The word "percent", has been mentioned continuously in the raw food world. We hear it all the time - 100% raw, 90% raw, or 75% raw...
Sometimes its as if 100% is some kind of a destination, and once we get there, its Hooray, but its almost a shame if we ever leave.
In actual fact, raw foodism is NOT a destination. Rather, it is a process of discovery.
Discovery about ourselves, how our body works and ultimately how we affect others around us.
You may already know that eating live foods instead of processed, "dead" foods, frees the body of unnecessary burdens and feeds essential nutrients to your cells.
And so for instance, if we used to eat a breakfast of microwaved pancakes with butter, but we now switch to fresh bananas with nut butter, a number of things are going to happen:
First of all, our digestive organs do not have to deal with the complex carbohydrates, processed sugar and saturated fats from the pancakes.
Hence, the body will not feel the slight comatose (its still slight because the day just began!) which usually comes after eating a starchy/fats/processed sugar combination.
Second, we are not eating microwaved ie. chemically altered foods, anymore. The impact of chemically altered foods are at worst damaging to our cells, and at best unknown!
Yes, Science has not yet uncovered the full spectrum of detriment which DNA altered foods can do to our bodies.
Third, we are flooding our bodies with first-hand natural sugars, nutrients and live enzymes from the bananas/nut butter combo.
These require less effort to assimilate (compared to the pancakes) and nourishment is delivered straight to our cells.
As a result, we feel full, energetic, alive and happy! We are now reaping the benefits of a raw food diet.
The benefits of a raw food diet can be enjoyed by taking in as many raw foods as possible.
It doesn't mean you have to be 100%, or 90%, it doesn't even have to be a percentage. Being 100% raw may not even be an appropriate goal for you in the first place. Just go at your own pace.
A person can be a 100% raw foodist, but totally unhealthy because he is overeating only a specific type of food and thus missing out on other valuable nutrients.
Or she could be overeating nuts and oils, have digestive disorders and thus suffer more from weight issues than ever!
These examples would definitely not see those incredible health benefits often raved about in the raw food world.
And does it mean that if we ever fall off from the 100% mark, we berate ourselves and take off in the opposite direction altogether?
Absolutely not! Raw foods, remember, is an on-going journey. It is an amazing process where you discover about yourself.
And it all begins with discovering how the foods you eat can affect you physiologically, emotionally and spiritually.
As long as we are mindful to eat as much unaltered, raw and fresh organic foods as we can get our hands on, we are on the right track.
So, Raw Foodism re-defined:
A Raw Foodist can be someone who acknowledges that foods he/she eat have an impact on him/her, and strives to give him/herself the best possible nutrients out of every meal.
Relax, enjoy your food and start living your life :)
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Linda has always been passionate about the Science of Nutrition for beauty, weight-loss, energy & longevity. She is also a successful Raw Foodist & Certified Raw Food Chef and is ever so delighted to share this gift of knowledge with fellow health enthusiasts! Visit http://rawfoodlifestyles.com/ for more free juicy information on how you can eat your way to a flawless complexion, a sexy body, AND abundant energy now!