If you recognise that you’re here to raise your spiritual vibration and you want your diet to help you facilitate that change, today’s blog and video are for you!
Here’s what’s happening in our world today –- an enormous amount of people are aware about the importance of raising their spiritual vibration.
Many of us realize that we’re not some powerless beings and victims of life, but rather creators of our own worlds and reality.
As soon as we are born into this disconnected world, it begins to mould us, separating us from our true expanded nature and limiting many aspects of ourselves.
Right from our childhoods, we get given the foods and drinks that lead to ill health and disease, we’re sent to schools that suppress our true creative selves, then most people choose jobs that pay the bills, but don’t serve their higher purpose and so it continues.
The kind of conscious change we are talking about is a shift in your understanding of yourself, your self-worth, your lifestyle and the world around you.
When you begin to pay attention to your lifestyle, diet, thoughts, behavioural patterns and inner feelings, and start to question the accepted cultural/societal norms, the shift in consciousness occurs.
How To Raise Your Spiritual Vibration With More Raw Foods
We’ve now been on a diet influenced conscious journey for 11 years and we’ve experimented with many different spiritual practices, healing modalities, personal growth tools, diets and cleansing methods.
The biggest shift in our life happened when we switched to a fruit-based raw food diet.
My (Yulia) health issues started to balance very quickly, including Candida, hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue, hormonal issues and depression.
When you eat your natural diet that is fruit based – it’s light on your body, it’s high in it’s water content, it’s got lots of sun energy, it’s easy for your digestive system and it’s purifying and healing for your health and your consciousness.
Instead of a large amount of your energy going to your stomach to digest complex meals, all that extra energy is available to you to do other things.
You experience a heightened state of consciousness and your mind becomes very clear.
In the end, meditating when you have a headache, stomach ache, aching joints or a heavy body is a lot more challenging when compared to the quality of meditation in a light, healthy and raw plant-powered body.
So watch the video above to discover more!
Has a raw or mostly raw food diet helped you raise your spiritual vibration? Leave your comments below!
Do you ever suffer from bloating, water retention and embarrassing digestive problems?
You’re definitely not the only one!
Bloating is a condition where your stomach protrudes out uncomfortably from your body.
Bloating can happen for a number of reasons and in today’s video we look at some of these and how you can avoid either becoming bloated in the first place or how to deal with bloating if you are already experiencing it.
Reasons for suffering from bloating can include:
Poor food combining
Drinking with meals
Eating spicy foods
Lack of exercise
Fungal/Yeast infection (Candida)
Water retention or edema as it is also called is another common condition that people can suffer with and in this video we also look at some of the reasons why you may be suffering from this condition and what you can do to reduce or eliminate this condition altogether, which typically effects the arms and legs, including the ankles.
So watch the video above to discover more and leave your comments below!
If you lead a lifestyle that is based on plants and excludes animal products, then find out the top 10 blood tests to have as a vegan.
A lot of vegans and raw vegans believe that their bloodwork will by default be healthy because they eat a healthy diet.
True, a healthy vegan diet will help you get your cholesterol and LDL (“bad” cholesterol) down and keep it that way.
It will also help you boost your folic acid and antioxidant levels.
As well as that, it can also help you to significantly reduce your risk of a heart attack, as well as prevent different types of cancer.
But, if you want to have good vitamin B12 levels, vegans are vulnerable.
10 Vegan Blood Tests
Here’s an article by Dr. Williams — a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician (ANMA) who holds degrees in more than 5 different sciences.
Dr. Williams has conducted over 100,000 patient visits in over 30 years and he has earned a well-deserved reputation for his pioneering work in integrative medicine. He is the co-creator of the Complete Blood Testing Blueprint Program.
“Today I want to discuss the basic laboratory tests that are the most important to do when on a plant-based diet.
So let’s look at the 10 most important blood tests for evaluating deficiencies and some of the consequences of not having adequate levels of certain nutrients.
1. CBC – Complete Blood Count with Differential and Platelets
This group of tests tells if you are anemic, immune deficient, or have an infection or allergies.
Low RBC (red blood count), hemoglobin, and hematocrit are signs of anemia.
The CBC helps determine your general health status. If have fatigue or weakness, or suspect an infection, this test can help determine what is the cause.
2. CMP – Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
The CMP is a group of 14 tests that provides information about the status of your kidneys, liver, and electrolyte and acid/base balance, as well as of your blood sugar (glucose) and blood proteins (total protein, albumin, and globulin).
Abnormal results, especially combinations of abnormal results, indicate a problem that needs to be addressed.
Total protein below 6.5 and albumin below 3.9 are signs of protein deficiency.
Glucose (blood sugar) is also tested in this panel. It is uncommon for plant-based eaters to be diabetic. Sometimes, however, glucose can be too low, suggesting hypoglycemia.
This test helps assess iron stores in the body. It is useful in combination with an iron and TIBC to evaluate the severity of iron deficiency or overload.
4. Folic Acid
This test gives an idea of your level of folate. It is rarely low in plant-based diets.
However, higher than normal levels, common in vegetarians and vegans, combined with low vitamin B12 levels, magnifies vitamin B deficiency in the body.
The amount of folate inside the red blood cell (folate, RBC) may also be measured and is normally higher inside the cell than in the serum.
An elevated homocysteine level helps determine B12 or folate deficiency. Elevated levels of homocysteine (above 10 micromoles/liter) are associated with atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) and suggest an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clot formation, and Alzheimer’s disease.
I want my patients to be lower than 9 micromoles/liter and optimally less than 6 micromoles/liter.
6. Iron – total and TIBC (total iron binding capacity)
Vegetarians can have adequate iron levels if they eat quantities of iron-containing vegetables and fruits, like spinach and raisins.
However, raw vegans often show low levels of red blood cells and iron deficiency in their tests.
Early iron deficiency causes no physical effects, so you may not know you levels are going down; but, as hemoglobin levels drop below 10 g per deciliter, things can get challenging.
As the iron-deficiency progresses, symptoms begin to develop, including fatigue and tiredness, weakness, dizziness, and headaches.
As iron reserves continue to be depleted, you can experience shortness of breath, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), drowsiness, and irritability.
7. Lipid Profile
This group of tests measures your blood fats (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides) to determine risk for coronary heart disease.
Cholesterol is essential for life. A waxy substance manufactured from raw materials supplied in the diet, it is used to produce hormones and cell membranes and is transported in the blood.
Cholesterol is the primary building block for steroid hormones like estrogen and testosterone, and adequate levels are required for health.
8. MMA – Methylmalonic Acid, serum
MMA, along with homocysteine, help diagnose an early or mild B12 deficiency.
If MMA and homocysteine levels are increased, then vitamin B12 deficiency may be present, indicating less available B12 at the tissue level.
If only homocysteine is elevated, then folic acid may be low or not being metabolised properly. If MMA and homocysteine levels are normal, it is unlikely that there is a B12 deficiency.
9. Vitamin B12
Both B12 and folate are necessary for normal red blood cell formation, tissue and cellular repair, DNA synthesis, and for nerve health. A deficiency in either B12 or folate causes macrocytic anemia.
Also called megaloblastic anemia, this type of anemia is characterized by the production of fewer – but larger – red blood cells called macrocytes, leading to fatigue, weakness, and all the other symptoms of anemia. If your levels are below 400 pg/mL, suspect B12 deficiency. I like my patients to be at least 600-900 pg/mL.
10. Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
This test determines vitamin D3 status. It tells if you are susceptible to bone weakness, bone malformation, or abnormal metabolism of calcium.
People with conditions that interfere with fat absorption, such as cystic fibrosis and Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and Celiac disease are not able to absorb enough Vitamin D.”
To sum up, here are the suggested 10 vegan blood tests:
Complete Blood Count with Differential and Platelets
Comprehensive Chemistry/Metabolic Panel
Iron, total and IBC
Methylmalonic Acid, Serum
Vitamin D3, 25 Hydroxy
To take charge of your own health, you need to be able to understand your tests.
