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What are they feeding us?

November 19, 2010

What were you eating 5 years ago? How about 10 years ago? Like fashion, foods have trends that are highly influenced by society. The big question is, do brands jump on board? Depending on how quickly they recognize what consumers want, the faster they move to the top of the branding food chain.

Remember the days when those wanting to drop a few pounds would only buy zero sugar, zero fat (in  my opinion means 100% processed) items? Now it’s the gluten-free, organic, zero corn syrup and high fiber foods that consumers are buying (at least those that see benefits or want healthy lifestyles). Having a daughter who is gluten-free, I am very aware of the pros and cons to certain foods and am constantly scouting the store to find creative yet delicious choices. I’ve noticed over the last year more and more stores offering better selections….even Target!

My Favorite Brands/Foods are:

  • KIND Bars
  • Trader Joes nut mix packs
  • Almond Breeze Milk
  • Mary’s Gone Crackers
  • Veggies: Kale, Spinach, Peppers

Recently at a @mnwin (Women in Networking) event, I had the pleasure of meeting raw chef Cynthia Johnson. In addition to being stunningly beautiful she spoke with such passion and confidence about her diet and cooking.  By the time the event was done I insisted she email me some information that I could pass along to all of you!

I find this information interesting and motivating. I don’t plan to go all out and subject my body to a 100% raw diet, but am definitely moving in a direction of adding more raw items! It’s been 2 years since I gave up red meat, I have minimal to no foods with corn syrup (except the Halloween candy I splurged on) and buy as much organic as I can. I love to cook and prepare healthy options for my family.

The Benefits of Raw Foods – Cynthia Johnson

A raw lifestyle simply put – gives life, energy, and rejuvenation – you feel renewed, alive, energized, light and restored. Raw is high nutrients, fiber rich, phytonutrients, low-calorie, mineral high and very nutrient dense

Living Food is food provided by nature, organically grown and in its original uncooked state. It provides the body with the life-giving, easy-to-digest nourishment, which is needed to strengthen the immune system. Seeds, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables in their natural, uncooked state are the Living Food which is used for rebuilding health – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

There are four major components in
raw and living foods:

  1. Hormones
  2. Oxygen
  3. Phytochemical
  4. Enzymes

That makes them viable for healing and for the prevention of disease.  They make you live longer as well as heal and prevent disease

The more digestion that is accomplished by food enzymes in the stomach the fewer enzymes need to be secreted by the pancreas and intestines, conserving the body’s enzymes for metabolic processes such as repairing tissues, organs and other functions.  That’s especially important when you consider how your body’s ability to produce enzymes diminishes with age.  This reserve can be depleted if too many enzymes are required for digestion alone.  Enzymes also digest viruses, bacteria and toxins and other antigens.  Enzymes actually eat the protein coating of several types of viruses and bacteria, making it easier for your immune system and white blood cells to destroy them.  These enzymes also seek out and dispose of foreign substances like undigested proteins, sweeping them out before they can make you sick.

Some of the benefits of a raw lifestyle include

  1. Increased energy
  2. Dramatically improved Clear skin
  3. Improved Mental Clarity
  4. Easy weight loss
  5. Detoxifies the body
  6. Dramatically improve digestion

Research shows 75% of raw foods help prevent cancer, heart disease and other degenerative illness.

For more information, feel free to contact Cynthia at Living Soul Cuisine or visit their website at

Other Foodies I love Tweeting with include: 

  • @ForkKnifeSpoon Food lover and photographer extraordinaire
  • @katenthekitchen Passionate writer and chef, weaving food & stories together, one blog post at a time.
  • @alisonlewis Recipe Developer, Food TV & Media Spokesperson, Cookbook Author, Food & Mom Blogger and Mom of 3
  • @TJCabrera Head cheese and cheesehead @Muddy Paws Cheesecake

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 20, 2010 6:24 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring me! Great write-up!

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