I am inspired today. I saw a documentary online recently by the name of 'Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 days'. The movie chronicles the struggles of six people who are trying to reverse their diabetes and get off of insulin. Are they successful? Well, you'll have to watch for yourself.....but the outcome is very interesting.
I have always been a believer in natural ways to cure the majority of the ailments I suffer from in my life. I definitely subscribe to the 'you are what you eat' mantra. I am not foolish either. Emergencies should be left to professionals, but a healthy diet just may reduce the likelihood of more serious health concerns such as diabetes.
Lets talk 'organic' for a second. Organic produce is grown without the use of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, and more. Animals used for food do not take growth hormones or antibiotics. In order to have the USDA Organic label affixed to a product you purchase, the ingredients used must be 95-99% organic.
Raw foods are uncooked foods, quite simply. There is debate on whether or not cooking foods reduces or eliminates the nutrients in the foods you eat. I have been eating raw and cooked foods for years and I am very healthy. The choices I make in the foods I eat is monitored closely, but I don't necessarily believe that a raw diet is 'healthier' than a diet full of cooking foods.
Vegans eat both raw and cooked foods, organic foods and non-organic foods. There are raw vegans and organic vegans but you get the point. Vegans do not eat animal products. Vegetarians don't eat meat. The six people in the film went on a raw vegan diet.
Raw organic vegan foods sound scarier than they really are. If you are concerned about your health and you are looking to your diet to improve your condition, raw organic vegan foods would be a great place to look. There are plenty of vegan cookbooks on the market with great recipes that would serve as a good start. I started changing my dietary routine out of boredom. You do not have to go 'cold turkey' either; you could have a raw food day or even a vegetarian day of the week.
I will tell you that although I have always been a healthy individual, I feel more alert and have more energy because of the dietary changes I have made in my life. It does not feel like a sacrifice either. My cravings are still satisfied and I am not an extreme dieter in any way. The terms raw, organic, vegetarian, and vegan are charged terms these days but they should not be scary. It's a glossy way to say 'healthier', if you believe it is.