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Eat Raw Veggies for Good Health.
This article is for all of you that don’t eat enough veggies. No, I’m not trying to turn you into a vegetarian. And I won’t chase you around the living room with a giant carrot while Cheetos trail behind you. But, I will tell you how eating two cups or more, of raw vegetables every day will keep you healthy. Veggies do a lot of good for the body! Personally, I love to eat one or two salads a day.
Eat Raw Veggies to Cure a Disease
If you want to cure a disease eat four cups of raw veggies. There’s a documented case of Dr. Wahls, a formerly wheelchair bound doctor with (MS) Multiple Sclerosis (which is incurable), curing herself and being able to walk again with the help of raw veggies. Dr. Wahls did this by eating four cups of raw greens every day! Check out her wonderful story of sickness to wellness, her website is here and her Tedx Talk below:
Eat Raw Veggies to Cure Common Ailments
If you don’t eat meat for one full day you will notice a definite difference in your body:
- Less heartburn and acid reflux
- Better digestion
- Better bowel movements
- Better concentration
- Weight loss
Raw Veggies and Bowel Movements
If you’re a regular subscriber then I’m sure you’ve noticed that I talk a lot about bowel movements, and that’s because most people don’t have them often enough. You should have at least one bowel movement a day. Since I eat lots of veggies, drink half a gallon of water a day, and take psyllium husks I have two or more bowel movements a day.
The intestines are the gateway to and the barometer of good health. Did you know that more than 60% of the immune system resides in the intestines? Now doctors and scientists are calling the guts the “second brain” in the body because of it being a sophisticated, independent nervous system that affects physical and mental health. Studies show that what you eat affects mental behavior.
When people suffer from cancer, AIDs and other chronic diseases they often have trouble having bowel movements. (I witnessed that first hand with my mom when she battled cancer.) That’s because the immune system is compromised and not fully functioning. Think of your immune system–the intestines, like a roof on a house. If the roof has a bunch of holes then rain destroys all the furniture inside. You want to preserve your furniture. You have to patch up the roof—your intestines to preserve your health. And eating as much raw foods as possible will help preserve your health.
Raw Veggie Suggestions
Eating raw veggies doesn’t have to be boring experience. Tantalize your palate by making delicious, nutrient packed salads and raw veggie plates with homemade dressing to give veggies a zesty kick. Below is my recipe which is a slightly different spin from a recipe I heard from Dr. Fuhrman, a well-known medical doctor that touts nutrition as the cure for high blood pressure and many other common medical conditions.
Quick and Easy Homemade Salad Dressing and Veggie Dip Recipe
Step 1: Liquid mixture— Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar in a small plastic bowl and set to the side.
Step 2: Nut/Seed Mixture—In a coffee grinder or food processor, mix a variety of nuts and seeds together. Choose any three or more of these: flaxseed (esp. good), chia seeds, almonds, pine nuts, walnuts. (I usually use organic flaxseeds, chia seeds, and almonds. For freshness I usually mix two cups in a plastic bowl, keep in the refrigerator and use as needed. I eat salads all the time so I make this twice a week.
Step 3: Add half a tablespoon or more of the nut/seed mixture to your liquid mixture, depending on how thick you like your dressing. Drizzle it in slowly so you can control how thick it is, gradually add more if needed. You can make it thicker to use as a sandwich spread, or as a dipping sauce for grape tomatoes, celery, and carrots.
Note: Feel free to add orange zest, lemon juice, coconut oil, and other ingredients to change this into your personal salad dressing masterpiece!
Anything left over from the completed mixture can be stored in the cabinet if used in two days, longer than that requires refrigeration.
Now there is NO excuse for you to eat high calorie and sugar laced, store bought blue cheese, ranch, or French salad dressing. Now go pile your plate with carrots, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cucumbers, celery, kale, spinach, and eat your way to good health!