The Living Food Diet, or the Fountain of Youth!
Have you ever heard about the living food nutrition plan? This way of eating, slightly different from what we call the raw food diet (or crudivorism), is composed of many interesting principles well worth discovering!
This way of eating uses only raw foods that underwent the least transformations possible, except for fermentation and sprouting. Some of the objectives of this way of eating are: to restore the body’s acid-base homeostasis balance (you can read more about this subject in the article “Acid-base homeostasis balance and maximum vitality!”), to increase energy levels, and to prevent various illnesses, such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and osteoarthritis, among others.
Raw foods (or heated to temperatures lower than 40°C or 104°F) are said to give more energy, because their enzymes, vitamins, and minerals content are not altered. Thus, our organism needs to secrete less enzymes to absorb nutrients, which leads to using less energy for digestion. The Raw Food Diet is essentially vegan, because animal foods have very low quantities of enzymes.
Sprouting nuts, seeds, and legumes increases tenfold the quantity of vitamins, minerals and enzymes (which play a role in pre-digestion) that they contain, which makes them highly alkaline and energizing. Indeed, sprouting greatly improves the seed’s nutritional value to help it give life to a new plant. This makes young shoots from sunflower, broccoli, or chick peas very interesting elements to add to your eating habits, (for instance, in salads) to increase the nutritional value of your meals.
Fermentation transforms the sugar of foods into lactic acid, acetic acid (vinegar), or alcohol through the micro-organisms naturally found, or simply added to a food. These micro-organisms, also called probiotics, are bacteria that promote the health of the digestive tract flora, and the optimal absorption of nutrients and strengthening of the immune system. Treat yourself with either unpasteurized sauerkraut (pasteurization destroys the precious bacteria), miso, tamari, kefir, or vinegar on your salads.
If you happen to pass through Montreal, go feast on dishes as surprising and delicious dishes such as the ones offered at Crudessence, a living food restaurant. In big cities like New York or Los Angeles, this type of “cooking” is becoming more and more popular.
**One slight note of caution: this diet is not suitable for pregnant women, children, the elderly, and people with a weakened immune system.
By Marilyne Petitclerc
For more information about the Raw Food diet:
Article from Hélène Baribeau, dtp : http://www.passeportsante.net/fr/Nutrition/Regimes/Fiche.aspx?doc=alimentation_vivante_regime