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Getting Creative in the Kitchen

There are so many raw food recipe books and websites around these days, there’s certainly no shortage of inspiration for those relatively new to raw foods. This is exciting and inspiring of course, but it can also be daunting to say the least. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. Here are some guidelines that will help you get creative in the kitchen and get the most out of your foods as you become more confident with your new eating habits. Continue reading

How to Set Up Raw-Friendly Work Stations

Setting your kitchen up for success is one of the most important things to take care of, no matter what diet/lifestyle you’re trying to follow. The bottom line is, if your kitchen isn’t supporting your intentions, then your chances of success are practically nil.

So today I’m sharing with you one of my favourite success strategies of all – we’re talking raw-friendly work stations – these being specific areas of your kitchen where you grow, prepare or process your raw fare, so that you can eat the way you want to eat, without distraction, denial or difficulty.

Why “Work Stations”?

Have you ever found yourself walking round your kitchen in circles as you go from one cupboard, fridge or drawer to another, in order to get all that you need to prepare a salad or make a recipe? Continue reading

How To Select The Best Raw Foods

When we first start changing our shopping habits, depending on our background, it can take quite a while to become proficient in knowing how to select ripe and optimally fresh and live raw produce.
With this in mind, this week’s article is about how to fast-track your raw food shopping skills to pick the best no matter where you are. Knowing how to do this can save lots of time, money and disappointment, because you’ll feel confident that every choice you make will be the right one! Continue reading

STRAWBERRY ICE-DREAM SMOOTHIE

As a child I loved strawberry ice-creams and fast-food thick-shakes. Little did I know then what the ingredients were and what they were doing to my body! With the aim to recreate the same taste in a healthier form, I came up with this very simple but even more delicious “strawberry ice-dream” recipe. I know that you’re going to love this recipe for its taste, simplicity and speed. Great for kids too of course! Continue reading

Raw Food and Weight Loss

Many people are attracted to raw foods as a tool for weight loss; in fact that was one of my own most compelling personal motivations back in 1993. After all, to eat a diet that was mostly fresh fruits and vegetables can only mean a lean, mean fighting machine surely?

Well, yes and no.

This week’s article is an insight into how raw foods can help you lose weight, but also how you, no matter what you eat (yes, even raw), can also keep weight on.

My own raw food/weight loss story is probably the best way I can illustrate what’s possible (and isn’t) with raw foods. I’m sure if you are struggling with weight loss, or have struggled in the past, something about my story will help or resonate with you and hopefully give you more insights into your own weight loss journey.
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TABOULLEH

Taboulleh is a Middle Eastern dish traditionally made from roasted bulgur wheat, but as that’s a cooked product we use alternatives together with the original fresh ingredients.

The best alternative, in my opinion, is quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) which many think is a grain, but which is actually a seed. Quinoa must be soaked and sprouted for a day or two before it can be eaten.
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Where the Raw Food Journey Really Begins: Self-Love

Going raw is not only about more than “carrots and apples”, it’s also about way more than raw food.

As anyone who has eaten mostly or all raw food for more than a month will tell you, what inevitably follows the desire to eat healthier, is the desire to live healthier in all aspects – internally and externally. And this all comes down to one central theme – self-love.

Self-love is vital for anyone seeking to live and be their best. After all if we’re not looking after ourselves then we can only ever get to experience a fraction of what’s possible.

So today we’re looking at why you shouldn’t just be focused on what goes in to your mouth, but just as vitally what you’re feeding yourself on every other level too – and here’s why:

1) You can only give what you have to give; if you don’t love yourself first you are trying to draw from an empty well. If you want to love others in a big, love-them-large kind of way, then you have to love yourself large first. Period. Where do you start? Keep reading…
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