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Why an 85% Raw Food Lifestyle Works For Me

Eating 85% raw has been my way of life for 10 years. I am a very busy business woman who owns her practice and has very little time to do anything. So you can imagine I really appreciate this other 15% I get to play with. Now mind you I do eat responsibly. I don’t deprive my body of what it may be asking for. If I feel like I want a piece of fish for example this is what I will prepare. Because of the mercury content in fish, I am very selective of where I get my fish. I tend not to like to eat out but there are those occasions you just have to be social so I just keep it simple. I love grains and legumes. So I tend to eat a variety of beans soaked of course before I prepare them. Make sure to check for any bugs or unwanted material prior to soaking. Soaking the grains 1-8 hours eliminate phytic acid allowing for better digestion.

Grains include brown rice, quinoa, millet, wild rice, kamut, spelt, barley, just to name a few. Grains and beans really make me feel fuller. Whole grains are an excellent source of nutrition. They are full of dietary fiber, essential enzymes, and vitamins. Because the body absorbs grain slowly, they provide sustained and high quality energy. Cooked grains keep very well. Busy people like myself, can prepare larger quantities of grains and simply reheat with a little water. These beans may include black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, green peas, lentils just to name a few. Soaking beans prior to cooking them is also advised. I still always like to have a salad to accompany my meal. I also like to sprout beans and have them as a condiment in my salad, making it a superfood salad. For dessert, I may indulge in some coconut ice cream. Whatever my choices, I don’t get carried away and when my stomach says I’m full that’s it no more! My advice is to eat what your body craves, a healthy version of course, and in moderation.