Raw foods, sometimes known as living foods, are foods with life still in them. Raw food contains essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, living enzymes, water and oxygen which are essential for the immune system and far less taxing on our bodies than the standard cooked food diet. This results in less energy used for digesting food, therefore, we feel more energized, require less sleep, experience greater mental clarity, and leaves us more time (and energy) for our work, leisure activities, family, kids, exercise, etc.
Raw foods may also help in the recovery of various serious illnesses and diseases. This nutrient dense way of eating allows the body to receive vital nourishment to assist in the healing and repair process.
Raw and natural foods allow us to get closer to nature, especially when we are eating the seasonal foods within our local environment. Raw food encourages a lifestyle that is in accordance with the principles of natural law. These are foods that are more connected to the earth because they are not processed or refined and have no additives, preservatives and toxic chemicals.
Cooked foods by comparison can be much lower in vitamins, minerals, water, phyto-chemicals and other important nutrients. Cooking food (heated above approx. 46 degrees C) reduces vital enzymes, minerals and vitamins which are needed to assist in the digestion and absorption of food.
A person does not have to eat 100% raw in order to benefit from raw foods. Typically, if a diet is very high in fresh raw vegan foods then this is an excellent way to experience the many great benefits from eating raw foods. Essentially, when we eat more alive (foods), we feel more alive!
Benefits to Eating More Raw Foods:
- Increased energy and vitality
- Better digestion
- Weight loss/better weight management
- Reduced risk of common lifestyle diseases such as: heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and cancer
- Fewer trans fats and saturated fats
- Increased mental clarity
- More physical endurance and stamina
- Balancing of hormones
- Fibre and potassium rich diet
- High in anti-oxidants
- Detoxifying/cleansing foods
- Helps to balance emotions
- Less sleep required by the body
- Clearer skin
- Generally looking and feeling better
- Heightened spiritual awareness
- Greater connection to the earth/nature (through eating naturally)
- Good for the planet
- Save on gas/electricity expenses from cooking
- Save time and energy in preparing food
There is an abundance of foods to choose from and enjoy when it comes to raw foods. These include: fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, herbs, grasses, nuts, seeds, grains, sprouted seeds, super foods, mushrooms, edible flowers, sea vegetables, oils, salts, spices, dried fruits, natural flavourings, fermented foods, dehydrated foods, nut milks, non-dairy ice creams, chocolates, nut butters, cheeses and creams.
To make it even more interesting, raw food can be enjoyed in so many different ways, such as:
- Food processing
Contrary to popular belief, raw foods do not have to be bland or boring. There is so much to enjoy!