eat real food.
What happens when we choose foods that aren’t real foods – those processed foods sprinkling the aisles of the grocery store? We are putting low quality, unrecognizable nutrients into our bodies, which confuses our bodies and leaves our energy and focus kicked to the curb. The steps in processing our food alters and strips away the nutrients. The resulting food is void of nutrients and is less and less recognizable to our bodies, so we are not getting all of the raw materials we need for physical and mental health. Often this food is packed with sugar and gluten, which causes a vicious cycle of blood sugar ups and downs. We struggle maintaining our energy and focus, so we continue to eat more of this low quality food. Weight gain compounds our lethargy, and we feel lousy.
Feed your body real food in it’s natural package –
- clean meats
These foods load our bodies up on the best quality nutrients, and we feel energized, focused, happy, and ready to enjoy our active lives.
eat whole food.
Eating a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, eggs, and clean meats feeds your body with foods that are in their most natural state possible. Fruits and vegetables top the list of nutrient dense foods, so eat your greens! Have an apple a day! A diet of healthy fruits and vegetables far outweighs the risk of pesticide and chemical exposure; however, choosing organic whenever possible is the best way to go. Some foods are more important to buy organic than others.
- sweet bell peppers
- sweet corn
- sweet peas
- sweet potatoes
eat fresh food.
Last year, we grew some arugula in our yard. My son ripped off a piece and tasted it, and he was so surprised at the peppery taste! Arugula I buy at the store to serve our family is not nearly that spicy. Why? Because store bought produce lacks the taste and nutrient potency of freshly picked food. In our world today, having space and time to maintain a garden isn’t always possible. But we can choose local produce whenever possible.
- Look for the local labels at your grocery store, and choose those foods whenever possible so you know your food hasn’t been flown in from New Zealand.
- Find a local farmer’s market, and take the family to pick out fresh fruits and vegetables to avoid buying produce that has been sitting on the shelf for weeks at the store.
- Look into joining a local CSA or Community Supported Agriculture group, and not only will you support your local farmers, but you will feed yourself and your family the freshest, seasonal produce.
eat raw food.
Why raw? Raw foods are foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees, so all of the heat sensitive enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that the body needs to heal and maintain optimal health are in their most potent form. Cooking foods destroys some of the foods’ nutritional value and natural enzymes that the body needs for digesting food and other processes. When we eat raw foods, we are giving our bodies the best quality nutrients, so our bodies are energized and can heal and thrive.
What are these raw foods? Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouts. Sound boring? Not at all! Raw food can be creative, delicious, and satisfying. Find a raw food restaurant to try or try an appetizing raw recipe. My favorites are raw soups, pizzas, pastas, enchiladas, and – of course – desserts!
Nutrients: When you feed your body live foods, you rejuvenate your body by feeding your cells with the high quality micronutrients – vitamins, minerals, and enzymes – they need. When you cook food, you lose at least 30% of the nutrients and 100% of the enzymes in that food. Nutrients are the building blocks of cells in our bodies and enzymes aid digestion and other bodily functions. Further, cooking food chemically changes the molecular structure of raw plants which may convert to toxins, carcinogens, mutagens and free-radicals associated with diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. You could almost call them ‘healing foods’. Having a good balance of raw foods in your diet helps reduce these toxic risks by flooding your body with the most nutritious food possible, giving your body the ability to heal and rejuvenate at a deep cellular level.
Enzymes: One of the most important aspects of raw food is its preservation of enzymes. Cooking food destroys 100% of the enzymes. Enzymes are an important active element to our bodies as an aid to digestion, energy, and healing. Our bodies’ enzymes are responsible for every single action in our body: from chewing and digesting our food, to waking up in the morning and brushing our teeth. Our bodies produce some of our own enzymes, but we also need help from our food. If we don’t have enough enzymes, our bodies won’t have the energy to develop new cells, fight off infections, or digest our food. By feeding our bodies raw foods, our bodies are literally being fed energy with these enzymes. When our bodies have help from foods’ enzymes, we will have more energy. This extra energy can be used to heal our bodies and help create vibrant life. Sprouts are enzyme superstars: broccoli, sunflower, bean, etc. You can purchase them at a health food store or sprout them on your own.
Alkaline: Raw foods also help your body reach an alkalized state—where healing, weight loss, and detoxification occur. There are two types of foods: acidic and alkalizing foods. Acidity encourages decomposition, decay, disease and energy loss. Our own bodies’ cells don’t function at their tip-top level when our bodies are acidic, but viruses and cancer cells thrive. Alkaline foods support detoxification and balance in the body. Our natural body creates both acidity and alkalinity, but the Standard America Diet overloads our system with too much acidity. Foods like sugar, meat, alcohol, cheese, and chocolate are very acidic and damaging during the cleansing and healing process. Green leafy vegetables, growing sprouts, and fresh fruits are all alkalizing and cleansing—which is what a raw food diet is based on.
Detoxifying: When we flood our bodies with all of these alkalizing, cleansing foods, we help our bodies reach optimal health and rid ourselves of built up toxins.
Benefits: When we feed our bodies the nutrients and enzymes in the detoxifying and alkalizing raw foods, we experience:
- Increased energy
- Better digestion
- Weight loss
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Reduced risk of diabetes and cancer
- Improved skin appearance