Friday
Oct262012

Simple Mango & Banana Smoothie recipe

Summer is over, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a nice tropical smoothie!  This is one of my favorites:

  • Mango – 500g frozen (or 2-3 cups of fresh)
  • Water – 250ml
  • Bananas – 6-8, depending on the size

Place the mango and water in your Vitamix and blend until smooth.  (If you're using frozen mango, thaw it by soaking it in warm water first.)  Then, add as many bananas as required until your Vita-Mix is filled close to the top (2 Liters). 

Depending on your appetite, this makes 2 to 4 servings. I usually have about one liter in a sitting and then drink the second half a few hours later.

Enjoy!

*If you want a nice variation on this recipe, add 250g of raspberries as well.

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Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

Saturday
Sep082012

Taking the Time to Listen

Today, I have a random thought  to share.  This was originally a Facebook post I made this evening, but as I wrote it, it felt somewhat blog-worthy.  I've decided to share it again:

I just spent an hour talking with a total stranger as we browsed the business section at Chapters.  I learned a lot about this man's experiences in life, family, business and career, and it didn't cost me a penny.  Afterward, we just wished each other well and continued on our ways. We didn't even feel the need to introduce ourselves.  There was no need to.  It's not like we're keeping score, and we likely won't even cross paths again.

It's was such a simple moment, yet it seemed strange somehow.  I don't think strangers interact this way enough in our culture, today.  Everyone is in a rush.  Everyone has expectations. Everyone wants something from you.  It was a refreshing change – Just two people talking about life.  I should remember to slow down and make a point of talking to strangers more often... regardless of that old adage we're told as children.

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Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

Tuesday
Aug032010

Cherry & Papaya Smoothie Recipe

 

Here's a simple, delicious smoothie recipe to try out:

  • Cherries (25 freshly pitted)
  • Papaya (2 cups, fresh)

Toss all the ingredients into your blender and enjoy!

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Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

Tuesday
Jul272010

If Only I Could Find the Perfect Miracle Diet

Whenever I see an interesting or controvertial health article in a newspaper or magazine, I cut it out to write about at a later date.  Today, I reached into the filing cabinet and pulled out a little opinion piece from a local paper in October of 2007. 

Reflecting on the search for the 'perfect diet'

The title of the article was:  Health Myth of the Month: "If only I could find the perfect miracle diet, I could keep the weight off."

Initially, the article makes some good points.  The author acknowledges that all those fad diets we see today aren't the answer to our search for amazing health.  She writes:

"The key to dieting is to redefine the word... if we thought of diet in the traditional sense, as simply a way of eating on a daily basis, then we would be met with more success."

That's true.  Eating a healthy diet is certainly more than grabbing a few less-junky items during your trip to the grocer, or adding some trendy new supplement to your usual routine.  It means living a healthy lifestyle.  For most people, this means tossing aside their old ways and starting anew with a fresh outlook.

However, the author falls short of drawing the right conclusion, writing:

"Sorry folks.  I know many people wish this were true, that the perfect diet exists, ...it just hasn't been thought up yet."

Nobody needs to invent the perfect diet

This really is backwards reasoning.  Nobody needs to "think up" the perfect diet because it already exists.  This shouldn't surprise you, and it cetainly isn't a coincedence.  The human body is beautifully suited to eat the foods that have always been naturally abundant in our environments.  Fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.  

Merchandisers will try to convince you otherwise...

There isn't a lot of money in marketing the idea of eating this way.  Food producers make a lot more profit on processed, packaged food-products, so that's where all their marketing efforts go.  But following the trail of money doesn't benefit you.  It's only good for them.  Sadly, this sort of rhetoric is typical in the health industry today.  I'm not saying that the author was trying to pitch a sale to her readers.  She wasn't.  But that's my point.  The marketing of the food manufacturers has permeated society so deeply that even those who are skeptical of them can't seem to find their way out. 

