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Raw Food Is Complete Food – Transition Easily and Stride Toward Ideal Weight and Health Today!

Raw Food Is Complete Food – Transition Easily and Stride Toward Ideal Weight and Health Today!

Dr. Brian Clement, Ph.D., N.M.D., C.N., 30-year raw food advocate and Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute has been conducting daily clinical research testing, evaluating and proving the immense holistic health benefits of raw foods since a decade before I was born.

He says “Don’t live to eat, eat to live!” The phrase means something a little deeper than just consuming food in order to keep living. He’s pointing out the evident truth that when an individual makes the jump to a raw diet, in breaking their programmed inclinations toward fatty, starchy, cooked foods, they instantaneously attain the fervor to realize their full unique human potential.

It seems that as soon I educated myself enough to look past the common misconceptions concerning raw living and really immersed myself in the diet, everything I needed – physically, mentally, and even spiritually – fell into place so that I could strive toward my goals.

A couple supposed faults of a diet composed mostly of raw living foods include:

1.) Not enough protein.

The World Health Organization’s proposes that a sufficient daily protein intake for the average person lies around 32 grams, one can rest assured that if they consume any feasible amount of nuts and seeds they will fulfill their protein requirement.

Protein in nuts, seeds (and all plant-based foods for that matter) is invariably accompanied by the right quantity of fats (cholesterol-lowering polyunsaturated fats, I mean) and digestive enzymes. The natural, raw, delicious food that mother nature designed for your body contains the most bio-available protein in the world. When you eat even the most decadent, indulge-yourself type raw foods, the available nutrients, proteins, vitamins, and minerals alike are readily absorbed into the bloodstream to help nourish and revitalize you! Contrarily, when you eat a slab of red meat – famed to be oh so high in protein – your body wastes tons of energy just breaking it down to usable nutrient, most of which has been too altered by the cooking process to use. Why not give the body the nutrients it needs to thrive in a form it recognizes and utilizes with ease?

Just check out the photo galleries at – there’s no way those guys are protein deficient

2.) Not enough taste.

I’ll be the first to contend that even before a short 1-3day transition period – which makes things taste even better! – raw food is delicious. Nothing compares to the savory gush of a ripe watermelon. Once you’ve experienced the crunch of a raw flax seed cracker (yes, they make raw crackers!) covered in creamy smooth almond butter, you may never seek another snack food again! Best of all, both food articles are nutritious and guilt-free. But let’s say you’ve really got a sweet tooth, or you’re simply too much in love with the texture of your favorite cooked foods. Do you really have to sacrifice the familiar, intoxicating taste of lasagnas, burgers, cookies, cakes, and sundaes? The honest, no B.S. answer is No! Thanks to the innovative work of Philip McCluskey, the innovative “cook” who introduced me to raw foods and lost over 215 pounds indulging on his own delicious recipes, you can continue to enjoy the tastes and textures of things like tacos, pastas, and even fudge while reaping the incredible benefits of the diet nature intended for you!

I can truly attest to the raw power of raw foods! Tomorrow when I’m skydiving for my (late) 18th birthday present instead of struggling with my once unmanageable college-preparatory workload, I’ll be sure to thank the incredible energizing capabilities of raw food. They’ve toned my body and enhanced my mind and spirit to the point where I am no longer overwhelmed by life/society and may bask in the goodness of just being alive!…

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Resistance Training Without Weights – Top 10 Body Weight Training to Build Muscles Fast Revealed!

Resistance Training Without Weights – Top 10 Body Weight Training to Build Muscles Fast Revealed!

Resistance training workouts are extremely beneficial for strengthening your skeletal muscles which consequently enhances your entire health. These workouts can be performed from the comfort and convenience of your home. There are various resistance-training workouts that doesn’t involve weight.

Top 10 Bodyweight Workouts

* Push-up: This workout is considered to be the most effective exercise for sculpting your upper body. Bodyweight workouts especially use the weight of your body to create resistance.

* Pull-up: This exercise main focuses your biceps.

* Chin-up: It is similar to pull ups, which can be performed for toning your shoulders.

