In our modern, fast-paced lives many of us have gotten very far away from eating food in it’s natural state. It may seem easier to grab some fast-food or heat up a frozen entree in the microwave, but what is it doing to your health? Our bodies were not designed to live on preservatives, additives and all those ingredients too hard to pronounce. Everyone knows it’s healthy to eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day. That isn’t a new concept. The raw food diet simply suggests that these foods should be most of what we eat. When you prepare fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds without cooking, you preserve the maximum nutrition in these foods. You don’t have to eat 100% raw or even be a vegetarian to get started. While a “high-raw” diet – consisting of 75% or more raw foods, with the remaining being healthy cooked vegan food is optimal, anyone can enjoy improved health and vitality by eating at least 50% raw foods. Raw and living foods feed your body and your cells with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other life-giving substances that cooking destroys. Some of the many benefits of eating a raw and living foods diet are:
- Better digestion
- More energy
- Clearer eyes and smoother skin – the “Raw Glow”
- Mental clarity and focus
- Getting to and maintaining your ideal weight – without hunger
- Optimal body pH balance
- Stronger immune system
- Risk of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, high bood pressure and cholesteral, is reduced
- A joyful attitude
- A youthful appearance – and zest for life!
And don’t think you’ll be starving or living on a diet of carrot and celery sticks. You’ll discover a whole new world of culinary delights. Raw Food has gone gourmet in a big way. Whether you want quick and easy meals or love to prepare more complicated recipes, there is something for everyone in the vast array of Raw Food “cookbooks” now available. Taking a class is a great way to learn how to prepare Raw Food, get to know the ingredients and to have your questions answered ~ as well as getting a chance to taste really great, fresh food!