6 REASONS TO EAT LESS COOKED FOODS
6 REASONS TO EAT LESS
1. LOSS OF NUTRITION
If you touch a hot stove with your finger (even for just one second) you are going to have a burn on that finger for several days, and the nutritional value in food can also suffer when it touches a hot stove. Baking, Boiling, Frying, Grilling, Roasting, Barbecuing, and Microwaving foods exposes them to really high temperatures and when foods get too hot the following nutritional damages can occur...
- Heated Enzymes Get Killed.
- Heated Fats Become Trans Fats.
- Heated Carbohydrates Will Caramelize.
- Heated Proteins Will Become Free Radicals.
- Heated Vitamins Will Become Damaged And Useless.
Generally speaking the higher the temperature the more damaging cooking will be (Lower temperature heating methods such as "Steaming" is of course far less harmful than "Boiling") and the duration of the cooking is also important. (If you cook a food to the point that it actually gets burnt and turns black it becomes a carcinogen to the body!) So if you are going to cook your food please use one of the more mild cooking methods and don't "over-cook" your food.
2. COOKING TOOLS CAN BE DANGEROUS!
In 2018 I helped put out a forest fire in Costa Rica that was started because someone had built a camp fire to cook with and failed to put it out properly.
Playing with fire and high temperatures can of course be dangerous, but what a lot of people don't realize is that virtually all cooking tools can be dangerous as well...
Most cooking pots are made of metal, and over time you can develop heavy metal poisoning from lead, nickle, copper, mercury, steel, and aluminum due to cooking your food in pots that are made out of these metals.
Even using aluminum foil can result in aluminum poisoning. (Especially if the foods that you wrap in foil are acidic, because the acidity will cause the aluminum to start to corrode and seep into your food!)
Although it's true that we need certain minerals such as iron and copper in our diets we can only use them in their organic form (such as the iron and copper found in plants) and if they are in their non-organic and metallic forms they are toxic to our bodies and it only takes trace amounts of these metals to cause serious health problems.
(If you were deficient in iron and copper and you took some iron nails and copper pipes and then you ground them into powder and put some of the powder in a smoothie and drank it you would be poisoning yourself!)
"Non-Stick Frying Pans" are extremely dangerous because they are coated with a substance known as "teflon" which when heated at high temperatures results in the release of toxic vapors that will permeate the food that can even kill small pets!
And even if you don't use a "Non-Stick Frying Pan" you will likely have to make the pan "Non-Stick" by applying some kind of fat to the pan such as butter or cooking oil, and when these fats are heated they become can become trans fats that are toxic to the body as well, so ideally just stay away from fried foods completely!
If you have ever owned a spatula that was made out of plastic or rubber and you noticed that over time the spatula was starting to break down and decompose, where do you think that all of the tiny pieces of the spatula that are no longer there went to?
When high heat causes spatulas and other cooking tools to melt and disintegrate the fragmented pieces will spill into your food and you will eat it!
3. YOU'LL HAVE A LOT MORE ENERGY
It requires energy to digest the foods that we eat, and if you eat the way that the average person does most of your daily energy will end up being spent on digestion. So when you switch to a diet that requires a lot less energy to digest you will naturally have a lot more energy left over that can be spent on other things.
If I eat a bowl of fruit I will feel like running up a hill, but if I eat a bowl of cooked food I will feel like I just ran up a hill and need to lay down and rest because my body has a tremendous amount of work to do now that it has to digest the cooked food.
Fruits and vegetables only take a few hours to digest, but a cheeseburger can take a few days to digest! This is because natural foods like fruits and vegetables break down on their own very quickly and don't require a lot of energy from us to break down, while man-made foods are often designed to not break down. (In some cases they can sit on a store shelf for years at a time without starting to decompose, and you have probably seen pictures or videos of "McDonald's" cheeseburgers that are several years old and still look the same as they did on the day they were purchased.)
4. YOU'LL SPEND LESS TIME IN THE KITCHEN
If you're a "raw foodist" there is no having to "slave over a hot oven" and it will only take you a few seconds to wash your dirty dishes. (If you eat a bowl of fruit you can clean the empty bowl by simply running some lukewater over it, but when you make a cooked meal (like lasagna) the food can really cling and stick to the dishes so in order to clean them you will probably need to use really hot water as well as abrasive scrubbing tools and possibly even toxic chemical based detergents.)
Below are some recipes that show just how much time you can save by eating more naturally....
RECIPE 1 - "BANANA"
Simply take a banana, pull down on it's natural "pull tab", and it is ready to eat.