* Crunches: You can comfortably lie in your back and perform this exercise. Crunches mainly focus your abdominal muscles.

* V -up: You should lie down in your back and try to form a V-shape by raising your legs and your head. This workout emphasizes your abs.

* Bridge: You should raise your body off the ground tightening your abs and hold for at least 30-40 seconds.

* Dips: This technique can sculpt your upper body with ease.

* Wall push-ups: This technique helps in developing your shoulders,chest and biceps.

* Walking lunges: One can easily tone up his or her quadriceps, hamstrings, glute and butt by performing this lower body workout.

* Step-ups: This simple exercise mainly emphasizes your thigh muscles.

You don’t have to visit a gym for performing the above workouts while good nutrition plays a major role in building muscles. You should have balanced diet and small meals daily for boosting metabolism and burning fats. Protein supplements should be easily included between your meals for maintaining the energy levels.

There are various equipments available in the market, which claims to tone up your body. Ab circle pro is one of the most effective ab machines, which employs a unique circular technology for shedding those extra fats from your belly, hips and thighs.

The role of Acai berry diet in burning fats is indispensable. This diet plan helps in boosting metabolism in our body, which consequently helps in shedding those extra fats. It also acts as a mood enhancing food.…

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Vegetarian Cooking and Protein

Vegetarian Cooking and Protein

It is a misnomer that we need a lot of protein in our diet. Of course we do need some and pregnant women and young children need more than others. Meat-eaters take great delight in saying that there is not enough protein in vegetarian cooking, in fact, it is usually one of the first questions they ask a vegetarian – what do you eat for protein.

Let us look at what protein actually is and what it does that makes it important. Essentially it is necessary for cell growth, to repair and reproduce tissue and to manufacture the substances that protect us against infection. So, as you can see, it is very important that our bodies have daily protein.

However, it is the amount of protein that we have which most people have no idea about. The daily requirements is really quite small. It is probably a legacy from exceptional marketing strategies on behalf of the meat industries that we have been led to believe that the best source of protein is meat. True, there is no denying that meat is rich in protein, however, meat-eaters really do consume too much protein on a daily basis and can overload the body.

It is fairly easy to get over-concerned about the daily intake of protein. The western world eats far too much protein as stated above, and the excess is converted into body fat. Very rarely do we have cases of protein deficiency even when people are haphazard about their diet and their nutritional needs and are eating takeaway or fast foods. Even vegetarian cooking can get a bit slapdash but it still works out o.k. in the end.

The real problem is too much fat, sugar and salt.

Getting protein from vegetable sources can be a bonus as the high fiber content of vegetarian foods such as legumes and grains seems to be able to put the breaks on over-eating.

There are 23 different amino acids that make up protein. These are substances that, when combined, make what is known as “complete” protein. Complex proteins are broken down by digestion into simpler units in order for the body to make its own protein. The human body needs complete protein.

There are eight essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body and must be obtained directly by food – the body can make the others with just an adequate diet. Protein from animal sources do have all the amino acids and are therefore complete proteins. Foods such as eggs, cheese and yoghurt and, of course, meat, fish and poultry. Unfortunately these foods also contain too much fat so should not be overloaded in the diet.

Of course Vegans do not eat any animal product and vegetarians shouldn’t eat too much only due to the fat content. So they must find a different way to get the “complete” protein and this is where combining food comes into play.

Here is a few simple guidelines for combining foods.

The proteins in dairy products, nuts and seeds, pulses and grains are complementary, so eating foods from two or more of these groups will make plenty of protein and can be a good variety of vegetarian food.

Here are some to get you started:

Dhal and rice

Beans and corn.

Hummus and pitta bread.

Peanut butter on wholemeal bread.

Baked beans on wholemeal toast

Split pea soup and a bread roll

Brown rice and chickpeas.

Rice and tofu.

Corn tacos with kidney beans.

Pasta and cheese.

Muesli with milk.

Beans and vegetables.


Vegetable pies – potato, spinach.

Mueslie with nuts and seeds.

Chickpeas and couscous.

