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The Living Food Diet, or the Fountain of Youth!

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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.

Happy discoveries!

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

Marilyne Petitclerc

Holder of a degree in nutrition from Université Laval, Marilyne has worked as a nutritionist for Nautilus Plus since 2010. Passionate about healthy eating and sports nutrition, she also gives lectures and hosts cooking workshops. With her clients, Marilyne makes extensive use of the instinct diet approach and the Mediterranean diet model. Furthermore, she has attended classes on live nutrition at the Hippocrates Health Institute. Maryline ran the Quebec City Marathon des Deux Rives - Half Marathon in 2010 and 2012. She also took part in the Staircase Challenge, another event held in Quebec City in June 2012. Marilyne also plays in an Ultimate Frisbee league and trains regularly at the Nautilus Plus branch where she is employed.

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