Eating a raw food diet is essentially a way of eating that does not involve the heating of foods. Part of the premise lies in the fact that heating foods above 118 degrees fahrenheit destroys their inherent food enzymes, a vast majority of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and their all important life force.
Chemical Changes in Cooked Foods
Heating foods radically changes their chemical properties making them less “recognizable” in once ingested. For instance, heating an egg renders into a solid mass whereas it began in a liquid, gelatinous. This occurs because the heat of frying or boiling denatures the protein structure within the egg, essentially making it more solid. As a result, this heated egg is now much more difficult for the human digestive tract to break down.
Another process that occurs with cooking foods is known as glycosylation. This is when sugar literally attaches to protein molecule. Glycosylation has been linked to the premature breakdown of the body’s cell and many other undesirable health conditions.
If you care about someone who needs to improve their nutrition, you have a challenging road ahead, but you can make progress and you should try. If you live with someone who is overweight or otherwise unhealthy, you can approach the subject in a loving way. You can introduce small changes, like substituting Splenda for the sugar, in the sugar bowl. You can gradually work down from whole to 1% milk and you can switch from white to whole wheat bread. Even if these changes don’t change your loved one’s weight, that person will be getting more solid nutrition and will be in better health.
The Importance of Raw Food Enzymes
The reason that the nuatral food enzymes are so important is that our bodies have only a limited ability to produce its own enzymes. Bear in mind that our bodies produce metabolic and digestive enzymes. The latter are used to breakdown foods whereas the former are essential to every single reaction in the body. But the problem is that we only produce a finite number.
When you eat cooked foods, you force your body to use more of its own enzyme reserves to digest them. Overtime, this is just like continually withdrawing money from your bank account without making any deposits. Eventually, you will run out of enzymes!
Try being a vegetarian at least one day a week. A vegetarian is in some ways healthier than being a meat eater. Even if you are not ready to make a leap to complete vegetarianism, you can get some of the benefits of a vegetarian diet by taking a break from meat completely one day every week.
When you have no more enzymes, you no longer have any life – it’s that simple.
Eating raw foods help you make more “deposits” into your enzyme bank account, allowing your body to preserve its own precious enzymes for more important uses such as breaking down problematic cells, immune complexes, and more.
What Can You Eat on a Raw Food Diet?
Milk is the best form of liquid protein you can give you body. Packed full of protein, vitamin D and other important nutrients, milk is a natural, affordable drink, that everyone should take advantage of. Instead of using protein shakes to bulk up, consider drinking two or three glasses of milk every day, instead.
A raw food diet is mainly vegan for the simple reason that it isn’t healthy or advised to eat raw animal products. Therefore, a raw diet contains no dairy, meat, or other animal products. Other than that, the choices are endless. Most raw foodists have diets that consist of vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds.
The amazing part is that the possibilities are truly endless with raw foods. Many people think of not being able to eat meat or wheat as a huge limiting factor. But the fact remains that processed, dead foods are dangerous to your body and there are tons of delicious and nourishing raw food recipes that will give you so much more than you can possibly imagine.
My Own Raw Food Experience
A great nutrition tip is to customize your diet to your body type. Not everyone has the same body type. Some people are more sensitive to carbohydrates and will gain weight just by looking at them, while others can eat anything they want and will never gain any weight.
I started following a predominantly raw food diet in 2007 and it literally changed my life. From improved skin complexion to having more energy and mental clarity, I can’t tell you how much better you can look and feel by eating the way nature intended for you to eat.
Growing up on dead foods like wheat, dairy, and meat literally destroyed my body and at the young age of 17, I lost my hair to Alopecia as a result of my immune system which had gone hay-wire and began attacking itself. Again, this was caused by years of abusing my body with foods that it was allergic to.
However, since eating a raw food diet, my health has never been better. My hair has returned (although I keep my head shaved because I like it like that now) and I have more energy than a teenager on red bull!
To lower the amount of tissue damage done by free radicals, include copper in your diet. Superoxide dismutase, an enzyme essential in removing free radicals from the body, is dependent on copper to function properly. A copper deficiency severely limits your body’s ability to fight free radicals. Foods high in copper include cashews, sweet potatoes, and oysters.
That’s why I wrote Eating for Energy. If you’d like to experience the same kind of health and vitality then I urge to make the raw food diet more apart of your lifestyle!