If you touch a hot stove with your finger (even for just one second) you are going to have a burn on that finger for several days, and the nutritional value in food can also suffer when it touches a hot stove. Baking, Boiling, Frying, Grilling, Roasting, Barbecuing, and Microwaving foods exposes them to really high temperatures and when foods get too hot the following nutritional damages can occur...
- Heated Enzymes Get Killed. - Heated Fats Become Trans Fats. - Heated Carbohydrates Will Caramelize. - Heated Proteins Will Become Free Radicals. - Heated Vitamins Become Damaged And Useless.
Generally speaking the higher the temperature the more damaging cooking will be, (Lower temperature heating methods such as "Steaming" is of course far less harmful than "Deep Frying") and if you cook a food to the point that it actually gets burnt and turns black you definitely shouldn't eat it because at that point it is a carcinogen to the body! So if you are going to cook your food please try to use one of the more mild cooking methods.
It is important to note here that some foods are not edible in their raw and natural state (and some can even be poisonous if eaten raw) and therefore there are times when it would be better to cook a food than to eat it raw, but remember that an even better choice would be to just eat something else that actually can be eaten raw.
It requires energy to digest the foods that we eat and if you eat the way that the average person does most of your daily energy will end up being spent on digestion, and if you switch to a diet that requires a lot less energy to digest you will have a lot more energy left over that can be spent on other things...
- It only takes about 00 minutes to digest water. - It only takes about 15 minutes to digest fresh juices. - It only takes about 30 minutes to digest most kinds of fruit. - It only takes about 60 minutes to digest most kinds of vegetables.
But a cheeseburger can take several hours to digest! (You've probably seen pictures or videos of McDonald's cheeseburgers that are several years old and still look the same as they did on the day they were purchased.) This is because natural foods like fruits and vegetables break down on their own very quickly and don't require a lot of energy from us to break down, while unnatural foods that are designed to be able to sit on a store shelf for years at a time without starting to decompose are going to be a lot more difficult for us to break down and digest.
When you're a "raw foodist" there is no having to "slave over a hot oven" and it will only take you a few seconds to wash your dirty dishes. (If you eat a bowl of fruit you can clean the empty bowl simply by running some lukewater over it, but when you make a cooked meal (like lasagna) the food can really cling and stick to the dishes and in order to clean them you will probably need to use really hot water as well as abrasive scrubbing tools and possibly even toxic chemical detergents.)
Below are some recipes that show just how much time you can save by eating more naturally....
RECIPE 1 - "BANANA"
Simply take a banana, pull down on it's natural "pull tab", and it is ready to eat.
RECIPE 2 - "MEATLOAF"
Preheat your oven to 350°. Take 1 table spoon of butter and put it into a nonstick pan over medium heat. Take a knife and finely chop up half an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 celery stick, 1 oz of scallions, 1 carrot, and 1 green bell pepper and add the chopped vegetables to the butter. Stir the vegetables well and then let them sauté in the butter for 7 minutes. Pour the butter and vegetable mix into a large mixing bowl and add 2 pounds of ground beef, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup of ketchup, 2 eggs (beaten), 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 pinch of pepper, 4 ounces of mushrooms, and 1 package of meatloaf seasoning mix and then mix all of the ingredients well. Use your hands to shape the mixture into a "loaf" and then place it into a 13 X 9 X 2 inch loaf pan. Take a bottle of ketchup and pour a layer of ketchup over the top of the loaf and spread evenly. Place the loaf in the preheated oven and let it cook for 1 hour. Remove the cooked meatloaf from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving...
Every year people will spend billions of dollars on products that are designed to make them look younger and more beautiful, but they won't simply eat more fruits and vegetables. (Sure, they'll take fruits like avocados and strawberries and mash them up into a facial mask to spread over their face, or they will put cucumber slices over their eyes to remove puffiness, but they won't simply add these amazing foods to their diet, which would eventually give them the same benefits plus a whole lot more.)
If you look at animals in nature like giraffes, zebras, and camels you will notice that none of them are "overweight" and this is because animals in nature eat the diets that they were designed to eat (Cows eat grass, squirrels eat nuts, and frogs eat flies.) and therefore they all end up with the same result, (a natural body) and if it is your desire to lose weight and have a more natural body there is no greater first step that you can take than to start eating a more natural diet which includes a lot of raw fruits and vegetables.
