Hi Beautiful Ones!
Happy Friday! I hope that you all have had a lovely week, full of beauty, peace and joy. Mine has been quite busy as is the typical life of a mom.
I wanted to update you all on my Raw Foods Journey and let you know how it’s going thus far. It is not where I intended it to be. For one thing, I’ve had to come to grips with the fact that I can be an emotional eater. That is my biggest contender. Secondly, it’s cold. I often get cold easily. Especially when it’s rainy… and cold. No likey. During these colder months, I’ve decided that I will simply focus on vegan foods and still include a fresh juice or smoothie daily. The living/raw foods entrees will get included when I feel inclined to. No stipulations just return to going with the flow while being intuned to what my body needs. Once it’s warmed up again, my focus and intent to increase my raw vegan intake will be back in full swing. At first, I felt slightly defeated by this decision but I’ve gotta do me. I certainly haven’t given up on my decision to go 70 to 75% raw. This, of course, is an ongoing process. A journey that I do intend to go the full course of. On top of which, Vegan eating is healthy.
In lieu of this conclusion, I am posting the standards that some highly acknowledged raw food leaders agreed upon at the International Living Food Summit 2009. I figure some of you reading this may be wondering what I’m talking about when I refer to the living/raw foods lifestyle. This summit is convened to unify the leadership in the Living Food Movement, establishing scientifically based common standards for optimum health. Leaders from eight countries (with a combined total of over 500 years following this lifestyle) agreed on the following standards:
The Optimum Diet for Health/Longevity:
• Vegan (no animal products of any kind, cooked or raw)
• Whole Foods
• At least 80% raw (the remaining to be Vegan, whole food, and organic)
• High in nutrition such as vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients
• Highly mineralized
• Contains a significant quantity of chlorophyll-rich green foods
• Contains adequate complete protein from plant sources
• Provides excellent hydration with a large proportion of high-water content foods and pure water
• Includes raw vegetable juices
• Contains all essential fatty acids from naturally occurring plant sources
• Has moderate, yet adequate caloric intake
• Contains only low to moderate sugar and exclusively from whole food sources (fruitarianism is strongly
• Contains minimal amounts of unprocessed salts, as needed (depending upon your constitution)
• Is nutritionally optimal for both detoxification and rebuilding
We also agree:
• Eating local, ripe, seasonally available foods as appropriate is advisable.
• Deficiencies of both Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D-3 are common issues for mental and physical health, for
anyone on any diet. Plant-based supplementation of Vitamin B-12 is imperative. Adequate Vitamin D levels
can be maintained with sufficient sun exposure. When exposure is inadequate, take appropriate levels of plant –
based Vitamin D-3.
• The addition of enzyme active superfoods and whole food supplements is also advised but does not take the
place of the optimum diet described above.
• Caffeinated and/or addictive substances (even in their raw form), such as cacao/chocolate, coffee, caffeinated
teas, and alcohol are highly discouraged. etc.
• This way of eating can be further optimized by tailoring it based on individual needs (within the principles
• Benefits derived by following these principles are proportional to how well they are followed.
• We will remain open-minded, and this information will be updated and expanded upon, if necessary, as new
research becomes available.
• Diet is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle, yet not the entire picture. A full spectrum, health supportive
lifestyle is encouraged. This includes physical exercise, exposure to sunshine, as well as psychological health.
Avoiding environmental toxins and toxic products is essential. Paramount is pure water (for consumption and
bathing), the use of natural fiber clothing, and non-toxic personal care products. Also consider healthy options
in home furnishings/building materials and related items.
All participating leaders agree that eating according to the International Living Food Summit Guidelines will
significantly address the urgent issues of health, environmental sustainability, world hunger, and a
compassionate respect for all life.
The following leaders support this Summit Statement:
Fred Bisci, PhD – USA
Tamera Campbell – Vision – USA
Katharine Clark – RN, CMT, CCT - USA
Brenda Cobb – Living Foods Institute - USA
Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H) – Diplomat American Board of Holistic Medicine - USA
Anna Maria Clement, CN, NMD, PhD – Hippocrates Health Institute - USA
Brian Clement, CN, NMD, PhD – Hippocrates Health Institute – USA
Karin Dina, DC – RawFoodEducation.com - USA
Rick Dina, DC – RawFoodEducation.com - USA
Dorit – Green Lifestyle Film Festival – USA/Israel
Carole Dougoud – Institute Haute Vitalite - Switzerland
Kare Engstrom – Dietician - Sweden
John Eagle Freedom – Health City USA
Laura Gonzalez – GWAH Healing Institute – USA
Jane Holmes – Living Foods Institute – USA
Elizabeth Kapadia, DN – GWAH Healing Institute – USA
Viktoras Kulvinskas – “Grandfather” of the Living Foods Movement – USA/Costa Rica
Dan Ladermann – Institute for Vibrant Living – USA
Marie Christine Lhermitte – Chemin du mas Magnuel - France
George Malkmus – Hallelujah Acres - USA
Rhonda Malkmus – Hallelujah Acres - USA
Paul Nison – The Raw Life – USA
David Rainoshek, MA – JuiceFeasting.com - USA
Katrina Rainoshek – JuiceFeasting.com - USA
Claudine Richard – Naturopath - France
Michael Saiber – Vision, E3Live - USA
Jameth Sheridan, ND – HealthForce Nutritionals – USA
Cherie Soria – Living Light Culinary Institute – USA
Diana Store – RawSuperfoods.com – UK/The Netherlands
Jill Swyers – Living Foods For Health – UK/Portugal
Walter J. Urban, PhD – USA - Costa Rica
Have a wonderful weekend!
And remember, do you and do you fabulously!