Uncooked or raw foods are the natural and optimal choice for the cellular health of all creatures, including humans. There is no essential nutrient in meat, grains, legumes, or dairy that is not also available in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and in a form that is easier to digest. Studies have shown that our immune system often reacts to the introduction of cooked food to the bloodstream the same way it does to foreign pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi: The body literally attacks the food, sending an army of white blood cells to do the job.
Raw fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens not only contain sustainable amounts of carbohydrates, protein and fat, they have them in the percentages, ratios, and quality that are optimum for human health. Furthermore, the majority of people who follow a balanced raw food lifestyle rarely need to deal with weight problems, illness, skin conditions, or digestive issues.
So there’s a little of the science.
And here’s a little of my personal rawtional: I currently live a 100% low-fat raw vegan lifestyle because eating this way makes me feel healthy and vibrant. I’m always full of life and energy, I am happy, I feel creative, I exude positivity, and I attract good things and good people into my life. I’ve experienced more mental clarity, patience, and self awareness. I feel less stressed than ever before and my skin has never been clearer (two issues that I struggled with for a long time). Do I owe all of this to the food? Maybe not all, but I don’t think I could have confidently said all of that before I started eating this way. I’ve learned so far that just like your biceps, triceps, quads, glutes, and even your stomach, your mind is a muscle that must work every day to become stronger. I’ve tried a whole bunch of diets and lifestyles and I’ve found that filling up on simple, living, whole foods seems to work best for my body, mind, and spirit.