Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Protein on a Raw Food Diet

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There is an oft-held perception about the raw food diet that you are going to have to deprive yourself of a lot of different and important areas of a healthy diet, and if you are the athletic type, number one on your list of concerns is likely protein. After all, without a solid supply of protein in your diet, your athletic endeavors will suffer the consequences. But fear not, there are plenty of ways to eat raw, get the protein you need, and keep your sporting engine running at maximum capacity.

Nuts are the first food item that most people would think of when they hear about protein in a raw food diet. No matter what variety of nut you choose, there is plenty of protein to help build a healthy body. If you want to include more nuts in your diet, it is relatively simple to do. Most people enjoy a handful of nuts as a handy snack, but they can be turned into a milk to be mixed into a morning smoothie; crushed to make a great addition to any salad; or ground down and dehydrated to make great raw breads and crackers.

Salmon might not be a food item that you would consider when you talk about raw foods in the first place, but remember that there are two great options to eat salmon on a raw diet. If you want to eat it completely raw, you can consume it as a sushi or sashimi. If you prefer a more firm texture for your meats, you can consume salmon as a cold-smoked food. Either way offers great taste, some highly beneficial fatty acids, and of course, a great source of protein. If you want to add more salmon to your diet, you can make raw crackers and a "cheese" ball, and have a delightful and high-brow snack when company comes over.

Beef is another food group that many people forget when they talk about raw foods, but there are a number of raw options for beef that allow you get the flavor and the protein of red meat, without resorting to the damaging effects of cooking it. Many people enjoy raw ground beef with a liberal dosing of lemon juice to "cook" the meats chemically rather than with heat; another option is to consume it as a thinly-sliced Carpaccio. Of course, many people chose to not consume any animal products or by-products, so this option is not perfect for everyone.

Sprouts are another often overlooked source of protein in a raw food diet. Sprouts can be grown from alfalfa, broccoli, chick peas, wheat and many other food items. Special care must be taken when eating sprouts, as nearly every grown food can be sprouted, but not every sprout should be consumed by people. Check before you try to grow your own sprouts. Also, there are concerns regarding E-coli contamination with sprouts, which means that extra caution should be taken when purchasing, growing, handling and storing your sprouts
Yuri Elkaim is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and author of the raw food diet for weight loss ebook, Eating for Energy. Visit to get started with his FREE "Energy Secrets" e-course and discover what your diet has been missing.
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Trendy Middleton Dukan diet slammed as 'utterly ineffective and with no scientific basis' as experts compile list of worst weight loss plans

By Deborah Arthurs

Carole Middleton's svelte figure has been attributed to the Dukan diet
Carole Middleton's svelte figure has been attributed to the Dukan diet

A diet said to be followed by the Duchess of Cambridge's mother Carole Middleton has been branded 'confusing, rigid and ineffective' by a leading health group. 

Experts from the British Dietetic Association named the Dukan Diet the worst celebrity weight loss plan to follow and said it has 'absolutely no solid science behind it at all'.
The Dukan - also reported to be followed by actress Jennifer Lopez and supermodel Gisele Bundchen - is a complicated four-phase diet that starts with a protein-only approach which promotes weight loss of around 7lb per week. 

It topped the BDA's annual list of the five worst celebrity diets to avoid in the New Year.

It works on restricting foods, calories and portion control. However, the BDA says cutting out food groups is not advisable. 

The BDA said: 'This diet is so confusing, very rigid, full of very French foods that most Brits would run a mile from like rabbit and offal, and even Dr Dukan himself warns of the associated problems like lack of energy, constipation and bad breath.' 
The BDA receives hundreds of calls every year on the subject of diets and analysed results to form a list of the most unreliable, difficult to follow or unhealthy diet plans.


1 Dukan diet
2 Alcorexia diet (very low calories, calorie saving, alcohol binges)
3 Blood group diet
4 Raw food diet
5 Baby food diet
Based on the volume of telephone calls and other contributing factors, the Dukan Diet topped a list of 'dodgy' celebrity diets to avoid in the New Year.
The Dukan Diet was followed in the list by the Alcorexia or Drunkorexia Diet, an undeniably unhealthy tecnhnique believed to be used by many top models and other celebrities to keep their weight low without sacrificing their heavy partying lifestyle.
It involves eating very little during the day or week - a very low calorie (VLC) diet - and then 'saving' all the calories not eaten to binge drink alcohol. 
However, the BDA reckons people must be 'blind drunk' to follow such a diet.


While weight loss can be quick, followers of the Dukan report difficulties. Here are the main cons.
1 Much of the diet prescribes solely protein for days on end. Followers complain this can get boring and as a result is difficult to adhere to.

2 Eating so much protein - around three to four times the normal amount - can put a strain on the kidneys. This can be more problematic for those with underlying kidney problems they may not have known about.

3 A lack of fibre can be a problem. An unbalanced diet short of fruit and vegetables and heavy in fish and meat can lead to constipation.

4 Lack of cereal-based foods can lead to deficiency of vitamin B.

5 Weight loss is difficult to maintain once the rigid programme has ended. The maintenance phase alone - six days of eating normally and one Dukan day of protein - is unlikely to keep the weight off for the average dieter, whose indulgence throughout the week will outweigh the benefits of the protein day.

The BDA said: 'Following a VLC diet alone is madness, as you will most certainly not be getting the calories, vitamins and nutrients your body needs to survive and function.
'In addition, you will feel weak, tired, have no energy and will become very irritable very soon. Alcohol has little nutrition other than calories. 

'To do this in order to "bank" your calories so you can use them on alcohol is pure madness and could easily result in alcohol poisoning and even death.

'The BDA has received a significant increase in media calls about this diet and it is a worrying trend.'

The Blood Group Diet - said to be followed by Cheryl Cole, Sir Cliff Richard and Courtney Cox-Arquette - is also one to avoid, according to the BDA, which says it is 'completely based on pseudo-science'. 

Courteney Cox-Arquette is said to use the Blood Group diet to stay slim
Cheryl Cole is one of a number of celebrities said to use the Blood Group diet to stay slim
BLOOD GROUP DIET: Courteney Cox-Arquette and Cheryl Cole are said to use the diet to stay slim

Exponents of the diet claim that different nutrients are broken down in the body based on blood type. 

However, the BDA said: 'Cutting out food groups is never a good idea, unless medically advised to do so and with help making substitutions from a dietician.

