You are what you eat has never been more critical. With an increase in heart disease, diabetes and digestive problems in the UK, as well as reliance on 'fast-food' and 'ready meals', now is the perfect time to take control of your health.
If you lack energy, your skin is ageing and you can't seem to lose excess weight, you are probably not giving your body the fuel it needs to thrive.
Living foods are packed with life-enhancing nutrients; they're superfoods that make you feel alive and help you live longer. But what are they?
Raw foods are essentially:
- Fresh vegetables and salads
- Fruits, nuts and pulses
- Seeds, beans and sprouted grains
- Probiotic foods, such as sauerkraut
- Spices, garlic, herbs and cold-pressed oils
Although a raw food diet doesn't include meat, dairy, eggs or fish products, you can combine living foods in infinite ways to create mouth-watering dishes, bursting with flavour.
If you've a sweet tooth, you can create yummy smoothies, chocolate puddings, lush carrot cake and ice cream - to name but a few.
Of course, you don't have to go raw completely. By incorporating more living fresh foods into your diet, you'll enjoy the invigorating changes so much, you'll want more...
The benefits of a living food diet
As soon as you start eating raw, high-energy foods, you can:
- Lose weight and reduce cellulite
- Develop radiant skin and lustrous hair
- Feel energised and relaxed
- Prevent illness and feel healthy
- Improve your powers of concentration
- Look and feel years younger
All this without plastic surgery! And to make life easier, living foods can be prepared in a variety of ways from juiced, chopped and dehydrated to pureed, soaked and sprouted.
Not only is a raw food diet versatile, but it's easy to prepare too - saving you precious time.
How living foods work
Raw foods are full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals that rejuvenate your body naturally.
However, food heated above 38°c destroys all those life-giving enzymes, as well as between 50-80% of vitamins. Since enzymes activate several bodily functions, they can help you achieve peak performance in any area of your life.
You get less nutrition from processed, cooked food, which draws from your body's enzyme reserves to break it down. Once these reserves are depleted, this can lead to health problems.
Food residues from undigested meals and toxins that can't be broken down are stored in joint spaces, fat cells, arteries, and in body cavities. This can cause illness and disease.
A predominantly raw food diet is healthy eating at its best. Foods that cleanse your body really do nurture you inside and out...
Raw food teacher in Croydon, South London
Driven by an interest in natural remedies, Patricia discovered the health-giving benefits of raw food several years ago.
Since then, she has specialised as a raw food coach, and is now the only medical herbalist in the UK who combines both disciplines in her practice.
You too can learn the secret to a raw food lifestyle, which doesn't compromise on taste, by attending one of Patricia's unmissable workshops. In an inspiring course, you'll discover:
- Innovative ways to live life with raw food
- Delicious raw food recipes
- Juicing for optimum nutrition
Patricia Ferguson - Medical Herbalist BSc (Hons) CPP
Inspired by a life-long interest in health, Patricia worked as an NHS medical secretary for 20 years. After experiencing the power of herbal remedies for herself, she trained as a medical herbalist, graduating from Westminster University in 2004.
Patricia is a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP); a governing body for qualified medical herbalists.
A firm believer that you have the power to make profound changes, Patricia aims to support you on your journey - and help you resolve ongoing health problems.
She has not only published several articles, but has served as health expert for Holland & Barrett's Healthy magazine. At a local level, she regularly dispenses health advice in a health food shop.
You can also find a wealth of information on medicinal herbs and living food on Patricia's blog The Living Pharmacy.
Raw food and healthy eating specialist
Passionate raw food enthusiast, Patricia is the only medical herbalist in the UK who combines living food teaching with herbal medicine.
After discovering how enzymes in living food benefit your health, improve looks and increase vitality, Patricia pursued her interest further. Now, she successfully teaches others how to incorporate raw foods into their lives.
A member of the Permaculture Association, Patricia's interest in self-sufficiency and sustainable living, extends beyond her practice.