big sniffs but I don’t want to eat them. And then the weight just started falling off. It was amazing to me!

I also exercise most days. You will want to, too and your body needs it! Aerobic exercise gets your energy up, your mood happy and keeps everything moving through your body, plus it keeps that weight coming off if you need it to. Add weights to firm, tone up and make your bones strong to avoid osteoporosis.

Some of the exciting benefits you will gain by eating raw and living foods are:

Increased physical energy
Rapid weight-loss
Phenomenal health
Greater mental acuity
Vibrant and glowing skin
Spiritual growth
Balanced emotional states
Youthfulness and longevity

No kidding! You will experience great physical and mental changes. It is an adjustment getting used to cold food and you need to change your attitude about how “full” you need to feel all the time or what a meal consists of. But feeling a clean and energetic body is a great payoff for the small sacrifices you will make.

So, now that you know my story I’m sure you are excited to get on with yours.

Written by ChuckS in: FAQ,How To Get Started |

My Raw Food Beginnings

I have been vegan (I don’t eat animals or animal products like milk, eggs or cheese) since 2003.

My mother had triple heart bypass surgery in 2002 which was a scary wake-up call for all my family and really made us think long and hard about what we were eating. I read the book “The Word of Wisdom Food Plan, a Medical Review of the Mormon Doctrine” by Kenneth E. Johnson, M.D. that had lots of quotes and stories about early church leaders who felt it was better to eat mostly vegetables and fruits. I was immediately convinced that was the right thing for us to do and Chuck and I became vegetarians. Chuck is such a good sport!

I had vaguely heard for a long time about the powerful health and healing benefits of a raw diet.
I got started on Raw Foods by loading some health themed podcasts from itunes onto my ipod to listen while I was exercising. Some of them were talking about raw eating, like “Celebrating Your Potential with Raw Foods” and “Raw Vegan Radio”, and every time I heard them it just rang true to me. A raw food diet consists of fresh raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouts. Nothing is heated or cooked above 115 degrees F to retain as many vitamins and enzymes as possible.

I am really scared of getting some kind of cancer. The devastating effects, painful sickening treatment, debilitating symptoms and especially the heartbreaking thought of leaving my children and husband. I always thought to myself, “If I am ever diagnosed with cancer the first thing I will do is go on a raw diet!” Then I started to think, “How stupid is that to wait until I am deep in the throes of cancer to try to get better? Why not feed my body pure nutrition now so that it can have the strength and power to fight any diseases that I might be developing already and take care of it before it gets out of hand?”

I also had a strong prompting while praying that I was being guided to all of this information (vegetarian, then vegan, then raw progressively) because even though I wasn’t feeling any immediate health problems Heavenly Father knew what was going on inside my body and what was developing already or what was to come and I’d better pay attention to the knowledge that he was blessing me to find. So – I jumped in with both feet, 100% committed, excited and grateful to my Heavenly Father! I try not to let anyone discourage me who might be pessimistic about raw and living foods, want to prove me wrong or tell me it’s just too inconvenient for me to always need special food. I do think it’s special and I’m worth it! Every single one of us is worth the special effort!

I needed more information so I went to the websites of the people who were being interviewed on those podcasts and started learning more, I got some raw books at the library and read all I could. I bought a few books that I thought had some good recipes and didn’t require a lot of equipment I didn’t have. I mostly use my food processor, just a Black & Decker from Walmart but it works great. I’d love to have a Vitamix blender, but I’m still saving for that. A regular blender will just leave a few bits unchopped and will wear out faster. I recently got a food dehydrator, it is nice but you can make plenty of meals without it. I have also got a few little gadget things that are fun like a Spiralizer that cuts veggies such as zucchini into spaghetti shaped noodles.

As I learned more I realized that almost every raw person does it a little differently. They each have different levels of commitment and standards of what is really raw. This was confusing but when you think about it that is the way life is. You just have to find out all the information you can, and then decide for yourself how strict you can be and what feels right to you. The closer you can follow 100% raw eating, the more health benefits you will gain. But everyone isn’t ready for that, so figure out where you are and START.

Written by ChuckS in: How To Get Started |

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