why raw food?
why raw food?
the commitment to become 100% raw is a serious one insofar as the intense lifestyle change it requires. the first question commonly asked is what does a raw food diet consist of? a raw food diet consists of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and sprouts. we do not espouse to eating raw meat of any kind.
although a raw plant-based diet can, by strict scientific definition, be proven as biologically perfect nutrition for the human body, the path to its return is difficult and often physically painful. most people do not have the will power to achieve this. a vegan lifestyle is often considered extreme, but by a raw foodist’s standards, the vegan lifestyle is decadent.
the naysayers of a raw food diet often site weak arguments for cooked foods and animal flesh. the basis for their arguments against a plant-based diet is not founded in biology, anatomy, or chemistry. it’s not founded in science at all. generally, people’s opinions about nutrition are usually formed on a combination of misstated facts, anecdotal experiments, and observations of a small group of people.
there is no scientific justification for the consumption of animal flesh. its basis is rooted in either tradition or necessity. all flesh foods have their origin from plants. the sun is the source of all energy in the organic world. plants are the only life form that can convert the sun’s energy into usable energy. all organic life feeds off plant life. when you eat the flesh of a plant eater, you are eating plants second-hand. in flesh, nourishment is in a concentrated form that also brings along with it the toxins and waste gasses that were in the flesh of the animal at the time of its death. the fact is that animal flesh is nothing more than concentrated protein and other larger molecules originally derived from vegetation; the consumption of it has injurious effects on human physiology.
the journey to a higher consciousness diet involves a relational change with one’s ingrained eating habits and the surrender of a lifelong series of food addictions. flesh and dairy food are very stimulating and make us feel good short term. they are hard to give up. our primary addiction is to feeling good and it takes a long time to wean oneself from the short term addiction of foods and move into the long term addiction to feeling healthy and clean.
eating a diet that is 75-80% raw and 20-25% cooked is an intermediate path. you can even do very well having some flesh based foods, if you set limits. the reason for this is that the body has a margin of error. the trick to optimal health is to plan for the error by creating parameters your body will adapt to, then to stick to your parameters of error. eating meat three times per week, every other day at maximum, is a mistake your body will adapt to and most people will do quite well on this plan. make sure you do not combine flesh with starchy carbs of any kind, e.g. potatoes, rice, bread, and so on. always eat flesh foods with a big serving of leafy greens to help with digestion. furthermore, there are some high quality digestive enzyme supplements one might consider using when eating hard to digest foods.
cow milk and cow cheese should be avoided at all costs. sorry.
a raw food diet is ideal for those living in warm climates. however, a 100% raw food diet can be maintained very successfully in a cold environment if you are willing to endure feeling colder and wearing more layers of clothing.
you cannot maintain an unnaturally large muscular physique with a chiefly raw food diet, unless large amounts of supplements are added to your diet (even then the results are unpredictable). if you stuff your face with 10 times the necessary calories needed to survive, you are putting the digestive system under enormous strain. you are aging yourself faster and you are not thinking of the long term negative consequences. maintaining an unnatural physique will more than likely will have a negative consequence in the long term.
with a truly clean diet, and an adjustment period, you can feel like a powerful warrior and be less prone to injuries. furthermore, athletes with clean diets have shorter recovery periods from injuries, age more slowly, and are able to maintain an extraordinary workload with less rest and less fatigue. read more
there are risks associated with being 90% or 100% raw for a long period. over time, the body totally detoxes from poor lifestyle habits. after years of being totally raw, a person cannot simply jump in and out of this lifestyle without causing complications to their health.
the most respected nutrition books on the planet all say similar things and the majority of the knowledge and sciences are correct, but in certain areas they are dead wrong. this has caused much confusion and many problems within our population, generation after generation. the highest quality and the cleanest diet for humans has been muddled by health practitioners who do not correctly connect the dots. the culture of nonsense and profiteering in food service industries has made the simplest concepts impossible to navigate. the fact is, human beings do not need even one ounce of flesh to survive. the nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, fats, h20, and salts can all be derived from a plant-based diet combined with supplements.
the primary model of nutrition that we promote is:
1. eliminate processed foods
2. avoid dairy products
3. reduce the intake of animal flesh or eliminate them entirely
4. drink more green juices
5. eat less and don’t eat late at night
6. understand and practice correct food combinations
7. do colonics
8. get sufficient rest
9. drink lots of clean water
10. have a positive attitude
these are all sound nutritional and lifestyle choices.
a decision about a lifestyle choice has to made; a structure, one which you can live with, has to be set in your diet. stay within that structure and avoid sliding in and out of it. this is how optimum health is maintained.
the beginner should start with an adjustment to at least a 60% raw diet and 40% correctly cooked foods (more to come on how). more juices should be consumed. juice requires almost no digestion and one can go for very long periods of time on juice alone. combine food properly. humans can function very well on a diet of 80% raw and 20% cooked food. the detoxing and sustaining result would be similar but slower than if one is 100% raw. 80/20 is a daily intake dynamic, not eating raw for a week and then having a sunday pig out on cooked foods.
‘when you abstain from foods that interfere with the natural healing physiology of your body, cleansing and detoxing begins. the body’s biochemistry has evolved over millions of years. one of the laws governing the body is that it will function optimally if what we eat is consistent with our biochemical makeup. a diet consisting almost entirely of raw fruits and vegetable, nuts, seeds, and small amounts of certain grains, given a chance in the right environment, can do amazing things. on the other hand, the body has an extraordinary capacity to adapt to toxic foods and desensitize itself so that we are not aware of what’s actually happening to us, i.e., we are getting sick!’ extracted with permission from the book your healthy journey by fred bisci, phd.
processed food, which includes anything that does not occur in nature, with the exception of certain grains used in moderation, make us sick, overweight, and accelerate aging. vegans often make tremendous mistakes by selecting highly processed foods as their staples. tofu, tempeh, gluten, rice, and refined foods are not by any knowledgeable person’s standards “health foods.”
it is common sense that introducing raw food into your diet – either 100%, which is very advanced nutrition, or at least 80%, which is an intermediate raw life style, will result in optimal health conditions because of what we are leaving out, primarily processed foods.
juice press products are the highest biological quality food one can consume. the density of superb nutrition you are absorbing during a full day of juicing – combined with abstinence of highly processed foods, cooked foods, and/or concentrated proteins – sets you on a path to a variety of internal cleansing processes.
individuals with certain illnesses who attempt to jump into a 100% raw food diet, especially someone on certain medications, can get very sick. be cautious.