Heal Your Body with a Raw Food Diet
Article by Ronald Firquain
Health Benefits of a Raw Food Diet
Easier Digestion Raw food presents lesser problems to your digestive system. The absence of oil and other harmful cooking ingredients allows your digestive system to quickly and smoothly digest food and eliminate waste from your system without making you experience any acidic reaction. Digesting raw food also does not lead to bile or any other residual effects. If you start with a raw diet, however, be sure not to immediately mix it with cooked food as the instant combination will not react well inside your stomach.
Easier digestion is also caused by the increased content of enzymes in raw food. With more enzymes at work within your body, you get to have lesser toxins which will consequently lead to lower health risks and weight gain.Better Immune System Bacteria as well as other microorganisms found within raw food benefit your health by strengthening your body immune system. Since prevention is always the best cure, strengthening your body defense system will make you tougher against all sorts of disease.
Stabilizing Body Mass Index If you are worried about your weight, taking a raw food diet could help you achieve your weight loss goals. When you want to lose weight, you need to look at the bigger picture of things and know your body mass index. If you already have the right Stabilizing Body Mass, a raw food diet will help you keep your body mass Index stable. Lower Heart Disease Your heart will greatly benefit from a raw food diet since it eliminates most of the ingredients and food types that lead to higher heart risk. With a raw food diet, you can look forward to leading a happier and healthier life.
Speedier Healing Not all of us are like Superman and able to heal bullet wounds in an instant. We are not like other magical creatures either that can regenerate lost limbs. As we are all ordinary humans only, we can simply rely on natural sources to keep our body heal faster and one way of doing that is by increasing intake of omega fatty acids.Omega fatty acids are one of the most important components of a raw food diet. They can be found in certain types of fish and leafy green vegetables. Omega 3 promotes cell growth and you can just imagine what would happen to your body without a healthy supply of Omega 3.
Healthier Skin Skin is the most commonly afflicted part of your body by cancer. With a healthy raw food diet, however, you will be able to give your skin added protection protection that mere skin care products can not really give you with.In spite of the numerous healthy benefits one can derive from raw food diet, it is not a dietary regime that is considered flawless. There are medical experts expressing concern regarding its safety and effectiveness. For one, people must make sure that the raw foods they eat are not greatly exposed to pesticides.
But if you can make sure that all produce you consume are organic then you are in the right track.
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Image by Barry Gourmet and Raw For any time of the day takes only 3 to 5 minutes to make, fast and easy ,Nutritious, Delicious, Cleanse Earth Juicing for Health... what is it ? Written by Barry Gourmet & Raw © Copyright Aug. 9 2011 In my previous articles I would always make reference to my kitchen as being a Garden Kitchen. The reason is simple. On both sides of my kitchen you can see my garden in all directions through the windows. The only actual gardening that I would do in my kitchen is sprouting seeds, and nuts and grains for growing grass in dark corners of the kitchen away from direct sun light. But when you think of it my real garden is out side and not part of the my kitchen so now I have changed the name of the place where I do all my food preparations as my EARTH KITCHEN. My definition of an Earth Kitchen is simple: Utensils for low heat ware is kept to a minimum such as a good Juicer,a glass Blender (I have 2 of them) a milling cup machine that works with the blender, a Steam basket stainless steal & Glass (Glass is better because it does not contain the ( Heavy metal Nickel that can be leached from Stainless Steal when heated) A one plate induction cooker, lots of glass jars including mason jars, lots of different size stainless steal colander straining baskets for rinsing of your produce and sprouting of your foods. I will let you have one frying pan and a sauce pan but I will let you know ,how I use them in my food preparations for good health and wellness. Lots of quality ceramic and glass dish ware (No Plastic) with wooden ,ceramic, utensils for the low heated foods and stainless steel for the room temperature foods. A few Good quality unbleached( Bleached White contains the Carcinogen Dioxin) Natural Fiber Matts and Towels used for Matt Sprouting and general clean ups. Various wooden and tempered glass cutting boards, with quality culinary hand tools for basting,cutting, squashing, grating,mixing,measuring, and marination. All biodegradable cleaning solutions such as Lemons, Limes, White Vinegar, Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Powder (Non Aluminum) Of course an Earth Kitchen will be very basic for a Raw Foo-dist Paradise in Heaven with no unnecessary distractions such as a TV, Radio,Micro Wave,Traditional Stove top burners, Oven ( with a few exceptions) Toaster, Broiler, Deep Fryer, Charcoal Barbecue, or any other high temperature kitchen contraption that is used for denaturing Natures Whole Foods in the name of Taste. Why does everything have to be so expensive, so time consuming,and so complicated ,when it comes to the culinary art of gourmet cuisine? It is better to keep things simple, to save money, to save time in food preparation,and to enjoy the rainbow colored whole foods , and the delicious taste of whole food raw gourmet cuisine that is more healthy and flexible than any other culinary art in my opinion. One Note : I do not use a Dehydrator simply because you want the high water content foods to hydrate your body as much as possible we are are made of 90 percent water and there is a serious problem today with dehydration from processed dieting. All your digestive organs will have to work extra hard, using Enzymes to break down the cooked or dehydrated foods small enough for your body to assimilate the nutrients into your small intestine,where as fresh raw juice does not have this problem. With better and more efficient assimilation of nutrients from Juice and Raw Whole Foods , your body will repair and recover faster from ailments and studies have proven this fact. Most people when they start Juicing at home using their chosen ingredients of fresh raw Organic produce, become aware of how good Nature is in the Taste Department .And eventually also in the Health and Wellness Department as well , they just Feel Better. You can not get the same benefits from store packaged juices because