Why “almost raw” vegan you ask? Well let me tell you!
Incorporating lots of raw vegetables & fresh fruits into each meal is the best way for you to provide your body with a powerhouse of nutrients! I mean don’t we all know that?
Sure we do, but why exactly is it so important?
Two words: Chlorophyll and Enzymes.
All plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into energy. Chlorophyll is the “blood” of plants and is actually very similar to the molecular structure of our own blood. When we eat and drink chlorophyll filled veggies we add a boost of energy to our own bodies giving ourselves healing & detoxifying properties that ease inflammation and strengthen our immune system. Chlorophyll works it’s magic every time it’s absorbed into our bloodstream.
Adding greens to your diet is one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies. The best way to do this is to include dark leafy greens, veggies, sprouts, green juices, green smoothies and green salads into your daily diet. Eatings these chlorophyll rich foods floods our bodies with chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and oxygen!! A powerhouse of nutrients for your body. Yeah!
And then there are enzymes. Enzymes are protein molecules that are produced by all plant and animal cells. All cells require enzymes to survive and function. They support everything from digestion to healing.
All raw fruits & veggies are filled with enzymes.
There are 3 main categories of enzymes: digestive enzymes, food enzymes and metabolic enzymes. Each category of enzymes plays a key role in keeping us healthy and strong. We simply can’t live without them!
High temperatures destroy enzymes – therefore when we cook foods (heated over 118-120F) the enzymes in the food die. If our bodies can’t find enzymes in our foods, our body tries to find them from within but this can bring stress to our bodies that may results in us feeling tired, sluggish and/or looking more aged. Also, as we age, we produce fewer enzymes so trying to find them within will be more challenging as we get older. It’s important to nourish our bodies with lots and lots of enzymes on a daily basis.
Incorporating fresh raw vegetables & fresh fruits in your diet is a way to ensure you get enough enzymes to support your bodies functions.
Eat Lots of Raw Foods
Smoothies, green chlorophyll filled smoothies and salads with lots of greens, vegetables & sprouts are a great way to flood your body with both enzymes and chlorophyll that help our bodies to digest, build and repair, reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune system. Not to mention you will feel more alive and have more energy than ever before!!
Does that mean I shouldn’t eat cooked foods?
No, this doesn’t mean you can’t eat cooked foods – after all that’s my premise here at “Almost Raw” Vegan – cooked foods are a-ok! (where true Raw Vegan’s eat all RAW!).
That said, I do recommend having a diet with at least 80% raw and 20% cooked is the best balance for our mind, body & soul! This way you get an abundance of enzyme rich and chlorophyll filled foods that your body needs to flourish!