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Why You Should Be Eating Raw Foods If You Aren’t

Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food. Hippocrates

For months my husband has been pleading that we go vegetarian and we’ve started to incorporate meatless dinners 4 to 5 times a week. Recently I also started doing research more into the topic and I found some pretty interesting things. I love finding out new things and actually putting them to use and teaching my family.

All research that I’ve found has nothing but good things to say about eating a raw food diet. In fact, some doctors (the ones who actually know nutrition and not just medicine) suggest that 50% of our meals should be raw. That means half your plate people!! What I love is how simple the science actually is, the thought of enzymes and natural vitamins nourishing the body. Did you know that in the 1940’s doctors gave high doses of vitamins to cure illness and it was once said that food is the best of medicines. 6% of doctors these days have training in nutrition and more often than not prescribe a pill to do “God’s work”. When did food stop nourishing the body I ask myself?

Looking further into raw foods I found that cooking is thought to denature the enzymes naturally present in food. According to raw foodists, enyzymes are the life force of a food, helping us to digest food and absorb nutrients. If we overconsume cooked food, our bodies are forced to work harder by producing more enzymes. You start each day deficient of nutrients from the day before and so on and so on. People aren’t supposed to be tired in the middle of the afternoon, wake up!!! Cooking food can diminish its nutritional value. For example, the cancer-fighting compounds in broccoli, sulforaphane, are greatly reduced when broccoli is cooked. Certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat.

The thing is without education nothing will ever change. It’s not that consumers who purchase highly processed foods know better it’s just that they’re not educated and don’t care to seek the education. I often wonder to myself is this what we’ve done to ourselves. We’re the only country that modifies it’s food the way we do. No other country allows GMO, or wide spread chemical use, no other country is fed from a box. Even in the poorest of countries they don’t do that to their people. So why do we? How as a culture is it not normal for food to be food? I’ll never stop asking myself when did everything change in the past 30 years, what was the tipping point?

I advocate so that maybe one day, you’ll do some research of your own and find out what’s truly good. Food should be food period and I’ll always stand by that belief. Some people think having a nice car is a priority or that their kids have a nice house. I believe that by actually making it a priority to feed my family healthy nutritious foods that will feed their mind that I’m giving them the building blocks for success. Be it raw or cooked, I like every other mother in this world…..want the best for my children. I make it a priority. I’ll make it raw and I’ll keep it fun.

If you aren’t eating raw foods you should be.

Foods You Should Be Consuming Raw:

Fruits

Staple fruits include:

  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Blueberry
  • Dates
  • Grapes
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Raisins
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Young coconut

Vegetables

Staple vegetables include:

  • Bell peppers: red, orange, yellow
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini

Nuts and Seeds

Dried, raw, and preferably organic.

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Raw almond butter
  • Nut “nutter”
  • Nut “milks”
  • Seed crackers (e.g. chia, flax)

Grains

  • Millet
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Oats
  • Cereal
  • Granola
  • Bread

Beans and Legumes

Dried, raw, and preferably organic.

  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Adzuki beans
  • Mung beans

Oil

  • Cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil
  • Raw, virgin coconut oil
  • Raw coconut butter
  • Chia oil

Beverages

  • Water
  • Vegetable or fruit juice freshly squeezed or frozen, unpasteurized
  • Young coconut water
  • Herbal tea (made with water heated to less than 118 F)

Miscellaneous

  • Young coconut
  • Carob powder
  • Raw cacao nibs
  • Raw protein powder
  • Raw vegan ice cream
  • Fermented foods such as miso, kimchee and sauerkraut

Herbs, Spices, and Condiments

  • raw apple cider
  • liquid aminos
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Celtic sea salt
  • Chocolate, raw
  • Cinnamon, ground
  • Cumin, ground or seeds
  • Curries
  • Dill
  • Nama shoyu (raw soy sauce)
  • Raw honey
  • Himalayan salt
  • Seaweed
  • Sundried tomato
  • Vinegars

Sweeteners

  • Raw honey
  • Agave nectar
  • Coconut nectar
  • Stevia
  • Date sugar
  • Yacon

One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive. (Hieroglyph found in an ancient Egyptian tomb.)

Sources: USDA and Dietary Guidelines

2 Comments

  1. courtney b on December 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

    this is good info!i’m gonna share it with my mom



  2. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Hello! I just stumbled upon your blog through a link on Twitter. I really enjoy it and completely agree that processed and GMO foods are bad for our bodies. Regarding your comments that all foods are better raw though is something I disagree with. I do agree that a lot of foods are better raw, but quite a few release more nutrients (namely lycopene) and are better to eat when they are cooked, such as tomatoes. I hope this didn’t come across as rude, I just wanted to share some facts.

    If you’re interested in reading, here’s a link: