Raw Foodism: A Short History Of Raw

It could be said that raw foodism began many ages ago, since our prehistoric ancestors would have eaten an entirely raw diet before the discovery of the use of fire for cooking. In fact, many adherents of raw would argue that our bodies are designed for raw food and have never adapted to cooked.

There was no cooking stove in the garden of Eden, and the raw diet can be seen as one way of getting us back closer to the natural state that existed in those ancient times.

Where Raw Foodism Started

A raw vegan diet may have been followed by religious ascetics in many traditions in different periods in history. A notable example is the Belgian Saint Aibert, a Benedictine monk who lived to the age of 80 in the 11th and 12th centuries. However, raw foodism was hardly ever practiced for health reasons until the 20th century.

In the 20th century the scientist Arturi Virtanen discovered that when raw vegetables are chewed, enzymes are released in the mouth.

These enzymes are killed by cooking above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Medical and biological science shows that enzymes are destroyed during digestion, but raw foodists argue that many benefits can be gained from these enzymes while they are in the mouth and upper stomach, before they reach the digestive juices.

Raw Foodism: A Short History Of Raw

Raw Foodism

Therefore a raw food movement began which proposed eating mainly or only foods that had not been heated above 115 degrees, which is warm enough to dry them but not hot enough to kill most living organisms. For this reason raw foods are often called living foods.

Pioneers of the Raw Food Diet

Early 20th century pioneers of the raw food movement included Ann Wigmore and Herbert Shelton. Ann Wigmore founded the Hippocrates Health Institute and promoted the beneficial effects of drinking wheatgrass juice. She died in 1994 at the age of 84 in a fire.

Herbert Shelton took the ideas of the Natural Hygiene movement of the 19th century and developed them into a raw food practice. He died in 1985 at the age of 90 from Parkinson’s Disease.

Raw foodism in the Natural Hygiene style is focused around getting most of your calories from fruit and avoiding the high fat content of some other raw diets.

Raw Energy: Eat Your Way To Radiant Health

In 1984 the raw food movement gained enormously in popularity following the publication of the book ‘Raw Energy: Eat Your Way To Radiant Health’ by the British writer Leslie Kenton in 1984.

While Kenton advocated 75% raw food in the diet, many later writers propose going 100% raw. Since then there has been a huge growth in interest and in publications, with many people now living and writing in the raw foodism movement both online and offline.

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Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress

Almost every person reaches a point in their life where stress and anxiety become a problem. Some are able to get through the issues on their own, and do not need to examine it further, while others may have a difficult time shaking the feelings that have seemed to take over their lives.

Narrowing down the symptoms of stress and anxiety is the first step to identifying the issue and determining if you are suffering from a mental health problem. Anxiety and stress symptoms can fall into four overall groups ? cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress

Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress

Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress

Cognitive symptoms of stress and anxiety all relate to the brain and its functions. Besides the feeling of continual worry, the sufferer may also have racing thoughts and anxiety.

They may not be able to see the positive side to things, and solely concentrate on the negative. Their ability to judge situations and make well-planned decisions is affected.

Memory may become a bit fuzzier and they cannot focus on the task at hand.

The most obvious emotional symptoms, especially to the sufferer’s friends and family – is moodiness. They may be extremely irritable and be quick to anger.

Someone suffering from anxiety and stress could have a feeling of loneliness, and feel isolated from their peers. It is also common to be overwhelmed with life in general, which may lead to depression or an overall feeling of unhappiness.

Stress and anxiety can also manifest itself in physical symptoms. The most stereotypical of these is related to the heart, with chest pains and an increased rate of heartbeats.

The individual may also have digestive problems, like upset stomach, ulcers, nausea, diarrhea or constipation. Overall aches and pains are also a sign of stress and anxiety. The person may also seem to catch more colds than the typical person. There can also be a noticeable drop in sex drive.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress

A person’s behavior may also change when they are under stress. They may start using (or have an increased use in) drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes to help them cope with their emotions.

Outsiders may witness nervous habits like nail biting, pen tapping, pacing, or other repetitive motions. The person’s appetite may increase or decrease. Sleep can also be affected, where the person dealing with anxiety may sleep more or less. They may isolate themselves from friends and family or from society in general.

