An Introduction to Raw Foods

In Blog, Lifestyle by Jenna Davila

Everyone wants to be happy, healthier, and feel more vibrant but getting there can be a struggle.  Regardless of our individual eating habits, the easiest way to improve our well being is to add a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables to our daily meals.  Just one raw meal a day is the first step that can benefit both your short and long term health.


Since adopting a high raw diet, I have never felt more vibrant, happier and full of life.   It has been the driving factor in my evolution to relearn human nature and get back to the essence of our consciousness.  It has helped me cleanse my body, making it a vessel for my spirit to shine through, aiding me in my journey to enlightenment, cosmic energy and divine inner-self.  Its allowed me to fully let go and enabled me to truly live from my eternal soul.  My gratitude for the seeds that have been planted by The Creator, kissed by his light, and blossomed into ripe, raw food for us to nourish our bodies with is, in every single way, unmeasurable.

To fully embrace this lifestyle is a commitment but if you have the determination, it is a choice that will  improve your overall health and wellness in ways that you can’t imagine.  You can start out as simple as a smoothie or salad and find what works for you.  This is something that needs to come from within you and a way to cleanse your body and mind.  Be gentle with yourself and ask for help if you are feeling stuck.  There is no shame in needing some advice or guidance!   Below I will answer some common questions about theraw food “diet” and the benefits of eating raw.  Enjoy! Xx

Why should I eat organic high raw foods for my overall health?

Raw plants are living, breathing, sun-kissed foods that are an abundant source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, flavonoids, pyhtonutrients, oxygen, water, and energy.  They contain the building blocks of health and work in better harmony than any other food on the planet!  While some more benefits are more obvious than others, I’d like to talk about oxygen, energy, and water.

Oxygen is essential for our body to function, it is our life-force.  The more oxygen we have in our body, the more our cells have a chance at avoiding disease such as cancer.  Cancer forms when our cells have low levels of oxygen that damage respiration enzymes.   Oxygen enhances circulation which allows vital nutrients to get into our cells.  We get a great source of oxygen from raw plants because they are still “alive” when we consume them, especially in leafy green vegetables.

Eating raw is a great source of energy (carbohydrates), which is the fuel our bodies.  As we use energy throughout our day, we need to replace it and plants provide an optimal source.  Our bodies run on carbohydrates, so you don’t have to be afraid to carb-up from fruits and vegetables!  Plants (especially fruits) also provide us with another crucial saccharide: glucose.  Without glucose, our cells would not be able to function.  Our brains are particularly greedy consumers of glucose.  If we want to feel more alive and full of energy, then we need to eat foods that are alive and full of life.  Mother nature is the most abundant and vast food source we have – fresh right out of the ground or right from a tree.  Keep in mind, it is important to eat raw foods when they are ripe to gain the maximum health benefits.

Life begins with water!  All plants have a sustainable amount of water in them.  For example, watermelon and cucumbers are over possess 90-95% water.  Both the human body and Mother Earth are composed primarily of water, it is the main component of our being and is responsible for holding us together at the molecular level.  Water gives rise to our physical form.  Every function inside the body is regulated by and depends on water.  It must be available in order to carry vital elements, oxygen, hormones, and chemical messengers to all parts of the body.  Water also aids in eliminating toxins, carrying waste from our cells and assists our natural healing process.

Cooked foods vs. raw foods

When plants are cooked, some of the oxygen and water are stripped away and many of the nutrients are can be destroyed.  If I cook a meal, I lightly steam my vegetables and use very low heat to preserve as many nutrients as possible.  Your body needs nutrients for cellular repair and the manufacturing of new cells, for a healthy immune system, and for many other functions. Cooking can also damages proteins. When the body doesn’t recognize a damaged protein, an auto-immune response can occur, and this can damage healthy cells.  Typically, there is no water or hydration in a cooked meal.  While not always the case, cooked foods are also commonly made with fried or heated oils, flours, and breading.  After a cooked meal, people tend to get a heavy stomach and feel bloated, and even have trouble digesting.

Raw foods, on the other hand, can improve digestion due to natural enzymes found in may fruits and vegetables.  Raw foods also allow us to gain the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals, as they are not “cooked out” of the food.  Raw foods fuel your body but don’t leave you feeling weighed down.  It also noticeably improves our appearance – clearer and softer skin, tougher nails, and hair that will make you glow!  As your cells become healthier, they also experience improved functionality.  You will have more energy to stay alert, stay fit and active.  By eliminating cooked foods, especially animal based foods, your body can begin to cleanse itself of all the accumulated toxins, especially in your colon.  Another great thing about eating raw is that you can eat an unlimited amount of fruits and vegetables until your heart is content!  No more worrying about calorie counting and feeling guilty about overeating!

Why should I eat a high carb, low fat, low protein diet?

Whole plant-based foods supply us with a substantial amount of energy and nutrients, which are extracted during metabolization.  Low carb diets limit the consumption of plants, while plant-based foods are linked to low disease rates and lower body mass.  On the other hand, protein and fats create dietary imbalances associated with high rates of chronic diseases.  Both fats and protein are important to health but in excess (more than 8-10%), they pose serious adverse health effects.

To thrive, you must feed your body all the energy and nutrients it needs.  Calorie restricting can lead to a series of problems like eating disorders, fatigue, poor mood, headaches and even body injuries because your body isn’t getting a proper amount of energy to keep yourself coordinated with full body awareness.  Don’t be afraid of eating until your totally full with raw foods.  Your stomach is a muscle and when eating a plant-based diet, one must essentially stretch it to consume a proper food-to-calorie ratio compared to when ingesting animals byproducts and fatty diets.  Raw plants nourish your cells and heal your body when you let them by eating enough calories compared to how much energy you actually exert.

