by diana on February 25, 2012

in All the other good stuff

We all know that it is good to add more raw food into your diet and most people are trying their best to do this. People are looking for ways to add more raw food into diet and are searching the internet for ideas or possibly visiting raw food restaurants to taste gourmet raw foods.

Salads, salads, salads… the winter, who wants to eat salads? When people are looking for ideas they are probably looking for something different. It is exciting to discover the wonderful world of gourmet raw foods! Who wouldn’t be excited about a decadent dairy-free cheesecake? Or a chocolate layer cake made with nuts, dates and coconut and no flour! What about a wrap filled with sauces that are dairy free and the wrap itself is wheat-free?

It is so cool to eat food that tastes rich and delicious, especially the sauces you thought you may never be able to eat again. I say go for it if you are just starting your raw food journey and have recently given up dairy, meat, sugar and gluten…but I want to caution you to: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU EAT YOUR GREENS!

Raw desserts, sauces, dips, wraps, crackers and breads are great and a better alternative than anything in the SAD food diet. But they are also high in calories and in many cases – high in fat. Of course, having these foods in moderation is fine as long as you continue to eat a lot of greens and fruit.

PLEASE make a salad (or veggies) a BIG part of your meal. If you want something warm, make a raw soup and warm it up or saute some greens in a frying pan with coconut oil, garlic and ginger and then add a bit of braggs (or tamari) and a touch of apple cider vinegar.

A super easy way to get more greens, veggies and fruit into your diet each day is by consuming 1-2 smoothies or juices a day. This is SO EASY yet so many people do not do it. If this is all you start with – that is great. This alone will make a huge difference for you.

ALSO – Remember to eat a variety of vegetables and greens. That way you are getting a variety of nutrients – vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients. These are CRUCIAL to the proper functioning of your body as well as keeping your immune system strong during the “cold and flu” season.

Removing dairy, wheat/and or all gluten as well as white sugar and grains from your diet is going to improve your health, your body and your mind but PLEASE, PLEASE remember to eat your GREENS, VEGGIES AND FRUIT!

Balance is key in any diet or eating plan. Hey, making sure our life is balanced in all ways is important – RIGHT?

I also want to suggest that you get outside and breathe the fresh, crisp air. It is winter but spring is soon upon us and the days are getting longer and warmer so make getting outside for a walk, job or run part of your day also.

In my next post I will have a video on juicing with a nut milk bag for those of you who do not have a juicer. Making juice with a nut milk bag is so easy and inexpensive.


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