the retail giant knows that their product is often shipped around the world and needs to be treated with a long shelf life application such as , pasteurization that kills life giving Enzymes, Preservatives, Coloring, unreal Juice from Concentrate,High Fructose Corn Syrup, water, refined white sugar then stamped with an expiration date on the carton. Can you really call this juice from nature? Are you really getting value for your money ? When you think of the Food Giants advertizing cost for product Label packaging , TV and media advertising, Storage,Shipping and then the Retail stores mark up on top of your juice product. Who pays for all this ? Its not the Processed Food Giant ? It is YOU ! The United States government subsidized agricultural corn industry, along with the processed high fructose corn syrup manufactures are working hard to get the FDA (Food and Drug Administration ) to change the “High Fructose Corn Syrup” HFCS name to be changed to a new marketing name called “Corn Sugar” CS. The reason is simple. There is way to much bad publicity,and consumer concern affecting sales negatively. Enough people have lost trust and confidence in the product ,so industry is scrambling to change the name to something sounding more NATURAL to the consumer to boost sales. IN contrast,Nature on the other hand does not care about what we think, or care about sales and profit what so ever. In fact nature can be very generous and giving to us with a bounty of food with out any conditions or interior motive. Like my mango trees and coconut ,and papaya trees giving so freely and so unexpectedly bumper crops of free food for my family , in exchange for just some water and soil amendments during the dry season. Most people today buy for Convenience ,and this is the way our present standard of living has been set up for. It all comes down to supply and demand for the consumer. Science and Studies have proven that for health and wellness there is no comparison between a store purchased juice and a freshly made juice produced in your Earth Kitchen. Lack of Convenience does not even factor in when you have scheduled the juicing time in to your daily routine, and you count the savings of your money,the health benefits and even the superior taste of freshly squeezed raw earth juice. “When it comes to Juicing ,Mother Nature can not be fooled, and neither can your body.” Here is just a few benefits to your Good Health for Raw Earth Juicing. First and foremost you are delivering Oxygen,Life giving Enzymes,Green Chlorophyll (the blood of plants) bio available organic mineral and vitamins , Anti Oxidants,is very Alkalizing for your body,and has Blood Cleansing properties. All this and more from freshly squeezed Organic Earth Juices. You will not get the same benefit from store brands. Freshly squeezed Organic Earth Juice, will most definitely help you to Lose your Excess Weight by giving you dense calorie nutrition to feed your cells by bypassing your overworked digestive organs ,and by misplacing the empty calories from processed foods.The high water content of Juicing even with out the fiber will stay with you and ward off the addictive cravings of processed sugar especially by adding the greens to your juice machine. Did you know that over time your actual taste buds will change and adapt to your new way of feeding your body? Its True it happened to me and it happened to others as well. Your body is never still. Cells are dieing and rebirthing from your bone marrow and other parts of your body continuously 24/7 . It is estimated that we have a new body every 7 years of our life so what you can do in the next 7 years or sooner in your life will make all the difference in the world for your Longevity ,Well Being and Good Health that you earned and worked for. I know this because I have been there. I have seen my own body transformation from starting at over 220 pounds of body fat more than 30 years ago ,and over time about 1 year and a half years I dropped down to my ideal weight of 125 pounds of lean muscle. If you could only imagine what I used to look like standing only 5 foot 4 inches tall with all that kind of weight hanging from my body? Yes I know and can remember the the feeling I went through back then ,and now I know , how powerful Juicing can be for losing undesired excess weight along with other uncomfortable symptoms . Of course I had and implemented a number of other strategies for total effectiveness. If I can do it then YOU can DO IT as well ,and back then I did not have all the information and coaching that is available today in all the book stores and now is readily assessable today all over the internet.I do understand why there is so much Obesity and Declining Chronic Health issues in the modern world today , and this is why I have the passion today to write and to reveal the opsticals that where in my way when I was struggling all that time with my weight. You can say that I am paying it forward , what ever it takes if I can just help one person to achieve their goal for better health. Raw Organic Earth Juice is loaded with natural Phyto-Chemicals that disarm and destroy disease pathogens that make the body more immune resistant for better good health.These Nature made Phyto Chemicals that are so numerous in every peace of fruit or vegetable that it is virtually impossible for science to be able to isolate them all for patenting and that is a good thing for you and I ,because mother nature has been around a lot longer than man and all your health needs and answers will be with her.The juices Phyto Chemicals will activate co enzymes in your body to produce even more enzyme activity to address inflammation and other ailments. What ever Juicer you buy , try to get one that has slow moving parts with quality of materials of NO or Less Petrochemical Plastics. This machine will and should be used often for the rest of your life , so you want to have a good one. I use a Samson Juice machine bought in Bangkok and shipped to my Earth Home in Phuket a famous resort island for tourists. The less expensive faster juice machines will oxidize your juice destroying some of the nutrition , and the warranties are probably less time with little or no after sales support so I would go for the best one that fits your budget. There is a serious health risk for consuming heated pasteurized juices ,including most cooked foods today. Science is still trying to figure it out and studies have backed up the phenomenon regarding the immune system bombarding the heated juice or foods with a high white blood cell count, by as much as 300 %. It is tantamount to your body rejecting the cooked product in your system ,treating it as if it was foreign and diseased and this is not a good thing. This phenomenon is called Digestive Leukosytosis and it occurs only when cooked or processed food has been digested. This forces the pancreas to release digestive enzymes that are lacking in the pasteurized juice , delaying the transit time and generally overburdening your digestive system. A simple solution to all of this would be to add some Raw foods to your cooked foods or juices no less then 50/50 to keep the Digestive Leukosytosis down to a minimum. 