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Whole Foods Or Raw Foods For Optimal Health?

The following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.

In the quest for optimal health, people often stumble across the idea of the raw food diet, the vegan diet, the vegetarian diet, a whole foods diet, and the list goes on. Along with the innumerable diets available there are just as many opinions on what is considered healthy and what is not.

Given enough knowledge on the topic, I feel one would look at a raw food vegan diet coupled with wild foods to be the most healing, cleansing, medicinal and tonifying diet. I also feel that a whole foods, high raw, high vegan, high green diet can be looked at as a diet that contributes to long term health.

So, when looking at a whole foods partially cooked diet, or a whole foods raw diet, as being the best choice I think it is an individual decision (as everyone's needs are different) and it depends a lot on one's ultimate health goals.

To detox and cleanse and strengthen my defences against illness and/or disease, I personally undertake a 2 month raw food cleansing diet and add non-food elements into the protocol for the most efficient cleansing. I incorporate light exercise, usually in the form of rebounding. I also include sessions in a dry sauna into the protocol, as well as massage, dry brushing, parasite cleansing herbs, detox teas, once or twice weekly colon hydrotherapy sessions and daily enemas.

I also incorporate a lof of the previously mentioned cleansing regimes into my long term health plan. After cleansing completely, usually for 2 months of every year, I begin to include a little cooked foods and animal by-products back into my diet. I will enjoy some naturally raised meats, eggs, bee products and raw goats milk if I can get my hands on any. I avoid processed foods as best I can and just stick to whole foods that were locally raised and grown, without the use of pesticides when possible and in as fresh a form as I can find.

I also feel that mono-eating is an important part of "training" your body to "catalogue" major nutrients found in food. This is said to help your body generate cravings for a particular food when in need of the main nutrient abundant in that food. This is best done after a thorough cleanse since your cells should be made up of healthful components at that time, therefore it is the "nutrient needs" generating the cravings rather than "addictions".

To assist in a raw food cleansing diet (and to instill good habits if continuing whole foods and high raw), complete with shopping lists and recipes, I recommend Joy Houston's Rocking Body Raw Food which offers a two week step-by-step detailed plan with video instruction. For a more affordable raw diet plan (no video instruction) Laura-Jane's Raw Food Diet Plan is a fantastic choice.

The above information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes. The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA (or your country's equivalent). Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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