6 TIPS FOR EATING NUTS & SEEDS
1. MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY "RAW"
There is a major difference between nuts & seeds that are "raw" and nuts and seeds that aren't "raw" and the
difference is "life" and "death"...
If you planted a raw almond in the ground you would get an almond tree, and if you planted some raw pumpkin seeds in
the ground they would grow into pumpkins, but unfortunately almost all of the nuts and seeds that are sold in stores
these days have been roasted, toasted, or pasteurized in order to extend their shelf life and these heating processes
usually kill the nuts and seeds as well as cause them to lose some of their nutritional value, and to make matters worse
most of them also have added salt and added oils... (Understand that when you take something like almonds and you
roast them at 350 degrees and then dip them in oil and salt you are taking one of the healthiest foods on the planet and
turning it into a junk food.)
A lot of people don't realize just how much of the foods that they eat are actually seeds. Oats, Rice, Wheat, Corn, and
Beans are all seeds, and even things like Cocoa Powder is simply ground up Cocoa Seeds. But if you took a bag of
"Quaker Oats", or a box of "Uncle Ben's Rice", or a can of "Bush's Baked Beans" and you planted them in the ground
none of it would grow into anything because they're all dead and lifeless seeds due to all of the heating and processing
that they have undergone, and a lot of people are living on a diet that is mostly made up of "Dead Seeds" and other
"Dead Things". (And when they switch to a diet that is based on raw and living foods they suddenly feel a lot more
EXAMPLES OF THE LIFE FORCE IN RAW NUTS & SEEDS
* Just 1 apple seed can grow into an apple tree that will produce over 10,000 apples in it's lifetime!
* Time lapse photography has shown that if you leave seeds on the ground without burying them some varieties of
seeds will actually drill themselves into the ground!
* There have been many cases where seeds that were over 1,000 years old were found in the ruins of ancient cities and
when they were planted they still grew!
* Millions of the trees in America are only here because squirrels will bury tree nuts in the ground to eat later and forget
where they buried them! (This is known as "Accidental Squirrel Gardening".)
* Some seeds are so tough and resilient that you could literally take a hand full of them and throw them off the top of a
skyscraper to the concrete road below, then you could run over them with a school bus, and then you could sweep them
up and throw them off a bridge into a river, and when they hit the water they will start to germinate and once they wash
onto a shore they will sprout and grow there!
2. CRACK THEM OPEN YOURSELF
Not only will nuts and seeds that are still in their shell retain more nutrients, but if you have to crack them open yourself
you will be far less likely to overeat them. (Witch is important because without a doubt one of the biggest mistakes that
raw foodists make is that they eat way too many nuts and seeds.)
In nature you would have to take the time to crack nuts and seeds open yourself but in grocery stores you can find big
bags of already shelled and ready to eat nuts and seeds that you can mindlessly eat by the handfuls, as well as jars of
"Nut Butters" such as "Peanut Butter", "Almond Butter", and "Cashew Butter" which are especially easy to overindulge in
since you don't even have to take the time to chew them. (Nuts and seeds are high in healthy fats and an ounce or two
of them a day can be beneficial, but a pound a day is way too much for anyone.)
3. SOAK THEM BEFORE YOU EAT THEM
Nuts and seeds contain something known as "enzyme inhibitors" and the purpose of "enzyme inhibitors" are to protect
the nuts and seeds by keeping them in a hibernation state until the right conditions for life to begin present themselves.
(Such as a heavy rain storm, and soaking nuts and seeds in a bowl of water is one way of "tricking" the enzyme inhibitors
into thinking that it's time to let the seeds "wake up" and start to grow.)
Nuts and seeds are harder to digest than fruits and vegetables, but if you remove their enzyme inhibitors and turn on
their life force they will be a lot easier to digest, plus soaking nuts and seeds will also raise their water content and make
them bigger and more hydrating.
I included a chart above which shows how long you need to soak the various kinds of nuts and seeds in order to remove
their enzyme inhibitors. After they have soaked for their recommended times drain the water (which will look very dirty)
and then rinse the nuts and seeds well before eating them.
4. SPROUT THEM BEFORE YOU EAT THEM
Once you have soaked your nuts and seeds you can then take it a step further by actually sprouting them.
When you sprout nuts and seeds they become a lot easier to digest. (In fact, even the seeds that are classified as
"grains" such as Beans, Chick Peas, and Lentils which almost everyone believes has to be cooked before they can be
eaten can actually be eaten completely raw and uncooked if you sprout them first.)
Of course, in order for nuts and seeds to sprout they have to be alive, and if you have ever wondered if the nuts and
seeds that you buy are still alive I can tell you that there is no better way to find out than to see what happens if you try
to sprout them.
To learn how to sprout nuts and seeds click HERE.
5. MAKE YOUR OWN NUT MILK
If you have a high powered blender you can take your soaked nuts and seeds and use them to make "Nut Milks" such
as "Almond Milk", "Coconut Milk", "Hemp Milk", etc.
Not only are nuts and seeds that have been blended into "Nut Milk" easier for us to digest but more importantly they
provide us with a very healthy alternative to dairy. There are many reasons that people decide to avoid dairy products
and below are the top 10...
1. Lactose Intolerance
3. Growth Hormones & Antibiotics
4. Saturated Fat & Cholesterol
5. The Pasteurization & Homogenization Processes
6. Excessive Water Use & Water Pollution
8. World Hunger
9. Global Warming
10. Animal Cruelty
But yet as much as people may want to make positive changes in their life and reduce their impact on the environment
they still find it very difficult to give up the foods that they have been consuming their whole life, and luckily "Nut Milks"
can look and taste so much like regular milk that it has never been easier to eliminate dairy from your diet.
Back when I first decide to stop drinking dairy the only plant based milk that I could find was plain "Soy Milk" and I would
have to go to a health food store just to get it, but nowadays the plant based milk section at the local grocery store in my
area is almost as big as the actual cow milk section and it has everything from "Vanilla Almond Milk" to "Chocolate
Hazelnut Milk" to "Strawberry Coconut Milk", and having seen this evolution happen over the years helps me to be a lot
more optimistic about the future.
To learn how to make your own "Nut Milks" at home click HERE
6. ROTATE THE TYPES OF NUTS AND SEEDS THAT YOU EAT
There are quite a few varieties of edible nuts and seeds out there so ideally don't limit yourself to just "Peanuts".
Nuts and seeds can also be stored for very long periods of time so why not stock up and have a handful of Almonds
today, a handful of Pumpkin Seeds tomorrow, and maybe a few Brazil Nuts the next day?
Keep in mind that all nuts and seeds have their own unique nutritional benefits (Pumpkin Seeds are high in "Zinc", Flax
Seeds are really high in "Omega 3 Fatty Acids", Brazil Nuts are really really high in "Selenium", etc) so eating a variety of
nuts and seeds while also eating them in rotation will help you to get the full benefits of having nuts and seeds in your
diet while also making it unlikely that you will be getting too much of a good thing.
BACK TO STEP ONE
A LIST OF EDIBLE NUTS & SEEDS AND THEIR RECOMMENDED SOAKING TIMES
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