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The Raw Journey towards a Healthy Life

Up till few years ago, cooking in microwave ovens and using frozen and processed foods was considered a sign of development. I always thought it was technologically advanced and hence felt good about myself cooking and eating those foods. Something was missing though, and I did not know what it was.

If I look back at my life as a child, I see many failed attempts to improve my health by changing my diet. I tried to consume green vegetables, especially spinach to keep my haemoglobin in check, I ate carrots for my eyes, I drank lots of water. The feeling of healthiness was missing.

Firstly, I was a non-vegetarian and when I decided to go vegetarian, I felt that was it. I starting taking more fruits and steamed vegetables and lost few extra kilos of weight. It felt awesome. The reason I was suggested steamed food was not only because it required no cooking oil but also because it was rawer.

I already mentioned one benefit of raw diet in my previous post "Food, Thoughts and Desires" and mentioning a few more here that are scientifically proven. It is a great idea to include salad as a part of our daily diet. There are many salad items that we would not eat otherwise. Most of them are good in fibre and hence ease the digestion process. There is no disruption in bowel movement and no bloating stomach. They are low in calories so weight loss is obvious. If you slice up carrots, cucumbers etc, ready to eat in your fridge, you can replace them with any junk snacks you consume regularly. You will never have the urge to eat more and more with carrots, the way it is with chips (for example).

Once you start including raw food in your diet, you will notice that you become calmer and are also able to sleep better. There are many long term benefits like improved immunity, healthier skin and daily detoxification. It helps in the long run and aids in slower and healthier aging process.

Most Indian households use a pressure cooker to cook their meals. It is definitely considered a better way than microwave cooking and baking according to Ayurveda. The best is to keep it raw. This is new and revolutionary information I recently received. I would encourage everyone to buy fruits and vegetables that are organic and not modified genetically. If you choose to begin now, do not rush. Start with small changes in your diet and increase it slowly.

 

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  1. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    I agree with what you said about urge to have more if you have regular chips, for example, as snacks. Raw vegetables are high in fiber contents and very quickly give the feeling of stomach being full. Overeating can be easily avoided by including some raw items in your daily diet. :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Sounds great...have you tried that?
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      1. Carolyn
        Carolyn
        Akanksha, are you teasing Mr. Sumit Bhardwaj just a little bit? LOL! He is your husband, right?
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        1. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          No Carolyn. Actually I have no idea what he eats for lunch and snacks at his office and I have no idea how many bags of chips he used to eat in the evenings before we got married (Now, here is some teasing) I wanted to know if he has any personal experiences with raw food which he might like to share here. And yes, he is my husband :D
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      2. Sumit  Bhardwaj
        Sumit Bhardwaj
        Yes, I use to eat lot of salad since my childhood. It was customary in my home to have salad along with every meal, although it used to be cucumber and/or onion most of the times.Since I started living alone, I somehow lost this good habit because of eating outside most of the times. But, since now my life has taken a happy turn, and I am with you, may be we will start it again, together. Or maybe we already have :)
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  2. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #5! Our friend Diana B. from Goodblogs has a Facebook site Faith, Food and Fitness. She is big into eating raw foods. If you have not already visited her site, it might be of interest to you! Thanks for posting more information. Many years ago, my mother used a steam cooker; however, steam cookers are not used as much now in the U.S., although you do still see them around.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks! Yes I follow Diana and her Facebook page has some awesome information. Also another friend of mine Michelle (Tune) Miller has a website 'Healing with Juices' and is also writing a book about raw food with Mysti Reutlinger. (Some of us know her) She uses the name RawJuiceGirl.
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      1. dianabart
        dianabart
        I love Mysti's raw girl page! She is awesome. :-D I feel very inspired to write a book on the 'renewing of the mind' to getting back to raw eating! Or at-lease incorporating a lot more of it for prospering health reasons. "Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers." -3 John 1:2 -This is my message .. Vegan- Raw and Juicing for cleansing, detoxing and healing... getting the body back to a health PH. Love your post as usual will share and definitely voted.. *on a totally different note Akanksh- I was reading over your info page and see that we share our birth date and wedding date. My birthday is Feb 24th and was married on June 1. Wow.. so much in common. Divine connections! ;-)
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        1. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          Wow..that's exciting :)
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  3. Roopam
    Probably the companies have also promoted microwaves and processed foods as the trendy quicker way to cooking and eating. Glad there are people like you to spread the message of healthy eating. Voted!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks for the encouragement Roopam :) Yes, even I feel tempted to use frozen stuff because it is convenient and it also gives me a feeling of being well-off.
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      1. Roopam
        Ha ha that's true:)...but I've noticed somehow eating frozen food feels bad on the stomach later...keep up the good work...!
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        1. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          It feels worse in the mouth itself, stomach comes later! It is a shame that some people from ours or the next generation don't even know what fresh and unadulterated fruits and vegetables taste like.
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          1. SnakeWitch
            Like you said - search for organic, and try searching for organic and local. I don't know how easy it will be in India, but with the type of weather you have, you should have a good amount for quite a lot of time year-round, right? Here in Colombia organic is rare and in some cities, they don't sell it. Education is needed here.
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            1. Akanksha
              Akanksha
              We do get fresh local fruits and veggies here but they are often adulterated. Fruits are plucked before they ripe and then chemicals are used to ripen them. Organic is available but the stores are fewer. We definitely need to spread greater awareness in India too.
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  4. SnakeWitch
    Vote number 10! Come check out my new article - which explains how to absorb nutrients better!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks for your vote and comments!
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  5. abhasklal
    vote no 13
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks. It already made it to the top posts yesterday :-)
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  6. moregreensplease
    moregreensplease
    Thank you for this post. It may have been that little push in the right direction that I have been looking for.
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