Questions On Raw Food Answered

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FOOD IS COOKED

When food is cooked it can lose up to 80% of its vitamins and minerals. When heated above a temperature over 118 degrees Fahrenheit all the enzymes are destroyed.

Enzymes are critical to our bodies and to every single physical, mental and physiological process. Nature has provided each food with the enzymes needed for digestion. If these enzymes are destroyed by cooking, the body has to replace them from our own irreplaceable enzyme supply. This speeds the ageing process!

WHY ARE GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES SO IMPORTANT?

Green leafy vegetables are full of healing enzymes, vitamins and minerals (especially the alkalizing minerals – calcium, magnesium and iron).

They are the most important source of chlorophyll. The chemical make up of chlorophyll differs from human blood in only one nucleus. The nucleus of human blood is iron, the nucleus of chlorophyll is magnesium. Green salads, smoothies and juices cleanse the blood and increase energy and vitality.

If you think about it, most of the Earth is covered in green vegetation because that is what we need most of for our survival.

WHY DOES PROCESSED FOOD MAKE US ILL AND FAT?

The food industry a multi-trillion pound business constantly looking for ways to make you buy more of their product. To do this they chemically alter food with sugar, corn syrup, salt, MSG, E numbers (to mention just a few) to make you want more and more (i.e. become addicted).

Refined sugar, which is in almost every processed food, has been proved to be more addictive than cocaine.

The way food is produced has changed radically since the end of World War II. The introduction of factory farming, food processing, the importation of out of season food from other parts of the world and the decline in home grown, home cooked food have all contributed to the imbalance in our health and that of the environment.

“Processed, pasteurized, genetically modified, hormonally altered, microwaved, irradiated, fried, hydrogenated, fumigated, larvicide-, fungicide-, and pesticide-sprayed ‘food’ is not normal or natural”.

David Wolfe

WHAT ABOUT PROTEIN?

An ample supply of protein is found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds (especially hemp), sprouted seeds, avocados, olives, and coconut.

WHAT ABOUT VITAMIN B12?

Vitamin B12 is not found in plants foods, except wild foods like nettles and clover. Carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike can find themselves deficient in B12. Symptoms include lethargy and apathy.

If you are concerned about lack of B12 in your diet, ask your doctor about a B12 blood test. Your alternative health professional or health food store can recommend a good supplement.

WHICH NON-DAIRY FOODS ARE SOURCES OF CALCIUM?

Green leafy vegetables, carrots, seaweeds, chia and sesame seeds.

Countries with the highest consumption of dairy products have the highest incidences of osteoporosis and arthritis.

Silica (nettles, hemp leaves, horsetail, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers) and magnesium (raw cacao, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, green leafy vegetables) form calcium in the body.

WHAT ARE GOOD SOURCES OF ZINC?

Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and poppy seeds; cashews, pecans and pine nuts; coconuts.

AND IRON?

Onions, shallots, raw cacao, cherries, blackberries, nettles, parsley, most green leafy vegetables, sea vegetables.

WHY SOAK NUTS AND SEEDS?

Soaking nuts and seeds in water washes away the enzyme inhibitors (which stop the seed or nut from growing) and deactivates acids. They become more digestible and alkaline.

WHY ARE SOAKED AND SPROUTED SEEDS AND GRAINS SO NUTRITIOUS?

Sprouting greatly increases the nutritional value, breaks down the protein into amino acids, changes the starches into simple sugars and the fats into soluble fatty acids, making them more digestible. The enzyme and vitamin content are increased making sprouting an inexpensive and easy way of getting concentrated nutrition.

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?

Most salads require only a sharp knife and a salad spinner. To make a wider variety of raw food you can consider:

Juicer – a masticating juicer that will process leafy greens is the one to get. Have a look at www.ukjuicers.com – look under ‘Choosing Your Juicer’. The best options are Greenstar or Oscar. A good juicer will give you more juice, less pulp and will last a life time.

Blender – will make smoothies, dressings, dips and soups. A high power blender, like a Vita-Mix will also grind, nuts and seeds to a fine powder which you cannot do in the food processor. The more you pay for a blender, the less likely it will burn out.

Food Processor – saves time chopping, dicing and blending. Useful for making cereals, desserts, biscuits, crackers and spreads.

Dehydrator – essential for making the more substantial (I can’t believe it’s raw!) dishes such as pizzas, crackers, bread, burgers, ‘meatloaf’, etc. Also used for dehydrating nuts, seeds. cereals and vegetables that will keep well in the fridge. Excalibur is the best make.

Sprializer – makes raw pasta from courgettes and root vegetables.

Mandolin – useful for thin slices of vegetables and juliennes.

