Living Foods * WHAT IS LIVING FOOD? * WHY EAT LIVING FOOD? * WHAT’S IN A LIVING FOOD DIET? * PREPARING LIVING FOOD, the food we eat has a direct impact on our ability as human beings to be strong physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. ‘Living Foods’ — or foods cooked below 118° — possess the enzymes and nutrients our bodies evolved over millions of years to thrive off of. Cooking foods is harmful to human health because it destroys these natural enzymes in foods, reduces their nutrient content and reduces the “life force” that exists in all raw or “living” foods. The following foods are suitable for most raw food diets: ● Raw fruits and vegetables ● Dried fruits and vegetables ● Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices ● Raw and sprouted nuts and seeds ● Raw nut butters, such as almond or cashew butter ● Nut milks, including almond milk ● Coconuts ● Cold-pressed oils such as olive, coconut, flax and hemp ● Nutritional yeast ● Seaweeds ● Green powders, such as dried wheatgrass or algae ● Fermented foods, including kimchi and sauerkraut ● Purified water, but not tap ● Other organic, natural, or unprocessed Foods.
When we cook foods, we inevitably destroy some of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. If we eat too much overly cooked, microwaved and processes foods, it can clog our colon, which may lead to a whole host of concerns, including, cancer, heart-disease, diabetes and many other degenerative diseases.
Cooking may actually upset the natural structure of food, robbing it of its essential nutritional value.
Following a raw food diet include improved skin appearance, excess weight loss, improved digestion, the reduction of many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as many other health debilitating ailments. Raw foods typically do not have as many trans and saturated fats, as compared to most cooked foods, especially fast food, junk food and any other processed foods.
Raw foods are also extremely high in nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, fiber and plant phytochemical. A report from the Journal of Nutrition stated that increased use of raw foods in our diet lowers both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body, some of the main indicators for heart disease, obesity & high blood pressure.