Monday, August 15, 2011

Be Inspired

I'm always looking for ways to improve myself; whether it's for my health, my education, or my general outlook in life, I'm always striving. Lately, I've been looking into raw food diet to improve my diet and my overall well-being.

I've always been fascinated by this genre of vegan diet that will only consume raw foods or anything that has not been cooked over 118 degrees. Naturally, a diet that's high in plant-based products. The theory here is when you cook food over 118 degrees, not only are you destroying the vital nutrients, but also the enzymes that help your body absorb the vitamins and minerals. When the natural enzymes in foods are destroyed, your body has to use its own enzymes to help digest the food. This is the reason why you get a "food coma" after you eat; you body is using a lot of energy to replace the enzymes that were lost during the process of cooking.

Love and eat your veggies!

I have tried a couple recipes and tried a few raw vegan restaurants, and I gotta say, I'm very impressed with the creativity that goes into creating delicious food without cooking. The only "cooking" they will do is by dehydrating, blending, and processing the food. I'm not going to convert to a full raw vegan because that's just crazy talk. I love my cooked carbs too much and raw diet will be an inconvenience when it comes to socializing, but I believe incorporating some of this diet can be beneficial to my health. Plus it's a great way to get more veggies and fruits into my diet

This weekend I was even more inspired by the benefits of raw food by my Pilates instructor/mentor, Leah's first "Pilates in the RAW" workshop at Livelife Pilates that include a 90 minute mat Pilates followed by a raw food demo. The mat Pilates was pretty brutal; I've forgotten how difficult mat Pilates can be, lol. Leah showed us 4 recipes: almond milk, raw zucchini pasta, dates torte, and peachy green smoothie.They were all so delicious and very simple to make.

Leah lecturing on benefits of raw foods.

From now on, you will see me posting some raw recipes as I experiment with them so be prepared!

My goal: Be more conscious about what I put in my body, nourish my body and eat more foods in their purest form. Try to avoid heavily processed food as much as I can.


  1. I admire your strengh. Each day I say that I am going to eat healthy, but each day I have an excuse on why the Snickers (and Pepsi) are ok. I was able to lose 30 lbs counting calories and a boat load of Zumba, but I lost my mojo. If you find it, could you send it my way?

    Plus - I think I am allergic to vegies ;o)

  2. lol! I'll make sure to send it if I find it!