RECIPE 2 - "MEATLOAF"
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take 1 table spoon of butter and put it into a nonstick pan over medium heat. Take a knife and finely chop up half an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 celery stick, 1 oz of scallions, 1 carrot, and 1 green bell pepper and add the chopped vegetables to the butter. Stir the vegetables well and then let them saute in the butter for 7 minutes. Pour the butter and vegetable mix into a large mixing bowl and add 2 pounds of ground beef, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup of ketchup, 2 eggs (beaten), 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 pinch of pepper, 4 ounces of mushrooms, and 1 package of meatloaf seasoning mix and then mix all of the ingredients well. Use your hands to shape the mixture into a "loaf" and then place it into a 13 X 9 X 2 inch loaf pan. Take a bottle of ketchup and pour a layer of ketchup over the top of the loaf and spread evenly. Place the loaf in the preheated oven and let it cook for 1 hour. Remove the cooked meatloaf from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving...
(WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS RECIPE AT HOME!)
5. YOU'LL LOOK AND FEEL BETTER
Every year people will spend billions of dollars on products that are designed to make them look younger and more beautiful, but they won't simply eat more fruits and vegetables. (Sure, they'll take fruits like avocados, bananas, and strawberries and mash them up into a facial mask to spread over their face, or they will put cucumber slices over their eyes to remove puffiness, but they won't simply add these amazing foods to their diet, which would eventually give them the same benefits plus a whole lot more.)
If you look at herd of zebras in nature you will notice that none of them are "overweight" and this is because animals in nature eat the natural diets that they were designed to eat (cows eat grass, squirrels eat nuts, and frogs eat flies) so therefore they all end up being built the same, but if you look at a herd of humans standing in line at a movie theater you will notice that they all vary in size (some are "small", some are "big", some are "large", and some are "extra large") and although some of this can be attributed to genetics it is mostly due to the fact that they all eat differently and unnaturally.
So if you would like to be more beautiful I recommend that you start from the inside out by eating a full rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables, and I also recommend that you eat foods that are "raw" and full of "life force energy", and avoid dead foods like "frozen microwave dinners" because think about it, first it was cooked, then it was frozen, and then it was microwaved, so what "life" could possibly be left after going through all of that that?
It is important to keep in mind that most people have been eating cooked food for their entire life and have never even gone one day without eating something cooked (plus they take caffeine and other drugs to feel better) so it is impossible for them to truly know how cooked food effects them.
If you don't eat cooked food for a long period of time and then you suddenly eat something cooked you will likely experience some negative "side effects" afterwards. One time I ate a bowl of cooked barely after eating only raw foods for a few months and it literally injured me. (I felt so tired after eating it that I went to bed and when I woke back up my throat was so dry and sore that when I went to drink some water it hurt just to swallow. I also had a bad head ache, and I had so much mucus coming out of me that I literally had to use my hands to "peel" my eyes open because my eye lashes were stuck together, and for the whole day I was constantly having to blow my nose and clear my throat just to breathe.
Think of it this way, your body is your "temple" and the foods that you eat are the "offerings" that you bring to it, and if you eat a raw food diet for a while and then you suddenly try to eat some cooked food you may find that your body is telling you that it doesn't want your "burnt offerings" anymore.
6. WE ARE THE ONLY SPECIES ON THE PLANET WHO AREN'T RAW FOODISTS
Some people believe that we need cooked foods in our diet and that we can't live on raw foods alone, but the fact that we are the only species on the planet who aren't raw foodists (With the exception of the animals that we raise.) and the fact that we are the only species on the planet who are experiencing an epidemic of deadly dietary related health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (With the exception of the animals that we raise.) and the fact that so many people out there have reversed these health problems by switching to a raw food diet makes you stop and wonder.
Think about it, there are millions of different life forms on this planet and the diversity is incredible. (Some life forms are so small that a million of them could be living in your eyeball right now without you even realizing it while other creatures like whales are over 100 feet long and that have a tongue that weighs several tons! And some life forms have an average lifespan of less than one day while other species can live for thousands of years!) So with all of the different life forms that are living on this planet why would we humans be the one and only species who can't live on what "Mother Nature" provides for us? (One of the most common beliefs that humans have is that the world was created by a God just for the human race, so if that were true then why would we have to rely on man-made inventions like cooking, processing, and supplementation in order to be healthy when every single one of the other species on this planet goes their entire lifetime from birth to death eating a 100% raw food diet?)
Regardless of whether you are wanting to eat "100% raw", "mostly raw", "half raw & half cooked", or you are simply wanting to add some raw fruits and vegetables to your diet I can assure you that it will be a powerful experience! If you are worried about getting enough calories or enough vitamins and minerals on a raw food diet you can use programs like "Cron-O-Meter" which will let you know how nutritious raw foods really are, and will help you to stop worrying and start feeling excited about changing your diet!
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