Let half your diet be raw foods!
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A "raw foodist" is someone who eats at least 50% raw food 100% of the time.
Raw foods are excellent sources of enzymes. The enzymes in food can be absorbed and used by the body.
Raw foods include:
People in North America are so deficient in enzymes that enzyme therapy may help with almost any health condition.
The highly colored coats of beans contain abundant anti-cancer chemicals. People who eat more beans have less cancer.
"Research recently came out of Johns Hopkins University that found three-day-old broccoli sprouts to be loaded with the anti-cancer chemical sulforaphane. The sprouts are said to lack the flavor of mature broccoli that some people find unpleasant. You might even try growing them yourself." - www.drweil.com
"Broccoli sprouts contain 20 times as much as glucoraphanin than mature broccoli. Glucoraphanin converts to cancer-fighting sulforaphane in the body. Sulforaphane prompts the body to make an enzyme that keeps tumors from forming! Sulforaphane also kills H. Pylori, the microbe that causes stomach and duodenal ulcers." - Dr. Robert Jay Rowen's Second Opinion September 2002.
Mastic may also kill H. Pylori.
Add one ounce of 3% hydrogen peroxide to one pint of water and soak your seeds overnight. Add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide each time you rinse the sprouts. This will help them sprout and prevent mold.
Our experience is that organic grains and legumes are more likely to sprout than inorganic grains and legumes. When you are eating your sprouts, it is unpleasant to bite down on a hard seed that has not sprouted. Making sprouts at home is so economical that there is no reason not to use organically grown seeds.
Most "raw" nuts sold in stores are not raw, they have been steam pasteurized or otherwise treated to kill salmonella on the skins. These nuts are dead food and will not sprout. Buy organic nuts and test them in your sprouter to make sure they are living food.
You can soak nuts overnight to inactivate the enzyme inhibitors and then dehydrate them to create a healthy snack. Blend them with water to make nut milk. Grind them to make a nut loaf. There are lots of recipes on the Internet.
One tablespoon of soaked flaxseeds can replace one egg when baking.
"Cabbage eaten raw, cooked or juiced helps detoxify the body by killing all types of harmful viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens in the stomach and intestinal tract." - Dr. David Williams.
Live bacteria in sauerkraut help maintain a population of healthful bacteria within our digestive system. Be sure to purchase your sauerkraut from the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
Learn how to make fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yoghurt, kefir, and kvass.
The pancreas produces a fluid called pancreatin that contains many enzymes. These enzymes include amylase to digest carbohydrates, lipase to digest fats, and protease to digest protein. If the pancreas becomes exhausted then the resulting inability to properly digest and metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins can cause many difficulties.
Enzyme deficiency is implicated in over 200 diseases including:
Enzyme supplements are available in health food stores and online. Everyone should eat a few enzyme tablets with each meal or between meals or before going to bed.
Fluoride interferes with the functioning of many enzymes in the body. Reverse osmosis is the only water filtration method we know of that can remove fluoride from drinking water. Ideally you should drink water that has never been fluoridated.
What was the staple food of Roman gladiators? A porridge made of barley and beans.
Buckwheat sprouts eaten in large quantities can cause skin tenderness and photosensitivity. You are unlikely to chew enough buckwheat greens to cause a problem, but when juicing or blending large quantities problems can arise. Other popular greens do not seem to cause difficulties.
"If God did not make it, do not eat it."
A diet of fresh whole foods is best.
Dr. Lorraine Day advocates sprouts.
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Corn is traditionally soaked with lime prior to making tortillas. The alkalinity of the lime protects certain amino acids during digestion, increasing the nutritional value of the corn.
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We suggest that for good health, half of your diet should be raw. Raw foods include:
- fresh fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts, seeds, seaweed, algae
According to the Hippocrates Institute, the most nourishing foods are sea vegetables, algae (blue-green and chlorella), and sprouts. Sprouts are economical and can be easily made in every kitchen.
Sprouts are a fun way to create economical fresh organic greens in your own kitchen.
The time tested way to make sprouts at home is with wide-mouthed mason jars. The opening is covered with cheese cloth held in place by a rubber band. Or use one of the new metal mesh screens instead of cheese cloth. We also like the "Easy Sprout Sprouter" because it takes up less room than tilted mason jars. To make wheatgrass we use the EasyGreen Mikrofarm.
