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
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • 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.

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Ketchup Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • ½ cup of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 mango
  • ½ cup chopped parsley for decoration
Instructions
  1. Place the tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and the mango flesh into a blender and blend together until smooth.
  2. Place into a bowl and decorate with fresh parsley.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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Raw vegan cucumber noodles with creamy avocado sauce
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Ingredients
  • 3 medium cucumbers
  • 1 head lettuce
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 medium celery stalks
Instructions
  1. Chop the lettuce and place it on a plate.
  2. Peel the cucumbers and spiralize them.
  3. Add the cucumber noodles on top of the chopped lettuce.
  4. Blend together the orange juice, avocado and celery until smooth.
  5. Pour the sauce over the cucumber noodles.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Raw Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
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Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnuts (soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup dates, any variety. If they are too dry – soak them in warm water for 1-2 hours
  • 1 cup dried figs (soaked)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
Instructions
  1. Rinse walnuts, place them into the food processor and pulse
  2. Pit dates, add them into the food processor and pulse
  3. Rinse figs, add into the walnut-date dough and pulse
  4. Add cinnamon, ginger and vanilla into the dough and pulse until well combined
  5. Get the dough out of the food processor
  6. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin
  7. Use cookie cutter to make cookies or roll into balls
  8. Mix the coconut flour and carob powder together
  9. Roll the cookies in the coconut-carob mix
  10. Sprinkle more coconut flour over the cookies
  11. Sprinkle with ginger powder, if desired
  12. Place in the fridge for 4 hours to set OR place in the dehydrator and dehydrate for 4 hours on each side
  13. Serve and enjoy!

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Savoury Okra Veg Stew
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 medium celery stalks
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 5 okras
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice
Instructions
  1. Cut the bell pepper into 2 halves and de-seed it.
  2. Cut one celery stalk into approximately 1 inch pieces.
  3. Make the tomato stew base by placing the tomatoes, half the bell pepper, one celery stalk. lemon/lime juice and the coriander into the blender.
  4. Blend together until smooth and pour it into a serving bowl.
  5. Chop the remaining celery stalks into small pieces.
  6. Chop the remaining bell pepper into small pieces.
  7. Chop the okra into pieces.
  8. Put all the chopped veggies into the tomato base.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


What’s your favourite raw food recipe? Post your comments below and feel free to share this post to spread the raw love!
 

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!

Here’s where to join it.

If you’re in the challenge already — let’s get the RAWvolution started!

Today you’ll learn about how to do the 7-day raw food diet cleanse with strategies that will assist you in getting excited, organized and clear about what to focus on.

Here’s the video that talks about it:

Sign up to this challenge here.

Remember to post your comments below!

In today’s video we wanted to share with you what has happened to us after well over 7 years on a high fruit vegan diet, aka the 80/10/10 diet.

We are going to talk about our honest experience, show you our photos on this diet over the years, and clear up some big myths that many people have regarding a vegan, fruit-based lifestyle.

Here’s where to discover more:

Are you up for our 7-day RAWvolution challenge?

Here’s where to sign up to join it now. 

If you’re ready to kickstart your health in 2017, our RAWvolution challenge will help you with our best strategies, recipes, tools and group support.

Over 450 people have already jumped onboard and more are signing up as we speak. Come on over, bring your buddies along and let’s do it together!

Here’s where to sign up: www.rawsomehealthy.com/7days

Ready for your 7-day raw food challenge?

Join the RAWvolution for FREE from 9th-15th of January and get support, motivation, videos, recipes and daily training to help you rawk your way into 2017!

If you’re ready to create a light, beautiful and healthy body that you’ll love living in, and you’re up for eating 1-3 raw food meals per day — you’re in the right place!

Sign Up To The 7 – Day Rawvolution Here

During This FREE 7-Day Raw Food Challenge You Will:

  • Receive DAILY email training sent to your inbox with strategies, recipes, videos, LIVESTREAMS and more to help you change your eating habits and start eating more raw foods to kickstart your health transformation!
  • Get access to our EXCLUSIVE private Facebook group only for the members of this challenge, find accountability buddies, make friends with other health lovers, and get motivated!
  • Learn how to prepare delicious, quick and simple raw meals you can eat today with our 5-day menu plan.
  • Discover effective strategies to change your eating habits and keep yourself “on the wagon”.
  • And so much more!

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We thought it was about time that we posted a new update showing what our 2.8 year old raw vegan kid eats in a day.

This is our last video of 2016 and we’re going to take the next week off.

Thank you so much for all your support during the year. Have fun during this festive season, keep it super clean and healthy and we will see ya again in the new year!

Get ready for the January challenge, it’s coming soon!

These vegan gingerbread cookies are a great recipe to make during the festive season!

They’re all raw, gluten free and are ideal for sharing with family or friends to relax, unwind and eat sweet treats.

Here’s a video recipe:

Traditional gingerbread cookie recipes usually require eggs, butter, wheat flour and refined sugar.

Well, you can make them without any of these and still end up with vegan gingerbread cookies! Plus, they are wildly delicious!

These vegan gingerbread cookies are chewy and have a yummy sweet and spicy flavour.

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

You can use gingerbread cookie cutters, and all manner of different shapes, or even roll then into balls.

If you have a dehydrator, you can dehydrate them overnight to make them taste crunchy and warm!

If you don’t – you can eat these raw vegan cookies as they are, or place them in the fridge for 4 hours to make them set more and have a firmer consistency.

Raw Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Why not treat your family and friends to these tasty cookies? You can serve them with warm nut milk or a chocolate milk, where you mix nut milk with carob powder.

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies Recipe – Raw Food, Gluten Free

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies Recipe - Raw Food, Gluten Free
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnuts (soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup dates, any variety. If they are too dry – soak them in warm water for 1-2 hours
  • 1 cup dried figs (soaked)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
Instructions
  1. Rinse walnuts, place them into the food processor and pulse
  2. Pit dates, add them into the food processor and pulse
  3. Rinse figs, add into the walnut-date dough and pulse
  4. Add cinnamon, ginger and vanilla into the dough and pulse until well combined
  5. Get the dough out of the food processor
  6. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin
  7. Use cookie cutter to make cookies or roll into balls
  8. Mix the coconut flour and carob powder together
  9. Roll the cookies in the coconut-carob mix
  10. Sprinkle more coconut flour over the cookies
  11. Sprinkle with ginger powder, if desired
  12. Place in the fridge for 4 hours to set OR place in the dehydrator and dehydrate for 4 hours on each side
  13. Serve and enjoy!

Now, we would love to hear from you! Please post your thoughts in the comments below. Enjoy the cookies!

 

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:

  1. Helminths
  2. Protozoa

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.

Pin worm parasite

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:

  • Poor digestion, diarrhea, bloating, gas, constipation
  • Stomach pain or sensitivity
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Skin issues such as hives, rashes, eczema or rosacea
  • General aches and pains in your muscles and joints
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Rash or itching around the rectum or vulva
  • Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Autoimmune disorders

So if you suspect you have parasites, it’s important to get tested and start your treatment to help you get rid of them as soon as possible. This is something we cover in our video today.

Have you ever suffered from a parasite infection and if so what worked for you? Leave your comments below!

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.

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So …

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
• Depression
• 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.

Did you like this article about getting enough B12 on a vegan diet? Feel free to share!

What B12 supplement do you take? Post your comments below!

You can order Jarrow Formula B12 2,500mcg and get 10% off your order here.


Sources:

(1) Scalabrino G. Subacute combined degeneration one century later. The neurotrophic action of cobalamin (vitamin B12) revisited. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2001 Feb;60(2):109-20.

(2) http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/1/131.long
(3) http://nutritionfacts.org/2011/09/12/dr-gregers-2011-optimum-nutrition-recommendations/

(4) https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003705.htm

(5) International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences ISSN 0975-6299 Vol 2/Issue 1/ Jan-Mar 2011

(6) Pacholok, S. M. and Stuart , J. J. Could it be B12? P. 219

Should you practice intuitive eating or count your calories if you want to lose weight?

Is one approach better than the other?

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.

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26399269

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18823179

(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15761167