RAW..huh yeah……… What is it good for?

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Raw, huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely anything, oh hoh, oh
Raw huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely everything, say it again y’all

Oh, raw, I’m surprised
‘Cause it means encouraging many lives
Raw means opening up your taste-buds and eyes
To something healthy, energetic and alive

Here’s a little play on words on Edwin Starr – War Lyrics

 Make raw not war !!

Back to reality. So why raw? What is it all about? Is it healthy? Your probably thinking, “great healthy=expensive”  and the preparation time is tiresome. In my defense, we invest in many materialistic things like our car, our house, our electronic gadgets, why not invest and educate ourselves. I am not going to sugar coat it, it is tedious, preparation time is lengthy and yes it may be expensive, but in the end the results speak for themselves. Eating raw kills many birds with one stone. I eat healthy and the latter you just have to keep reading below. Let’s just say this is the one investment I get a return on. So go ahead make raw and not war with our bodies.

What is “raw foods” you ask?

It is basically what it states, foods that are uncooked and/or unprocessed. It consists of a plant base, organic foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, herbs, spices, seaweeds, as well as eggs, meat, fish and dairy products. There are several techniques to prepare many edible raw dishes. The foods are either prepared cold, warm, fermented, soaked, sprouted or dehydrated, so as long it cannot be heated over 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Foods heated over a certain temperature may destroy its natural enzymes and its nutritional value.

What are its benefits? I can give you a list of what it has done for me, and so I shall

  • It has improved my digestion (yes I regularly go to the little girls room)
  • Overall improved my skin’s appearance (I no longer have acne)
  • I maintained weight loss (I no longer have food cravings)
  • It has improved my senses ( My taste buds are suddenly heightened)
  • I discovered food intolerance (I can no longer eat bread or dairy)
  • It got me educated and disciplined on nutrition, health and chemical free DIY beauty tips/routines

So now you know what raw foods entitles, I will focus on recipes with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, herbs, spices, seaweeds and some dairy (Dairy? I thought you are intolerant to dairy? Yes you just have to wait and see).  So if your still reading my blog it means that you are still interested. Great! On my next blog I will discuss food preparations, the basic  tools and staple foods I use in the kitchen.

Until then go spoil yourself Raw’tn!!!

 

References:

Lyrics to Edwin Starr – War Lyrics | MetroLyrics

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianlifestyle/f/rawfoods.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_foodism

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What’s your “Number”??? 3XXX, 4XXX, 8XXXX or 9XXXX……

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PLU Codes, 4=Conventionally grown


Picture this. You gallantly glaze at your apple, your prized possession. You had a long day, you pick up your apple with glee and bite into it. With a sour look on your face you become agitated, frustrated. Yes you did it again. You just bit off one of those pesky numeric stickers that is on every fruit and vegetable known to man-kind. Great that just made your day. But don’t get all hasty about it. Although they do seem annoying, however the codes may just save your life.

As I discovered my way into raw foods, I gravitated to eating more fruits and vegetables. So one day I asked myself, what is the story behind those annoying labels that I constantly bite into. Many of you may not know what it all means or you may already know what it is but forgot what each number represents. Well here’s a refresher course. The numeric code that’s attached to every fruit and vegetable is known as a price lookup number or PLU. It’s a code that helps with the cashiers at check out as they ring up the items and it also helps stabilizes the stores inventory. The numbers are a four digit code ranging from 3000 to 4999. A fifth digit is added to the code for fruits or vegetables that were produced non-traditionally. The fruits can either be grown organically, genetically modified or they were produced conventionally or “traditionally” with the use of pesticides or any other chemical fertilizers.

So now you know why the labels are added on the fruits, here are what the codes stand for:

4 digit PLU number starting with a 3 or 4 is “Conventionally grown”

5 digit PLU number starting with a 9 is “Organically grown and not genetically altered”

5 digit PLU number starting with an 8 is “Genetically modified or genetically engineered”

If you’re still having trouble remembering the meaning behind these numbers like I do here’s a little rhythm,

8-> We hate (Because they are genetically modified, GMO or GE)

9-> We’re fine (Because its organic)

3 or 4 -> Are standard in stores but always wash before (Because the use of chemicals always wash before eating them)

So now you know what it stands for here’s another little note. The stickers are food-grade but unfortunately you cannot eat them. So the next time you go shopping, remember the rhythm below.

8 we hate, 9 we’re fine, 3 or 4 are standard in stores but always wash before,

and spoil yourself raw’tn!!!

 

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price_look-up_code

http://www.cpma.ca/en/industry-resources/produce-codes-in-canada/plu-codes.aspx