We’re back in England at the moment and today we have a family Vlog where we share tips and empowering strategies to help you eat the foods that help you stay vibrant, slim and empowered.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this video:

  • How to organise your fruit supply when you’re travelling.
  • What to do when life gets in the way and you feel overwhelmed and ready to give up on healthy eating.
  • The importance of self-love and self-connection when it comes to making healthy food choices.
  • A delicious dinner salad idea with our favourite raw food dressing.
  • And more!

 

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Got type 2 diabetes or other blood sugar issues? Were told to avoid the sugar in fruits and limit your carbohydrate intake?

In today’s video you’ll discover the shocking link between dietary fat and how it can negatively affect your blood sugar levels and even cause type 2 diabetes.

I’ll reveal to you how you can heal your blood sugar issues, including type 2 diabetes by actually eating more fruit.

 

Shocking link between dietary fat and type 2 diabetes.

Now, here are some alarming facts about diabetes.

According to the World Health Organization, there were globally an estimated 422 million adults who were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980.

The majority of these will have type 2 diabetes. This used to occur almost entirely among adults, but now occurs in children as well. (1)

Some of the serious health conditions that can arise as a consequence of having type 2 diabetes include (2):

  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Kidney damage
  • Eye damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Toe/foot or leg amputations
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Hearing problems

So what’s fat got to do with blood sugar problems and type 2 diabetes?

Well, consuming too much fat and over-loading the body with it can lead to also sorts of health issues.

One of these is when fat begins to interfere with the process of sugar metabolism.

If you overeat on fat, then the excess fat begins obstructing the uptake of the sugar glucose from your bloodstream and into your body’s cells.

Eventually, this can lead to blood sugar problems and ultimately type 2 diabetes.

This is because the organ called the pancreas, which produces the insulin, begins to become fatigued and as a consequence produces less and less insulin.

So your blood sugar levels begin to rise and get worse and worse over time.

Science proves that a low fat diet heals diabetes.

Many studies have been conducted over the years that show a high carbohydrate, low fat diet can make a positive impact on type 2 diabetes.

Walter Kempner, M.D. and research scientist from Duke University in North Carolina, discovered that a low fat, high carbohydrate diet could actually heal type 2 diabetes.

A study carried out by the University of Kentucky Medical School reported that as many as two-thirds of diabetics were able to discontinue with their use of insulin.

Almost all of them stopped oral medication when they switched to a low-fat diet (3).

So this information has been around for a long time and the bottom line is: eat a diet that is lower in fat!

Your daily fat intake should be around 10% or less of total daily calories.  You don’t need to restrict your carbohydrate intake from whole foods.

You can discover more about how much fat is too much fat in our article here.

Now if you haven’t heard about this kind of information before it will no doubt come as a big surprise to hear that fat and not sugar is the real culprit when it comes to blood sugar issues.

And how about this: over the last 5 years of us coaching people on a low fat plant based diet, every single person we have worked with who had blood sugar issues was able to stabilise their blood sugar levels within a very short space of time on a low fat high fruit diet.

And guess what? You can too, and without any fruit sugar restriction!

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Sources:

(1) http://www.who.int/diabetes/global-report/en/

(2) http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms-causes/dxc-20169861

(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/941870

 

It’s time for another funky what our vegan kid ate today video!

Today we show you her favourite meals and vegan recipes from our daughter’s typical day in Thailand.

Durian is currently in season, plus we also show you our trip to the local market.

What our vegan kid ate today — mango stew recipe

Now, it must be said that — not every kid enjoys eating their greens. Elanie’s the opposite and she loves to munch on them, especially lettuce and spinach.

The other day I quickly blended some tomatoes and greens together because I was in a rush and simply didn’t have the time to spend chewing a large salad of greens. Well, Elanie ate some of my blended green soup and said it was “delicious.”

She has always eaten simply since the day she started eating solids, so her tastes and preferences will be different to children who have been exposed to stimulating and processed foods that are loaded with salt, sugar and additives to intensify their flavour.

Yet your children absolutely need a diversity of health promoting nutrients, so adding raw foods becomes vital for their development.

So this mango stew recipe is very simple to make, yet super delicious and personally we love it. Go on and give it a try and see if you and your kids will like it too!

Green boost mango stew recipe
Cuisine: Raw vegan, gluten, nut, seed and oil free
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup
  • 1 medium tomato
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 halves of sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
Instructions
  1. Blend together ½ cup mango flesh, 1 medium tomato, sun dried tomatoes and celery.
  2. Pour this mix into a bowl.
  3. Chop the cucumber, cherry tomatoes and remaining mango.
  4. Place into the same bowl.
  5. Serve and enjoy, highly nutritious!

Feel free to log your meals in the comments section!

 

We have had so many emails from people over the last month saying that they have got off track and are now junk food vegan and that they can’t seem to get back on track.

So whether you are currently a junk food vegan and eating lots of unhealthy vegan junk foods, or perhaps you are a vegan or even a vegetarian looking to transition to a much healthier diet with plenty of raw foods in it, then this video is for you.

Junk Food Vegan?

