Nutrition Health – Raw Food Focus

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For anyone who is wanting to increase his nutrition intake and improve his health, raw food needs to be a major focus.

It is surprising the times one can walk into a health store and see the shelves stocked with a majority of what is marketed as health food. A quick look at the label shows overly processed foods, chemical additives, binders, fillers, and numerous other items or processes that make the food anything but healthy. If you truly want to increase your nutrition intake, improve your health and boost the quality of your life, seriously consider raw foods.

I recently read an article about Paul Nison, author of Raw Food Formula for Health. He is a former Wall Street Trader whose poor health caused him to relocate, change careers, and focus on improving his health. After working on his health with the Hippocrates Health Institute’s plan of an 80% raw food diet, Paul’s health was transformed, convincing him of the benefit of eating raw, unprocessed, and uncooked foods. The health benefits of a raw food diet were so compelling that Paul switched to a career as a raw food chef and author/lecturer about the benefits of raw food.

Why does cooked food put a strain on the body and its digestive system?

As Paul explains in his book, essential enzymes are destroyed in cooked food. A diet of mainly cooked food strains the body by causing it to work at producing enzymes that ought to be in one’s food intake. While a person who eats raw and fermented foods high in enzymes jump starts that body’s digestive process by reducing the body’s need to produce enzymes, a person who mainly eats cooked foods use up his enzyme potential by forcing an outpouring of secretions from the body’s digestive organs. When the body is consistently forced to produce the majority of its digestive enzymes, the result is a life of poor health.

Try following this simple Raw Food Menu plan for 3 days.

Paul Nison has a 7 day Menu posted online on Jordan Rubin’s website. They suggest trying 3 days on the raw food menu to see how much better you will feel. It does not matter the order in which the menu is used (You can swap days.). Paul does recommend to drink your water an hour before your meal instead of with it and finish your last meal by 7 pm.

Click here for the link to the full Raw Food Menu.

Here is a sample of Day 1 from Paul Nison’s Raw Food Menu:

Breakfast: Juice of 1 cup spinach, 1 cucumber, and 2 stalks celery.
Morning Snack: Green apples or berries and a salad, if desired.
Noon: Juice of 1 cup kale, 1 cucumber, 1 green apple, and 2 cabbage leaves.
Afternoon Snack: Juice of 1 cup spinach, 3 stalks of celery, and 3 carrots.
Dinner: Paul’s Powerful Salad: fresh spinach leaves (as much as you like), 1 ripe avocado, half of a medium-sized cucumber (chopped), half of a red bell pepper (chopped), half a stalk of celery (chopped), and 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds. Combine ingredients and sprinkle with juice of one lemon and the flaxseeds. Yield: 1 serving.

Article Referenced: Take the 3 Day Raw Food Challenge, pp. 22-23, Extraordinary Health, Vol. 5

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