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7 Benefits of Eating Raw Food

Raw food has benefits for everyone.  Eating lots of raw food can make a big difference in your energy, health, weight, mood, and quality of life.  Let’s look at 7 raw food benefits that you can experience by eating more raw and living foods.

Raw Food Benefit #1:  More Energy

One of the biggest raw food benefits is having more energy and feeling younger.  Raw food contains simple sugars, enzymes, nutrients, and minerals that our bodies need in an easily digestible form.  Since less energy is needed for digestion, you have more energy available for other tasks—such as working, playing, exercise, or anything else you want to do.  Which brings us to raw food benefit number two…

Raw Food Benefit #2:  Easier & Faster Digestion

Raw foods contain living enzymes that help your body digest food quickly and easily.  These enzymes are destroyed when food is cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit.  When you eat a big cooked meal, a large amount of energy is required to digest the meal.  This explains why you feel tired and sleepy after a big Thanksgiving dinner (or any large cooked-food meal).  With raw food, digestion & elimination are quick and easy.

Raw Food Benefit #3: Lots of Fiber and Naturally Detoxes Your Body

Raw food assists in naturally detoxing your body.  When you eat plenty of raw foods, you’re getting lots of fiber, allowing your body to release mucus, toxins, and accumulated waste.  When you eat clean food (fresh fruits and veggies), your body can focus on detoxing—instead of having to focus on digesting unhealthy, artificially processed, dead, and packaged foods.  Good health requires good elimination—and fiber assists in that process.

Raw Food Benefit #4: Rapid Weight Loss

Another fantastic benefit is raw food weight loss.  When you eat a raw food diet, you’ll probably lose weight.  Why?  Because raw food is pure – it doesn’t contain junk food, harmful additives, hydrogenated oils, or lots of empty calories.  Raw food provides maximum nutrition for minimum calories.  Plus, fruits and veggies are naturally low in fat.

Raw Food Benefit #5:  More Nutritional Value than Cooked Foods

Foods cooked above 118F° will lose enzymes, nutrients, minerals and vitamins.  You can compare the energy that surrounds living food to the energy that surrounds cooked/dead food using Kirlian photography.  Living foods have more energy, which can be seen with Kirlian photography.

Raw Food Benefit #6: Feeling More Rested & Possibly Needing Less Sleep

Among other raw food benefits, you might experience the need for less sleep.  When we eat large amounts of cooked food, the energy required for digestion taxes our bodies.  As a result, we need to sleep more to recover.  Many people report feeling more rested, and needing less sleep on a raw food diet.   

 

Raw Food Benefit #7:  Anti-Aging Benefits

Raw food contains anti-oxidants, which play a big role in reducing the signs of aging.  Researchers have concluded that free radical damage causes oxidation — and this is the central process of aging.

Free radicals are created as a side-effect of natural metabolism. They are also caused by drugs, environmental poisons and pollutants. The antioxidants and micronutrients in raw foods (fresh fruits & vegetables) reduce free radical damage, and help prevent the signs of aging.

DeLightful Bite

I was the answer
to his mid-life crisis
and he to mine. The ex’s
would find someone younger
to dish up the same old meals
on someone else’s
wedding present dinner
service while he and I
could marry our talents
in the culinary department
with the coriander and the basil
and the raspberry coulis.

No need for unkeepable promises
as we peeled back the artichokes
sucking the lemon and raw honey from
fleshy leaves with our teeth
Wrapping our tongues around the
dripping hearts, little
moans of pleasure.
We had unfettered license
to live and love and eat. Selah

Yah’some Living at it’s Best

To all of my doubters out there, a raw food lifestyle really does work. If you are still on the fence about starting your own 30 day raw food nutrition experiment, this lady may just be the nudge you need. I’ve sent it to a few of my friends and two have decided to go raw for 30 Days.

And now, the Raw Food Nutrition Plan Pros: Weight Loss.  Just about everyone I’ve met, who has gone on this nutrition plan, has lost weight. If you are trying to lose weight in a healthy way, then there is no healthier way than eating raw natural foods. I personally lost 35 lbs while on this nutrition plan and I wasn’t even trying. If you are trying to lose a few pounds, then try the raw food nutrition plan. Not only will you lose the weight but you will feel great while doing it. There’s no need for pills, powders, fancy diets, or set portions. That, plus zero cooking time! Just go to your local ‘Farmers Market‘ and buy the produce. Then come home, wash it, grab one of our deLightful recipes, prepare it, and eat it. I lost an average of 3.687 lbs in a week. If you eat a lot of processed food, as well as fast food you will probably lose more weight than me. Just keep in mind that if you eat processed food along with fast food on a daily basis, your detox period may also be more intense. With that in mind, you may not want to jump into 100% raw food all at once. I recommend a natural herbal detox kit.  If you do decide on eating 100% raw, then I recommend scheduling a nutritional consultation with one of our nutritional consultants today.

Whole Food Nutrition

Simply stated, I believe the best way to get optimal nutrition is to eat primarily whole, unprocessed, organic food. However, this is easier said than done–for many reasons which will be addressed here.
 
So the purpose of this briefing is to simply offer my best tips on how to maximize your time and dollars to get the best whole food nutrition that is unique to you and your health condition.
 

