Most people are used to eating cooked foods, I do too, to some extent. Did you know that it is best to consume 70 to 80 percent raw food a day for optimum health? Certain foods like beans, grains and legumes require cooking for humans to properly digest them. Raw foods on the other hand, don’t require cooking, and are significantly healthier that way. A raw foods diet typically consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts, and beans that haven’t been heated or cooked above a certain temperature, usually somewhere between 104*F (40*C) and 118 (47*C) degrees. Cooking destroys much of the natural enzymes and food nutrients that are essential to human health; without those enzymes, we are not getting the life-supporting benefits of our food. Our body naturally creates enzymes, but we can only do so much. “Enzymes are large biological molecules responsible for the thousands of metabolic processes that sustain life.They are highly selective catalysts, greatly accelerating both the rate and specificity of metabolic reactions, from the digestion of food to the synthesis of DNA.” (Excerpt from Wikipedia)
There are a lot of benefits to eating raw; it helps us maintain a healthy body weight, boosts our energy level, increases mental clarity, helps fight chronic diseases, and even helps reverse chronic diseases, as well as it naturally detoxifies our bodies.
Obviously, the list of raw ingredients I have in this recipe is not a lot, because that’s the only available ingredients I have at the time when I made my raw food for lunch. When you prepare your own raw food, don’t hesitate to put more ingredients. One good reminder, is to be careful in mixing fruits and vegetables in your salad, especially the harder vegetables. Fruits digest quicker than vegetables, this causes the vegetables you ate to sit in your stomach and become fermented, causing bloating, acid reflux and indigestion. Should you choose to mix a little bit of fruits in your salad, you may mix it with green vegetables like lettuce, spinach, and micro-plants like alfalfa sprouts to name a few, because greens are easier to digest. As per advice, it is best to eat fruits during breakfast when our stomach is still in an alkaline state (after the night rest), which aids in digesting fruits. During lunch, our stomach acid is stable enough to digest harder foods, including raw vegetables/foods. One important thing to remember is to choose organic produce if you can. 🙂
Celery stalks, diced
3 TBspoon of fresh lemon juice or more to taste
a dash of sea salt to taste
1. Wash thoroughly all fresh vegetables.
2. Cut into desired sizes.
3. Mix all ingredients with fresh lemon juice and sea salt.
4. Toss well before serving.
That easy! Enjoy healthy, raw eating!