Whether you choose to eat raw or not, a low fat diet is critical to ensure your body functions as best it can.  First, it’s important to remember that a low fat diet does not include processed foods.  “Low-fat” or “fat-free” labels on mass produced, factory-made foods, misleads and distracts attention from the unnatural preservatives and chemical additives in the product.  Eating fruits, vegetables, and some nuts and seeds (only 1/4 cup 2x a week) is a good start to keeping a low fat diet.  All your fat requirements, including all the Essential Fatty Acids, are met with raw plant based foods.  Eating a low fat diet is important because when we consume fruits, the sugar is digested in our intestinal tract and, once there, it can move smoothly and easily through the walls and into our blood stream and back out of our cells.  This processes happens very quickly – within minutes.

Conversely, for those with a diet high in fat, a thin layer of fat can line the walls of your blood vessels.  This poses a problem because the fat prevents the sugar molecules from efficiently and quickly passing out of the blood stream, as mentioned above.  When sugar becomes trapped, more insulin is released and your body becomes unable to move glucose our of the bloodstream and into the cells.  Thus, your body now must work overtime, becoming stressed and exhausted.  As your body tries to clear the sugar out of the blood stream, the fat coating your blood vessel walls will not allow it to pass as our bodies are designed.  With every fatty meal, your blood vessel walls become more coated and your blood becomes thicker and has difficulty flowing properly.  Just remember – Fat + Sugar = High Blood Sugar.

And what about protein?  Changing from a SAD (Standard American Diet) to a vegan or raw diet can be scary.  The first thing many people worry about is, “Where do I get my protein?”  We live in a society where people over-consume protein which leads to degenerative and chronic diseases.  Protein is used to build and maintain every tissue in your body and nature is plenty smart providing us all the protein we need from plants.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recommends that we get at minimum is 2.5% of our daily calories from protein, while the World Health Organization suggests 4.5% to be on the safe side.

A fruit and leafy green diet has more than enough to satisfy these amounts.  Our bodies recycle as much protein as possible, so even small amounts of protein can be ingested without straining the body’s ability to deal with excess amounts.   Take a look at large mammals that are herbivores such as hippos, giraffes, cows, and elephants, no one ever wonders how they get enough protein.  Plants provide all the necessary RDA proteins without the saturated fats and extra calories in meat.  All your protein needs, including all the Essential Amino Acids, can be met with a plant-based diet.

Cruciferous vegetables, for example, contain more protein per calorie than meat.  There is 11.1 grams of protein per 100 calories in broccoli verse 6.4 grams of protein per 100 calories in beef.  There’s even protein in celery, 17% protein!  If one eats a balanced whole food plant-based diet, they do not have to think about whether they are getting enough protein.  It’s that simple… and most of us like simplicity.

How do I deal with cravings?

The best way is to stock up your house with as many fruits and vegetables as possible, so when you do have a craving, you aren’t tempted to reach for other foods.  Our bodies crave the foods it has grown accustom to.  After a while, the cravings for unhealthy food will disappear and you will start craving healthy rawfoods.  When you crave something salty, try celery or beets, and when you crave something sweet, have some dates or bananas.

To help curb cravings, its important to make sure that you eat enough food during a raw meal.  A common mistake people make when trying to eat more raw foods is they don’t eat enough.  Fruits and vegetables are low in calories, high in water content and fiber, and not to mention, nutrient dense.  When eating raw, you have to eat 2x-3x more than a usual meal, so you can eat more and never have to worry about calorie counting!

Throughout our lives, we’ve adapted to eating cooked foods  – mostly waterless foods rich in calories to keep us full.  But your stomach is a muscle and, just like working out, will be able to adjusted to eating so many raw foods in a sitting.  Raw food is all about eating in abundance to keep us properly fueled and to feel our best.  When we fuel our bodies with the right kinds of food to keep our energy high, we can stay free of cravings of unhealthy foods.  It is important to not be hard on yourself, be gentle, patient, and take it one day at a time.

Raw Foods for Animal Welfare and Enlightenment

Eating raw foods is not only beneficial for our physical health, but it helps elevate our awareness and consciousness.  It’s eating for enlightenment.  It helps put us in alignment with the highest principle — nonviolence.  If you’ve never seen the film, “Earthlings” I highly recommend watching it.  Life is energy and an incredible amount of negative energy goes into the violent slaughtering of animals, their welfare and “living” conditions.  It’s not just the physical pain, the animals live in fear, anger, trauma and those negative emotions rush into their blood stream and muscles, just like they do in humans.

To get a clear understanding of what I mean, think about a time you were in fear, pain or anger… how did it make you feel?  Did your heart start to race?  Did your breath get shallow and quicker?  Did stress and anxiety set in?  Did your body tense up?  Now imagine if you were exposed to the same suffering, abuse, and torturous prison conditions animals are.

When people eat animal flesh, that energy is transferred into the human consuming them as energy that cannot be be destroyed.  They are also eating the animals toxins and DNA – a code of language.  You are what you eat, literally.  Your cells take in all the energy you consume and this energy now becomes a part of you.  By simply removing meat from your diet, you can begin to remove violence from your life.  This will help your body become lighter, cleaner, purer and you can begin to experience a significant boost of energy, compassion, and unconditional love.  You can begin to feel more in tune with all living beings, the universe, The Creator, and become more harmonious with the environment.  This will help you become happier and to live life with meaning!"

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