According to Carole Jacobs and Patrice Johnson, authors of 'The Juicing Revolution,' the benefits of eating raw and drinking fresh juice are more important than ever in the twenty-first century. The modern diet differs greatly from the raw and natural diet followed by our ancestors. This is partially due to the use of commercial farming methods, which depletes the soil of important mineral contents.
Dr. Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes, attributed most disease, illness, and ailments to mineral deficiencies in the diet and soil. He also said the adoption of commercial farming procedures in the United States significantly contributes to the increasing incidence of disease.
Additionally, modern food processing means overcooking, packaging and storage, and shipping procedures that transport food across states and countries, which eliminates its nutritional value.
Although we educate ourselves more and more on the health benefits of eating organically and naturally, excuses continue to be made for why it’s not doable.
1. It’s too costly
The most common limiting belief when it comes to following an organic and natural diet is money.
“The number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States is medical debt. If someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 30, that person will need, on average, over $300,000 over the course of their lifetime, out of pocket, to manage it,” says Dr. Nick Greiner, a Maximized Living specialist in Pittsburgh.
“That’s for a lifestyle disease, something that can be completely and easily prevented and reversed. The bottom line is people will pay for their health at some point in their lives,” he says. “They can choose to invest a small amount to avoid and prevent the disease or a lot to treat symptoms or manage the disease.”
More organic, local and natural foods are becoming available at inexpensive grocery stores like Aldi. Additionally, fresh and local seasonal produce is available at a lower cost at Market Square Farmers Market or farms like Eichner’s Family Farm and Soergel Orchards.
There’s a quote that goes, “If you think organic food is expensive, have you priced cancer lately?” It may be worth the investment.
2. It’s too time-consuming
Grabbing a meal from a fast-food drivethru has skewed society’s perception of what is and isn’t time-consuming. It may seem profitable and convenient when you have a million and one tasks and errands to run between work, picking your kids up from school and dropping them off at soccer practice, but will require more time later.
According to Dr. Nick, “treating and managing illness and disease costs way more time and money than it does to invest in our health.”
You either invest some time daily now, or much more time later.
For those who are always on the go, purchase prepared meals from places like Whole Foods or a Co-op for the week. And for those who prefer to eat out occasionally or frequently, restaurants that serve natural and raw are appearing in Pittsburgh like Eden in Shady Side and Embody in Lawrenceville and Wexford.
3. It’s not accessible
It used to be difficult to find local and organic foods to purchase and consume, especially in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, as we continue to educate ourselves, accessibility to fresh, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and natural foods increase.
Food co-operatives and natural grocery store chains are thriving in the area thus continue to be built. East Liberty has been a hub for most of these: East End Co-Op, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Whole Foods now has a location in the North Hills and Trader Joe’s have additional locations in Upper St. Clair and one to open in the North Hills at McCandless Crossing this summer.
4. It’s a hoax
We live in a time where we anticipate immediate results; we have smart phones and fast-speed Internet to search for information and navigation systems to recalculate if we make a wrong turn. It’s no surprise we expect the same immediacy when it comes to our health.
Individuals often rely on antibiotics or non-prescription pain medicines. These can deliver almost instantaneous results and cater toward our immediacy culture. They, however, correct the symptom instead of the cause, which explains why the same symptoms are likely to continue periodically over time after consumed.
A lifestyle change starting with diet cures the cause of these symptoms and does not occur instantly. After a few weeks after following an organic, raw, and natural diet we may not feel any different or any healthier and give up because “it’s just not working.” On the contrary, it’s working to rid your body of all the toxins and tackle the source of your symptoms; it takes patience initially.
5. It’s just a trend
Although a natural and organic diet is important today, it is not just a new trend.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, dating before 150 B.C. to 70 A.D., contain the first written words on eating natural and raw. Fruits that were easy to find like lemons, oranges and pomegranates, have been made into juices by various cultures for thousands of years.
Dr. Norman W. Walker, author of Raw Vegetable Juices, introduced juicing to the modern age in 1936. Since, it has become even more important in an age where convenient and fast foods are chosen over natural and raw foods.