RAW FOOD – DESIGNED BY NATURE
Eating a Raw Food Diet means that your diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, with some raw nuts and seeds. It is a vegan diet, where no animal products are consumed. The food is eaten in a raw and fresh state, with as little processing as possible. It is the diet that Nature intended for us to eat – fresh, raw, ripe, sweet and delicious.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients, high in water and are very easy to digest. Acknowledged in the world as the most health promoting food for humans, they are also the most ethical and environment friendly food.
It is a joy to pick sweet fruits and fabulous berries out in nature and enjoy eating them in the sun. In doing so we are not just nourishing our bodies, but also our souls, while cultivating a calm and peaceful mind.
If we base our diet on fruits and vegetables we help our body to function at its best. Sick people get well; sad and tired people get happy and full of energy and athletes improve their performance.
The simple change to a Raw Food Diet could change the world for the better. It has a much bigger impact than most people are aware of. Besides improving your health, the Raw Food Diet can save us millions of money on health care costs, is very energy effective, saves a lot of water, protects the environment and biodiversity, is very good for climate and animals and have the potential to end world hunger.
What do we really eat on a Raw Food Diet and why?
We eat mostly fresh fruits, including non-sweet fruits such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squashes and peppers and some vegetables. We can occasionaly have some avocados and very seldom some nuts, seeds or sea weeds.
We eat a low fat raw vegan diet, where our calories come mostly from carbohydrates with a small quantitie of calories coming from proteins and fats. This diet is also called “the 80/10/10 Diet” after the bestselling book from Dr. Douglas Graham.
For breakfast we eat juicy fruits like watermelon, sweet melons, oranges, apples, usually one kind of fruit at a time. It can also be a smoothie or freshly made juice.
Lunch consists of more fruits like bananas, mangos or dates, and we can have smoothies or raw ice cream.
Dinner starts with a fruit meal followed by either a salad, spaghetti made from zucchini or another raw food meal.
Why low fat?
Fats are more difficult to digest and have more than double the amount of calories per bite than carbohydrates. Eating a diet dominated by fats uses more energy and time for digestion and compromises the glycogen reserves, resulting in a decreased physical performance. The high energetic value of fats means that you cannot eat as much of the vital micro nutrients in the food before getting full, as in opposite to eating carbohydrates. Fats are very easily stored in adipose tissues, which means that when you are getting more calories than you need on a high fat diet, it can easily lead to obesity. Too much of fats in the diet can decrease the absorption of nutrients, clog the arteries and lead to candida problems.
Doctors like Dr. Ornish, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Barnard or Dr. McDougall have all used a low fat vegan diet to help many people reverse their medical conditions like heart disease or diabetes.
Why are Raw Foods so Healthy for us?
The Raw food Diet is nothing new and in no way some kind of another extreme weight loss diet. Actually, all animals are on a Raw Food Diet and humans have been on it for most of their history. In reality, the cooking, frying, refining and other ways of processing and heat treatment of our food can be called an extreme and grave experiment.
We are anatomically not well adapted to eat a diet high in processed meats and refined foods. The optimal nourishment for our bodies can we only get from fresh and ripe fruits and vegetables. We are classified as primates and hominides, being close to great apes genetically, anatomically and physiologically. All the great apes prefer to eat fruits and tender vegetables, most of them showing a strong frugivorous behaviour. The foods they eat are also ideal for us and it is quite logical, that eating the most optimal food will lead to the most optimal health.
No wonder that fruits and vegetables are universally promoted as healthy food. There is a huge scientific research body about the positive effects of fruits and vegetables on prevention and onset of serious diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
1) Fruits and vegetables are low in salt and filled with water, preventing dehydration while optimizing the uptake of nutrients.
2) They are usually low in fat and calories. Juicy fruits and vegetables promote a healthy weight loss and are the best way how to eradicate the epidemy of obesity in the western world.
3) They are packed with vitamins and minerals in a fine tuned balance, suppporting all the functions needed for life.
4) They contain thousands of various phytonutrients important for protection against oxidative stress and damage of our cells.
5) They are easy to digest and give you an abundance of energy for other tasks.
6) They are tasty and satisfying without any stimulants, avoiding the possibility of overeating.
Heating our food over 42 ℃ or 110 ℉ will damage the nutrients in the food and depending on time, temperature and treatment, the food will start to produce antinutrients, mutagens and carcinogens. Eating a diet high in processed foods (and also foods which are not optimal for us to eat), we simply introduce more waste products and toxins into our body. This will lead to a continuous poisoning of the body and result in chronic health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, diabetes or cancer.
More and more people around the world are experiencing the benefits of eating a vegan and a Raw Food Diet. The results range from weight loss, improved health and improved performance to almost miraculous healing from long time allergies, asthma, diabetes, mental problems, arthritis, colitis, cardiovascular disease, cancer and many other ailments.
In short time the vegan diet and the Raw Food Diet has become widely known and popular, not just for health oriented people, but also for athletes, celebrities and politicians struggling with their health such as Venus Williams, Bill Clinton or Mike Tyson to name a few.
What can a Raw Food Diet mean for the health of our planet?
During the last few decades it has become obvious how much of an impact human activities has had on the environment and the planet. Especially livestock farming has been emphasized by many authorities as one of the most endangering practices of today.
In 2006 the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations (UN) has published a report called Livestock’s long shadow, about the dire consequences of industrial agriculture for the environment. Later on the World Watch Institute reported that livestock farming is responsible for producing more than 50% of total greenhouse gases.
In some countries the agriculture land uses more than 60-70% of land area and the massive production of meat takes a toll on the environment, polluting ground water, sea water and air, being the number one cause of greenhouse gases, deforestation and loss of biodiversity.
Eating lower on the food chain is not only healthy for us, but also more economical and environmentally friendly. On a land area of 1 hectare we can produce only about 50 kilos of beef, or about 4.000 kilos of apples or 10.000 kilos of tomatoes. The production of one kilo of beef uses 32.000 liter of water. The production of one kilo apples only uses 40-60 liter of water.
Raw food can also save a lot of energy that we normally would use when processing foods like meat and corn. Both food processing companies uses alot of energy, as well as cooking and preparing food at home does. When eating a Raw Food Diet, there is comparably a minimal amount of processing involved.
Compared to planting mono crops used for feeding animals, which are an ecological disaster, fruit trees provide protection for landscape, hiding places for animals and an excess of food. They also clean the air and look beautiful with their flowers and colourful fruits.