You may also notice one of the symptoms of anxiety and stress is that they suddenly start neglecting their responsibilities or procrastinate more than usual.

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Tai Chi to Help Arthritis

Tai Chi to Help ArthritisA new study by The George Institute for International Health has found Tai Chi to have positive health benefits for musculoskeletal pain. The results of the first comprehensive analysis of Tai Chi suggest that it produces positive effects for improving pain and disability among arthritis sufferers.

The researchers are now embarking on a new trial to establish if similar benefits can be seen among people with chronic low back pain.

“This is the first robust evidence to support the beneficial effects of Tai Chi. Our study proves that Tai Chi relieves pain and disability among people with arthritis and shows a positive trend towards effects for overall physical health. We now want to see if these benefits are the same for people suffering from low back pain”, said author Dr Chris Maher at The George Institute.

What is Arthritis?

Musculoskeletal pain, such as that experienced by people with arthritis, places a severe burden on the patient and community and is recognised as an international health priority. Arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, with 3.85million Australians affected. Low back pain is the most prevalent and costly musculoskeletal condition in Australia, estimated to cost up to $1billion per annum with indirect costs exceeding $8billion.

“This research should reassure people with musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis to seek exercise to relieve the pain. The fact that Tai Chi is inexpensive, convenient, enjoyable and conveys other psychological and social benefits supports the use this type of intervention for pain conditions”, added Ms Amanda Hall, The George Institute.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is a form of exercise that is regularly practiced in China for general health purposes and has gained increasing popularity in North America and Australia and thus a growing body of research aimed at investigating its health benefits has emerged.

Tai Chi is a versatile activity that can be easily incorporated into people’s daily activities. Usually preformed in a group, Tai Chi can also be practiced individually, which differs from traditional exercise therapy approaches in clinic.

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Learn Always – There Is No Defeat

We are always looking at how we have failed in the past instead of looking at how we can just learn from those defeats. I want to make sure that we have an outlet for those times that we struggle, have a bit of a defeat, and move on.

We need to make sure that we do not just give up when faced with adversity. We all have good days and bad days and these bad days are going to happen no matter how well we prepare. As we build up our fit lifestyle though we will have higher and higher standards of success.
Learn Always - There Is No Defeat

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What Do You Need to Succeed?

We are all looking for an easy out, a way to get fit and healthy without having to work really hard.

Give that thought process up. You can toughen yourself up just by doing whatever it takes. Almost everything is within your control. This picture says it all. You don’t need the scams and spam, just a pair of shoes and a willingness to sweat

Do it all for you, and you will succeed

What Do You Need to Succeed?

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Do what You Can Where You are

Love this pic.

Have you ever thought of what you can do if you have no running shoes, no bike, no gym? These guys are doing bench press with fencing on a iron bar.

I try to get my fitness in any way that I can and having fun running around a park with the kids is just an added bit of fitness to add to my day

Do what You Can Where You are

How about you? Tell me what you do in a tough situation to get a bit of extra exercise?

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Only 10% of Dieters Succeed

Are you on a diet? Have you ever been on a diet? Lots of people start and most don’t finish. So where do you stand? Are you scared? Do you think you can do it?

I know personally that lots of times we can’t get victory all the time. Sometimes you have to forget how you failed last time. Learn and try again!

Only 10% of Dieters Succeed
Remember this and prepare – if 90% of people fail at their diet then you have to make sure that you are going to do all of the things right

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Raspberry Turkey Salad

Raspberry Turkey SaladSplurge on too many calories this weekend? Get ready to toss the bread aside and no need for fat laden mayo for these new takes on Turkey Salad to keep your diet cleaner, and full of nutrients

The secret to the easy recipes is berries.  Fresh berries like the raspberries in the Raspberry Turkey Salad add a fresh burst of flavor, a bit of texture and of course up the health quotient.

Raspberry Turkey Salad is a quick and easy way to give your turkey a makeover and a wonderful menu option any day of the year.  Snap peas add texture and crunch while Driscoll’s raspberries add color (and a healthy dose of antioxidants) to this light and fresh salad.

