Wednesday, October 15, 2008
My Quest for Optimal Health
I am so excited about my quest to go raw! As I've mentioned before, I have no desire to be a diabetic (as is my mother and her mother and grandmother were) so I am seeking to be as healthy as I possibly can. In my opinion and research a raw foods diet is the best choice for me.
What is a raw food diet?... A raw foods diet is the consumption of organic, whole plant-based foods that are uncooked. They are considered raw and alive. These live foods contain a wide range of vital life force nutrients (i.e. vitamins, minerals, amino acids, oxygen) and live enzymes a lot of which is said to be lost in our usual cooking process (once cooked food can lose up to 85% of its nutritional value). Their nutritional properties are essential to the proper maintenance of our bodily functions. A raw foodists diet is usually at least 75% raw, though some have diets that consists of 100% raw foods. My goal is to eat somewhere between 80 - 90% raw foods.
Followers of a raw diet cite numerous health benefits, including:
increased energy levels
improved appearance of skin (who doesn't want that)
reduced risk of heart disease
improved immune system
alleviation of many illnesses and allergies
Tonight, I'm meeting w/a raw food chef and health coach to learn more about becoming a raw foodist. Can't wait to post about it!
What about you? What's your plan for a healthy lifestyle?...