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From time to time Passionately raw! publishes articles on raw food, health and aging. They appear in the blog section, but are gathered here to facilitate the search. To read an article simply click the link. Enjoy!


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Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse disease without pharmaceutical medication. The six are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food for 30 days. To continue reading please click here 

Can our diet affect how well we see? Yes, indeed. Most of us learned in grade school that eating carrots helps us see at night, but it goes far beyond that. In fact, eating colorful fruits and vegetables can assist our vision in numerous ways. To continue reading please click here
Free range raw eggs (ideally from healthy chickens, including organically certified, even better are fertile eggs) are one of the best compact foods in nature. Eggs are the ultimate, complete fast food. However the protein in eggs is not utilized for cellular reproduction. They are utilized for regeneration and maintenance. The relationship between raw eggs and salmonella poisoning is a myth. To continue please click here
The research shows that sprouts contain probably the largest amount of nutrients per unit of any food known. To continue please click here
Over the years we have been introduced to a multitude of diets and anti-aging programs. They all promise spectacular benefits to health. And while some of them make a lot of sense, they may work for some people and bring disappointment to others. People differ in constitution and metabolism, but there probably is no better way to rejuvenate than through the raw food diet.  To continue please click here

How to Reverse Energy Crash on Raw Food Diet
I’m going to share with you one of the top reasons why you may be experiencing energy crashes through out your day even after juicing fresh vegetables and eating a raw vegan diet. It’s not at all what you’d expect, in fact you’ll find this reason is actually quite counter intuitive and has absolutely nothing to do with what you eat or drink. To continue please click here 

Fruit is the most beautiful food on the planet. The variety of fruits on Earth is so massive it boggles the mind. Often people ask me if I feel limited eating a raw-food/fruitarian diet. I always respond by telling them 99.9% of all food on Earth is raw plant food! To continue please click here

Antioxidant Power of Spirulina Spirulina* is a green food supplement made of single-celled blue-green algae from the genus Anthrospira that floats freely in highly alkaline waters. Two species of the algae are used to produce spirulina supplements: the Anthrospira platensis and the Anthrospira maxima. The algae are believed to be one of the oldest organisms on our planet. The species used to produce nutritional supplement spirulina are cultivated all over the world in specially designed water farms. To continue please click here
Many spiritual and religious people consider the preoccupation with the body and diet a pure waste of time and concentrate on the well being of their souls. I believe that caring for the body is absolutely vital and just as important. To continue please click here
A few people asked me recently what is better on a raw food diet - juice or smoothie. I am a passionate raw foodie and for me the question does not sit quite right. Neither is "better" and when you decide to go raw, you are not really dieting. You simply change the way you nourish your body and your mind.  To continue please click here
Usually people who chose healthier diets also are very particular about other choices they make daily. Grooming products, household cleaning products, fabrics, etc. fall under scrutiny. Choosing wholesome foods, but bathing in dangerous chemicals make little sense. And yet, many people are still unaware of dangers even so called "organic" products are posing. The rule should be - if you cannot eat it, don't put it on your skin. To continue reading please click here
Chili pepper also called chile pepper or chilli pepper - from Nahuatl term "chilli" - is the fruit of a plant from the genus Capsicum, in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Chili peppers originally grew in America, but spread around the world after the discovery of the continent by Christopher Columbus.  To continue reading please click here
If you find you have an intolerance to nuts, seeds, legumes, or even some grains, it might be worthwhile to consider soaking or sprouting them. Why? We soak/sprout our nuts in order to make their nutrients more bio-available to our bodies. In this quick article, we break down how soaking initiates the germination process, what the means for your digestion, and how it affects nutrient levels. To continue reading please click here
Goji berries (Lycium barbarum, not to be confused with Lycium chinense), also known as Wolfsberry, are native to China, Mongolia and the Himalaya, especially Tibet. They are well known in the Oriental materia medica and were used for more than 6,000 years. To continue reading please click here
Many people who made the transition to raw food during the summer worry that they will not be able to adhere to their new lifestyle during the cold winter months. When the days turn shorter and colder, our bodies naturally crave comfort foods. We chose hot chocolate instead of strawberry ice cream; we prefer steaming hot soup instead of lettuce and cucumber salad. To continue reading please click here

Health Benefits of Watermelon
Like no other fruit, watermelon is considered by many to be a perfect Summer fruit. Thanks to its high water and mineral content, water melon is a tasty thirst quencher. This quality was greatly appreciated as far back in history as Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. To continue reading please click here
Making healthy choices when you travel should be both easy and enticing. Staying raw when you travel may seem to be a bit more difficult, but it shouldn't be so. To continue reading please click here
Traditionally, ginger has been used to alleviate such health problems as nausea, infections of the upper respiratory tract, digestive disorders, and migraines and was even considered to be an effective aphrodisiac. Applied topically, ginger was used to cure rheumatism, arthritis, minor sprains, and burns. To continue reading please click here  
 
