pHenomenal health doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t have to time-consuming and it doesn’t have to be expensive. These are the top 3 complaints about “being healthy” that I hear time and time again.
I eat raw food because it provides my body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals that it needs to stay healthy. When foods are cooked, they lose all the enzymes and most of the beneficial content it originally contained. There’s more info here in case you’re not up to speed.
When adjusting to a healthier diet that includes more raw food, I think it can be easy to get swept up in the “what am I going to eat?” / “where do I start?” / “why is cooked food so bad again?” ping-pong mind games. So I want to remind you that it’s not just about eating more raw but about balancing the body’s pH.
For those of you that need a recap – the pH measures the “potential of hydrogen” within a certain solution. The pH scale ranges from 0-14 with o-6.9 being acidic and 7.1 – 14 being alkaline. The optimum pH for the body is 7.365 so slightly alkaline. If you want to read more about this, check out my earlier post.
So if you’re new to all this “raw stuff” and want to get started flooding your body with stacks of phytonutrients straight away – it’s as simple as this:
ALKALISE YOUR BODY
By consuming more alkalising foods such as:
- Dark green vegetables; leafy greens such as kale, collards, spinach, cabbage, endive, rocket, lettuce, broccoli
- Lemons, limes, grapefruits – although they are acidic citrus fruits, they actually have an alkalising effect on the body
- Root veggies; sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips
- Seaweeds – full of iodine and MANY other vitamins and minerals
- Sprouts – broccoli, alfalfa, sunflower, snowpea – check out an earlier blog
- Drink green juices and smoothies
- Use hemp, walnut, sesame, macademia oils for salad dressings. Ensure they are cold-pressed and do not heat!
- Drink at least 2 litres of good quality spring or alkaline water per day
- Make almond milk and use the pulp for cookies
- Processed foods
- Meat products
- Dairy products
- Bread, cakes, pastries, biscuits etc
I don’t recommend going full-tilt over night because that is unrealistic. You may “succeed” to going 100% raw / 100% alkaline for a short time (although that’s not strictly possible as we need some acidity, just not as much as the Standard UK (SUK) diet gives us and not from the toxic sources above) but ultimately you may end up veering horribly off course, crashing and burning into a feeding frenzy of Dunkin Donuts and Kipling’s Cakes.
So I suggest that gradually you begin adding the green juices, smoothies and salads. As you start to improve your health, you improve your clarity and slowly but surely the bad things will start to fall away. Some days you’ll do better than others and that’s okay – don’t beat yourself up! It’s a learning curve and you are doing your very best!
For those still wanting to eat meat and dairy products I would recommend you flip the portions from 80% of your plate consisting of animal stuff to 20% and load up your plate so that veggies and green LIVING foods take up 80%. This way you’re consuming lots of alkalising foods that help to break down the acidic foods on your plate. This post will tell you more about enzymes and how they are every beauty-seekers best friend.
For those people worried that a raw diet is more expensive – think again toots! Yes the initial outlay can be more costly but once you have invested in oils, seasonings and even a bit of kitchen equipment, your bills will decrease.
Here are some of my top tips on saving money whilst eating more raw:
Buy in bulk: once you have found websites that stock the necessary ingredients, make an excel spreadsheet of what you buy where so when you need an item from that website, you can buy the other ingredients at the same time. This saves on spending excess cash for postage each time.
Grow your own crops: whether you live on a country estate or a couped-up city abode, sprouts can be grown on your windowsill for very little money and effort. Just one teaspoon of alfalfa sprouts can yield one pound in weight! If you have a garden, even better; a packet of lettuce seeds for example costs a couple of pounds and will keep you fully stocked with greens all summer long.
After juicing veggies, run the pulp through the machine a second time as you can normally get at least another half a cup of juice. Then use the pulp to make crackers.
Plan your week ahead so you know what food you need and when you’ll go to the supermarket. Meal planning makes life a lot simpler and means you don’t end up wasting food.
Cut out meat! Meat products are really expensive and so are all the processed foods – a chocolate bar alone is nearly £1 and a packet of crisps isn’t far off! What a rip off.
Whatever or however you choose to change your lifestyle, make sure you’re happy while you’re doing it. Throw yourself into it and enjoy it in the knowledge that your body will thank you for it, especially in the long-run. And that’s what we want; a long-run – longevity. Eating more simply from whole natural foods is the only real sustainable way.