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10 Great Reasons to Eat Raw Food

Sometimes, we just need to remind ourselves why. Why we need to exercise, why we need to work on our diet. Why we need to incorporate more healthy, raw foods into our diet. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. When you start incorporating more raw foods into your diet, you are automatically starting to eliminate the foods that are unhealthy. Chemicals, harmful fats, refined starches, refined sugar are just a few.

2. You can actually prevent and reverse disease by incorporating more raw foods into your diet.

3. Generally you will improve your health and well being. More energy, and a sense of well-being accompany healthy foods!

4. Weight loss is a naturally occurring benefit when you eliminate the super processed foods and replace them with more raw food.

5. It is better for the environment. Animal products contribute a very large percentage to our greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention the land and water usage and pollution.

6. Vitamins, minerals and photo-nutrients are more available from food in it’s raw state.

7. Cooking foods…especially at high temperatures forms substances that are harmful to your health (acrylamide, advanced glycoxidation, heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

8. Enzymes! Some types of enzymes that are available in plants are responsible for converting some phytochemicals in to extremely beneficial elements for your body. These enzymes are released when the plant is chopped, mashed, pureed or chewed. Cooking destroys these beneficial enzymes.

9. Cooking dramatically reduces food’s phytochemical content. Research also indicates that cooking reduces or destroys the ability of antioxidants in food to do their job.

10. Last but not least, for me, I just feel better. Much better. So much better.

I would love to hear your reasons for incorporating more raw foods in your diet!

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  1. wrote on September 8, 2010

    This blog is awesome. beautiful, great community, rawmazing recipes! We love raw foods because we can experience greater inspiration, lightness of being, and eat super yummy food and have it be good for us!! :0

  2. David [Green Kitchen Stories} wrote on August 25, 2010

    We are incorporating more and more raw food in our daily life. You can really feel immediately how good it is for your body. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  3. Maggie(livingfoodjunkie) wrote on August 24, 2010

    I always immediatly notice how my body and mind feels lethargic when I stray off the raw path. I agree with the other folks that have commented. Energy levels, feeling good, weight loss, clearer skin, softer hair….I think the biggest thing for me is my “inner mean girl” tends to dissapear. I feel happy about who I am, comfortable in my body and more compassionate to everything around me 🙂

  4. Nancy D wrote on August 23, 2010

    Nothing better than standing in your garden and consuming off the vine immediately! I just feel more alive eating something still alive! I am new to raw, and have a long way to go, but I have lost 37 lbs this year and I owe it to my incredibly healthy diet changes…working on changing my whole family!

  5. genique lazzar wrote on August 23, 2010

    I love eating raw food! Iam vegetarian. Eating raw foods ( vegetable, & fruit) are the best way to consume. It takes no time to prepar and serve, and the most important are that beneficiai to our health. It helps me focus and help me to make right desicion.

  6. Mary Orme wrote on August 23, 2010

    Raw foods are ALKALINE-RICH, which keeps your body ALIVE!
    Live foods = Live body
    Dead foods = Dead body

  7. Laurel wrote on August 23, 2010

    Raw veggies and fruits taste amazing… Cooked tastes yucky!

  8. Johnny wrote on August 23, 2010

    I eat healthy raw foods so i can live long enough to stand over everyone’s graves that snub their nose’s and make stupid uneducated remarks at us cause we wont join them at there local fast food restaurant while they stuff their fat face’s….all right that’s not why I do it but it’s just another bonus

  9. Paul wrote on August 23, 2010

    Thank you for posting this. I can definitely agree and identify with every reason you posted. I have known the benefits of a raw-foods diet for a long time, but had been to lazy to incorporate it until about 2 months ago. My diet used to be horrible…fast food, processed, high-sodium and high-fat foods were normal. Then I switched it up. Granted, I’m not 100% raw yet (I still cheat on occasion, but even then, I still haven’t gone back to fast food), but I feel so much better. I don’t feel as depressed as I did, I have more energy, and I’ve lost 30 pounds. Yay for good food 🙂


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