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Mia, Founder of, Graciously Green, draws on her health education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) cutting-edge Health Coach training Programme, as well as her in-depth chef studies in raw and plant-based foods, to provide plant-based cooking, health coaching and education, both in person and online. She also studied toxins in-depth and now leads raw food cleanses and liver detoxes. Graciously Green is sponsored by Hong Kong’s organic vegetable delivery service, Eat FRESH (www.eatfresh.com.hk)

Chocolates that could help you to loose weight and stay healthy!

raw vs processed chocolates!
April 21, 2013

I have finally found it, chocolates that can help you to actually loose weight and fight off disease, but I’m not talking your usual dairy milk chocolate, no, it has to be raw and pure cacao-based chocolates. 
I have been studying and living the benefits of raw foods for some time now and chocolate has become one of my favourite subjects. Here in Bali on my Raw Food Chef and Health Educator training with Elaina Love’s Pure Joy Culinary Academy, I have become something of an addict to making raw chocolates. Trust me, they’re delicious!
Check out the recipe below and my top reasons to eat this raw chocolate today.
Deliciously Healthy Raw Chocolate Recipe Here
Raw cacao, chocolate in its most natural and unrefined state is actually the number 1 food source of disease-fighting antioxidants - Antioxidants ward off free-radicals in the body, helping us to stay healthy as well as young looking!
• Raw cacao butter and coconut oil, key ingredients in raw chocolate making, contain good fat and we need fat to loose fat - Ok, let me break it down a bit here. Our body needs certain enzymes to break down and metabolize fats, protein and carbs (the three main nutrients). Raw foods contain these living enzymes. The cooking process will kill a lot of these living-things. By eating raw chocolate or raw coconut oil, the living fat-enzymes (called lipase) inside will be used to break down these fats in the body so that we can efficiently use it for energy. This is one of the reasons why eating a highly processed food diet will do you no favours, as the cooked and preserved foods are dead and mainly void of living enzymes.
• Evidence to further support the theory of eating raw chocolate - there was a study conducted by a man called Paul Koucgakoff in 1930, which showed that eating only cooked foods caused something called “leukocytosis”, or an increase of white blood cell increase immune response (the body increases its white blood cell count as a defense mechanism against disease etc.). When people ate at least 51 % raw, there was no leukocytosis.
In the same study, 100% of the cases of obesity he studied had lipase (that fat enzyme again) deficiencies. The fat ended up being stored as fatty tissue rather than been broken down and used as energy. So now it's clear that not all fats are bad and, actually, some good fat is helpful to help us to work efficiently in breaking down fat in our food.
Follow the simple raw chocolate recipe above for a simple way to boost your antioxidant levels, increase your lipase enzymes and generally have a healthier option for dessert. We’ve used healthy and low GI sweeteners such as stevia (actually zero sugar / GI scale) and xylitol to keep these sweet treats low in sugar and even healthy for your teeth!
If you want to know more about how I (Mia – Raw Food Chef and Educator and Health Coach) can support you on your journey to health contact me now for a free consultation at mia@graciouslygreen.com.
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