The raw vegetarian diet is the healthiest and best tasting diet on earth. It is healthy for the environment, and healthy for you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This diet supplies every essential nutrient in an easy to digest form. I like the saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!” The food is essentially living. It has not been microwaved, cooked, radiated, or heated above 110 degrees. If you plant a raw almond in the ground, it will grow into a tree. If you plant a cooked almond in the ground, it will rot and disintegrate into the soil.
This is not a bland and boring raw vegetable diet. There is more to eat than just broccoli and carrots! Many people tell me they could never eat this way because they like food that tastes good, and they need more protein. They wonder how I can eat boring salads every day. What they don’t understand is that this diet is full of the most delicious foods they have ever tasted. The variety of foods to choose from is incredible. You could eat a different fruit each day of your life and you won’t come close to tasting them all.
The main reason I eat a raw and living foods diet is because of the taste. There are no cooked foods that can come close to tasting as good as raw gourmet. recipes. Occasionally I will eat some cooked foods, and I am usually disappointed. They just don’t taste as good as raw foods. The juice is what holds the flavor, and cooking removes all the juice! Cooks must compensate for the loss of juice and flavor by adding condiments, such as salt, ketchup, mustard, and hot sauce.
The key to making this diet work is to make the food taste delicious. Preparing gourmet foods is an easy way to make it delicious. Sure, some folks eat nothing but simple salads, but most people will quickly become bored of this. Raw gourmet recipes do a great job of mimicking cooked food dishes. I make raw vegan versions of spaghetti, burgers, cakes, soup, ice cream, sushi, pizza, cookies, crackers, cheese, milk, French fries, catsup, lasagna, stir fry, mashed potatoes, gravy, and much more.
I have made dishes of every ethnicity, including American, Russian, Thai, Italian, Indian, Mexican, and German. My versions of the ethnic foods taste better than any cooked version I have tried. It’s no longer enjoyable to eat at restaurants because the food just doesn’t taste as good as raw gourmet. This diet has evolved way past the simple salad! Once you have eaten raw gourmet you’ll never go back to cooked.
Besides destroying the flavor, cooking also destroys vital nutrients. It denatures proteins, destroys vitamins and enzymes, changes organic minerals into their inorganic form, and it is especially damaging to fats. Cooking fats creates free radicals and carcinogens, which are two of the biggest causes of disease and aging. It is estimated that cooking destroys 80% of the nutrients in food. It destroys 50% of the proteins, and between 60% to 70% of the vitamins and minerals. One can still heat food and consider it raw. I will often warm my food up to 110 degrees, especially during the winter. Temperatures above 110 will kill the enzymes.
Enzymes are chemical catalysts that create every chemical reaction. They are proteins found in every cell and are needed for nearly every biological facet of life. Your digestive and immune systems use enzymes, and they far outweigh the importance of other nutrients. Living foods are much easier to digest because they are full of enzymes. If the food is living, your body doesn’t need to build digestive enzymes to break it down. Your immune system will then have more enzymes to heal and repair the body. A strong immune system will slow, stop, and even reverse the aging process. Cooking destroys 100% of the enzymes in foods.
This diet is much more than apples and oranges. There are many foods that can be classified as raw and living. This diet may include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted legumes, sprouted grains, grass, algae, sea vegetables, herbs, spices, dehydrated foods, juice, tea, fermented beverages, and fermented foods. Fruits, vegetables, and greens should be the foundation of the diet. The other items should make a small part of your daily menu. There are so many foods you can add to your diet that I can guarantee you will never get bored. The transition to raw foods is an exciting journey full of new discoveries.
Every essential nutrient is provided when a variety of foods are eaten. Care must be taken when transitioning to the raw foods diet to ensure you are receiving all essential nutrients. These essential nutrients include minerals, vitamins, enzymes, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, phytonutrients, and anti-oxidants.
The proteins are broken down into 20 different amino acids, and 8 are essential. There are at least 50 essential nutrients that our body cannot make. These nutrients must be eaten in food. Our bodies create the non-essential nutrients.
When I first transitioned to raw foods, I had a hard time eating enough calories. The food is around 80% water and you will need to eat a greater volume of food than you are used to. For example, one apple contains the same number of calories as one slice of bread. The best way to eat adequate calories is to put your juicer and blender to work. These two appliances make it easy to eat enough food throughout the day. You don’t need to adhere to the three meals a day plan.