A raw food is, quite simply, any food that is unprocessed and uncooked. Typically a raw food has not been heated above 116 degrees F in an effort to retain vital enzymes that assist in digestion and assimilation.
There are different variations of the raw food diet. Some choose to only eat raw foods that are plant based, while others eat raw animal products. It is a
personal decision, and depends on your individual dietary needs. The most important thing to remember is you don’t need to eat a 100% raw food diet unless you’re ready to make that leap. After eating a 100% raw food diet for several months, even years, one might get to a point where they feel totally cleansed and ready to incorporate some organic, cooked foods back into their diet. We
like to maintain a 60-75% raw food diet
primarily consisting of
superfoods, fruit, vegetables, cold-pressed oils, and nuts/seeds.
WHY RAW FOODS?
The human body was meant to consume food in its raw, organic state. An appreciation to void of synthetic hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified foods.
The earth’s vegetation was meant to be picked wild, fresh, and free of chemicals. Raw foods are rich with natural enzymes
, which aid the body in digestion and assimilation.Today our diets have changed tremendously. Our food is cooked at extremely high temperatures, killing any vital nutrients and enzymes that would normally exist. Our pancreas must workover time to produce the enzymes needed to break down the foods we eat. Our digestive systems lack the beneficial bacteria needed to assist with breaking down food particles and assimilating the nutrients. Our kidneys and livers work at alarming rates to rid the body of all the chemicals ingested. Raw, organic foods give the body a rest. Your organs can breathe a sigh of relief as the food is easily broken down and nutrients glide through the body without leaving an ashy residue. Old, diseased tissue is washed away and senses are heightened. Wrinkles are reversed, energy is gained, and toxins are gone. You will feel a youthful vitality that you never thought possible. Raw, organic foods and herbs have amazing superpowers!
WHAT IS A SUPERFOOD?
A superfood is any food that has tons of unique healing benefits compiled into one little food. Basically it packs a whole lotta punch! Examples of some amazing superfoods do include goji berries
, bee pollen, maca root, spirulina
, coconuts, and aloe vera. For in-depth information and a complete list of superfoods available, I like to recommend you read an amazing book entitled Superfoods
by David Wolfe (www.sunfood.com