Monday, 9 January 2012
Why Eat a Raw Food Diet?
If you're reading this article, you may be wondering about the benefits of a raw food diet, right? Well, the benefits of eating more raw foods are numerous and once you understand them you'll probably wonder why you haven't eaten more raw in the past. You'll also think twice about eating dead cooked foods ever again.
Raw Foods Give You More Energy
I don't think I know of a single person who eats at least 80% raw foods who doesn't enjoy far more energy than the average person. I know that when I transitioned away from eating a diet made up of breads, dairy, and cooked foods, and adopted more of a raw foods diet, my energy went through the roof. And I'm not talking about the quick surge you would get from an espresso but rather long-lasting energy that enables you to do more with less.
For instance, eating raw will allow you to sleep less and have far more energy than you ever thought possible. When I'm eating at least 80% raw, I can easily function on just 4-5 hours of sleep. I literally bounce out of bed and don't require any naps throughout the day. Oh yeah, did I mention that I workout every single day as well? Sometimes, even twice!
There are several reasons why a raw food diet will give you more energy. First, raw foods are rich in food enzymes. Enzymes are required for every single reaction in the body. Unfortunately, our bodies only have a finite number of these enzymes, so when we run out, we run out of life! To add to this, when you heat foods above 118 degrees fahrenheit, you destroy the food enzymes that are naturally present in all raw foods. Therefore, if you eat a predominantly cooked foods diet, you're not getting enough food enzymes, which means that your body will have to produce and use more of its own to digest and metabolize your foods.
The more energy your body needs to divert towards digestion, the less energy you will have for other activities. You will feel more lethargic and tired as your body is trying to breakdown "dead" foods and figure out what to do with them.
So, the food enzymes inherent in raw foods are a big reason for boosting your body's energy. They are the spark plugs and are intricately related to the next property that make raw foods so energy-boosting.
When raw foods are left intact, they are also known as living foods. They are called "living" because they carry an incredible amount of life force.
Now, since every living being has an aura or energy field illuminating from their body, which foods do you think would enhance yours? High energy raw foods or cooked foods that dead? I think we both know the answer.
As I like to say, "eat alive and you will thrive".
Weight Loss and Beautiful Skin
The other highly sought-after quality of a raw foods diet is its ability to help you lose weight and beautify your skin. Almost all raw foodists have reported losing weight they could never lose. At the same time, they notice an instant improvement in their skin. They look younger and have a natural glow that comes about because of the "living" nature of raw foods, their abundance of enzymes, and of course the plethora of nutrients that are ingested when eating more fruits and vegetables.
You will find it easier to lose weight on a raw food diet because your getting more nutrients and, therefore, your body won't crave "dead" foods. Second, the enzymes help to breakdown the foods you are eating and excess energy and fat stores in your body. Third, raw foods are water-rich, which helps you feel more satiated, as well as hydrated.
Many of these reasons also help us explain why living foods make you look younger and beautify your skin. Enzymes, life force, water, and high quality nutrients all play a role in natural skin care.
We could talk about the benefits of a raw food diet for hours but the only to truly understand them is to experience them for yourself. So why not take action today and enjoy the health, the body, and the vitality that you deserve!
About the Author
Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s leading holistic nutrition and health experts. If you want to lose weight and live your healthiest and most energetic life ever, then you can learn more about his raw food diet book, Eating for Energy and get started with a FREE 6-part Energy Secrets e-course by visiting Eating for Energy today.
Training & Nutrition Insider Secrets for a Lean-Body, by Mike Geary (a $17.99 value)
A Good Why and How on Nutrition, March 13, 2009
By Kelly Klepfer (Iowa) posted on Amazon.com
"If you are serious about making nutritional changes and curious about why that's a good idea, you should consider looking into Eating for Energy. With loads of information on the benefits of eating raw plant foods, Yuri Elkaim, presents very compelling reasons to make the suggested changes in your lifestyle.
He provides several recipes and details on specific products and supplements.
