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Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
CANCER
Get to Know the Pap Test
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
CAREGIVING
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain
Coffee Drinkers Might Live Longer
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pollution Particles Impair Blood Vessel Function
Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
EYE CARE, VISION
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
FITNESS
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
The Unmedicated Mind
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
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Is Your Refrigerator Getting Enough Attention For Your Raw Food Success?

This food has all the life force energy from the sun and all its enzymes still intact when we eat it.
What’s in the Fridge is Key

One major breakthrough I’ve come across coaching raw food clients is that they are not doing enough grocery shopping to keep their raw food success in check. True, having a dry staple supply is important (for example: grains, nuts, seeds, superfoods, crackers, dried fruit, etc.), but having an abundance of fresh produce is really where the raw food diet takes off in healing, detoxifying, and energizing.

Are you consistently packing your refrigerator full of fruits, vegetables, and bunches of bunches of leafy greens each week? Do you have more than a week’s worth of fresh greens, vegetables, fruit, avocados, and herbs? Do you have more than enough options to make a variety of salads, green smoothies, and other fun and gourmet raw food recipes? Or are you constantly finding that you only have a couple pieces of fruit left in your fridge or at home, and hardly enough vegetables and greens to make yourself one big hearty salad?

This is the missing key for many people struggling to eat healthier and/or incorporate more raw foods into their diet. For sustainable raw food success, going to the grocery store at least one to two times per week, especially when shopping for the whole family, means that you and your loved ones will have plenty of healthy options to choose from for meals. It also means that you will be almost compelled to make your meals out of 80%+ raw, fresh ingredients, as opposed to dried fruit, dehydrated goodies, nuts and seeds, because you don’t want any of your precious produce to go to waste.
The More Fresh Produce, The Better

Eating more fresh produce will lead to a high-volume but low-calorie diet, more hydration, gradual and gentle detoxification, and weight loss. When you add in more fresh raw foods, you simply don’t have room in your stomach nor the appetite for junk foods! Stocking your fridge with ample produce also leads to more fun and creativity with raw food recipes. Having a variety of fruits, veggies, and exotic foods in your fridge all the time is definitely a treat!

What does this look like in your weekly grocery shopping cart? If you’re a 100% raw fooder, this may look like enough produce for 3-4 pieces of fresh fruits per day, 2-3 bunches of green leafy vegetables per day, 1-3 avocados per day, and 2-5 servings of fresh vegetables per day used for snacking, raw soups, and salads. This, of course, would depend on your body type, size, and activity levels.
Make it a Date!

So if you’re plotting out some new health goals, and one of them is to eat a diet higher in raw foods, I strongly encourage you to dedicate a couple hours each and every week to go grocery shopping. Write the shopping “date” down on your calendar if you have to. You and your diet are completely worth it!

About the Author
Lenette Nakauchi is a Chicagoan raw foodist who is passionate about sharing with others how to incorporate more raw foods and superfoods into their diet in a fun, healthy, sustainable way. She currently shares her passion through her website, Go Raw Have Fun!, and through her superfood business, Elements for Life.