Spring, Rebirth, Renewal — Happy New Year!

Did you know that springtime is the beginning of the official new-year? Think about it, spring is the time when nature re-births and renews its self. New life develops from new budded flowers to crops peeping from the earth. What better way to celebrate the New Year and new life than by cleaning up your environment, your home, wardrobe, and don’t forget the most intimate environment of all your body.

In many cultures, through many ages, spring cleansing has become a fact of life. Throughout the winter we tend to eat a more acidic diet, such as high protein foods, which can cause the intestines to secrete a heavy mucous coating. This means the intestine is not able to absorb nutrients as well. Too much acidic food also causes the intestines to harbor harmful bacteria. These two problems can lead to constipation and auto-intoxication. This causes the intestines to re-absorb toxic materials back into the blood stream (for more information on detoxing contact naturopathic healer Nazir Avdiyah).

Once you have detoxed your body from all of the congestion, built-up toxins and give your digestion, liver and energy level a good boost and cleaning, now it’s time to add more organic fresh alkaline foods to your new clean system. During the spring there are many great alkaline fruits and vegetables to choose from. Try to choose locally grown produce,  also, shop at your local farmers markets for those items you love but are not available in your area.

In a series of recipes, I will showcase raw recipes that incorporate a spring vegetable or fruit. This week’s star is…
Asparagus
Dubbed the “food of kings” by Louis XIV of France, asparagus definitely have a royal nutritional profile. Low in fat and high in fiber, these tender stalks are a good source of iron, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Asparagus are at their peak from March through June but can be purchased year-round. Once harvested, asparagus deteriorate rapidly, so place them in cool storage to retain freshness and nutrition.

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Yah’some Living at it’s Best

To all of my doubters out there, a raw food lifestyle really does work. If you are still on the fence about starting your own 30 day raw food nutrition experiment, this lady may just be the nudge you need. I’ve sent it to a few of my friends and two have decided to go raw for 30 Days.

And now, the Raw Food Nutrition Plan Pros: Weight Loss.  Just about everyone I’ve met, who has gone on this nutrition plan, has lost weight. If you are trying to lose weight in a healthy way, then there is no healthier way than eating raw natural foods. I personally lost 35 lbs while on this nutrition plan and I wasn’t even trying. If you are trying to lose a few pounds, then try the raw food nutrition plan. Not only will you lose the weight but you will feel great while doing it. There’s no need for pills, powders, fancy diets, or set portions. That, plus zero cooking time! Just go to your local ‘Farmers Market‘ and buy the produce. Then come home, wash it, grab one of our deLightful recipes, prepare it, and eat it. I lost an average of 3.687 lbs in a week. If you eat a lot of processed food, as well as fast food you will probably lose more weight than me. Just keep in mind that if you eat processed food along with fast food on a daily basis, your detox period may also be more intense. With that in mind, you may not want to jump into 100% raw food all at once. I recommend a natural herbal detox kit.  If you do decide on eating 100% raw, then I recommend scheduling a nutritional consultation with one of our nutritional consultants today.