...but our bodies are already perfectly adapted to thrive on whole, fresh fruits and vegetables

Somewhere along the line, people lost track of a basic principle about food.  It's already here.  We don't need to discover or invent it.  Don't get caught up in all the hype about finding a magical superfood, supplement, or any other health product that you simply "must" buy in order to experience great health. Finding out what's good for you shouldn't be a challenge.  The only reason it seems so tough is because, whether we notice it or not, we've accepted the idea that healthy food needs to be engineered.  The truth is, it doesn't.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are already out there.  The trick is to stop running away from them. 

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Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

Friday
Jul162010

Food Labels: Low Fat, Low Calorie Foods for Weight Loss?

My desire to write this blog is often motivated by what I read on food labels at the grocery store.  Most recently, my inspiration was a yogurt container. 

The offending phrase was "weight-maintenance support". That was followed by the words, "No fat.  No sugar.  No aspartame."  I could hardly suppress an audible groan. 

Misguided thinking

Marketing like this is a tell-tale sign of just how far off track we are as a society.  Sadly, so many of us are totally lost about even the very basics of a healthy diet.  That means claims like these will actually lead a lot of innocent people to make the wrong choices. 

It's an indisputable fact that the western diet is causing widespread bodyweight issues around the world (among many other serious health concerns).  Eating processed, refined, denatured and destroyed "food products" comes with a heavy toll, and you can't hide the effects. 

People don't like being sick, but most aren't willing to change.  They expect something for nothing.  They want to keep eating the same foods that caused them to get overweight, only without the weight gain.  The food industry is completely aware of consumers' mindsets and takes full advantage of the situation (working to make money off the illness they contributed to).  "You want to lose weight, we've got products for that!  We'll just engineer you some foods that you can eat all day long without gaining weight."  Hence we end up with grocery shelves stocked with"weight-maintenance" yogurt, as well as "weight-maintenance" bread, cookies, ice cream, cola, pasta, etc... 

Only a short-term gimmick

Is this a victory of some sort?  No.  At best, it's a pyrrhic victory.  The term describes a hollow victory that comes with such serious consequences that it dooms the victor to an eventual defeat.  You may have succeeded in the narrowest of perspectives; you cut your calories.  Bravo.  You win the battle but you lose the war. 

The real objective is a healthy, natural body weight

Remember to focus on your real objective. What are you really seeking to accomplish?  You want a natural bodyweight.  You want to feel good and look good.  You want to be healthy.  The obstacle to achieving this was eating too many calories.  The solution you chose to correct this was to redesign the old food.  What you should have done was chosen a different food. 

This requires meaningful change

Nothing really changes unless your diet changes, and that means a deep, fundamental overhaul, not a tease or an empty gesture.  You may not want to hear it, but it's true.  There's a reason why it's hard to quit snacking on unhealthy foods.  They lack the nutrients your body needs.  They never manage to fill the void because, no matter how much you eat, they never provide what you need.  This leaves your body longingly calling for more, naively hoping that the next bite might have something good in it, but it never does. 

Embrace a raw vegan diet

There is, of course, an easy way to fix this.  We talk about it extensively all over the site, so I'll cut to the chase for now.  Eat a diet packed with fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.  That way, your body gets the nutrients it needs and doesn't need to keep begging for extras.  Suddenly, you'll find that having the healthy body you always wanted is pretty darn easy. Or you could try and play games with your body.  You won't feel well, you'll always be seeking food to fill the void, and you'll never be healthy. 

Think critically

So, what is the point here?  It's simple.  Don't look for food labels for guidance on your health.  They don't address the real issue.  Weight-maintenance only means "we stripped any remaining nutrition out of this product to make it low in calories" or "we shrunk the portion size to trick you". 

Make meaningful changes

Be honest with yourself.  If you don't like the way you feel, you probably need to make a change.  Not a pretend one; a real one. 

Learn and ask questions

If you're overwhelmed and don't know how to start, that's okay.  It's certainly not your fault.  There's so much misinformation out there that it's almost impossible to find your way to the truth.  Browse the rest of the articles on the site.  Learn a bit about the raw-vegan diet and what it has to offer you.  Just please promise me you won't wander the grocery aisles hoping to find good health advice there.  It will only leave you feeling empty and wanting more. 

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Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.