It is in human nature to eat raw food. We were once hunters and gatherers before mass marketing jumped the gun and interrupted the flow we had with nature. Do you ever stop at the store and check what exactly are you buying? How have the foods been processed? And what good do they do for you? Why do you think it is a good idea to add sugars wherever possible? To keep you wanting (and buying) more, obviously.
One type of food that has not been altered in any shape or form is raw food. Foods that are cooked, grilled or heated up lose a lot of vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes beneficial to the body. While raw food retains all of it as well as the minerals which our body needs to function, keep healthy, grow and regenerate. Raw food moreover consists of perfectly balanced water levels, nutrients and minerals and is therefore also light on digestion.
I most certainly don’t follow all the rules to a T, but it is safe to say that 80% of what I eat is raw. It is easy to pull together for snacks and side dishes, but I like to keep some of the bigger meals heat-treated. I also like to stay mindful of where the foods come from and strive to eat them while they are in season. That way, I keep my wave-length with nature in sync as feeling connected to nature is a powerful thing.
At the end of the day, it is not only what we eat, but also what we wear and how we choose to spend our time.
So, it is safe to say that eating raw food is not only a form of diet but rather, holistically, a way of life – simple and straight forward.
Here are some benefits to consider:
- It leads to better health. In turn, we use less money for medical treatments. Raw food prevents numerous diseases to form as they contain all the necessary nutrients for maintaining good health, for growth and for regeneration.
- It boasts the perfect ratio of water, nutrients, and fiber, depending on what the body needs.
- It is easy to digest; thus, your body needs less energy for the process of digestion. In return, you have more energy left for other tasks.
- It boosts your body with more energy. Less energy is left from the process of bonding toxins that form during the process of digesting cooked food. With raw foods, your body clears toxins right away.
- It helps your body regulate and maintain weight. Raw food has the capacity of regulating innate appetite levels and prevents us from overeating.
- It helps with brain function as it strengthens memory and the power to concentrate.
- It has calming effects as our digestion uses less energy and stabilizes blood sugar levels.
- The food cost is generally cheaper and it is easier to prepare; while doing so, you save the environment.
If you like fresh fruit and vegetables, your intake of raw foods might even be much higher than you think it is. To take it a step further here is a recipe for a savory cake:
- Mix almonds and coconut chips well together in a blender.
- Add seedless dates soaked in water overnight. And a little of the water, too. Mix it all together with almonds and coconut, press on the bottom of the pan in which you want to shape the cake in, and place it into the fridge to cool.
- For the topping place avocados into a blender, to which you add vanilla, cocoa powder, agave syrup, and lemon juice. Blend it together until the mixture is smooth.
- Top with strawberries and bananas. You can additionally garnish it with coconut shavings. Cool for a couple of hours and serve to enjoy.