Real Food Rehab

No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!

In Raw Food Rehab there are some specific guidelines that have been established for our 11 Week Total Health & Weight Loss Initiatives, which we have facilitated 4 times each year since May 2009.  I believe these will help you achieve a much more vibrant level of health, weight loss, detoxification, clarity of thought, increase in energy, noticeable emotional elevation and spiritual renewal. Let's take a look at those here:

During our 11 Week programs, we want to focus on transitioning away from eating the typical American diet. For best results, you'll want to look at setting your goal towards eating 80% whole, fresh, raw, ripe, organic focus foods. These foods are the most healthy for your body due to their nutritional profiles and their alkalizing properties. They are healing, nutrient dense, life giving foods that your body needs to rejuvenate, restore health and bring your body into homeostasis.

The other 20% of your diet is up to your common sense. People with compromised immunities, those who are obese, those with degenerative disease and/or severe food allergies/sensitivities will likely need to consider carefully how they approach this 20%. Many will choose to be 100% raw and will generally reap faster results in doing so, while others prefer to use this 20% to help them in social situations, traveling and in functioning more comfortably in society.

Whatever you choose, it is important to use wisdom, not impulse in what you put into your mouth. Your body is your temple, and it's the only one you will get in this life. Stocking your refrigerator and pantry for success and being prepared daily is the key to your best diet. Be an example to others of what's the influence, don't be the one who IS influenced!

Things to consider-

* Eliminate all refined sugars & processed flours from your diet
* Reduce or eliminate the consumption of animal products
* Increase your fiber intake fiber daily (the raw food diet makes this so easy)
* Eat foods in their natural state, organic and locally grown whenever possible.
* Avoid soft drinks, commercial coffees, processed teas and sports drinks
* Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water, herbal teas, coconut water, fresh juices &/or green smoothies daily.
* Include Superfoods when you can into your diet.
* Do a Juice Feast/Fast once or twice a year for at least 7 - 10 days.
* Consider a quality multi-vitamin and B12 supplement for life.

Your Habits/Lifestyle -
We all have habits that we've adopted to our daily lives. Some are health giving and others are health compromising. We've heard it take 21 days to establish new patterns and habits, so our time in Raw Rehab is an ideal opportunity to evaluate and fine tune our personal habits in a way that will have lasting impact on our weight, health and well being.

Things to Consider:

* Look at your patterns/habits....list the pros and cons:
- Eating. When do you eat? When you're truly hungry, to alleviate stress or for comfort?
- Sleep. Do you sleep before midnight? Are you getting at least 7 hrs. per night?
- Smoking. Do you need help in quitting once and for all?
- Alcohol. How much are you drinking? Could it be sabotaging your diet/health?
- Recreational Drugs. How are they affecting your choices and your life?
- Relationships. Are they life giving and elevating? Are they toxic and draining?

* Find time to move your body in fun and unique ways by:
- taking the stairs
- riding your bike
- walking 30 minutes throughout the day
- bouncing on a mini-trampoline/rebounder
- park in the back of parking lots
- stretch your body through yoga or other movement
- clean your house
- care for your own yard

* Learn to care for yourself & your health by:
- regular dry skin brushing before bathing/showering
- good dental care; brushing, flossing and regular dental cleaning
- pampering yourself with massage, pedicure or other care taking treatments
- break a cleansing sweat through exercise, steam room, sauna
- stay conscious of your elimination; utilize colon cleansing as needed
- moisturizing your skin with coconut oil or other essential oils

* Take time for emotional and spiritual renewal by:
- Learning techniques for relaxing your mind & body daily
- journaling your thoughts, opening your heart to personal honesty and authenticity
- releasing unforgiveness, resentments, anger and grief
- prayer, meditation, worship and thanksgiving
- giving of your time, talents and resources to the less fortunate and lonely


Our next Initiative,  Raw Balance - 11 Weeks of Creating a Beautiful Life, will be starting on October 1st, 2011!  Just click on the above link to learn all the details!

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Penni, What an awesomely great list! I'm going to print it out and post it on the fridge.
Excellent Suggestions that will absolutely help us all make the shift to a desirable space for our health and well being! Thank You Penni!
Fabulous, Penni! I know these are only suggestions, but should be required reading (or, highly suggested) for all members of RFR (particularly those locked in The Vault).

I'm assuming this is directly from your forth-coming book. Can't wait to hold a copy in my hands!
I've heard it before but I need to hear it again! Thinking about another juice feast. And an excuse to go to the spa. :-)
What are superfoods?
Yes, I will echo everyone else and say, brilliantly put together, thank you Penni!
thanks i needed that
I love that is it things to consider and not a list of orders, makes for a gentler approach and doesn't make people feel like they have failed if they don't quite manage to accomplish all they set out to do.
Thank you for pulling this together
Love this Penni! Planning my juice feast NOW.
Thanks Penni, I love this approach =o)
Here is an example of Superfoods....

Top 5 Super Foods

Cacao aka Raw Chocolate
Organic, raw cacao nibs, packed so tightly with nutrients and enzymes, they are literally a superfood. Harvested from the Theobroma Cacao tree, which literally means "food of the Gods," these already shelled nibs can be eaten right out of the bag or blended with sweets and smoothies for a lovely texture and taste. They are nature's best source of magnesium, something often lacking in a typical diet. Along with MAO inhibitors which carry rejuvenation effects, Cacao contains the Anandamine, a neurotransmitter naturally released in the brain during times of happiness. So be blissful while you enjoy.
Goji Berries
A quintessential dehydrated fruit for the raw enthusiast, these authentic Tibetan wildcrafted wellness berries are coveted for their nutritive properties. With a higher concentration of Vitamin C than oranges and more Beta Carotene than carrots, Goji berries support the immune system and combat free radicals with powerful antioxidants. They contain zinc, calcium, germanium, selenium and phosphorus in addition to 18 strains of amino acids and trace minerals. The taste is subtly sweet and slightly tangy. Gojis are used in Asian medicinals , and have been given to pregnant women in the first trimester to decrease symptoms of morning sickness.
Perennially grown in harsh high altitudes of Peru, Maca is a root vegetable in the same family as mustard. Similar in size and shape to beets and pale white in color, it has been used medicinally by native cultures for ages. Maca has been used to combat symptoms of menopause, chronic fatigue, depression, and stress, as well as to boost fertility. Athletes have recently used Maca to boost strength and stamina. Maca contains a rich supply of amino acids, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and Adaptogens. By normalizing the body's systems and increasing the body's physiological functions, Adaptogens have the capability to not only raise low blood pressure, but decrease high blood pressure. A normalized system can result in a sharper mind, increased libido and a general sense of well being.
Alkalizing Green Powder
Health seekers have long known the benefits of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae and Spirulina blue green algaes, the most nutrient-rich and biochemically complete super foods available. Along with their superior nutrients, these exceptional plants have been shown to boost the immune system and help the body eliminate toxins.
Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is an alkaline food considered by nutritionists to be the most complete food found in nature. Bee pollen is a rich source of high-quality protein. Bee pollen contains all essential amino acids. Its high levels of protein and amino acids make it a great strength builder and brain food. Some of the amino acids present include: cystine, lysine, histidine, arginine, aspartic acid, threonine, glutamine, proline, glycine, alanine, valine, methionine, isoleucine, leucine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan.

Carol Croskery said:
What are superfoods?
Love this list! always a good reminder! :-)

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