Raw foods is what the Raw Green Chica is all about! The more greens you eat, the better you will feel. I can personally attest to this, but I have hundreds of clients that would agree! You will only know the true potential of your body if you give it the best possible food source, which is raw greens, fruits, and other veggies.
A raw food eater, or raw “foodist” is someone who eats 75-100% live, nutritionally-dense organic uncooked and unprocessed food, and pure, live water. The goal of eating raw foods is to optimize your health through increasing alkaline levels in your body. Our bodies can be seen as alkaline batteries; we need more alkalinity than acidity at any given time, for optimal health, and a balanced pH level.
You have probably heard of “antioxidants.” We all know we need more of them, but we aren’t really sure why. The idea behind raw food eating is that you are receiving all the nutrients that nature intends for your body and its optimal functioning. Eating raw foods is closely related to the diet and food preparation methods found in hunter-gatherer societies.
Western societies have more complex food preparation methods– we fry, bake, steam, and boil the nutrients out of our food sources. Some say that this makes food more palatable. But, it may just be what your taste buds are accustomed to. If you continually eat steamed broccoli, your body probably won’t crave raw broccoli. But, if you start introducing raw broccoli into your diet, your body will have an increase in antioxidants and nutrients, and you will eventually prefer the raw broccoli.
Eating raw is actually pretty easy. If you ask yourself these questions: “has this been cooked” and “does this grow from something/somewhere,” you can simplify the process.
So, say I wanted to prepare a meal totally raw– it is just what it sounds like. A perfect example of a raw food meal is a salad. Or, a fresh fruit or vegetable smoothie. A raw salad could consist of (source organic):
- leafy green (for example- spinach, kale, bok choy, arugula)
All of these ingredients occur naturally– they are “whole,” or unprocessed foods. Adding cheese, croutons, and a highly-processed salad dressing would make this raw salad a not-so-healthy choice.
Eating a raw diet is incredibly beneficial for your health; there are too many health benefits to name. Reduced-risk of cancer and heart disease are two examples. While it may take some forethought to prepare raw meals, it takes a lot less energy and time to prepare your food. Raw eating is all about simplicity of ingredients. If you want to learn more about eating raw and its benefits, the Raw Green Chica’s Green Chica’s Model is for you.
Some alkaline-forming foods-
- garlic, asparagus, organic milk (unpasteurized), eggs, whey protein, cottage cheese, chicken breast, all berries, lemon, orange, peach, pear, all berries, stevia, celery, chard, cauliflower, watercress, lettuce, kale, eggplant, mushrooms, mustard greens, dandelions and edible flowers, cucumber, peas, onions, peppers, pumpkin, rutabaga, sprouts, squash, grasses, spirulina, beets, alfalfa, green tea, all fruits, excluding cranberries, most all spices & herbs, tofu (fermented), herbal tea, kombucha, apple cider vinegar
Some acid-forming foods-
- most all fats- sunflower, avocado, canola, hemp seed, flax, olive, safflower, sesame, sunflower oils, lard, all cheese, pasteurized milk, butter, barley, buckwheat, corn, rolled oats, quinoa, all rice, rye, spelt, wheat, hemp seed flour, cashews, brazil nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, pecans, tahini, walnuts, most meats and seafoods, white pastas, wheat germ, distilled vinegar, medicinal and illegal drugs, pesticides, herbacides, chemicals, alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), most beans, soy, rice, & almond milk