I’ve long been a supporter of eating vegetarian and eventually that led into my choosing an entirely vegan lifestyle. While I strongly encourage others to look at diet possibilities that don’t involve killing other creatures, I understand that not everyone will make the same choices I have. So, in my attempts to help everyone that visits my site, I want to offer a perspective on raw food diets and why you should minimally look at the benefits of eating a raw food diet, even if it does include some meat.
It’s not simply the cooking aspect of a standard diet that makes the food less productive for your body and digestion. The sad fact is that in cooking food, we add so many other ingredients, many of which are often not beneficial to us. Consider butter, salt, unhealthy oils and other condiments that are largely fat or sugar based. Science shows that these food types are not conducive to losing weight which is why it’s nice to have a raw food diet that doesn’t push for over-prepared meals. A trimmer you is usually a happier and healthier you as well. Raw foods will encourage weight loss.
Nobody likes getting sick or having ailments such as headaches or rashes. These sort of conditions often arise from the entire alienation of raw foods from the diet. Cooking foods at temperatures over 115 degrees fahrenheit is suspected to have a destructive affect on the enzyme level in the food. Enzymes are essential food components that your body needs for survival and certainly for optimum health. Enzymes are found more often and in greater quantities in natural vegetables and certainly less in prepared, cooked or meat-based meal choices. Eating a raw food diet or at least adding more raw foods can boost your immune system quickly.
The extent to which your body has to work at the digestion process is the extent to which you will get less from it. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, by cooking the vegetables you eat, you reduce the fiber content. Fiber is an essential component in your body’s effort to break down food. So, more cooking, worse digestion. Almost too simple.
The story starts and stops with nutrients and enzymes. If you are seeking energy you need essential nutrients and enzymes that are broken down and destroyed when heated over 115 degrees. The trouble we go through to “prepare” food actually ruins that food to a large extent. That is, unless taste is the only thing you’re after, which I know isn’t the case. You’re here because you want a better, healthier version of yourself. Raw foods will give you the gift of excellent energy. That’s a promise!
The list of pros to a raw food based diet are so overwhelmingly convincing that it worked on me and my husband. Once you open the pandoras box of eating a healthy diet rich in raw foods, you might even come to the same conclusion that I did… which was that eating meat was another negative practice for which I have better alternatives.