Lose Weight, Sleep Better, Enjoy Optimum Health The Raw Food Way

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What is
raw food?

Raw food is
plant-based, uncooked food the way nature provides it to us. By
cooking we mean heating anything beyond 47°C, which is the temperature
at which enzymes in food begin to be destroyed. To test how hot
this is, if it burns your finger it’s too hot.

Why eat

Uncooked food
provides you with more nutrients­. The cooking process has been
shown to destroy nutrients and the higher the temperature, the more
is detroyed. Because of the destruction of enzymes, cooked food
requires more energy to digest.

What are
the benefits?

Most common
is a feeling of lightness and clarity. Emotions become more stable.
Chronic conditions often improve and skin, hair and nails look better.
Less sleep is required,­ as your body is no longer detoxifying
all night and weight loss is often dramatic­. I can see this
being easier to follow in summer than in winter.

Do you find

Initially when
transitioning into raw foods it is possible to miss the warming
comfort that cooked food provides. The key is to find your own balance
between cooked and raw foods in winter and not to be too hard on
yourself when you want something warm. In our first few winters,
we included organic brown rice, quinoa and steamed butternut or
sweet potato. Within a year or two your body will have acclimatised
to the new way of eating and the desire for the cooked food ceases
to exist.

Raw food doesn’t
need to be cold food, there are a number of warm options in our
book, RAWlicious. We eat soups warmed using a blender and add lots
of spices in winter or include dehydrated foods.

Is the diet
safe for children and pregnant women? Can children get enough protein
on an exclusively raw diet?

Yes, a raw,
whole-food, plant-based diet is your natural diet and it can easily
provide all your nutritional needs. However, you need to get in
a wide variety of foods to make sure that you are meeting all your

Why don’t
you include dairy?

Your metabolism
changes when you are weaned off breast milk. Most people have a
difficult time digesting casein, a major protein that is found in
milk. Ongoing exposure to casein that is not properly broken down
has been linked to ear infections, nasal­ congestion, acne,
eczema, a variety of autoimmune illnesses and even cancer. Most
shop-bought milk is loaded with antibiotics, growth hormones and
puss and has been pasteurised and homogenised, making­ it completely
unrecognisable to your body as a food. Contrary to popular belief
you do not need milk for calcium, strong bones and teeth. You get
more absorbable calcium from sesame seeds and green leaves than
you get from milk.

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7, 2009

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