For that we highly recommend The Complete Blood Test Blueprint, by Dr. Williams, which is on sale this week.
The program features 35 graphics that show you clinical, desirable and optimal ranges for blood tests and what to do if your levels are high or low. It also covers what to do when you get your test results back and how to bring your levels into the optimal ranges.
Wondering how much fruit is too much fruit and how many veggies you should be eating?
You’ve probably heard about the recommendation to eat 5 portions of fruits and veggies every day. But what if you eat more than that?
Is it actually possible to end up eating too much fruit? And how about veggies?
Discover all in today’s video:
How Much Fruit Is Too Much Fruit? And How Many Veggies??
Forget about “5 portions of fruits and vegetables” a day. It just isn’t enough!
A new study from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London has concluded that people should ideally be eating 10 portions a day instead of the 5.
This means 800g of a variety of fruits and vegetables instead of 400g a day.
The study discovered that those who ate up to 800g a day of fruits and vegetables (or 10 portions) when compared to subjects that ate no fruits or vegetables they had:
33% lower risk of stroke
28% reduced risk of cardio vascular disease
24% lower risk of heart disease
13% decrease in cancer risk
31% reduction in premature death
In fact, if everyone around the world ate 10 portions of fruits and vegetables daily, then around 7.8 million (!) premature deaths could be prevented annually. (1)
We have been eating a fruit based, vegan diet for well over 7 years now and coach people on how to live this lifestyle with very high rates of success.
Eating a diet that is packed with fruits and vegetables is not only great for your overall health, skin, energy levels and your mental state (you feel more upbeat and alive), it also helps you stay slim over the long term.
Here’s a transformation story from one of our clients, Della Upsher, who went raw vegan at the age of 59 and lost 42 pounds, whilst feasting on an abundance of fruits and veggies.
How much fruit is too much fruit?
Many people still fear fruits because they think they are full of sugar and so are bad for you.
This assumption is incorrect.
When you get your sugar from whole fruits, this is not an issue. In stark contrast, refined or added sugar (empty calories) that you find in processed foods, is indeed bad for your health.
Studies have been done on people who ate 20 servings of fruit a day and found that there were no ill effects. In fact, quite the opposite. (2)
One outcome was a remarkable 38 point drop in people’s LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol). (3)
So how how much fruit is too much fruit? And how many veggies?
If you’re starting a raw food diet, you definitely want to make sure you learn enough about it so you can achieve success on a raw vegan lifestyle. Having thrived on a mostly raw food plan for 16 years in between us, we’re excited to share the ins and outs about eating this way.
When people hear about raw foods, they usually think that it’s all to do with eating a few salad leaves with some sticks of carrot and so is a dull and tasteless diet.
Well, the exact opposite is true.
Starting a raw food diet actually brings with it exciting new flavours, variety, and abundance. Raw meals are super easy and quick to prepare and the health benefits are tremendous.
What does it mean to eat a fully raw food diet or a high raw plan?
A raw food diet is one which is made up of whole, fresh, ripe, vegan produce, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
If you eat a fully raw vegan diet, your produce will be consumed in its raw state and not cooked.
Some people prefer to eat a high raw diet, where the majority of their daily calories come from raw food, whilst some of their calories come from simple cooked vegan options.
Starting a raw food diet: why you should do it
Eating raw foods is something that can take your health and whole life to a whole new vibrant level.
Just some of the health benefits of eating this way include:
Improved energy levels
Natural weight loss
Improved digestion and elimination
Clearer mind and focus
24/7 natural detox of your body
Avoidance of artificial food additives
Avoidance of unbalanced and unhealthy foods like refined sugar and oils
The science behind starting a raw food diet
Studies show great evidence for the protective and healing ability of this diet, which include:
Healthy Bones. A study found that people who follow a raw food, vegan diet had lower bone mass than those eating a standard American diet, yet their bones were healthy with no signs of osteoporosis. (1)
Lowers risk of cancer. A study found that raw food vegans had lower IGF-1 hormone levels in their bodies and so a lower risk of contracting various types of cancer. (1)
Better antioxidant status. A study found that a raw food, vegan diet provides significantly more dietary antioxidants than a cooked, omnivorous diet, and that long-term followers of this diet have a better antioxidant status than the omnivorous diet eaters. (2)
Longer, healthier life. A study found that there was a decreased in all-cause mortality, including cancer and heart disease mortality for people eating up to 7+ portions daily of fruits and vegetables. (3)
Improved rheumatoid arthritis. A study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis noted a marked improvement in their pain, swelling of joints and morning stiffness when eating a raw food, vegan diet. (4)
Improved fibromyalgia. A study discovered that subjects with fibromyalgia noted an improvement with their joint stiffness, pain and with their quality of sleep when eating a raw food vegan diet. (4)
What kind of raw food diet is the healthiest?
If you’re starting a raw food diet, you need to follow the right one.
Generally speaking, there are two approaches to eating a raw food diet:
You’re getting most of your calories from carbohydrates in fruits.
You’re getting most of your calories from fats and restrict your consumption of fruit.
The mainstream raw food diet is based upon fat and this would include eating lots of foods like nuts, seeds, coconut fat, oil and avocadoes.
Even though these kinds of foods (except for oil) can be very healthy for you to eat, they don’t work well when eaten in large quantities and are being relied upon as your main source of calories.
Some of the health issues that can result from eating a high fat, raw food diet include:
Brain fog/lack of mental clarity
Constipation and digestive issues
Blood sugar issues, including candida
A healthy raw food diet is one that will be high in carbohydrates and lower in fat, with 10-15% maximum of your total daily calories from fat.
A high fruit, raw food diet will not negatively affect your blood sugar levels, which is contrary to many people’s belief.
In fact, it can actually help you balance and heal issues with Candida, hypoglycemia and type 2 diabetes, as stated in this video.
This then ensures that your body’s cells are getting the fuel (glucose) that they need to work to their optimal level and achieve healthy and balanced blood sugar levels.
But will you be eating too much sugar on a fruit based diet?
Many people erroneously think that if you eat too much fruit then it has to be bad for you because it contains lots of sugar.
But this, in fact, is incorrect.
Indeed refined sugar is unhealthy for you. It’s a single nutrient which has been processed and separated from all the other nutrients, which makes it an unbalanced food that’s detrimental to health.
In stark contrast, the sugar from whole fruits is combined with all the other nutrients, which all work together to give the human body exactly what it requires.
There is a study that was carried out on 17 people over a 3 to 6 month period eating 20 servings of fruit a day.
They found that the participants suffered no ill effects from eating a diet that contained so much fruit and instead concluded that the diet had possible benefits for a number of health factors, including blood pressure, body weight, insulin levels and blood lipid levels. (5)
Another more recent study that again fed participants with 20 servings of fruit a day diet for several weeks came to similar conclusions and also found that the participants achieved an amazing 38 point drop in their LDL cholesterol levels. (6)
Calories: how much to eat?
If you’re starting a raw food diet, you need to pay attention to the calories that you’ll be eating.
As a high carb raw food diet is typically lower in calories per bite than a standard western diet, you have to make sure that you are eating enough calories every day.
If you fall short of calories on a continuous bases, you’ll experience cravings, unwanted weight loss and health issues.
If you’re under eating on calories, it will also mean you are under eating on nutrients that your body needs to be healthy.
After coaching people on a raw food lifestyle for 5 years now, under eating on carbohydrates and over eating on fats is the biggest and most common mistakes many raw foodists make.
If you’re a female who was eating 2,000 calories on your previous diet to maintain your weight and activity levels, you’ll need to be eating the same amount of calories on a raw food plan.
Weight loss on a raw food diet
The great thing about eating a high fruit, low fat, raw food diet is that you can eat even more food than you did before, yet still lose excess weight.
How is this even possible? We’ll, for example when compared to a standard American diet the number of calories per bite is significantly lower.
Basically this means that the raw foods you are eating typically contain significantly less calories than the kinds of highly processed, fat laden and sugar laden foods and drinks that make up so much of many peoples diets.