80 Raw and 20 cooked would even be more ideal. The important thing about Earth Juicing is the ratio of fruit to vegetable for maximum nutritional and disease prevention support. Go for the Super Dark Greens in most of your juicing. I know about the bitter bad taste of greens believe me I know , but every Herbalist will tell you that the bitterness of foods are good for your Liver and acts like an over all cleansing tonic for your immune function support as well. Stop!! before you go running away, there is good news to all this. It is the various fruits that you can add to the greens that will effectively ,neutralize or at least reduce the bitter after taste of the greens. Depending on the Greens used I use the following Earth Fruits to naturally enhance the over all taste. Banana, Mango, Coconut meat,and Coconut water , Pineapple (Proteolytic Enzymes Bromelain that are concentrated mostly in the stem and middle section of the pineapple) Papaya (Enzymes Papain)The seeds of Papaya are used for killing Parasites, Mangostein,Apple,Pear,Date,(Any of the root vegetables that are naturally sweet) Oranges, and may be a few that I have not mentioned here but the important thing is this. The same formula above can apply to blended smoothies as well. It is a fact that every one has different taste buds , thats why we don’t all eat the same thing so experiment with your options to create the most delicious , and exhilarating Earth Beverage for your self ,and for our friends and family. After juicing drink right away for best health results. Any of the left over juice can be stored in your refrigerator at the back where it is the coldest. Try to consume all of it in the same day for the best health benefits. Barry s Tip for Juicing :I like to juice my greens first then add my selected sweet fruits later.This way I can slowly adjust up the correct amount of sweetness until I reach the desired taste that I am looking for. One way to be Friends of the Earth by Recycling : What to do with all that left over fiber from your juice machine? Compost it of course! More than 15 years ago I purchased a manual Compost Tumbler machine to break down all my kitchen scraps ,grass clippings ,and yard waist . It is a great investment for Planet Earth and for your house hold as well,as all this biodegradable waste that normally would just go straight into our land fills gets properly treated at your home with no mess and no fuss.Sending your Kitchen and yard waste to landfills creates many environmental problems such as vermin contamination and related diseases , pollution of our water sheds and pollution of our air via incineration plants. When I worked for a Giant retail food corporation in Canada as a teen , I found it appalling to see how much good food was being compressed for shipment to the land fills. But that is just a drop in the bucket compared to all the house holds that do not compost at home. Compost Tumblers are the most efficient and easy to use and take up very little space and they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and pricing to fit your home requirements. Personally I would invest only in a good Tumbler and not a Bin for the fastest compost results. Things to compost would be all your RAW not cooked kitchen scraps,your teas and coffee grounds, grass clippings, and soft yard waste like leaves and flowers. It is a good idea to add a bit of water for moisture now and then including some saw dust , and rich garden soil as starters for the living bacteria to work its charm. Also any inexpensive dry seaweed found often in Asian food markets helps to add missing iodine with the sea minerals that we rarely find in food land crops.Just soak the sea weed in water and mix it in your blender and add what you need to the Tumbler. The rolling action of the compost tumbler daily ,helped by the aeration of all the air vents and holes on the tumbler will break down your biodegradable waste into something resembling a dark rich loamy soil that will easily dry out once it is dumped onto the ground to further mature into a fine green compost. I advise not to use any animal products, cooked foods or anything that does not come directly from Nature. We all know that perishable produce can spoil fast like bananas,and its a shame not to recycle this organic byproduct back to nature to nurture our garden , and edibles for a safer food,and to be Friends of the Earth. “The wonderful thing about composting is you never know what nature will surprise you with.” Some times seeds or nuts will actually germinate inside the com poster under certain conditions. After spreading my compost all over my garden , I noticed after a few days that lots of the same looking plants that eventually turned into trees where every where. Not that I am complaining or anything,in-fact I am delighted to say the least. Today I have year round organic Papaya with no end in sight , I have been blessed by Nature. Earth Juice ingredients from the Photo: 2 Carrots medium size. 1 cup of chopped Beet Root. 1 stalk of Fennel 1 stalk of Celery 1 stalk of kale or your favorite leafy green. 1 hand size ripe tomato. 1 whole Apple (Organic) A small hand full of your favorite mixed fresh herbs such as ,Sweet Basil,Chicory,Mint. One teaspoon of half ground cinnamon powder and one half to one tea spoon of your favorite Green Super Food powder such as Chlorella, Spirulina,Wheat or Barely Grass, powdered Sea Vegetable. Feed all the ingredients through your juice machine stir and pour into a glass. You can sprinkle a bit of black pepper on top to give yourself as much as 600 percent nutritional assimilation according to research studies. This will taste extremely BITER to your taste buds, but don’t worry it actually is a cleansing Liver tonic that is good for your body even if it tastes bad. All bitter Green foods have alkaloids and Chlorophyl (The Green Blood of Plants) that makes the juice taste Bitter. The next step is easy just juice more sweet apple into the collection chamber and taste for each apple. Sooner or later you will find out what is just right for you. Apples are very good for you as they are high in Malic Acid and Pectin for Liver support. They taste delicious ,but they have to be ORGANIC because this fruit is at the top of the list for one of the highest sprayed chemical cash crops do date. And don’t think your safe by pealing the skins of conventional apples because all crops are Systemic. Systemic means that the roots of every plant absorb and draw the good and the bad stuff up into their internal fibers and chlorophyl. Biotech Science knows this as researchers routinely, use the root systems of plants