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Posts Tagged ‘leafy greens’

Where Do I Get My Protein on a Raw Food Diet?

Raw Food Protein Sources

Amino Acid Illustration - Protein and SuperfoodsSince I started my raw foods diet in June 2010, one of the most frequently asked questions from my friends was where I would get my protein from? Recently even my brother expressed his concern about my protein needs. It was then I realized how important this question really is, I feel that it is my responsibility to fully explain the protein sources to those who are interested in raw food diet or maybe are concerned for themselves or their friends or family members.

Let's first look into what protein actually is…

We have all learned in school that our body consists to more than 65% of water, making up for our primary building block. The second most abundant building block of our body is protein. Our hair, skin, nails, organs, muscles, bones, and every single cell is made up of protein molecules. All protein molecules consist of a chain of amino acids. You may have heard the term "essential amino acids" – these are amino acids that cannot be used by a human body. Up to today we know about20 essential amino acids that we must include in our diet to receive the full protein requirement. (apples contain 18 of these amino acids) All plants have at least some protein because all of them contain at least one or more amino acids; the building blocks of protein.

The difference between complex proteins found in meat, dairy, and fish and the individual amino acids found in plant food is explained very well by Victoria Boutenko in her book "Green for Life:"

"It is clear that the body has to work a lot less when creating protein from the assortment of individual amino acids from greens, rather than the already combined, long molecules from protein, assembled according to the foreign patterns of a totally different creature such as a cow or a chicken"

When you eat leafy greens and other vegetables that contain lots of protein, you get  custom made amino acids for your body, freshly made with sunshine and chlorophyll, which the body will use to repair and to rebuild its parts according to your needs. Your body is a perfect working machine in need of the right fuel; you wouldn't put diesel into a Ferrari tank would you?

Myoglobin - Animal ProteinBut this is exactly what happens when you feed your body with complex animal proteins. Your body has a hard time trying to make a perfect molecule of protein out of someone else's molecules, which consist of totally different combinations of amino acids.  In addition to this already bad result, your body will most likely also receive a lot of unnecessary parts that are hard to digest and do more harm than they would do good. These parts would be floating around in your blood similar to waste for a long time, causing allergies and many other health problems. Just look at the picture; honestly, who would want to eat something that looks like that?

Soy proteins are meanwhile also known to do more harm than good and you should not consume soy products more than twice a week, The best plant based proteins are found in Spirulina, in Chlorella and in Seaweed. Spinach and other Leafy Greens from the superfoods section are also very good protein sources. And we should not forget Raw Cacao and Fresh Coconuts. If you don't mind eating an egg every then and when; organic eggs are near to 100% protein and totally healthy, especially for people who are exercising a lot and try to build some muscles!

Stay Healthy and Merry X-mas to you all!

Pictures by Yassine Mrabet and Aza Toth

 

 


                  

Healty Foods and Superfoods – How Good Are They Really?

How Important are Healthy Foods?

Superfoods and Healthy Foods?Today these questions are easy to answer for me: Very good and very important! The few healthy foods we are still able to gather these days, play a major role for our overall health. And I'm not talking about superfoods only here; I'm talking about organic vegetables, leafy greens that haven't been sprayed with all kinds of toxins and have been feed with artificial fertilizers that consist only of the very basic nutrients. Organic carrots; when have You seen the last one? Organic eggs, if you're not a vegan, are very healthy food. The y consist out of almost pure protein! Organic spinach is very high on antioxidants and not only Popeye should be eating it. Spinach has also a lot of Lutein which can prevent blindness and muscular degeneration.The point is that no matter what you want to eat, you should try to get it organic! Even if you're still eating meat after all the bad news about what's in it; you can get organically grown meat and poultry without antibiotics for a slightly higher price.

Despite the little price difference and the bit more running around to find the right foods, you'll feel so much better after eating organic foods for a few month, you wouldn't believe it! Try it out and you will thank me forever! I'm doing this now since six month only, and I've seen changes happening on my body that are just sheer miracles. Besides that my skin cancer has vanished, and I hope forever, I have lost almost all my age warts and one big black mole in my face. the simply started to vanish over time. But this not all by a long shot!  My eyesight has gotten much better even though I'm still working on the computer for most of the day. It might be that one liter fresh carrot juice every day plays a big role in that. Overall; I'm feeling as good as when I was eighteen!

Eat lots of Healthy Foods and Superfoods

I'm eating the ideal dosage of about 30 gram of Goji berries every day, some goose berries in between and if I get hungry in the afternoon, I make a shake consisting of fresh coconut, a handful raw cacao nobs and a banana, that's pure energy! In the evening I'm on for a fresh salad, full of organic vegetables, holy basil, ginger, parsley and oregano. Other things that are regularly in my salads are cumin, thyme, red onions, cashew nuts, turmeric, fresh dill and whatever I can get fresh in the organic shop. In the end of the month I'm not more broke than when I was shopping in the supermarket without turning my brain on. Really, it doesn't make a difference at all! In the beginning that came to me a s a surprise but after a while I just found out that with the shift of priorities my financial situation hadn't changed much after six month, but my health had changed a lot!

So how important are healthy foods and superfoods? For me they have made all the difference they could make. After life had shown me the yellow card at the beginning of the year for being such a careless fool with my body, I've learned that the right nutrition might cost you a bit more money and quite a bit more time for food hunting and preparation, but the result is always worth the while. I'm far more active today than I was during the past five years and I'm also far more productive and far more successful with what I'm doing. I can truly recommend superfoods and organic foods to anybody who is willing to change their lifestyle. Once you find out for yourself what this does to your body and to your mind, you will never regret it!