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Raw Food Diet: Eating with Logic (II)

…continued from Eating with Logic (I)

Let’s first examine why eating raw foods do not produce warmth in the body. We all know that lean meat takes more energy to digest, and can even increase metabolic rates. When we eat a piece of meat, it takes more energy from the body to digest it. While your body works, this produces a thermal effect, and we feel warm. Raw foods on the other hand, are easily digestible, takes less energy and thus less heat is generated.

Now the question to ask is – is there a “correct” way to increase body temperature and is keeping warm through our foods the only way?

Are we supposed to keep warm by eating hard-to-digestible foods, or is it better to exercise?

Let’s look at logic. Humans are designed to move, exercise and use our limbs. If we don’t, we eventually lose them. This is also in line with the fact that if you want to increase muscle mass, work out and lift weights!

And further, we know that man is meant to exercise at least moderately because we always feel better, happier and healthier if we do. Even moderate exercise can increase body temperature to keep us warm comfortably.

But are we “supposed” to keep warm by intentionally eating hard-to-digest foods in order to keep warm?

Perhaps you have the answer yourself already. Foods are meant for our enjoyment, to bring us health and fuel us on achieving our purposes in life. For me, it just makes sense to eat for my best health possible while maintaining a delicious palate!

One last interesting point – I came across this suggestion from a public forum participant: he said that in order for man to keep our place on this planet, we need to regulate animal growth by eating them consistently.

Our world population is now a staggering 6.7bil (as of Jul 2008), we have exploded exponentially during the industrial age. The trend has only begun to subside after world-wide efforts on global warming picked up in recent years.

We use more land for animal farming than for human occupation, more resources for animal feeds than for sustainable farming, and then we wonder why are the polar bears drowning and harmful insects over-multiplying.

Does this suggest even remotely that we could be outnumbered by animals if we don’t eat them, or have we been focusing on some wrong things because we simply failed to see logically, somewhere along the process of civilization…

Well, enough said about logic. At the end of the day, diet choices are still very personal and vary among individuals. Like what they always say – “To each his own!”. If your body thrives on a certain diet, then it makes sense to stick to it. It is often counterproductive if we give precedence to what others say, at the expense of what our bodies are trying to tell us.

Any positive diet improvements today, can save lives in years to come!

© Copyright 2008-2012, Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter

 

Raw Food Diet – Eating with Logic (I)

There is a tonne of information and controversy regarding the raw food diet on the internet. We have the propagators, the persecutors, the passionate and the bewildered. Most of the chief persecutors zoom in from angles of nutritional deficiency, dissatisfaction with their food, body temperatures and laws of nature.

Before engaging in a never ending war, and I do not think it is wise or advisable to, let’s examine what raw foods are all about.

Raw foods refer to fresh fruits, vegetable, nuts and seeds which are uncooked, unadulterated with intact vitamins & minerals. They basically contain “life” in them ie. if you plant them, they grow. Once we heat a food beyond a certain temperature and process them with artificial ingredients, the “life” is removed and some substances may even turn toxic.

If you plant the seeds from a fresh apple, you get an apple tree. If you plant the seeds from a packet of apple crisps, you get either nothing or mold. Does this make sense?

And, why is the world shifting towards higher consumption of organic produces? Because we have finally acknowledged the fact that long-term ingestion of pesticides, artificial fertilizers and other farm chemicals is causing disease and death. We recognize that the addition of these chemicals are harmful to our bodies and planet earth.

We also see the need to preserve soil fertility for sustainable farming. And that’s why, more and more countries are joining the awareness and encouraging consumption of organic produce by making them more available, granting subsidies and generating publicity.

Eating organic foods seem logical. Raw foods, may also be viewed in a similar fashion. I see them as a way of getting the maximum nutrition.

They are raw and living organic produces: meaning not only are they free of harmful chemicals, they also contain the maximum quantity of health giving nutrients from Mother Nature. By consuming them in the least adulterated states – fresh and uncooked, does it seem logical to you that we are simply getting the best out of them?

Next, let’s move on to nutritional deficiency. This is probably the most debated about in the history of nutrition. We don’t even need to talk about protein deficiency because the protein myth has been busted a zillion times.

A more interesting area would be vitamins & mineral deficiencies.

First of all, we must be reminded that nutritional deficiencies can occur in ANY diet, be it meat-based, any type of vegan, or raw vegan diets. There is no standard benchmark to say that you will be deficient in certain nutrients if you adopt a certain diet. Why? Because everybody is different. Person A & B can eat the same identical diet but depending on their body conditions, may experience different results.

For eg. research has shown that when a group of calcium deficient people were put on a water-fast, their tests show that some of them were no longer deficient in calcium after the fast. Since they did not ingest anything during the fast, they could not possibly have obtained it from food. It could just mean that calcium has been contained in their tissues which had been unabsorbed all along.

Those people had a problem with assimilation of calcium, rather than that with a deficient diet!

For people who have had bad experiences eating raw foods, it could just mean they had assimilation, digestion or even mental block problems. Do not underestimate the power of the mind!

The next most common problem heard from eating raw foods is about body temperatures. I’m lucky to live near the equator, but I agree that to a certain extent, living in cold climates can be tricky for raw foodists.

© Copyright 2008-2012, Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter