- Why should we eat Raw?
- There are so many excellent answers to this question, but here I’ll just address the very basics. I talk all about this, and answer tons of other questions in Raw Food: The Answers. Click here for info.
The father of the food enzyme concept, Dr. Edward Howell, argued that when the body is busy digesting food, it is unable to divert the energy necessary to make the type of enzymes needed to do other tasks. There is a tug-of-war between the demands of the digestive system for a constant supply of digestive enzymes and the needs of the body for the metabolic enzymes vital for cleansing, healing and building. Without an adequate supply of metabolic enzymes, over time, we suffer.
What does this suffering look like? It looks like aging, fatigue, aches and pains, arthritis, infertility, high cholesterol, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, tumors, acne, poor mental health, irritability, and on and on and on….often the onset is subtle, and often people chalk it up to ‘old age’. (Trust me on this one: Not so much.) I’ll be 71 on May 31. Am I perfect? Of course not. Do I take a ton of drugs? I do not. Do I feel like someone much younger…in all ways…I do!
This suffering is most often seen in those who eat a diet laden with meat, bread, dairy, processed and cooked foods, caffeine and alcohol. This diet is not only devoid of enzymes, it also creates an acidic state in the body which causes a variety of health problems. On the cellular level, our body needs to be in a predominantly alkali state to take in nutrients and oxygen efficiently and expel toxins.
For the past 27+ years I have proven to myself over and over – both by my own personal experience and that of many thousands of people I’ve worked with, have taught, spoken with and or know – that a diet that is high in Raw Food, fresh raw juicy fruits and vegetables….etc…is so key to glowing good health that it’s undeniable, in my opinion.
Paleo diets are all the rage right now. What is the difference between most Paleo diets and a raw vegan diet? Mostly the clean sourced, organic, small portions of meat and eggs that most Paleo diets recommend. Along with-everything raw vegan folks eat: Lots and lots of fresh raw fruits, veggies, greens, nuts, seeds and nut/seed butters. So you see, there are many ways to do this, the common denominator is clean sourced food with mostly vegan choices. No packaged foods, little to no dairy.
Eating a high enzyme diet consisting of raw fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, nuts, grains (for some people) and some seaweed will profoundly increase your chance of achieving optimal health.
In a nutshell…to enjoy optimal health we need to seek out the most nutritious, natural, chemical free foods we can find – and this means buying as much organic as possible. It also means making good choices, such as opting for homemade raw condiments instead of store bought ones, which include numerous unnecessary and potentially harmful additives.
“All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed. Third it is accepted as being self-evident….” Schopenhaue