The process of cooking food depletes vitamins, destroys enzymes that help digestion, and damages vital fats and proteins. It also results in the creation of free radicals, which are a major contributor to cancer and many other illnesses.
Raw food or plant based eating has a natural balance of the fiber, nutrients, and water that your body needs.
Raw foods are unprocessed, so fat, processed sugar, and additives are not a worry.
Raw foods contain live enzymes needed for healing as well as many nutrients, proteins, and substances that speed the healing process and the longer you keep them, the less “life” and nutrients they contain.
Six plant-based must-haves:
1. Fruits such as blueberries, oranges, bananas, and avocados.
2. Leafy greens, including kale, spinach, cabbage, and romaine lettuce.
3. Raw nuts and seeds.
4. Steamed gluten-free grains such as quinoa, millet, and buckwheat.
5. Sprouted or cooked legumes, including lentils, peas, chickpeas, and beans.
6. Probiotic-rich foods such as raw sauerkraut, miso, and raw yogurt.
You can use blenders, food processors, and dehydrators to prepare your meals. Thoroughly clean your vegetables and fruits to avoid food poisoning or try using a vegetable and fruit cleanser, available in health food stores. Either treatment helps to removes bacteria and pesticide residues. Scrub root vegetables well with a stiff brush that you use just for food.
Make sure to get all of your nutrients when eating plant-based meals. Also, there are some nutrient-rich super foods that can’t be eaten raw, such as beans, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Balch CNC, Phyllis A.. Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal (Kindle Locations 638-640). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.