Diet for the 21st Century
Most people are concerned about their health, but very few will ever make the changes required to really improve it. Eating prepared vegetables at the whole food stores, or reducing saturated fats and having a salad with your chicken sandwich will not cut it. You cannot achieve genuine health by making half-hearted attempts at trying to be healthier. That includes any partially-raw vegan diet, like the 80/20 diet (80% raw, 20% cooked) which I was on for a long time. It’s like being partially well, which means partially unwell. Actually, the 80/20 diet amounts to being less than 80% well since cooked foods cause toxin buildup in the body tissues which further complicates health. There is no substitute for being 100% healthy. Eating 100% raw plant foods makes you 100% well. Anything short of that does not.
The key to improving health is self-education about foods and nutrition. The knowledge we need is best obtained by reading books and utilizing other learning tools, such as the Web, to discover the truth about foods and nutrition. Without sufficient knowledge about foods and nutrition we remain wholly ignorant of how to achieve optimum health.
“The rest of the world lives to eat, but I eat to live” – Socrates (470-399 B.C.).
Both the vegetarian and vegan diets restrict or avoid animal-based foods, which is to their benefit. However, both allow cooked foods to be eaten, which is to their detriment.
The raw vegan diet is a complete shift in eating habits, away from lifeless cooked foods to living natural foods, the only foods that have life force and the only foods that can give optimum health.
The raw vegan diet is based on the many studies by modern nutritional experts showing that substituting raw plant foods for cooked foods promotes genuine health, heals diseases and prevents diseases from taking root. Raw veganism incorporates this dramatic paradigm shift in nutritional thinking by excluding all cooked foods from the diet.