Healthy food is good for you, cooked or raw, right? Well yes and no.
While it’s important to always choose the healthiest foods, free of
synthetic chemicals, locally grown and organic, low in saturated fats
and refined sugars, the way you prepare it can also make a big
It’s important not to stress ourselves out trying to live up to rigorous
standards (because after all stress is as toxic as the most toxic food)
but when we can choose, the best and most efficient way to consume
the most nutrients, is in their raw state. The good news is, Raw can
be delicious and doesn’t have to feel like a sacrifice.
Why is Raw so good for you?
First of all, when you cook food, you lose at least 30% of the nutrients
and 100% of the enzymes in that food. Nutrients are the building
blocks of cells in our body and enzymes aid digestion and other
Next, cooking food chemically changes the molecular structure of raw
plants which may convert to toxins, carcinogens, mutagens and free-
radicals associated with diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart
disease and cancer.
Having a good balance of raw foods in your diet helps reduce these
toxic risks by flooding your body with the most nutritious food
possible, giving your body the ability to heal and rejuvenate at a deep
Retaining enzymes is so important because enzymes are the building
blocks of life! Your body’s enzymes are responsible for every single
action in your body: from chewing and digesting our food, to waking
up in the morning and brushing your teeth. Your body produces some
of its own enzymes, but you also need help from your food.
If you don’t have enough enzymes, your body won’t have the energy
to develop new cells, fight off infections, or digest your food. By
feeding your body raw foods, your body is literally being fed energy!
When your body has help from foods’ enzymes, you’ll have more
energy than ever imagined! This extra energy can be used to heal
your body. Yay for enzymes!
Raw foods also help your body reach an alkalized state—where
healing, weight loss, and detoxification occur.
There are two types of foods: acidic and alkaline. Acidity encourages
decomposition, decay, disease and energy loss. Alkaline foods
support detoxification and balance in the body. Our natural body
creates both acidity and alkalinity, but the typical packaged and fast
food diet overloads our system with too much acidity. Foods like
sugar, meat, alcohol, cheese, and chocolate are very acidic and
damaging all the time, and that’s why we avoid them during the
cleansing and healing process. Green leafy vegetables, growing sprouts, and fresh fruits are all
alkalizing and cleansing.
In summary, Raw food allows for all of the following physical health
Reduced risk of heart disease
Reduced risk of diabetes and cancer
A great sense of wellbeing
Improved skin appearance
Connection to your food and surroundings
A highly ethical and sustainable diet
A Raw diet is a high vibration diet, meaning that the energy
consumed in the food is transformed into energy in the body, which is
how we receive all the physical benefits listed above. But beyond the
physical benefits, we can also celebrate the spiritual and ethical
benefits. Those are the ones I’m personally most excited about. I’ll
talk about those in a future blog, and we’ll spend lots of time enjoying
all the benefits, physical, spiritual and ethical when you come on
retreat with me.
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