The biggest myth that has been perpetuated through the centuries and remains well established to this day is that a diet comprised mostly of cooked foods is healthy.
As a species we have only eaten cooked foods for a very short period of time. To put it into perspective with an analogy, if we started walking and did not stop for three days that is how long we have been living on a raw food, uncooked diet. If we then took seven more steps, that is how long we have been cooking our food. We are the only species in the world that cooks our food and we are the only species that gets sick except for the pets we domesticate and put on a processed food diet.
The first thing we need to understand about cooked foods is that they are an addiction . There are healthy and unhealthy addictions. Cooked foods are an unhealthy addiction because they are detrimental to the body for several reasons. When we do something strictly for the pleasure of it and not for any other reason and we can’t stop doing it, that should be considered an unhealthy addiction. To say that eating raw foods are an addiction is a misnomer because the nutrients in raw foods are required by the body in order for it to be healthy, therefore raw foods should not be considered an addiction.
These are weighty ideas not spoken lightly because it is a pronouncement that cooked foods prematurely age the body and lead to all chronic disease. Once we recognize this, we can begin to treat our addiction to them. None of us want to ever admit any addiction to anything, let alone something that has been at the core of our lives since we can remember. We are taught that disease is inevitable and who it strikes often seems to be random in nature. It is most difficult to remove an addiction from our life. All addictions are physical, psychological and/or emotional and therefore are worldly in nature. Thus, removing worldly addictions from our lives it is a spiritual event that raises us higher. We all have certain foods that we like and have a hard time avoiding. With me, those foods are pizza and chocolate. But I find that the more I stay away from them, the easier they are to avoid. Like anything else that we are addicted to, we must completely stay away from those substances because the temptation to go back to them could be too strong to resist. A person can jump into raw foods with both feet and end their cooked food addiction cold turkey and do well. But that person is the exception. Most of us need to transition slowly into the raw food life and this should be done by increasing our intake of raw foods and decreasing our intake of cooked foods each day.
We spend our childhood being conditioned to eat cooked foods. Raw foods are all but shunned for the most part. Even in the womb we receive nutrients in a diminished capacity from our mother’s body, that of cooked, denatured foods. Therefore the natural state of the body is never realized and we live our lives in a body that is completely different from the body that nature intended us to have something like an alter-body like that of an alter-ego. It exists in a way that nature did not intend it to exist. A body fed mostly cooked foods is different in many ways from the natural body. The body that is fed cooked, denatured foods is a denatured body. Its immune system is weak. Its organs produce diminished quantities of enzymes that a natural body does. The pH of the denatured body is usually acid, therefore abnormal. The denatured body’s hormonal balance is at greater risk of destabilizing, leading to a cascading effect of one’s health problem leading to another, which is why doctors have such a hard time identifying which disease a person actually has sometimes. Warnings of all kinds manifest themselves in the body of the cooked foodist. Acid reflux, joint pain, bowel problems are amongst the first to appear.
It is like a building that is designed to be constructed and maintained using one particular set of materials, but another set of materials is actually used in it. Thus, the entire structure, in this case the body, is constructed of interior materials that are destined to lead to maintenance problems, in this case meaning chronic disease of every kind.
Cooked foods unnaturally and prematurely deform the body. In extremes cases, it makes people chair-ridden, even bed-ridden by the time they’re in their fifties. Death in these cases is slow and agonizing. It becomes for some a living death with intermittent trips to the hospital as they slowly waste away over a period of many years. And with each return from the hospital, the body is a little more diminished and less likely to fully recover as drugs are prescribed one on top of another.
The craving for cooked foods that is conditioned into the mind and body itself has no connection whatsoever with the actual nutritional demands of the body. The appetite of the cooked foodist is insatiable because the body’s nutritional needs are never entirely met. This leads to gluttony and other eating disorders that simply are not to be found in the wild. A bear or bird does not suffer from acid reflux or obesity. A raw foodist does not have these types of eating disorders. In fact, there is no evidence of chronic disease in the wild of any kind. No one has ever shot a deer, taken it home, cut it open and found it full of cancer for instance. All addictions are an outgrowth of unnatural circumstances. Disease itself is NOT a natural part of the human condition.
A chronic cooked food diet manifests itself by grossly disfiguring the body as it ages. Thighs begin to look like cottage cheese, bellies become sacks of flab as do chins, arms and breasts. Chronic lack of exercise adds to the grotesque features of bodies deprived of the enzymes that are found only in raw foods .
When you are sick, your doctor prescribes a drug for your problem, let’s say arthritis. The chances of your arthritis being cured at any time in your life from that or any other visit to the doctor’s office are zero. Drugs don’t cure chronic disease, they treat its symptoms and outer manifestations, but they do not rid the body of disease. Disease is opportunist and springs to life in your body from living on a diet of cooked foods, which deposits small amounts of acid waste in the joints in the body, which have manifested itself as rheumatoid or arthritis.
The raw food diet is 100% successful in preventing and even curing the body of all disease each and every time it is tried. Many will ask why they have never heard this before if all this is true. I don’t know the answer to that question, but now you know the truth. When it comes to health Raw Foods Rule!
Hi Bob, appreciate your reply to my grains question. I have been doing some research on sprouts since you have included them in your food pyramid. While sprouts in general are a living, enzyme rich food, but there are also some contrasting views. For eg “Alfalfa sprouts are mildly toxic – do not eat them every day, and avoid them if you are a cancer patient, have a weak immune system or suffer from inflammation”.
The next fact is a very serious one:-
Most raw sprouts contain hemagglutinins, which inhibit the absorption of proteins and fats. The worst are soybeans and kidney beans, followed by Pinto, Navy, Black eye, Lima, Black beans, Aduki (Adzuki) beans, lentils and peas. Hemagglutinins are destroyed by cooking.
I seriously want your opinion on this Bob. Are sprouts a real health food. And if they are which ones are safe to eat on a regular basis. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimotos thyroid. Are sprouts healthy for me too.
Awaiting your reply – Sahiba 🙂
Hi Bob, I need your input on this one:
Because plants have to defend themselves against pests and diseases without any help from us, many of the defensive compounds plants produce are bitter and toxic for human consumption, which health gurus claim can be eliminated if they are slightly cooked maybe just steamed.
if this claim is true, then could u plz enlist the various vegetables that can be eaten raw and at the same time wont be toxic to the human body.
Awaiting your reply 🙂
Hi Bob, you have mentioned herbs and Juicing grasses as a source of protein in the food pyramid. Can u plz enlist exactly which herbs and grasses are beneficial to health.
Also does wheat grass contain gluten?
Awaiting your reply 🙂
Hi Bob, if I religiously follow the food pyramid and eat a variety of foods, do I still need to supplement with Angstrom minerals? I am not a huge fan of supplements and I believe no supplement whatsoever can give us the stuff found in whole foods.
Awaiting ur reply 🙂
Hi Bob, just wanted to share some stuff with you. I’ve brought some major changes in my diet in the past few weeks. I have given up all dairy. So now I am technically a vegan. I eat raw 80% and cooked 20%. After some hard searching I have come across this wonderful lady Dr. Vijaya Venkat and she is a raw vegan foodist. You can google her and read about her. She is doing some wonderful stuff out here.
I have been reading some books by Dr Nand Kishore Sharma, a naturopath in New Delhi, India who has treated cancer patients naturally with raw food diets.
His book Milk – A silent killer is just awesome. He speaks common sense with very little medical jargon. Wish people like Dr. Mercola would stop fooling people into believing that animal food is our natural diet.
Best of Health 🙂
Hi Bob, I wanted your opinion on some stuff related to vegan diets:
I have been reading about this for quite some time now regargind Omega-3 fatty acids. Its said that ALA found in seeds like chia, flax and walnuts cannot be efficiently converted into EPA and DHA inside the human body and therefore are not very reliable sources of Omega-3’s.
Especially people with insulin resistance should abstain from flax and instead consume fish oils because the ALA’s can turn pro-inflammatory.
I’d like your opinion on this one.
Thanx and Regards
Interesting. Some folks talk the talk but not walk the walk.this lady venkat eats all kinds of cooked fried and vendor foods. Must be nice to get recognition for textbook preaching.