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Why Eating Raw Foods Means Eating Living Foods

Christina Sarich, Contributing Writer
Waking Times

The raw food diet craze may have started in the Western world in the 1980s with Harvey and Marilyn’s best selling book, Food for Life, but the consumption of ‘living foods’ goes back centuries, even eons. The expression, you are what you eat, doesn’t just mean superficially or metaphorically. You can eat foods devoid of life, or sustain it with the life-giving force of light. Essentially, that is what raw-foods are – light-filled.

A true raw foodist will tell you that they don’t eat anything cooked over 115 degrees because that would kill the important enzymes and phytonutrients which are within all plants, be they vegetable fruit, seed, nut or herb. This is true, but according to the yogic and Ayurvedic traditions, food is also a source of energy. Not just the energy which we gain from digesting food and breaking down the molecular structure so that our cells can absorb the vitamins and minerals, but also a more subtle energy called prana which is contained in the light-filled flesh of living sun-machines – plants that have processed sunlight via photosynthesis in order to sustain their own growth.

When we eat a plant that hasn’t been cooked to death or chemically altered, we also imbibe its life-force or prana. Meat, and other processed foods are completely devoid of this pranic energy, and so when we eat them, we are, essentially consuming death. It isn’t a metaphor and we can observe the results of eating non-light-filled foods very easily. People who consume raw foods are often lighter – in weight and mood. They live longer than meat eaters, as evidenced in recent research from Frank Hu, senior advisor on a study conducted and then published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which proves that eating red meat means you will likely die young. Processed meats like hotdogs or bacon meant an increase of 20% that you will die even sooner.  Those are some pretty drastic statistics, but not when you consider the more subtle elements of food and how we interact with them as a human being.

The way we eat can even reduce our carbon footprint and lead to a more sustainable planet. Animal methane contributes greatly to overall green-house gases, and while the entire Universe is heating up, we certainly don’t need to contribute to global warming unnecessarily. Eating unprocessed foods also reduces the toxic-overload on the planet due to packaging, shipping and chemical use which has heretofore been needed to make foods last on shelves for long periods from the time they are picked, plucked or planted to the time they end up on your plate. It has been shown that a typical body full of the preservatives present in most ‘civilized’ nations’ diets decomposes more slowly after death. Are we so desperate to interrupt the cycles of nature that we try to keep our dead bodies alive with chemicals, ad infinitum? Why not just live better, now?

When we eat light-filled foods, we learn how to eat less. This is in part, because we are consuming more pure nutrition, and so we are not hungry for ‘junk.’ Recent statistics published in the United States point to obesity levels at astonishing rates. This country is ahead of other industrialized nations, such as New Zealand and Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland in, excuse my French, fat people. While we can blame television programming with infinite commercials that contain subliminal messages to drive us to our refrigerators and pantries containing processed chemical-laden food, we can’t stay ignorant forever. Almost 40% of all adult Americans are now obese and at least 17% of children are. It is sickening to think of such an overweight population starving to death, for real food. Food that sustains us doesn’t make us fat and lazy. It doesn’t cause depression and heart attacks. In fact, it fills us with intelligence and energy. It can even bring about ‘en-light-enment.’

Eating raw doesn’t mean you have to chomp on carrots like a jack rabbit all day. You can use a dehydrator to make tasty vegetable and fruit chips. You can use a food processor or blender to make delicious smoothies and soups. You can eat nuts, seeds and sprouts, and make your own granola or trail mix to munch on throughout the day. Try to pick a rainbow of colors and use fresh herbs to heal the body of an assortment of ailments from allergies to lethargy and to keep your palate tingling and tantalized with a myriad of flavors from around the world. A raw food diet isn’t only full of light, it is full of flavor. You can start by adding more life-giving foods and eliminating death-filled foods one by one. Eventually your body will adjust to its new-found health and crave only life-supporting foods and you will wonder why a fast-food meal ever sounded good at all.

About the Author

Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao TzuParamahansa YoganandaRob Brezny,  Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.

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  • Yes. This is a clear article, stating benefits of “living foods”! ThTnks 🙂

  • Christina

    Rachel. . .it seems you have another opinion. Why dont you explain your thoughts instead of throwing barbs. What do you mean by your last comment. If you have information to share, please do. Educate us.

  • Christina

    To those who want to eat meat or excrement. . .more power to ya, but read what Dr. Geo W. Crile of Cleveland told a bunch of doctors way back in 1933. It might change your mind. Mine was changed. Through experience. I get it. I grew up in the south, eating BBQ and bacon for years. I used to be anemic, even while eating all this meat, and hypoglycemic, and allergy-ridden. I experience none of that when I eat more whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, and nuts. Its just my take, but glad you think my opinion is ignorant. Perhaps you would say the same of Olympic athletes, scientists, and multiple doctors who agree with me, let alone a big selection of yogis througout more than 5000 years of known history.

    • Rachel

      your flopping like a fish is the product of your ego.

      living = alive (maybe raw too)
      dead = dead. (maybe raw too, but not alive)


  • there apparently is no cure for stupidity…

    those that seek wisdom and truth find it


    wut ’bout if you eat doo doo?

    • Rachel

      doo doo is alive with lots of worms and probiotics, just like raisins have lots of mold and things.

  • Frank

    Another religious vegetarian. When my liver went down I went on Milk Thistle and other herbs,quit pop,pasta,potatoes,beans and bread I went on the caveman diet! MEAT!MEAT!MEAT! and fish and poultry along with lots of greens and veggy juice. Very little fruit,no pre prepared foods ect. Liver enzymes went back to normal as did cholesterol and I ate all the butter,olive oil and coconut oil I wanted and lost 60 lbs!
    Man is an omnivore with the emphasis on meat. Grains and legumes contain phytotoxins and other compounds toxic to humans and no B-12. Some of these vegetarians are doing hard time for killing their infant children with this b-12 deficient diet!

    • Jim

      Eliminate the “MEAT!MEAT!MEAT! and fish and poultry ” and stick with
      the “lots of greens and veggy juice” and you will do better. If you
      are doing ok now it’s because of the >lots of greens and veggy juice
      repairing the damage of the meat.
      I stopped eating meat and dairy when I was age 21. I am now 64 and
      constantly shock people who think I am in my early 40’s !
      Side benefit of doing this also stopped all colds and flu in the first
      year! No B-12 problems here. Good Luck.

  • Jimmy

    Albert and Rachel, don’t be so cruel,although your Master will be so proud.

  • Rachel

    Living food is NOT the same as raw food. Another ignorant author. YAY.

    • Anonymous

      What an ignorant comment – where is your justification for seagullimg on this article ?

  • albert lusk

    I don’t think you know what you are talking about

    • Christina

      Please elucidate why. Or propose an intelligent reason this seems to be so.

      • Rachel

        A hard carrot that can be planted in the ground and grow is living food. A limp carrot is dead, but still raw. Nuts that are still intact, and fertile, and can grow into trees are living. Nuts that are shelled and dried are still raw but not living–they are dead, and cannot grow into a tree. If the cell of the plant are alive, meaning they are still functioning and can reproduce, either within cells or in whole, it is living food, which does include bacteria–probiotics or the bad kind, either one, and also mold, both good and bad. If living food has been dried or altered or killed it is still raw, but it is dead. There are plenty of “raw vs living” articles online, somewhere. But it just takes realistic knowledge of life and death to understand this.

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