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The 7 Best Foods We Never Eat

Stuck in a food rut? You don't have to go far to find some overlooked food choices that are easy to prepare, pack a nutritional wallop and avoid unhealthy fats.

We asked two veteran nutritionists to help us identify seven great foods most of us skip. Our consultants: American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Cindy Moore, R.D., of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and Institute of Food Technologists spokeswoman Christina Stark, R.D., of Cornell University.

Content provided by Revolution Health Group

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Is it Raw or not?

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, "Is (fill in the product name) raw?" and "Is there a list of raw foods that I can eat? Well I do not know of any such lists, but this article will explain my answer to the above questions.

By John Kohler
living-foods.com

First, I think we need to take a step back, and ask yourself, "Why I am I eating raw?" For most, it is to improve or maximize health.

So the questions should be:

"Is it healthy or not healthy?"
"Is it raw (processed at under 118 degrees?"
"Has the food been processed?"
I can think of many things that would be considered "raw, but I would NEVER eat it. Such as raw meat and dairy. In my opinion Meat and Dairy are both not healthy to eat. While it is true they do some benefits, I believe the harm that comes to the body is much greater. With that aside, I will break it down into many three categories: foods to maximize, foods to include some, and foods to minimize or exclude. The information is based on my research and based on being raw for over half a decade. I always recommend eating organic whenever possible.

On a raw foods diet, you want to maximize your intake of the following raw food:
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Eco-Friendly Restaurants

A quick guide to local restaurants that are eco-conscious in one or more ways. Some restaurants listed are completely vegetarian and/or vegan, while other restaurants are focused on sustainable farming and fishing or even the building itself has parts made from renewable and enrgy efficient materials. Detailed reviews & more listings will be coming soon! If you have any restaurants you would like to add, please send an email to kristen@green-la.com.
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L.A. Farmers Market

Find a Farmers Market near you. Support your local farmers!

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The Original Farmers Market

In July 1934 a contingent of farmers pulled their trucks onto an expanse of empty land at the property known as Gilmore Islandat the corner of Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles. They displayed their produce on the tailgates of their vehicles, to their delight, customers quickly arrived and parked their cars on a hastily created dirt parking lot in spaces designated with chalk. They strolled among the trucks purchasing fruit, vegetables and flowers.

The atmosphere was casual, the open air commerce enticing, the goods fresh, and the result remarkable. Farmers Market became an instant institution.

With a partner, Arthur Fremont Gilmore purchased two ranches in the Los Angeles vicinity. The purchase inaugurated a string of serendipitous events which not even the far-sighted Gilmore could predict. When Gilmore and his partner elected to dissolve their arrangement, they drew straws - Gilmore's straw secured 256 acres on which he created a successful dairy farm. A.F. Gilmore had no plans for a world-renowned institution when he moved to Los Angeles from Illinois in 1870. Rather, he was seeking a better life on the promising West Coast. When he married Mary Elizabeth Bell in 1882, the small adobe on the property became the new home for his family.

At the turn of the century, while drilling for water for his herd of dairy cows, A.F. Gilmore hit oil. By 1905, the dairy was gone and the Gilmore Oil Company born.
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Why Become Vegetarian?

We all have to become conscious of what we consume (eat). It is our fuel
that keeps us going. Eating healthy is very important to the body
and mind. Having a sick (unhealthy) body only slows us down
physically and mentally. It keeps us from being at 100%. Junk food
may taste good, but is not a good source of clean energy (food). Know
yourself, know your food, and give some love back.

Here are a couple of ideas to keep you thinking...
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Organic Food

Who likes to be healthy? Anyone? Organic foods are produced according to certain production standards. For crops, it means they were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without ionizing radiation or food additives. For animals, it means they were reared without the routine use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones. In most countries, organic produce must not be genetically modified...

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