After you commit to stop poisoning your cells (and subsequently your tissues and organs) with synthetic indigestible foods and replace these foods with transition foods and quick exit meals, it’s time to start hiring “workers” to do your “housecleaning.”
This is where the raw foods come in. Raw foods contain something that cannot be found in any other food: live enzymes. Enzymes are the catalyst for every human function. We were born with the capacity to produce a great deal of enzymes and started life with a huge enzyme “bank account.” However, the standard cooked American fare uses up enzymes in digestion without replacing them, and over time we become enzyme impoverished. We perceive this as a slowing metabolism. Of course our body is going to slow down if we are running low on our “workers.” You’ll see for yourself how your metabolism will increase when you start feeding your body live enzymes.
Returning to the concept of the enzyme bank account, when you eat uncooked plant food you are taking in large amounts of live enzymes (live enzymes mean active enzymes or enzymes that have not been destroyed by heat at temperatures of 118F and above). The more enzymes you take in through raw plan food, the wealthier your enzyme bank account becomes. The wealthier you are in enzymes, the more fuel you will have to complete the chores that your body must do. If your body can get back to maximum production (as it did in your youth) you will suddenly find yourself living in a younger feeling body.
Here’s another way to look at the importance of enzymes. We are living beings. Although no one will dispute that, our civilization consumes food that is dead or cooked. Ask yourself, how can dead food sustain living beings without making those being less vibrant? Eating living foods makes us more vibrant—literally “full of life.”
To recap, the only place you will find the workers you need to detoxify your cells and restore you to a youthful state is in uncooked plant and their juices. These enzymes will happily do all your dirty work for you, scrubbing night and day while you work and sleep, but you have to get them into your system first. Since you can only get enzymes by eating uncooked plant foods, you need to figure out how often you can slip these enzymes into your meals.
One of the best ways to do this is by eating nothing but fresh fruit in the morning for breakfast and by making sure you eat a sumptuous raw vegetable salad with your lunch and dinner meals. Some of my more advanced clients find that eating only uncooked plant foods until their dinner meal works very well for them. They segregate their day into two parts and know they can have a broad range of choices for a cooked dinner every night after eating a storehouse of enzymes all day. I call this “raw till dinner.” They may choose to enjoy a properly combined raw or cooked meal at that time and digest it seamlessly. The added benefit to eating uncooked, enzyme-rich plant in the predinner hours is that you avoid the fatigue that comes from eating “dead” food during the day.
The theory of eating the biggest meal early in the day is one of the major misnomers that I constantly come across. You’ll see when you undertake this program that by eating lighter, enzyme-based foods in your busy working hours, you will have incredible energy. The time to eat heavier cooked foods (if you do at all) is when your working day is over and that energy is no longer needed for work. Don’t take my word for it or write it off, just try it for yourself, and see if, after a few days you aren’t a convert to this approach to your daily intake.
Many of you are not quite ready to go “raw till dinner” every day. But you will still see that eating the quickest exit foods early in the day and saving the heavier foods for later (ideally dinnertime) will leave you feeling much more energized during your busiest times. THE RAW FOOD DETOX DIET by NATALIA ROSE