“Yes, but it’s … vegan!”

Yes, however it’s still junk food. It has no benefit to your body, it’s easy to pack in the extra calories with processed vegan foods, which can result in unwanted weight gain and other health issues.

In this video I reveal 4 strategies that can help you get back on track with eating a healthy whole foods vegan diet and as much raw as possible.

Here’s is a quick recap:

Your state of mind.

Mindset mastery is hugely important when it comes to making changes happen. Yet, it doesn’t mean that you need to rely on will power alone.  This is why following a practical strategy is vital to your success.

Planning your new meal plan.

Planning is the next step. Write down what you want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Create a whole week’s menu plan for yourself. Make a shopping list for yourself and go shopping for your produce.

Stick your menu plan up where you can see it so you keep reminding yourself what healthy vegan foods you are going to eat at each meal.

You’ll need to repeat this every week, as well as keep organized and focused.

Clear out all those junk vegan food in your house — they are unhealthy for you and steal your health instead of giving you the glowing skin and lean, healthy body that you are looking for. I know you know this already, but it’s good to be reminded )))

Reach out for help.

Find an accountability buddy, get a coach, read books about eating a healthy whole foods vegan diet and raw vegan diet that give you great reasons why you need to be eating this way.

Discover more strategies to help you stop being a junk food vegan in the video above!

If you’re looking to get back on track with you diet and want personal help, feel free to apply for your FREE health blueprint strategy call here.

Lyme disease is a chronic condition caused when a person’s immune system reacts to a certain type of bacteria after typically being infected by a tick bite.

The traditional Lyme disease treatment includes antibiotics, however there’s also a more natural way that works.

Today I’m interviewing one of my clients, Elisabeth Dunhan.

Elisabeth believes that she has healed herself of Lyme disease with a fruit based vegan diet, detoxification and supplementation.

What is Lyme Disease?

It’s a bacteria that is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected tick with the most common carrier being the black legged deer tick.

However, there are a number of different types of ticks that are also known to carry this bacteria.

The infection occurs in stages with the early phase beginning at the site of the tick bite with an expanding ring of redness which is often but not always experienced.

In fact, less than 50% of people infected experience this rash.

Lyme disease symptoms include:

  • Tingling
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Joint swelling
  • Memory problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Stiff neck
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Muscle pains
  • Memory problems
  • Numbness

Chronic cases of Lyme disease evade the human immune system and the disease is only detectable by conventional testing in its earliest stages.

The traditional Lyme disease treatment includes antibiotics, however it’s not always an effective treatment.

In our interview today, Elisabeth will talk about how she found an effective Lyme disease treatment.

She talks about how a fruit based vegan plan, as well as other natural treatments helped her heal herself of this disease.

Elisabeth’s free Facebook group here.

Elisabeth’s Lava Love products.

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Wondering what fruit to eat on a raw vegan 80/10/10 diet? Today we’ve got a video that will help you understand not only that, but also how to organize your fruit stock.

What Fruit To Eat On A Raw Vegan 80/10/10 Diet

Calories per bite will be less on a raw vegan 80/10/10 diet than a standard diet so you will need to eat a larger volume of food.

So you can base the bulk of your calories on fruit like bananas, grapes, mangos, melons, dried fruit like dates and figs, and oranges and orange juice.

You need to always have enough fruit in your house to make the raw vegan lifestyle sustainable.

You normally plan a week ahead to know how much fruit you need to get for yourself.

Dried fruits are a great addition to your meal plan and dried dates and dried figs are easy to store and can last a long time.

So to plan for a week in advance you first need to know how many meals you will eat per day on a raw vegan 80/10/10 diet.

To understand how many calories you eat, you can use some free online software like cronometer (www.cronometer.com) and input your meals there.

Great places to get the fruit that you need and save some money on are:

  • Local grocery stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Farmers markets
  • Wholesale markets

Now depending on where you live, you can control how your produce ripens so it doesn’t all ripen at the same time.

Any excess bananas or other fruits can be stored in your freezer and frozen bananas and  other frozen fruit can be a useful back up for when you don’t have enough ripe produce to eat.

So watch the video above to discover more about how to successfully plan and eat fruit on a raw vegan 80/10/10 diet.

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This raw vegan pumpkin burger recipe with savoury mushroom sauce makes a delicious dinner!

Vegan pumpkin burger recipe - raw food diet recipes

You can make it with pumpkin or a butternut squash and either version will taste delicious!

The great thing about this raw vegan burger is that you don’t have to fry it in oil (which creates toxins and can throw your Omegas out of balance), grill it, or even bake it.

raw vegan pumpkin burger recipe

Instead, you’ll enjoy all the nutrients and convenience of not worrying about cooking.

I used a dehydrator for this pumpkin burger recipe, but if you don’t have one, there’s also an option without it.

