- Ribbon-cutting for Children’s Holiday Shoppe Nov. 26; shop is open Nov. 29-Dec. 21
- Rockford Rescue Mission invites community to Thanksgiving banquet Nov. 26
- Rockton’s new business district welcomes family owned Dr. Detail U.S. Cellular
- 2014 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition winners named
- Open house for new library executive director tonight
- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
RAW Energy: How raw foods can improve your health
By Brenda Richter
Everyone knows it’s healthy to eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day. That isn’t a new concept. The raw food diet simply suggests these foods should be most of what we eat.
When you prepare fruits, vegetables and other natural ingredients without cooking, you preserve the maximum nutrition in these foods. You don’t have to eat 100 percent raw or even be a vegetarian to get started. Anyone can enjoy improved health and vitality by eating at least 50 percent raw foods.
“Raw” does mean uncooked or unheated, but it also means food in its natural or “raw” state. Raw food is food that is unprocessed, unrefined and untreated with heat. The three main raw food groups are fresh fruits, vegetables (particularly green leafy vegetables) and natural fats.
Where do you get your protein and calcium? It’s all right here in raw foods.
Many people are too acidic, which causes many of our illnesses, ailments and diseases. People on the Standard American Diet (or SAD) consume too many acidic foods, which many times is the cause of society’s health issues.
Come to a FREE “Why Raw?” talk and learn about the following:
• The effects of heat and cooking on proteins, fats, micro-nutrients and enzymes;
• The raw food groups;
• Where you get your protein;
• Food combining for better digestion;
• How to maintain your ideal weight;
• How to adapt to a raw food diet;
• How to make raw food prep easy;
• How to increase your stamina and energy;
• The lack of nutrients in SAD; and
• How to prevent and/or reverse degenerative diseases, illnesses and ailments.
Brenda Richter is a graduate of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, where she received her certification as a Raw Culinary Arts associate chef and instructor. She’s passionate about sharing the living foods lifestyle with others, and teaches raw culinary arts classes in the Rockford area.
From the April 4-10, 2012, issue