from Black Men's Magazine / February 2002
BY MATTHEW GRACE
IT SIMPLE: REAL MEN
LIKE IT RAW!
Hey you, reader...yeah you...with the magazine in your hand. Have I got news for you! Are you someone who is fed up with the barrage of information, mis-information and just plain lies concerning health and nutrition? How would you like to cut through all the nonsense and confusion and find a way to eat that makes complete sense and will provide you with all the health, energy and vitality you could ever wish for? Also, the quickest, safest and most cost effective way to lose weight and return your body back to its natural weight.
I know what
you're thinking, "Yeah right, what's the catch and how much does it
cost?" I don't blame you. I am not selling any powders, pills,
or magic potions, just trying to re-mind you of what you already know. Deep
beneath the morass of nutritional propaganda we have been bombarded with since
our birth, health is really a simple issue.
There is no need for all the confusion that exists in the nutritional arena. The confusion is created by our relentless human compulsion for the "quick fix," and the "easy" way out. If you want things to be truly difficult in your life keep seeking the easy way.
Companies are falling over each other to come out with the latest, high tech supplements and "energy drinks." Many of which are extremely taxing to the body and devoid of any assimilable nutrients. Every year a new vitamin, mineral or amino acid is touted as the answer to all our health problems. It is an unfortunate human trait to try to get something for nothing, i.e. "exercise in a bottle," "a great body in just six minutes a day," "become a millionaire working just three hours a week," etc. This form of behavior simply creates more problems. It is a universal law that you cannot get something for nothing, yet the madness ensues.
Nature is a wonderful teacher rich with invaluable wisdom and guidance for our benefit. Nature is the outer equivalent of that little voice inside us that always knows what's right.
to the point. Cooking destroys food and all the intrinsic nourishment and
vitality nature has provided for us. Enzymes are destroyed in any food
cooked over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Enzymes are responsible for an
endless array of vital bodily functions. The destruction of these enzymes
wreaks havoc on every metabolic, digestive and assimilative functions and a
body completely devoid of these enzymes will soon perish. This is why any
fever over 104 degrees can be fatal. Cooked foods create mucus and an
acid condition in the body. The more cooked and processed a food is, the
more difficult it is for the body to digest it. (Cooking also destroys
and coagulates amino acids, the building blocks of protein.)
There are two types of enzymes -- endogenous and exogenous. Those that are already in the body and those that we get from outside the body in the foods we eat. If the body is devoid of exogenous enzymes it is forced to over-utilize its own reserves, taxing the pancreas and the intestines to supply more enzymes than they are designed to provide.
devoid of live enzymes is also devastating to our glandular system that is
responsible for regulating everything from our blood sugar to our
appetite. The thyroid, pituitary, and pancreas are thrown into turmoil by
an enzyme deficient diet and this condition is the beginning of many diseases
humanity constantly suffers.
There are no stoves in nature and no animals eating their foods cooked. In fact it is plain to see the effects of our cooked and processed foods in our house pets who eat the same deranged cooked foods we do. These animals get all the same diseases and suffer the same infirmities as we do. Animals in their natural environment do not suffer from obesity, heart disease, constipation, skin disorders, osteoporosis, asthma, etc. Dr. F.M. Pottenger did an extensive study on the effects of cooked food vs. raw food on 900 cats and found as conclusively as possible that uncooked foods kept the animals in the finest health.
How much of
the food you ate today was cooked, sugared, salted, spiced, dyed, preserved and
or heavily processed? How many unprocessed, raw fruits and vegetables did
you eat? Your level of health will directly reflect this proportion of
cooked processed foods to that of the unrefined, uncooked foods. The more
raw fruits and vegetables (seeds and nuts) you eat the more fit and healthy you
For the next two weeks try an experiment: Eat AT LEAST 70% of your foods raw and untainted...mostly fruits (any seed bearing food). I promise you will see an immediate increase in your energy levels, improved digestion and elimination and overall improvement of your well being. Of course you are free to try doing 100%. Any cooked foods should be free of any unnecessary additives, food dyes and preservatives.
CLOSEST TO THE VINE IS DIVINE.
If you need any proof other than your own empirical evidence just take a look at many of the indigenous people we have known throughout history and the devastating effect that heavily a processed, "civilized diet" has had on their well-being. The peoples of the Caribbean, Hawaiian and South Pacific Islands, not to mention the American Indians, had sunshine, fresh air and fruits of all kinds as the standard of their diet, providing them with all the fitness, health and vigor they desired. Then the salt, sugar, white flour, caffeine and alcohol of "civilization" appeared. Not to mention all the heavily processed "fast foods."
There is a reason why there are over 300 different types of fruits on our planet. Instead of coffee, toast, cereals and danishes for breakfast try having some peaches, bananas, cantaloupe or just fresh (pasteurized juices are all cooked an acid forming) orange juice instead. For lunch why not have a big salad and or a fresh vegetable juice packed with live amino acids and undestroyed vitamins?
If convenience and time are an issue, there is nothing more convenient than having a bunch of bananas with you. Apples, oranges, grapes and peaches fit nicely in briefcases, handbags and lunch bags. Cantaloupes and honeydew melon come with their own built in bowls just slice and eat, nothing more convenient or time saving than that. You can also make your own trail mix out of your favorite (raw unsalted) nuts and (un-sulphured) raisins and dried fruits. The possibilities are endless and extremely rewarding.
If you make these efforts to eat at least 70% raw foods for the next two weeks I guarantee the following: More energy, clearer skin, improved digestion, loss of excess pounds, clearer thinking, and an overall feeling of improved health. I also would strongly suggest eliminating all dairy and animal products throughout this experiment. Remember you can always go back.
Grace is author of A WAY OUT - Dis-ease Deception and the Truth About Health. He speaks on a number of topics including the
"AIDS" Hoax, Natural Hygiene, Overcoming Dis-ease, Raw Food and
Living According to the Laws of Nature to name a few. His
dynamic personality and immense knowledge on the subjects of natural living,
raw foodism, health, natural hygiene, the "AIDS" hoax, and overcoming
dis-ease, motivate and inspire audiences everywhere.