Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Workout Wednesday: Keep It Raw

The Husband was watching a documentary on Netflix a couple of weeks ago on nutrition. I started to watch it and then well – I fell asleep. Oops!

Anyhow, after bugging him the next day asking for a Coles’ notes version of the documentary, he finally told me that a large part of it talks about raw foods.

I thought this may be an interesting discussion to have. Food plays a vital role in our overall health.

Let’s discuss…

What is raw food?

Raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, sashimi (fish), non-pasterized dairy products.

Why eat them?

Ideally you want to eat as many unprocessed foods in their raw state. Even if the quality of food is great, when we cook the food, the enzymes (proteins) break down destroying their nutritional value.

Dr Mercola is an out of the box thinker / doctor. He writes some very controversial stuff about health and nutrition. The Husband loves him. I’ve read the Great Bird Flu Hoax and it was very interesting. So I thought in order to give this post some merit, I would check out his blog.

Here are some of my findings about eating a diet rich in raw food:

We deplement, destroy and alter our cooked food of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. This is done by cooking temperature, time and methods.

We decrease the water content found in food when it is cooked.

Some cooked foods cause toxins and waste material to build up in your body.

Cooked food can cause us to overeat. (Interesting – I always feel more full after eating fresh veggies.)

Here’s a link to the article if you want to read more. There’s a more detailed outline and scientific data to back it up.

I’m not advocating eating everything raw. By all means, keep cooking your meat and eggs. It’s difficult to find raw milk in Canada. So avoid drinking it if you can. I find it weird that adults drink milk anyhow. Aren’t we the only living things that continue to drink milk as adults?

A couple years ago we cut back on the Angels’ juice intake in the house. Note: juice is pasterized – it is heated before packaging it up as juice, thus killing important enzymes. We only drink 1/2 a glass juice all day. It’s best to just eat the fruit instead. I also serve a lot of our vegetables raw. I usually try and have at least 1 raw item at each meal. This is the way it has been working for us. Again, there’s always room for improvement.

The Husband and I even attempted to grow our own tomatoes this summer. Damn – it’s been a real challenge. I’ve managed to score a few tomatoes off the vine but I’m struggling. It’s a war between me and the squirrels. I’m finding half eaten tomatoes on my deck and along the fence. I think a stake-out is in order.

If you live in the city, have you had any luck growing a veggie garden of your own? Love to hear from you!

Be safe, stay healthy and have fun.

Simply Yours,

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Joy August 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I have lots of friends in the fitness/fitness model industry who are all about Dr Mercola and raw foods. I’m with you, some moderation to fit it into your life. Have you tried juicing? I love my juicer, it’s my favorite afternoon snack! But you can’t tell the angels what’s in their red juice (beets, carrots, spinach) doesn’t sound so appealing!

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vanessa August 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I’ve been hearing a ton about juicing. I haven’t tried it. I think it would be great for a snack but overall I still prefer to chew my food :)

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Joy August 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Absolutely, could never do it as a meal replacement or to “cleanse”, I’d be starving!

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