Wednesday

Now That's Raw!!

We eat so much processed food these days that we seldom think about what we're putting into our bodies.

We've become food landfills instead of efficient organic machines. 

We've nutritionally devolved from our ancestral, agrarian roots.

So, what do you do to fix this?

You get raw.....


How Do You "Get Raw"?

Raw food dieting means consuming food in its natural, unprocessed form. Processing and cooking food can take out much of the basic nutritional value. 

This means that at least 7 out of 10 meals you consume daily are uncooked!

There are diverse forms of raw dieting that may not be suited for or safe everyone to indulge in. For the sake of simplicity, I'll only be discussing basic plant based raw foodism.

A raw carrot has exponentially more nutrition than a cooked carrot. Cooking alters the chemistry of foods. Despite making foods softer or more palatable this, ironically makes them harder to digest.

Cooking, especially overcooking can remove flavor and nutrition from fruits and vegetables. A raw food diet means eating more like our ancient ancestors did. They cooked very little and certainly didn't cook or consume processed fruits and vegetables. 

They ate them RAW. 



What's In It For Me?

It’s an older, simpler way of eating that’s in harmony with the planet and with our bodies. 

Why do so many people have so many digestive problems? It's because we're putting foods into our bodies in a form that we weren't designed to absorb.

High fiber, high water content fresh produce abolishes constipation of the bowels, cells and circulatory system.

Obstructions are cleared and blood flow increases to each and every cell in the body. Enhanced blood flow is significant for two reasons: as mentioned above, blood delivers nutrients and oxygen to living cells, and carries away their toxic metabolites.

Obesity is becoming endemic worldwide. 

Why? 

Simple. The way we eat and prepare our food practically guarantees that we'll overeat. Nutritionists say that we overeat due to a lack of essential nutrients.

Did you know that you can still be hungry even after eating a "full course meal"?

Overcooking your meals strips many foods of vital nutrients which subsequently causes your body to scavenge for vitamins and minerals.  

When you start giving your body the nutrients it craves, you'll stop overeating.

Eating raw foods is a boost to your metabolism as well. It takes a little more energy to digest raw foods, but it’s a healthy process. Raw food takes longer to digest because of the amount of time it takes to chew the uncooked food. 

Plus, your body can absorb a plethora of nutrients from the raw foods you consume. 


Does Raw Food Always Need To Be Uncooked?


Most raw food is highly perishable. When raw foods are exposed to temperatures above 115 degrees, they start to rapidly break down, just as our bodies would if we had a fever that high.

A chief component of food are enzymes. Enzymes help us digest our food. Enzymes are proteins and they have a very specific molecular structure. Once they are heated much above 115 degrees, this structure can change. 

Once enzymes are exposed to heat, they're no longer able to provide the function for which they were designed. Cooked foods can contribute to chronic illness if their enzymatic content is damaged. This requires your body to make its own enzymes to process your meal.

The digestion of cooked food uses valuable metabolic enzymes in order to help digest your food. Digestion of cooked food demands much more energy than the digestion of raw food. In general, raw food is so much more easily digested that it passes through the digestive tract in 1/3 to 1/2 of the time it takes for cooked food. 

Eating enzyme-depleted foods places a burden on your pancreas and other organs and ultimately overworks them, which eventually exhausts these organs. 

Many people inadvertently impair their pancreas and progressively lose the ability to digest their food after a lifetime of ingesting processed foods. 

Don't misunderstand, I'm not saying you should only eat uncooked raw food. As an alternative you can also steam or blanch foods if you so desire to. 

As a rule, I typically use a food thermometer and cook my raw foods (when I do eat them) no higher than 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46.1111 degrees Celsius)

At this temperature, enzymatic damage should be minimal.


What's The Bottom Line ? 


Rather than spending energy to rid itself of toxins produced by cooking food, the body uses its energy to feed every cell, sending vitamins, fluids, enzymes and oxygen (yes, oxygen!) to make your body the efficient machine it was intended to be.

Overeating will become a thing of the past. This is because your body will no longer be starving for the nutrients it needs.

In closing, I'd say that if you're looking for a diet alternative that may be a bit challenging, but not impossible, explore raw foods.  



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