Intro to Raw and Whole Foods

In the United States we spend twice as much (per person) on healthcare than any other country. Even so, we have higher rates of diet/lifestyle-related disease than most other countries, and while we live as long as those in most countries, because of our disease-rate we have a much lower quality of life (more time in the hospital, visiting physicians, obtaining treatments, taking drugs, being limited from doing what we want because of our disease).

The rates of heart disease, diabetes and other “diseases of choice” (meaning if we chose to act differently we could prevent these diseases) continue to rise every year due to the foods we choose to consume, our lack of physical activity, and the levels of pollution in our environment.Fortunately, thanks to pioneers such as Ann Wigmore, Viktoras Kulvinskas and Dr. Edward Howell, the citizens of this country seem to be in the midst of a revolution in health consciousness. This revolution promotes a more natural way of eating, by  consuming raw, living, whole and super foods to improve health.

These dietary and lifestyle changes prevent and reverse disease, promote well-being, reduce allergies and food sensitivities, improve assimilation of the foods we eat and assist us to have greater stamina, well-being, less discomfort and a positive attitude about our daily lives.

Raw food is usually consumed fresh (preferably picked within the last 2-3 days), whole (unprocessed), and is still in the natural state that the plant was picked in. While it may be chopped, blended, etc., it has not been refined, chemically processed, or heated above 105 degrees.

Keeping food in its whole state assures that the food has the maximum energy/nutrient ratio, providing the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fresh proteins, carbohydrates and essential fats that facilitate optimal health.

Living foods are raw foodsbasket of fruit that contain all (or nearly all) of the nutrients that they had when they were picked and/or they are able to reproduce.  Produce (fruits and vegetables) fresh from the garden or orchard is living as it contains all of  the original nutrients, enzymes and energy that it had while growing on the branch, vine or in the ground.

Fresh seeds and nuts in their natural state are able to reproduce (given the right conditions) and are thus living, although they should be consumed as fresh as possible (thousand year old wheat found within clay pots in the pyramids can reproduce, but you wouldn’t want to eat it because the fats would have oxidized and become rancid).

Whole foods may or may not be raw and living. Some whole foods are difficult to digest without processing/treating them in some way (grinding to a flour, cooking, sprouting, etc.) and the amount of processing is what effects the final nutrient composition.

Whole foods that are often cooked or otherwise processed in some way before consumption include whole grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats and brown rice; beans and legumes; some nuts such as cashews; and many of the sea vegetables.

Foods that have been dehydrated or cooked are still whole foods (if not chemically or otherwise adulterated), but they are no longer living foods, do lose some of their nutrients and undergo chemical composition changes.

Fermented foods have been eaten for centuries by most our ancestor and is a natural way to preserve foods from spoiling and at the same time promotes the growth of probiotics, the good bacteria. Popular fermented foods are naturally aged sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, miso, shoyu, tempeh, kimchi, tamari, natto kombucha, kefir, and nut cheeses.

While fermented foods have undergone many changes from their natural state, the chemical composition and abundant probiotics make these foods health-promoting superfoods.

Fermented-foodsMany people I have met say they are vegan, but most of what they eat is rice cakes, veggie chips, fruit juice and quick veggie dinners or tofu burgers.

You can be vegan and still not eat many whole, living and raw foods.

So, if you are going to join the revolution, what goals do you need to accomplish in order to make your personal transformation?

First, changing your diet will support you in attaining and maintaining your perfect weight by optimizing your nutrient intake while eliminating unnecessary calories and toxins.

The Let Wellness Begin Whole, Living and Raw Food Rejuvenation Process will teach/support you to:

  • Learn to eat foods that support your individual nutritional type
  • Eat foods that enhance your skin, hair, nails, and internal connective tissue, and organs
  • Eat foods and lead a lifestyle that delays or slows free radical damage to cells and tissues
  • Improve mental acuity and physical vitality through exercise
  • Detox and eliminate waste and toxins from your body and environment
  • Reduce stress and get more sleep that supports your health potential
  • Learn simple steps you can take to live a “green lifestyle”

This lifestyle supports each individual where they are at and focuses on raising total body, mind and spiritual consciousness, leading to mental, emotional, spiritual and physical balance. This lifestyle promotes mindfulness in all that we do, with the end goal being sustainability in all things.

Creating sustainability in our individual lives improves not only our health, but the the health of our children, grandchildren, our community, the planet and all future generations.

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