I saw David Wolfe last year when he was in town giving talks on the ‘raw food movement’. I was already in the thick of living 80% raw and was feeling pretty spectacular! The energy of the man was overwhelming, his talk started at around 6.30 was meant to finish at 9.30 but went beyond 11pm. His passion never waned; I got the feeling he would have continued way past midnight if it wasn’t for me and the many others nodding off in the back row!
Now my reason for getting on the ‘raw’ bandwagon is probably that of many others – ‘ill health’. I was eating foods that were all wrong for me, pasta, sugar, wheat, bad fats etc. Eating raw eliminated almost all of these processed foods immediately.
I chose to eat this way for many months and the rewards that came along with it were indisputable! My energy levels increased 100 fold, I started sleeping again after 10 + years with on/off insomnia, like a baby, drool and all! The pain in my body I had struggled but learned to live with started to dissipate and I recognisably developed a ‘youthful sparkle’ people could not help but notice; gotta love that! I can personally vouch for a life transformation. Not only physically but mentally -when my body is well my mind follows and vice versa.
My family and I are still on the raw food campaign, but I have to be honest (head hangs in shame) and say that winter is a tough time for me to stay disciplined. I crave hot cups of milo, thick heavy pasta and sauces, bread and my worst vice; coffee! However, we have our own vegie patch and are currently harvesting kale, silver-beet (greg just bought some in and is currently preparing it for our dinner) parsley, japanese spinach, beetroot, celery, snow peas, sugar snaps and broad beans (brings back dry retching childhood memories) they taste so much better now! ha!
Mr Wolfe, ‘Best Day Ever Guy’ (as we refer to him as that’s his saying/motto) has a list of his top 10 ‘super-foods’.
A good way to get these top 10 or the majority of them into you easily is via a ‘green smoothie’, I know, I know, sounds like green slime grossness, but trust me, it’s not that bad and your body will love you for it! You can find plenty of green smoothie recipes online. I tend to stay away from ones with too much fruit/sugar but a frozen banana here or there never hurt anyone!
David Wolfe (check the dudes hair)
SUPER HUGS to you!
1. Cacao (Raw Chocolate) — The seed of a fruit of an Amazonian tree, cacao is the highest
antioxidant food on the planet, the #1 source of magnesium, iron, chromium and is also extremely high in PEA, theobromine (cardiovascular support), and anandamide (“bliss chemical”). Raw Chocolate balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, is a natural aphrodisiac, elevates your mood and energy.
3. Maca — A staple in the Peruvian Andes for thousands of years, this adaptogenic superfood increases energy, endurance, strength, and libido. Dried maca powder contains more than 10% protein, nearly 20 amino acids, and 7 essential amino acids. As a root crop, maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fiber.