Do I ever binge on cooked food eating a mostly raw food diet?
Many people suffer from binge eating and the cause can range from unbalanced, restrictive diets, low self esteem and a lack of confidence through to a person feeling dissatisfied with their body or suffering from a traumatic event in their past.
I myself suffered from binge eating in the past and know how damaging it can be to your health.
In this video I talk about my past problems with binges and how I tackled them.
Do you experience problems with binging? What steps can you take to balance your relationship with food? Post your comments below!
We’ve got a rawsome treat for you today with 5 delicious raw food recipes for weight loss, delicious energetic treats and vibrant health.
They are all fully raw, vegan and really simple to prepare.
Here’s a video that showcases all the recipes.
5 Delicious Raw Food Recipes For Weight Loss And More Energy
The great thing about our raw food recipes is that they are really easy to prepare and contain simple to get hold of ingredients.
Raw food recipes that have a healthy level of fat are great for helping you achieve natural weight loss and also boost your energy levels.
They’re great for helping you cleanse your body, restore your digestion and overall health.
So here are the 5 raw food recipes that you are going to discover today:
Raw ketchup sauce
Cucumber noodles with creamy avocado sauce
Taco kale wraps with salsa and avocado cream
Savoury veg okra stew
The first meal we’re going to make is by far our family’s favourite dressing – ketchup sauce. Eating big salads with an abundance of greens becomes easy when you have a delicious dressing to go with them.
Looking to do a 7 day raw food diet cleanse? What a great way to detox your body, energize and kickstart healthy eating habits for a lighter and more vibrant 2017!
Today is day 1 of our free RAWvolution challenge. Have you joined it yet?
We’re having so much fun inside our private Facebook group that we’ve created specifically for this challenge. You’ll get daily emails to guide you through this challenge with tasks, recipes and inspiration to help you create a brand new you!
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Learn how to prepare delicious, quick and simple raw meals you can eat today with our 5-day menu plan.
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Getting rid of parasites was the number one concern when myself, Paul and our daughter Elanie all became infected with them.
So in today’s video we talk about how we got rid of them, trying papaya seeds, herbs, using zappers and turpentine oil. What worked and what didn’t? Watch the video to discover more!
Getting Rid Of Parasites
Parasite infections are much more common than people think and don’t just happen in underdeveloped countries but also modern western societies as well.
You can become infected through a number of means, including contaminated water, food, the air, poor personal hygiene and even through walking barefoot.
But what exactly are they?
Well, there are two main types of intestinal parasites:
Helminths are the worm parasites and they live and feed off another organism and in this case human beings.
In this video we are talking about intestinal parasites, such as worms that live in your body and feed off your nutrition from the foods that you eat.
So not only can they steal the nutrients intended for your body’s own use and cause deficiencies, they also can cause all sorts of other health problems.
In fact many people may not even realize that they are suffering from a parasitic infection and there are many symptoms and health conditions that are related to this kind of health problem that include:
Getting enough B12 on a vegan diet is absolutely vital for your health.
Today we’ll cover the top 10 questions that vegans and raw vegans have about this vital vitamin.
1. What exactly is vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that is produced by certain bacteria that can be found in the soil and in the guts of animals, including human beings.
Even though as human beings we have bacteria in our guts (all the way from the mouth to the anus) that produce biologically active vitamin B12, most of this B12 is produced in the colon, which is beyond the area of the gut where vitamin B12 can be absorbed into the body.
If you want to make sure you’re getting enough B12 on a vegan diet, you need to consume vitamin B12 from the foods that we eat (fortified with vitamin B12) or through vitamin B12 supplementation.
2. What does the body need it for?
First, getting enough B12 on a vegan diet is absolutely vital. In fact, you need to be getting enough B12 on ANY diet.
Vitamin B12 is vital for the health of the human body and is required for many functions including:
• Brain health
• Nervous system health
• Blood production
• Helps make the DNA in our cells
• Used in energy production
3. What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?
• Tingling or ‘pins and needles’ feeling in the hands and feet.
• Memory loss
• Dizziness/loss of balance
• Personality change
• Outright dementia
It’s very important to understand that if you simply wait until you start experiencing symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency that there is a chance that you can experience permanent damage to you nervous system (1).
4. Getting enough B12 on a vegan diet: is it just vegans who need to be concerned about it?
No it’s not just vegans who need to be aware of this vitally important nutrient.
People who eat animal products can also become deficient in this vitamin (2).
5. How do we get B12?
People normally rely on getting vitamin B12 through the foods that they eat, such as animal products if you are non-vegan.
Vitamin B12 is NOT available in plants.
As a vegan and depending on exactly what vegan foods make up your diet you can get your vitamin B12 from fortified foods that have had vitaminB12 added to them in the food production process or from supplementation (which is what we recommend).
If you’re a raw vegan for example, then supplementation is the best option for you to get enough B12.
It is worth pointing out that in our natural setting before the widespread use of chemical cleaners and the much higher standards of sanitation, we would originally have gotten our vitamin B12 from sources such as untreated drinking water and unwashed plant produce.
6. What’s the best type of B12?
There are a number of different types of vitamin B12 that the human body can utilize and the methylcobalamin and hydroxocobalamin forms of B12 are the most bioavailable.
Cyanocobalamin is another (and low cost) form of vitamin B12 and with this form of B12 the body has to first convert it into the bioavailable form of B12 called methylcobalamin before it can then utilise it.
7. Where to get B12 on a vegan diet?
Many people erroneously believe that you can get vitamin B12 from sources such as seaweed, algae (including chlorella, spirulina), miso and fermented vegetables.
The problem is that these source can contain what is called analogue B12 which cannot be utilized by the human body and can actually interfere with the utilization of ‘active’ or usable vitamin B12.
So getting enough B12 on a vegan diet with foods above is not going to help you avoid deficiencies.
8. How much B12 to take on a vegan diet?
If you take a vitamin B12 supplement (which is what we recommend) then you need to be taking at least 2,500mcg, once every week and the form recommended by Dr. Michael Greger is cyanocobalamin (3). As a side note, Paul takes a dosage of 2,500mcg of methylcobalamin once every week and has significantly increased his B12 levels.
During the later stages of pregnancy and now as a breastfeeding mother, my wife Yulia supplements with about 5,000mcg per week.
If you rely on getting your vitamin B12 from fortified vegan foods then you are best testing your B12 levels periodically and ideally also supplementing with a specific B12 supplement.
We personally test ourselves once a year.
9. How to test my B12 levels?
Generally doctors will check people’s B12 levels via a simple blood test.
Desired B12 levels differ from country to country and in the US for example, the low end of the desired B12 range is 200pg/ml (4). In Japan though the lower end limit is 550 pg/ml (5).
These large differences in reference range minimums show us that a good deal of uncertainty still exists with regards to what the healthy minimum level of B12 should be.
Studies have found that deficiencies begin to appear in the cerebral spinal fluid when levels fall below the 550 to 600pg/ml of vitamin B12 in the blood (6).
In fact a more accurate way to test your body’s B12 status (though more expensive) is not via a blood test but instead with what is called a uMMA test (Urine Methylmalonic Acid) This test can actually measure for a tissue/cellular deficiency of B12.
If you do have analogue B12 present in your diet, (such as seaweed, spirulina, bee pollen, etc. – see above) – then be aware that your B12 blood test results will also include these analogue B12s which cannot be utilized by the body.
And in this case doing a uMMA test would be a good idea.
Testing for elevated levels of the amino acid homocysteine is another test that can be used to determine if a person is B12 deficient, however homocysteine can also be elevated due to other factors such as folate deficiency for example and so is not as accurate as a uMMA test.
10. What should I do if my B12 level is low?
If you find out that your B12 level is low, then you need to supplement with B12.
For people who are very deficient, a course of B12 injections is something that will help them raise their levels quickly.
B12 supplements come in many forms, from skin patches and sprays, through to chewable lozenges and sublinguals that you simply place under your tongue and allow to dissolve.
Taking your B12 supplement this way (sublingually) allows them to go directly into your blood stream via blood vessels under your tongue and so is a good way to get your B12 and they are very affordable too.
To make sure you’re getting enough B12 on a vegan diet, as well a raw vegan one, you are best supplementing.
If you’re pregnant and are lactating, then you will need to increase your weekly dose of B12 supplement.
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What B12 supplement do you take? Post your comments below!
Well this is what we are going to find out in today’s video!
It is possible to lose weight with intuitive eating and on a fruit based raw or high raw food diet, which has lots of water rich fruits in it.
In fact, weight loss happens effortlessly for many people on this lifestyle … but not everyone!
An interesting study was done which compared these two ways of eating and it found that at first intuitive eating worked well for weight loss but eventually ground to a halt, while those on a calorie controlled diet continued to lose weight. (1)
The problem with intuitive eating seems to be is that there are other factors that can influence how much someone actually eats.
One such example was a study where people were given bigger packages and plates to eat from and on average ate 31% more food.
Interestingly, nearly all of the people involved were certain that how much food they served and ate was not influenced by the size of the dinner plates that they had been given. (2)
It’s VERY easy to underestimate how many calories you’re eating on a daily basis if you eat intuitively.
Plus, there can be various reasons why someone feels the urge to eat (and the types of foods that they want to eat) – from true hunger through to boredom, stress, etc.
In the video above I talk about another interesting study that showed how people can over-eat on calories without realising it.
If you are struggling with weight loss, yet practice intuitive eating, then watching what you eat calorie-wise will definitely help you overcome the all too familiar weight plateau that many people can experience.
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