'This diet could lead to significant deficiencies such as calcium. You lose weight on this diet because your calorie intake is very restricted and this diet is not sustainable in the long term.' 

Also on the list of the BDA's weight loss programmes to avoid is the Raw Food Diet, said to be followed by Hollywood A-listers Demi Moore, Natalie Portman and Woody Harrelson. 

RAW FOOD DIET: Woody Harrelson, left, and Demi Moore, right, are said to follow the raw food diet
RAW FOOD DIET: Woody Harrelson, left, and Demi Moore, right, are said to follow the raw food diet
RAW FOOD DIET: Woody Harrelson, left, and Demi Moore, right, are said to follow the raw food diet

It is the practice of eating uncooked food and non-pasteurised or non-homogenised dairy products. This diet can be used by vegans and meat eaters. 

However, the BDA warns: 'A raw diet can be low in fat and calories but can also be low in calcium, vitamin D, iron, zinc and protein. 

'Many foods can only be eaten cooked, like rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, beans and pulses, so these are excluded. 

'The diet is unsuitable for pregnant women, children and other at risk groups. In fact some foods are more nutritious if cooked, like carrots and tomatoes. 

'This diet is time consuming, socially isolating and you'll have an awful lot of chewing to do. For those who use meat in a raw diet, they put themselves at risk of food poisoning and gastroenteritis.'

The list to avoid is completed by the Baby Food Diet, said to be followed by Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. 

The diet calls for eating only up to 14 jars of pureed food or baby food every day, or mostly pureed food and one adult meal, or pureed food instead of snacks. 

However, the BDA warns: 'This diet works on portion control and guess what? Yes, restricted calories, as a jar of baby food has very few. 

'Although fruit and veg are included they are pureed so have much less fibre and texture. 

Lady Gaga is said to have experimented with the Baby Food diet
Gwyneth Paltrow is said to have experimented with the Baby Food diet
BABY FOOD DIET: Lady Gaga, left, and Gwyneth Paltrow, right, are said to have experimented with the Baby Food diet, which the BDA calls 'anti-social and lacking in fibre'

'Chewing food is associated with feelings of fullness and satiety, so reach for an apple or a carrot rather than a jar. 

'Also, how anti-social would you be whipping out your jars of baby food at a top restaurant?' 

Sian Porter, consultant dietician and spokesperson for the BDA, said of weight loss fads: 'Sadly, there is no magic wand you can wave. 

'There is no wonder diet you can follow without some nutritional or health risk and most are offering a short-term fix to a long term problem.

'It may be obvious, but if you want to lose weight you need to eat a nutritionally balanced and varied diet with appropriately sized portions and burn off more calories than you consume. 

'In short speak, eat fewer calories, make better choices and move a bit more.
'On a serious note, glamorous images of celebrities saturate our daily media in all forms. These celebs have an army of people to help them to keep looking good, which is essential to their livelihood and plenty of money to do whatever they think it takes. 
'You need to remember too, a lot of these images are airbrushed and retouched to give celebrities an unachievable body image that does not exist in real life, yet many aspire to. 

'Some people look at these images and will try anything they think will help them achieve the "perfect" body. 

'If you have some weight you need to lose, then do it in a healthy, enjoyable and sustainable way. In the long term this will achieve the results you are after.' 
The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation's largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with more than 6,000 members.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Why raw food is good for you


If you've hardly stepped near your oven this summer and chosen salads and soups rather than slaving over a hot stove, there's no need to feel guilty.

Raw fruit, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all brimming with vitamins and minerals which can help boost our immune system, give our gums a great workout, keep us slim and leave our skin looking young and silky.
Luckily, we are more likely to eat raw food in summer because we are attracted to lighter, cooler dishes such as salads, juices, chilled soups and smoothies.

Raw fruit and vegetables deliver far higher levels of nutrients to our body than cooked food.
In fact, nutritionist Jane Griffin believes raw food contains a third more vitamins and minerals than cooked food.

'This is because boiling water absorbs vitamins B and C during cooking,' she says. 'Raw food also contains more fibre than cooked food. This is because heat breaks down fibre which tends to get lost during cooking.'
Ian Marber, co-founder of London's Food Doctor Nutrition Clinic, says we should aim to eat at least one course of raw food at every meal.

However, he warns a diet made up of raw food and nothing else is unhealthy because we are not getting all the protein and carbohydrates found in other groups of food such as meat and grains.

But including some raw food in your diet is an ideal way to get your daily quota of five portions of fruit and vegetables. 'You're far more likely to eat a greater variety of raw fruit and veg,' says Griffin.

'That's because the traditional cooked meal is meat and two veg - but a typical salad can easily contain five or six different types of vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and peppers.'

Cucumber is rich in potassium and iron, while tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, carrots and other brightly coloured foods are high in the antioxidant betacarotene which reduces cancer-related free radicals.

The health benefits don't stop there. The good news is if you want to lose weight this summer, raw food is more likely to shed pounds than cooked food.

That's because raw fruit and vegetables tend to be more bulky than the cooked variety because they have a higher water content than cooked food which loses much of its moisture when cooked. This extra bulk helps full you up - so you are likely to eat less and not gain weight.

There are plenty of other health benefits too. Chewing raw food is an excellent workout for your gums and jaw because it is slightly harder to chew than cooked food.

A chewing motion stimulates blood supply to these parts of your mouth - helping to keep them healthy and exercised. Cooked, processed food by contrast can contain high levels of sugar which can lead to tooth decay.

Raw food can also benefit our skin. Carrots and tomatoes contain betacarotene which when eaten raw contains higher levels of this vitamin. After the body digests betacarotene, it is converted into vitamin A. This chemical stimulates skin cell growth and builds collagen - a structural protein present in the skin which is essential for skin elasticity.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

So the raw mushroom diet works! Roxanne Pallett shows off the incredible bikini figure which she owes to an unusual food trick

By Holly Thomas

She recently admitted that the odd secret behind her slender figure is a diet high in raw mushrooms.

And while some might find Roxanne Pallett's claim a little far-fetched, it can't be denied that whatever she's doing is working to enviable effect.  

The 29-year-old showed off her gorgeous bikini curves as she hung out by the pool in Tenerife on Tuesday.

Must be doing something right! Roxanne Pallett showed off her bikini body in Tenerife on Tuesday
Must be doing something right! Roxanne Pallett showed off her bikini body in Tenerife on Tuesday

Roxanne wore a deep blue two-piece with splashes of pale blue, pink and yellow, complementing her tan.

She wore her long hair up in a high ponytail-a practical option for swimming.
The actress wore minimal make-up, and appeared to have applied just a little waterproof mascara.

Toned curves: Roxanne showed off her new physique to its full advantage in a bright blue bikini
Toned curves: Roxanne showed off her new physique to its full advantage in a bright blue bikini

She had a pair of sunglasses with her, but preferred to use them as an accessory, wearing them in her hair rather than over her eyes.

Roxanne took a break from the water briefly, sitting on the side of the pool and dipping her toe in the water.

She read a few pages of Jason Manford's autobiography Brung Up Proper while soaking up the sun.

Roxanne- who is due to star in forthcoming British supernatural film Devil's Tower- recently revealed that the unexpected key to her slim figure is raw mushrooms.

Dried off: Roxanne took a break from the water briefly, sitting on the side of the pool and dipping her toe in the water
Soaking up the sun: Roxanne took a break from the water briefly, sitting on the side of the pool and dipping her toe in the water

She explained the diet trick at the launch party of the Bali Health lounge in Manchester, where she avoided the calorific canap├ęs and munched on her own secret stash of mushrooms.

‘This new role that I’ll soon be filming for is important to me and I need to look my best – mushrooms prevent me from gorging on fatty foods,' she said.

'I’ve upped the good foods in my diet.  Mushrooms are one of them and they’re healthy - which is an added bonus.

Her secret: Roxanne explained her unusual mushroom diet trick at the launch party of the Bali Health lounge in Manchester
Her secret: Roxanne explained her unusual mushroom diet trick at the launch party of the Bali Health lounge in Manchester
Her secret: Roxanne explained her unusual mushroom diet trick at the launch party of the Bali Health lounge in Manchester

‘I love mushrooms – they give me so much energy and help me to keep going which is important with my busy schedule.'

‘I especially love James Martin’s mushroom soup – it’s divine, low in calories and very easy to make.’

Roxanne claimed that raw mushrooms have helped her dropped a dress size in just under two weeks and said she’s incorporating the vegetable in to her daily diet as a way of keeping her figure ‘ship-shape’.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Healthy eating: raw food

Thai flax crackers
Thai flax crackers

Rebecca Kane has written a recipe book she claims involves little or no cooking but might just change your life.

The alternative health guru’s book, Turn Your Shine On, is aimed at showing how fresh ingredients can be turned into delicious raw food meals and snacks. Rebecca, 34, trained in kinesiology – a therapy that involves simple muscle testing procedures to find problem health areas.

She noticed many of her clients various problems required a holistic approach to both lifestyle and nutrition. As a former yo-yo dieter herself, Rebecca’s weight used to go up and down from a size 10 to a 14.

She investigated raw food diets and found not only did her weight stabilise, eating raw foods brought many health benefits. “I absolutely love raw food,” said Rebecca, who lives in Staffordshire with her husband and two stepchildren.

“I love the way it make me feel, the way it makes me look, and the clarity that it gives me to take on new challenges with confidence and ease.” “Of course, you may be asking yourself – will it actually work for me and will it fit into my unique lifestyle? I believe there is space in everyone’s diet for some sparkle from raw foods.
” We’ve reproduced some of Rebecca’s imaginative recipes here, plus some of her basic techniques for getting the most out of her dishes. There’s also a chance for six readers to win a copy of her book.
Rebecca’s website provides much more information, tips on techniques and raw food recipes.
She also runs courses on raw food techniques at her home in Staffordshire for those who want to learn more.
For more information visit

Thai Flax Crackers
1 cup of flax seeds soaked in 1cup of water for 4 hours
2 cups of flax meal
2 cups of chopped tomatoes
1 cup of grated carrot
1 yellow pepper finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbs tamari
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
3 tsp agave
1 red chilli finely chopped
Pinch of salt

Food processor, dehydrator

Mix all the ingredients together in the food processor. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet and place in the dehydrator for 6 hours. Remove from the baking sheet and place on the mesh tray and dehydrate for a further 4 hours until crunchy.
Sweet and spicy nuts
2 cups of cashews soaked for 4 hours
½ cup tamari
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tbs agave
1 tbs cumin
Juice of 1 lime



Directions: Mix all the ingredients thoroughly

Place the mixture onto baking sheets and dehydrate for 6 hours until crunchy.

Coconut Choc
Ingredients for the filling

1 cup of dates soaked for 20 minutes
½ cup of water
3 cups of desiccated coconut
¼ cup melted coconut oil
3 tbs ground cashews
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
½ cup of melted coconut water
½ cup of cacao powder
¼ agave syrup
Pinch salt

Blend the dates and water to make a date paste
Add in the rest of the ingredients and process until well combined
Shape the mixture into desired shape
Place in the fridge for at least two hours
Chocolate: Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk
Assembly: Place the firm coconut shape on a fork and place in the chocolate sauce
Remove from the chocolate and place on a non-stick sheet or grease proof paper. Place in the fridge until the chocolate has set.

Friday, August 24, 2012

How does Amanda Seyfried look this good? By eating an 'awful' raw food diet

By Daily Mail Reporter

Posing in a basque and stockings, Mamma Mia star Amanda Seyfried shows off an enviably slender figure.
But in a refreshing burst of honesty the 24-year-old admits it isn't without effort.
She says she sticks to a rigid raw food diet in an attempt to stay slim.

Raw food only: Amanda Seyfried appears in the April edition of Esquire
Raw food only: Amanda Seyfried appears in the April edition of Esquire

'It's intense. And sort of awful,' she tells Esquire magazine. 'Yesterday for lunch? Spinach. Just Spinach. Spinach and some seeds.'

The blonde blames the pressures of Hollywood for forcing her to worry about her figure.
'If I didn’t run and work out, there’s no way I would be this thin,' she told Glamour magazine in an earlier interview.

'But I have to stay in shape because I’m an actress.
'It’s f***ed up and it’s twisted, but I wouldn’t get the roles otherwise.

Julianna Moore, left, and Amanda Seyfried

Dazzling: Amanda last night at the premiere of her new film Chloe in New York with co-star Julianna Moore
'If I’d been a bit bigger, I don’t think they would have cast me for Mamma Mia!'
Amanda is currently promoting her new film Dear John.

Although she already has a house in LA, she is reportedly apartment-hunting in New York with English boyfriend Dominic Cooper, who lives in London with Gavin & Stacey star James Corden.
The couple, who met on the set of Mamma Mia! three years ago, are currently in a long-distance relationship, splitting their time between LA and London.

In great shape: Amanda at last week's Oscars
In great shape: Amanda at last week's Oscars


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Raw Energy: Raw food is good, inside and out

By Brenda Richter

raw energy food

If raw foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, are high-energy, high-vibrational, self-curing foods, why doesn’t everyone do it?

Oftentimes, people think this way of eating is boring, unimaginative food and sense a deprivation from their favorite foods –— none of which is true. In fact, it is quite the opposite. 

It can definitely be challenging to make changes in your diet if you do not know what you are doing, you’re not interested in learning about it, or want nothing but hot foods all the time.
Microwaving, baking and boiling all change the molecular structure of food and greatly diminish the nutrient values of our food, which encourages lack of nutrition, over-consumption of foods, along with a number of other negative impacts. 

Creating satisfying raw dishes not only can save you time in the kitchen, but your taste buds will sing and your body will dance with delight once you start to notice the difference in how wonderful you feel as your body transforms inside and out. 

Learn more and attend a free “Why RAW?” talk. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Register at Choices Natural Market, 6551 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, or call Raw Energy at (815) 543-1207.

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.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How a raw food diet saved model Carol Alt from career failure

Zucchini noodles, evaporated sea salt and endless mocktails: How a raw food diet saved model Carol Alt from career failure

By Kristie Lau
carol alt on raw food

Supermodel Carol Alt has revealed details of the raw food diet that saved her career.
The 51-year-old New York-based starlet, who also works as an actress, explores her dietary regime in Easy Sexy Raw, her new book.

She told New York Daily News that as a 34-year-old model, she was almost thrown off the set of a photo shoot due to her unhealthy diet.

'I was gaining weight and starting to look old,' she said. 'They said "You're not in bathing suit condition" and called my management team over. I was so embarrassed.'
The accomplished model, who appeared on the cover of more than 500 magazines during the Eighties, has included recipes, advice and educational information about her raw food diet in the book.

It is her third cookbook in two years.

The brunette beauty has also a line of skincare products that keep in theme with the raw regime - the line is called Raw Essentials By Carol Alt.

She said that many people are lacking in the raw food their bodies yearn.

'People are hungry because their food isn't nutritious,' she explained. 'Because raw food is so nutritionally dense, you eat it and it'll feed your body.

'Take it from someone who has been through health issues, it doesn't matter if you'e the number one model in the world or you're a mechanic working on somebody's car, this is the best defense we have,' she continued.

The leggy bombshell adopted the diet regime 20 years ago after a string of weight problems.
In writing the book, the model has tried to show people how easy adopting a raw food diet can prove to be.

It includes an A-Z shopping list that details her food essentials which include nuts, fresh produce, cured fish and meats.

It also details how you are also able to 'cook' raw food, though never beyond the heat of 115-degrees Fahrenheit.

Recipes include mock tails and vegetable noodles as well as desserts.

She claimed that 'there's so much variation' in eating raw foods, which is not to be confused with a vegan diet.

The book also includes a section called Turn It Raw which aims to help people slowly convert the tastiest of dishes into raw foods including chocolate chip cookies.

She wrote on her website that a health expert had advised her many years ago to adopt a raw food diet.

She couldn't believe that anybody was telling her, a model, to eat anything.
'He wanted me to eat specific foods: raw vegetables, cold-pressed oils, evaporated sea salt, seared fish, fresh fruits - with no restrictions on the amount.,' she wrote. '
'All I could think was, "This man wants me to eat. This is the most freeing moment of my life!'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Eating a Raw Diet Food

By Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN

Photo credit: John Hritz
Eating a raw food diet is essentially a way of eating that does not involve the heating of foods. Part of the premise lies in the fact that heating foods above 118 degrees fahrenheit destroys their inherent food enzymes, a vast majority of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and their all important life force.

Chemical Changes in Cooked Foods

Heating foods radically changes their chemical properties making them less "recognizable" in once ingested. For instance, heating an egg renders into a solid mass whereas it began in a liquid, gelatinous. This occurs because the heat of frying or boiling denatures the protein structure within the egg, essentially making it more solid. As a result, this heated egg is now much more difficult for the human digestive tract to break down.

Another process that occurs with cooking foods is known as glycosylation. This is when sugar literally attaches to protein molecule. Glycosylation has been linked to the premature breakdown of the body's cell and many other undesirable health conditions.

The Importance of Raw Food Enzymes

The reason that the natural food enzymes are so important is that our bodies have only a limited ability to produce its own enzymes. Bear in mind that our bodies produce metabolic and digestive enzymes. The latter are used to breakdown foods whereas the former are essential to every single reaction in the body. But the problem is that we only produce a finite number.

When you eat cooked foods, you force your body to use more of its own enzyme reserves to digest them. Overtime, this is just like continually withdrawing money from your bank account without making any deposits. Eventually, you will run out of enzymes!

When you have no more enzymes, you no longer have any life - it's that simple.

Eating raw foods help you make more "deposits" into your enzyme bank account, allowing your body to preserve its own precious enzymes for more important uses such as breaking down problematic cells, immune complexes, and more.

What Can You Eat on a Raw Food Diet?

A raw food diet is mainly vegan for the simple reason that it isn't healthy or advised to eat raw animal products. Therefore, a raw diet contains no dairy, meat, or other animal products. Other than that, the choices are endless. Most raw foodists have diets that consist of vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds.

The amazing part is that the possibilities are truly endless with raw foods. Many people think of not being able to eat meat or wheat as a huge limiting factor. But the fact remains that processed, dead foods are dangerous to your body and there are tons of delicious and nourishing raw food recipes that will give you so much more than you can possibly imagine.

My Own Raw Food Experience

I started following a predominantly raw food diet in 2007 and it literally changed my life. From improved skin complexion to having more energy and mental clarity, I can't tell you how much better you can look and feel by eating the way nature intended for you to eat.

Growing up on dead foods like wheat, dairy, and meat literally destroyed my body and at the young age of 17, I lost my hair to Alopecia as a result of my immune system which had gone hay-wire and began attacking itself. Again, this was caused by years of abusing my body with foods that it was allergic to.

However, since eating a raw food diet, my health has never been better. My hair has returned (although I keep my head shaved because I like it like that now) and I have more energy than a teenager on red bull!

That's why I wrote Eating for Energy. If you'd like to experience the same kind of health and vitality then I urge to make the raw food diet more apart of your lifestyle!
About the Author
Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s leading holistic nutrition and health experts. If you want to lose weight and live your healthiest and most energetic life ever, then you can learn more about his raw food diet book, Eating for Energy and get started with a FREE 6-part Energy Secrets e-course by visiting today.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ditch healthy berries to beat muscle pain: The eating plan that helped me cure my aches and pains

By Dr Clare Morrison

'No one could have been as surprised as me that the low oxalate diet actually helped,' said Dr Clare Morrison
'No one could have been as surprised as me that the low oxalate diet actually helped,' said Dr Clare Morrison

When I wrote in the Daily Mail about how I’d overcome fibromyalgia, the response from readers was overwhelming. 

Clearly, many people, like me, have been floored by the condition — and the lack of effective treatment — and were anxious for more details.

Unfortunately, no one really knows what causes fibromyalgia and there’s no cure.
Treatments such as painkillers rarely do more than ease the symptoms (characterised by debilitating muscle pain). 

Many patients end up giving up work and normal daily life — I longed to retire early from my job as a GP just so I could rest all day.

After two years of misery, my condition was getting worse — but I then came across the theory that fibromyalgia may be linked to oxalates, which are compounds found in ‘healthy’ foods such as fruit, vegetables, salad, nuts and beans.
I cut these out of my diet and overnight my symptoms disappeared — the disabling muscle pains, tingling legs, fatigue and inability to concentrate all went. 

But if I ate foods rich in oxalates, the symptoms returned within hours.

Why would this be so? 

Oxalates are a kind of ‘natural’ plant pesticide and if the body doesn’t excrete them properly for some reason, it’s possible they accumulate in the muscles, brain and urinary system, causing a range of problems.
But though this made sense, no one could have been as surprised as me that the low oxalate diet actually helped. 

And it really did — I was so happy to function normally again, to be able to run instead of amble, do my housework, carry on working and feel animated again.

I must stress that by no means am I an expert in fibromyalgia — eminent doctors and researchers, such as those behind the Fibromyalgia Association UK, have spent years studying this condition, and done much to support sufferers. 

Indeed, the article I wrote was about my personal experiences and those of a small number of my patients. 

What to avoid: fruit berries (blueberries, blackberries, etc); and beans: baked beans: kidney beans, black beans and green beans
What to avoid: fruit berries (blueberries, blackberries, etc); and beans: baked beans: kidney beans, black beans and green beans

But I can’t believe we are unique — I’m willing to believe my physiology may be a bit odd, but felt surely there would be others in the same situation.

Who knows how many, but my theory struck a chord with Mail readers, and even if sharing my experiences helped just one person, it would be worth it.

So how can you go about trying a low-oxalate diet? 

First, you need to work out if you might benefit from it. 

I’ve found these characteristics can predict whether someone is likely to respond well:
  • You used to be healthy, but gradually developed muscle pains, tingly, restless legs, stiffness and muscle twitches.
  • You pass small amounts of water frequently.
  • You feel tired and sleepy during the day, but don’t sleep well.
  • You often feel cold.
  • You feel as though you’re in a fog, flat in mood, but don’t know why.
Sufferers are most likely to be middle-aged women, though fibromyalgia can affect anyone. 

Initially, you may assume this is part of getting older or perhaps due to the menopause.
If you are badly affected, you may feel unable to cope with your daily activities or work. 

However, any blood tests by your GP doesn’t show anything wrong — something you find difficult to believe.

Alternatively, you may be diagnosed with fibromyalgia and given painkillers, anti-depressants or sleeping tablets.

There are no proper tests to see whether or not you would benefit from a low oxalate diet, though sometimes oxalate crystals can be seen in the urine. 

The only way to tell is to try it, as I did — and my symptoms improved 100 per cent.

But it might not work for everyone — if it’s going to work, it will do within three weeks. If it doesn’t, then you haven’t lost anything.

Some people asked why I went to the Press rather than conduct a proper trial involving large numbers of people.

I simply didn’t have the resources or numbers of patients to do this: that’s why my ‘evidence’ is anecdotal. 

Perhaps, in the future, proper controlled trials will be organised by doctors.
But my point is that until then patients have nothing to lose if they try this diet for a short time to see if it works. 

As the philosopher Maimonides said: ‘No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.’


The important thing to remember is that this approach appears to go against the healthy eating principles you’ve been following for years. 

Your fruit and vegetable intake is going to be limited to low oxalate produce, which will likely result in you eating much less than before (though this is no reason not to get your five a day — you just won’t have a wide range of fruit and vegetables to choose from).
Going low oxalate also means avoiding healthy wholewheat products and potatoes.
I’d also recommend avoiding vitamin C supplements — in large doses, this vitamin is metabolised into oxalate.

Some low-oxalate foods, such as sponge cake and shortbread biscuits, are high in sugar, so shouldn’t be eaten to excess. 

However, there are plenty of low-oxalate foods that are low in sugar, such as eggs, meat and cheese.

There is no denying a low-oxalate diet will feel counter-intuitive — as it did for me.
But I think on balance it is possible to eat healthily — I feel much better on the diet than I’d do otherwise. 

And if I didn’t follow the low-oxalate diet I’d still be feeling ill, getting no exercise and going to bed whenever I could.

Of course, those without fibromyalgia can, quite rightly, enjoy eating plenty of these foods — they are, after all, delicious and healthy to most people.


Meat, chicken and fish.
Dairy (not soya milk).
White bread.
Fruit: bananas, pears, cherries, melon, coconut.
Vegetables: cauliflower, iceberg lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas.
White chocolate.
White rice.
Rice Krispies/Ricicles.
White pepper.
Vegetable oil (not sesame oil).
Wine, spirits.

Clear apple juice.


Tea, coffee, chocolate, cocoa.
Nuts, including peanut butter and marzipan (almond paste).
Wheatgerm (bran cereals, wholemeal bread).
Fruit berries (blueberries, blackberries, etc).
Beans: baked beans, kidney beans, black beans and green beans.
Fruit juice of medium to high-oxalate fruits such as cranberry and orange. Also avoid orange flesh, however lemon juice is absolutely fine.

Vegetables: rhubarb, beetroot, celery, spinach, potatoes, leeks, carrots, green peppers, parsnips.
Herbs and seeds: parsley, sesame/poppy seeds, black pepper.
Peel of citrus fruits (marmalade, candied peel, fruit cake).
Vitamin C tablets.


Chicken and bacon pasta bake.
Cheese and onion omelette.
Cauliflower cheese with any meat or fish.
Stir-fry with bean shoots, egg noodles, chicken, mushrooms and rice.
Baguette with cheese or pate.
Kedgeree made with smoked haddock, rice, hard-boiled eggs, peas and white pepper.
Remember you can eat a selection of low-oxalate fruits for dessert, including bananas, pears and melon.

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Foods that give us energy

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Foods That Give Us Energy

By Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN

It's really unfortunate that the vast majority of the population turns to stimulants instead of looking to whole foods for a boost of invigorating energy. I guess part of the problem is that humans are generally lazy and would rather take the "magic pill" to fix all their problems.
But when it comes to having more energy the irony is that the stimulating foods such coffee, sugar, and energy drinks actually fatigue your body in the long run. Sure they give you a quick jolt of energy but then their real effects are felt as they wear down your adrenal glands, disrupt your blood sugar, and create a huge crash after the initial high. Essentially they are drugs. They are not foods that give us energy.
Ok, then, what are some natural foods that will give you long-lasting energy?
Well, you may want to consider that no single food will give you more energy than your overall diet. Sure you could add in some of the energy foods I describe below, but if your diet is horrific to begin with, then you will not see the sustained level of energy that you want.
Instead of searching for "miracle" energy foods your goal should be to eat a diet that consists of foods that are vibrating at higher energies. This means eating more raw living foods. When a food has not been cooked, it maintains its natural energy properties (not to mention all of its other nutrients). Thus, when you eat raw foods, you're giving your body direct energy from the ultimate source - the sun - as most of these foods will be plant-based, and the sun is where they get their energy.
The closer you eat to the bottom of the food chain, the more nutrition and energy will you acquire. Think about it - it takes more of your energy to digest animal meat than it does to digest a green vegetable, right? Plus, this green veggie will have the maximum amount of living energy versus a dead animal carcass.
Thus, to have more energy, you need to follow a high energy diet. After that, you can start to knit pick and see which specific foods give you more energy, if at all.
To help you get started, here is a list of some my favourite energizing foods:
- wheat grass - if you haven't tried wheat grass then you're missing out on some big time energy and nutrition. Growing it and juicing yourself can be a bit of a pain but you can easily get a "shot" at most health food stores or juice bars. 1 oz of wheat grass juice packs more nutrition than 2.5 lbs of green leafy veggies!
- raw cacao (nibs or powder) - incredible source of magnesium, antioxidants, and life force. These give me a natural high that can last for hours without the subsequent like you would get from coffee and caffeinated beverages.
- goji berries - another incredible source of antioxidants and polysaccharides that improve cell-to-cell communication. I actually combine these with my raw cacao nibs and complementary tastes work really well together.
Remember that although these foods provide incredible nutrition they are the like the healthier version of coffee and other quick fixes. The key still remains to follow a raw foods diet, as much as possible, that will provide you with tons of life force, alkalinity, and nutrients to help your body thrive.
About the Author
Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s leading holistic nutrition and health experts. If you want to lose weight and live your healthiest and most energetic life ever, then you can learn more about his raw food diet book, Eating for Energy and get started with a FREE 6-part Energy Secrets e-course by visiting today.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Eating for Energy Review

Discover how to boost your energy by choosing the right food for your health. Current lifestyles and eating habits can easily bring down our energy levels not suitable to meet the challenges of daily life.

Learn the Astonishing Nutritional Truths That You\'ll Never Hear From the Medical Establishment, Dietitians, or Even Your Doctor. Thousands of Years of Real Life Proof, and Nature\'s Secrets to Abundant Health, Revealed for the First Time!

As a former professional soccer player, registered holistic nutritionist and a coach for the University of Toronto men’s soccer program, Elkaim offers his insights into gaining more out of life through proper diet and exercise. If this sounds familiar, it should as most adults have repeatedly been told the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Relying on a principle called the Occam’s razor, which simply states that from a batch of competing theories the simplest is likely to be true, Elkaim presents the argument for eating only whole foods.

Elkaim argues against today’s commercial farming practices and eating processed food, meat or dairy products which he contends is responsible for creating an acid imbalance in the body. This overabundance of acid is blamed for obesity, osteoporosis, heart disease and other life threatening conditions. Eating only “live”, organically grown food is seen as the key to returning proper blood chemistry while restoring the body’s natural state. Divided into two main chapters, the first looks at understanding a nutritional lifestyle while the second examines how to actually live it. As anyone who has frequented the grocery aisle knows, eating only fresh, organically grown food requires significantly more money thus making this regime difficult for many. It is a sad commentary on our culture that nutritionally stripped food products are cheaper and more accessible then food presented in its natural state.

For many busy households trying to mesh packed schedules, getting a properly prepared meal on the table simply isn’t feasible. Still, it is possible to start incorporating a few healthy changes by keeping fresh fruit available instead of packaged cookies, using whole grain cereals and packing salads or smoothies to work. For those looking for further motivation, Elkaim includes several tasty recipes along with a twelve-week program and plenty of on-line support to assist those ready to begin a new lifestyle.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Food having vitamins C, E may reduce cancer risk

Eating food which contains vitamins C, E and selenium could reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, a study suggests.
Every year about 7,500 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and it is the sixth commonest cause of cancer death
 People who have larger amounts of the antioxidants are 67 per cent less likely to develop the disease than those who take in lower amounts, according to scientists at the University of East Anglia.
Researchers suggest that if the link turns out to be causal, one in 12 cases of pancreatic cancer might be prevented.

The study, published online in the journal Gut, examined data from almost 24,000 men and women aged between 40 and 74.

The participants, who were taking part in the Norfolk branch of the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) study, completed comprehensive food diaries for seven days.

Researchers examined the nutrient intakes of those who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and those of almost 4,000 controls using a specially diagnosed computer programme.

Within 10 years of entering the study 49 people developed pancreatic cancer. On average, the patients survived five months after diagnosis.

Researchers found that for those who took the highest amount of selenium in a week – within the top 25 per cent – their risk of pancreatic cancer was halved compared with those whose intake was in the bottom 25 per cent.

And those whose vitamins C, E, and selenium intake was in the top 25 per cent of consumption were 67 per cent less likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who were in the bottom 25 per cent.

“If a causal association is confirmed by reporting consistent findings from other epidemiological studies, then population-based dietary recommendations may help to prevent pancreatic cancer,” the authors said.
Selenium is present in cereals, nuts, fish and meat. Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, margarine and egg yolk and vitamin C is in fruits and vegetables.

Researchers say that other trials using antioxidant supplements have not produced such encouraging results, but this may be because food sources of these nutrients may behave differently from those found in supplements.

Every year, about 7,500 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and it is the sixth commonest cause of cancer death.

Survival rates are the worst for any tumour. Only one in six patients survive beyond one year.
Genes, smoking and type 2 diabetes are all risk factors, but diet is also thought to have a role.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Antioxidants and pancreatic cancer risk: an interview with Dr Andrew Hart

Interview conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, BA Hons (Cantab) on 25th July 2012

Please could you explain what antioxidants are and where they are found?

The antioxidants that we mainly looked at were selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E. They are chemicals which inactivate pro-oxidants or free radicals. Smoking and normal metabolism can lead to the production of free radicals.

Free radicals are toxic on cells and they may induce cancer. Antioxidants are essentially chemicals that can inactivate or nullify these pro-oxidants.

Vitamin C is found mainly in citrus fruits. Vitamin E is found in vegetables oils; nuts; seeds; egg yolks and so forth. The level of selenium in food depends on the selenium content of the soil. It can be found in cereals, nuts and fish. Thus antioxidants have many different sources.

Please could you give us a brief introduction to pancreatic cancer?

In the world there are around a quarter of a million cases of pancreatic cancer each year. Unfortunately, the number of people being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is going up.

It is a cancer which generally presents its symptoms when it is at an advanced stage. The pancreas is deep within the abdomen. The cancer often has to have spread to the liver, the lungs or other places before it displays any symptoms.

Once the diagnosis has been made then unfortunately the prognosis and outlook is very poor. It has the worst outlook of any cancer, predominantly because it presents at such an advanced stage. Most patients survive about 5 months after they have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

About 1 in 10 patients are suitable to have surgery, but it is major surgery. Of the 90% left, about half may be suitable for chemotherapy. This is still very toxic and it only increases patient’s survival by about several months. For the other 50% of people, palliative care is the focus. This involves relieving pain, jaundice and any other symptoms.

Unfortunately, it is a cancer with a very bad prognosis and there are very rarely any cures available. Hence, in our work we are looking at it from the other direction. We are focussing on what may be the causes of pancreatic cancer to see if people could alter their lifestyle in order to reduce their risk.

What causes pancreatic cancer?

The complete causes of pancreatic cancer are not known. Probably about a quarter of cases are caused by cigarette smoking. Carcinogens in cigarette smoke can get to the pancreas and induce cancer.

Generally it is known that smoking is bad for heart disease, lung cancer and so forth; but very few people know that it is one of the causes of pancreatic cancer. Smoking is a definite cause of pancreatic cancer, but it is probably only responsible for a quarter of cases.

We know that people with type 2 diabetes, which tends to present in later life, are associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Nobody knows for sure why that happens but it may be as a result of the metabolic consequences of diabetes which are toxic on the pancreas.

There is emerging, but not complete, evidence that the rise in obesity in the western world may be important as well. Possibly by inducing generalised body chemical changes which may be toxic on the pancreas.
Roughly about two thirds of cases we don’t really know what the cause is, hence why we are looking at diet to see if different aspects may be involved. This is the first study in the series where we have looked at the potential protective features of antioxidants.

In the future we will look at other nutrients which may possibly be causative or protective. This is an on-going work to try to build up a complete picture of what the causes may be.

How significant was the intake of dietary antioxidants on the risk of pancreatic cancer?

We found a threshold effect of the more antioxidants people ate above a certain level the lower their risk. This meant that once you got to a particular level of consumption, it didn’t really matter how many more you ate. It seemed to be the people at very low intakes who were at increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

If you divided people into quarters across the population: the risk of the people in the top three quarters – 25%-100% intake – was, in all the antioxidants, about 2/3rd’s lower than those who didn’t.

Specifically for selenium, the people, who ate the top amounts, in the top three quarters’ risk was about half that of people who didn’t.

What seems to be important is that it is bad if you consume very low amounts of antioxidants. Once you eat more, your risk levels off. There is a very big inverse association with risk of pancreatic cancer at very low intakes of antioxidants.

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Sally Ride and a Primer on Pancreatic Cancer

I was in medical school when Sally Ride, Ph.D, rode in space. Yesterday, I learned that she died of pancreatic cancer at the ripe age of 61 years. According to multiple reports, the physicist-astronaut had faced the disease for 17 months. She was a remarkable woman. Her case of pancreatic cancer was, unfortunately, typical in its course.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the few tumors with a rising incidence in North America, according to the American Cancer Society's (ACS) 2012 report. The most common form of the disease, called adenocarcinoma, arises from glandular cells in the main part of the pancreas. Nearly 44,000 people will receive a diagnosis this year, and over 37,000 will die from it. Pancreatic cancer ranks fourth among malignant killers in the U.S.

Scientific understanding of this tumor type lags, although several recent studies offer insights in its genetic underpinnings. A 2008 review attributes between 5 and 10 percent of cases to an inherited mutation or familial disposition. In most other affected individuals, pathologists find multiple acquired genetic aberrations in the cancer cells.

A recent publication in the ACS journal Cancer indicates that the rising incidence of pancreatic cancer -- on the order of 1 percent per year between 1999 and 2008 -- is mainly affecting Caucasian men and women. The only established risks are smoking tobacco and obesity; the cause for the increase is unknown. The statistics are bleak: In the latest ACS analysis, five-year survival was poor, in the range of five percent and, surprisingly, independent of the tumor stage at diagnosis; survival in the United States did not improve in the decade leading up to 2008.

Years ago, the only treatments for pancreatic cancer were surgery, to remove the tumor, and radiation. Surgery to the pancreas can be risky, especially in older patients. The digestive enzyme-containing organ is centrally located, near large vessels and easily inflamed. What's more, procedures like a Whipple -- in which all or part of the pancreas is removed -- are rarely curative. The problem, more often than not, is that by the time a person with pancreatic cancer or their doctor notices something's wrong, the tumor's already invaded nearby structures like the bile duct where it can cause obstruction, jaundice, and pain.

After surgery, some patients opt for an observational or palliative care approach. Treatments for pancreatic cancer after surgery include radiation and sometimes chemotherapy, typically with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and, in recent years, gemcitabine (Gemzar). So far the FDA has approved one targeted therapy, erlotinib (Tarceva) for treatment, in combination with chemotherapy, of advanced pancreatic tumors. This pill is an enzyme inhibitor; it blocks activity of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) and likely other signaling molecules aberrantly "turned on" in malignant cells. Like other drugs of its type, Tarceva is costly -- to the tune of $30,000 per year, and can be toxic.

Scientists have observed that a particular oncogene, a DNA element that turns cells cancerous, is activated in a high fraction of pancreatic tumors. The K-ras oncogene may prove a useful target for future therapies, but so far none are established. Pancreatic cancer was also notably one of the first tumor types for which therapeutic vaccines were tested. Trials are ongoing to see if immunization strategies may help patients with various stages of this disease.

Sally Ride's unusual career reflected progress in science, technology and, also, attitudes toward women. She was smart and not particularly risk-averse. She took a ride into space and she did so knowing the potential harms and benefits in her journey, an ambitious experiment of sorts. She set a lead with forward-but-responsible, grounded thinking of the sort that patients, doctors and researchers in oncology might follow, today.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Caffeine and Cellulite

Caffeine is latest anti cellulite weapon

Anti-cellulite cream doesn't remove the "orange-peel" cellulite appearance completely. But it's a temporary technique for cellulite reduction. It works by plumping up the skin, creating a smoother texture when massaged on cellulite prone areas. For better results, choose anti-cellulite creams that contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and other ingredients that help to stimulate blood flow.

If you do purchase anti-cellulite creams, make sure to check for the availability of some key ingredients listed below:

Some cellulite cream used caffeine to fight cellulite. Caffeine, the active ingredient in many cellulite creams, works to tighten blood vessels. There have not been any reports showing that caffeine is successful in cellulite reduction. But we are seeing this is a very big trend in creams. So some products may list "caffeine" or "coffee" but remember that "caffeine" can be derived from black and green teas as well -- so make sure to read the label carefully.

CoffeeBerry is the fruit of the coffee plant from which the coffee bean is derived. It's another way of stating that caffeine is an active ingredient in the product. CoffeeBerry can have a higher level of antioxidants depending on when the fruit was selected.

Cellulite cream containing aminophylline is used to reduce the bumpy, dimpling effect of cellulite. Aminophylline is said to break down fat cells into fatty acids. The extent of effectiveness of aminophylline in cellulite reduction is still unknown. However, some patients reported successful reduction of cellulite after using aminophylline treatment cream. Take note that anti-cellulite cream containing aminophylline must be kept away from heat and used quickly.

Some anti-cellulite cream use Retinols to improve skin texture and is a common ingredient in wrinkle treatment creams. Though its effectiveness of retinols in fighting cellulite is still in debate, retinol is used to improve the thickness of the epidermis and circulation to the skin. Since retinoid or Vitamin A derivatives can be destroyed when expose to light, it is best to apply retinol based cream at night.

AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
More and more cellulite cream make used of AHAs such as lactic acid and glycolic acid to fight cellulite. AHA helps accelerate the removal of the superficial layer of dead cells.

Herbal Cellulite Lotion
Citric, Tartaric and Phytic acids derived from fruits and plants are active ingredients used in cellulite treatment lotions. Herbal cellulite lotion helps to improve the tone and texture of skin in cellulite prone areas.

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Coffee Grounds

There's a reason most cellulite treatments contain caffeine; it's believed to breakdown a certain fat-storing enzyme. And though clinical studies supporting this are few, the consensus is that caffeine helps at least reduce the appearance of cellulite on the surface; an idea by which I stand. You've heard me sling it before—coffee-based body scrub—and the effects I saw after using it for only a week. But going through a $12 tub every two weeks got pricey, so I started saving my coffee grounds for a homemade version. Take your used grounds, dry them on a paper towel, then add to a bowl with cinnamon (for circulation) and your favorite oil (I use olive or coconut). The rest is even easier: Scrub on in the shower and rinse off. Tell me if you don't LOVE it!

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Caffeine For Cellulite + A Simple Recipe Worth Trying

 Everyone is always racing to the stores for the new beauty products that promise better skin. But did you ever consider the ingredients that go into half that stuff? Most people don’t even know what the stuff on the ingredients list is, nor can they even pronounce it! Our skin is designed to absorb everything it touches, from sun light to water. Now, though I use some lotions but not often, I wouldn’t put it past the ingredients that they are completely safe. I believe the safest thing for skin is natural oils such as olive oil. Anyways, as far as cellulite, everyone company has their own spray, lotion, cream, of their so called “Cure” for cellulite. THERE IS NO CURE! Cellulite is a normal part of being human. Though most of us hate it, which I do, it’s NORMAL! I don’t have a cure, and I’m not going to claim it will rid you of the stuff, but it will reduce it and over time may make it very unnoticeable. It’s a little something called caffeine! It’s naturally found in coffee beans! What it does when it touches the skin, is it improves circulation to the area of the skin thus helping the old cells be removed and causes the body to make new ones in it place! Reasons of bad cellulite have been linked to poor diet, lack of exercise, and being over weight. It also seems to get worse as we all age. I’ve come to notice, however, very thin women have it, healthy women have it, and even gym bunnies have it! In women that are less in shape, it will be worse though! Anyways, here’s a little recipe that you can try every time you shower. If you have 5 minutes then you have the time! Try it for a week or two and see if it makes a difference! God bless and happy scrubing!

Things you’ll need:

·                       One cup of sugar
·                       One cup ground coffee
·                       Two cups olive oil

To make the best cellulite cream, place coffee, sugar, and ground coffee in a blender

Blend on medium speed until mixture is mixed evenly.

Pour cellulite cream into jar with lid.

While in the shower, turn water off.

Smooth cellulite cream on legs and other problem cellulite areas on your body. Gently massage problem areas.

Rinse with water and pat dry. Use daily for best results.

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