ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
CANCER
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain
Eat Light - Live Longer
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains
EYE CARE, VISION
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Maximize Your Run
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Health Gains From Lowered Smoking Rates in Jeopardy
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
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
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
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
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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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.