To live vigorously and luxuriantly, to flourish
Fruits, vegetables and plant foods are packed with nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and other health-promoting phytochemicals. Heating, however, destroys ALL ENZYMES, proteins are structurally spoilt, and minerals are converted from their organic and absorbable state to a state not easily assimilated by the body. Water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins B and C, also get leached out of foods during the cooking process. Heat (especially microwave) changes the chemical structure of food, producing free radicals, mutagens and other substances which are toxic to our bodies, sometimes even carcinogenic!
Food enzymes occur in raw foods and are destroyed if heated over 118 degrees Fahrenheit. These include proteases (digest proteins), lipases (digest fats), amylases (digest carbohydrates) and cellulases (digest fibers). Additional digestive enzymes are made in the body (primarily in the pancreas). These enzymes are assembled from the vitamins, minerals and proteins we consume. Only 22 different digestive enzymes are produced to continue the body’s digestive process in the upper part of the small intestine. When you do not supply usable enzymes (or nutrients as enzyme building blocks) with raw foods, the digestive system, especially the pancreas, becomes overwhelmed and sluggish. You should get 75 percent of your digestive enzymes from RAW food.
First, a bit of my general eating philosophy:
I start my day with filtered charged water
I drink water all day
I do not drink soda; especially DIET!
I do not drink hard liquor
I do not drink milk
I do not eat packaged sweets
I do not eat canned fruits or vegetables
I do not eat farmed fish
I do not eat lunch meat or fake cheese
I do not microwave ANYTHING!
I take digestive supplements
I take stress balancing supplements
I eat something organic and raw
I eat something organic, raw and green
I drink 8 oz. of a Liver Lemon Flush
I drink a morning smoothie; before eating breakfast out; travel with a NutriBullet; take smoothie cubes.
I eat a salad at home with raw dressing. If not at lunch, then dinner.
I eat fermented foods.
I eat a raw snack that is NUTRIENT DENSE.
I drink ACV in warm water before and/or after dinner (especially if dinner at restaurant).
I drink less than 1 cup of organic coffee (made with filtered water and cinnamon in the grounds) with coconut oil.
I do not drink any alcohol. 5% – Foreign Red Wine.
I do not eat white sugar or flour products.
I do not eat seafood. 5% wild, fresh and I’m on the coast.
I do a mini detox in the morning by waiting to eat until 14 hours after the last thing consumed the previous night.
I eat less than 6 oz. of animal protein combined all day.
I eat NO ANIMAL PROTEIN in a day
I do not eat grains in a day
I do not eat dairy in a day
I do not eat animal protein with grains
I eat 99% raw all day
I drink a second smoothie in the afternoon to aid digestion (usually on an all raw day)
I drink a full ACV tonic before bed
I oil pull with coconut oil
Fresh lemon, ACV, Himalayan salt, Tahini and Fermented Foods (red cabbage, white cabbage, fennel, ginger, carrots, celery, cauliflower, onion, garlic) – provides digestive help
Fresh Herbs: parsley or cilantro, dill, basil, mint and/or rosemary
Organic Spices (not already listed): turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and black pepper
Fresh Greens: red leaf or romaine lettuce, kale or spinach and Swiss chard or dandelion
Fresh Fruits: apple, banana, berries and avocado
Fresh Veggies (not already listed): beets, cucumber and celery
Raw Nuts and Seeds: hemp, chia, pumpkin, cashews and almonds
Good Fats (not already listed): coconut oil, EVOO
Healthy Sweets: dates, honey
Superfoods: Cacao, chlorella, bee pollen, maca, coconut water and aloe juice
Seasonal Foods: melons and tomatoes (summer), zucchini, pumpkin, and pears (fall), pomegranate (fall and winter) and strawberries (spring)
I rarely “clean” my plate (99% of the time)
I no longer eat any kind of lunch meat
I NEVER order a soft drink and usually drink my own water
Salad dressing is always on the side
I avoid things with CHEESE (unless I’m splurging on pizza) or I have them “hold” the cheese
I rarely have dessert. When I do; it’s shared, chocolate and with Red Wine. 🙂
I often choose from the small plates or appetizer menu; hummus and veggies, side salad, stuffed mushrooms etc.
Breakfast out is usually preceded by a small smoothie. I tend to eat eggs only, or an omelet without cheese. I do not add sausage or bacon as a side. I will eat whole wheat toast or potatoes but no extra animal protein. I usually avoid non organic fruit, especially having had a smoothie.