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Week 4: May 22 through May 28 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 4: May 22 through May 28

May 22/19 – 22nd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report. Still eating alot of carbohydrates to feel full & satisfied. I am actually looking forward to be able to eat again nuts, seeds, nut butter, avocado and vegan yogurt, as I fell like I need more variety and am limited to a smaller amount of options. I will stick with this till the end of this month, as I have come this far and want to see it through to its completion.

May 23/19 – 23rd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Tonight, I ate a few of the Corn Tortillas from Food for Life that bought a few days ago and would probably taste better if warmed slightly, but do not have a pan for that. I made wraps out of them with tomato paste, kelp powder, nutritional yeast, Aduki Beans from Eden Foods, Living Upland Cress (hydroponically grown watercress) from Hollandia Produce and cut up mini red bell peppers.

I am eating way too much carbohydrates in the way of grains and puffed cereal, in my opinion. Is it because I am hungry or bored? Not sure. I want to be honest here with what I’m eating. I do not seem to fill up/feel satiated on these items, as I get hungry not long after finish. I see it as possibly that I’m not having enough volume of fruit on a daily basis that would fill me up more and maybe also higher protein. Since I’m not using protein powders because the ones have are made of seeds and not sure the ones made of rice/pea protein would be appropriate for what I am doing now. Since I am already at the “home stretch,” and 7 days left without overt fats, I will not plan to get those protein powders, but try to up my calories from beans and fruits and see if that helps. The thing for me, is that I do crave crunchy food and go for the rice cakes, crackers, rice snaps and puffed cereals (especially the puffed corn which is crunchy), but the problem is afterwards it dries out my throat because is dry, so ought to be hydrating more (that is to begin with, without eating all these dry foods)

At this point, I have decided that starting in June:
1- I do plan to resume the overt fats have left out – nuts, seeds, nut butters, vegan yogurt and avocados.
2- I will not use products with oils and cane sugar/maple syrup.
3- I will use stevia, monk fruit and coconut sugar as sweeteners or if in any products.
4- There are some products will resume that have a minimal amount of sea salt/himalayan sea salt, (I would like/try to stay with 5% or under per serving) like the vegan yogurt I like called Lavva. I still plan to choose most of food products that buy/use to be without added salt, although they may have sodium, naturally occuring from the ingredients.

It will be interesting to see how my body reacts after not consuming these items for 30 days and I will share that with you.

May 24/19 – 24th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new. Still eating lots of carbohydrates

May 25/19 – 25th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Had a new snack tonight, Apple Chips from Bare Snacks. They are just baked with no added salt, oil or sugar. Nice to have a crunchy sweet snack, as most of the crunchy things have are usually savory.

May 26/19 – 26th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Today I ate more fruit and protein, so didn’t eat as much grains, as usually do.

May 27/19 – 27th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I mostly get hungry for heavier foods like grains & beans in the latter part of the day and still snacking on lots of puffed cereals, but does not always satisfy me, but simply like having something crunchy to eat. I have not noticed, per se, that I am feeling any different after almost a month of doing this, but I am sure when I start having some food products with even small amounts of added salt, it will taste too salty for me, since I cut it out completely, unless the food had naturally occuring sodium.

May 28/19 – 28th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

It is now 4 weeks and hard to believe I have gone this long on this plan and no “cheating,” but just eating alot more carbohydrates daily. I will continue till the end of this month which is a few more days and then resume overt fats starting next month.

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You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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Week 3: May 15 through May 21 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 3: May 15 through May 21

May 15/19 – 15th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report. Still sticking with the plan and not having any issues. Continue to eat lots of carbohydrates and seem more hungry then when ate fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, vegan yogurt. Will see how I feel after this month is over, as actually is 31 days total in May and was only going to go without overt fats for 30 days and 4 weeks, is actually only 28 days, but who is counting. When you go longer into a new eating plan or anything else you are doing that is different, it gets easier and also becomes the norm for you. It’ll be interesting to see if having fats again will make me feel more satiated overall and not need as much carbohydrates.

May 16/19 – 16th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Sticking with the plan and at this points it feels like the norm already, whereas when first started wasn’t sure how I would do, although I have done fasts & cleanses in the past and for the most part kept it up for the time period designated. It could also be that since I already planned to do this ahead of time, I was preparing my brain to accept this new way of eating, since I was leaving out what have been consuming for a long time, thinking that it was ok, but I know that salt, oil and sugar are not food and want to eat what is going to nourish my body in the most optimum way. I do hope I can stay this way for the long haul and only time will tell. I didn’t get any blood work done before started this, as don’t have a doctor or go to doctors, as a rule and know my blood can be sent into a lab, but opted not to, although it would have been nice to see a comparison of before & after, especially the 1st month of also not esting any overt fats, because that may have brought down my cholesterol, not that I was/am worried about it.

May 17/19 – 17th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to share today. Staying on the plan. Still consuming more carbohydrates then usual because not eating overt fats, which may be more satiating.

May 18/19 – 18th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report.

May 19/19 – 19th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report.

May 20/19 – 20th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Today I bought some Corn Tortillas from Food For Life, to have something else to eat, as they are made with whole corn and not flour. I have not tried them yet, but will in the next few days. I also found these brown rice crackers, called Brown Rice Snaps from Edward & Sons that used to eat years ago and have no salt or oil and like having something crunchy to snack on. They are baked and made only of organic brown and white rice.

May 21/19 – 21st day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

3 Weeks!! When did that happen?? Seems like yesterday was just starting this and now 3/4 of the way through and still going strong. Today, I snacked on alot of Puffed Corn because like it for the crunch and has no salt, oil, sugar. Other then that, still keeping to the plan with no problems.

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Week 2: May 8 through 14 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 2: May 8 through May 14 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

This week, I will be sharing more about the other affects (mental, psychological, etc) of doing this and not focus on the food, as did in the first week, but may mention if there are any other foods that didn’t mention before.

May 8/19 – 8th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I was working today and the hungry feeling started later in the afternoon, but maybe is really mental/psychological and need to hydrate more. I will try that and see what happens. I am trying to stay strong, but almost broken down to have some crunchy and salty flax crackers, but I have to realize, I’m craving minerals and need to eat more natural sodium rich foods. I found this on website: livestrong.com – A cardoon, which is classified as a leafy vegetable, contains the highest sodium content of any raw vegetable, according to the USDA, with 303 milligrams in 1 cup of shredded cardoon. Raw celeriac, wax gourd, artichokes, beets, carrots, seaweed, turnips, beet greens, celery and chard contain 75 milligrams of sodium or more per serving. When cooked without salt, sweet potatoes, spinach and collards contain 75 milligrams of sodium or more per serving. It also said about fruits: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mammy apple contains the most sodium per serving. One of these large round tropical fruits contains 127 milligrams of sodium. Guavas and passion fruit are the only other fruits in the raw form that contain 50 milligrams of sodium or more per serving. I do use seaweed powder on my grains and salads daily, which are mineral rich.

May 9/19 – 9th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I found some other snacks – Puffed Corn & Puffed Millet from Arrowhead Mills with nothing else in it. So was thinking to put the rice puffs, puffed corn and millet together in a bag, as a snack mix to have when I am on the go. I also got Tomato Paste with no salt added from 365 Everday Value (Whole Foods private label), so can use that to spread on my rice cakes or put on grain/pasta.

May 10/19 – 10th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I had some of the other puffed cereals bought yesterday for snacks, so will need to buy more and the tomato paste on rice cakes was really good and satisfying. I feel like I am already be in the flow of doing this and not have any issues, as have to snack more on carbohydrates, since not eating fats this month.

May 11/19 – 11th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Snacked alot today and not feeling the need for anything not eating (fats, oils, sugar & salt). I do not feel or notice any difference physically, as usually see any changes, first in the face, but maybe is too soon to see anything.

May 12/19 – 12th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Didn’t each much during the day, but more in the evening. I got Khorasan Wheat/Kamut Puffs from Nature’s Path. I usually do not eat anything with wheat in it except for the sprouted tortillas, but kamut is different then regular wheat. I liked the taste of it, as a snack and something to eat quickly with no preparation, like the other puffed cereals have. Nothing new to share about my experience.

May 13/19 – 13th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Ate alot of carbs today – seem to be hungry all day – ate rice, rice cakes, rice and kamut puffs. Could also be, because was not working today which keeps my mind off eating.

May 14/19 – 14th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Can’t believe it has been 2 weeks and still sticking with it 100%! Woo Woo! The power of self-control (I have a strong nature when it comes to that, if you have checked out other posts on the cleanses and fasts I have done in the past) and not feeling like I am missing anything, but do crave more carbohydrates/starches. One has to be very aware and more astute when looking at packaged products when trying to avoid added salt, sugar, oils and fats, as it is easy to miss, if you don’t read the ingredients. Whereas, if a product has naturally occuring of any of those mentioned, that is a different story, like sugar from fruit or sodium in celery, etc.
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Can Fruit Wreak Havoc On Your Blood Sugar? by Frederic Patenaude

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Can Fruit Wreak Havoc On Your Blood Sugar? by Frederic Patenaude

Here’s a question that a reader sent us:

Hello,
1- Can fruit mess up with your insulin levels?
2- Can so much fruit cause diabetes?
3- Can you get hypoglycemia if you eat a lot of fruit for years and years?

I have problems with numbers 1 and 3; even McDougall recommends no more than 2 fruits/day because there is too much fruit sugar in them; what about Gabriel Cousens and so many others who say that fructose can mess up a lot, and we should focus on greens (with fats so we can absorb the vitamins)?
Thanks,
Ilse

All three of those scenarios you mention are blood-sugar metabolic disorders, and it pays to understand your physiology to understand how these disorders are created.

In most cases, these diseases are caused by an excess of fat, NOT sugar, in the diet. Or rather, a combination of the two.

My number one question for you, Ilse, and anyone else experiencing dizziness after eating fruit would be how much fat are you eating in your diet?

I would encourage you to track your intake of fat, carbohydrates, and protein to make sure that you are not going over 10% of calories from fat.

If you are having blood sugar problems, then it is highly likely you are overeating fat, even if they are ‘healthy’ whole fats. Too much of anything can be harmful.

The problem arises when an excess of fat in your diet coats every single cell of your body, including your insulin receptor sites. This means that glucose (converted from EVERY food – not just fruit) cannot be transported effectively into your cells and therefore stays circulating in the bloodstream.

If you are eating a high-fat raw food diet, such as Gabriel Cousens promotes, then it would certainly be dangerous to overeat fruit. Same thing with a high fat standard western diet.

However, if you keep your fats low, then large quantities of fruit are highly beneficial.

My experience is a case in point. I used to suffer from horrible blood sugar swings and also candida (a blood-sugar metabolic disorder). I no longer experience either of these things and whenever I get tested my fasting glucose is always absolutely normal.

To get an accurate picture of what you’re consuming in terms of fats, protein, and carbohydrates you need to be tracking your food for 3-7 days minimum.

Frederic
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7 Lies About Dental Health by Frederic Patenaude

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7 Lies About Dental Health by Frederic Patenaude

Over the years, I’ve talked to hundreds of people who have experienced severe dental problems after changing their diet to a high-raw one. Even without a diet change, dental problems are very common and very costly.

After the age of 60, you can expect your dental costs to be at least what they’ve been up to that point in your life for your remaining years!

So if you’ve spent 20K on your teeth in your life up until 60, and you live another 25 years, you should expect to pay as a minimum another 20K over that period.

That’s on top of the pain, humiliation and disability that comes with bad teeth.

So let’s take a look at seven misconceptions regarding dental health that we should throw away once and for all.

#1. You should brush after every meal

Many people brush and floss after every meal and still end up with more decay and periodontal disease. This belief is rei nforced after every visit to the dentist when they hand your “gift”: a toothbrush and some floss.

What the research has shown is that brushing after every meal does not prevent dental problems. It’s the QUALITY of your brushing and cleaning that makes a difference.

You could brush only once a day or even once every few days. If this cleaning session is done correctly, that’s what will prevent and reverse dental disasters. (That being said, I don’t recommend waiting a few days, but some research shows that it works if the cleaning is thorough enough!)

#2. You always have to repairs cavities

Most dentist will want to drill your teeth at the first sign of decay. But recent research showed that it’s possible to stop cavities dead in their tracks if you catch them young enough.

Of course, drilling and repairing teeth is better than NOT doing anything.

But natural ly reversing a cavity is still the better way to go.

What you can do is ask your dentist when you absolutely have to repair the tooth. Usually, they’ll say that it’s okay to wait a few months but that you shouldn’t wait too long.

Then, use what you’ve learned in How to Heal and Prevent Dental Disasters to stop the cavity. When you go back, you might not have to do anything, as had happened to me ten years ago when I discovered this program!

#3. Sugar and carbohydrates are the cause

We think that sugar causes caries, but completely avoiding it is impossible. Even vegetables contain natural sugar, which the bacteria that cause dental disease LOVE just as much as artificial sugar.

In a previous ezine, I mentioned how the “primitive” Hawaiians ate a diet that was composed of 75-80% carbohydrates, including plenty of simple sugars. When Captain Cook discovered them in the late 18th century, they did not have any dental disease!

Sugar may be the fuel, but it’s not the cause of the disease. Remove the cause and the fuel won’t start a fire.

#4. Natural products work

Unfortunately, many people turn to natural solutions only to make their dental health worse. The health food stores are full of natural products that don’t work.

Tea tree oil is one such product. It has absolutely no proven benefits in reversing periodontal disease, yet it’s included in many natural kinds of toothpaste.

This is all marketing and only serves the companies that sell those products.

#5. Toothpaste is necessary

Whether you go the natural way or not, you’ll probably want to use some toothpaste. This is not a bad idea, depending on what you choose, but many brands contain ingredients that cause problems, such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

In reality, the abrasive ingredient in toothpaste (usually calcium carbonate) helps to remove stains and keep your teeth whiter. But that’s only cosmetic and won’t affect your dental health. Almost everything else in toothpaste is usually unnecessary!

#6. Flossing is critical

Recently we heard the news that flossing is one of the most unproven health recommendations ever made. No research has ever shown that flossing is effective. But it’s one of the most common dental health recommendations.

Don’t get me wrong: I think most people should at least floss. But for others, flossing won’t help. They’ll need to use something more effective instead.

#7. If you don’t brush your teeth you’ll have bad breath

You’ll often hear people say that they must have bad breath because they haven’t brushed their teeth in a while, like when traveling by plane.

In reality, bad breath is usually caused by a bad diet or periodontal disease — two things that brushing teeth can’t fix.

Like I said before, it’s not about how often you brush but how well you not only brush but follow a routine that works in preventing and reversing dental disasters.

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Why No Oil? by Frederic Patenaude

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Why No Oil? by Frederic Patenaude

One of the most common questions that I get is: why don’t you recommend oil?
What about coconut oil? Or extra-virgin olive oil? Or flax seed oil?

Why I Don’t Recommend Any Oil, Including Olive or Coconut Oil

I follow the lead of excellent doctors and researchers such as Dr. Esselstyn, McDougall, Barnard, Campbell, Klaper, Goldhammer (and many others) in my stance against oil.

I don’t use any oil, including olive or coconut — and never eat any except in circumstances where I’m not in full control of the food that I’m eating.

Once you’ve experienced going oil-free, you don’t want to go back. The benefits of eliminating oil from the diet are numerous, and you will feel many of them immediately.

You’ll have more energy. Oil is 100% pure fat with no protein or carbohydrate, and very few other nutrients. Fat is twice as concentrated in calories as carbohydrates, containing nine calories per gram vs. four for carbohydrates. You’ll have more energy eliminating oil because you eliminate a concentrated source of calories. You will replace those calories with foods that give more energy, such as fruit, healthy starches, vegetables, and whole nuts and seeds or avocados.

Your mood will improve. Again, consuming liquid fat means consuming fewer carbohydrates and healthy sources of protein. Whole carbohydrates contribute positively to serotonin production.

Your digestion will improve. Oil makes digestion sluggish. Liquid fat takes a lot more time to digest than carbohydrates. On an oil-free diet, your digestion will be excellent! You will never feel too full or experience discomfort after a meal, even if it is big.

You’ll lose body fat. You might think that eating so many carbohydrates makes you fat. But in reality, it’s the combination of carbohydrates and fat that promotes fat gain. Carbohydrates are burned as energy whereas fat can be stored directly as body fat. If one consumes both carbohydrates and fat in significant quantities, the carbohydrates will be used as energy and the fats will be stored as body fat (as long as total calories exceed what the body needs). Liquid fat (oil) are the easiest types of calories for the body to store as body fat.

Your blood sugar will improve. I used to check my blood sugar every day. Eating fat and especially meat has always caused the greatest spike in blood sugar. That’s because a high-fat diet lowers insulin sensitivity. In fact, beef causes more insulin production than white sugar.

Why No Oil?

Here are some more reasons to avoid oil:

1) Oil is a refined product and the most concentrated source of calories available anywhere. One tablespoon of oil contains 120 calories of pure fat with almost no other nutrients. Refined sugar is only 50 calories per tablespoon.

A few splashes of olive oil here and there can quickly add up to hundreds of extra calories that you don’t need. Worst of all, those calories are missing all the fiber and essential nutrients and are empty.

Multiple studies have found that adding fat to food makes people over-consume calories without realizing it because fat has a very low satiety factor compared to carbohydrates or proteins. Many of these fascinating findings are described in the book “Salt, Sugar, Fat.”

Remember: it takes 24 olives to make 1 TBS of olive oil. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never once added 24 olives to a single serving of salad.

2) Vegetable oils contribute to inflammation. Omega 6 fats contribute to inflammation in the body while omega-3 fats reduce it. But most vegetable oils have a ratio that dramatically favor omega-6 fats. We should seek to a dietary ratio of no more than four times the omega 6s vs. 3. Olive oil contains over ten times the omega-6 as omega-3, and many other oils are worst.

3) Olive oil doesn’t lower LDL cholesterol, in fact, it increases it. It’s a myth to think that olive oil is “heart healthy.” Studies have only shown that it lowers LDL cholesterol when it replaces animal fats like butter. But to add olive oil (and other vegetable oils) to an otherwise healthy diet increases LDL levels. If you want to raise your LDL levels even faster, then eat some coconut oil. As Dr. Williams recently pointed out in an article published on Renegade Health, vegans tend to eat too much coconut oil, and it does raise their LDL levels. There’s a lot of hype around coconut oil, but in my opinion it’s just another good way to get to a heart attack faster. (For the lowdown on coconut oil, watch this video by Dr. Greger.) Note: whole coconuts are healthy. You can eat them.

4) Olive oil injures the inner lining of the arteries (called endothelium). A study conducted by Dr. Robert Vogel and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that a meal containing olive oil caused severe constrictions in arteries, contributing to heart disease. Consuming olive oil reduced blood flow by 31% in this study. It’s worth noting that canola oil or salmon didn’t cause this problem (however, all vegetable oils are unhealthy to some degree).

What studies found was that the protective components of the Mediterranean diet appear to be fruits and vegetables and nuts, and NOT the olive oil. Greek people only got away with eating olive oil because they consumed a lot of fruits and vegetables. They also replaced animal fats like butter with olive oil. But olive oil in itself isn’t healthy. (Note: Greece currently has the highest obesity levels in Europe and has the highest per-capita consumption of olive oil).

5) Oils release toxic compounds when heated. Many oils become carcinogenic when heated. And yes, every type of oil can withstand a different level of heat. But don’t believe for a second that nothing is happening to your oil when you start heating it. Udo Erasmus, one of the world’s most well-known experts on fats, always recommended to never heat any fat. He said: “If health is what we want, water is the only oil appropriate for frying. We’re back to steaming, poaching, boiling, or pressure cooking our foods. Or, even better in most cases, eating them raw.”

What about essential fats?

It’s true, we need some fats for good health. But all whole foods contain them to a certain degree, and in the perfect omega 3/6 ratio.

What’s my favorite source of essential fats? Green vegetables. Although the percentage is low, it contains omega 3s in the perfect ratio.

Additional fats should come from whole foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados, etc. Those foods contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, and so many other critical nutrients that are missing from liquid fat calories.

I only take two tablespoons of ground flax seeds every day. I have tested my Omega-3 levels using a blood test, and I’m getting optimal results. My theory is that removing oil in the diet improves the omega-3 ratio because there’s no omega-6 to compete with the omega 3s. The body can fully convert the small amount of fatty acids naturally found in every whole food, including vegetables. Including flax seeds and walnuts or hemp is a good idea.

How to Transition to an Oil-Free Diet

Now, does that mean you can never have a splash of olive oil? If you’re very active and burn a lot of calories, a bit of olive oil probably won’t hurt you. But it’s better to go without it. Try giving it up and you’ll notice that your taste for oil will disappear. If you crave something fatty, have whole nuts and seeds instead, or even some nut butter. Eat some avocado. And whole coconuts contain ALL of the benefits of the coconut. Coconut oil is just pure fat. What could be tastier than a fresh, young coconut?

When I make a batch of hummus, I only use some tahini, but I don’t add any oil. The traditional recipe for hummus doesn’t contain any oil. I stopped purchasing the tahini brands that contain oil (most of them).

When I eat a salad, I usually eat it plain or with a simple seasoning of balsamic vinegar and maybe nutritional yeast. But I don’t add olive oil to it. I might add some diced avocado.

When I make rice and beans, or marinara sauce, I don’t stir-fry the onion and garlic in olive oil. I dry-sautee the onions and garlic until a little brown and then deglaze it with vegetable broth. No oil.

My taste buds have adapted to this oil-free diet. I now enjoy my food more without oil. It takes about 60-90 days for a person used to a diet of 30+% fat to adjust to lower-fat diet. Then when the transition is over, you will start to dislike oil and enjoy the taste of real, unrefined foods without added liquid fat.
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The Top 5 Reasons To Eat Raw by Frederic Patenaude

The Top 5 Reasons To Eat Raw – by Frederic Patenaude

Over the years of being in the raw foods scene, I’ve heard a lot of crazy theories as to “why” people ate a raw food diet and didn’t cook their food.

Some of them really do make sense, like the preservation of nutrients.

Others, like when someone says that they should eat green bananas because of the enzymes present in them, don’t hold as much weight.

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I will say that a 100% raw food diet may be very appropriate and beneficial for many people. For others however, the all-or-nothing approach just doesn’t work the way they want it to.

There are also many different people who believe many different things. And anything you believe is just that: something you believe. That can change.

I personally don’t think there is any life force in food, something touted in raw circles, besides the raw materials necessary for human nutrition. I haven’t found any proof to bring me to another conclusion for myself.

However, you may disagree with me and still think that there is indeed life force in food or any other thing you want to believe. Nobody needs a rational reason to think or believe anything, and that’s okay.

I have certain beliefs that are not completely rational.

For example, I do believe that everything happens for a reason. That kind of belief is based on my personal experience, and it also works for me. But I know it’s not necessarily “rational”, it’s just something I believe.

Top 5 Reasons to Eat Raw

Nutrient Density

Fruits and vegetables are the most-nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and most of these foods are better eaten raw than cooked.

When we say that a food is “nutrient-dense,” we mean that it has many nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, per calorie. Starchy foods are calorie-dense, but not as nutrient-dense as fruits and vegetables.

In other words, 500 calories of rice or potatoes will contain fewer vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals than 500 calories of kale, or 500 calories of apples.

By eating a diet composed mainly of fruits and vegetables, we take in more nutrients than if we were to eat mostly cooked foods.

There are some exceptions, however. Cooked green vegetables tend to be more nutrient-dense than raw greens, simply because we can eat more of them more easily.

For example, you probably remember taking a huge amount of spinach and cooking it down in a matter of seconds to almost nothing. Well that small cup of cooked spinach is now jam-packed with minerals, and will only take you a few minutes to eat. On the other hand, the same amount of raw spinach would take much longer to chew and eat.

Raw foodists can use the same principle by using a blender and other devices to process their food, such as the case of green smoothies.

Caloric Density

One of the most important concepts to understand in human nutrition is that of caloric density. Caloric density is an estimation of a food’s energy content by weight.

For example, an entire head of lettuce weighing over one pound contains less than 100 calories. That means that the caloric density of lettuce is less than 100 calories per pound.

On the other hand, a single tablespoon of oil contains 120 calories. So you have more calories in 1 tablespoon of oil than in a pound of lettuce. But guess which one is going to fill you up more?

The principle of caloric density is to encourage eating sufficient nutrients while feeling satisfied eating a larger volume of food and a healthy amount of calories.

Studies have confirmed that if you feed people foods of low caloric density, they will eat as much as they want, not be hungry and lose weight, without having to count calories or feel deprived.

Now it’s important to note that nobody will ever really successfully live off a diet of just raw vegetables, and I wouldn’t recommend doing so.

However, you want your diet to contain plenty of raw vegetables by weight.

The concept of caloric density is to look at the overall caloric density of the foods you eat throughout the day.

Low Toxic Load

When cooking carbohydrates (such as potatoes) at high temperatures (baking, frying, etc.), a compound called acrylamide is created. In animal studies, high doses of acrylamide cause cancer and doesn’t sound very promising for your health.

More acrylamide is created when foods are cooked at a higher temperature or for longer periods of time.

We also know that other molecules called “Maillard Molecules” are formed when foods brown and caramelize during cooking. Some people speculate that these new compounds, created in the cooking process, may affect health negatively.

It’s also important to note that the act of being alive and toxic to you, and every bite of food you ever intake will always have varying degrees of “nutriment” and varying degrees of “toxicity”.

While certain forms of cooking appear to be relatively harmless (steaming, for example), the surest way to reduce the amount of toxins in your diet to the lowest level is to eat foods in their raw state.

You Eliminate Everything Else That’s Really Bad for You

One of the main reasons why people get sick is that they eat so many “dead”, pre-packaged foods.

These foods are not only heavily processed, but they contain a long list of suspicious ingredients, including MSG, preservatives, artificial coloring, and more.

Eating a raw food diet automatically eliminates all of this unhealthy food, which means that your diet will be 100% more clean and pure. It will be “wholesome” in the true sense of the word.

When I started the raw food diet, there were no pre-packaged raw snacks available. All that I bought were actual foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Eventually I got into olive oil, but that was a pretty simple product. The “worst” thing that raw foodists bought was jars of olives that could possibly have been marinated in salt water.

Nowadays, a variety of raw food snacks — from kale chips to chocolate brownies — are available. Many of the people making these products do remain true to their nature of keeping them free of artificial flavors and preservatives, but processed foods are still processed foods and eaten in moderation.

Phytochemicals

Raw fruits and vegetables, as well as raw nuts and seeds, are absolutely packed with phytochemicals.

“Phyto” means “plant,” so the term phytochemical designates different compounds in foods that protect against illness. Some phytochemicals can prevent DNA damage caused by free radicals.

You’ve probably heard of antioxidants with cancer-preventing benefits found in many fruits and vegetables and dark leafy greens. Antioxidants are a class of phytochemicals.

Some of the most potent phytochemicals are found in raw foods, and many of them are heat-sensitive. Therefore, eating a raw food diet or a mostly raw diet will give you an abundance of phytochemicals — and this could prove to be one of the main benefits of this diet.

Some notable phytochemicals are to be found in:

The Cruciferous Family — including cabbage, kale, broccoli, etc. These vegetables contain a class of phytochemicals (called sulphoraphane and indole-3-carbinol) that are converted into cancer-fighting enzymes by the liver.
Berries — This includes pomegranate, cherries, blueberries, grapes etc. They contain many phytochemicals that increase immunity.
Citrus fruits — Those fruits contain many phytochemicals (close to the skin), in addition to lots of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant.

Pretty much every raw fruit and vegetable contains health-enhancing phytochemicals. Cooking food sometimes enhance the bio-availability of certain phytochemicals, like lycopene in tomatoes, but in general we get more benefits from eating foods in their raw state.

Conclusion

When we use bad arguments to promote a certain philosophy, it often leads us to make mistakes. Sometimes people oversimplify a health philosophy and refuse to look at new information on top of it all.

There are so many great reasons to eat more raw foods in your diet, I feel that being conscious about the reasons we give for them are important to gaining a better understanding of ourselves and our food!

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