Posts Tagged ‘how to go raw’

Spread Your Raw Food Wings Class Recap

This past Saturday I held The Spread Your Raw Food Wings Class, here in Toronto, Canada.

It was so much fun and I’ve heard from many of you that you’d like to see a little bit of behind the scenes footage… so here it is!

Quick Video Recap

(Click here to view the embedded video.)

Want to be notified of future classes?

Then you’ll definitely want to make sure you’re on the list.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the event, it was awesome having each of you in the class. :)

Love, Nathalie

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How Would You Like to Bewitch Your Spouse?

Bewitch Your Spouse eCourse

Transforming your relationship with your partner. Changing the way you eat, without creating conflict in your relationship. Magic.

If you’ve tried to go raw before but have been met with nothing but resistance, arguments, and frustration then I have the solution.

I’ve packaged it up in my new ecourse called “Bewitch Your Spouse“.

It’s got nothing to do with tricking your spouse into eating more raw food, and everything to do with finding a suitable way of transitioning for both of you.

A Happy Spouse

Have you ever heard the phrase “happy wife, happy life”? Well I think it applies to both partners and can show us how important our relationships really are.

After all, if you chose a life partner that you love, you’re not just going to throw everything away because of a little disagreement over food.

When you feel supported and loved at home, it affects all aspects of your life. Including your food choices.

Healthy Eating Habits

When you start to include more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, you start to FEEL better!

Obviously you’ll want your partner to start feeling good too. In fact, it’s much easier to start incorporating more healthy eating habits when you and your spouse are in it together.

It also cuts down on arguments, making two different types of food, and feeling left out at meal time.

Here Comes the Magick

That’s where my Bewitch Your Spouse eCourse comes in. It has all the practical tips, advice, and how-tos to make it easy to go raw even with a reluctant spouse.

But what makes it even more useful is that I explain exactly how I got my resistant boyfriend to eat like me. You’ll also learn how NOT to approach your spouse or partner otherwise you’ll only push them away. I learned this lesson the hard way.

So check out the course, see if it’s a good fit for you and then take advantage of the promotion I’ve got going on right now!

Instead of the regular $47 it’s on sale for $37 until January 25th, 2010.

Get your hands on this course and watch your relationship take off in the right direction!

Love, Nathalie

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How to Stay Raw When Dining Out at Restaurants

Naomi and Nathalie
Naomi & I

One of the questions I hear often is how do you stay raw when you eat out at restaurants? There are a pieces to this puzzle, so tag along with me as I explain my rationale.

I was inspired to answer this particular question today, because I had a great time meeting up with fellow bloggers and twitter friends last night.

With great company like Naomi & Jamie Dunford, Lynn, Mark, Jon, and Russell food was the last thing on my mind. Yet the question still lingers…

How to Pick the Right Restaurant

Picking the right type of restaurant is important, especially if you are going with people who aren’t all raw or who don’t know you’re raw.

The idea is to go for a type of restaurant that has salads. Or at least some sort of non-cooked vegetable options. This usually rules out some of the Indian, and Asian restaurants. Those tend to have vegetarian or vegan options (great if you’re not 100% raw) but not so many raw options.

I recommend you check out Italian restaurants, steak joints (really!), mexican restaurants (for guacamole), and other restaurants that happen to serve salads.

How to Order a Raw Plate Without Stressing Yourself Out

Now the tough part when it comes to ordering at a regular restaurant is not getting caught up in your mind games.

What do I mean by that?

It’s something that I’ve noticed happening in my own mind quite a few times, and that other people seem to pick up on.

When you look at the menu, you’ll be tempted to say:

“Screw it, I don’t have to eat raw tonight!” and just order something else to fit in or reward yourself. (Rewarding yourself with food is a whole ‘nother blog post!)

If you do order a salad and other people ask you questions like:

“Don’t you feel like having something else? Aren’t you sick of eating salads?”

You’ll start feeling left out, kind of down, or just plain jipped.

I seriously encourage you not to fall into that trap. The truth is that every time I order a salad at a decent restaurant, I’m really happy with it.

I tend not to enjoy restaurant salads if they are “cheaper restaurants” because then you get a few pieces of iceberg lettuce and two non-ripe tomato slices on top. (Think truck stop restaurants here.)

But with higher end restaurants or steak houses you’re going to be getting some quality veggies.