There is much information on the Internet and videos at YouTube.com regarding how to make sprouts. Basically you put some seeds in the mason jar and cover them with water. After soaking 8 to 12 hours, the seeds are drained, rinsed, and then the jar is propped at a 45 degree angle so that the water can continue to drain while the seeds are exposed to air. Continue to rinse and drain the seeds every 12 hours until the sprouts are ready to eat. Eat a few every time you rinse to find the point where they taste best.
This is all you need to get started.
Enzymes are needed in the fight against cancer. Cooking at temperatures above 116°F / 47°C destroys enzymes. Instead of cooking, why not eat raw foods and sprouts?
"Germination initiates a chemical transformation in the seed grains that naturally neutralizes the phytates or enzyme inhibitors..." - The Maker's Diet, page 138.
Soaking grains, nuts, seeds and beans overnight triggers the onset of the sprouting process and deactivates the enzyme inhibitors. Just soaking them overnight makes them much easier to digest.
Take any edible seeds, nuts, grains or beans, soak them in water overnight and they should swell up. These are called "pre-sprouts" or "soaks". Many of them will now be ready to eat without any cooking at all. If not edible, then rinse them and let them begin to sprout. Continue to rinse periodically for two or three days. Letting the sprouts grow longer is optional. Putting the sprouts in a window so they turn green is also optional. Just soak your seeds, nuts, grains or beans and then try eating them. If you like the taste then they are ready to eat.
Soak nuts overnight and then (optional) dry them in a dehydrator. They are now ready to eat.
You can soak nuts and seeds overnight and then dry them in the open air or in a dehydrator prior to grinding them into healthy flour devoid of enzyme inhibitors.
Protein is made of amino acids. The adult human body requires 20 different amino acids. The human child requires 22 different amino acids. Eight of these amino acids are called "essential amino acids" because they must be obtained from diet. The remaining amino acids can be manufactured in the body using the 8 essential amino acids as building blocks.
The eight essential amino acids are isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Plus, histidine is an essential amino acid for human infants. Unfortunately, lysine can be destroyed by heat starting at about 110°F / 43°C, with higher temperatures bringing greater destruction. Lysine is used by the body in the fight against both cancer and heart disease.
Organic cold-processed whey powder is a good source of both lysine and tryptophan.
Chia seeds contain all nine essential amino acids. The amino acid score of chia is 115, which makes it better than eggs. We highly recommend chia seeds, particularly for vegetarians. Add chia seeds to soups and stews. Soak some chia seeds for 12 hours (overnight) and add them to your smoothie. Chia is a superfood, containing 30 nutrients. There is much information about chia on the Internet.
Soaked flax seeds also have an excellent amino acid score of 92. A big advantage of eating soaked flax seeds is their high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. Soak the flax seeds in a glass of water overnight and then add them (including the water) to your smoothie. Organic flax seeds are inexpensive. We personally find golden flax to be indigestible, so we only use brown flax seeds.
Tryptophan is used by the body to make protein, niacin (Phase 4 of Cancer: Niacin Deficiency), serotonin and melatonin. Tryptophan creates calmness and helps you sleep. Sprouts for world peace?
Fruits and vegetables are rich in glutathione peroxidase, and juicing provides a way to access this nutrition. Glutathione is the most important antioxidant in the body. Glutathione peroxidase works in tandem with another enzyme called catalase. Catalase is also found in fruits and vegetables. A deficiency of catalase is thought to be a cause of gray hair.
Nutrients damaged or destroyed by heat include lysine, the vitamins thiamine (B1), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), and ascorbic acid (C). However, heat can be beneficial in that it destroys a non-essential amino acid in raw eggs called avidin that when unheated will combine with the vitamin biotin (B7) rendering it useless. Raw fish contains an enzyme that destroys the vitamin thiamine (B1). And so it goes. There needs to be a balance between raw and cooked foods.
It is no longer safe to consume raw animal products. Raw fruits and vegetables do contain protein, which becomes more concentrated in freshly made fruit and vegetable juices. Other good plant sources of protein are nuts, seeds, grains and beans. As we mentioned above, nuts, seeds, grains and beans contain enzyme inhibitors. These enzyme inhibitors can be deactivated by cooking. However, cooking can also destroy some of the nutrients. Therefore, we conclude that a better way to deactivate the enzyme inhibitors is soaking or sprouting, and the soaks or sprouts can be eaten raw or lightly steamed (put them in your stir fry just before serving) so that you can obtain the full measure of protein that they contain.
To protect nutrients when cooking, you should always cook with water, thereby ensuring the cooking temperature never exceeds the boiling point of the water. Properly cooking certain foods can make the foods more appetizing, starch breaks down into simple sugars that can be digested, and the food is softened thereby increasing the availability of nutrients. In fact, some scientists believe that cooked food gave early humans the calories they needed for larger brains.
It is nice to have some warm food each day. Certainly it smells good, with various aromas being carried to your nose by the steam. Just avoid high temperatures and don't cook your food to death. Cooking destroys 25% to 100% of the nutrients in food depending on the cooking method. Lightly steaming food destroys about 25% of certain vitamins and other nutrients. Microwaving food can destroy up to 100% of some nutrients. Plus, frying, deep-frying, baking, roasting and microwaving at moderately high temperatures can create carcinogens such as acrylamide in the food.
Grains and beans/legumes each contain all of the essential amino acids, but tend to have more of some than others. In order to have an abundance of ALL essential amino acids, it is useful to eat both sprouted grains and sprouted beans/legumes each day. Amino acids deficient in grains are abundant in beans/legumes. Amino acids deficient in beans/legumes are abundant in grains. Eaten together, grains plus beans/legumes offer more complete protein.
It is not absolutely necessary to eat them at the same meal because the body can store excess amino acids for a time, but for protein synthesis to take place an abundance of all the essential amino acids must be present in the body simultaneously.
The manna bread eaten by the ancient Essenes was not cooked. Rather it was simply dried in the desert sun. Uncooked manna bread made from sprouted grains/beans/legumes may be available in your local health food store.
"Moisten your wheat, that the angel of water
may enter it. Then set it in the air, that the angel of air may
The bread recipe called Ezekiel Bread ("And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt, and put them into a single vessel, and make bread of them." - Ezekiel 4:9) provides all the essential amino acids in good balance. Most large beans need to be cooked, even if sprouted. However, it is possible to pre-mix a few of your favorite grains and small beans to create a sprouting mix that does not need to be cooked. Our favorite choices for the "beans" in uncooked Ezekiel Bread include adzuki beans, chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), green peas and mung beans.
For making Essene or Ezekiel flatbread, you can sprout grains and small beans/legumes for three or four days. These sprouts are quite small and taste like green peas fresh in the garden. Then grind them using the grinding attachment of the Omega juicer. The sprouts are filled with water so the resulting mush is quite moist. The Essenes would spread their mush on a hot rock and dry it in the desert sun. You can spread the mush on wax paper or parchment paper and dry it for a few hours in an Excalibur dehydrator. This is possible because the Excalibur blows warm air across the trays rather than through them. The result is plain, uncooked, digestible flatbread. To improve the taste, sometimes people add sesame seeds to the sprouting mix, add raisins during grinding, eat them with jam or raw honey, or use them as raw pizza crust.
When eaten fresh, the Ezekiel mix makes a sprout salad, and can be added to soups and sandwiches or sprinkled on your dinner. It is a new experience to be eating salad for its superior protein content. This sprout salad makes a great emergency food. It requires no electricity or sunlight, very little water and can be eaten raw. This is a sprout salad you can make in an underground shelter, campsite, or arctic settlement. A tasty salad dressing helps the sprouts go down.
The mush of ground sprouts that is used to make flatbreads can be eaten as mush instead. People with no teeth or difficulty chewing may enjoy this uncooked mush with a bit of salad dressing. Those with intestinal or digestive problems (for example Crohn's disease or other intestinal obstruction, problems with the stomach, etc.) may be able to eat this raw sprout mush. Ezekiel baby food?
Good choices to sprout:
Good choices to soak
Beans that must be cooked even if sprouted include: anasazi beans, black beans, blackeyed pea, fava beans, great northern beans, red kidney bean, lima beans, navy beans, pinto beans, and soy beans. At high altitudes where water boils at a lower temperature, these beans should be cooked in a pressure cooker.
You will soon discover your favorites. For some of these we prefer to sprout hulled seeds (barley, millet, oats, sunflower). A diet including fresh sprouts and raw foods provides enzymes necessary for good digestion, cancer prevention and the maintenance of good health. There is much information on the Internet.
