Raw Foods

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    May 04, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    I am a mostly raw foods eater. Anyone else out there? I am a big fan of Brendan Brazier and David Wolfe, and I take a little, or a lot, of what each of them have to say and incorporate it into my diet and lifestyle. Love to talk to others on the subject.
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    May 06, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    What kind of raw? Meat or greens or both? icon_confused.gif
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    May 07, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    ChocolateGod saidI am a mostly raw foods eater. Anyone else out there? I am a big fan of Brendan Brazier and David Wolfe, and I take a little, or a lot, of what each of them have to say and incorporate it into my diet and lifestyle. Love to talk to others on the subject.



    i just got Matthew Kenny's "Everydayraw" . i was surprised to see macaroni in it. I got lean eliminating processed carbs but i eat small portions of organic meat. ,...and chocolate without sugar.
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    May 07, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    Hey there. Sorry about the confusion there. I am a raw vegan, or almost except for the damn raw milk I drink from the cows here at the farm. But I am getting out of that, because the milk is so rich I can tell that my waist is loving it too much! But I don't eat raw meats. I know there are those that do, but not me. :-) As for the raw chocolate, yes that is all I eat, and it is freaking good. LOL I bought a thing of raspberries today and blended them with some raw milk and a few tablespoons of raw chocolate to make a raspberry chocolate treat. I usually would put some raw honey in with it to make a bit sweet, but I didn't today. Still nice and refreshing. Raw chocolate is easy to find online, but not cheap. But very worth it to me. :-)
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    May 07, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    i like fruits raw...i don't like too many veggies raw, and mosdef no meats rawicon_eek.gif
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    May 07, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle said

    I'll have to look it up. I've had raw honey before and that's delicious and taste so much better than that crap you buy at the regular grocery store.


    Hah! Ive eaten honey complete with the honeycomb. icon_cool.gif We got it ourselves raiding a hive with my brother and cousins when we were kids. We probably ate a few bee larvae too. But what the heck. icon_lol.gif
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    May 07, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
    I think there's a lot to be said for eating raw vegetables.

    If you can stand the god-awful taste.

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    May 08, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    I don't mean to go on any sort of rant here, but I might as well. LOL There is so much to say and learn about food and your health. Firstly, man is the creature on the planet that cooks his food. No other animals do it, and of course there are no diseases amongst them like there are with humans. No cancers, no heart disease, no heart attacks. Now, of course that is because we are eating animals for food. Now eating cooked foods is a similar situation. We all know that in general, cooked foods have little to no nutrition. When you eat it, you are basically filling your stomach up with stuff. Yes, cooked foods do taste great, but you are wasting your time with it. I feel great eating raw foods. Plus, there are plenty of bonuses to eating raw...no wasting time cooking, the cost of the electricity to cook, plus the heat that warms up your home and the planet. I have read of several countries that have completely deforested themselves to have wood to cook with! How sad... I will stop...for now...LOL
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    May 09, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    I eat raw fruit and raw salads every day, but I never bought into the whole raw foodist cult. Some foods are inedible and/or unpalatable without cooking. Controlled use of fire by hominids actually predates the existence of humankind by many hundreds of thousands of years, so it's not like cooking food is some very recently introduced dietary variable in human nutrition.
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    May 09, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    in chinese food theory, raw foods are to be avoided as they tax the digestive system far more than cooked food. We are not talking soggy and overcooked, BTW. I eat raw fish, (garlic and ginger are natural agents for expelling parasites). and raw vegetables sometimes. But mostly it´s lightly cooked

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    May 09, 2009 6:07 PM GMT
    paradox saidControlled use of fire by hominids actually predates the existence of humankind by many hundreds of thousands of years, so it's not like cooking food is some very recently introduced dietary variable in human nutrition.

    Exactly, it is believed that this is why we evolved to have a relatively short digestive tract, small waist and walk on two feet. When you cook the food it becomes softer and you allow more of the nutrients to be absorbed into your body (>90% vs around 50% for raw food) so less surface area is necessary for our bodies to absorb the nutrients in comparison to a chimp and allows our body to expend less energy to absorb these nutrients.

    I'm not a big fan of the raw food diet, since it seems to be going against what our bodies have evolved over millions of years to achieve. That said, if somebody wants to live like that, to each his own. However, a logical connection can't be made between cooking and the prevalence of illness and disease in humans. Heart disease and heart attacks is more due to the types of food we eat, such as high fat, high sugar, high salt, and the stress in our lives, and humans live longer than most other animals so we are going to be more likely to get diseases like cancer.
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    May 09, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
    And here's a nice article about the benefits of cooking vegetables, but also some drawbacks
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=raw-veggies-are-healthier&page=2

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    May 09, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    Some raw veggies and fruit, and of course my juicer .. I love fresh juice:

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    Other than than my food is pretty much cooked.