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Choosing between raw foods and cooked foods

Cucumbers with avocado/red onion spread & tomato salad
Cucumbers with avocado/red onion spread & tomato salad
Avonelle Silcott

Is your food dead or alive? That would be the question that the raw food movement is asking these days. The average person has spent most of his or her life consuming dead foods. From the time a baby is ready for more than just milk, he is introduced to dead food. What does this mean? Animals have to die so that we can eat them. Vegetables, grains, legumes, etc. go from life to death when cooked, especially over a certain degree of heat; some are even overcooked. Enter the raw food movement. It’s fast becoming a trend with many followers.

zucchini pasta mix
Avonelle Silcott

So what is raw food? Many believe that it’s just simply what it states, ‘food that is raw or uncooked’ and who wants to eat that? Further research into the definition of raw foodism states that it is uncooked, unprocessed food that is not heated beyond 118 degrees F. Food cooked above that tends to lose enzymes that the body needs.

Consuming a 100 percent raw food diet makes the body feel light. There’s also no need to count calories, therefore, you can eat to your heart’s content. Who wouldn’t be happy about that? The raw food lifestyle means a return to the garden; the way people were truly meant to eat. Plants, sprouted grains, nuts and seeds do supply some amount of the nutrients we need in addition to those our bodies already make.

Cooked food gives the body that satiated feeling it craves, but leaves us feeling heavy. People also tend to look for what pleases their palates: grilled, fried, roasted, broiled. Though there are some delicious raw food recipes, some folks would never even fathom giving up the old and trying something new and more healthy.

Finally, like any other lifestyle change, raw foodism requires preparation and planning to be successful. Purchasing some of the necessary tools will help maintain it. These include: a food processor, strong blender, juicer and a food dehydrator (the proverbial oven). All of these items are not needed to start the journey, but a future investment into them will help provide variety when it comes to making more recipes.

Gradually incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your meals will help make the transition smoother for those willing to try this lifestyle. Also, doing research is vital to any life decision a person can make.