Monday
Oct052009

Eating Your Raw Green Vegetables for Great Health

Green vegetables are an indispensible part of a truly healthy diet.

It’s unfortunate that most of us don’t eat anywhere near enough of them.  To be clear, I’m not just talking about people eating a mainstream western diet.  I’m including most vegetarians and vegans as well. 

One of the reasons we all seem to pass on the veggies is because we don’t really appreciate how valuable they are to our health.  As great as fruit are at providing energy and vitamins, they need some help with the minerals. 

Did you know that 95% of your body functions are mineral-dependent?  In other words, if you aren’t getting your minerals, there are a ton of problems that can develop. 

So it’s a good thing greens are loaded with them — especially alkaline ones.  

Green vegetables are our best source of minerals because they’re highly absorbable.  Unlike most cooked foods, greens aren’t acid-forming, so they don’t deplete our mineral reserves during the absorption process.

Their nutritional makeup of vegetables is very balanced.  It might surprise you to know they even have a bit of fat and protein.  Next time you eat some romaine lettuce, try to remember to watch for it.  You’ll actually notice the faint oiliness on the leaves. 

The protein in greens is only about 1% of the total volume, but it’s very high-quality.  It contains all the essential amino acids and is highly absorbable (because of the wealth of alkaline minerals that help in the assimilation process).  Best of all, the protein from greens won’t putrefy like the protein in animal products. 

Perhaps the most distinctive characteristic of green vegetables is chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll is the life-blood of plants and is extremely beneficial to humans as well.  Remarkably, chlorophyll is only one molecule away from being identical to human blood.  This means when you eat chlorophyll-rich greens, you’re literally providing your body with everything it needs to make healthy blood.

Green vegetables are totally the opposite of the refined foods.  Refined sugars, flours and fats have virtually no nutritional value whatsoever and just feed you empty calories.  Flipping things around, greens are actually very low in calories but loaded with nutrients.  This is great for maintaining a healthy body weight because you don’t have to eat a ton of calories when you get your minerals.  Because you’ll get the nutrients your body is calling for, your appetite will be satiated quickly.  You can actually get many of the minerals you need while only eating a few hundred calories.

Much like fruit, vegetables are excellent for your digestive system.  They’re very rich in good-quality fiber which is gentle and doesn’t irritate the colon.  This fiber is essential for brushing the bowels clean and keeping the food moving along smoothly.

Do yourself a favor and make sure you eat plenty of green vegetables!  After fruit, they’re the next biggest part of your raw-vegan diet.  :^)

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Real-World Raw Health and Nutrition:
The raw food diet made easy for your busy life!

Mike Dillman is a self-taught raw-vegan who began his journey nearly five years ago.   Having worked his way through all the challenges 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.

If you want to experience the amazing health that comes with living the one truly natural diet, Mike's new book, "Real-World Raw: The Busy Person's Guide to the Raw-Vegan Diet" is just what you're looking for.  See for yourself. 
To Download a FREE 20-Page Sneak Preview of the eBook click here!

Friday
Oct022009

See the Calories You're Eating with Calorie Gallery

I just stumbled across an interesting new tool I thought might be useful for everybody.

Making sure you're getting the right amount of calories (food energy) is essential for the success of any diet --- Raw or otherwise.

In my book, we talk about determining how many calories you personally need in a day, finding out how many you're getting, and whether it's enough. 

When you start eating a raw-vegan diet, it can take a while to get used to how much fruit to eat.  You'll remember I recommend the website Nutridiary.com to help you do this.  Nutridiary offers many great tools for you and it's totally free.  To this point, it's the best option I've come across on the web.

Nutridiary does have one shortcoming, however.  It has no pictures.  Enter Calorie GalleryCalorie Gallery is an interesting site that takes a different approach to calorie counting.  As they say:

Calorie Gallery provides a visual representation of how many Calories are in the different foods we eat. We have pictures of hundreds of foods in 200 Calorie portions. By getting a sense of what 200 Calories looks like in a variety of foods, you'll be better at judging how many Calories are in the foods you eat every day.