to inoculate their chemicals into them for research so all the scrubbing ,washing, rinsing, bio soaping, and what ever will make no difference in the chemical load of the produce. Just buy Organic as much as you can ,and eat a rainbow diet with lots of different everything to reduce your exposure to the toxins. So by slowly adding Organic apples we, bring the juice from Bitter ,to Bitter Sweet, to Sweet and you will find just the right amount of Apple to make the fresh juice palatable and delicious to your discerning taste buds. It is important not to gulp the juice down , but instead to savor it in your mouth , to enjoy every moment as the enzymes in your mouth will mix with the juice, and give you more immune support. “Enjoy your Living Foods in Juicing for Life” Barry Gourmet & Raw Barrys Good Earth and Weight Loss Tip: When shopping for your selected produce for your juicing pleasure , it is important to go for the greens. For example did you know that most of the Phyto Chemical Super Green Nutrition is all in the Beet tops and Carrot tops of any root vegetable out there. It is true and known by all Herbalists , Natural path Doctors ,and Scientists backed by studies that the real power of nutrition are the Leafy Green Tops that grow above the ground. But the problem is, and I hope that its not in your case many or all Root Greens are removed before the produce even gets to the market or retail store. Unfortunately for me some person in charge of all this decided to remove all root greens from all vegetables before shipment to all the stores in the country. What can one do? So I cut the growing ends of my carrot and beet and replanted them by sticking the roots in the soil in my garden, and in a few days I have small but edible tasty greens . All my Juices including my Fruit Juices that are made less of all contain Leafy Greens that are rotated constantly for maximum nutrition and immune support because eating the same or same group of greens will eventually cause problems as one single green has its own unique potent chemical Alkaloid that could potentially cause a toxic side effect to sensitive individuals. So mix them up , rotate them, and enjoy the taste in combination of a selected fruit of your choice and for continued vibrant health. For years the mineral Calcium has been in the spot light across the board with the general population but unfortunately the one mineral that did not receive deserved attention was the essential mineral Magnesium. In fact Calcium and Magnesium bind together to support and build your bones and marrow ,with Calcium by itself useless with out the mineral Magnesium. Our modern diet is seriously deficient in the mineral Magnesium and the 2 best ways of getting it are....... Dark Green Leafy land produce and Sea Vegetables (Sea Weed).Both dark leafy greens and edible seaweeds like kelp,wakame,nori,chinese,brown,dulse to just name a few are also good sources of the following nutrients.Iodine from Sea weeds, plus the proper ratios of the mineral organic sodium and potassium is in good supply along with the land vegetables such as celery, tomato,leafy greens,and other whole food fruits and vegetables.All very alkalizing to your body, with high water content, dietary fiber,and anti inflammation ,that will make you feel full and stay with you to help you with your weight loss program. Above I have just mentioned natural healing foods that contain the essentials like bio available Calcium,Magnesium,Iodine,Sodium and Potassium and this is just the tip of the ice berg as these foods contain thousands of more nutrients and complex proteins and co factors that work together in your body for your good health. Fact is eating these kinds of foods regularly in your diet will help keep you regular, and curb your cravings for the addictive processed baked goods, junk foods,sodas, and most anything else that does not come directly from nature and wow can this be. It is very simple. The human body never stays the same , as cells are dying and rebirthing constantly 24 /7 it is called aging but it can be slowed down and it can be manipulated by correct eating and supporting life style. In time your own taste buds will change, and like myself if you actually make the effort and transition, over you will wonder to your self how could I have actually eaten that stuff back then? You will think of how you feel now today , and how you felt back then. Of course this will not be the same for every body as people are at different ages , levels of health and fitness. From the Earth Desk of Barry Gourmet & Raw: You may think from viewing my photo and reading my above article,that I am a Raw Vegan ? Actually even though I do practice Raw Vegan often in my life, I am actually a Semi Raw Vegetarian Based person that connects with Nature by consuming whole foods with very selected animal based proteins mainly from the Ocean on occasion. At one time in my life for every day for almost 4 years I was a strict Vegan (meaning no meat including honey). But later I found out that I had no choice but to give up on the strict Vegan life style. But I have to say a lot for Vegan Living for , Cleansing,Detoxing, Losing Weight, Fasting ,plus a huge grocery list of benefits for disease prevention, and treatment for recovery and wellness. A Vegan life style still has a serious place in my life and I can easily go days or even weeks as a Vegan with no problem what so ever. I will explain to you about my personal experience with nutrition ,and wellness in my next article in much more detail very soon. Vegan vegetarianism plus transitional dieting plans are practiced often in Health ,Wellness, and Detox Retreats around the world today. A lot of them are located on exotic tropical islands like Phuket Thailand. My Phuket home happens to be centrally located near all the top Thai Spas, Detox Centers, Health and Wellness Retreats and Thai Cultural Temples and markets. I will be posting an article soon with a list of what I think are the best places for booking, that delivers Results,Value, Affordability, and Services to you.I am only offering this information to you and nothing more thats it. I hope that you enjoyed my content and life experience with Weight Loss Tips , Wellness ,Delicious Gourmet Earth Cuisine and Recipe ideas and everything else in between? With that said , I am now very excited and happy to inform you that in the near future about the end of this year or latest beginning of next year 2012 ,Barry Gourmet & Raw will open his new Wellness Garden Retreat for your holiday pleasure, and for your good Health and Happiness. Our Tropical accommodation will be exclusive to you our special guest and guests that will include the best of the best for Privacy,Value ,Price,Services,Results,and Happiness for your stay on beautiful Phuket Island with us. For postings and updates, you can send an email to Barry at email@example.com You can even Google and Yahoo “Barry Gourmet” or “Barry Gourmet and Raw” for more information for free Recipes and Tips on Weight Loss and Healthy Tropical Living ,if you like? Barry will return all your inquiries and answer all your questions about Phuket Island and relevant information to his amazing Health and Wellness Life Style protocols. “ Living Life as Nature intended for True Happiness to share with all” Barry Gourmet & Raw