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Burger Recipe

pumpkin burger recipe

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Burger Recipe
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Recipe type: Burger
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Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium head of lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 2 cups fresh shitake mushrooms
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • ½ cup coconut water (fresh or bottled)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of both thyme and sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Grate pumpkin or butternut squash finely. Place in a bowl.
  2. Place 1 cup of shitake mushrooms, walnuts, flax seeds, ½ cup sun dried tomatoes, cumin and green onions inside the food processor and mix together in a sauce.
  3. Mix the pumpkin or butternut squash and mix from the mushroom sauce together.
  4. Using your hands, form into burgers.
  5. Option 1: serve as they are
  6. Option 2: place on the dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 104F for 4 hours. Turn over and dehydrate for another 4 hours.
  7. To make the sauce: blend or food process together the coconut water, ½ cup sun dried tomatoes, 1 cup shitake mushrooms, thyme and sage.
  8. Chop the lettuce and place onto a plate.
  9. Place the burgers on top on the chopped lettuce.
  10. Pour the sauce over the burgers and serve!

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Let’s talk about calories on a raw food diet. A lot of people have this false belief that in order to be lean and healthy, you should eat tiny meals and always feel hungry.

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The importance of calories on a raw food diet.

Many people in our world have been programmed into thinking that you need to steer clear of eating large meals, otherwise they’ll lead to weight gain.

In fact, some people even boast that they eat very small meals and that this helps them keep in shape.

Now, on a standard western diet, for example, you can easily eat foods that are very calorie dense, like pizzas, burgers with fries, or candy bars.

Compare this to a diet that is an all raw or perhaps a high raw plant foods diet and you’ll discover that you can eat a lot more volume of food and still eat less calories.

If you do eat very small meals in an effort to stay slim, then you most probably will be eating significantly less calories than your body needs.

This can lead to problems when your body uses a lot more energy than you are giving it in the foods that you eat!

A too low calorie intake will lead to low energy levels and poor mind clarity, not to mention compromised state of your adrenal health.

And if you do this on a consistent basis then you will not only feel low in energy you can also lose too much weight, including muscle weight which is definitely not healthy to do.

Also, when you’re undereating on calories, you will be undereating on vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients that your body needs to maintain itself properly.

So in my video today I’m talking about the importance of calories on a raw food diet and some important aspects you need to know about it.

Click the play button above to watch it!

So what are your thoughts on caloric density? Were you aware of it in the past and what will you do now to make sure you eat enough?

Post your comments below!

And by the way, my wife Yulia is hosting a FREE live masterclass called Reshaping And Healing Your Body With Raw Foods.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Some of the worst mistakes that many raw and vegan followers make that result in cravings, yo-yo dieting, frustration and health issues.
  • 3 types of body fat and how it affects your weight and health.
  • The 5-step formula for boosting your energy, improving your digestion, eating more and weighing less without deprivation!
  • How to easily create your own raw or high raw menu plan to witness positive changes to your health, weight and life.
  • Why the practical aspect of including more raw vegan foods isn’t as complicated as you may think and ways to change your diet and lifestyle today.
  • The reason why most people struggle to change their eating habits and a powerful way to help you build momentum behind your new lifestyle.
  • And much more!

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Today we’re inviting you to join us on a vegan grocery shopping trip in Pattaya, Thailand.

We give you tips and strategies for shopping for fruits and vegetables on a raw vegan diet.

Are you a vegan grocery shopper? Let us know about the tips and tricks that you use when it comes to shopping for your groceries in the comments section below.

When you are naturally lean and healthy, you don’t normally concern yourself with how your metabolism is doing. But if you start to put on extra weight, then the word metabolism will almost certainly find its way into your vocabulary.

Here is a video about how to boost your metabolism to burn more body fat:

Generally speaking, metabolism refers to how quickly or slowly your body burns energy, or calories, and how this then affects your weight.

As you get older, the hormone levels in your body starts to decline and this can have a big impact on your bodily functions, including how your body stores and loses fat, which will affect your weight.

True, you can’t change your age, but there are many factors that are under your control when it comes to metabolism.

How to boost metabolism to burn more body fat.

The first step to boosting your metabolism is by balancing your gut health.

“All disease begins in the gut”, said Hippocrates.

The human gut is also known as the second brain. It’s not just involved in the digestion of what you eat and drink, but also other critical functions, such as the immune system and the nurturing of healthy gut bacteria that serve a wide range of functions in the human body.

These functions will include the ability to absorb nutrients, help regulate your hormones, assist your body in natural detoxification and even affect your mental health.

So as you can appreciate, keeping your diet naturally cleansing, which means eating vegan and centering around the consumption of raw fruits, greens and other veggies, as well as eating simply and following food combining rules can greatly aid the restoration of your gut health.

In our latest video, I will also go into 5 other important areas to help you boost your metabolism so you can release that stubborn weight you might still be holding to.

One of those steps is eating as much organic as possible due to many endocrine-disrupting chemicals contained in pesticides on conventional produce (1).

To help you with this, I’ve created a cheat sheet with the dirty dozen of 2017 (what produce is best to avoid if not organic) and the clean 15 (safer to eat if not organic) based on the latest available data.

>> Download your dirty dozen and clean 15 cheat sheet here. <<

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Bibliography:
1. https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/04/18/the-food-safety-risk-of-organic-versus-conventional/