Right now… during the hot summer months.
You can certainly eat raw foods at any other time of the year. But, hands down, the best time to eat raw is when it’s hot and sticky, and the heat has naturally been turned up by the elements.
Well, it’s pretty simple, actually.
What is the energy of “raw” foods?
By the way, I’m not talking about raw dehydrated foods, and raw flax crackers, and raw kale that has been dried into chips and coated with various “cheese-like” substances.
I’m talking about raw fruits and vegetables that are cool to the touch and dripping with moistness.
Think about a ripe summer peach, or slicing into a cool cucumber. That’s the kind of raw foods I’m talking about.
Plain and simple: the energy of raw fruits and vegetables is cooling and cleansing.
It’s what the earth naturally provides for its inhabitants during the hot summer months.
Raw summer fruits and vegetables are filled with moisture that cools us when we eat it. Here are some delicious examples:
- Bibb lettuce
- Red and green leaf lettuce
For those of you that are still carrying excess weight from winter, NOW would be the best time to go on that raw foods diet you’ve been asking about.
In the wintertime eating too many raw fruits and veggies would cool the body, slow metabolism, and help your body pack on the pounds. But, the opposite happens during the hot summer months. Raw fruits and vegetables with their cooling and cleansing effect can help you shed those extra pounds.
Raw foods can also be highly effective at cooling inflammatory conditions like heart disease, MS, Hashimoto’s and rheumatoid arthritis.
Raw foods often have a slightly sour and bitter flavor. Once again this speaks to their cleansing and cooling properties. The bitter flavor is cooling and the sour flavor is astringent (toning).
Anytime you add heat to food (via cooking) it has an entirely different effect on the body.
Try this experiment; take a raw strawberry or an apple that is slightly sour, a little bitter and sweet, and put that fruit onto the heat (saute, bake or grill). Once you do that you are bringing the carbohydrates to the surface, caramelizing the sugars, and making that food sweeter.
There is a big difference in the effect each flavor has on the body and it’s organs. The sweet flavor has a “retarding” or slowing effect. If there is too much sweet flavor in your diet you are going to gain weight.
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