When deciding which piece of equipment to start with, consider which foods are the most important to you:

– smoothies and blended items (blender)

– vegetable juice (juicer)

– more substantial food (food processor and dehydrator)

Always buy the best brand you can afford – it will last longer and give better results. www.ukjuicers.com supply all these but shop around on the internet for bargains.

DO I HAVE TO GO 100% RAW?

No. By introducing more raw food into your diet you will dramatically improve your health. For healing 100% raw will give the best results.

It is more about making better choices: eating organic whenever possible; fish instead of meat; baked potato instead of chips; grilling instead of frying; goats cheese instead of dairy; boiled egg instead of fried, etc.

Losing weight and improving your health depends as much on

WHAT YOU DON’T EAT as what you do.

The two most damaging food groups are refined sugars (sweets, cakes, biscuits, processed foods) and processed starches (breads, pasta, cereal, pizza). Following them comes animal protein and dairy.

SHOULD I GO RAW OVERNIGHT OR TAKE IT GRADUALLY?

Take it at your own pace. You decide what is right for you and your circumstances.

Changes in your eating habits can be introduced one at a time:

– cutting out (or down on) processed foods

– cutting out (or down on) acid forming drinks – tea, coffee, fizzy drinks

– breakfasting on a little fruit or a green smoothie

– salad for lunch

– salad before your evening meal

– making a green juice everyday

It may suit you to eat lots of good things during the day and do what you like in the evening when you are with other people and it is less easy to eat raw.

Eat food that you love and prepare it in a way that works for you.

For some, positive results come within days or weeks – more energy, better skin, a feeling of lightness. For others it takes longer.

Detox symptoms may appear – headaches, tiredness, aches, skin problems, more frequent bowel movements. All these are good news – your body is throwing off stored toxins. Drink plenty of good quality water to flush them out.

If the symptoms are extreme, reduce the amount of raw food you are eating or consider a herbal bowel cleanse or colonic irrigation.

Within 2 years 98% of the cells of you body will replace themselves,

within 7, 100% of your cells will be replaced.

MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE NOT INTO RAW – HOW DO I DEAL WITH THAT?

Don’t waste time and energy trying to convert them. The only person you can change is yourself. When they see positive changes in you they will become curious. Educate yourself as much as you can so you can give clear answers to their questions and scepticism.

Don’t become isolated by remarking on what others eat or being so fussy that no one feels they can invite you to their house.

When entertaining at home it is very easy to present a raw first course and dessert and no one will even notice, except that it tastes more delicious. Always serve a salad with a cooked main course.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A JUICE AND A SMOOTHIE?

Blending food to make a smoothie makes it more digestible so that more nutrients are available to the body. It is an excellent way of taking large amounts of green leafy vegetables. Smoothies are easy and quick to make. They should be drunk within three hours after making.

Juice gives you all the nourishment without the fibre. The body does not have to waste energy digesting so the bloodstream absorbs all the nutrients right away, thus making it the healthier option, but both are extremely beneficial. Depending on the juicer, a juice will last up to 8 hours after being made. The fresher the better.

Drinking green juices everyday will ensure that you will have sufficient vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

WHAT IS THE ONE MOST IMPORTANT THING I CAN DO TO IMPROVE MY HEALTH?

Have a greenjuice every morning:

The foundation of the green juice can be:

cucumber /
celery /
piece of fresh ginger /
a whole organic lemon or the juice of a non organic lemon

add any of the following:

spinach /
swiss chard /
parsley /
dandelion greens /
kale

As they contain oxalic acid which interferes with calcium absorption these should be alternated with the greens listed below.

rocket /
bok choy greens /
watercress /
cabbage /
Lettuce /
broccoli /
courgette

Best of all, don’t forget wild greens (that have grown out of reach of chemicals).

nettles /
clover /
chickweed /
grass /
cleavers /
ground elder

For sweetness to your taste, add a whole apple or a peeled pink grapefruit. If you still find it too bitter, add a little yacon syrup or stevia. You taste buds will acclimatize to the taste of greens.

For oil add 1 tbsp

hemp oil

flax oil

For extra nutrition add a green powder such as barley grass or any of the green superfood powders.

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT EATING IN RESTAURANTS?

Restaurants are an important part of our social life and and enjoying yourself is good for your health. Go for the best option:

– relax, enjoy the food, the company and forget about picking and choosing

– eat some raw food before you go out to curb your hunger

– bring a raw snack or crackers in your bag

– start the meal with a salad

– ask for a main course salad, or cooked vegetarian or vegan (ring ahead)

– if you go for cooked food, grilled fish and vegetables, or just vegetables

If you have an evening of eating unhealthy food, don’t feel guilty about it, just start the next day off right with lots of water and a green juice.