Every one of us has the same list of nutritional requirements (vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, enzymes and hormones), yet the right amounts for each individual are determined by our unique lifestyle, environment, metabolic type and blood type.

 
See our Simple 6-Step Process for Optimum Nutrition.
 
Illness or disease can result from both excesses and deficiencies of the required nutrients.  One of the most important factors I’ve learned about nutrition in my research as a Certified Nutrition Consultant is the importance of the synergistic effect of all nutrient components in food. The body in its infinite intelligence knows how to adjust imbalances if we give it whole foods rather than isolated nutrients in supplement form, especially the synthetic ones.
 
Along with intake of food, there are many other key factors related to nutrition, including the simple science of food combining, water intake, electrical nutrition, acid vs. alkaline benefits, removal of toxic waste, absorption of nutrients from the sun, digestive and eliminative health, and many others.
 
In addition, even though I maintain this whole-food philosophy, I have come to realize over time that high-quality, whole-food supplements are often necessary to complement our diets, especially when we don’t have access to high quality, fresh food. I also find that the situations in people’s lives make it challenging to consistently eat healthy meals. So I will be recommending some of my favorite whole-food nutritional supplements to fill in the gaps as we do our best to eat well.
 
Simple 6-Step Process for Optimum Nutrition
 
1.  Drink Enough Pure Water. Water is involved in every chemical and biological process in the body. To a large degree, your body’s hydration level determines how well it can digest and assimilate nutrients from the food you eat and any supplements you take.  If your body is even slightly dehydrated, it simply will not function well–no matter how well you eat. Thus, drinking at least 1/2 oz. per pound of body weight of pure alkaline water is the foundation for your optimum nutrition.
 
2.  Choose Quality Food. Start by going through your cupboards and giving away all processed food. Shop at your local farmers-type markets, the Lifestyles Wellness Market and the Pantry for fresh foods (preferably organic and locally grown) as often as possible. In grocery stores, shop the perimeter mainly for organic fresh (or frozen) foods and avoid all processed, packaged, fried, canned and fast food. Bottom line is if it’s not food, don’t eat it! Read the labels. I recommend eating primarily a whole-food, fruit and plant-based diet, especially an abundance of raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, along with whole grains, sprouted grains and legumes.
 
3.  Prepare Simple Meals. Let’s face it, if meals are not quick and easy, they’re not going to happen more often than not. Invest in a few natural health cookbooks and try one new simple recipe a week until you have at least 10 quick meals to fall back on when you’re stressed or just don’t feel like cooking. Look for recipes here at Yah’some Living in the recipe section we have great recipes that can make your life healthier and take no longer than 20 minutes. The easiest way I know to get in 9-11 servings of fruits and vegetables is by blending and drinking smoothies.  I can’t say enough about smoothies, especially with a high power blender.
 
4.  Digest Your Food Well. No matter how well you eat, if your food doesn’t digest properly, your body will not assimilate the nutrients and utilize the energy it needs. When the digestive and eliminative systems work well, energy levels are high and the immune system is strong. The key is to work from the top down, first ensuring good digestion, then good absorption, and finally good elimination. If your digestion or eliminations is poor, begin by hydrating your body. The second step is to slow down and chew your food thoroughly.
 
5.  Cleanse Your Colon. Did you know that 2-3 bowel movements a day is considered healthy? Many people feel lucky to have 2-3 a week! The most common sign of a toxic colon is chronic constipation or irritable bowel. The most effective ways to cleanse your colon naturally is by drinking alkaline water and fresh fruit and vegetable juices, eating a diet high in fiber and nutrients, and taking herbal colon cleansing products periodically. Taking extra flax seed fiber, probiotics (kefir is easy to make look at the kefir grains post here at Yah’some Living), or magnesium can also be helpful.
 
6.  Take Key Supplements as Needed. Even with the best food and a “balanced” diet, I have found that our food may still not provide all the nutrients we need. Unfortunately, the bulk of our food supply is processed and grown in nutritionally depleted soil. So unless you are growing your own food in rich soil, I believe a few key broad-based, whole-food supplements are advisable, especially during times when we are under more stress or strain.  Northern Edge Milled Flax Seed and Wheat Germ are two of  my favorites. Together they are a SUPER food, rich in omega 3, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, sterols, flavonoids, carotenoids and proteins.
 
Remember if you are struggling with your health, your eating habits or other lifestyle factors, it is helpful (even necessary at times) to work with a health care professional or Certified Nutrition Consultant. Ultimately it can save you time and money, as well as physical and emotional discomfort.

Yah’some Living at a Glance

If raw foods are more than a diet, what is Yah’some Living and a raw living whole food lifestyle? Although most people begin with diet, other aspects of the lifestyle to consider include exercise, meditation and spiritual practices, mindfulness and thought patterns, and much, much more. The beauty of Yah’some Living with the raw, living whole foods lifestyle is that it is an ancient yet newly emerging lifestyle, a concept that was practiced centuries ago and now is finding it’s way into our lives once again. We are ever evolving, changing and growing and we have begun to get back to the original plan of sustainable life and heaven on Earth. No one ever achieves ‘perfection’ but pursues a daily, personal path of growth and change. A person who follows the laws of the universe and lives on a raw vegan lifestyle provides a great foundation and starting point as well as a community of support for encouragement, motivation and friendship. Selah.