been teaching healthy, macrobiotic cooking classes for 15 years and
in that time I have seen food fads come and go. I used to get many
questions about high protein diets. Now it seems I get many inquires
about raw foods. Now, it needs to be said with the toxic average American
diet that most people consume now a days, any type of diet
that cuts out processed foods will improve ones health. Even going
on a cleanse will produce feeling better for a short period. And I
always teach in my classes that everyone is different, so if a raw
foods diet works for you, I will not stand in your way. Still I need
to express my knowledge and understanding on the subject because I
am always asked questions about it.
and most important, being healthy is about being in balance.
That is what macrobiotics is all about. If you do not understand the
energy of food and your energy, please, please learn more. This knowledge
of energy is what first attracted me to macrobiotics. I understand
the theory of yin and yang. There are so many books written
about this subject I will not take the time now to go into detail.
Eating all raw foods is not balanced (too much yin). You need
to incorporate cooked foods in your diet (more yang). In the summer
eat more raw foods, in the winter more cooked. Eating only one way
makes you one sided. I emphasizeVariety is the spice of life
in my cooking classes. You need to have balance and variety. At one
of my Pot Luck Picnics a group of people came who had informed me
they were vegan and raw. It was interesting to see that what they
ate the most of at the picnic was my grilled vegetables and millet
sweet potato and tempeh veggie burgers, all of which were cooked.
are certain foods that our bodies absorb better if cooked. Mushrooms
contain a carcinogenic compound that is destroyed when cooked. All
nuts and seeds contain a particular enzyme that makes them hard to
digest. By roasting, toasting, or soaking them they become more digestible,
and much more tasty. And you should never consume broccoli or cauliflower
raw. Both have a high sulfur content which makes them hard to digest
and produce a lot of gas for many people. Most people have digestive
problems. Mainly because of the highly processed diet of the average
American. Raw foods are hard to digest. Many people can not handle
that kind of stress on their digestion.
are there any cultures that ate an all raw foods diet? If there are,
please let me know. All our ancient ancestors had a diet based on
some type of whole grain. They ate many different things, but a majority
of their diets were plant based. (Except maybe the Eskimos.)
stop saying that cooked food is dead food, or that you kill the
enzymes when you cook food. Some of the enzyme do get destroyed, however
if you are eating a healthy (no processed, refined foods), balanced
diet with both cooked, raw, and fermented (yes, do not forget fermented
foods) you will be getting your enzymes. Why most people lack enzymes
is because they do not chew their food. When you chew your food you
create saliva. Saliva is full of enzymes. The more you chew, the more
saliva and enzymes you create, the better your digestion. And let's
see, fire was discovered about 500,000 years ago. So, we as a species
have been eating cooked food for a very long time. If cooked food
was dead food, we, as a human species, would be extinct! I believe
a more accurate statements would be, Processed, genetically
engineered, refined foods are dead foods.
everyone is different. You have to listen to your body and decide
if what you are doing is working for you. Any step you can make towards
getting rid of the refined, processed foods is a step in the right
direction. Understanding energy and balancing it in you life is the
key to living healthy.