That is only the beginning. There are many different combinations and experimenting with a variety of foods makes for wonderful and tasty vegetarian cooking.…

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

A couple of times this week I made this fabulous cauliflower pizza crust. What is so great about this vegetable pizza is that it’s a gluten free pizza crust and it can also easily be made as a delicious vegan pizza recipe.

I first heard of cauliflower pizza crust last week while at a class learning how to make regular pizza crust. I had my doubts but after making it and there not being a crumb left I knew this was a winner, and so easy to make!

Ingredients for this gluten free pizza crust:

About 1/2 lb of cauliflower

1 egg – to make it a vegan pizza recipe use 1/4 cup egg substitute

1 teaspoon of oregano

1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese (For the vegans, I used Daiya cheddar cheese in my crust and then the mozzarella cheese for the topping.)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cook the cauliflower until firm but not too soft. Let cool and then either grate it, blend it or place the cauliflower in a Cuisinart to finely chop it (also known as cauliflower rice). Should come out to 1 cup of cauliflower rice.

Place cauliflower rice in a bowl and mix it with the egg or egg substitute, oregano and 1 cup of cheese or cheese substitute. Note, I also chopped up some fresh spinach into the mixture to get a little extra vegetables! Mix ingredients well and then spoon it onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

You want to pat down the mixture on the baking sheet so that it is about the same depth of a regular pizza crust and form your cauliflower pizza crust dough into a round pie shape.

Bake your gluten free pizza crust in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. You want the top of the crust brown with the sides crispy. Start watching the crust after about 15 minutes to be sure it gets brown and crunchy without burning.

Let the crust cool and then remove the parchment paper by sliding the cauliflower pizza crust onto the cookie sheet. Note, if the middle of the crust is a bit soft, you will need to use a large spatula to help transfer the crust off of the parchment paper.

To finish your pizza, add your favorite pizza sauce and toppings. (I used fresh chopped mushrooms, spinach and Daiya cheese to make this a vegan pizza recipe.)

Place the pizza back in the oven until cheese is melted and bubbling. Take out, plate and serve.

What I loved about this gluten free pizza crust is that it’s light and healthy plus you are getting your vegetables!

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical for all!…

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Choosing Vegan Fashion

Choosing Vegan Fashion

All women carry either a clutch bag or a handbag and you can purchase some amazing designs with the environment in mind. More people are realizing that there are other options when it comes to finding an amazing looking handbag. You do not need to buy leather handbags and fur trimmed accessorizes to simply look good. Vegan handbags and clutch bags are top quality and look fantastic they are stylish, fashionable and affordable.

You can do your small piece of this buy buying animal free vegan handbags which will help to stop the un-necessary killing of animals for fashion purposes. There are several top designers that are choosing to produce vegan products and they are becoming very popular both on the catwalk and in high street stores. The thoughts on vegan handbags are that they are always cheap looking and very “hippy” this is an image that the designers want to stop. Many different materials are now being used to create stunning looking vegan handbags that will last a long time and be practical for every occasion.

Stella McCartney is of course the most famous of the designers to actively promote her work and feelings towards vegan products. Her work is amazing and she has proved that you can produce top quality outfits and handbags which every woman will want to purchase. One of her best selling handbags is the Falabella handbag this faux suede silver chain trimmed handbag looks amazing with any outfit and can be used during the day or of an evening whenever the mood takes you.

Matt and Nat is one of the most popular Vegan labels the designs are unique and very fashionable for every woman. This Montreal based company offer amazing looking handbags, clutches and accessorize that are vegan and amazing. These designers have grown from a small company to a household name very quickly. One of their most bought handbags is the Air handbag it is a very stylish slouch handbag which is available in many different colors. The details are amazing and the price is affordable making it one of the most sold handbags in the range.

By purchasing a vegan handbag from a great company like Matt and Nat, you are helping the environment and become one of the growing numbers who realize there are alternatives.

Vivienne Westwood is a fantastic British designer who has some amazing fashion ideas and visions. Her designs are often seen as the unusual but are a massive hit on the catwalk and in stores. She produces vegan handbags that will set you apart from the crowd. One of her most popular handbags is the Yasmin handbag it is made from organic canvas and looks stylish and fashionable with every outfit.