The average non-vegetarian North American eats twice as much protein as is required by the body, resulting in depletion of the body's protein-digesting enzymes. The body's requirement for dietary protein (when derived from plant sources) is one half gram of protein per pound of body weight. A 150 pound person needs about 50 grams of protein per day. This is a very small amount of protein. It is almost impossible to eat a diet of fresh juices, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains and beans and not get enough good quality protein. Plus, these plant sources of protein provide enzymes, fiber, essential fatty acids and more than twice the minerals and vitamins as provided by meat.
The average North American eats his/her body weight in sugar annually. The digestion and metabolism of sugar uses up the body's supply of sugar digesting enzymes. Lacking sufficient enzymes, the sugar runs rampant throughout the body, creating Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) that create plaques and destroy the functionality of whatever tissue they become part of. AGEs damage your arteries, brain, kidneys, eyes and all the organs.
Dissolving cancerous tissue requires enzymes. The coating on the cancer cell is made of mucus and fibrin. Mucus is a glycoprotein (sugar and protein). Fibrin is a protein floating in the blood that allows blood to clot. This (biofilm) camouflage of mucus and fibrin prevents the white blood cells of the immune system from recognizing the cancer cell. Too much protein in the diet and refined foods such as white sugar and white flour deplete pancreatic enzymes, helping to open the way for cancer.
Sprouts are living foods, easy to digest and filled with enzymes, proteins, complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Everything your body needs in a form that your body can use! Sprouts are economical, easy to make and nutritious.
Simply by sprouting the grain or bean you have eliminated the need to cook it. No need to bake bread, or to cook your beans for hours to make them digestible. Just sprout and serve! Amazingly, even shelled sunflower seeds will sprout.
You can make sprouts anywhere, even while camping. Pack in the dried grains, seeds, nuts, and beans and produce fresh vegetables in your campsite!
Sprouts are environmentally friendly. They eliminate the need for cooking fuel, and reduce the generation of greenhouse gases.
Sprouts are whole food. Eating sprouts gives you the full nutritional value of the food. Nothing has been processed out, no chemicals or preservatives have been added. The essential oils have never been exposed to the air so they are not rancid. The enzymes have not been destroyed by cooking. Sprouts are just simple, natural, wholesome food. Sprouts taste great in a bowl with a bit of salad dressing, mixed in with other leafy greens, stuffed into a sandwich, sprinkled over your dinner, or used as a garnish on soups. Sprouts can also be stir-fried or steamed with other vegetables, or added to veggie burgers. Sprout your wheat and make wheat grass juice as an alternative to eating bread.
Vitamin K1 works with chlorophyll in leafy green plants, so green drinks such as wheatgrass juice and green vegetables are a good source of vitamin K1. Vitamin K is not damaged by heat but is destroyed by freezing. There are two types of vitamin K2. One type called "MK4" is made in your body by converting K1 into MK4. The other type of vitamin K2 is called "MK7" and is made by bacteria when they eat vitamin K1. The bacteria that make this form of vitamin K2 live in your gut, and are present in fermented foods such as kefir and sauerkraut. This is why fermented foods are a good source of K2. Due to special bacteria, certain cheeses such as brie and gouda are high in vitamin K2. All three types of vitamin K are needed for good health. Synthetic forms of vitamin K are toxic, so it is best to get your vitamin K from food.
Vitamin K is fat soluble and works together with the other fat soluble vitamins A and D. Lots of vitamin D will not make strong bones unless vitamin K is also present. Adequate vitamins A, D and K are essential for growing children, or they will have an inadequate skeletal structure causing teeth to be crowded, forcing the teeth to come out crooked. The pelvic structure will be too small, causing difficulties when female children grow up and attempt to give birth to children of their own. Growth of certain parts of the brain may be hindered by inadequate development of the skull. Plus, many other problems continue for life if these three vitamins are inadequate during childhood. Watch this 2 hour video to learn more.
As we age, vitamin K is necessary for prevention of osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, and cancer.
"When we're lacking K2, we're at much greater risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer. And these are three concerns that used to be relatively rare. Over the last 100 years, as we've changed the way we produced our food and the way we eat, they have become very common." - Dr. Kate Rheamue-Bleue
Use clean filtered water to soak your sprouts overnight. Then pour the water on your house plants.
