Eat Raw, Live Better.
The Real Choice
My favorite word is, “balance.” The text book definition is as follows:
Balance: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady:
"slipping in the mud but keeping their balance."
This infers that although in life there will be ups and downs, with the presence of balance, there will be a continued stability. So, while many seek true love and world peace, I’m simply satisfied with balance. Even when it comes to diet, balance is still key.
There are many people who live to participate in the restaurant experience on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. They join supper clubs and frequent night clubs and movie theaters that feature a dinner menu. They are entertained by mindlessly going from frenzied eating event to frenzied eating event, filling up on processed foods that are full of additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, GMO’s and sugar. Then one day they wake up overweight, suffering with headaches and migraines, stomach ailments, broken sleep patterns, overall weakness, energy deprivation, lowered immunity, mind fatigue, are possibly pre-diabetic and likely with symptoms of high blood pressure and heart disease, not to mention cancer, wondering how they came to this state.
The answer is, they have lived devoid of balance. If we only feed our base, natural hunger with the hand of emotion and desire for entertainment, it is likely that this is the state in which we will regrettably find ourselves.
But I say, why can’t we psychologically approach eating out as a treat, while keeping a regular regimen of raw food consumption balanced with eating out only once or twice a month?
Dr. Gabriel Cousens who is the leading medical doctor in the raw food world, wrote in his first book, Spiritual Nut rition and The Rainbow Diet (1986), "The key is to find the diet that best supports the flow of spiritual energy in our system, and at the same time supports our function in the world."We forget that we have a choice. But if we would determine to care for our spiritual health and energy level as a priority, it is much less likely that we would fall into the trap of being emotional eaters. If we would seek balance in our approach to eating, we could forget about crash dieting and embrace eating lifestyles that promote a momentum for better overall health
Can’t Stand the Heat
Eating raw foods means turning down the heat. The enzymes in food boost digestion and fights chronic disease. However, heating foods over 118 degrees destroys the natural enzymes as well as nutrients. Raw food enthusiasts believe cooking makes food toxic, citing that a raw food diet can clear up headaches and allergies, boost memory and immunity, and improve arthritis and diabetes. If you are over feeling sluggish after a full night’s sleep, being the easy victim of allergies, headaches, colds and bugs or even suffering with diabetes and/or arthritis, it may be time to turn down the heat.
Nuts, seeds, raw fruits, vegetables, sprouted grains, as well as unpasteurized dairy foods, raw eggs, meat, and fish. Your food should be cold or even a little bit warm, as long as it doesn’t go above 118 degrees. Blenders, food processors, and dehydrators can be used to prepare foods. It is good to know that most raw foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, are naturally gluten-free.
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will aid in controlling blood pressure. The raw food regimen is low in sodium, so it might help lower your chance of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer, and kidney disease. Losing weight and keeping it off can help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes.
Drinking lots of pure water or spring water will flush out toxins from your body
Drink fresh raw vegetable juices to replace the minerals that you lose by drinking lots of water.
Exercise to strengthen your body and mind
Practice meditation to de-stress, relax and center your spirit
Sleeping at least 8-9 hours per day will strengthen your body’s immune system
Watch less TV, the less you watch the less you will be exposed to food advertising, and the less processed food you will eat
And finally, find and maintain your balance—sparsely indulge yourself in eating out, but when you do, make the most of it and enjoy!
Make a conscious choice; implement your plan out loud and on purpose; then trust the process…
Spend time with yourself...