Health — January 26, 2010
Eating food raw is a rediscovered dietary practice
Raw food and the optimal plant based diet
1. – Always use the freshest organic foods available
2. – Eat foods in the their living raw form
3. – Combine foods intelligently
Raw foods balance and support the cycle of elimination and assimilation, or purification and rejuvenation, which is the Life-cycle of the whole body. The raw diet is not overly sweet, and it is not merely purifying. It is a means for nourishing and constantly rebuilding and revitalizing the body. Diet is a principal form of the human connection to the larger world and the body systematically balances itself, when it’s cooperation with the natural domain is supported.
The reason that the cooking or firing, of foods is, in general, not optimal is that heat destroys the enzymes, heat-sensitive vitamins, and other heat-sensitive nutrients naturally present in raw foods, and it also changes the chemical structure of proteins and sugars in raw foods such that these proteins and sugars become less usable by the body. And in some preparations, even harmful to the body.
Socrates is reported to have said, when he became an older man, that the worst of all the arts is cookery. Cooking uses the principle of fire to pander to self indulgent and addictive tendencies. There is a fire in the yard or in the forest – the fire that Dylan Thomas called a “green fuse”. The life-process is also a fire. The human body surrounds a fire in the middle, a “pyre-amid”, a fire in the midst, the fire of ingestion and health. The fire inside the body is the fire of the raw diet. It is the fire in the field, the life-fire. Take the food that the fire in the field produces, which is dominantly green and ingest directly. You don’t have to make cuisine out of it. You just have to prepare it so that the body can relate to it directly and not spend vast amounts of time to take it in. Not fire and cookery, but blender technology is the best invention for diet.
The green dimension of the raw diet is the nourishing dimension. Some nourishment is gained from fruits, nuts, and seeds, but principally the diet is green. More that any other food, greens contain the fundamental requirements for health. No other food has the same level of sustaining chemistry that greens have. Green contain the maximum necessary nutrients, more than any other form of food, including fruits and nuts and seeds. At close look and all things considered, greens are the principal diet for human beings.
– excerpts taken from:
Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko
Yoga of Right Diet by Adi Da Samraj