"Kirlian Photography" is a special form of photography that captures the energy frequencies in food and when you look at A Piece Of Cooked Meat Vs. A Raw Apple you will notice that the meat has a small amount of light ("energy") shining out of it while the raw apple is glowing brightly like a house that is decorated with Christmas lights, and when you eat a lot of raw and living foods that still have their "life force" energy you too will start to develop a glow and radiance in your physical appearance. (Which is commonly referred to as a "Fruit Glow".)
So if you would like to be more beautiful I recommend that you start from the inside out by eating a full rainbow of colorful and living raw fruits and vegetables. And I also recommend that you avoid eating dead foods such as frozen microwave dinners because think about it, first it was cooked, then it was frozen, and then it was microwaved, and after going through all of that what "life force" could possibly be left?
Regardless of whether you are wanting to eat "fully raw", "mostly raw", "half raw & half cooked" or whether you are simply wanting to start adding some raw fruits and vegetables to your diet I can assure you that it will be a powerful experience and can even become an adventure if you connect with other people around the world who are eating this way and decide to travel and meet some of them in real life. Ironically though a lot of people worry that if they start eating a lot of raw fruits and vegetables they will lose friends and will have to start taking supplements for everything just to be safe, so if you are new to this way of eating and you have these concerns I highly recommend that you connect with other like-minded people on-line who are on this journey and that you start using a program like "Cron-O-Meter" which will let you see the complete nutritional data of any fruit or vegetable that you eat. (You may be shocked when you realize just now nutritious raw fruits and vegetables really are.)
We have all been conditioned to look at fruit as a "snack" and to think of a salad as a "side dish" and because of this if you are eating your lunch in public place and you have an apple with your lunch it probably won't raise any eyebrows, but if you eat 4 apples for lunch and nothing else people will probably look at you like you're a crazy person. (Even though if any of them were hungry and in nature and they found an apple tree they would gladly eat 4 apples.) And the truth is that the only reason that eating a lot of fruits and vegetables seems so unusual in society is because it is a very rare and exceptional person that will choose fruits and vegetables over all of the addicting and unhealthy food options that are out there today.
A lot of people also worry about the sugar in fruit, and while it's true that a banana has sugar in it the difference between eating a sugary banana and drinking a sugary soda is that a banana has fiber in it which slows down the absorption of it's sugars to a normal pace that the body can handle while a can of soda has no fiber at all so it's sugars are absorbed almost instantly which results in a noticeable "sugar buzz" followed by a "crash" shortly thereafter, and you simply don't get that experience when you consume sugar the way that nature intended us to by eating fruit.
"Fruit Phobia" causes people to eat a lot less fruit than they should and can result in eating too few calories on this diet which will almost certainly result in you going back to your old eating habits. (We have all heard stories of plane crashes where the survivors ended up turning cannibal because they were starving, so don't think that your personal food preferences and ethics won't completely go out the window if you deprive yourself of sufficient calories long enough.) Signs of under-eating include fatigue, unwanted weight loss, and cravings for foods that you know full well are bad for you but that are also really calorie dense. So please use a program like "Cron-O-Meter" to help set your mind at ease so you can stop worrying and start getting excited about your health journey!
6. WE ARE THE ONLY SPECIES ON THE PLANET THAT AREN'T RAW FOODISTS
Some people believe that we need cooked foods in our diet and that we can't live on raw foods alone, but the fact that we are the only species on the planet that aren't raw foodists (With the exception of the animals that we raise.) and the fact that we are the only species on the planet that are experiencing an epidemic of deadly dietary related health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (With the exception of the animals that we raise.) and the fact that so many people out there have reversed these health problems by switching to a raw food diet really makes you stop and wonder.
Think about it, there are millions of different life forms on this planet and the diversity is amazing. (Some life forms are so small that a million of them could be living in your eyeball right now without you even realizing it, while other creatures like whales are over 100 feet long and that have a tongue that weighs several tons, and some life forms have an average lifespan of less than a day while other species can live for thousands of years.)
So with all of the different and diverse life forms that are living on this planet why would we humans be the one and only species that can't live on what Mother Nature naturally provides for us? (One of the most common beliefs that people have is that the world was created by a God and that he created the Earth specifically for the human race, so if that were true than why would we be the only species that has to rely on man-made inventions like cooking, processing, and supplementation in order to be healthy when every single one of the other species on this planet goes their entire lifetime from birth to death eating a 100% raw food diet?)
They say that "your body is your temple" and if the foods that you eat are the "offerings" that you bring to the temple you may find that if you eat a raw food diet for a while and then suddenly try to eat cooked food that your body doesn't want your "burnt offerings" anymore.