Chia and brown flaxseed are exceptions. The soaking water turns gelatinous and is OK to eat. Soak 2 tablespoons of chia seeds or brown flaxseed in a cup of water or juice overnight. The result is a chewy liquid that you can add to a smoothie. Search the Internet for chia and flaxseed recipes and the benefits of eating flax and chia seeds. Flax and chia seeds are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, soluble and insoluble fiber, plus many vitamins and minerals. Go to YouTube.com and watch some of the many videos.
We suggest that at least half of what you eat should be raw. The raw food half of your diet involves more than just salads, which is just as well because the human physiology is no longer fit to chew greens all day. Your larger brain came at a price - the enlarged skull has a correspondingly smaller and weaker jaw muscle when compared to other primates.
The raw food diet stands on four pillars: fresh and fermented fruit & vegetables, juices, soaked nuts & seeds, and sprouts.
We use four mechanical aids to facilitate our raw food diet: Vitamix, juicer, sprouter, and dehydrator.
"A form of vitamin may be obtained
from certain nuts - as the almond - that would be helpful as a
Almonds soaked overnight can be enjoyed at breakfast. A glass of soaked flax or chia seeds mixed with fruit in a Vitamix together with some vitamin C crystals, protein powders, kefir, lecithin, cinnamon, oils (olive & flax), and water makes a nice smoothie.
The Vitamix can be used to make veggie shakes or fruit smoothies in all seasons. Cover the fruit or veggies with water before turning on the blender, or you will just end up with a mush. However, if you want mush it can become the basis for good applesauce, baby food, chip dip, or uncooked soup. Make your own "V8" juice using 8 different veggies from the fridge plus water and blend them in the Vitamix.
Favorite juices include carrot+greens (celery, romaine lettuce, kale, etc.), carrot+beet, carrot+cabbage, carrot+apple. Juices use a far greater quantity of raw ingredients compared to veggie shakes or fruit smoothies, so we tend to make juice "in season" when the fruits or vegetables are less expensive. An exception to this is wheatgrass juice that can made all year round from wheat grass grown in your sprouter. Also, if any sprouts grow too long, tough and stringy, throw them in the juicer together with a carrot, apple and whatever else is handy.
Seeds of all sorts can be sprouted in your sprouter. These sprouts can be used in various ways. They can be a salad all on their own - just add dressing. They can be added to other foods such as sandwiches and soups. They can be ground up and used to make Essene bread as described above. Some sprouts turn into nice salad greens after a few more days of growth. Find a good sprout recipe book and it will show you a great many tasty meals to prepare from your sprouts.
Start by buying your sprouting seeds in small quantities until you know your favorites. Then see if you can find a wholesaler or other source that sells organic sprouting seeds, chia, flax and nuts in bulk. Then the above raw food diet becomes affordable and not terribly time consuming. You can be healthy and live comfortably largely on food you prepare in your own home.
One last thought is Dr. Johanna Budwig's cottage cheese and flax oil mixture. The cottage cheese is probably not raw, but the flax oil is. It is good to consume a small amount of this mixture daily. You can learn more about Budwig therapy by reading the free E Books available.
Altschul, Aaron M. Proteins, Their Chemistry and Politics, Basic Books, New York, 1965. This book provides the scholarly analysis of protein complementarity that is the basis of a successful vegetarian diet. A meat & milk based diet requires 3 1/2 acres to feed one person, whereas on a vegetarian diet one quarter acre can feed a person. Also, the meat & milk based diet requires 2,500 gallons of fresh water per day per person, compared to only 300 gallons of fresh water per day for a person on a vegetarian diet. The number of people who can live on this planet and their impact on the environment is largely determined by their diet.
Boutenko, Victoria, Green for Life, Raw Family Publishing, 2005.
Lappe, Frances Moore, Diet for a Small Planet, Ballantine Books, New York, 1992. This book explains the principle of protein complementarity that is the basis of the vegetarian diet. By combining a grain and a legume you produce a protein that is as good as animal protein. Examples include: rice and lentils (rice and dhal - India), corn and beans (Mexico), chick peas and wheat (falafel sandwich - Middle East). This famous bread recipe takes full advantage of protein complementarity: "Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself." - Ezekiel 4:9. A high protein plant diet provides twice the vitamins and minerals of a meat diet, and vastly more fiber, phyto-nutrients, and other required nutrients.
