Friday, February 20, 2009

What is Raw Food and Why Should You Eat It? by Tanisha Marshall

What Is Raw Food/ Living Food?

Raw food and living food are one and the same. Raw food is food that is unaltered food, which has not been heated above 105-115 degrees. Raw food consists of uncooked vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, sprouts, and super foods.

Here is a brief list of raw foods:

* Vegetables: Broccoli, Zucchini, Cabbage, Cucumber, etc…
* Fruits: Oranges, Apples, Grapefruits, Bananas…
* Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews…
* Seeds: Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds…
* Sprouts: Alfalfa, Mung bean sprouts, Barley, Buckwheat…
* Super foods: Spirulina, Maca, Wheat grass…


Raw food is considered a living food because the nutrients and enzymes still remain intact. When food is cooked above 105-115 degrees, it rapidly starts to lose its enzymes and nutrients. Enzymes are heat sensitive and die once a certain temperature is reached. Nutrients, on the other hand, are reduced to some degree but some may still be present after cooking.

Why Should We Eat Raw Food?

Our food today is not the same as it was years ago. Today we have a wide array of processed, canned, irradiated, sugar laden, and nutritionally dense foods. The world is now based on convenience, so we have more fast food and quick meal options. This is because no one has time to cook or eat raw foods. More importantly, as stated above, cooking food produces food that is altered and thus lacking nutrients and enzymes.

Raw foods are full of flavor and nutrients; these foods are natural and made for human consumption, and they do not require heating in order to enjoy them. When you eat raw foods, you are giving your body 100% of the nutrients and enzymes available. Enzymes help to break down the foods you eat and obtain the nutrients available within them. When eating cooked food, your body has to make its own enzymes to process the food that you are eating. This causes the body to use more of its resources, which in turn causes aging and disease.

If we would feed ourselves living foods, which contain the needed enzymes, we could possibly live a bit longer and live without disease. Living food produces a living body, whereas cooked food produces a diseased body-if not immediately, it will later in life.

What Are the Benefits of Eating Raw Foods?

The benefits of eating raw foods are enormous. As mentioned above, you are getting all of the nutrients and enzymes needed to process the foods and provide life to your body. When giving the body what it needs (living foods), you are creating an environment that will allow your body to heal itself; our bodies have the ability to heal if given the right foods.

Raw foods have been known to help the body heal itself of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. I believe that you can live a life free of pain and disease by eating raw foods. The nutrients and enzymes provided by raw foods provide the body with energy. It balances the hormones, in addition to providing a healthy and strong body and strong immune system. Most consumers of raw foods (known as "raw foodists") do not get colds or flu, and they do not suffer from the illnesses that the world has come to know as "normal." A cold, for example, is not normal. A cold is a sign that the body is not able to kill the virus; it is a sign that the immune system is weak.

Signs That You Are Enzyme Deficient

Some of the signs of enzyme deficiencies are indigestion, stomach upset, gas, and bloating. If you have some of these problems, it's highly possible that you do not have the enzymes needed to process the food that you are eating; this is a sign that you might want to think about changing your diet.

If you have a disease such as cancer or high blood pressure, it is highly likely that you are enzyme deficient and are in need of enzymes.

How to Incorporate a Living Foods Diet into Your Lifestyle

Start eating more fruit and vegetables, attend a living foods class in your area, purchase books that are written by raw foodists, and get in your kitchen and start discovering the wonderful taste of living foods.

Living foods are not boring foods. You can make pizza, bagels, bread, chocolate cake, and more. Living foods have so much flavor-you won't miss cooked food.

If we don't start making time to provide better health, our lifespan-as well as the lifespan of our offspring-will be shorter. As the years go by, I have personally noticed that people are getting diseases at young ages. I believe that we have the option to live better and longer, but we have to be willing to do what most people aren't, and that is giving up our addiction to cooked foods.

About the Author

Tanisha Marshall is a Certified Raw food Coach. Tanisha is dedicated to working with women who would like to lose weight and conquer their unhealthy attachments to food naturally. Be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter for more great advice like this and upcoming events visit www.tanishamarshall.com


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