>> Tuesday, November 10, 2009
When food is cooked above 119 degrees Fahrenheit (48 celsius), all enzymes in the food are killed. This makes it more difficult for your body to digest whatever it is you're eating, and you lose out on some of the amazing, life-giving nutrients that nature has made available for you.
Your body can begin to feel overworked and stressed based on the kinds of food that you put into it, so choose that which is good for you. You have the same opportunity every single day to choose what kind of fuel to run your body on. Cooked and/or processed foods are more equal to fillers or additives in gasoline than they are to actual fuel itself, but if you choose a mostly-raw diet, you're filling up on premium.
Some of the difficulties with healthy eating are cost and convenience. Indeed, these are the direct factors that guide people to choose convenient, fast- or processed- food in the first place? Why spend a half hour preparing breakfast in the morning when you can pick up a quick bite for a couple bucks on the way? Well, as most of the diligent students of raw and/or organic foods will be able to tell you, any cost you save now by eating cheaply are simply deferred until you get older. Those payments even come back with interest due in the form of surgeries and expensive drugs.
There are hidden bonuses for choosing healthy options now as well - you will probably find by eating raw and organic foods that you have more energy throughout the day. Your skin will look and feel younger, getting to sleep will probably be easier, and you even may have natural weight loss by making the switch.
You should make the effort now, today, without waiting - and as you try, be sure to take every available shortcut that isn't a cheat, so that it's easier for your body to break into these new habits. Once you've reached the mecca of true healthy food, you will be surprised and proud to be able to announce your freedom from things like sugary pop and fried foods.
To help you along your way, here is an adaptation of a raw recipe for chocolate salad from Freedom's Raw Recipes. It's been changed so that it's easier to make, having more common ingredients, and is a wonderful recipe that combines a rich, tropical essence with a natural crunch. It's natural, raw, and combines sweet with bitter in a way that shouldn't be possible. However not only is this possible, it's delicious.
Chocolate Crunch Salad
- 5 bananas
- 5 hearts celery
- 2 tablespoons organic cocoa powder
- 2 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup almond milk 1
- 1 1/2 teaspoons peanut butter 2
- To create the salad itself, slice the bananas and celery and combine in a bowl.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a blender at high speed until smooth and pour over salad in individual portions, on plates.
1 You could substitute any milk of your choice, or as the original recipe calls for, orange juice
2 Peanut butter is the common choice, but coconut cream concentrate is recommended. It's organic and has lauric acid your body needs that the peanut butter does not. You can order this online from Tropical Traditions; please refer Psychic Lunch if you do! #3408055 If you're a first-time customer and you use this referral code, you'll also get a free Virgin Coconut Oil book that has 85+ recipes :)
This post is part of Real Food Wednesday, this week hosted by Kelly the Kitchen Kop.