If there’s one single issue that’s heard above the rest when it comes to our health, it’s about energy levels. We’re tired, wiped out, finding it hard to face the day’s work, no matter how much coffee we drink. We try this or that energy boosting product, which might feel good for a short while but that’s about it. Want to make a dramatic, life-long shift towards not only high, sustained energy levels, but a naturally positive outlook and feeling of contentment as well? Look no further than the raw food diet.
The idea of the raw food diet is immediately ignored by many people, thinking they’ll be forced to eat only “rabbit food” for the rest of their lives. Nothing could be further from the truth! True “raw foodists” are also exceptional gourmets. The meals and deserts are like nothing you’ve ever seen (along with giving you energy like nothing you’ve ever felt!). The latest “cookbooks” are a feast for the eyes as well as the tongue, and these meals are actually very easy to make. Nothing to burn!
You may hear the argument that raw food is difficult to digest, and could be dangerous for people for this reason. When one considers how difficult it is to digest a burger, fries and soft drink, the argument almost becomes laughable — but really, when one hears this being said, it’s important to consider that one is not just eating raw, unprepared vegetables. Raw food recipes focus on preparing food in such a way that it’s actually easier to digest than cooked food, with proper food combinations and absolutely incredible flavor.
So what is it about un-cooked food that’s different? The big difference from a science-based standpoint is the availability of enzymes. These small molecules enable every chemical process in our body to occur. Many people are familiar with digestive enzymes — the reason we might need to take them is that these enzymes have been cooked out of the food we’re eating. When the food has not been heated over one hundred and fifteen degrees, the enzymes stay intact and assist digestion. These same little molecules help many, many reactions, and if they’re not in our food, our bodies have to make them. Further, low levels of enzymes have been related to most of the major diseases we’re — raw foods offer a way to avoid the illnesses so prevalent in society today by offering us these very important nutrients.
Many people find they get fatigued by eating — even when they’re eating what they consider to be pretty healthy, many folks have a response that ranges from feeling a little mentally hazy to really tired after a meal. What’s with that? That’s the energy your body is expending having to produce enzymes, as well as dealing with the great many toxins produced by cooking. While the cooking process makes food truly addictive with its flavor, it also creates by products that do things like thicken our blood and jump start our immune system into action — behaving as if we’ve been poisoned every time we eat.
Raw food diets have been at the cornerstone of healing major, life-threatening diseases where no cure was considered possible. Diabetes for example has been “cured” (they no longer need supplemental insulin) in individuals who have “gone raw” — moving their diet to 100% plant based, un-cooked, low-glycemic index foods (research Gabriel Cousins and the Tree of Life foundation). Major alternative cancer treatment centers support the use of the raw food diet as the best way to alkalize and oxygenate our bodies through diet, creating an environment inhospitable to cancer cells.
While these practical dietary reasons are a great inspiration themselves, many people find the potential for personal transformation the greatest inspiration of all. A special method of photograph shows the obvious difference between cooked and raw foods in terms of life force. And by eating foods with the strongest life force, we ourselves can shine with the greatest life force.
The reasons for the raw food diet are many — if you’re wanting to simply have the greatest, most consistent energy levels of your life, this is the way to go. If you’re wanting to incorporate diet into your personal evolution, or as a way to save the planet, again raw food is worth looking into. We’ve really only scratched the surface here; if you’re interested, find yourself a book on the subject and investigate further. Folks who have transitioned to the raw food lifestyle believe clearly, it was one of them most effective changes they’ve ever made.
The author is a frequent user of helichrysum from Ananda Aromatherapy and other natural botanicals for healing.
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