Barry Gourmet moves his body
Image by Barry Gourmet and Raw Moving your body does not have to feel like exercise !It can be anything you want it to be. You may be surprised that it does not have to be a Gym Membership to lose weight and to stay healthy. In fact many people live a long life in health and good spirits just doing the things they love to do by moving their body every day and they even have fun doing it. Introduction of the Photo for Weight Loss ,Diet, Good Health and Skin Care: In the photo are just of the few ways that I enjoy moving my body , and for others it could be entirely something else. The only thing that really matters is that you make moving your body a life time commitment to your life style, and you enjoy it and even include friends and family to join in whenever possible. Some people like to exercise and weight train inside a gym and that is good also , and others prefer to exercise out side in fresh air or do both. Health Benefits of pure Aloe Vera: I do both ,but mostly out side to connect with Nature , to oxygenate my lungs, and to get the vitamin sunshine D into my body through my skin. I know a lot of people out there may be thinking well, what about Skin Cancer with all that sun ? Well, the TRUTH is people that eat right with natural high antioxidant raw plant based fresh foods of Fruits ,Vegetables , Sprouts, Herbs, and are hydrated with enough pure clean water every day ,will have protection from with in. My own skin after living more than 15 years in hot tropical Phuket Thailand near the equator does not burn so easily and I really can say never ,even though I do spend long hours in the sun at times.I can remember often that my skin would burn and peal when I was much younger living further north in Canada on a typical SAD diet (Standard American Diet) including cooked meats ,dairy, processed foods ,restaurant ,confectionaries and fast food convenient outlets . Even my younger brother named Dan who is on a high RAW plant based high antioxidant diet himself for over 2 decades now notices the protective change of his skin, never experiencing sun burn and skin pealing ,when he has visited Phuket 6 months of the year for the last 6 years. Is this just a coincidence ? Or is there more to this story? Studies show that almost all skin creams actually reduce or block out the absorption of essential vitamin D which is actually a hormone, and is stored in the liver to help regulate our hormones and research out of Canada is suggesting the Vitamin D has protective factors against all kinds of Cancers.The further north or south you live from the Earths Equator the more sunshine exposure you need for your Vitamin D. For example if I know that I will be on my mountain bike for several hours on a warm sunny day,I will cover my exposed body parts , with pure Aloe Vera Gel that I grow in my garden.Aloe is easy to grow ,as one plant will replicate itself over time with new stalks and they love the sun and do not need much water. Aloe is proven to be a potent medicinal plant ,and even the Thai Spas ,Massage Parlors and Skin Clinics on Phuket Island use fresh Aloe Vera gel to treat tourists and locals with sunburn damage on their skin. To my thinking ,that is putting the cart before the horse, and is being used as a costly treatment ,and not used as prevention. It is not uncommon ,that I will take Aloe Vera internally , by adding some of the clear gel, to my smoothies,and even to some of my home made medicinal herbal dressings for salads and toppings. I am not kidding about this. In my Gourmet experience ,Aloe Vera Gel can be used in many different recipes that I never seen implemented in other spa type culinary eateries. Of course with any medicinal herb or plant ,it is wise and necessary to rotate the plants in the diet and to take dietary days off before resumption. Our skin is permeable meaning that nutrients good and bad ,are readily absorbed through the membrane pores, and also our internal body toxins are excreted out through the process of sweating .We know today that aloe vera is used in many products such as moisturizers, shampoo ,conditioners ,human and even our pet products. The Skin our largest body organ ,next to our Liver is one of the most in my opinion , neglected and most misunderstood organ on our human body. Include Aloe Vera in your life for better health and wellness. Fare skinned people need less exposure to Vitamin D sunshine and darker skinned people need more of it. If I know that I will be outside in the sun for long extended periods of time I use common sense and prudence to protect my skin . Early morning and late afternoons are good times for moving your body,and I am covered with clothing when I stay out for longer extended times in the sun. Always hydrate your body with water and more water as you increase the time and endurance of your sports,garden and recreational activity. Photo Description of Barry Gourmet moving his body: Starting from the top right and going clockwise . I am hiking into the woods near my home in Phuket that takes you up and down beautiful scenic trails with views from the mountain top Overlooking Chalong Bay. I am walking my Dog named Lucky in Land & House Park green development area near my home. Often I take this opportunity to give commands to my dog ,with awards of praise and the odd treat. My dog walks by my side and is never allowed to pull on the leash in front of me. Often my dog is my interval jogging partner as well . The photo at the bottom right is me working in my garden lifting rocks to make a raised bed of soil. Moving soil and rocks around is a good work out in itself. Often I take my mountain bike for a tour around the southern end of Phuket Island. I have more than 10 different and exciting scenic routes to choose from , with different challenges and things to see. Garden Yoga , and stretching outside is great for your connection with Nature. And finally I am having some fun rebounding on my mini trampoline. Every day is different for me and I mix it up and feel good after moving my body. Why Eat a Plant Based Diet for Longevity? Written by Barry Gourmet & Raw © Copyright September 11, 2011 A plant based diet,as organic as much as possible is the diet of many people living more than 100 years of age today in certain places around the world .With documented cases of Longevity These groups of people ,studied by the National Geographic Society ,backed by pure science has proven that people that live on a plant based diet , with a great