If you are coming from a fast food lifestyle and are casually considering making some changes for the better this information could overwhelm you as it is a step up from simply eating healthier and/or organic. However, it is a valuable tool if you really want to change your future health and your life.
I read it and found the it easy to read."
A new lifestyle, September 17, 2008
By Breeni Books "www.breenibooks.com" (Rockwell, NC) posted on Amazon.com
"It is common knowledge that illness and obesity are plaguing North America in frightening degrees. We know it must be related to foods we are ingesting, but with so much conflicting information on the market, usually tainted by self-serving advertisers, it can be difficult to choose a diet that is truly wholesome and beneficial to our health. Yuri Elkaim's Eating for Energy provides some encouraging information about a "back to basics" approach to eating that just may save lives.
As an athlete, Elkaim found that the diet he was consuming, which was high in fruits, vegetables, and protein, was not providing him with the energy he expected. His studies in Holistic Nutrition led him to discover a new way of viewing how the human body processes food. As a fitness and nutrition coach, he developed a diet based on whole foods that eliminates many of the toxins that are so detrimental to our health.
Eating for Energy begins with quite a bit of scientific information. Elkaim explains how diffferent foods interact with the human body, breaking the foods down into their smallest particles. He demonstrates why some foods were not meant for human consumption, and how the chemical makeup of certain foods is altered during the cooking process, negatively affecting the nutritional value.
Elkaim's reasoning makes perfect sense. He explains why some people who believe themselves to be nutritionally fit are still plagued with health concerns and excess body fat. He also explains why someone who appears to be physically fit may not necessarily be healthy.
He provides a section specifically for athletes who may require a high caloric intake. There is a 12-week meal plan for transitioning to a whole foods diet. He closes the book with pages of recipes for dishes included in the meal plan. The book is incredibly thorough and contains all the information the reader will need to embark on this new lifestyle.
There is a catch, however, in that many of the foods and supplements the author touts so highly may not be available at your local grocer. You'll most likely need to visit a health food store for the supplements. Many of the fruits and vegetables are difficult to find, as well, especially since the goal is to find them organically grown and unprocessed. High cost grocers and specialty stores like Trader Joes will be a necessity to adhere to the diet completely, unless you have access to a farmer's market with organically grown produce year round.
Eating for Energy is well-written and easy to understand. However, the formatting makes it difficult to read at times. The font is very small and close together, and the margins should be widened so the reader does not have to break the spine of the book to be able to read across an entire paragraph. This is especially applicable to the recipe pages, where the reader may need to prop the book open and have their hands free while cooking.
Eating for Energy is an impressive nutritional guide. Even implementing parts of Elkaim's advice without adopting the entire plan can be beneficial to readers. Understanding how the body processes food is an important step in nutritional health. Perhaps as more people adopt an organic, whole foods diet, grocers will begin to make these types of foods more readily available."
Good read, good to go back and reference, July 24, 2008
By Reader (Toronto, Canada) - posted on Amazon.com
"A friend recommended this book to me. I've been hesitant to read it or make too many changes to my diet because I'm happy with my health and my weight. I am SO GLAD I read this book. It has changed many opinions and misconceptions I had. I definitely have more energy now and I reference the recipes frequently."
Game changing book, July 23, 2008
By Health nut (Toronto, Canada) - posted on Amazon.com
"This book was a game changer for me. I have learned how an organic and raw diet can affect your energy level, lifestyle and long term health. I will never move to a total vegan diet, but I have reduced the amount of red meat in my diet significantly and started to add other raw based green vegtables, legumes and nuts. In addition, with the recipes in the back, its easy to create fun, unique and tasty meals. I highly recommend this book."
Greatest Nutrition Book Ever!!!, July 9, 2008
By Foodmaniac "Adam" (Australia) - posted on Amazon.com
"This book is a real eye opener. Has some amazing facts on raw foods, dairy, meats and how what we eat, can either increase our energy or even give us certain diseases.
Lots of recipes, free newsletters and ongoing support from the Author.
Give it a shot!"