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Raw Food and Fitness
I am really excited to write about raw food and fitness. Consuming more raw foods and living a green lifestyle has increased in trendiness over the last decade. As a yogi, fitness model, and health fanatic, I must say I am a huge fan and advocate of raw food and I have personally experienced amazing changes in my own body in terms of energy, vitality, leanness, digestibility of food and the vibrancy of my skin and hair with the inclusion of raw food into my diet.
Although I am not completely raw, I have experienced a period of almost 2 years where I was eating only raw and now have found a balance where I eat cooked food and incorporate raw food principles into my current regime. For me, balance works best. I love my cooked meals but I also love including raw smoothies, live drinks and other raw ingredients and recipes into my diet.
I am certified as a Raw Food Nutritionist in addition to being a Sports Nutritionist and I have seen first hand what the addition of these enzyme rich foods has done for my clients and my peers in the fitness industry.
Competing in fitness and in any sport for that matter can be very taxing and depleting for the body. Often after competition or a sporting event, athletes will feel fatigued and can even experience minor depression. Refuelling the body with fresh, natural, raw ingredients helps to build muscle tissue and oxygenate and hydrate muscles making for faster repair and rebuilding.
My Favourite Raw Boosts:
- Bee Pollen
- Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar
- Chia Seeds
- Sprouted Sunflower Seeds
Zain’s Delicious Green Smoothie:
2 Leaves Organic Kale (stems removed)
2 Leaves Organic Swiss Chard (stems removed)
1/4 Cup Organic Spinach
1/4 Organic Cucumber
1 Cup Organic Strawberries
1 Ripe Organic Peach
1/8 Piece Ginger
3 Sprigs Parsley
1/8 Tsp Chlorella
1/8 Tsp Spirulina
1/2 Cup Water
2 Cups Ice
1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor, add/reduce water to your consistency liking.
Zain’s Raw Superfood Shake:
1 Tbsp Raw Cacao OR 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
30g Raw Coconut Meat
1 Tbsp Raw Organic Cashew Butter
1 Vanilla Bean Or 1/8 Tsp All Natural Vanilla
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Tsp Raw Unpasteurized Honey
2 Organic Dates
1/4 Tsp Maca
1/2 Cup Ice
1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor.
I would like to introduce one of my all time inspirations: The amazing Raw Food Trainer, Mary Luciano http://www.maryluciano.com/home
Here are some simple ways you can start incorporating raw foods everyday according to Mary Luciano:
1. Start by just having a salad on a regular daily basis. Make one huge hearty salad with a variety of colors from the rainbow. Add leafy greens, like romaine, spinach, leafy green, mixed greens, kale, and endive. Add crunchy vegetables like red, green, yellow peppers, celery, and cucumber. You can also add raw nuts and seeds to add more crunch and change the texture. You can even add some fruits like strawberries and blueberries to sweeten it up. Lastly add a healthy tasty dressing and Viola a full meal.
2. Try a fruit or green smoothie add some protein powder or hemp protein and flax oil to make it a complete meal for morning or afternoon. Or simple as a snack.
3. Add at least one type of raw food at each meal.
4. Try making freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices. If you don’t have a juicer visit a juice bar in your area.
5. Experiment with different fruits and vegetables you’ve never tried before.
6. Raw foods are becoming so mainstream you can purchase a raw cookbook almost anywhere. Buy one and commit to trying a new recipe once a week, one a month what works for you.
7. Do some research and see if there is a raw food restaurant in your area. Make a point of going out and trying it. This will help you to see that you can turn almost anything into a delicious raw food dish.
8. Have fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds as snack. Adding nuts and seeds can also help you feel more full and satisfied.
9. Visit a health food store and see if you can find a raw energy bar such as Lara Bars or Smart Monkey Bars.
10.Try out various raw super foods such as Goji Berries, Algae (Sprilina, Chlorella, E-3live) and Seaweed (Nori, Arame, Wakame, Kelp and Dulse).
Incorporating more raw foods into your lifestyle does not have to complicated. The more raw foods you add daily the better you will start to feel. The more you are committed to adding variation into your lifestyle the more you will see that raw foods can be delicious and fun.