I think most of us are aware that processed food is less nutritional and full of unhealthy artificial ingredients. But what you might not realize is that much of our home cooked meals can also be considered as “processed.” Many ‘Raw Food Eaters’ say that by cooking our food, we are killing nutrients that keep us alive and healthy.
As I have been eating more raw food, I’ve come to the realization that I always feel at my best the more raw I eat. And if you have been following me at all, you know I am all about sharing so you can feel and be better too!
Lets start by going over the Pros and Cons of Eating 100% Raw
- Cooked and processed food is less digestible than raw food. Anything that is consumed that cannot be digested or stored must be eliminated as waste. Eating cooked food produces so much waste in the body that our organs cannot keep up with the elimination and waste accumulates. This accumulation is toxic and can result in health issues.
- Heating food above 118 degrees destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes, this is bad because:
- Enzymes are the living proteins that are very important in our biochemical and metabolic processes.
- Enzymes cannot tolerate heat, microwaving, or pasteurization
- Enzymes boost digestion
- They help transform and store energy, make active hormones, dissolve fiber and prevent clotting.
- They have anti-inflammatory effects.
- Enzymes help balance and restore the immune system, and heal many diseases.
- Enzymes help repair our DNA and our RNA.
- Since many raw foods are low in calories, fat, and sodium, and high in fiber there’s a good chance you might lose weight if you change over to this style of eating
- Plant based foods are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals
- A large percentage of the vitamins are destroyed when you cook your food.
- Vitamins help regulate metabolism, help convert fat and carbohydrates into energy, and assist in forming bone and tissue.
- Cooking can zap some water soluble vitamins like vitamins B and C.
- When foods are cooked, many of the minerals are destroyed, or altered, rendering them useless and also unable to assist vitamins.
- Phytonutrients in freshly harvested plant foods can be destroyed or removed by cooking.
- Phytos protect the body and fight disease. They also fight cancer and help your heart.
- Eating lots of veggies and fruits is good for you.
- Most raw foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) are naturally gluten-free.
- You may need to take vitamin supplements to make up for any gaps in your diet. Because most people who eat only raw foods exclude animal products,
- Cooking boosts some nutrients, like beta-carotene and lycopene and also kills bacteria, which helps you avoid food poisoning. Some foods should only be eaten if they are cooked.
- There’s no scientific proof that eating only raw foods prevents illness.
- You will have to endure criticism from friends, co-workers and family members
- You may need to up your kitchen skills.
- Eating out can be tricky at best
- If you go all Organic, some of the ingredients tend to be more expensive.
- If you jump in and change your diet all at once, you’ll have to have enough resolve and commitment to get through stages of healing and bodily adjustment that may bring up feelings of weakness, anxiety, lack of energy, discouragement and even acute (flu-like) symptoms. This is the process of detoxification and can be unpleasant at times. Many people expect raw foods to be like medicine, giving them immediate relief. But raw foods will do just the opposite: they’ll stir up the toxins and purge them out. When this happens a person may feel miserable for a time.
- There are many things to learn for “Healthy” people going raw. But someone with a serious health challenge, needs to learn even more, especially about how raw foods can help with their particular illness. They need to find a doctor knowledgeable in raw foods to assist to deal with medications.
- Eating un-soaked nuts and seeds places an added burden on the pancreas, which has to fight the inhibitors by over-secreting pancreatic enzymes, causing it to enlarge in the process. Taking a digestive enzyme supplement with your meal is an added cost.
I have found that gradually adding in more and more raw foods to my daily diet was an easier way to adjust my habits and body’s adjustments. First I changed my morning meal to include more fruit. Then I started experimenting with new and easy to make recipes.
This Curried Lentil Salad has become one of my favorites.
There are many enzyme supplements on the market to help support your body’s natural digestive process. I use doTERRA’s TerraZyme because it is a balanced and comprehensive blend of digestive enzymes to support normal digestive processes.* I take it with me whenever I eat out. It could be at a restaurant or even a friends home, just to make sure my stomach can handle any processed foods.* Some people have found that taking Terrazyme daily helps to support and enhance their body’s natural digestive processes to ensure they are getting the nutrients their body needs.* Get your bottle of TerraZyme HERE
How will you start to eat more raw food?
Do you have a favorite raw food recipe? I’d love to try it!
*NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis.