Now, don’t get me wrong, heating foods (especially those that contain things like beta-carotene) can actually be good for you. So I’m not going to tell you that an all raw diet is the way to go, just make sure you are eating raw produce as well as cooked.
- You should be eating a good portion of your fruit in it’s raw state. Neither cooked or juiced (homemade juice would be fine though as it’s not heated!).
- Vegetables are a bit harder for most people to eat raw since most of them taste better and are actually easier to digest for certain folks. So when you do cook them, try lightly steaming them until they are just done. Don’t overcook them or you’ll deplete a good portion of the nutrition inside!
Much of the problem is that now a days we seem to consume so many cooked and processed foods that we’re missing these important vitamins, minerals, and enzymes from raw foods. Try replacing those snack crackers with a piece of fruit or veggies and dip. Make yourself a smoothie for an evening snack instead of reaching for the bag of chips. Have a fruit salad and yogurt for breakfast instead of cereal. Overall, just try and make a conscious effort to eat more of your foods in a more natural and unprocessed state. Your body will thank you!
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