percentage of Raw Greens included ,lived well and lived long. They some times ate a bit of fish, an egg , maybe a free range duck or hen running around , but mostly vegetables and fruits in that order. They included in their diets sea vegetables (seaweeds) Legumes ,nuts and seeds, as well. Some raw fermented probiotic foods as well and on occasion some natural alcohol beverage. They have no need for Vitamin and Mineral supplements sold on the internet or in retail stores,and they have no need to join up with Gym Memberships either. They move their bodies out side in the fresh air,in the most natural way, by gardening, walking, riding a bike, swimming in the sea, chopping wood, using their own body weight for exercise and so forth. They are close to their community and family and have purpose in their life with their faith. It really cannot get any more simple than this. So what happened to our modern day society that has people over weight by 2 to 3 and in many cases one-third of the population is clinically obese? How can we move away from simple carbohydrates ,conventional dairy and much less meat consumption,and commercially processed foods of every kind? How can we move towards Whole Food Plant Based Dieting ?How can we start moving our bodies every day for the rest of our lives? How can we become more active socially in our community and to slow down and to find more purpose in our lives? If we can do all of the above ,then things will change around for us and we can become more happier and healthy. “Natures Nutrition, with a primarily Raw Whole Foods Plant Based Rotating Diet, and Moving your body in fresh air and sunshine with enough quality sleep every day is the key and secret to great Health, Longevity,and Happiness. It really dose not get that much more simple.” “If we all abruptly, ate Plant Foods from Nature only on a Global Scale? Would the World Stock Market Crash?” Barry Gourmet & Raw Why we Must Move Our Body? Scheduling time in your daily life to move your body is so important especially today in our modern world because ,we live in a society of convenience and everything is done for us. Genetically, Historically,and Biologically,our body was not built to live this way . In fact the industrial revolution with all the good things that cam out of it , also made everything else easier for us and has replaced intensive physical labor with a more practical, and commercial means of doing business which is good for business but in some cases not good for our bodies. When we stop moving our body for long periods of time like long continuous hours at a computer,or living the life of a couch potato absorbed with TV and comfort food things start to happen over time. Things start to happen with long hours sitting on an overseas trip by Airplane, with long road trips by ,Bus,Train,Truck,Car ,or Van. A large internal section of your body inside,called the Lymphatic System starts to shut down. When this happens, it causes circulatory stress ,with symptoms of discomfort, and your whole immune system becomes compromised,plus your metabolism slows down and becomes sluggish and constipated. Unlike your Heart that Beats continuously 24/7 ,your Lymph can only function properly when you move your body on a regular basis with as much time that you can schedule in to your busy life. Our Lymph nodes are like a mass of meridians spread through out our body and their function is to remove waste and dead over used cells out of our body to protect and help us to survive against the toxins that enter our body every day around the clock. When we eat, a Nature made Breakfast like the one in one of my other photos, puts less toxins into our body to help our Liver and Lymph to function better with exercise or just by moving your body. Think about what happens to people that are bed ridden in hospitals and nursing homes? Their Lymph System shuts down from lack of movement, and then one thing leads to another without any outside fresh air and Vitamin D sunshine topped with denatured cooked meals, lacking in life giving Enzymes can all add up and if continued can present problems later on. Try to hold any kind of pose ,and see how long you can last,how long can you sustain that pose? We are designed to Move are body constantly. Even in our sleep our body randomly moves through out the night more or less. Even writing this article on my iMac at any extended period of time will demand my attention to stop work and to get up and move around for a while until I am ready to work again.After this rest and light movement of my body I can continue with my work at the computer knowing that I have my lymph moving again. It is important to listen to your body signals and symptoms and to make corrections for your health.Eating right like the Breakfast with Barry Gourmet & Raw photo above without moving your body will only over time make your body less efficient in metabolism. Your nutrients from food with more calories coming in and less calories being burned off could promote weight gain. Ways that Barry Gourmet & Raw Moves his body? First and foremost the important thing is not to be concerned too much about what other people are doing , and how much money you intend to spend at a Gym or Sports Equipment.The important thing is to make a mindful commitment and actually implement your body movement plan that makes you the most happiest . Yes, that is right, just do what you like to do and that can be anything. Examples could be Gardening,Dancing,Walking, Jogging, Stretching,Hiking in Nature,Playing on the Monkey Bars in the park,Riding a Bike, Swimming, walking your dog, using your car less,Yoga,using the stairs instead of the Elevator ,and any other way that you find enjoyable for moving your body? For my self the following is the way I get the most enjoyable experience for moving my body. Cardio Interval Training with my Mountain Bike and my land leg exercises. Our body was not designed to do a long extended time of isolated repetitive training. This is why many athletes work on all their body parts to create endurance and strength for the whole body and not just one part of their body. Like a good diet it is good to mix it up , variation , and restful sleep will build and support you for vibrant good health. For my Mountain bike I look for Flats, Hills,and Grades,about seven different long and short tours all together, that offer variable challenges with easy riding as well .And example of Interval Mountain Biking would be the more difficult climb challenging the hill,and at the top, I would be winding or cooling down, and as I am coasting down the other side of the hill my body is in a well deserved rest and the whole process would repeat over again.This is moving your body the Interval Way.A lot of calories can be burned this way,plus you have a chance to enjoy the ,scenic natural beauty ,and is a good all around fantastic Weight Loss and conditioning program. My