By eating Raw food are you including Beef, and poultry?
I have eaten raw veggies, eggs and close to raw fish.
Raw Animal meat I would add Parasites to the con list.
travisr wrote:I done a far share of hard work physically speaking and I find a good breakfast paramount to continued energy. I found the best breakfast was one with a good deal of complex carbs like oatmeal. Eggs digest fast so I would get hungry much sooner.
With all this great thinking about raw vs. cooked, I'm surprised no on has yet suggested eating BOTH!
The question is not which nutrients are there and in what quantity in the foods consumed (linear science), but Are the nutrients BIO-AVAILABLE? Bio-availability means our bodies can make use of the nutrients in a net gain way.
Gwen Lynn wrote:It seems like such a basic equation to me. Cow = food for starving people.
T. Joy wrote:
. I do like to eat locally but what grows in Canada in the cold months? Not much...
Leah Sattler wrote:
this link gives a pretty fair analysis I think. and the second quote points out something that fits one of my wacky observations/ideas....at least about myself.
"No one-size-fits-all answer. The nutritiousness of a given food may or may not be improved by cooking, or only by certain methods of cooking. There may be an ideal temperature, or an ideal cooking time."
"Caloric considerations on high-bulk all-raw diets. An additional issue is the difficulty on all-raw vegan diets of getting enough calories due to bulk. (See The Calorie Paradox of Raw Veganism for an examination of this problem, and why so many raw-fooders end up emaciated or hungry all the time.) Cooking coarse veggies makes them softer, and easier to eat more."
I think that the last quote is inadvertantly brings out what is responsible for that "high" or feeling of super energy or intelligence. you can get that same feeling by eating reduced calorie diet. cut your calories down to 1000-1500 a day for a week and see if it works for you. it does for me. and it has nothing to do with raw or not. what people are really feeling (imo) is the feeling of "motivation". after initially becoming accustomed to a slight level or sensation of starvation it is just no longer conciously recognized as hunger. hunger is the biggest motivator. I think that the terrible feeling after eating "cooked meals' is a feeling of satiation. a feeling that they don't need to be "running around doing stuff" . and when you want to be running around doing stuff that is annoying. it is why I (when not gestating) go almost all day without eating anything substantial, and eat probably 80% of my calories at dinner. if I eat all day.....well .......I don't get anything done. I'm a slug. totally unmotivated. the chemical motivators are gone from my body.
I would be extremely interested in someone elses experience with this if you are up for it. most people I know think I am crazy. and they are probably right. if I hear one more person say "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" to me i am going to rip their heads off. its crap, at least for me and my body.
hunger is what motivated our ancesters to think. to do. to move. to live. our bodies chemicaly saying "get the heck up and do something" and... of course 500,000 years ago, there wasn't much "doing" that didn't involve "finding sustenance" so "do something" came behaviourly synonomous with "find something to eat".
this theory has weighed on my mind alot. it irritates me when I see recomendations for people to "eat many small eals". that might stabilize blood sugar in a clinical sense but it is not a normal way to eat (once again IMO). I think our pancreas needs a break, our bodies need to be reminded how to mobilize fat stores, and our minds need the "high of hunger" to motivate us to excercise. as a society we are killing ourselves with food availability. re creating that feast or famine even within the day could be beneficial. there is a reason our stomachs are stretchy and capable of ingesting large amounts of food at one sitting. it is because large amounts of food would be come available sporadically in our history....just like a big cat with a few big kills every now and then. agriculture changed that somewhat but I still think it was at first likely to only provide a rough form of calories to tide people over, certainly not a balanced diet especially proteins, and there was still much feast or famine...................