Diets, workouts, nutritional supplements, websites, books and ebooks, magazines and ezines, DVDs, gyms and health food stores. They’re everywhere! It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry. We all want to feel and look great. You try this and try that but some end end where you started. Fortunately, the answer may be simply about education and choices.
Some say cooked food is all bad. However, cooked food has had its place in our diets since the discovery of fire. I love cooked food. But the reality is that cooked food is not good for us. When food is cooked at temperatures above 116 degrees the enzymes are killed. Enzymes are extremely important to good health. Without them there is no life. Our bodies can make the enzymes necessary for digestion but the problem is that when you eat a diet of mostly cooked food, your body is so busy trying to make new enzymes to digest all that cooked food, the body gets over stressed and is not capable to keep up with the work load. Then we get sick. Take a look at the raw gurus. They all look fantastic! There’s something to be said about that kind of evidence.
If you are like me, a LOVER of cooked food (especially hot wings and beer) then this is not what you want to hear. I did not. I’m still not ready to be 100% raw. I do not believe you have to go 100% raw to see major changes in your body. 80-90% raw diets are very healthy and full of good nutrition. The thing is that what I have learned about food is the old saying “you are what you eat.” My goal is to work up to a 90% raw diet that I can live on forever. Then work up to 100%.
A diet consisting of 80-90% low fat fresh fruits and vegetables WILL result in a desirable weight. It’s the law of the body. They are low calorie, low fat and it takes your body more calories to digest it so you are actually in a profit situation which means you will not gain weight. You can eat as much fruits and vegetables as you want! One way to get your fruits and veggies every day is to put your daily ration of fruits and veggies in a plastic bin as your must eat daily food. You’d be amazed how much food you are actually supposed to eat every day.
One problem that people run into during their quest for optimum health is screwing up their metabolism. They crash diet. Then they try just eating meat. Then diet pills. Then powders and shakes. The body gets confused. Many people make the same mistakes where you might lose some weight for a while, but then you put it back on and some. Your body is just way too smart for these ordinary diets to ever work – you can not fool a metabolic and hormonal system that’s the result of thousands of years of evolution. You have to work with your metabolism, not against it!
I am not a doctor. These are my personal findings through research and experience.