The Raw Food Lifestyle: The Philosophy and Nutrition Behind Raw and Live Foods

The Raw Food Lifestyle: The Philosophy and Nutrition Behind Raw and Live Foods

Ruthann Russo

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1556438370

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Ruthann Russo has been a vegetarian and vegan for more than 20 years, and in 2007 became a passionate raw-food enthusiast. She brings that passion to the pages of this comprehensive introduction to raw and live food. In simple, encouraging language, she conveys a wealth of information, from the philosophy of raw-food nutrition, to how it affects the body, to how to transition from a regular diet to one that promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Using examples from her own life, Russo lays out a practical plan for making the switch that starts with realizing the need to change one’s diet (and health), and then stresses small dietary changes to discover what raw foods work, and assessing reactions. She profiles cacao, raw sweeteners, water, pH level of foods, juices versus smoothies, salt, the process of dehydrating food, garlic and onions, and overall food preparation. Russo highlights what supplements (superfoods, vitamins, green products) to include in the diet. She emphasizes the spiritual aspects of the movement as well, exploring meditation, yoga, Buddhism, peacefulness, and fasting.

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with raw, living foods helped almost every condition his patients had, including cancer, lupus, and tuberculosis. Dr. Gerson wrote, “The secret of my treatment is that the nutritional problem is not well enough understood,” and he found that sick bodies that could not handle cooked food thrived on raw, living foods.2 Dr. Norman W. Walker—The Juice Man (1886–1985) UNIQUE IMPACT: Juicing WRITING: The Natural Way to Vibrant Health; Become Younger; Colon Health; Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices;

conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides, without using fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, and without bioengineering or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled organic, a government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the

raw honey. Raw honey is full of nutrients, although the glycemic load and calorie content are both fairly high at 10 and 65 calories per tablespoon, respectively. The lingering problem is that honey is a product of the bee, an animal. Therefore, it violates the vegan principles. Raw Sweeteners in Alphabetical Order This section contains information about the origin of each sweetener, a description of it, basic nutritional information, its use in food preparation, and where it can be purchased.

thought to be susceptible to heart disease and arthritis. Douillard refers to this dosha or body type as summer type—a type with an aversion to hot weather, prefers cold food and drinks, can’t skip meals, is a good public speaker, and has an enterprising and sharp character. Examples of foods that are more likely to balance the pitta dosha include grapes, lemons, papaya, carrots, garlic, onions, radishes, spinach, buckwheat, brown rice, rye, beef, and egg yolks (if not vegan). Examples of foods

patented product—the genetically modified version of corn.10 A more compelling genetically modified organism (GMO) example is what happens when human growth genes (or any growth genes) are injected into animals, or even plants. You have seen giant apples or tomatoes in the grocery store, right? Chances are great that they were genetically modified to reach that size. For example, the tomato seeds may have been genetically modified by adding fish hormones or even human hormones to produce the

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