I've begun my Raw journey!
Several years ago I began experimenting as a vegetarian purely out of love for animals. One need only adore a pet of their own for that to turn into compassion for all animals. That's what happened for me. I became unable to hold dually in my conscience, that it's ok to eat one animal so long as I never knew it personally/it came from XYZ species, while simultaneously loving another animal as a member of my family.
I hold no judgement against meat eaters as it's woven into the fabric of our conditioning. We're raised eating, wearing & using animal products in more ways than we probably realize. Even despite my own internal conflicts over the issue, I've waffled back and forth between vegetarian/flexetarian over the years, rationalizing, since my husband was a carnivore, preparing a couple of meat dishes a week, though I'd use only humanely raised/organic products religiously.
Recently, however, after reading several fascinating nutrition books, I learned the amazing benefits of a raw foods vegetarian diet. What we've been conditioned to believe our bodies require nutritionally in order to thrive is quite upside down. A vegetarian/raw foods diet has been linked to a whole host of benefits including greater energy, radiant skin, reduced risk of disease and better digestion. Research and real life experiences have also shown that a person can prevent a body's healthy cells from turning into malignant cancererous cells by consuming mostly a vegetarian, raw food diet of whole, organic foods!
When I shared what I'd learned with Jim, I was thrilled when he decided he too wanted transition to a vegetarian, mostly Raw Vegan food diet. The timing was perfect! After just 2 weeks of phasing ourselves into this new lifestyle, we're already feeling and seeing the results. Jim, for example, is experiencing a much higher level of performance during his boxing workouts!
Uncooking, or eating Raw involves a lot of new techniques and some new tools- though the investment is negligible compared to health related expenses down the road. We'd already been making a delicious green smoothie daily for the past year (yes, we love it that much!) in our Vitamix, so we were off to a fab start. My 1st two equipment investments so far on our Raw journey are my spiralizer, for making vegetable pasta, and a Juicer. Love them both!
Originally, I'd planned to share my Raw Vegan recipe for Pasta Alfredo today, but I've received so many requests for this Power Green Juice that I decided to share it first. Again, this is NOT the same recipe as the green smoothie I've shared previously. Juicing is very different from blending as it immediately delivers a degree of enzymes/nutrition/benefits we'd never actually be able to consume in even one day. Jim and I noticed after our first Power Green Juice we experienced an awesome sustained rush of energy, not unlike what follows a cup of coffee, just without the jitters and subsequent crash.
Please enjoy Sweet & Tangy Power Green Juice. I am thrilled about it, as until now, I've never been able to drink more than a few sips of green juice, from even the best juicing companies. Sweet & Tangy Green Drink has a wonderful tang of ginger and lemon, sweetness from apples & zip from the fennel... and there's something about that fabulous sustained energy rush... it becomes addictive! It's already one of our daily staples.
Recipe for Sweet & Tangy Power Green Juice (Serves 2)
- 2 collard or kale leaves (bitter stems removed)
- 3 romaine lettuce leaves
- 2 handfuls parsley, about 1/2 bunch (or use spinach)
- 1 cucumber
- 1/2 fennel bulb (or 1/2 of top portion, ie. the fronds/stems. I get four batches out of 1 fennel this way.)
- 3 stalks celery
- 2 apples
- 1/2 lemon, peeled (yellow skin removed, pith remaining)
- 1 1/2" piece of fresh ginger root (I like a lot of ginger, you may want to try w/ a 1" piece first)
- Juice and enjoy!