What is Raw Food?

The health community is going crazy for all things raw. So just what’s it all about?

Raw food is food in its real form: organic, from the earth and uncooked. It’s raw food that’s still technically “live” food – that is food whose enzymes are still intact and that, if planted, would grow new life. For food to be considered raw it can be blended, chopped, juiced, pureed, frozen, dehydrated and ‘living’.

Living foods are fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, roots and seeds – virtually anything edible that grows from the earth that has not been cooked above 38 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). Above this temperature the nourishing enzymes die, meaning a lot of the foods essential nutrients are dead, or at least greatly diminished, when you eat them.

Raw cuisine is ideally made from organic ingredients. Organic farming produces the most nutritious food because it’s not sprayed with toxic pesticides, which are often employed in non-organic farming. Unfortunately, in this day and age naturally grown food is not as ready available or affordable – but if you thoroughly wash the fruit and veg from your local supermarket and eat it raw you’ll still be way ahead of those whose bodies are running predominantly on cooked, processed foods.

When you eat more live food you feel more alive. Give it a try – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Why Raw?

If cooking food destroys the vital nutrients needed to stay healthy, eating food raw does the opposite. It provides us with what we need for optimum health and well being.

Our bodies operate at a comfortable 37.5 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). Anything that has been heated to above our own body temperature is dying because the enzymes, vitamins and minerals begin to deform and die at this temperature. Once cooked above this temperature food has lost 100% of its enzymes and at least 30% of the nutrients. It has therefore become enzymatically ‘dead’.

Nutrients are the building blocks of cells in our bodies and enzymes aid digestion and other bodily functions. Cooking food chemically changes the molecular structure of raw plants which may convert to toxins, carcinogens, mutagens and free-radicals associated with diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.

Enzymes are responsible for every single action our body undertakes. When the body doesn’t have enough enzymes, it won’t have the energy to develop new cells, fight off infections, or digest your food. Getting through the day can be a struggle for many people, who experience an overwhelming tiredness in the early afternoon and compensate for it by ingesting toxic energy drinks or taking themselves off to bed for a much needed nap. But by feeding your body raw foods, your body is literally being fed energy.

Many people following a raw food diet (that is, at least 70% of the diet coming from raw, whole foods), state a noticeable increase in energy levels. Raw foods act as a natural detox, helping to remove the body of excess fat and toxins. Preparing raw cuisine also saves so much time and often money, especially if you can grow produce yourself. And including a good number of Super Foods into your diet has been clinically shown to slow down the aging process.

But one of the best reasons for making the change to raw is TASTE. When combined effectively, raw food has the ultimate pure flavour, thousands of different textures and a healing effect on the mind, body and soul.

Did you know that taste buds are replaced every 3 to 10 days? If you’re new to raw cruise and craving a sugar rush, give it time. Gradually, you’ll stop craving processed sugar and start to crave the natural sugars of fresh fruits or raw sweeteners, like unprocessed honey.

Going raw doesn’t mean you’ll be eating wilted salads for dinner and forgoing treats altogether, so please get that out of your head right away! There are literally thousands of ways to enjoy the sweet things of life without the need for refined sugars and artificial additives. I’ll show you how!