Before I get into the details of the raw vegan diet, it’s important to understand that our bodies are complex biological machines, and the food we eat is the fuel. Our bodies are brilliantly designed by God to convert all types of food substances into fuel and energy to sustain life. When you eat, you break down food with your teeth into liquid form, digestive juices break that liquid down further in your stomach, then the nutrients are absorbed into your blood stream and carried to your cells. Your body uses these nutrients for energy, and to repair and regenerate cells.
The fiber, which is too large to be absorbed into your bloodstream, moves through your intestinal tract and out of your body. Waste byproducts, dead and mutated cells, and toxins are carried away in your bloodstream and lymphatic system to be eliminated via sweat, mucus, urine, feces, etc. Fiber is like an intestinal broom. It picks up toxins deposited in your gut and carries them out.
The best source of clean high quality fuel for your body comes from raw organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. This is food designed by God for us, His creation, to eat. But we've gotten away from that. Thanks to technological innovations and modern conveniences, the majority of the food we now eat in America is "processed". It is not natural and it is not healthy.
Processed food is junk food. Most of us think of junk food as soft drinks, candy, snacks, fast food, and tv dinners. But in reality junk food is almost any food that has been altered by man and packaged for resale. The best nutrition advice I've ever heard is this:
"If man made it, don't eat it." - Jack Lalane The food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and it's very competitive. Major food producers are constantly looking at ways to lower costs, increase profits, and lengthen the shelf life of their products. As a result of this process, the nutritional value in the food they produce is decimated or destroyed.
Processed food is loaded with artificial ingredients created in laboratories that we were never intended to ingest: chemical additives like artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners to make it look and taste good. Chemical preservatives are added to make it last longer on the shelf. And finally synthetic vitamins and minerals are added, in an attempt to restore the nutritional value destroyed by all the processing. Look at the ingredients on the labels of the food in your pantry. If the label has ingredients you have never heard of, or cannot pronounce, beware. I don’t care what the nutritional value on the label claims. No processed food product can match the nutritional value of vitamins and minerals contained in raw organic fruits vegetables, seeds, and nuts.
Just because the FDA approved these additives for human consumption, and they don’t make you sick immediately after you eat them, doesn’t mean they are healthy. And just because an artificial ingredient doesn’t cause any noticeable effects on a lab, rat doesn’t mean it’s ok for you to eat. There’s no way the FDA can test the long-term effects that all these artificial ingredients combined have on the human body over a lifetime, because every body is different, and we are all eating different combinations of these artificial substances everyday.
Unhealthy diet and lifestyle are proven causes of cancer and many other diseases. Couple that with the fact that we live in a toxic world and we’re constantly bombarded with invisible toxins that we can’t see or avoid, and the problem is compounded. Which is why it’s increasingly more important now to limit the amount of toxins we put into our body via the food we consume and products we use.
The bottom line is their bottom line. The commercial food industry exists to make money and they don’t care about your health. They care about selling you something to eat, and they are constantly looking at ways to cut costs by substituting cheaper artificially ingredients for real ones. High fructose corn syrup is cheaper than natural cane sugar; and artificial strawberry flavoring is much less expensive than using real strawberries. The cheaper the ingredients, the more profit for the company. Unfortunately the result is processed food with negative nutritional value loaded with sugar, salt, and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives that are toxic to you. There is an eye-opening documentary about the commercial food industry that you need to see immediately.
This movie will change the way you think about food forever. I recommend buying a copy (or three) because you'll want to show it to everyone you know.
"Why Raw?" Simply put, cooking destroys enzymes, lessens the nutritional value of food, and raises its acidity. Whether you're in a lab or in the kitchen, subjecting any object to high heat causes a chemical reaction in that object that changes its structure. Cooking can convert nutrients from an organic to an inorganic state and render them useless to your body. Raw food is living food. Cooked food is dead. Raw food is perfectly designed to fuel a living body. The more raw food you can incorporate into your diet, the better. The single best book on raw foods and juicing I've ever read is called God's Way To Ultimate Health If you only read one book on health, that should be it. That book is the reason I decided against chemotherapy. Buy it.
