A raw diet can heal your body.


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After taking cholesterol-lowering drugs and water pills for 20 years and blood pressure medication for 25 years, Luis Melendez says he no longer needs any of them. Not only is he free from the pills, but he’s also free of the extra weight that he was carrying around… 120 pounds, to be exact. In eight months, he went from 270 pounds to 150. Today, he maintains a healthy weight, never exceeding 180 pounds.

He credits his health turnaround to raw foods, saying, “I feel fantastic.”

When he realized that he needed to make a change in his life, he came upon information from Dan McDonald, also referred to as “The Life Regenerator” and “Dan the Man.” A renowned raw foodist who has helped put others on the weight loss fast track, McDonald’s CDs teach the benefits of raw food for the body. In addition to losing weight, many others following his advice also no longer rely on medications, just like Melendez.

The problem

Processed foods and additives wreak havoc on our bodies. In addition to diseases, infertility, memory loss and mood swings, eating such foods can result in weight gain. In short, studies show that processed foods disrupt the body so that proper digestion does not take place. Furthermore, these harmful foods trick the body into thinking that they need to consume more, which leads to food addictions and, in turn, expanding waistlines.

The benefits of raw foods in our diet

In stark contrast, raw foods avoid this altogether, focusing on natural foods that our bodies are meant to ingest. Furthermore, a raw food diet is in line with the dietary guidelines that outline the importance of sodium reduction, proper amounts of protein, consumption of healthier fats and acceptable amounts of carbohydrates. In turn, this translates to improved health relating to both weight loss and other health benefits, which of course vary by individual.

Melendez says that, without a doubt, he will continue his raw food lifestyle. He’s 80% raw these days but varies his diet so that sometimes he’s 100% raw. He is also an avid juicer, saying that he may juice for a month and a half at a time.

“Raw food,” says the trim and energetic Melendez, “is the way to go.”


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Fresh Juices vs Fresh Smoothies


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Many people are beginning to realize that they are not eating enough fruits and vegetables daily. Fresh Juices and Smoothies are 2 of the easiest ways to add more fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet.

People often ask should I juice or should I blend my fruits and veggies. My answer is, do both. They both have great benefits… **BUT, you need to be careful when juicing and I will go into detail about why later on.

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Lets break down the differences between juicing and blending;

Some of the benefits of blending are that the fibers of the fruits and vegetables are left inside of the smoothie making it thicker and a lot more filling. Depending on ingredients can help improve energy and can assist with weightless.  A smoothie can be great as a meal replacement. You can easily add energy boosters and superfoods (such as maca, goji berries, etc.). Something I like to blend into my smoothies for breakfast is uncooked organic oats. One of our favorite smoothies is pineapple spinach mango banana  with coconut water.

Some of the benefits of juicing are,  you are able to drink a ton of nutrients in one 12 oz cup of juice. When you juice, you are extracting the nutrients of what ever vegetable or fruit you choose. So you are basically getting concentrated nutrients. When you juice, the fibers are separated from the juice, making it easier for your body to absorb the nutrition of the vegetables and fruits fast. Juicing the right vegetables and fruits can alkalize your blood quicker than blending. It is well-known that cancer can not survive in an alkaline environment.

**When juicing a lot of people tend to juice all sweet fruits. While once a day this can’t hurt. Just be conscious of the amount of sweet fruit you use. **

So both juicing and blending are great ways to add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet. Smoothies are great for quick on the go meal replacements. Juices are great for flooding your body with nutrients.

Hope this helps out.

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Drink plenty of water


Today’s Secret #1 Drink Plenty of Fluids!

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Did you know 74% of all adults are Dehydrated?

This can slow metabolism 3–5%, and keep the pounds on. Another reason to drink plenty of fluids is that a lot of people can confuse thirst as hunger. When you get hungry, you can refocus your mind from your hunger by drinking water. This will move your focus from wanting to consume food calories. The great thing about using water as a substitute is that plain water has no calories.

Something that helps us to drink more water is adding cucumber slices or cinnamon sticks and apple slices into the water.

So drink plenty of water and you’ll have healthy energy and help your body flush out toxins, feel fuller, and help your metabolism too.



Bottling Juices At The Salad Man & Juice Bar


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Hello SMJB fan. Sorry for the long silence. We have been working on ideas for The Salad Man & Juice Bar this spring. We are still out and about providence doing catered events for the winter months. Check out our catering menu http://www.itssaladman.com if your looking for some great lunch or dinner.

So, one of the ideas we have come up with is bottling our juices for quicker service, Detox’s or shipping options for our out of state fans. We are also working on gluten free and vegan desserts. So far we have managed to create an awesome gluten free and vegan chocolate chip cookie. This cookie is soft and moist, not crunchy like most gluten free cookies.

We have come up with some awesome new smoothie ideas we think you will love. Here’s a little hint on what we are working on. You may need a spoon with these smoothies. Very vague clue, we know but trust you will love this idea.   So need less to say we can wait for spring to break.

As you may have noticed we have been hard at work with our website which is close to complete http://www.itssaladman.com

Please remember to like us on http://www.Facebook.com/itssaladman and check out our new website http://www.itssaladman.com

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Stop Drinking Unneeded Calories


So often we just eat or drink with out even noticing what we are putting into our bodies.

Above is a picture of 3 popular drinks. The beverage was removed and the amount of sugar in each drink was put back in.

Now ask your self would I REALLY drink all that sugar???

I decided to write this because I was so surprised by the actual amounts.

My main goal is to just raise the awareness of these issues that we face daily.

We always recommend fresh juice, fresh smoothie or drinking water when eating out. These amounts of highly processed sugar are unnecessary .

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