Category Archives: All about Raw Food and Recipes

Mix-fruits

Easy 4 Weeks Plan to Weight Loss and Detox

Using Raw Foods/ Living Foods to release excess weight is one of the easiest, and safest ways as compared to the conventional slimming pills, appetite suppressants or cosmetic measures. When a person goes on Raw Foods, you are eating natural clean foods which are meant for humans from Nature. It is a slow form of detox by itself, and allows the body to get rid of unwanted toxins as well as fat.

Another reason for fat loss on raw foods is the elimination of junk, processed and/or nutritionally deficient foods. When a person increases consumption of natural fresh produces, the capacity for junk processed foods decreases automatically. This cuts down the amount of toxins generated by digesting junk foods.

Week 1:
RawFoods-4-Weeks-To-Detok

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replace your daily breakfast with a pure fruit meal.

Breakfast is usually the easiest meal of the day to control. Before you start the day in a mad rush, have a large meal of fresh fruits. It can consist of anything – bananas, apples, cantaloupes, etc. The key here is to ensure that you eat enough to last you to lunch! If you feel hungry before lunch-time arrives, then you did not eat enough fruit in the morning. If this is the case, make sure you increase your breakfast meal the following day.

If you had been eating conventional breakfasts of scrambled eggs/toast, cooked carbohydrates like rice noodles or bread, you will notice a fresh clean feeling for the first time ever when you switch to a clean fruit meal.

Week 2:

Bring fruits with you to your work-place or wherever you are going to have your lunch at, and eat as much fruit as you like before having lunch!

The key here is to add a pre-lunch snack of fresh fruits. When you fill up on fresh fruit, the capacity you have for the cooked meal later will be largely diminished. The fiber and water content from fruits will make you feel full, and vitamins and nutrients from fresh fruits will give you a feeling of satiation faster. This means that you are unlikely to overeat an unhealthy lunch.

Week 3:

Keep up what you have been doing for the past 2 weeks – having a pure fruit meal for breakfast, eating your fill on fruits before lunch. And now, do the same for dinner as well, but with a variation. Instead of filling up on fresh fruits before eating dinner, you can choose to fill up on a any raw plain salads, depending on which is available.

This means that before eating your dinner, you should eat a huge raw salad consisting of any fresh uncooked greens, vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers etc) without any dressing. Eat as much as you want before starting onto your dinner. If a salad is not available, you may stick to having your fruits before dinner, just like you do for lunch.

When you fill up on fresh uncooked vegetables before dinner, again, you are filling up on the good stuff, and reducing stomach space for the not-so-good foods. And not to mention, the nutritional boost you get from all these raw foods will prevent unhealthy cravings for junk foods.

Week 4:

By now, you should have noticed a significant improvement in how you look or feel. Most people will have experienced at least some fat loss, and a significant improvement in skin tone. For this week, you can carry on doing what you have been doing for the past 3 weeks, or if you want to take it further, you may incorporate 1 more final step.

Change your lunch meal to a large salad meal. This means you still eat your large fruit meal before lunch, but instead of ordering your normal rice, sandwich, noodles etc for lunch, you eat a large salad lunch. This salad should consist of a variety of greens and vegetables (as many colors as possible). It would be ideal to be able to pack your own salad, because most salads sold outside are meager in serving size, and lack variety. Of course, if packing is not an option, then buy at least 2 boxes for a decent lunch from a supermarket or salad bar. Just make sure you skip the fatty dressings sold at salad bars.

Like us on our Facebook fanpage to get more tips on health & diet!

© Copyright Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter

Tips to Awesome Raw Chef Skills

There is a Raw Chef in all of you!

If you have just begun your Raw Foods adventure, these tips shall serve you as a guidance to whipping up delicious recipes for yourself, friends and loved ones:

There are 5 fundamental flavors to any good dish, and there is one very important “Arm” which carry these flavors into the foods to enhance its taste and texture.

The 5 Fingers

1) Acidic: This flavor is sourish, and breaks down the tough fibers of tough foods (especially cruciferous veges like cauliflower and broccoli), making them more palatable as well as digestible. It also complements the other 4 “Fingers” to bring out a bouquet of flavors.

2) Salty: Any dish void of this flavor, cannot help but taste bland. Especially for somebody who’ve just transitioned onto living foods, their taste buds are still programmed with the heavier cooked foods flavors (usually with oils, table salt, artificial flavorings etc) , and they are going to find it even more tasteless. In raw foods preparation, we use sea salt, organic shoyu and sometimes miso to achieve this flavor.

Besides flavoring, salt can also assist the acids in breaking down food fiber.

3) Sweet: The moment we add sweetness into any dish, we find that the taste is enhanced greatly. It compliments the saltish and acidic flavors, making them more intense. When we eat them, the combination makes it into an enjoyable experience where different parts of our tongues registers the various tastes all at the same time, making it a great dish. It also balances the sourish and salty tastes.

4) Spicy: This may not be the dominant flavor in the dish, unless it is a curry, salsa, chili etc recipe where people would expect spiciness to be the key flavor. In all other dishes, just a hint of it simply works wonders. You can achieve this flavor with chili powder, curry powder and pepper (some of the more common ones).

5) Bitter/Pungent: Sounds unlikely? Wait till you add in a little of this bitterish taste, and you find that the whole dish tastes heavenly. Some common options include garlic, tumeric and onion powder.

The Arm
Why is it called the Arm? Because it is indispensable! The Arm is simply a fat. Any raw fat like virgin seed/nut oils, avocados, sprouted raw nuts/seeds can be used to hold the 5 “fingers” above. Fat carries the 5 flavors mentioned above into the fibers of the foods (for eg the salad veges in a salad dish) and accentuate the tastes).

Although these are good tips to use as a guideline for making awesome raw dishes, please bear in mind that these are culinary tips; in other words the objective is to make a raw dish tastes flavorful and delicious. If your objective is to lose weight, or you have a certain fat content to watch, simply integrate your own guidelines whenever you are making food for yourself by using common sense.

I hope these shall be useful to you; cheers to the Raw Chef in You!

© Copyright Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter