Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Holistic Hottie™: Oh Baby, I Like It Raw (Part 3) - Raw for Weightloss

Will eating raw foods help with weightloss?

With enhanced digestion and assimilation of nutrients, eating more raw foods can help with weight management. Emphasize high water content foods like vegetables instead of dried or condensed foods like nuts and grains. Be sure to soak the nuts and grains if and when you do eat them.

The authors of Nourishing Traditions (Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD.) and other health advocates recommend a diet that is at least 50% raw. I've found the easiest way to ensure this is to eat a leafy green salad with each and every meal. Yes, even breakfast! :-) I like to serve my meals on top of my greens - no salad dressing is required. A mid-afternoon raw snack might be a handful (or 1 oz) of nuts soaked the night before with or without 1 serving of raw fruit or sliced veggies.

A fantastic resource on traditional food preparation is the book Nourishing Traditions. For raw food recipes specifically, check out: Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen, Alive in 5: Raw Gourmet Meals in 5 Minutes, and Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live-Culture Foods.

A few days ago I came across a great recipe on FabFrugalFood for homeade LilyBars - very similar to Lärabars. They are vegan, raw, gluten-free, and kosher. Lärabars are great, healthy snacks on the go. But if you want to experiment in your own kitchen or save some $, the LilyBar recipe is simple and the ingredients are minimal. Like Lärabars, the base is a combination of raw cashew (or other nut) plus dates. The mother and daughter team of FabFrugalFood then came up with: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Blueberry Apricot Almond, and Cran/Goji Berry Pecan varieties.

Also check out these Raw Food Recipe Websites: Gone Raw, Health Freedom

Raw Food Restaurants to explore in NYC include:
Bonobos Restaurant, Caravan of Dreams, Pure Food & Wine, Quintessence, Raw Star Cafe, and Sproutcraft Cafe

Online stores: High Vibe, One Lucky Duck

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