“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
To me, one of the easiest ways to guarantee more fresh produce in the daily diet is by simply incorporating some "raw" into your life! It is as easy as going un-cooked for one or two meals per day. Or just replacing one cooked recipe with a raw one. Or choosing only to snack on raw food treats (like a ripe avocado, a bowl of berries, Raw ‘Nanner Crème Pie, or Blueberry Chocolate Cake!) rather than packaged or processed snack food items. Get it? When you add in even just one living food dish a day, you can’t help but better your health! See? It’s easy!
There are of course plenty of reasons to go raw. When food is cooked, chemical reactions occur. These chemical reactions not only kill off many of the powerful enzymes present in raw living foods, but the heat of frying, grilling, and baking also produces nasty carcinogens, free radicals, and other icky by-products that lead to dis-ease. And what happens when our bodies’ exist in a state of disease for too long? You got it: inflammation occurs, illness follows, and that’s when a whole host of problems can occur, like allergies, chronic pain, cancer, heart conditions...you get the picture.
The typical western diet is acidifying, meaning that it consists primarily of foods that have an ongoing acidifying effect on the body. Just as your body temperature is rigidly regulated, the body must be kept in a very narrow pH range. The body will go to great lengths to preserve that, including wreaking havoc on other tissues or systems.
Alkaline foods are raw food that, when metabolized or "burned”, leave an alkaline residue or ash in the body. Foods that leave an acid ash are called acid ash foods. The alkaline/acid balance of the body determines whether or not disease can survive in our bodies. Disease thrives in a more acidic environment, and a healthy body thrives in more alkaline surroundings. It is recommended that our diets consist of 80% alkaline ash foods, and 20% acid ash foods.
What Is Raw Food?
It is fresh, natural, living, ripe, glorious, delicious, organic (when possible) food. I’m talking fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes that are uncooked, unrefined and unprocessed in any way.
What we are not talking about is anything cooked or heated above 118 degrees, pasteurized, irradiated, canned, preserved, sprayed by pesticides, or containing additives such as MSG, BHA, and BHT.
As mentioned, when you’re preparing raw food, nothing’s heated above 115-118 degrees (an oft debated degree of temperature in the raw foodist world) in order to preserve the life force of food. Raw & living foods contain enzymes, which assist in the digestion and ABSORPTION of food. Overcooking can lead to your body’s inability to fully utilize the nutritional benefits of your food, depleting vitamins, and damaging proteins and fats.
This is the most nutritious, safest food you could possibly consume. This is food your body recognizes as food and can easily digest without expending an excessive amount of energy to do so. This is food in its natural state. This is healing food. This is wonder food.
Eat it. Love it. Live.
Why Raw Food?
I wish for everyone in the whole wide world to eat more fruits and veggies.