I know what you’re thinking….So what IS all this fuss about raw food? I’ve seen the celebrities sippin’ on green juices while carrying yoga mats and looking all L.A. dahhhling….dish the deets.
Okay, ditch the coffee, plonk yourself down and let’s talk raw food.
What does “Raw” mean?
Raw food is the term given to foods that are not heated above 118°F in order to preserve the nutrient content. Raw foods such as leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds, grains and sea vegetables are the main raw food groups consumed on a raw food diet.
Most raw foodists are also vegan meaning they don’t consume any animal products. However, please know this is absolutely not essential to joining the raw food revolution. Just adding green smoothies or guacamole to your diet is initiation enough.
What’s so great about eating raw?
Whole natural foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals and enzymes which are required by the body for optimum health. By eating foods in their natural state, we gain access to all of their nutrients which help to protect us from ill-health.
Apart from delivering the body with a stack of health-promoting phytonutrients, raw food offers many other fantastic benefits.
Here are some ways in which eating a high raw diet can benefit you.
- Increased energy levels
- Improved immune system
- Feeling happier and more positive
- More restful sleep
- Improved concentration and focus
- A feeling of calm within body and mind
- Sparkly white eyes
- Better digestion with less bloating
- Reduction in cellulite
- Weight loss
What’s all the fuss about enzymes?
Enzymes are required for nearly every bodily function from digestion to detoxing to hair growth to healing. As we get older, our body’s natural production of enzymes becomes less efficient and relies on us to replenish the enzyme reserve through the food we eat. Digesting our food is a complex process that our body carries out when we eat, which uses up a lot of energy. As the enzymes in raw food help with digestion, we reduce the amount of work our body has to do, therefore lessening the energy exerted leaving us feeling energised and raring to go.
Enzymes are sensitive little fellows and hate to be heated over 118°F (approx 46°C). This means that when we eat foods cooked over this temperature, they are devoid of all enzymes meaning our body must exert extra energy to digest the food.
What’s so bad about cooked food?
The problem with cooking food is that as well as the enzyme content being completely destroyed, the vitamin and mineral content is depleted by between 50-97%!! So although you may be eating a varied diet full of cooked veggies, you may not be getting as many nutrients as you think you are and what you are getting, your body has to work super hard to break down. Sounds like hard work to me for not a lot of gain!
The nutrient content of foods is damaged when cooked; so much so that Vitamin B reduces by between 50-97% and Vitamin C is reduced by 80% and meat actually becomes harmful, yes HARMFUL, when cooked at 400degrees F.
But why does raw food make you feel so good?
What you may not be aware of is that foods have an electromagnetic field and when we absorb these foods, we absorb the energy or “life-force” that food is carrying. The life force can be measured in MHz.
The average healthy human body resonates at 70MHZ; below 50 MHz the body starts to become diseased; a cancer cell resonates at 40 MHz or below. So it would make sense to eat foods which are high in energy keeping our bodies feeling energetic. And yet the average British diet (especially with processed foods) resonates between 0-30MHz!!!!!!!!!!!
So you’ll be pleased to hear that fruits and vegetables resonate at a high level, as do sprouts (like mung, alfalfa etc) and flowers (for eg.broccoli) (300MHz).
So, the moral of the story?
Get more RAW! By eating more green rich foods, your body will naturally become less acidic and more alkaline balancing out your bodies homeostasis. Don’t feel dispondent about your current diet and the foods you love. Do what you can and try to eat at least 51% of each meal raw. By just adding one raw meal a day can make a difference to your energy levels and overall health.
If you fancy a day in the raw, check out my bestselling ebook “7 Day Kickstart – A Beginners Guide to Eating More Raw.”