Isn’t raw food and living food the same thing? It is easy to confuse the two to be the same as both raw and living foods are uncooked or not fully cooked, however, there are subtle differences between the two, and below we dissect what they are.
Plant-based foods in their original, uncooked state are deemed to be raw foods. Raw foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, grains, seaweed and so much more. Raw foods contain a wide range of vital life force nutrients.
The more 'living' a plant is when we eat it the more enzymes, vitamins and minerals are absorbed into our bodies which we then use as energy and for the renewal of tissues. Because of these enzymes, vitamins, and minerals, we feel even more energetic than before.
Foods that have been picked days before you consume them are also considered to be raw food - these foods include most of the fresh fruits and vegetables you eat. It may still have vital enzymes and nutrients because it has not been cooked or processed, however, raw food contains the inactive enzymes as it is not immediately consumed after being picked.
Living foods is a simple definition - Foods that are still alive and growing when you consume them. One of the main differences between living foods and raw foods is that living foods are foods that are consumed within 48 hours after they are picked, thus a salad would not form part of living foods, as it can be consumed at a later stage. If you had to pick a tomato today and eat it, the enzymes would be active and would serve as better nutrition than if you were to consume the same tomato the very next day.
Food that is still alive when you eat it gives your body the absolute maximum nutritional potential. Living food is what your body wants desperately. The more of it that you get, the healthier you will be and the better you will feel
Enzymes are the life-force of food. Cooking food, in effect, kills or suffocates the potency of food.
Even though both raw foods and living foods are uncooked or not fully cooked (exceeding 106 degrees Fahrenheit) and both contain enzymes, the enzymes in raw and living foods are, however, different. The enzymes in raw foods are inactive, whereas in living foods they are active and a much larger quantity. A good example of this would be that of grains. Enzymes that are found in raw un-sprouted grains are in the dormant state, whereas once these grains are sprouted the same enzymes are activated and nutrients are more available to the body.
Many studies have shown that by changing one's diet, you immediately start living a healthier lifestyle. Changing your lifestyle to become more of a raw and living foods diet has been proven to help and even prevent many ailments as well as offer multiple health benefits, such as:
That is not all, raw and living foods, when managed through proper eating plans to get in enough nutrients and vitamins – including a high intake of fruits, vegetables, unprocessed foods, and sprouted plant-based proteins and grains – will definitely help to maintain your health as well as maintaining a healthy weight, shedding off the excess kilos that were caused by following a processed diet.
Please stick with us at the Energise Academy, we will soon be launching our very own Living Foods course teaching you exactly how to integrate between 30 – 50% of your weekly food intake as living foods.
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