From the film “Breakthrough” the documentary.
Here’s a good article on some of the Reasons to Eat Raw Food:
There’s even more reasons than that too, such as looking younger after being on it for awhile (I’ve seen 65 year olds who looked like they were 40 and 50 year olds that looked like they were 30), combatting or preventing diseases (several centers such as Hippocrates cure cancer and other illnesses through raw food), reducing visability of scars after several years, you get to try new food/recipes, and more.
We are the only animal on the planet which cooks its food. Animals in nature don’t seem to have the extensive list of diseases that humans do, including obesity. Note: The consumption of cooked food causes digestive leukocytosis (sometimes spelled leucocytosis,) which is the sudden increase of white blood cells in the bloodstream after consuming cooked food. The presence of digestive leukocytosis suggests that consuming cooked food is foreign to the human body. It also suggests that the consumption of cooked food compromises the immune system.
And food prepared using conventional cooking methods destroys up to 80% of that food’s nutrition. Can you afford 80% less nutrition than is naturally found in your food?
Science proves that cooking not only destroys nutrition and enzymes, but chemically changes foods from the substances needed for health into free-radicals and poisons that destroy our health. Acrylamide and heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are possible carcinogens formed in high-heat cooking. Try to eat more raw food instead.
A RAW-FOOD DIET*
The following should be unprocessed and preferably organic:
- Fresh fruits
- Fresh vegetables
- Nuts, seeds and grains (all preferably soaked to reduce phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient)
- Legumes (peas, carob, etc.)
- Dried fruit
- Unprocessed organic or natural foods (ie: sprouts)
- Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables
- Purified water
- Young coconut milk
- *SOURCE: About.com: Alternative medicine
Here’s some things I’ve been eating lately on my 100% Raw Food vegan diet:
Breakfast: big Gala Apple
Lunch: Big salad with lettuce, carrots, broccoli sprouts, sunflower sprouts, avocado, carrots, raw croutons made of various seeds (store bought), and a raw Herb Vinaigrette dressing made with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh organic basil, parsley, rosemary, garlic, sea salt and black pepper. (raw dressing was bought at Whole Foods)
Some other things I ate lately in April include the following:
Red Cabbage and Romaine Salad topped with sunflower seed croutons and a tomato basil vinagrette dressing.
Raw Pizza topped with spinach
Raw Pizza topped with sprouts, and a mexican fruit salad.
Zucchini Spaghetti with walnut “meat”
Zucchini Fettucini Alfredo with pine nut “parmesan” and a salad.
Mock egg salad, carrot salad and cucumber salad.
Bunny wrappit (raw vegan wrap with carrots, avocado, tomato, nut “cheese”, sprouts and wrapped in lettuce)
raw Key Lime Pie
raw Chocolate; raw banana ball/nut dessert; raw lemon & fig dessert.
Flaxseed crackers spiced with tomatoes and bell peppers
Various fruit: Strawberries, pineapple, plums, oranges, apples, kiwi, bananas.
Pina Colada fruit smoothies
Various people talk about how they got well by eating a Raw Food diet.
More testimonials (video clips):
Some random info…
-Mercury was found in some High Fructose Corn Syrup. (and that stuff is in alot of products. Another reason to be raw.).
-Food and dna responds to emotions/words. So be nice to your food and yourself. Think positive.
(water does too but that was in a different article that I can’t locate right now)
-Found a good book called “Becoming Raw” that covers nutrition for raw foodists and also myths, recipes, etc. It has a good list of 50 foods that have the most antioxidants too…for example that would be apples, blueberries, plums, strawberries, dates, avocados, pecans, walnuts, etc. (Most things I already eat). =)
-I found a good recipe for raw Falafel that I’m going to try to make soon.
-So far I lost about 54 pounds. (and counting. Now I have to go shopping for more new clothes that fit better since alot of my old clothes are too big for me)
-I got a food dehydrator. I’ll try that out in the future. Someone gave me a recipe for some yummy raw cookies so that may become my first test dummy. =)
-Watched a video clip that shows that the silver fillings in your mouth release mercury. Shows the actual vapors come off of it.
-Sprouts, especially sunflower sprouts, are extremely nutritious.
-I’ve got to remember to stay outside more every day and get my Vitamin D from sunshine.
-I visited a local organic vegetable garden and now know where to get more fresh local veggies. =)
Here’s a good FAQ page on the Raw Food Diet:
It covers some things like:
-what is raw food?
-why not cook food?
-where do you get protein?
-what are the health benefits?
Personally I’ve done it for the health benefits. (I feel better, happier, feeding body more nutrients and enzymes, heals illnesses, I’ve met people who cured severe cancers and disease through raw food, you can lose weight and the food tastes good and there’s alot of variety. Plus it seems to make people feel and look younger. Plus most fruits & veggies and sprouts are alkaline in the body whereas most Americans are too acidic which leads to disease.)
Also here’s some examples of raw vegan sources of nutrition:
Good sources of Iron: green leafy vegetables, legumes/beans, parsley, dried fruits, spinach, raisins, lentils.
Vitamin A: Carrots, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce, broccoli, winter squash.
Vitamin B1: Sunflower seeds, black beans (cooked), corn, sesame seeds, spinach.
Vitamin B6: Banana, potato, avocado, garlic, red pepper, watermelon, cauliflower.
Vitamin B12: Nutritional yeast or supplement.
Vitamin C: Broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries, orange, cantaloupe, kiwi, pineapple, winter squash, blueberries
Vitamin D: exposure to sunlight or a supplement.
Calcium: dark green vegetables (kale, collards, mustard greens, bok choy), sesame seeds, turnips, tahini, broccoli, almonds, parsley, dried apricots, oranges
Vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, almonds, papaya, sweet potato, spinach.
Vitamin K: Kale, Spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, turnip greens, mustard greens, brussel sprouts, broccoli, parsley, romaine lettuce
Magnesium: Sunflower seeds, almonds, summer squash.
Potassium: Winter squash, avocado, lentils, beets, figs, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, banana, tomato.
Selenium: Brazil nuts (1 has more than a day’s worth)
Zinc: Sesame seeds, peas, spinach, parsley, collard greens, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, string beans.
Folate: Papaya, lentils, mustard greens, peanuts, flaxseeds, oranges, raspberries.
Protein: Proteins play a key role in human body but a diet that is excessively rich in protein can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney and liver disorders. Food that is cooked provides the body with much less protein than the same food in its raw state, so, when protein is consumed in its raw state, a person need only half as much when protein is consumed after being cooked. For a raw vegan diet is easy to satisfy the amount of recommended protein. Almost all vegetables, legumes, cereals, nuts and seeds contain many proteins.
A mere 3.5 ounces of sunflower sprouts contains a whopping 22.78 grams of protein! The same amount of chicken breast meat contains just slightly more protein at 26.25 grams. Sunflower sprouts and greens are a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, D, and E and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. Other nutrients can easily be found on the raw food diet.
If you want more info on the Raw Food diet, check out my first Raw Food post which also contains lots of links.
My other related post: Acid/alkaline balance
I visited and enjoyed a raw food buffet at Hippocrates health institute, the world renowned place where people go to get cured of any illness through a raw food diet. Here’s a photo of what I ate at their raw buffet:
Kale salad with beets (I don’t usually like beets but it was good in that), also a cauliflower and dill mixture (tasted like fluffy rice but better), also bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts, pea sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, onions, and a delicious salad dressing. I think it was a tahini and thyme dressing but it tasted light and tropical. Overall very good. I’ll have to try to recreate that cauliflower and dill mixture since it was delicious.
related blog posts:
–more info on my raw food diet
–discussions/video clips by Dr. Clement of Hippocrates