If you're interested, take a look at their site, here.  At the time I'm writing this post, Calorie Gallery is still in Beta.  In other words, they haven't formally launched the site yet.  Nonetheless, it's already worth looking at.  If you're a visual learner, you might find this an easier way to break down your servings into something that makes sense.

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Real-World Raw Health and Nutrition:
The raw food diet made easy for your busy life!

Mike Dillman is a self-taught raw-vegan who began his journey nearly five years ago.   Having worked his way through all the challenges 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.

If you want to experience the amazing health that comes with living the one truly natural diet, Mike's new book, "Real-World Raw: The Busy Person's Guide to the Raw-Vegan Diet" is just what you're looking for.  See for yourself. 
To Download a FREE 20-Page Sneak Preview of the eBook click here!

Tuesday
Sep292009

Starting Over. The First Step in the Right Direction.

I'm going to start today's post with someone else's wise words.  The following is from a recent blog post by Seth Godin, a well-know business and marketing writer:

Perhaps the worst outcome most people can imagine when a project stutters is having to go, "all the way back to square one."  Apparently, square one is an unhappy place, and far away, too. 

Hey, if you're lost, if you've gone down the wrong road, it doesn't make sense to speed up and keep racing down the wrong road. Instead, the smart thing is to go back to the last spot you were in where you had a chance to find the right road and start from there.

Square one: nicer than people expect.

Seth's words show amazing insight, and they can be applied to any facet of our lives, including our diets and our health.  If what you're doing isn't working for you, if you aren't getting the results you seek, if you don't look and feel the way you know you should... perhaps the problem is what you're doing.

I don't mean to sound condescending.  I know it's not always easy to realize things in the moment.  When you're smack in the middle of some diet regime or workout program, and you've invested a lot of time, money and effort, of course you want to believe it's working.  But if it's not, then at some point you need to accept that and change things.  Yet few people do.  Most just stick stubbornly to the same old routine, maybe tossing in a minor adjustment or two, but that's it.

In a world where very few people experience the great health we're looking for, why do we copy what others are doing?  Why should we expect good results when we just go through the same motions that have already proven to let us down and create illness?  The obvious starting point should be finding something vastly different from what others do.  That means turning around and going back to the starting point.

Starting over isn't a failure.  Failure is continuing to move forward with something you know doesn't work, just because you're too afraid to admit it or try something new.  Going back to the beginning is the first step in the right direction.  It's a clean slate.  It's a new beginning.  It's a fresh new start on your raw journey to amazing health success!

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Mike Dillman is a self-taught raw-vegan who began his journey nearly five years ago.   Having worked his way through all the challenges 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.

If you want to experience the amazing health that comes with living the one truly natural diet, Mike's new book, "Real-World Raw: The Busy Person's Guide to the Raw-Vegan Diet" is just what you're looking for.  See for yourself. 
To Download a FREE 20-Page Sneak Preview of the eBook click here.

Monday
Sep282009

5 Tips for Perfect Raw Digestion

Your digestive system plays an important role in achieving good health.

Poor digestion leads to cramps, constipation, gas and fermentation.  These symptoms are bad enough on their own, but can lead to more serious secondary symptoms like an irritated colon, mucus buildup, ineffective nutrient absorption, internal toxemia, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease and even colon cancer.

If you aren't experiencing great digestion, then you aren't experiencing great health.  It's that simple.  Yet for some reason, we usually don't think about digestion until we start to feel sick or uncomfortable.  By that point the problem has been building up for quite a while and damage is being done.

Good digestion should be effortless.  You shouldn't even notice there's anything going on.  If you're eating a raw-vegan diet and remembering a few key principles, you should be well on your way to perfect digestion and excellent health.

