6 Reasons to Eat Less Cooked Foods


6 REASONS TO EAT LESS COOKED FOODS



1. DAMAGED 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 of a food can also suffer when it touches a hot stove.

Baking, boiling, frying, grilling, barbecuing, roasting, toasting, and microwaving foods exposes them to very high temperatures, and this can cause nutrients to become damaged and unusable to our bodies.

Generally speaking, the higher the temperature, and the longer the duration, the more damaging cooking can be.

If you look at a plate of crisp lightly steamed vegetables next to a plate of mushy over-boiled vegetables, your natural instincts will tell you that the steamed vegetables are less damaged and more beneficial to eat, so if you are going to cook, I encourage you to use less harsh cooking methods.




2. WE ARE THE ONLY SPECIES ON THE PLANET WHO AREN'T RAW FOODISTS

The fact that we humans are the only species on this planet who aren't raw foodists (with the exception of the animals we raise) and the fact that we are the only species who are experiencing a deadly epidemic of dietary related health problems like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (with the exception of the animals we raise) is strong evidence that we aren't eating our natural diets.

There are millions of different lifeforms on this planet, and the diversity can be mind-bending to think about. (Some lifeforms are so small that a million of them could be living in your eyeball right now without you even realizing it, while others are so big that you would have to be standing miles away from them just to be able to see what they are shaped like. And some lifeforms have a natural lifespan of less than one day, while others can live for thousands of years.)

So, with so many other species on this planet, and the fact that they can all go their entire lifetimes from birth to death without ever eating cooked food, maybe it wouldn't be that "radical" of an idea for us to start eating more raw foods.




3. ADDING EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF RAW FOOD TO YOUR DIET CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

Instead of jumping right into a healthy diet and telling yourself that you can never eat certain unhealthy foods ever again, I would encourage you to just start "adding" some good foods to your diet.

Try eating some raw fruit or a raw salad shortly before you eat something cooked, because you will likely find that after you eat the raw food you don't need to eat as much of the cooked food to feel full and satisfied.

The more healthy foods that you can ADD to your diet, the less room there will be for anything else, so find some healthy raw foods that you actually enjoy eating, and start enjoying them more often.




4. BEAUTY

People spend BILLIONS of dollars a year on products that are designed to make them look younger and more beautiful, but many of them won't simply eat more raw fruits & vegetables.

Sure, they'll buy raw cucumbers so they can cut them into slices to put them over their eyes, or they'll buy a raw avocados so they can mash them up and spread them all over their faces in the hopes of getting younger and more beautiful looking skin, but they won't simply add these amazing foods to their diets. (Which would give them many of the same benefits, plus many more!)

You are what you eat, and in the same way that if you eat too many oily foods you will end up with oily skin and hair, if you start eating colorful raw fruits and vegetables which are naturally beautiful and pleasing to the eye, you too will start to look more naturally beautiful and pleasing to the eye.




5. TIME

Below are some recipes which demonstrate just how much time you can save by eating foods in their raw and natural state....

RECIPE 1 - "BANANA"

Simply take a banana, pull down on its natural "pull tab", and it is ready to eat.

RECIPE 2 - "MEATLOAF"

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take 1 tablespoon 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 breadcrumbs, 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.)

Not only will eating more simply mean a lot less time preparing food before you eat, but it will also mean a lot less time cleaning dishes after you eat.

After eating something raw (like a bowl of fruit) you should be able to clean the empty bowl by simply running some warm water over it. But if you eat something cooked (like lasagna) the food can really stick and cling to the pots and pans, so you will probably need to use really hot water, as well as abrasive scrubbing tools, and even harsh chemical-based detergents just to clean the dirty dishes.

Complicated meals can also be complicated to digest, and it should be noted that the average person eats cooked food 3 times a day and has to spend more of their daily energy on digesting food than on anything else.

After eating a big, cooked meal (like "Thanksgiving" dinner) people will typically feel so tired that they will either have to lay down and take a nap or just sit in front of a television for the next few hours, because they simply don't have the energy to do anything else.

Raw foods on the other hand, tend to require very little energy to digest, which means that we have more energy to burn throughout the day when we are eating them.

If the simple definition of "food" is "fuel for the body", than anything you eat that leaves you feeling tired and needing stimulants like coffee just to be able to get through the day can't be considered "food".

When you switch from a diet that is high in hard to digest cooked foods to a diet that is high in easy to digest raw foods, you will likely find that you feel a lot more energetic during the day, and that you even require less sleep at night, and all of this extra time and energy can be used to do things that you've been wanting to do but just haven't had the time or energy for.




6. YOUR FUTURE

Changing your diet for the better WILL end up changing your life for the better!

We are what we eat, and eating better quality foods is a POWERFUL step towards "Self-Improvement"!

Change can be scary though, and if you are worried about eating more raw foods and less cooked foods because you are under the impression that you won't be able to get enough protein or nutrition in general, I strongly recommend that you use free nutritional tracking programs like "Cron-O-Meter" so you can see for yourself just how nutritious raw foods actually are, and so you can stop feeling "worried" and start feeling "excited" about changing your life for the better!




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