So this weekend July 11th to be exact was International Raw Food Day. The concept of a raw food diet gave me pause; like how good can food taste if it hasn’t been seasoned and cooked down? I was curious and fully expected to be greeted by a bunch of fancy arrange salad, boy was I surprised. Bena Nakawuki of The Lotus Line organized a raw food potluck where students of her workshops could showcase all that they have learned. I wasn’t ready!!! I had RAW ACKEE which i’ve been taught can poison you so a thug was scared, sea vegetable salad, vegan raw sushi (peep the video below for directions) and my fave Raw vegan pineapple cheesecake. What’s special about the cheesecake is that I ate it all off but you can’t get me to touch regular cheesecake
go figure. We watched a documentary on diabetics who switched to raw foods only for 30 days and how it changed their situation for the better. I am not saying i’m giving up my meat and barbeque but I’m glad I now know that this type of food can be tasty and fill your stomach. Peep the video below
Now I’m not too verse on things healthy, especially healthy AND raw so got to google and to my surprise it’s a REALLY big deal.
Here are the basics in a nutshell, though simplified for easy understanding. A raw foodist is someone that eats75-100%live, nutritionally-dense organic uncooked and unprocessed food (and drinks pure, live water),enjoying delicious meals that optimize your health by alkalizing your body. At that rate your elimination system can get rid of the toxins created when you cook. But when you eat more cooked food you are consuming acidic toxins faster than your body can eliminate them so they back up, disrupting your body’s delicate acid/alkaline balance, a major cause of excess weight and disease. Heating food above 118 degrees F.causes the chemical changes that create acidic toxins, including the carcinogens, mutagens and free-radicals associated with diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Cookingalso destroys the live enzymes that aid in digestion and health.
Your body is actually sort of analkaline battery, running on electrons.All life-giving chemical reactions only happen when electrons or energy flows between atoms. Cooking or processing causes food to lose electrons – the source of the energy your body needs. Things that arehealthy ‘contribute” electrons/energy, and are called alkalizing or “reducing.”Things that are unhealthy steal electrons/energy, and are called acidic or “oxidizing”(which means to burn up, rust, break down or decay).
Your body is designed to be alkaline, like the battery! Because the pH scale is logarithmic even a fraction of a point can create huge changes to health! One hydroxyl molecule (-OH) in 550 million is enough to make water conductive. In fact, most important processes in your body only work within a very narrow pH range. For example, if the pH of your blood falls to the low end of its normal range (~7.35-7.45), a .10 difference, it could reduce the oxygen levels in your blood by as much as 300%!
Check out my sushi making and day at the Raw Food workshop below:
Faith & Love,
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