People spend countless time, energy and money on finding quick fixes to looking young. Creams, diets and pills are being discovered for every problem and possibly have an effect in the future. But for Susan Reynolds, the secret to maintaining a youthful glow is to skip hot meals and go raw.
Reynolds is a yoga instructor in Edinburgh who used to indulge in McDonalds and Chinese take-outs. After her six-month trip to India, she became interested in the raw food movement. Her diet mainly consisted of leafy green vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, seeds and superfoods such as berries and bee pollen.
This 29-year-old lady was asked on the daily basis for her real age as she looks incredibly like a teenager. Even younger than most teenagers, some would say. Another question she's often asked is if she misses a hot meal, to which Reynolds often enthusiastically responds 'no.' She feels more energetic and healthy than ever. She also says that other benefits include mental clarity, emotional stability and balance, great skin and even smelling good.
While Reynolds recommends her raw food diet to almost anyone she meets, it definitely isn't for everyone. Some experts say that there might be some nutritional deficiencies in being a strictly raw-food eater. It is important to look for foods that can substitute the nourishment absorbed in meat and dairy products. It is also difficult to get rid of the emotional connection one has to cooked food, seeing as most people are raised on it.
But she notes that once the correlation between food and feeling is sorted out, it gets easier to stick to cold soups and smoothies.
She believes so much in her diet that she has prepared a raw Christmas feast for her family and her boyfriend, insisting that they loved it and didn't mind at all. She has also started a business with her bestfriend. For her, raw food and yoga go hand in hand. When taken together, she promises that not only will you feel good, you'll also look even better.
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