6 REASONS TO EAT LESS COOKED FOODS
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 extremely high temperatures, and when foods get too hot the following nutritional damages can occur...
- Heated enzymes are killed.
- Heated fats become trans fats.
- Heated carbohydrates caramelize.
- Heated proteins become free radicals.
- Heated vitamins become damaged and useless.
Generally speaking, the higher the temperature, and the longer the duration, the more damaging cooking will 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 far less damaged and far more beneficial to eat.
If you want to feel the most "alive" possible, eat a lot of raw and living foods, and try to avoid eating "dead" foods like "frozen microwave dinners", because think about it, first it was cooked, then it was frozen, and then it was microwaved, and after going through all that, what "life force" could possibly be left?
2. WE ARE THE ONLY SPECIES ON THE PLANET WHO AREN'T RAW FOODISTS
The fact that we are the only species on the planet who aren't raw foodists (with the exception of our pets) and the fact that we are the only species on the planet who are experiencing global epidemics of deadly dietary related health problems, such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (with the exception of our pets) is strong evidence that we aren't eating the way that we were designed to.
Think about it, there are millions of different life forms on this planet, and some of them 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 have a tongue that weighs several tons.
So with all of the different life forms on this planet, and the fact that they all go their entire lifetime from birth to death eating a 100% raw food diet, wouldn't it make sense that we make raw foods a big part of our diets?
Every year people are willing to spend billions of dollars on products that are designed to make them look younger, but they won't just eat more raw fruits & vegetables.
Sure, they'll take cucumber slices and put them over their eyes, or they'll buy avocados, bananas, and strawberries to mash up and spread on their face as natural facials to get them younger looking skin, but they won't simply add these great foods to their diet. (Which would eventually give them the same benefits plus a whole lot more!)
You are what you eat, and in the same way that if you eat a lot of oily foods you will end up with oily skin and hair, if you start to eat a lot of healthy and beautiful foods (like colorful raw fruits and vegetables) you will start to look more healthy and beautiful too.
If you look at a herd of zebras in the wild, it is hard to even tell any of them apart, because they are all eating the same diet, and they are all eating the diet that they were designed to eat, and therefore they have all ended up with the same and physique that they were designed to have.
But if you look at a herd of humans waiting in line at a fast-food restaurant like "McDonalds", you can clearly see that eating a variety of unnatural diets causes people to end up with a variety of unnatural physiques.
The picture above demonstrates how it used to be common for an entire classroom of young school children to all be thin.
People who eat a "raw food diet" tend to be a lot thinner than the average person. (Which is great for those who are overweight and are wanting to get down to a healthy weight.) But if you aren't overweight, and you are afraid of becoming "underweight" by eating healthy, keep in mind that because the average person is overweight today, what people think of as a "normal weight" is very different today than it was in the past.
As a man, I personally weigh less than the average man does today, but I know that if I were able to get into a time machine and go back to 100 years ago when almost nobody was overweight, I would actually weigh a little bit more than the average man, AND I would have a bit more muscle mass than the average man.
There are a lot of efforts being made these days to normalize obesity. (Despite the fact that more and more evidence is showing that being overweight can increase our vulnerability to illness and premature death.)
And if taken too far, taking on the attitude that "there is nothing wrong with being overweight" could even lead to the attitude that "there is something wrong with being thin", and the people who have spent a lot of years working out and eating right could actually start to be accused of "body shaming" whenever they post pictures of themself on-line looking fit and healthy. (Even if they are sharing these images because they want to inspire and help those who are overweight lose weight.)
Please do not let the fact that it's "normal" these days to be overweight cause you to think that it's "natural" to be overweight. You are what you eat, and the more that your diet consists of natural foods in their natural state, the more natural your body and body weight will become.
5. LESS TIME IN THE KITCHEN
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 sauté 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.)
Eating more simply will mean a lot less time preparing food before you eat it, and it will also mean a lot less time cleaning dishes after you eat it.
After eating something raw (like a bowl of fruit) you should be able to clean the empty bowl by simply running some lukewarm water over it, but if you eat something cooked (like lasagna) the food can really stick and cling to the pots and pans and dishes, and in order to clean everything you will probably need to use really hot water, as well as abrasive scrubbing tools, and possibly even harsh chemical-based detergents.
Complicated meals are also complicated to digest, and it should be noted that the average person spends more of their daily energy on digesting food than on anything else.
After eating a big cooked meal (like "Thanksgiving" dinner) people will feel so tired that they will either lay down and take a nap, or they will sit in front of a television for the next few hours, because they simply don't have the energy to do much else due to how much of their energy is being used up at the moment on digestion.
When you switch from a diet that is high in cooked foods to a diet that is high in raw foods, you will likely find that feel a lot more energetic during the day, and that you even require less sleep night, and having all this extra time and energy can be used to better your life, and to do the things that you currently don't have the time and energy to do.
If the simple definition of "food" is "fuel for the body", but after eating a cooked meal you actually feel more tired than you felt before you ate it, it would be hard to call that food "fuel".
Don't get me wrong, cooked foods such as dry grains in bags, and even processed cooked foods that are in boxes, cans, and jars that can last for several years on a shelf without going bad, can all be "life-saving" foods in emergency situations when there are simply no fresh fruits and vegetables available.
If you ever find yourself in the midst of a major food shortage, even some of the worst foods imaginable could help you to survive and live to see another day. But unless you ever find yourself in a real life "zombie apocalypse", it wouldn't make sense to eat a "zombie apocalypse diet".
If you want to "thrive" rather than merely just "survive", make raw fruits and vegetables the bulk of your diet.
And if you are worried that you won't be able to get enough protein, calories, or vitamins and minerals from raw foods, I would encourage you to use free nutritional tracking programs like "Cron-O-Meter" which will show you just how nutritious raw fruits and vegetables actually are, and will help you to stop feeling "worried" and start feeling "excited" about changing your diet for the better!