The original intention of the raw food movement was to bring high-water-content plant food back into the diet because it contained Life Force Energy and enzymes that the standard diet lacked. Raw food’s origin was rooted in recognizing the value of simple food and its potential to clean cells. There was never a rule that one must eat “100 percent raw” to be accepted into the “raw club”.
Today, raw has taken a gross misstep away from those original, pure tenets by focusing on dense food that is difficult to digest like nuts, seeds, and raw grains in even harder to digest combinations, as well as way too much fat in the form of coconut butter, oils, and sugars.
The True Healers
Unfortunately, this generation of raw has become another fad approach to eating that misses the mark. Raw juices, fresh fruits, and vegetables are the true healers, but there is still plenty of room of high-quality, well-combined cooked food in your detox diet!
Extract from Detox 4 Women by Natalia Rose
Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl
This is among the recipes that I’m most excited to share with you. Why? Because this utterly delicious soup provides tons of live enzymes in an incredibly digestible form. Neither my clients nor I can get enough of it. It’s all raw, and it supports weight loss and vitality, so enjoy as much of it you like as part of a meal or as a snack.
I found that it’s best to double the recipe when I plan on having more than one or two guests. It may look like a lot, but this soup is so good that you might eat most of it before your guests even arrive.
4 cups fresh carrot juice
1 cup raw sweet potato, peeled and cubed
4 dates, pitted
½ avocado, pitted
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Place all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blender until smooth. Enjoy right away or store in an air-tight container and enjoy within 36 hours
SERVINGS 5½ c cups
Recipe from The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose
Essential properties of cleansing foods:
LOW-DENSITY FOODS (rich in life force energy)
People often confuse dense foods, such as oatmeal, nuts, and chicken, with being nutritionally dense and more satisfying. Well, I’m here to say the opposite is actually true.
We gain the most nourishment from high-vibration, life force energy−rich foods, not heavy, dense ones that move sluggishly through the body.
With so much accumulation in the typical modern intestine already, it is unadvisable to consume dense foods (even raw ones, such as raw nuts and cold-pressed oils) unless used only occasionally in small quantities, and then ideally consumed with leafy greens or other water-containing raw vegetables to ease their passage.
Many meats, grains, processed soy products, and nut and-seed-based foods (even raw and organic ones) are very dense. You will find some egg and fish recipes in this book because eggs and fish are the least dense and the easiest to digest of the flesh foods.
There is room in the modern detox diet for nonvegan foods. In fact, foods such as fish and eggs are much less dense and more detox-diet-friendly than many vegetarian, vegan, and raw food staples, such as wheat, soy, and nut-based foods.
From: The Fresh Energy Cookbook by Natalia Rose & Doris Choi
The Right Snacks
“Yes, but what about snacks?” my clients often ask me. They tend to do well with the detox meals but hit a wall when it comes to snacks. Although resting the digestive system between meals is important, allowing it to do some much-needed housekeeping, snacks provide emotional support, especially when transitioning into this lifestyle. If you need snacks as a part of your daily routine, raw vegetables are the best option. Keeping in mind that conscious eating (not mindless grazing) is important, you can still enjoy alternative snacks, such as kale chips, seasoned Kamut puffs, and baked starchy vegetables.
Raw vegetables are the most ideal snack: They are alkaline, water-containing, quick exit, neutral food for combining between meals, and they leave you feeling refreshed rather than temporarily stimulated and then wanting more. Common snacks such as energy bars, crackers, and other packaged snack foods are dense and addictive and will clog the body, contributing to weight gain and disease.
By trading in your old snack foods for these snacks, you’ll get to enjoy snack time while you elevate your mood, energy, and blood chemistry. What’s up now, Doc?
FROM: The Fresh Energy Cookbook: Detox Recipes to Supercharge Your Life by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi
Eight Essential Properties of Cleansing Foods
While grain has been heralded in our culture as a key food group, even the whole-grain variety is not very good for us.
With a few exceptions (which I’ll get to in a moment), most grains are inflammatory in the body, acidic, gluey, yeast-feeding, and difficult to digest. They agitate the intestine, resulting in inflammation, bloating, and fluid imbalances, and contribute greatly to weight gain.
They also reduce mental clarity.
Thus, generally speaking, grains are not an ideal go-to food in the modern diet.
If you love grains and must have them, that’s okay. But if you want superior health, energy, and weight loss, you should avoid a grain-based diet.
Also, keep in mind that sprouted grains are far superior to regular whole grains.
The highest-quality grains are the ancient pseudo-grains, which are gluten-free and easier to digest than cereal grains but do have a similar nutritional profile.
These include millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth.
Typically, some grains can be included with successful detoxification results, but it is best to avoid them whenever possible and to find nongrain options for your favorite grain-based foods.
Fortunately for all of us, Chef Doris has discovered many brilliant and satisfying ways of doing this in her recipes.
FROM: The Fresh Energy Cookbook by Natalia Rose & Doris Choi
THE RAW FOOD DETOX DIET IS ABOUT MORE THAN WHAT YOU EAT
While there is no doubt that our bodies need lots of motion, flexing, and fluidity for optimum performance, those of you who think you have to be a slave to an exercise regimen are in for the best news of your life: you can reach your perfect shape without any formal exercise when you apply the steps in the Raw Food Detox Diet.
Your skin tone will also improve because your cells are going to become healthier and tighter. Most of my Manhattan clients do a little more than the normal to-and-fro walking that the city demands.
Cleaning your body is likely going to trigger a desire to clear and cleanse your living space to reflect the inner cleansing that is taking place. You are more than likely going to feel inspired to create more clarity in your communications with others and live from a more honest space.
With this inner cleansing will come a greater sense of confidence in yourself and honor for your fellow man.
On a more physical level, you are going to experience greater levels of wellness and be less dependent on medications and fears relating to illness. Once you experience life at this level, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to go back to your previous habits.
You will achieve fast results that will last—even improve—over a lifetime.
Detoxifying the body through raw foods is a way of living. The goal is not to detox and then “retox,” but rather to learn how to love eating for constant improvement, reaching higher and higher levels of health and leanness.
One of the legion problems with traditional diets is that no one wants to maintain them long term. While the Raw Food Detox Diet starts to work as early as your first meal, it’s created to offer the best living experience available, so that you’ll want to make this your permanent lifestyle.
FROM: The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose