What is raw food?
Only humans and domesticated animals eat cooked and processed foods. The cooking and processing of food has become so common that most of us do not even consider questioning it. Raw food is plant-based, uncooked food - the way nature provides it to us.
Cooking means heating anything beyond about 116.6F. Why 116.F? At this temperature enzymes in food begin to be destroyed. It is easy to test whether you have breached this temperature threshold, if your finger can’t stand the heat, your food can’t either.
What are plant-based foods?
When you look at what is done to food before it is eaten, you can only conclude that people believe nature has made a mistake. We get fresh, natural food and alter it. Mother nature does not need to be taught how to feed us. We need to realize that the Earth provides us with everything we need for our time here, and by tampering with what she provides, we compromise the quality of our food, health, and planet.
Why Eat Raw Foods?
Uncooked foods provide us with more nutrients. The cooking process has been shown to destroy nutrients. The higher the temperature, the more nutrients are destroyed. Low-temperature dehydration is the best method for warming or drying your food. Most food is cooked at well over 320F. At such high temperatures up to 80 percent of the nutritional value of food is lost and replaced with toxic waste.
Here is a summary of some of the research findings regarding cooking and its effect on food.
Because of the destruction of all enzymes, cooked food requires far more energy to digest. Animal foods, especially meat, are considered the most energetically draining to try and digest.
Cooking also increases the acid-forming nature of food. Our internal acid-alkaline balance is one of our primary health balances. If our bodies become too acidic, disease follows. If our bodies are alkaline, disease cannot take hold. We are not acidified just by food; stress, environmental toxins, medication, dehydration, and negative emotional states all have an acidic effect. Alkaline forming foods include green leaves, fruits, vegetables, herbs and sprouts.
What you are reading now is simply information. If you test out these concepts and practice the principles, you will have personal experience, which is knowledge. The benefits of eating a plant-based raw diet are many, but until you experience them for yourself they are just stories.
One of the most common benefits of going raw is a feeling of lightness and clarity. It’s as if a cloud lifts off the mind. Emotions become more stable; it becomes easy to smile for no apparent reason. A sense of anxiousness and uncertainty vanishes and is replaced by a calm, centered confidence and feeling of connectedness. On a physical level, many chronic conditions show remarkable improvement and true healing occurs. The quality of skin, nails, and hair improves. Recovery time for exercise greatly improves and stamina and strength increase. The body naturally and easily releases excess weight. You produce far less garbage at home and the so-called waste becomes compost, which continues the circle of life. Colds and flu become a thing of the past. Your body is able to adjust to changing seasonal temperatures more easily. You eat less food as hunger is truly satisfied - a feeling of being content. The list goes on and on.
Our potential for health and wellness is truly amazing. Act, experience, and know!
- Excerpt from Rawlicious by Peter and Beryn Daniel