Health Notes #33

R a h, R a h, R a w !

Are you overweight? Eat more raw, and eat it before you eat the rest of your meal. By doing this you will be filling your stomach with good, nutritious live food , and you will get full faster.

Are you sick, ailing with heart problems, diabetes, plugged up with high cholesterol or plugged up at the end of your digestive system? Eating more raw and then more yet will gradually sweep those vessels or intestinal tracts out.

Are you feeling fine and don't think you have any troublesome health problems? Then eat raw to prevent or prolong your years of health.

How much raw should I eat? Eat as much as you can. Fruits one meal and vegetables another and eat them the first thing each meal so the beneficial enzymes in the raw food can help digest the cooked food that you eat afterwards.

But, you say, I have trouble with raw foods. My stomach doesn't like too much raw and my jaws rebel after a small salad and how do you make it taste good? I need lots of flavor. And what do you mean by as much as you can?

Let's take one question at a time.

First, if you have trouble eating enough raw you can gradually increase the amount and also, give your jaws a variety of textures. Cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and lettuce all take a different kind of chewing. (Be sure that you chew thoroughly to get all the food value out of the food.) If you have a juicer you can consume a large amount of raw with the nutrition still intact, but without the fiber. You may choose to do both.

If you need a dip, try the Tofu Mayonnaise adding herbs to it (like dill or basil). Thin it down with water, add herbs and pour over your salad. Remember the Italian Dressing in (Notes #15) and the Sesame Sprinkle, (Notes #24)? There are more recipes below.

How much raw food varies with the person and the type of meal you are planning. If you ate 2 slices of good whole grain bread with nut butter or a protein spread on it and the rest raw fruits or vegetables it could only bring you blessings. The idea is to get more of those live enzymes into your body rather than eating the food after a lot of them are killed.

Experiment. It can only bring you benefits galore.

Tropical Dressing

(for fruit salad or as a dip for a fresh fruit platter.)

1 c. tofu mayonnaise (omit the onion & garlic)
1/4 c. coconut
1/2 c. crushed pineapple
1-2 mashed bananas

Mix thoroughly in a bowl.
Yield: 2 cups

Lemon Sauce

(Use on fruit as the above recipe)

Sesame Dressing

1-1/2 c. water
1 T. honey
1/2 c. sesame seeds, ground
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. onion pwd.
1/2 tsp. garlic pwd.
3 T. lemon juice

Mix well in blender. Serve over favorite salad.

Thousand Island Dressing


1/3 c. tomato juice with 1/3 c. almonds


3-4 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. tomato juice
1 T. onion pwd.
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. honey

Gradually add 1/2 block firm tofu or cooked potatoes or rice until it is the right consistency. (opt. Stir in 1 T. dried or 1 T. fresh parsley, minced olives, or raw diced onion.)

No-Oil French Dressing

2 c. raw tomatoes
1/2 tsp. onion pwd.
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic pwd.
1 T. honey
2 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. chicken style seasoning

Blend well. Variation: Add one cup extra strength soy or nut milk.

Avocado Dressing


1/3 c. tofu mayonnaise and 1 mashed large avocado.

Add enough cold water to make desired consistency. Chill. Add extra seasoning if desired such as onion or garlic pwd., and diced tomatoes or diced onions.

What you are stands over you all the while, and thunders so I can not hear what you say to the contrary.

I don't care so much for what they say as I do for what makes them say it.


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