Raspberry Turkey Salad

Prep time: 10 min
Makes: 2 servings

1            package (6 ounces) Driscoll’s Raspberries, rinsed and divided
¼           cup balsamic vinegar
½           teaspoon sugar
¼           teaspoon black pepper, coarse and ground
4            ounces field greens
4            ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and blanched
6            ounces turkey strips, cooked and sliced
2            ounces ricotta salata cheese, grated

Pure 1/2 cup of the raspberries, balsamic vinegar, and sugar in a food processor or blender; strain. Stir in black pepper.

Combine field greens, remaining 1 cup raspberries, sugar snap peas and turkey in medium bowl.

Drizzle dressing over salad. Toss until evenly coated. Divide between two serving plates. Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Per Serving: 302 calories, 7.73g total fat, 3.50g saturated fat, 31.97g protein, 23.74g carbohydrate, 78.36mg cholesterol, 8.20g fiber, 137mg sodium

Helpful Tip  – In addition to its fresh, soft form, ricotta is also sold in salted, baked and smoked. The pressed, salted and dried variety of the cheese is known as ricotta salata. A milky-white hard cheese used for grating or shaving, ricotta salata is sold in wheels, decorated by a delicate basket-weave pattern.

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Treating Fibromyalgia Naturally

If you are a Fibromyalgia sufferer then you should know that treating Fibromyalgia naturally can be a great way to be pain free.

Aches and pains experienced for at least three months time may be an indicator of a more serious condition. Fibromyalgia is a condition facing many Americans and is defined as long term, body wide pain radiating from tender points in tissues, muscles and tendons.

Treating Fibromyalgia Naturally

Treating Fibromyalgia Naturally

Fibromyalgia is linked to chronic fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in feet and hands, depression and anxiety.

If you have experienced 3 months of widespread pain in at least 11 of 18 tender points in muscles and fibrous tissues, you may have Fibromyalgia.

These tender points are located in the: arms, chest, knees, buttocks, neck, lower back, ribcage, shoulder and thighs.

ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Dr. Mark Sobor offers the following:

Tips for treating Fibromyalgia naturally

    • Gentle stretching and aerobic exercise, beginning with walking and swimming
    • Light massage
    • Acupressure
    • Acupuncture, found by the Mayo Clinic to improve fatigue and lower anxiety levels for up to one month after treatment
    • Relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety levels and improve coping skills
  • Well balanced diet, avoiding caffeine and high sodium foods

More ways to Treating Fibromyalgia Naturally

Acupuncture stimulation of trigger points and tender points by an experienced acupuncturist can be very helpful.

Medially Acupuncture stimulation of trigger points and tender points by an experienced acupuncturist can be very helpful.

If you suspect you have this condition you may have to educate both yourself and your doctor.

Often when complaining of symptoms of fibromyalgia, women have been dismissed by their doctors, told their problem was all in their head, or referred to a psychiatrist. Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia must be taken seriously by physicians and women alike.

Fibromyalgia treatment should include treating Fibromyalgia naturally.

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10 Workout Nutrition Hacks To Supercharge Your Workouts

We all know that our diet plays a huge part in our fitness but did you know that what you eat can radically affect how good your workout is?

Usually I eat to optimize my workouts, I don’t eat to lose weight or restrict my calories, but there are different seasons of the year and different priorities depending on the season.

Here are 10 great workout nutritional hacks brought to me thanks to George at Home Remedies for Life. I will let your read through them and then comment at the end.

10 Workout Nutrition Hacks To Supercharge Your Workouts

As you can see from this infographic it is critically important to look at your eating before and after your workout.

I love these workout nutrition hacks as they really help you to see going from before through to well after your workout what you should be eating.

I know that when I am getting ready to go to the gym I make sure I have some carbs so that I will have energy but of course also I make sure not to eat too much as bloating will really slow me down in the gym as well as make me feel sick during a really tough workout.

After my workout I am really conscious of the post workout metabolic window and although the science is not really strong either way, I always feel that I am so drained after a workout that I really want to make sure to get some easy to digest food into me to tide me over until my next meal.

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