Raw Food Cleanse
I consider myself to be a healthy eater, occasionally splurging on weekends and special occasions. But when the opportunity arose to do an internal summer cleaning (on my body), I couldn’t refuse. It all started when a guy friend of mine introduced me to his wonderful and adorably cute new girl, Courtney. A raw food advocate herself; Courtney mentioned that she had a raw food catering business, Rawrrgoods…perfect timing!! After celebrating my birthday, dining non-stop for about 3 weeks, I was ready to detox. This seemed like a great solution, because unlike other, more extreme cleanses, I was able to consume whole fresh foods to keep my body satiated and mind sharp. I was excited to begin my August cleans!!
For those who are new to the raw food ideology, the raw food diet is based on the belief that the most healthful food for the body is uncooked. Although most food is eaten raw, heating food is acceptable as long as the temperature stays below 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking is thought to strip the enzymes naturally present in food. According to raw foodists (so they call them), enzymes are the life force of a food, helping us to digest and absorb nutrients. If we overeat cooked food, our bodies are forced to work harder by producing more enzymes, thus weakening our immune system. Over time, a lack of enzymes from food is thought to lead to digestive problems, nutrient deficiencies and accelerated aging. Cooking food can diminish its nutritional value. For example, the cancer-fighting compounds in broccoli, sulforaphanes, are greatly reduced when broccoli is cooked. Certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat. Other foods, however, become more healthful after cooking, because the fibrous portion is broken down.
Deciding on a 5 day raw food cleanse, I was more than pleased to find the ever-changing menu to be innovative, delicious and filling. By starting each morning with a decent sized breakfast and either a smoothie or juice, you end up staying fuller throughout the day. Now I truly understand why breakfast should be your biggest meal. Also, by proving a mid day snack, you satiate the hunger that surfaces in-between meals. Here is an example of Today’s menu, try not to salivate: Breakfast: Orange carrot ginger spice juice, and banana apple flax cinnamon porridge. Lunch: falafel (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, mushroom and spices), tabouli kale salad and cashew sesame garlic hummus. Snack: Cherries. Dinner: cashew pine nut zucchini “alfredo” and a romaine avocado salad. Desert: Hazelnut currant cinnamon orange clove cacao and coconut truffle …yummy!! I must say that waking up to a full day’s worth of nourishing meals on my front doorstep, in a Whole Foods reusable bag, fills my heart with joy. Both for the fact that I know I’ll be eating well that day and that I wont have to think about where and when I'm going to purchase or make my food, especially on a busy day. Its only 4 days into it and I already feel more energized, regular (if you know what I mean) and have lost 2 lbs..... crazy right!! That wasn’t necessarily my goal, but it is a nice little perk. Thank you Courtney and her fabulous company, http://rawrrgoods.moonfruit.com/. Cant wait to see whats on the menu tomorrow morning!!