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Commonly Asked Questions about My Living Food Lifestyle

What makes raw food tasty?

Pair crunchy and creamy sauces together, like crispy cucumbers with guacamole or flax crackers with a nut spread. Contrast flavors in a salad dressing, like sweet and sour, on bitter greens. Experiment with more pungent flavors like garlic or onion.

What are some tips for starting a raw food vegan diet?

Start with getting used to green juice in the morning even if you get it from a juice bar. Increase color in your salad. Have a salad at least once a day increasing to twice a day. Enjoy free recipes to make on line. Pick up a book on easy raw food recipes. Let your creative side shine. Start slow and don’t give up.

What piece of equipment is most important to get?

I would recommend a Vita-mix or any high powered blender. Vitamix has come down a lot in price. I have seen them in Costco and Bed Bath and Beyond. You can even get refurbished ones on their site. I like to use my blender for my green juices because I depend on the fiber to keep me full until lunch. Of course, good knives, juicer, food processor, dehydrator, other kitchen utensils and spiral vegetable slicer can be gradually added.

What are the best ways to increase nutrition in a smoothie?

Superfoods can be added to any smoothie. There are so many to choose from. Get creative and try them all. Acai is a great source of antioxidants, fiber and healthy heart fats.  Chia seeds are high in protein, fiber, calcium and omega 3’s. Maca powder can increase energy, endurance and libido. Gogi berries are loaded with vitamin C, carotentoids and fiber. Cacao is full of magnesium and antioxidants that can improve your health. Hemp seeds contain omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for combating heart disease. They are also high in protein and fiber. Coconut oil is high in saturated fats,

Lower LDL, or bad cholesterol and raise HDL levels, and even help to reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease. Bee Pollen is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It has been used to treat asthma, indigestion, allergies, anemia, acne, arthritis, and fatigue.

Why are sprouts so important?

Sprouts are any easy way to nutrition. There are 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than uncooked fruits and veggies. They are high in protein and fiber.  Essential fatty acid content increases during the sprouting process. They are easy to grow yourself which insures no unwanted pesticides or chemicals. The energy contained in the seed is ignited through soaking and sprouting. More importantly, they are inexpensive and alkalizing to your body.

What got me interested in living foods?

I had so many health issues cropping up when I was in my early forties. I experienced digestives issues, allergies, hypothyroidism, low energy, fatigue, anemia, sluggishness, red eyes, insomnia, and brain fog. With a raw vegan diet, I noticed my symptoms started vanishing one by one. I felt a sense of connection with my body that I had never experienced before. It has been 10 years now and I will never go back to what I use to eat. Fifty for me has been truly fabulous! I have never felt so good. I am so happy and grateful!