Here’s some food for thought: In some cultures, the guts are considered to be ‘the second brain’.
What we put into our mouths and swallow informs every aspect of our lives and even the lives of our offspring. Once past the throat, there’s no turning back so it could be argued that the most crucial personal care starts and ends with our food choices.
A poor food choice may send us to the couch for a couple of hours bloated, heavy and unmotivated but the right food choice will give us wings!
There is that which the brain in your gut needs and that which your ‘other’ brain wants. What your ‘other’ brain wants is all too easily dictated by our emotional or nervous state. A bowl full of hot, sweet gooey mush is probably an emotional choice rather than a sensible response to your nutritional needs. As is saving room for dessert when hunger has already been satisfied. Your gut would simply never make such a choice, especially when it may already be facing the dreaded workload of carbs (possibly refined), animal protein, refined salt and even trans fats. Once we start to notice the benefits from responsible food choices, it becomes very easy to laugh off some of the suggestions coming from your mind. Quite often the head makes fickle choices based on sights, smells and memories so it sends out all kinds of mixed messages some of which should simply be dismissed rather than indulged.
Unless exacerbated by the clinical binge eating disorder known as BED, eating compulsively is a trap we can all fall into as it may carry some underlying emotional stimulus. Sometimes though, it’s an inevitable reaction to a plate full of empty calories.
The most insatiable appetite is automatically curbed when the body has received its RDA or SDA – Sufficient Daily Amount.
It’s actually quite hard to overeat when we’re eating only that which we’re meant to consume. An entire potato, half a small cabbage, a whole carrot and quarter of a chicken would be extremely difficult for the largest human appetite to manage in one sitting. Now, if you break down the structural integrity of the food by cooking it and removing some of the potency then it becomes much easier to spoon in and swallow in large amounts.
It’s a straight forward choice between quality and quantity.
Plant and fruit trees are natures food factories. Each plant or tree produces an abundance of human food in accordance with its own circadian rhythms. Food which has been slow-cooked to perfection by the elements and served at its very best is already pret-a-manger. Our hunter/gatherer days are over, there’s no need to ‘kill it before we eat it’ anymore!
For someone to even hint that they don’t have time to eat responsibly is a desperate shame because the healthiest food is ready to eat anyway. If you want more than fresh fruit and veg’ then a wholly nutritious bowl of hummus takes the same amount of time to prepare as a partially nutritious round of scrambled eggs on toast, plus cleaning up after is a lot easier!
In the interest of optimum, life-long health food MUST be eaten as close to its natural state as possible with very few exceptions.
The further food is taken from its natural state, the more nutritional value it loses. One example would be the classic British chip which is only 4 stages from the soil but by the time it’s washed, peeled, chopped and fried it’s no longer fit for consumption. Boiling thin slices of potato in oil will thoroughly remove any trace nutrients. What remains from all your effort can only do you system harm as it now has to figure out what to do with this greasy massacre you’ve swallowed. There simply aren’t any nutrients left and to your insides it barely resembles a potato now. If it’s covered in salt and dipped in a condiment then it might be more palatable for your mouth, to you body though it remains a harmful mystery. The moment we start to process food and take it away from its original state we create some sort of void, a void usually filled in the form of seasoning, stock cubes, binding agents, raising agents, thickeners, preservatives, flavour enhancers etc.
Did you ever bite into an apple and think to yourself ‘What this apple needs is just a pinch of something to bring out the flavour’? I bet no human ever did..
Every living cell in every form of life contains oxygen. Its the one molecule that identifies all life forms and is likewise present in every cell in the body. Oxygen is present in all human food until its cooked out.
Everything we put into our bodies has a cellular influence. When we eat fresh food, we’re literally eating life so it’s no wonder there are so many benefits to be gained.
Raw food contains life! It is life. Live enzymes in our food react with the live, digestive enzymes present in the gut. A diet of processed foods means hours of digestive toil. Processed food is much harder for the body to process and has lost so many essential nutrients anyway. Gut transit is further hampered as more crap is packed in, in an effort to curb an inexplicable hunger for more nutrients.
Not bulk, but nutrients.
People moan on and on about being bloated when really, we just need to stop treating our guts like a compost heap.
If you can imagine your guts as your second brain then think about this, if after every meal you had to sit down for a while to let the swelling in your head go down, would you ever go near that food again? Or would you most likely be shaken into rethinking your eating habits?
Bloating isn’t normal, its something we put up with.
Spring Clean Your System
After just a day or two of switching to a ‘clean’ raw diet, gut transit time takes an average of 7 hours. What you eat at noon could make a reappearance at 7pm… if you know what I mean!
Frustratingly the only impactful food education available to the masses seems to be the UK government slogan ‘Eat your 5 a day’! Its better that nothing and if you don’t already eat a largely raw diet with lots of fresh, live foods then why not start today (tomorrow if you’re reading this after breakfast)?
Check out some of OKOactive’s raw food recipes on Youtube and start your day with a living breakfast.
The OKOactive Kitchen