I have watched
several excellent movies in the last few months on a variety of health topics.
Some of the titles include: Food Matters, Healing Cancer from Inside Out,
Simply Raw - Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days and Raw for Life - The Ultimate
Encyclopedia of the Raw Food Lifestyle. While addressing different health
issues, all movies agree that the proper diet can help us to maintain our body’s
wellbeing the way that God intended.
What these movies are
really preaching is the benefits of eating a raw diet. Now the definition of a
raw diet changes from one person to the next, but the common denominator is
eating fruits and vegetables in their natural state .... uncooked. It usually
includes nuts, seeds, sprouts, fresh herbs and spices, seaweeds and any living
plant food deemed beneficial . Some people choose this diet to stay healthy;
others resort to it to cure a particular disease. Along with no eating of meat,
dairy consumption is also usually eliminated. And sugar and white flours are
definitely a no-no.
Proponents of this
way of eating claim that raw food is the medicine your body craves. You are
feeding your live body with live foods, which activates the healing process ....
healing from the inside out. This certainly coincides with what Hippocrates
proclaimed two and a half thousand years ago .... “Let food be thy medicine and
medicine be thy food”.
Brian Clement, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute, states there are 4 major components
in raw living food, which all contribute to the healing and prevention of disease:
When we heat our
foods over 110 to 120 degrees, we destroy most of these 4 components. When food
is cooked, it becomes harder to digest, and this causes a variety of negative
effects on our system. Our digestive system has to work overtime, our body
becomes stressed, and it is said to even affect our sleep each night .... we are
not able to reach that deep state of sleep that we love to awake from. This
usually leads to coffee and sugar in the morning for an energy fix .... albeit a
The movie Simply Raw
- Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days must be seen if you are a diabetic, or you know
someone that is. One of the biggest causes of diabetes is sugar. Evidence
shows that 20 years after sugar is brought into any culture, there is an
outbreak of diabetes. The average Canadian/American consumes 150 pounds of
sugar per year. This movie begins with a quote from the American Diabetes
Association “Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure”. The movie
chronicles 6 individuals, all diabetics, who volunteered to stay at the Tree of
Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona for 30 days. By changing their diets to raw
foods and juices only, they were able to reverse their diabetes .... no more
insulin .... no more medication. Raw food creates an anti-aging effect ....
diabetes is an accelerated aging process.
Wouldn’t it be great
if our medical doctors believed in and promoted this type of healing! It
certainly is the more Christian way of living. Rather than popping a pill for
every ailment, we must realize that our body is a miraculous self-healing,
self-repairing machine. If we remove the causes of disease, the body’s natural
healing will take over.
Another benefit of the raw diet is it will keep you at your optimal weight .... your body will be
able to regulate and balance itself. You will notice an increase in energy and
vitality, no more need for those afternoon naps!
One of the more
nutritional parts of the raw food diet is eating sprouts. Some sprouts, such as
wheat grass, are 30 times more nutritious than any organic vegetable you can
eat. During World War 1, the British Army sprouted beans to ward off scurvy in
the trenches. And in 1940, the United States Army studied their usability as
food during the war. Many people grow their own sprouts. You basically soak
the seeds for a day, drain and continue to rinse once or twice a day for 3 or 4
days, allow to dry in sunlight around the 5th day, then enjoy. If
you are new to sprouting, start with any of these, they are all very easy for
beginners: sunflower, almonds, lentil, mung.
If you’re thinking
that eating raw foods is boring and nothing but green salads day in and day out,
then take a look at some of these (remember they are all raw and un-processed):
cinnamon-banana pancakes, soft corn tortillas, hearty chili, almond milk, apple
pie, mango coconut chutney, coconut enchilada wrap, chocolate mousse parfait.
How can a chocolate
mousse parfait be good for you? Well, chocolate is actually one of the
healthiest foods you can eat. In fact, it is sometimes referred to as a
superfood, which I wrote an article about in the May, 2010 TKC. Unfortunately
the chocolate that you and I find in the stores today is mostly sugar, along
with a host of other harmful ingredients. Researchers claim raw cacao, from
which chocolate is made, contains more antioxidants than any other food.
Antioxidants fight cancer, slow down aging and prevent cell damage. It
is rich in minerals, and contains more magnesium than any other food.
For more information on eating raw “live” foods, do a little reading at your local library or
bookstore, or search the Internet for some recipes to get you started.
Food really does matter!