HERE WE GO…
To begin, I would like to define what I have learned a balanced raw food diet is composed of: greens, other non starchy vegetables, superfoods, seeds, nuts, low sugar fruits, seaweeds. For some raw dairy, some dehydrated foods, fruits higher in sugar in moderation may work. In other circles raw meat and fish has become part of the diet. This seems to be an increasing trend for those who have been eating this way for a longer period of time.
The raw food diet, as I just described can be a viable way to eat. Will it heal digestive woes? No. Healing is different than feeling better because you are avoiding foods you find hard to digest.
To only eat 100% raw foods 24/7 is not for many people. To make that commitment probably comes from the belief that eating a 100% raw food diet is the key to better health. That eating 100% raw improves digestion. I am sure that eating 100% raw foods does not improve digestion for people who have digestive ills, in fact it can make things worse for many. The value of many of the benefits of juicing, eating salads, proper food combining, fasting, juice feasting is not something I am dismissing. The Raw Food Philosophy has many versions, but the essence is that cooking kills enzymes needed for better cellular function
Here is an idea; The Raw Food Philosophy has some strong similarities with Louis Pasteur and Western Medicine. Why? Because the Raw Food Diet says it is not only our digestion that is the problem. It is what is outside of us [the terrain], in this case food and other substances in food, is the problem. Those bad cooked foods, not just refined foods, are the cause of poor digestion. The reality is that it is the health of each persons GI tract [the host] that is what needs to be addressed for creating superior digestive health. They are saying that eating only raw foods will heal your digestion. Is that really true? If that is what they are saying, it does not work for many.
FOR MOST, DIET CHANGES ALONE WILL NOT PROVED LONG TERM HEALING
If long term consumption and cleansing with raw foods heals and strengthens digestion, repopulates the gut with trillions of microflora then why would resumption of cooked foods cause symptoms such as indigestion, feeling tired, skin irritations, etcetera? To eat only raw foods should be a choice . To feel afraid of eating any cooked food because they are destructive to health is misinformed. To say, as Matt Monarch and Dr. Fred Bisci do, that eating a refined- cooked meal could cause them serious harm does not tell me that a 100% raw food diet creates superior digestion. A superior digestive system does not foster cravings for refined foods, but does allow those ingredients to be ingested without our becoming sick or worse! A powerful digestive system would help transmute whatever we eat. This inner confidence gives us peace of mind and that means better health.
Being healthy means to feel safe. Defining what safe means is subjective. However, how we feel begins with the most basic elements of body, mind and spirit. A healthy gut is the most basic element to our physical health and, as many know to be true, psychological well being. When our gut is a peace it is easier to thrive. I am thoroughly convinced that very, very, very few people know what it means to experience healthy digestion and elimination. I deduct this from years of palpating the hara/gut and giving colonics to many people, some of them solely raw food eaters.
To learn more about creating a healthier gut:
Unique Healing with Donna Pessin click here. 70 and counting instructional videos on youtube, two books and her website. If you want to know what a healthy elimination is and how to achieve that this is the information to review.
Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates click here. Website and books.
If you have been eating raw foods [greens, superfoods, seeds, nuts] for months or years and feel afraid of eating cooked foods this is understandable, but unhealthy. All the raw foods you are eating are not healing your digestion. Are you better off eating a raw diet vs eating refined foods? Absolutely, but anything done from fear is a bad idea. Upgrading diet, in the short term, will make most people feel better.
I am confident in saying that most everyone wants a long term solution to achieve a healthy digestive tract. I do believe The Unique Healing Program is that answer for those who are willing to give it a try and commit to at least one year of their time.