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Making a Special Request

What I’ve had success with is asking the waiter for something special with my salad. Here are a few examples of orders I’ve made at restaurants that have made my experience much better.

Double Your Salad Order

I ordered two “house salads” and asked them to be put into one big bowl. The waitress asked if I was really sure about that… she probably didn’t get that request very often.

The house salad was about half the price of a regular entree, and to me it made sense to just double it and have a full meal. It turned out great, I felt satisfied, and I got lots of really great tasting greens.

Add Extra Veggies

Another great option is asking for vegetables that you see in other dishes or salads to be added to your green salad.

If you see that they have avocado in a sandwich, and they have red bell peppers as part of another dish, you can just ask them to throw some of these into your basic salad.

That adds bulk and really makes it a fuller meal for you. Sure, it might cost you a bit more but most salads tend to be on the less expensive side of the menu anyways.

Feeling Good About Your Choices

I often worry that I’m going to want to eat what other people have ordered. Honestly, this happened to me even before I went raw.

It’s just my monkey brain trying to convince me that my life isn’t perfect, and that I should be doing things differently.

The truth is that when I focus on the present moment, and commit to enjoying every bite of what it is I have in front of me, I really don’t care what other people order.

Now when people imply that the restaurant doesn’t have any good raw options I can say I’m really happy with my order.

More Importantly, You Should Enjoy Your Company

Remember that most of the time when we meet up with people at a restaurant, we are doing so to connect with people.

To enjoy each other’s company. To get to know each other. To share stories, laugh, and really treasure each other.

It shouldn’t be all about the food, though that can be fun too.

So the next time someone invites you out to eat, do a little research about the type of restaurant that has salads you might like, and go for it!

Enjoy your time together, and make the most of the present moment. It’s the only one you’ve got.

Love, Nathalie

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Why It’s Easier to Go Raw Than To Become Vegan

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Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

Is it possible that including more raw foods into your life is actually easier than going vegan? Let’s look at some comparisons to find out.

Raw vs. Vegan Imitation Foods

Although both raw foods and vegan foods provide so-called imitation foods, raw foods tend to be very different from their cooked counterparts. When you’re eating vegan chips, it’s very different from eating celery sticks.

That’s not to say that Raw Food doesn’t have any foods that mimic your favorite cooked foods. The difference is that vegan foods tend to resemble your old time pre-vegan favorites.

The reason it’s so much easier to go raw on some level, is that you’re not trying to trick yourself. You know you’re eating raw food and exactly what it is, and you’re not lying to yourself.

Less Tofu and Soy Products

For a number of years soy based products have been touted as a health food, and many vegetarian and vegan “fake meat” products are made of tofu. Soy can cause all kinds of issues if eaten in large quantities.

Soy causes hormonal imbalances, that can surface as less masculine males, and mood disorders for females. Soy is also an allergen for many people, and can cause all kinds of issues such as thyroid problems and lowered immunity if eaten in large quantities.

Asian countries generally did not eat a lot of soy, they fermented it for 3 years and used it as a light condiment. I am often surprised by how little we know about other cultures that supposedly eat a lot of soy in their diet.

One thing to consider is that although soy is very common in Asian countries today, consumption has changed a lot in recent years as advertising and manufacturing changed.

Raw Food Energy

In terms of energy, Raw Food cannot be beat. Since you are eating fresh raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds your body knows how to digest these basic food groups. So you get the fuel from it immediately.

Raw food also places an emphasis on food combination, which helps people to digest quickly without taxing their system and experiencing a dip in energy.

Raw Food Going Mainstream?

The more people who include raw foods in their diet, the more normal it will become. The same thing happened with vegetarianism. When “regular people” started ordering vegetarian meals, it became acceptable to be vegetarian.

A vegan diet high in Raw Food is also a good alternative, if raw isn’t right for you.

It is easier to include more raw food in your diet than it is to eliminate meat and dairy. That’s because you’re starting with a blank slate, whereas veganism and vegetarianism focus on removing certain foods.

When going raw, you are straightforward with yourself about what you’re really eating, you avoid soy and all of the common problems associated with it, and you increase your energy levels.

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Set Yourself Up for Raw Success

Maybe you’re intrigued with the idea of raw food. But It all seems a little overwhelming at first. Maybe your story sounds a little like mine. I tried to go raw when I first stumbled upon the idea of eating only fresh uncooked fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. I went out and bought all kinds…

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