Pro Snowboarders Gabi Viteri and Kimmy Fasani on raw and vegan diets

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(Above: Priscilla Levac 2010)

The number one benefit in eating a plant-based diet is digestion; by having proper digestion we’re able to absorb nutrients better and therefore recover a lot quicker from workouts and injuries. Not to mention the energy and vitality we get from the absorption of all the minerals and vitamins from living foods. And by eating Whole Foods (verses processed foods), our body recognizes the food and knows exactly what to do with it. It also takes an enormous amount of effort for our body to digest meat and it creates a highly acidic environment, which can lead to serious problems and diseases.

It means so much to me to see these two celebrated Pro Snowboarders Kimmy Fasani and Gabi Viteri thriving on this diet. They are both such positive role models and they impact so many young girls out there. This is more than living a healthy lifestyle, it’s about living a “responsible” lifestyle.

Of all the different dietary options out there today, why did you choose to go Raw/Vegan?

           KF: The saying, you are what you eat is something I truly believe in. I choose to eat healthy because that’s when my body performs at its best. I don’t maintain a fully raw or fully vegan diet year round but I do believe in incorporating raw foods and eliminating dairy at each meal. Not every body is the same, but for me I find that the more whole foods I put in my system the better it operates on and off the hill. During the summer I love experimenting with raw recipes and find that my digestion works way more efficiently with fresh veggies, fruits, and nuts.

       gabi_screen_grab   GV: The reason I chose this route of health is after some friends had brought to my awareness of what exactly was in the food we were eating, and the whole industry behind it. Its horrific and it is easy to play the whole out of site out of mind game. But after I saw enough of what was happening I became more conscious of where exactly this was coming from that I am about to put into my body, what animals have suffered and what bad energy I am about to put into myself. I also found that after I went vegan for a while my body felt different, and I had way more energy. I actually realized how sick and low energy I use to feel when I would eat dairy products per say.

What is the biggest misconception you’ve heard/read about being raw/vegan?

           KF: The biggest myth about eating raw and vegan is that nothing will taste good prepared this way. When the food is made with love, care, and the proper ingredients, it can be more flavorful that most processed foods.

           GV: The biggest farce of course is people telling me how I am an athlete and need more protein, how our bodies need these foods to survive etc. etc. What is actually amazing is I can say now that I don’t get nearly the amount of grief I use to, its almost like the population is actually growing into this new way of eating and more people are becoming aware, I am starting to relate more to people rather than having to explain myself and the benefits and actual facts and not just what people think to be true. I feel people are actually starting to find out the true facts and become aware, and it is now getting so much easier to find food to eat even while traveling. [Read more...]

 

Tap Water vs Spring Water

We are so fortunate to have abundance of pure water yet most of us don’t realize the importance of it. I’m talking about “pure” water, not tap water. I used to think filtered tap water was great but I wondered why I could never drink lots of it in a day, I felt bloated and couldn’t meet the minimal requirement my body needed.  Crispin felt like no matter how much water he drank, he never felt hydrated, and often got headaches. Two years ago we started collecting spring water and that changed everything for us; it’s much easier to swallow, it feels light and almost “invisible” in the tummy. We feel so much more hydrated and energized, and the taste is fresh and pure. We now can’t go back to tap water because we can feel the difference right away, and that’s what makes us realize how important “living” water is for our health.

In his book “High Frequency Food“, Lee Bracker discusses how “the body behaves as an environment devastated by drought when infused with tap water” because tap water has been degraded by pipe lines, uncool temperatures, and chemicals like chlorine that compromise the structure of it. In a way, tap water is almost like processed foods. It is not completely bioavailable to the trillions of cells in your body, leaving your thirst un-quenched and your body needing more. Check out his book to learn more about the benefits of pure spring water versus tap water here.
 

Derek Tresize Making Gains with Vegan Diet

Raw diet at work!

Derek is truly inspiring, taking two contradictory ideas, vegan diets and bodybuilding, and paving a healthier way to excel in the sport of bodybuilding. With biceps the size of cannonballs, bodybuilder Derek Tresize placed in the top three of his class at the NANBF Championships here in Seattle. Bodybuilding for the past 5 years, he converted to a plant-based diet at the age of 19, and saw his overall performance in sports like football, cross country, powerlifting, and kayaking improve across the board.

Having a diet requiring 6000 calories a day, it’s astounding to know that Derek earned his muscle mass through a raw vegan diet. It is a common prenotion that vegans have a protein deficiency, but as Derek proves, plants provide all the protein anyone would need. “Animals consume massive amounts of resources and essentially convert plant protein into its own muscle tissue, so why not just skip the middle man?”

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RAW ENERGY BALLS

I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite recipe. The Raw Energy Balls are super simple to make and only require a bowl and mixing spoon. They make the perfect snack for activities, great for desert, and the kids love them! They are high in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium and Omerga-6 Fatty Acids.

They are best kept in the freezer and can last up to 2 months. I always keep a stash of treats somewhere in case of a sweet tooth emergency!

 

LEAFY GREEN SMOOTHIE

Leafy greens are essential to human health, and a great way to consume them is in green smoothies. You can variate the amount of fruit to make it sweeter, and I find that adding frozen bananas to it makes the texture even creamier..  [Read more...]

 

RAW TASTY CHILI – WITH CASHEW SOUR CREAM

This tastes unbelievably similar to the traditional chili! On cold winter days you can warm it up a little, it will put a smile on your face :)   (Recipe from “Everyday Raw” by Matthew Kenney. [Read more...]

 

FANCY RAW PUMPKIN PIE..

 

Ummmmmm………. Easier than it looks too! It’s actual name is “Pumpkin Pie with Shortbread Crust”. Thanks to Matthew Kenney and his recipe book called “Everyday Raw Deserts”.   [Read more...]

 

MINI SPICE CAKES

Check out this simple and delicious recipe from “Raw Food Made Easy” by Jennifer Cornbleet. It’s written for a 6-inch round cake, but you can also use a a square pan or a mini muffin pan like the photo above. These are great for breakfast…with tea.   [Read more...]

 

RAW COCONUT CREAM PIE

Here’s my ultimate favorite raw coconut cream pie! My love goes to “Cafe Gratitude” and their recipe book called “I Am Grateful” by Terces Engelhart.

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RAW NUT-SHAKE

Eat it as a treat or as a breakfast. This shake is so yummy and satisfying, and will sustain you for hours!

1 Cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
1 Frozen Banana
2 Dates (less or more)
Cinnamon
Masala (optional)
Water (thickness desired)
Blend all ingredients together, enjoy!

 
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