Chia seeds seem to be in everybody's mouth now, but this fame did not come overnight. There is a 16th century written record that chia, or Salvia Hispanica, was cultivated by Aztecs in the pre-Columbian era. It has been suggested by the historians that chia were as important a crop for the Aztecs as was the corn. To continue reading please click here
Raw food is supposed to be healthy and really good for you, so why do some people get sick? There are many reasons and the answer is not a simple one. To continue reading please click here
On October 15, 2013 a well known raw food advocate Frederic Patenaude posted an article on Renegade Health website in which he declared the raw food movement as defunct. This morning, however, I opened an email from Frederic in which he promotes Raw Kickstart as The Best High Raw Food Program! I find this hypocritical, but who am I to judge others. In his defense I must say that the program also includes cooked dishes. To continue reading please click here
When I started making juices many years ago I did not give it much thought. I threw away the pulp and cleaned my juicer. After some time juicing became a little too expensive. I also realized that I was throwing good food away. All the unused nutrients, all the fiber. I decided to juice a bit less in order to waste less. To continue reading please click here
Raw food preparation doesn't have to be difficult and you may only need a good knife and a cutting board. But the raw food fun really starts with a bit more sophisticated techniques and recipes. You definitely need a good juicer and powerful blender in your kitchen, but juicing is more expensive than making smoothies. If you are on a budget and can afford only one of these appliances, buy a blender first. To continue reading please click here

Health Benefits of Beets
Medicinal use of beets dates back to Ancient Rome where the bulbous roots and the leaves were used to cure variety of ailments that included fever, constipation, blood conditions and law libido. The roots come in a variety of colors that can range from deep purple to golden yellow and white. The roots are round or oblong and are attached to purple-green leaves that are rich in vitamins, minerals  and carotenoids and can also be eaten. To continue reading please click here

How to Make Raw Ice Cream
Making raw ice cream is rather easy if you have an ice cream maker. Follow the instructions and you will succeed most of the time. Things become a bit more complicated if you are using a blender or a food processor. Complicated, but not impossible. To continue reading please click here

Fruitful Collaboration
Few days ago Liza, the Magnet Queen, and I came up with an idea of converting my recipes into magnets. Liza made a magnet of my salad recipe. It turned out wonderfully! If you have a business or a special event in your life, Liza can "magnetize" it for you. The magnets we received from her are beautiful and of superb quality! Visit her website or at least bookmark it for later. You will not regret! To continue reading please click here

Health Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods available to us all year round. More and more researchers publish study results that are quite amazing. Short of a nutritional miracle this tiny dark berries can help reverse effects of premature aging and improve debilitating conditions. To continue reading please click here

How to Choose a Juicer
People who are new to raw food or juicing often ask me how to choose a juicer. This is not an easy question. I always suggest that a person should buy the best kitchen tool he or she can afford. As with everything you will either use your juicer daily, or keep it out of sight, in its original box where it will never see the light of the day. Buying a "right" juicer can make a big difference. To continue reading please click here

For many raw food lovers living in the Northern hemisphere winter poses a dilemma of sorts. Organic locally grown products become a bit scarce, but there is still a lot to chose from: cabbage, kale, root vegetables, winter squashes, persimmons, pomegranates, citrus fruit... To continue reading please click here

Health Benefits of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is the young green grass that grows from germinated seeds of the common wheat plant or Triticum aestivum. The plant grows in the temperate regions of the United States and Europe where the ripe berries are harvested and usually turned into flour. Wheatgrass, however, is harvested long before the plant riches its maturity. To continue reading please click here

How to Make a Transition to Raw Food
If you are new to raw food, you are probably wondering now how to painlessly make the transition to raw food lifestyle. My answer is: "Embrace positivity and do it gradually." You do not have to give up anything. You simply have to start adding more fruits and vegetables in their natural, raw food state. With time you may notice that your energy level rises, your health improves and the desire for certain foods simply disappears. To continue reading please click here

How to Organize Raw Food Kitchen 
Raw food kitchen differs a bit from the "ordinary" kitchen. Depending on your personal involvement with raw food you may notice that you hardly ever use pans and pots, but that your blender, your dehydrator and your juicer take up all the space on your counter top. To continue reading please click here

How to Fight Winter Blues with Raw Food
Winter blues! Many people living in the Northern hemisphere could write books about it. It usually begins in November when the days are getting shorter and darker, and seem to be filled only with work and sleep. By the time we finish our regular workday, the day is almost over. It is dark and cold outside and our moods may swing a bit. And while some people seem to be emotionally resistant to the changes in the outside world or even enjoy the season, others may get affected and feel sullen most of the time. To continue reading please click here
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