There are so many diets being touted as the best for optimal health it is hard to keep it all straight. One thing is for sure…the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the food pyramid are flawed to say the least. Kids today are not getting adequate nutrition and they are suffering as a result. Children are being diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, asthma, allergies, autism, diabetes, and afflictions that used to be found in adults only. Children as young as two years old have been found to have plaque in their arteries already. Something important is missing…but what is it?
Think about how humans were designed. What did we eat for years before the advent of modern convenience foods? What is it that we are eating or rather NOT eating that is causing human health to decline with every passing year? Why are our bodies and our children’s bodies wearing out so fast and getting so sick?
As a species we have gotten away from the foods we are supposed to eat, living raw foods. The living foods or raw foods diet generally includes vegetarian/vegan foods but goes a step beyond and also eliminates cooked and processed foods. Raw diet enthusiasts know that living foods have life giving enzymes that are destroyed during processing and cooking, rendering those foods indigestible unless our body raids its own finite enzyme stores. Without those enzymes we can’t digest our food or extract the components that keep us alive and healthy. Cooking and processing also kills 50-75% of the nutrients in food as well so when we cook food we are rendering it half as healthy as it once was.
So what do raw food proponents eat? A typical raw food diet consists mainly of uncooked and unprocessed grains, vegetables, nuts, sprouts, fresh and dried fruits, seeds, beans, and seaweed. Raw diets also usually include a lot fresh juices and water. In simple terms…eating raw food means eating food in its purest form…the way nature made it. If you throw a cheese puff on the ground and water it, nothing will grow. It has no life inside it. If you throw a dehydrated flax seed cracker on the ground and water it, you may very well end up with flax plants.
Those who follow raw foods diets believe that this way of eating reduces risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes and greatly improves their energy levels, skin appearance, digestive processes, and weight loss efforts. Many amazing raw food healing stories abound.
Many people neglect the importance of raw foods and cook everything. In the long run you are risking serious health problems. Cooked foods are not the healthiest option. The body cannot properly digest foods that have been fried, pasteurized, barbecued, dried or other over-processed and over cooked foods. Eating a wide variety for raw foods is very important. A daily diet should consist of at least 50% raw foods for a proper functioning body. Are your kids eating 50% of their total diet in its purest, raw form?
If not you can start doing something about it now. The Recipes for Raw Kids un-cookbook has 80+ pages of raw food info and recipes for kids. This recipe book goes beyond carrot sticks and trail-mix with divine recipes kids will love, like Lemon Cookies and sweet Chickpea Crunchies. If you are ready to give your kids the power of raw, living foods, make sure to check it out.