It may seem as though I have fallen off the face of the Earth – well, at least in cyberspace that is. The truth is, I’ve been busy having babies – yes – and not one but TWO babies! Which as some men and women know, takes a lot of a person’s ‘spare’ time and energy. But, I’m back, and back with a vengeance.
My latest endeavor is this pregnancy blog I started. It’s all about modern “G” baby products as well as optimal nutrition for pregnant woman, new moms (and dads too), and babies alike! It’s full of raw vegan recipes, daily menu ideas, lunchbox ideas and pregnancy foods.
Ani and her delicious raw food recipes have been featured in everything from Boing-Boing, the world’s most popular blog, to the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.
Growing Up & her relationship to food
Her father’s experiences with raw food and mono eating
How she discovered gourmet raw food in San Francisco at Juliano’s Raw
How Ani’s mental alertness and energy was effected by her introduction to raw food
How raw food effects the process of being creative and why
Building Her Career in Raw Food
The story of how she became a raw food chef and transitioned out of her corporate career
Building the raw food community in Los Angeles with friends
The challenges Ani faced building her first company, Smart Monkey Foods
How Ani’s first book synchronistically came together
Practical Raw Food Tips
Want to keep your body in shape and help sustain the planet at the same time? It’s easier than you think. The most obvious way to do this is simply canceling your gym membership and taking your workout outside. Not only will you save that monthly debit charge, I guarantee you the scenery’s better. Wouldn’t you rather look at trees, mountains and animals than at mirrored walls and sweaty humans making like gerbils – going up, down and around on machines, but never actually getting anywhere?
But aside from your enjoyment, did you know that exercising outside can also positively impact the environment? For example, running on a trail instead of a treadmill saves electricity. On top of that, it can help you establish a connection with your community and the people in it.
But you don’t have to be a jogger to get your RDA of aerobic exercise. There are many outdoor activities to get you into the green groove. Going for a walk is one of the greatest ways to keep your body looking and feeling great. And if you’re a multi-tasker, you can combine your walk with a trip to the grocery store. Hike. Ride your bike to work, if it’s feasible. Or better yet, give to yourself and to your community. Participate in conservation and reforestation activities like gardening, planting trees or building trails. Lots of public parks depend on volunteers to keep their spaces healthy and green, and gardening is an excellent low-impact exercise. Something as simple as pulling weeds and pruning trees can have tremendous benefits, both physiologically and ecologically.
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Our guest this week is health motivator and alchemist, Daniel Vitalis. Regular readers of We like It Raw will remember Daniel from his fascinating youtube videos on water magic and elixir crafting. Chances are that your reaction to those videos was the same as mine.
“Wow! Who is this guy and how can I learn more from him!”
Daniel’s videos were originally produced for thebestdayever.com community by Len Foley and David Wolfe. In addition working with that tag team, Daniel is a raw food chef, personal health strategist and co-founder of Ambrosia Mystique – a chocolate and elixir catering enterprise, (big thanks to Daniel’s business partner, and my friend, Gabrielle Brick for setting up the introduction).
Daniel has been a student of live food for the past 14 years. His journey’s have taken him through a vast range of health experience that have sculpted his current mantra: design and eat food with total and complete purpose. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
In this episode of the running raw project: If you live in a temperate area like Florida, Southern California, or Southern Texas I don’t want to hear you complaining that a raw diet is too expensive – There are plenty of fresh fruits to forage for in the winter months. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
G Living’s Brendan Brazier is one the world’s few professional athletes whose diet is 100 percent plant based. He’s a professional Ironman triathlete, bestselling author on performance nutrition, and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega.
The following is an excerpt from Brendan’s new book “The Thrive Diet”, on sale now in Canada and and in the U.S. in January.
Raw and low-temperature cooked foods | Enzyme Enhancement
High-temperature cooking and processing of food destroys the enzymes and nutrients that allow the food to be efficiently digested. Therefore, before the body can make use of cooked food, it must produce enzymes to aid in the digestion process. That takes work.
One of the least appreciated yet most important components of our diet, enzymes are vital to achieving optimal health. An absence of enzymes in your diet can result in the same sickness and disease associated with malnutrition, even if your diet is otherwise healthy. Without enzymes, food cannot be turned into usable fuel for the body. As with hormones, enzyme production in the body diminishes with age, leaving us reliant on diet to provide them. In the distant past, that was of little concern, as enzymes were plentiful in food. But today enzymes are not so abundant in our foods. As our fresh whole-food choices dwindle, making way for highly refined, processed options, enzymes in our foods diminish.
In this episode of the Running Raw Project: Part II of the Bisbee 1000 Race in Bisbee, AZ. In this video Tim competes in this unique stair climb race as well as the Ice Man Challenge. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Omega-3 has moved to the upper level of awareness, even for the average consumer. In fact, it’s become “mainstream”. Recently I saw a generic brand of knock-off Oreos. Not surprisingly, their first ingredient was refined sugar and the second was bleached white flour. However, across the front of the box in a font larger than the name of the cookies it said “Omega-3!” If there were any doubt that Omega-3 was hot, this should lay it to rest. And while Omega-3 is vastly important — essential even — its usage and the way in which it’s being promoted has become somewhat misguided. As with many healthy foods or nutrients — once grabbed by the mainstream, they tend to be slightly misunderstood.
An upswing in awareness of Omega-3 consumption began to develop soon after a World Health Organization (WHO) report was released that suggested the average North American eats a vastly out-of-balance ration of Omega-6 to Omega-3. And that this was linked to serious health problems. Consumers of the Standard American Diet (SAD) commonly ingest a ratio that is in the realm of 20:1, the report states. That means that 20 times more Omega-6 is being consumed than Omega-3.