  1. Food Combining:  Certain foods don't mix well.  Try to limit the number of different foods in any particular meal and choose relatively similar foods that go together.  For example, don't eat a meal of bananas and walnuts.  Bananas are a simple sugar and digest quickly.  Walnuts are mainly fat and digest slowly.  They require different enzymes to break down and they can't both be handled properly at the same time.  Instead, stick to foods that match well.  A smoothie with bananas, mangos and some leafy green vegetables works great.

  2. Light Before Heavy.  Quick Before Slow:  This meshes well with tip number one.  Make sure you eat light foods that digest quickly before any heavy foods that digest slowly.  For example, you should eat the banana long before you eat the walnuts.  That way, the banana can digest quickly and move through your system without any problems.  But if you eat the walnuts first, the banana will get stuck behind for a long time and ferment.  This causes indigestion.

  3. Only Eat When Hungry:  Many of us have developed the social habits of eating simply because "it's mealtime".  Don't eat because the clock says you should.  Clocks tell us what time it is, not whether we're hungry or not.  Listen to your body.  If you're experiencing signs of true hunger, then eat.  If you're not, give your digestive system a rest instead.  When you're hungry, your body will tell you.

  4. Don't Go to Bed on a Full Stomach:  When we sleep, our digestive system goes into partial shutdown mode.  Food that's in the middle of being digested will basically sit there until the next morning.  Meanwhile it just ferments.  Not only does this lead to poor digestion, but it also makes for a restless sleep.  Avoid eating very much in the couple of hours before bed.  If you really need to eat, choose something light and easy to digest, like fruit or green vegetables.

  5. Maintain Good Digestive Bacteria:  One of the players in the digetive process that we often forget to talk about is our digestive bacteria.  Not all bacteria are bad.  In fact, there are many that peform special roles that we rely upon.  A healthy stomach and intestines should have a well-established community of good bacteria to help break down the foods we eat.  Unfortunately, many of us destroy these bacteria with bad dietary choices, drugs, acidity and irritating spices.  If you find your digestion isn't quite up to standard, you may benefit from taking a probiotic supplement for a month or two and reestablishing the bacteria.  I recommend Udo's Choice brand of probiotics and have used them myself for years.

If you remember these five tips and apply them to your raw-vegan diet, you'll be doing your digestion (and thus your health) a big favor!

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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
Sep262009

New Facebook Fanpage!

Hi everyone,

In today's post I'd like to let you know about a little project I've been working on this week. 

It's a Facebook page dedicated to the followers of Real-World Raw Health and Nutrition.

The purpose of the Facebook page is to provide a place for easy discussion.  I want to give you all an easy place to ask questions, and meet other members of the RWR community.  You can also share the Real-World Raw experience with your other friends on Facebook and help us connect to more people.

All my regular content (the blog posts, newsletters, etc) will continue as usual, based from my main site, but I'd like to see all my followers visit me on this page as well.  I really feel that developing a dialogue in all directions will add another interesting dynamic to Real-World Raw.

At this point we're only just getting started and I've barely sent out any invitations.  Those of you reading this post are some of the first to hear about it.  If you have any friends you know would be interested, please politely float an invitation their way too.  The more members we get on board, the more valuable our discussions will be. 

The easiest way to get to the Facebook page is to click the link on my site.  You can always find it on the left margin of my blog page.  (Next to the RSS and Twitter links).  I've also included a nice big link here on this blog post.

Hope to see you there!  :^)

Mike

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P.S.  I apologize for getting this post up a day late, but something came up unexpectedly.  Everything should be back to normal for the coming week, with the regular Mon-Fri @ 10am schedule.

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Real-World Raw Health and Nutrition:
The raw food diet made easy for your busy life!

Mike Dillman is a self-taught raw-vegan who began his journey nearly five years ago.   Having worked his way through all the challenges 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. FREE eBook"The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes" Mike's FREE eBook lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get Mike’s FREE eBook click here!