Russell James Said It Perfectly . . .
" Have you ever noticed that when you try to make a change for the better in your life there’s an abundance of people ready to tell you why you shouldn’t do it?Touche! Ever since I started alleviating grains, wheat, soy, dairy, legumes, processed sugar and alcohol -- most people around me told me how important those 6 (and maybe 7 if you include the alcohol) items were important to my daily diet and how I will suffer if I alleviate them from my diet. They go on to tell me that everyone needs grains, dairy, legumes and even soy in their diet!! And then comes "that look". They look at me as if I've gone nuts!! Well -- I have -- but mostly as a main staple in my diet!! What I want to know is, how come, if you tell me you're allergic to strawberries or allergic to peanut butter or eggs, I do not tell you that it's mandatory that you eat it for health reasons???? I would never do that to someone with allergies or sensitivities. But people feel compelled to constantly tell me this, perhaps because my symptoms do not show outwardly, but inwardly instead. I do not break out in severe rashes or hives -- but instead it makes my arthritis in my knees act up, or triggers a migraine or causes bloating. So you may not be able to see rashes all over me, but you may see me limping along from pain or see the ice pack on my head for my migraine. Yes -- for most people grains and dairy may be very important to their diet, but for me, personally - it's not! And that's what I tell these people. But I digress!! I was looking for a relatively easy RAW meal to make that I can share with Rejuvenation And Wellness readers. One that wouldn't turn them off to eating RAW or to preparing a RAW meal. That's when I came across Russell James Portabello Kebabs with Asian Slaw. I LOVE eating marinated portabella mushrooms and I love, love, love Asian Cole Slaw. I personally make both a lot and bring them for lunch, so when I saw that he made a kebab out of it -- it peaked my interest. What I especially like about this recipe is that Russell gives you the option of eating it totally RAW or dehydrating the kebabs. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can set you oven at the lowest temp and put the kebabs in the oven for a little while. Keep in mind that the lowest temperature that an oven may go is 180°. Most, I fear, don't go that low. If you're using your oven and using wooden skewers to make the kebabs, please soak the skewers in water for 1/2 hour so they don't ignite! Russell James backed into great health and RAW eating, just as I did . . . quite by accident. The way he tells it goes as follows:
"I first came across raw foods in Koh Samui, Thailand, when I was on a 7 day detox fast a a spa there. I was on day 5 of the fast and can remember sitting in the beach-side restaurant reading a raw recipe book from their library. Now, it may have been the fact that I hadn’t eaten for 5 days but I was amazed by the recipes in there. One that particularly grabbed my attention was simply mango and avocado mixed together. It’s strange but I was really blown away that you could do that with mangoes and avos! I read a description in that book of what raw food is and why it is beneficial, it made so much sense and I had one of those life-defining moments, an epiphany."Fast forward, he has become one of the most sought-after Chefs of RAW Foods and a RAW Food Teacher, as well. You can find more recipes from Russell James on his website or watch him (and learn) in action on his Youtube channel. Try this easy recipe and serve it to your family as well. I think everyone will