"The other issue is the acid/alkaline balance — the Ph level. If we have a highly acidic body, that's where disease and illness will set in. Too much acidity comes from stress, pollution, coffee, meat, sodas, white flour, etc. When the body gets too acidic, it wants to save us. It will take all these extra acids and store them in fat. The acids also go to your bones and teeth and try to draw out minerals."
Though many of Ms. Stowers recipes can be prepared with everyday ingredients using commonplace techniques, others require a little more commitment. She often uses a dehydrator, which heats foods to a temperature no higher than 118 degrees, the point at which foods start breaking down. She also employs vitamineral powder and other specialty ingredients, most of which can be purchased at health food stores.
However, she notes that anyone can get started on a raw food diet without much effort. "I show people how really simple it is and how to utilize leftovers. How to build a meal out of what's in your refrigerator."
Ms. Stowers says that the people she works with notice an increase in energy, healthier skin, and myriad other positive changes after making the switch. Some find the diet a painless way to lose weight.
"I don't believe in fasting," she says. "Raw food is so easy and tastes wonderful."
For a woman who, not so long ago, couldn't even get out of bed, Ms. Stowers, at 43, is vibrant and full of energy.
"I wanted to give back and share with people this amazing thing that saved my life," she explained. "It's like my heart burned, and I had to share that with people."
Recipe for George Washington Ice Cream Bars:
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup raw soaked cashews (soak 2 hours and rinse with clean clean water)
1 Tbs. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla powder
1 Tbs. raw honey
always a pinch of pink sea salt
1. Blend in your blender and pour into icecream bar molds.
Fill the molds, leaving room to add in your sliced frozen cherries.
3. Once your bars are frozen, remove and drizzle on your simple chocolate sauce. Return to freezer.
Simple Chocolate Sauce Recipe:
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup raw agave syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup water
pinch of salt
blend, drizzle and enjoy!