It is amazing to see that designers and manufacturers are beginning to realize that there is now a demand for vegan handbags. There is fast becoming more choice from more designers and everyone can now afford to buy one of these eco friendly handbags. By buying a vegan handbag you know that you have done your part to help reduce needless animal suffering.…

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Organic Shiraz Wines – Wines to Try From Around The World

Organic Shiraz Wines – Wines to Try From Around The World

Shiraz, or Syrah as it is also called, is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce strong-bodied red wines. It’s a very popular grape – in 2004, Shiraz was estimated to be the world’s 7th most grown grape.

Red wines made from Syrah are usually powerfully flavored and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor notes, depending on the climate and soils where it is grown, as well as other viticultural practices chosen. Therefore, not even all organic red wines made with Syrah grapes are alike.

Take Mas de Janiny Syrah for example. This full-bodied French Syrah varietal which has been made with organic grapes is elegant and complex, with aromas and flavors of red fruits, violet, spices and leather. It is aged in oak barrels, which adds subtle and appealing vanilla notes to the silky texture to the wine. It’s unfined, unfiltered and vegan, making it suitable for almost everyone. A great Syrah, many say.

Compare it with another Syrah varietal, Pircas Negras Shiraz Organic from Argentina. This organic and vegan wine is described as having aromas of blackberry and lavender. On the palate, ripe and raspberry flavors are layered with nuances of pepper, rosemary and spice.

Even though both can be described as having spicy aromas, Mas de Janiny is clearly fruitier as Pircas Negras Shiraz has more flavors of berries. Both wines are high-quality, but very drinkable wines, so why not try them both and see which one you like more

Another popular organic Shiraz is the Syrah Ventura from Chile. It’s a wine with a deep red purple color, and it has aromas of anise, black pepper and black cherry. On the palate, boysenberry and raspberry expressions are interfaced with overtones of herbs and spice.

Again, we can see that Syrah has a spicy character, but depending on where and how it is grown and made into wine, it can develop very different aromas and flavors across the field of fruit, berries, herbs and even leather.

Whether or not you were familiar with organic Syrah wines before, it pays to give them a try if you like full-bodied red wines. Organically grown Shiraz grapes are usually strong and pure in taste, so you can get to know the real taste of these wines, not disturbed by any man-made chemicals.

If you’d like to know more about organic wines, please visit my website for more detailed information about organic, vegan and biodynamic wines.…

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Veganism – Option Or Obsession?

Veganism – Option Or Obsession?

Most vegetarians don’t have a problem drinking milk or eating cheese because no animals are harmed in production of these items. Vegans, on the other hand, refuse to ingest anything that is a byproduct of animals, like milk, cheese, and eggs. Vegans won’t even eat honey because it is made by bees! Veganism is more than a specialized diet; it’s a lifestyle. The following guide will help aid people who are looking to support animal rights and make the change to a vegan way of life:

o No more meat: As mentioned earlier, becoming vegan begins with the diet. A good way to weed animal products out of your diet is to do so slowly. Stop eating seafood during the first 5 days of the transition to veganism. During the next five days, eliminate red meat from your diet, and five days later, stop eating pork. Continue this trend until animals have been fully eradicated from your diet.

o Nourishment: Meat has tons of nutrients that are vital to a healthy lifestyle, most notably of which is protein. There are many food alternatives that will help your body get these important nutrients, some of which include tofu, soy milk, tempeh, and veggie burgers.

o Vegan fashion: Being vegan requires more than just a specialized diet. Leather, fur, and other animal byproducts are commonly used to create clothing, jackets, and shoes. Vegans tend to support the textile industry and only wear clothing made from cotton and synthetic products. For ladies, Buddha Bags are vegan handbags that make a great alternative to leather purses.

The most important thing for someone who is transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is to stay strong. A juicy steak will surely look appetizing at the beginning, but persevering through these tough times will make becoming a vegan that much more rewarding.…