Lewin, Alex, Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen, Quarry Books, 2012.
Meyerowitz, Steve, Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook: 250 Flourless, Dairyless, Low Temperature, Low Fat, Low Salt, Living Food Vegetarian Recipes, Sproutman Publications, 1999.
Meyerowitz, Steve, Sprouts The Miracle Food: The Complete Guide to Sprouting, Sproutman Publications, 1998.
Rheaume-Bleue, Kate, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life, Wiley, 2011.
By cooking food improperly and at too high temperatures, carcinogens are formed and many nutrients such as lysine may be ruined. Society has adopted a diet that is mostly cooked food and mostly food cooked at too high temperatures. A result of this is an abundance of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, etc. A new balance needs to be found, with at least half the food being uncooked, and the cooked half being minimally processed and cooked at low temperatures not exceeding the boiling point of water.
Other than as a temporary "cleanse", we are not advocating a 100% raw diet. Properly cooking certain foods can make the foods more appetizing, starch breaks down into simple sugars that can be digested, and the food is softened thereby increasing the availability of nutrients. Cooking increases the number of different foods that we can eat. Plus, it is nice to have some warm food and a hot drink on a cold day.
On the other hand, nutrients are damaged by exposure to air, light and heat, and lost in discarded cooking water. For maximum nutritional benefit, whole foods should be eaten raw when possible and processed minimally when necessary. Cooking temperatures should be low and cooking times should be brief.
Nutrients commonly deficient in the modern diet include the amino acids lysine and tryptophan, many B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, the omega 3 essential fatty acids, and certain minerals (iodine, potassium, magnesium, and selenium). It takes careful menu planning to avoid these deficiencies, and the information on this page should help.
We suggest that a mix of sprouted grains and sprouted small beans eaten raw provides a better quality protein than does any form of cooked food. So do fresh vegetable juices. Raw organic dairy or cold-processed organic whey are good if you can get them. Other animal products such as conventional dairy, eggs, poultry, fish and meat can be unhealthy if you try to eat them raw.
For good health it is very important that a significant percentage of your nutrition, including protein, come from raw foods. The mush of ground up sprouted grains & beans that can be used to make flatbread (described above) can also be mixed with pet food for healthier pets. Raw, soaked organic almonds can be used to make almond milk that is better in many ways than pasteurized (cooked) cow milk. (The "raw" almonds sold in grocery stores have been pasteurized and are, therefore, not really raw. We tried sprouting some and they did not sprout. They are dead.)
Enzymes are found in raw food. People do not eat enough raw food and are overtaxing their pancreas and becoming deficient in enzymes. Raw foods such as sprouts tend to be economical, highly nutritious, and a good source of enzymes. We recommend that everyone learn about raw foods, prepare them at home, and let raw foods be about half of your total food consumption every day. Raw food includes unpasteurized fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir that contain beneficial bacteria necessary for a healthy gut. Kefir is better for the gut than yoghurt. Soup and other foods can be heated and still considered raw providing the temperature does not rise high enough to destroy the enzymes in the food. We would suggest a maximum temperature of 108°F / 42°C.
Raw foods are a good source of vitamins, minerals, essential oils, fiber, protein and enzymes. Raw foods help you get off the top of the food chain, away from pesticides, preservatives, rancid oils, and highly processed dead food. Sprouts are economical, easy to grow, and offer genuinely superior nutrition. Combined with eating raw fruit and vegetables, juicing, blending, soaking, fermenting, dehydrating, and steaming you have the foundation for healthy eating.
Steamed vegetables are the most important cooked food and should be eaten daily, particularly leafy greens. Look at the foundation layer of Dr. Fuhrman's Nutritarian Pyramid. It is vegetables - one half raw and one half cooked.
“People who ate the most animal-based
foods got the most chronic disease... People who ate the most
plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic
"We must tell them that a diet of roots,
stems, seeds, flowers, fruit, and leaves is the healthiest diet and
the only diet we can promote, endorse, and recommend.”
Have another look at Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Nutritarian Pyramid at the top of this page. Do you see the potential for urban agriculture? The foundation level of the pyramid is vegetables, which can be grown almost anywhere - in urban greenhouses, rooftop gardens, even inside buildings under grow lights. Much of the food cities need can be grown within the cities themselves.
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