Sunday, May 25, 2008

Why Raw?

You might wonder why I, or anyone else, would choose to eat all raw foods. You might think it seem very radical, or weird. Or restrictive. I know I thought all of those things when I first heard about the raw/living foods lifestyle. But then, I read Alissa Cohen's Book, Living on Live Foods where she addressed the idea that eating raw and living foods is "radical". Essentially, she asks the question "Why do we think that eating foods in their natural state is radical, but we don't think that taking prescription medication or having to have surgery (for various preventable illnesses) is radical?" Eating a raw foods diet has been known to cure many diseases, including cancer, candida, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, etc. Is is more radical to be put to sleep and cut open, or to eat fresh fruits and vegetables? When it was put that way, it made a lot of sense.

I have done many diets. Weight Watchers, South Beach, low carb, low fat, blah, blah, blah. Many of them did help me lose weight. But none of them changed the way I felt on the inside. None of them curbed my cravings. None of them gave me more energy. Raw food does. I didn't have any real health problems to start with, but even I noticed a radical change in my body. My hair was shinier and softer, my skin was clearer, I had more energy on less sleep, my PMS symptoms disappeared, and I lost weight.

One of the main arguments people offer up against the raw food diet is "how will you get enough protein?". There is protein in plants. And, I would have to ask, where do you get your protein? From meat? What did that chicken eat? Or that cow? Were THEY meat eaters? No, they ate plants! So, obviously, you don't need meat to have protein. I am just cutting out the middle man! :)

If you want more information on the raw food diet, check out some of the links on the right.


Melissa said...

...and from my background, there's lots of calcium in plants also!!

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