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Summer is the time for salads.... Picnics in the park... Evening meals on the patio.... Easy entertaining....
With such a wonderful variety of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from, we can eat for energy, for beauty and for rejuvenation. The secret is simple: eat your fruit and veg raw, and preferably right from the garden.
There’s a growing interest in raw food - and with good reason. Eating more raw foods does you the world of good.
1. It gives you added energy. Take a look at some of these Kirlian photographs, and notice the difference between broccoli that has been lightly steamed and broccoli that is raw.
BIG difference. That’s the energy you lose by cooking your veg. And it’s also why so many people find they are buzzing with energy and vitality within an hour of eating a raw meal.
2. It nourishes and sustains you more completely. Raw vegetables and fruits have far more nutrients - vitamins, minerals, enzymes as well as easy-to-assimilate proteins, carbohydrates and good fats. That means less is more. You eat less food. And get better nourished.
3. In turn, that can easily lead to weight loss without feeling hungry - you’re eating less food after all and the food you do it is far more nutritious and life sustaining.
4. And of course, there are the many beauty benefits. Raw foods cleanse your body of toxins really effectively. A clean gut equates to a clear glowing complexion. Many raw foods are especially good at nourishing your skin - like organic avocados and olives, for example.
5. It can and does rejuvenate you. By cleansing and nourishing you properly, eat raw can rejuvenate you from the inside out....
The Best Raw Foods?
Here are a few especially rejuvenating foods to include in your summer salads. They work at many levels to restore your inner balance. They’re alkalising antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. They restore your hormonal balance and help cleanse your digestive tract giving you bundles more energy. And in summer there are so many to choose from.
Great vegetables — barley grass (try it powdered in a morning smoothie or protein shake), beetroot, Brussels sprouts, carrots, chicory, Chinese leaf, mustard greens, fennel, garlic, kale, okra, onions, peas, seaweed, sprouts, spring onions, sweet potato. There are wonderful ways to combine many of these into a nutritious and delicious slaw.
The best fruits — avocados, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapefruit, dates, goji berries, lychees, melons of all kinds, olives, papaya, pomegranate, raspberries and strawberries. Eat them in your hand, mix them into a smoothie, or make a raw ‘ice cream’ by blending a frozen banana with a handful of berries. Delicious.
You’ll find many more tips for eating — and getting fit for your summer in the sun when you join us for the next Shape Up for Summer programme, beginning 23 June.
Check out the program here: http://agelessalchemy.com/summer/