What Are The Benefits Of Raw Food?

I’ve been challenging myself – and I want to challenge you – to eat a pound of veggies per day.

A pound a day you ask? Yes! And to help you along with the practical aspects of what this means, I interviewed Chef Joy Houston. I came away from the interview with lots of great ideas and I am excited to share them all with you.

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If you’re like Chef Joy, you probably grew up eating processed foods, meat, dairy, and eggs. It may never have occurred to you that your food choices and life struggles are related. Foods have a powerful effect.

Chef Joy first got into raw foods when she was having troubles with infertility. Her doctor told her she was too old to have children and should just give up, but there was one nurse practitioner who gave her hope, telling her that if she got her body in the right place, she would be amazed at what it would do.

So, Chef Joy began a quest to get healthy. She started eating better, doing yoga, and she discovered the amazing power of raw foods. About 6 months into going raw, she got pregnant!

Chef Joy went on to earn her degree in food science nutrition and ended up becoming a Raw Food Chef and certified Raw Food Nutrition Educator, helping people incorporate more fresh foods into their everyday diet.

Joy’s motto: If it’s not fast and it doesn’t taste delicious, I don’t want it in my life.

Click to listen to the interview and learn how to make your own delicious raw food meals.

Chef Joy’s enthusiasm, information, and great recipes make changing your diet super easy! I have to admit that I barely cooked at all before my new pound a day vegetable challenge, and now, thanks to Chef Joy, I’m really enjoying food preparation. My 11 year old daughter and I are delving into it together…and bonding in the process. Joy’s site, thedeliciousrevolution.com, is a great place to turn to for recipes and guidance in your vegan and raw food adventures.

My personal favorite recipe from Joy’s site is, get this…chocolate pudding made from avocado! I have a major sweet tooth, so this has been a lifesaver for me. I use lo han guo (monk fruit sweetener) in my avocado pudding as it doesn’t bump up my blood sugar. And I love it because avocado is a great source of vitamin e (essential for women) and cacao has lots of minerals.

Why raw food? Click to listen to Chef Joy talk about the benefits of eating raw…and how to to it with aplomb.

Wishing you health, happiness, and great moments,

Dr. Jen, Hormone Expert MD

P.S. I’d love to know what you think of the interview! Email me at jen@jenlandamd.com.

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