About Raw Food
Introduction and Technics :
The raw food is a diet consisting of foods of plant origin, unprocessed or exposed to temperatures above 42°, to keep intact their properties .The exceeded 42° would compromise the nutrients, vitamins, minerals
and enzymes in food . At the base of raw veganism we find: fruits, vegetables, sprouts, all types of nuts and seeds, dried fruit, seaweed, vegetables, all the spices, and natural flavorings, oils extracted cold, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, agave and
stevia natural as sweetener. The foods are processed in different ways, and the most important techniques in raw preparations are: dehydration, germination and marinating.
In all these ways the food preserves better the nutritional properties of which it"s composed, and in the case of the germination is enhanced by further nutritive substance.
Enzymes are the power of life. They are living forces that conduct and direct every activity in your body. Enzymes "digest" or break down raw foods. More and more research suggests eating high-enzyme food helps digestion. Eating an enzyme-rich diet is thought to increase vitality and slow the aging process.Enzymes are heat sensitive and destroyed at temperatures above 42°,so when you cook your food, you're destroying the nutrients and enzymes. It's like eating empty foods that just fill you up temporarily. And, you're causing your body to do more work than necessary to digest the cooked food you just ate. It's not only a waste, but it also accelerates aging. One of the reasons your energy skyrockets when you eat Raw foods is that your body doesn't spend as much time digesting the food. Digestion is the first energy drainer for people, so if you can help that by decreasing the time your body needs to digest food, you'll automatically experience more pure ,real energy!
Where did you take your proteins on a Raw Food Diet ? The answer is simple...by eating plants ! We have been misguided and programmed to believe that the only source of protein is from meat,but in reality, plant-based foods contain plenty of extremely high-quality protein that is actually easier for your body to digest and assimilate. The reason they are higher quality is simple: Plant proteins are found inside plant cells, the walls of which are made of the rigid material we call fiber. Fiber passes through our system in a nice, orderly fashion, giving us healthy, regular bowel movements. In contrast, animal proteins are inside of animal cells, the walls of which are made of cholesterol, which our bodies aren't well-equipped to break down. By eating a variety of plants in your diet, including plenty of greens, it is very easy to get 100% "complete" protein, meaning all 8 essential amino acids are present in abundance. Protein can be found in all natural foods ("natural" as in unrefined). Vegetables and fruits have protein. Nuts, seeds (especially hemp seeds), algae, as well as higher protein greens and sprouts, which have up to 50% of their calories from protein, can satisfy even the higher protein demands of pregnant women, athletes, and people trying to gain lean muscle mass.
Raw fats are extremely helpful in transitioning you to a higher Raw diet, away from cooked foods. As long as you are getting enough green vegetables and fruits, and not overeating all the time, you don't have to worry about limiting your intake of the good fats. The "good fats" include mono-unsaturated fats, which you can find in avocados, almonds, and olives, Omega-3 fatty acids, which are in flax seeds and walnuts. The "good fats" also include polyunsaturated fats, which can bind with toxins, helping to eliminate them from your body. So, these are some of the most healing fats for the body. You can find these in walnuts, flax, hemp, sesame, sunflower and other seeds.
The equipment in the raw kitchen :
The blender that helps us prepare smoothies, juices, mousse, soups and ice cream.
The food processor for different preparations
The centrifuge or extractor for the extraction of only juice without pulp.
Dryer for procedures of dehydration of foods.
SOAKING THE NUTS AND SEEDS:For the processing of nuts and seeds we must first keep them soak.In this way you increase the amount of vitamin, it favors the production of numerous beneficial enzymes for digestion and neutralize the enzymes inhibitors contained in the dried fruit in a natural way.
The soaking time of nuts:
almonds 8-12 hours
cashews 2-3 hours
linseed 6 hours
chickpeas 12-48 hours
nuts 4 hours
sesame seeds 8 hours
sunflower seeds 2 hours
To soak, use a stainless steel or glass bowl and change the water two or three times over the course of soaking.
As techniques of preparation we have: fermentation, drying, germination and maceration.
During the process of maceration and fermentation the gluten and other proteins those are hard to digest are partially destroyed and our digestive system will have to work less.
Fermentation makes the food much more digestible and enriched with beneficial substances such as probiotics.
It is a millenary technique very simple: You put food in a glass jar with addition of only water and salt (1 tablespoon to every gallon of water) and you can add spices of your choice.
The fermentation is suitable for any vegetable and for certain species of fruit.
Drying is the technique which removes the water from food but not the nutrients.
Germination is a process by which a seed becomes a plant.
The seeds are put to soak in a jar or in a bowl of glass or stainless steel, washed earlier, changing the water twice a day and cover with a cloth that allows air .
Raw foods is both healthy and beautiful, and it's one of the easiest things you can do for yourself! The way you plate your food is a key component to being satisfied. And, when you have these beautiful colors available in fresh fruits and vegetables, it's so simple! You"re whole family will be excited to sit down at the dinner table to see what palate of colors you've created each time:)!