I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Raw Truth

I am currently on my eighteenth day of a 21 day raw food program. What drew my interest to this was a documentary I saw about a woman in the destructive stages of diabetes. In her desperation to get better she searched the internet and the one thing that kept coming up was the benefits of a raw food diet. During her search she found a place called; "The Tree of Life 21 day program". This program claimed that people had been going off their medications after as little as 4 days. Being both skeptical and hopeful all at the same time she went to her doctor and told him she was going to make the trip and try this program. Needless to say as a doctor he was skeptical but could see no harm in her trying it, besides he was also curious to examine her afterward to witness the results for himself. Well to make a long story short, this woman did the program which consisted of 21 days of nothing but raw unprocessed foods, all plant based and absolutely nothing could be heated above 116 degrees. They used cheese and ice cream that was made from nuts because absolutely no dairy or soy is allowed. There was always more than enough to eat and she really did enjoy the food. By her fourth day she was able to stop her medication and by her nineteenth day she had lost 16 pounds with her only exercise being some light to moderate walking each day. When she came back home her doctor could not believe how good her stats were and told her to continue eating the raw foods and occasionally implement a bit of meat or fish if she wished. Well her whole family rallied around her and years later she is still off all her medications and her and her entire family are leaner and healthier than they have ever been.
Luckily I am not diabetic but it does run heavily in my family. I was more interested in the weight loss aspect of this way of eating and the overall health benefits. So here I am on my 18th day feeling better than ever. I've lost about 10 pounds and my energy level is through the roof, so I am very pleased with the results. I have decided to make raw foods a consistent 75% of my lifestyle and allow 25% of the many foods I love and crave to be eaten periodically throughout.
I would suggest this program to anyone who just wants to feel better, there is no starvation here you can eat an enormous amount of food. Just look into it, I promise you will not be sorry that you did.

Raw Fresh Salsa

3 or 4 lg. tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 fresh chilies, seeded and chopped
5 green onions, chopped
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. minced fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. sea salt

In lidded jar or covered non reacting container, combine all ingredients and marinate for at least 1 hour.

This salsa will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

Makes 2 cups.



Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I like raw food in the summertime, especially when it's hot. Unfortunately, it has not been very hot in Wisconsin this year. I could actually turn the furnace on tonight, it's so cold.

How about semi-raw?

earthmother said...

That's wonderful! I hope you stay with it. I began transitioning to the raw lifestyle a year ago. Chronic health symptoms vanished and so did over 115 pounds.

Julie said...

115 pounds, that is incredible Earthmother. I already feel much better and have shed a few pounds as well. I am looking forward to dropping more weight as to rid myself of undo pressure on an already damaged spine. Thank you for sharing your experience I do hope that you will keep in touch.

Julie said...

Once I am done with my 21 days Mimi I guess you could say I will be living semi-raw. I am going to switch between eating normally (within reason of course) and eating raw every other day.

~~louise~~ said...

Congrats to you Julie. I too have been thinking about changing my diet. I could use a bit more energy LOL. I'm going the way of juicing I think. Sort of the same principle except I will be a semi, semi juicer!!!

Thanks for sharing, and congratulations again.

Your Health is indeed your Wealth!!!

Julie said...

You are welcome, Louise and thank you. I own a juicer, I do not always use it but have enjoyed it when I do. During this 21 day program I have been drinking a green juice which consists of; Kale, spinach, parsley, green apple and kiwi, it really tastes quite good.

~~louise~~ said...

I've heard of that "green" juice. It will be one of the first I try. Thanks Julie!!!

Julie said...

The juice does not look appealing at all Louise but it actually tastes quite good. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Rochelle R. said...

There is a raw foods restaurant in my city. I haven't been there yet but it has good reviews. It is rather expensive because the food prep is time consuming. I got a juicer for Xmas but have hardly used it. I must get it set up and start using it.

Julie said...

Rochelle you will be amazed at how much better you feel. You start to notice a difference by the second or third day into it.