Add to this the fact that so many processed foods are full of unhealthy and toxic, chemical ingredients that cause damage to the body, including excess weight gain and hormonal imbalances, then it’s easy to understand how a high fruit, raw food diet is a win-win!
How to start a raw vegan diet in 4 steps
So here are our top five steps that can help you transition to a raw vegan diet.
Step 1: Transform your kitchen
Start from your fridge and clean out all the old high-fat foods, animal foods, salty foods, cakes, pizzas, burgers, fries, sodas, milk shakes.
If you don’t have those tempting old foods around you, it will be much easier for you to transition.
Beyond all the amazing benefits for your mind, body and soul, this lifestyle also gives you the opportunity to save a lot of time in the kitchen, which you can invest into other health activities of your choice.
Step 2. Stock up on raw fruits and greens and learn how to count your calories
Make a menu plan for the week ahead, create a shopping list for yourself and head out shopping for fresh produce.
Start logging your daily food intake in free online food tracking software like cronometer and nutridiary to make sure your raw nutrition is balanced.
Step 3: Go high-carbohydrate, raw or highraw vegan
We recommend a rapid transition to a high-raw and all vegan lifestyle.
Animal products can be loaded with additives, hormones, and antibiotics. They contain excessive levels of fat (including cholesterol) and sulfur-containing amino acids (protein) such as methionine – all of which burden your body and lead to ill health.
The abundance of low-fat plant-based foods that you will be consuming will help your body start cleansing itself of previously stored toxicity and excessive fat, resulting in natural weight loss and improved health.
So from now on, choose only plant-based foods and include as many raw fruits and vegetables as you can.
Step 4. Learn how to substitute
When starting a raw food diet, to avoid craving old unhealthy foods, substitute them with new and healthy ones!
If you find yourself craving sugars, include more sweet fruit in your diet, such as bananas, dates and persimmons and make sure you eat enough calories.
If you crave salt, make sure you eat enough calories and use both fresh and dried tomatoes, celery and green leafy vegetables to obtain enough of this mineral.
If you were addicted to chocolate in the past, swap it with raw carob powder and add it to your smoothies, such as a banana-date and carob powder smoothie (super yummy!).
Protein on a raw food diet
Many people starting a raw food diet are under the false assumption that you need to consume animal foods to get enough protein.
Well, this is completely untrue.
In fact, the World Health Organization recommends that as an adult you should get 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight. (7)
And guess what? On a high fruit, raw food diet that also contains lots of green leafy vegetables and some nuts and seeds this is easily doable.
Avoiding the 2 most common raw food diet deficiencies.
Because there is no vitamin B12 in plant foods, which is a vitally important nutrient for human health, it is highly recommended to supplement with this vitamin when you eat a vegan or a raw vegan plan to avoid a deficiency.
Vitamin D is also a vitally important nutrient.
On a high fruit, raw food lifestyle the main way for you to obtain your vitamin D is normally from sun exposure.
But if you don’t get enough sun exposure, then you’ll need to monitor your vitamin D levels and are best supplementing with it when necessary. This is especially important if you live in a more northern climate where there are long winters with little or no chance to expose your skin to the sun.
Should you only eat organic raw foods?
If you’re starting a raw food diet, you may have concerns about organic vs conventional.
Everyone wants to eat the healthiest foods and eating organic is undoubtedly great for your health.
But, if for some reason you cannot source all of your produce as organic, then make sure that you source as much as you can, especially your vegetables and fruits that you cannot peel.
So our recommendations for getting your fresh produce would be:
Buy organic whenever you can.
If at all possible, grow your own food.
Inform yourself about produce growing practices and ask the growers the relevant questions, such as: “What fertilisers and pesticides do you use?”
Use veggie wash, bicarbonate soda, grapefruit seed extract or apple cider vinegar for soaking your produce to help remove pesticide residues, if you need to.
Cutting back consumption of fruits and vegetables is never a solution to minimizing exposure to chemical residues and is a false economy in the long run.
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