Family Health Benefits of Raw Food
– by Priscilla Soligo
I have to thank my son for introducing me to raw foods. While still just an infant, I began to consider how I would raise him and, equally important, how I would feed him. For the first time in my life I really began to ask where my food was coming from.
The more I read, the more the world I knew began to crumble around me. For my young son and for my family, I knew things had to change.
Benefits of Raw Food
I had to lead by example and decided to do a two-week trial for myself. I simply began by consuming green smoothies and juices, and a combination of a few cooked, but mostly raw foods to see whether eating this way would make a difference.
To my surprise, my energy levels soared, my skin looked better than ever, my mind was clear, and I felt more alive. Even my mild asthma seemed to disappear, and I no longer found myself feeling the effects of hypoglycemia. As I continued incorporating more raw food into my diet, even my menstrual camps became a thing of the past!
Raw Food for Real People
Having considered the detrimental effects of processed food on my young son, I decided that he too would benefit from eating raw.
The results have been amazing — he rarely gets sick and hasn’t had a single earache since birth. He is constantly full of life and energy and is growing to be a ‘solid’ little boy.
My young toddler has been having a green smoothie every day since he commenced solids and absolutely loves it! In fact, he gets excited when he hears the blender! Best of all, I know that I am giving him the best start possible in life.
My husband was a tougher nut to crack. A meat and potatoes man who thought raw food was the domain of ‘hippies’, I knew I could only convince him by introducing delicious raw meals into our family.
With a little effort, I became quite competent in the kitchen and he began to love the food. An airline pilot by profession, he came back from his last aviation medical and proudly announced he had lost 10 pounds and his blood pressure, once elevated, was completely normal. The benefits of raw food are undeniable.
Not a Raw Food Diet – A Raw Food Lifestyle
I would never have thought that eating raw would affect my family in such a positive way. What I love about this lifestyle is that by simply increasing the level of raw food in your diet, you can benefit from raw food nutrition.
It doesn’t have to be ‘all or nothing’ — just start with what you are comfortable with: one raw meal a day, or a green smoothie for breakfast, or adding in a large fresh salad with a super-yummy home made salad dressing.
By creatively incorporating new raw food recipes into your daily routine, the more you will want to continue on this path. It sure beats any diet that so often leads to short-term gain and deprivation.
The raw food diet isn’t about ‘dieting’ — it’s a lifestyle change.
There are numerous health benefits to raw food, and eating whole plant-based foods is the natural way towards obtaining optimum health.
Eating raw is not only good for you — it can be incredibly delicious and energizing too!