WHAT ABOUT EATING IN OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES?

Eat before you go out so you don’t feel so hungry you want to eat any unhealthy snacks or bread you might be offered.

If you don’t like to appear ‘difficult’ or ‘different’, enjoy the first two courses. It is socially acceptable to politely refuse dessert and cheese (goats’ cheese is fine).

If you feel comfortable enough with your hosts, you could offer to bring a salad or some raw food for everyone to try.

Whatever you eat, ENJOY IT and chew it well.

WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL?

The more raw food you eat, the less you will crave stimulants of any kind (tea, coffee, booze). But we all like a drink on a social occasion. Organic wine is best. Non organic (even the best chateau wine) contains colouring, added sugar, hydrochloric acid, sulphuric acid, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides (yuck!).

Vodka and gin are the purest spirits but drink them with water (filtered or still mineral). Mixers like tonic and lemonade are full of sugar and chemicals. Beer is too.

DO I HAVE TO GIVE UP ALL THE ‘FEEL GOOD’ FOOD I ENJOY?

Absolutely not! Raw pizza, pasta, cheesecake, biscuits, chocolate, bread and ‘meatloaf’ are even better than the cooked versions. Experiment with raw Italian, Mexican, Thai, and Indian dishes.

DOES EATING RAW COST A LOT OF MONEY?

Sunflower, pumpkin, flax and sesame seeds are inexpensive and very versatile. Grow your own organic vegetables and herbs for the best flavour and maximum nutrition. It’s easier than you think.

If your garden/local area is chemical free, pick wild foods whenever you can. A dandelion leaf has 17 times the vitamins and minerals of a lettuce leaf. Pick blackberries in the autumn and freeze any you can’t eat straight away. Pick rosehips, dry them and make tea, or crush them to a powder – an excellent source of vitamin C. Use nettles and grass in juices. Add chickweed and nasturcium leaves to your salads.

What you put in your shopping basket will definitely change and, with care, not cost any more. Sprouting is an inexpensive way of getting concentrated nutrition – you can get sensible quantities of seeds for sprouting from www.organiccatalogue.com. Juice the sprouts or add them to smoothies or salads.

Substitute cashews for expensive macadamias and hulled hemp seeds for pine nuts. Make bulk internet orders with friends to cut down on delivery charges.

The initial cost of buying a juicer, blender, food processor and dehydrator is an investment, but if you choose wisely they will last you for years. Share a dehydrator with a friend. In an hour you can make enough raw cereal and crackers to last you a week.

Being sick costs us, our families and our work place money, a lot of money.

1oz OF PREVENTION IS WORTH 25lbs OF CURE

In the long run you will save money. When your health starts to improve, you look and feel better. You spend less money on skin, hair and beauty products; no nutrition snack food; weight loss products that don’t work long term; therapies and supplements to cure symptoms and not the causes of health problems. Your dental health will improve and visits to the dentist won’t be so frequent.

There is nothing more important to spend money on than your health.

HEALTH IS WEALTH

CAN I OVERDO SOME RAW FOODS?

Go easy on:

Sugar: of any kind, no matter how ‘healthy’, will create acid in your system and upset your sugar levels. Health problems such as eczema, allergies, cancer, diabetes, candida, etc., all thrive in acid conditions. Sugar is found in fruit, root vegetables such as carrot and beetroot, grains, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup and other sweetners. I use yacon syrup (low glycemic), Lo Han (a zero glycemic sweetener made from a fruit) and stevia (a very sweet herb but has a slight after taste if overused).

Low glycemic fruits are apples, pears, lemons, limes, grapefruit and berries. High sugar fruits such bananas, mangoes, papaya, should be avoided.

Nuts: If you eat too many nuts, you go nuts. Too many nuts are acidic. Almonds are the best.

DO I NEED TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME PREPARING RAW FOOD?

Preparing raw food takes longer than taking convenience food out of the freezer and putting it in the microwave but less time that cooking food from fresh ingredients.

Preparing raw food techniques are different from cooking techniques and can take a little time to learn. Start with the easy to make recipes and work up to the gourmet ones as you gain confidence. Remember there is no scrubbing of greasy pans or cleaning of ovens!

NEVER BEGRUDGE TIME SPENT IN THE KITCHEN
IT WILL SAVE YOU TIME SPENT IN THE HOSPITAL OR DOCTOR’S WAITING ROOM

Getting up an hour earlier to make a green juice, and prepare a salad for lunch could dramatically improve your health and give you more energy to enjoy the rest of the day.

If we eat wrongly no doctor can cure us.

If we eat rightly no doctor is needed.