Why Eat Raw

Most people look at me funny when I say I’m trying to eat raw.  And then they wonder what  I eat other than carrots, apples and celery.  Some people are curious.  Others immediately want to change the subject.  So for the curious…

I hope this blog will show that there is plenty to eat other than carrots, apples, and celery.  And here are a few good reasons I have found to give raw food a chance:

  • 10. I have more energy when I eat raw.  The theory that explains this is that when food is cooked, it destroys the enzymes that your food naturally has.   While your body can and does create enzymes, this takes energy away from your body for other things that you might enjoy more than that bowl of pasta – especially when there are raw alternatives that are even more tasty.  I read somewhere that the energy required to create enough enzymes to digest three cooked meals a day would be enough to fuel 8 hours of physical activity!
  • 9.  When you cook food, you also destroy a lot of the vitamins and nutrients that the food has naturally.  And I just don’t believe that synthetic supplements could be nearly as good for you as when you get them naturally from your food.
  • 8. After only a few weeks eating raw, my skin started to glow.  Within a day of eating cooked food (after 3 1/2 weeks on a raw diet), it started to break out.
  • 7.  My eyes are becoming clearer.
  • 6. It’s hard to smell myself but I can say for sure that the husband smells better and he has great breath!
  • 5.  We are shedding weight effortlessly – even while indulging in raw chocolate mousse on an almost daily basis.
  • 4. I feel more in touch with the world around me once I’ve been raw for a while.
  • 3. The food tastes so much better – especially once your pallet adjusts and you learn some good recipes.
  • 2. I feel calmer – and less easily irritated.
  • 1. It’s nice to feel good!

All of this aside, I am naturally a skeptic.  I mean aren’t some nutrients enhanced by cooking like the lycopene in tomatoes.   And we’e been eating cooked food for thousands of years – isn’t there a reason for that?  And besides, cooked food is delicious.

So I’m seeing for myself.  And while I don’t feel like I’m back in my twenties (yet), I can say  that when I have eaten cooked food recently I feel like absolute crap afterwards.

What I do feel sure of is that getting animal products, unsprouted wheat, and processed foods out of my diet is the absolute best thing I can do for myself and right now it actually feels easier to do that on an unrestrictive raw diet (it really does feel unrestrictive because I can eat ANYTHING I want as long as it’s raw – I just had cocoa crispies for breakfast folks!) than a restrictive cooked food diet.

Time will tell.

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