"Why Organic?" Commercial farmers today are using genetically modified seed, as well as toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, traces of which can be found in commercial produce. If you compare commercial and organic produce in your local grocery you will likely find that the commercial produce looks much better; but don't be fooled. They have mastered the science of growing "beautiful" produce. However, organically grown produce tastes better, is chemical free, and often has higher nutrient content. “I eat whatever I want. I eat junk food and fast food all the time and I feel fine, so what’s the problem.” I did too and I got cancer. Your body was not designed to process these artificial ingredients. Simply put, it just doesn’t know what to do with them. Some artificial substances pass through your body, but others are trapped in your kidneys, liver, intestines, and tissues like your heart, blood vessels, and brain. If you have ever been in a cave and seen stalagmites, you may remember from school that they are mineral deposits formed over many years. The same types of deposits form in your body when you ingest substances it cannot break down or eliminate. These Inorganic Materials lead to hardened and clogged arteries, kidney stones, gall stones, etc. Over time they can build up and block blood flow to the brain leading to brain diseases like Alzheimer's.
Bioavailability is a measurement of whether or not a nutrient is in a state that can be absorbed and used by your body. Take spinach for example. Spinach is one of the best plant sources of iron on the planet. The iron you get from raw spinach is in an organic state and absorbable by your body. The iron in a railroad spike is not. So how do you know which form of iron you are getting in processed food? You don’t. Which leads us to another problem with processed food. It contains vitamins and mineral additives that are mostly inorganic and not bioavailable. The same applies to most vitamin and mineral supplements people take. They are not in a form your body can use. On the contrary, the vitamins, minerals and enzymes in raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts are bioavailable. These nutrients are easy for your body to digest, absorb, and use to repair itself.
"What about meat, dairy, and grains?" Let me give you some quick answers to be expounded upon in future posts: Despite the millions of dollars spent by the food industry to convince us that "milk does a body good" and beef is "real food for real people"; conventionally produced meat and dairy are not healthy foods. The methods by which these foods are produced significantly degrade the nutritional value. Cows, chickens, and pigs are pumped full of steroids and antibiotics, live in cages covered in their own filth and forced to eat corn-based feed instead of grass to fatten them up.
This "conventional" meat is unusually high in fat and toxic. Most of the fish consumed today is not caught in the wild. They are raised in chemical filled pools at fish farms and also fed an unnatural corn-based diet. Don't be fooled when the restaurant menu says "Atlantic Salmon" This does not mean is was caught in the Atlantic Ocean. It's usually just a type of salmon from a fish farm. It might surprise you to know that farm raised salmon meat is white and is actually dyed "salmon color"? If you look on the closely at the packaging in the grocery store, you will see the phrase "color added" in very fine print.
Most commercial dairy products are pasteurized and homogenized. These two processes radically change them into unnatural forms that are not suited for our bodies. Because of the factors I've already mentioned, meat and dairy are acid-forming. The higher your internal acidity, the more susceptible you are to disease. Meat and dairy are very rich foods with no fiber and move through your digestive system very slowly, putrefying and releasing toxins back into your system. Finally, cooked and processed grains are typically loaded with artificial ingredients and converted to sugar in your bloodstream, spiking your insulin which can result in weight gain, diabetes, etc.
Although I acknowledge that for most people raw vegan diet may be difficult to implement, I strongly recommend you incorporate as much raw food into your diet as possible. This is a major part of what I did to beat cancer along with not doing chemo. I know cutting out processed food is not easy, because it means giving up foods you enjoy. Believe me, your life and and health is worth it. If you are sick now, doing this is imperative. If you are not sick, make a change for the better today. Don't wait until you get sick like I did.
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