land leg Interval Exercises are simple. I just walk,then Jog,then make a short Sprint, then reverse to a Jog and then into a walk and then repeat the procedure all over again.If you are just getting started you can first leave out the sprint part and work up to it .Set your own pace. You should try it some time as it really is a potent card work out for you ,but pace your self and work up to it. This is an all around Cardio Interval Body work out for your Heart Health.A lot of calories are burned off this way and it is a Fantastic Weight Loss protocol. Yoga: Originating from India this incredible art of Mind and Body Movement is very beneficial to you in so many ways. Any person young or old can practice this wonderful ancient Art of Breathing,Meditation,Body Stretching,Balance,Resistance,and Flexibility. I personally practice Yoga often every day or every second day with one day of rest per week. I cannot say enough about what Yoga can do for your Peace of Mind and Centered Body. Yoga classes can be very affordable with good value and instruction on the resort island of Phuket Thailand. For example the class that I attend is good for a whole month twice a day at 1and a half hours per class morning and evening. My 2 professional Yoga instructors have over 2 decades of experience teaching Yoga between them and the price will definitely surprise you.I found a QualityYoga Class that is less than 0 USD per month per person, no kidding . This Yoga Experience is a best kept secret in Phuket Islands Yoga Community. Gardening: Yes I enjoy my tropical permaculture garden of exotic edibles and ornamentals. I do not use a sprinkler system , I do everything the old fashioned way with pails of water and lifting rocks and boulders to make my raised garden beds. Turning the soil over , and even turning my compost tumbler bin for a few rotations every day will give me a little exercise as well. This to me is one of the best ways to connect with Nature. At least half of my Breakfast with Barry Gourmet & Raw came from my garden.Many gardeners find it very empowering to be able to add their own garden greens and vegetables ,fruits and herbs to their meals. My Outings with Lucky: Every person and family that has a Dog must find the time to walk their furry friend every day morning or evening . It is so important to your pet big or small. Either wise the dog will crap all over your property because they just do not have the same options as you and I do. Our dog needs the exercise as much as we do so include your dog in you're moving your body training program every day and this is also a great way to get your best friend to bond with you more than ever. And what does this have to do with my Barry Gourmet moves his body photo you might think? Well, it has a lot of relevancy because it is not unusual that I share a little bit of my breakfast with Lucky my Dog . Yes, my High Enzyme whole plant based diet is also good for your dog as well.Just mix in the Fruits and Vegetables with the help of a blender and stir in some human grade meat proteins but I will get into this more in a future article. Snorkeling with Lucky: Phuket Island has world class beaches , of more than 22 of them all offering something different for the water sports enthusiast. Five of them are just minutes driving from my home and are excellent for coral reef snorkeling with my Dog named Lucky, a 6 year old half Cocker Spaniel and Thai Dog breed. The ocean is like a glass plate of aqua marine in color and with good viability for 6 months of the year September through February. You can order a colorful plate of mixed fruits similar to my recipe photo above at some of these beach restaurants. This is really a fun and healthy way for me to move my body . Lucky wheres a life jacket that has a rope attached to it and I where my protective garden gloves dawned in snorkel gear. I know that Lucky is a very strong sporting gun dog with lots of endurance,and he will chase after anything that moves.So I position my self near the rocky shore line where all the craps live. Then the action starts when my dog starts pulling me through the water ,chasing after all those thousands of never can catch me craps, and my body becomes a human projectile missile beneath the surface ,as I hold on to the leash swimming between and over the corals and swimthroughs. Ocean water is good natural therapy for the body as the chemistry of sea water is very close in chemical composition to human blood. Working out with Lucky?Often on a nice sunny day I will walk Lucky to the park where the Monkey Bars are located. I tether Lucky to a near by tree so that he cannot slobber all over me as I do my reps of resistance moves ,like push ups, chin ups, squats, and stretching in nature. Exercising your Cells and your Lymph: Any person can do this, and it is very enjoyable and relaxing, not to mention lots of fun as well. Dry brushing your skin before a shower every day has many benefits for your skin, your immune system and your lymphatic system... A dry brush is made of natural fibers that can be bought in Health and Spa outlets. You can use a DHC Facial Brush and a regular body brush with a long wooden handle so that you can reach around to your back side. Your skin being the largest detoxing organ on your body needs to have regular maintenance for breathing , and regeneration.Its best to be in your birthday suite in the privacy of your bathroom before starting .Start from the souls of your feet and with short massaging strokes working the brush up your body towards your heart. Your lymph drainage works towards this pathway and the brushing will help with the drainage. Work from your fingers ,hands and arms on both sides toward your heart. A lot of your dead dry skin will be brushed off to allow the newer skin cells to replace the old ones and to tone the body. Start from the top of your head and dry brush down across your face and over your neck that contains a lot of lymph nodes towards your heart again. It is simple to do with practice and it is invigorating. You can expect noticeable results with in 5 months or longer with regular dry brushing. Traditional Thai Massage:Phuket Island has many popular Spas and Wellness Retreats offering affordable Thai Massage. I have a Lymph Cleansing Thai massage at the club house where I live in Land and House Park for one hour once or twice a week. It only costs 300 Thai Baht or .00 USD that includes a foot bath, nice relaxing music, an expert masseuse working on your feet and a Certified trained ND Holistic Doctor working on the body part that ails you the most using hands on acupressure techniques, Chinese Thai Herbs ,topped with herbal tea. Dry Sauna Spa: When your body temperature is slowly raised and maintained for about 15 minutes at this temperature ,your elimination organs including your skin ,start expelling water and stored toxins out of your body through sweating. Your skin pores will be open at this time so when you leave the sauna go straight to your shower room to blast a stream of jet Cold Water to wash off your sweat and to close your skin pores.(Hydrotherapy first brings the red blood cells to the surface using heat then with the cold water the oxygenated red blood cells are returned to your organs as your skin pores are closed. Again our luxury club house Sauna is very affordable at only 100 Thai Baht or .25 USD and you can use the facility more than one time in the same day at this price. Important Note about Sauna:You are Dehydrating your body in the Sauna so it is vitally important to bring a large class jar of liquid to replace the water you are losing. I like to take in a large mason jar filled with my different home made teas or juices to replace the water and electrolytes that I am losing. Rebounding: You can buy any small trampoline or Rebounder at any sports store on Phuket Island for about 0 USD. I like to place my rebounder in the garden with sunshine and fresh air and start slowly bouncing my body up and down , then work up to a stronger tempo. Every cell in your body is getting a good work out and you just feel good after a session. Well, that rounds out my Moving your Body protocol, and I am sure you can be creative in moving your own body in fun and natural ways that I may not have thought of yet? How to Get Started? We know that for some people just starting out , from living a sedentary life style of not moving their body for a long extended periods of time like many years it can be difficult. And on top of that they may be overweight or even Obese that compounds the problem of even wanting to move their body. Many years ago I used to be one of those people. How did I break out of these two lifestyle obstacles? And what advice can I offer to you if you are in this same situation? First I need to make clear that no two people will be starting out at the same level of fitness, and the integrity of each persons health will be different. Plus every person will have their own particular reason ,or cause and affect ,and maybe even a traumatic life experience for making a positive change that almost forces the person to make a final decision to move their body. For me many years ago, that decision was made out of fear of living in continued symptomatic pain related to my obesity and living a much shortened lifespan. My obese younger sister for example was give an ultimatum from her Doctor. "From looking at your blood tests, and physical evaluation you cannot expect to live much longer " and she was already on many weight related pharmaceutical drugs already. My sister experienced the same life and death situation that I had, but on a different level of course ,and for many people unfortunately it takes this kind of wake up call to finally break out of the complacency mode that they are in ,and to finally take action to move that body. And to make it your new life style change, to be part of your daily schedule for better good health for the rest of your life. I am happy to say that my sister is now moving her body for 5 months now and I need to say that as each month goes by it just gets easier for her to achieve success , and I will explain how this works. Hopefully you did not let your body go like I did or my sister did,and if that is the case then that is great . For you it may be less medical and more personal ,but I have to say even for people overweight it can be very personal as well. Normally a leaner person will be burning more calories more efficiently with a stronger metabolism ,than a person over weight can do.So a structured transition from you're existing diet over to a Whole Food Plant Based Diet that includes some Raw Foods will be essential to kick start your metabolism.Raw Green leafy vegetables of all kinds every day is included in my life. I eat every kind of edible vegetable and fruit at home mostly to have control over my nutrition and not give my power away, to some other person or company. After a while you may feel how self empowering it can really be for you. Further more I do eat ground,whole,and sprouted nuts and seeds of every kind. I include all kinds of locally grown fresh herbs and spices that are Natures Secrets to firing up your metabolism for effective weight loss. Avocado and small amounts of wild fish from the sea is included. I eat every kind of bean legume and lentil , and mostly non gluten sprouted or steamed grains on occasion. I include Sea Weeds,Mushrooms dry and fresh Cultured fermented vegetables, broth, and herbal teas. All my cold pressed oils of coconut, and olive are not used for cooking, they are used last for nutritional support and flavoring. I use pure water, or a vegetable stock for my recipes only. I eat a lot of melons as a snack by them selves . I eat small portions of dairy Kefir or Yogurt ,a free range duck or hen egg, a free range hen or duck meat on occasion only. I only consider organic whole food vitamin and mineral supplements ,such as Chlorella ,Spirulina,Bee pollen,Wheat Grass. I will drink and enjoy organic red wine with my meal on occasion. I eat when I am hungry only, and not just for the sake of eating. I due on occasion include real whole dark chocolate in my desert recipes that I am pleased to share with you. Also I am a big fan of fresh Coconut used often in my recipes. I Juice make smoothies,make home made fruit ice creams ,and invent all kinds of ways to present rainbow meals of Earths color for my culinary pleasures and good taste. Hydrate your body with high water content perishable whole foods of variety is your secret weapon to effective weight loss and continued good health. Diet alone will not work, so fitting a fun way to move your body into your busy schedule will give you the one two punch that is needed to succeed in your plan to lose that weight and to stay healthy. Back then I went it alone and I do not recommend it to any person unless your determination and will is really that strong? I would first find a person in your family , or social group of friends that you know has lost weight through diet and exercise,or some person that is already fit and healthy. I would suggest to include this person into your life as someone that could mentor you and help you to stay the course. When you start to include health minded people around you , it starts to get much easier for you than going it alone.Always stay up beat and never let the set backs of temporary weight gain stop you from achieving your goals. Do what works for you, and please connect with Nature for your personal diet decisions,and fun sporting activities that make you feel good in the end. “ The Raw Rainbow Color of Whole Foods contain all the bioavailable essential anti oxidants ,life giving Enzymes and Natural protective photo chemicals of Green Chlorophyl that the body needs for vibrant health .What color is cooked meat?” Barry Gourmet & Raw