I found this article through myNOAH (Nourishing Organics Affectionate Homes) group.I will be posting some information that I've learned through this amazing group of women. If you are in the Des Moines area or live in Iowa, please join this group. Teresa, the group leader, has been (and still is) the most influential part of my decision to live a healthier lifestyle. I met her almost three years ago and thank God that He brought her into my life when I started researching on how to have a healthier lifestyle for my family. I bought two books at the time that she confirmed were the best books to start when you want to turn your health around naturally:The Maker's Diet by Jordin Rubin and Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (Look at the Bookworm Collection on the right sidebar) . I will be sharing a lot of valuable information from these two books. I HIGHLY recommend all of you to run to your nearest library and check it out or order it off of Amazon.com
Now, I just love how God is so good to provide for the body's needs. When God created the earth, He wasn't just making a ball with a pretty garden on top. He had a specific plan for EACH plant and food that He brought up from the earth. He knew (and still knows) what our bodies need to survive even today where there is so much pollution and toxins all around us. I always tell people: Eat God-made food, NOT man-made food. So, if you look at the ingredients on your bag of chips or soda, is the ingredients made by God or by man? Was it grown from the ground or made in a chemical lab? Chew on that for a while.
Raw food proponents have long been spreading the word that a predominantly raw food diet will give you more energy, slow down aging, improve your skin, boost your mood, and fight a host of chronic diseases including chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn's disease and even cancer. Walnuts are a perfect example of the doctrine of signatures; they look like little brains, and they contain omega-3 fats, which support brain health.
Yet, long before that, sometime in the early 17th century a German mystic named Jakob Bohme realized a philosophy known as "the doctrine of signatures." According to Bohme's writings, the doctrine of signatures refers to the notion that God marked objects with a sign or "signature" revealing their true purpose. The original theory has been traced back to Galen, a well-known physician and medical researcher around 159 A.D. What does this have to do with food? The doctrine of signatures says that plants look like the body part they're meant to heal, nourish and support.
''God created plants,'' Dr. Stephen H. Koslow, director of Neuroscience and Behavioral Science at the National Institute of Mental Health told The New York Times of Galen's realization, ''as a provision for the health of human beings, and left a sign on them -- some feature of their shape, color, habitat or behavior -- for human beings to decipher.''
Many scientists call the philosophy superstition and mere coincidence, but those in the natural health arena believe God left us these clues on purpose so we could nourish our bodies.
Which Raw Foods' Appearances Reveal Their Uses? Take a look through the list below and decide for yourself … do raw foods contain clues from God?
1. Sliced Carrots: They look like the human eye (complete with pupil, iris and radiating lines), and research shows carrots enhance blood flow and function of the eyes.
2. Tomatoes: Like your heart, a tomato has four chambers and is red.Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is excellent for your heart.
3. Grapes: A cluster of grapes is shaped like your heart, and each grape could be a blood cell. Science shows that grapes are nourishing for your heart and blood. (NOTE: seeded grapes are better because they have lower sugar count. Eat the seeds, they are full of antioxidants!)
4. Walnuts: These wrinkly nuts look like little brains, which makes sense considering walnuts help develop more than three dozen neurotransmitters for brain function, and are a rich source of brain-healthy omega-3 fats.
5. Kidney Beans: Of course these look like your kidneys, and they contain nutrients that can help maintain and heal kidney function. Kidney beans are also an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum. This mineral helps detoxify sulfites, a type of preservative added to many foods (and to which many people are sensitive), from the body.
6. Celery, Bok Choy andRhubarb: These and other rigged, ribbed veggies resemble your bones. They are also 23 percent sodium -- just like your bones -- which is important since your body will pull sodium from your bones if it doesn't get enough from your diet.
7. Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears: Ever notice how these raw foods resemble a woman's womb and cervix? Well eating one avocado a week has been found to help balance hormones, prevent cervical cancer and help women shed birth weight. Ironically, it also takes nine months for an avocado to grow from blossom to ripened fruit.
8. Figs: These fruits are full of seeds and hang in twos while growing. They're also known to increase the number and mobility of sperm and help overcome male infertility.
9.Sweet Potatoes: These veggies look like your pancreas and help to stabilize your blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They're even known as an "anti-diabetic" food.
10. Olives: Shaped much like a woman's ovaries, olives actually support the function of the ovaries.
11. Oranges, Grapefruits and Other Citrus: These resemble mammary glands, and the fruits assist the health of the breasts.
12. Onions: These look like your body's cells, and science shows that onions help to remove waste materials from your body's cells.
How to Get the Most Benefit From These Food "Cures" Alive in 5: Raw Gourmet Meals in Five Minutes is the perfect cooking companion for anyone who wants to explore raw food cures from God, or simply get more fresh, healthy and great-tasting foods into their diet -- but doesn't have a lot of time to do it. Going along with the doctrine of signatures, it's been said that God put everything on the earth -- land, plants, animals and fish -- so that humans would have all they need to survive.
Raw food advocates maintain that eating those plants in their natural form, raw, is the best way to get their nutrients.
"When you cook something, you destroy the enzymes," said Karyn Calabrese, a well-known raw foodist in the Chicago-area in an NBC5 article. "You need enzymes for every metabolic purpose in your body. When you lose enzymes, that's when you die."
Raw foods, advocates say, are also higher in vitamins and nutrients, which are also destroyed by cooking.
If you would like to try out some delicious raw food recipes for yourself, Alive in 5: Raw Gourmet Meals in Five Minutes, is highly recommended. Even those who are new to raw foods will enjoy the simple recipes (most can be prepared in five minutes!) for lasagna, spaghetti marinara, stuffed mushrooms, broccoli in cheese sauce, apple pie and more. They're healthy and delicious, whether you're a raw foodist or not!