10 reasons why raw foods are awesome.
10 reasons why raw foods are awesome.
It’s common sense right? A cooked seed won’t grow, but a raw seed will. Heating food over 115 degrees fahrenheit destroys much of the nutrients in your food. Cooking food also diminishes the natural life energy. I personally would rather put living food in my body.
You won’t know this unless you try it for yourself, but eating raw gives you an amazing boost in energy. I used to get tired around 2 or 3pm during the day. Now I simply don’t have that problem. When I do get tired, a simple piece of fruit or some TastyMakes snacks recharge me within a few minutes.
Aging is largely the result of free radical damage. When you cook or fry foods, especially at high temperatures, cell-damaging free radicals form, which can lead premature aging as well as many long-term illnesses. Stress, cigarette smoking, sun exposure, pesticides, etc. also causes free radicals to form. In short, the only way to protect yourself of these molecules is through living foods packed full of antioxidants. So hello raw goodness and goodbye wrinkles!
The first thing that goes when you turn up the heat are the food’s natural digestive enzymes. These enzymes are hard-wired with a little bit of code that tells our body how to break down that particular food into nutrients. Without these enzymes our bodies have to try to create them itself, but we can only do so much. Eating raw eliminates this problem.
By increasing the amount of raw and living foods, organic green juices and green smoothies in our diet while decreasing or eliminating processed sugars, refined starches, animal products high in saturated fats, stimulants and too much cooked food, you shift the chemistry in your body form an acidic environment to one that is alkaline and full of oxygen. And from what we know about diseases (such as the common cold, the flu and even cancer) hating oxygen-drenched environments, rest assured knowing you’ve created an illness-free forcefield around yourself (or should I say in yourself).
Eating raw not only makes your body lighter, but it makes your mind lighter too. It helps you focus on what really matters and takes your mind off of things that don’t. You’ll find that if you snack raw throughout your day, your mind will have an easier time focusing on the work at hand instead of focusing on digestion, fighting sleep, etc.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I go to bed after eating a large, heavy overly cooked meal, I sleep horribly! I toss and turn all night as my body tries to rest but is really hard at work trying to figure out how to digest whatever it is I ate for dinner. I definitely sleep better than ever when I keep my dinners light and primarily raw. But most importantly, I don’t wake up feeling tired or groggy anymore. On most days, I wake up feeling full of energy.
This isn’t really a health benefit, but it is pretty awesome. I LOVE food and lots of it too. And besides never having that guilty feeling whenever I go in for that second helping, I rarely feel uncomfortably full while eating raw too. Yep, gone are the days of needing to unbutton the top button on your pants and take a nap.
Though no one likes talking about #2, it’s one of the most important aspects of health. The best way to remove toxins from the body is through the intestines and you should naturally be doing so two to three times a day. If you’re going less than that, it probably means your intestines are unhealthily clogged. A raw diet gives you more than enough fiber to keep you regular.
Eating food that’s been freshly picked just feels different. You feel more connected to the earth and more grounded. Eating lots of processed foods, frozen or from a box, creates this mysterious gap of what real food is and where real food comes from and leaves you feeling disconnected from this beautiful earth that sustains you.
The more living foods you put into your body, the more life and vitality your body will feel. The more dead and processed foods you put into your body, the more lethargic and life-less you will feel.