Living foods

By Eric Karlsson  © September 14, 2011

This article will give you some basic knowledge about a Whole Fresh Food diet and health. A balanced Whole Fresh Food diet is a powerful and important part of a healthy lifestyle. Science is finding out more and more about the importance of eating fresh fruit and vegetables to prevent and treat modern disease like cardio-vascular disease, cancer, diabetes, overweight, gastro-intestinal disease etc;, about micro nutrients etc. Natural healing practitioners has know for a long time what modern research prove today. Please read on and if you like to know more please come to one of the courses or make contact.

Raw Food is becoming increasingly popular. There are many different concepts and ideas about how to eat raw. Some believe in eating fruit, others in greens, others in sprouts, in grasses, in juices or superfoods etc. Some raw fooders get 60 – 70 % of their calories from fat while others get 5-10 %. Some say certain food like bananas, cabbage or chocolate is very good while others say they are bad. There are different ideas that combining food in different ways is harmful while others say there is no need to do food combining. This goes to show that a Raw Food diet can vary a lot. This can be very confusing, especially to a beginner.

I believe in eating Fresh Food the way nature intended us to, balancing the diet on the different foods that are natural to us.

You can often read that we are better adapted to life in the stone age than in the modern world, but talking about diet we are really best adapted to a diet original to a time much earlier than that.

Most available to our early ancestors would have been what is grown in trees; that is mainly fruit and some seeds of the trees. Creating weapons to kill large animals would have come a long time later. We have not changed that much in the way the body functions since then and hence not our needs. We need similar food to other primates who thrive best eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

There are reasons we retreated from our original diet. Some reasons may be climate changes, new environments, entering cold climates and shortage of natural food. In the last 10,000 years, agriculture appeared which meant that we have started to eat many new foods never before eaten or eaten only in small quantities. Many of them we are not well biologically adapted to digest. In the last 150 years we have had industry producing food that most of us agree is not food at all.

WHOLE FRESH FOOD (WFF)

So what is a natural Raw Fresh Food diet? A lot could be said about that but this will be a summary.

Fresh Food, or to be more specific, Whole Fresh Food (WFF) ought to be the base of our diet. The word whole means entire, with all its parts. Nothing is removed from something which is whole. The food has all parts left when we eat it (there are exceptions – we naturally remove skin, husk and seeds of some food). The opposite of whole is refined, separated, extracted, concentrated, fractioned or parted. There are no nutritional advantages to dry or concentrate whole good quality food; it does not make the quality of a food higher.

Foods are best eaten whole. For instance there is no advantage eating the superfood goji berries dried compared to fresh. The amounts of antioxidants, protein etc. per kilo is higher when dried. But dried foods lack water so you need to drink water instead and the amount of nutrients per berry will not be higher when dried.

Concentrated dried food can never give the same balance. And we do not benefit from taking in more of a nutrient than we need. Drying food is still quite a natural method of preserving food and it gives us the possibility to store it a long time and it is easier to transport. Dried food can also make the transition to WFF diet easier as they can be used to resemble other food for instance when you want to make sweets. One advantage with dried fruit is that the dried fruit is usually ripe when dried. Fresh fruit sold is often picked unripe and thus doesn’t have all the natural sugars it ought to have. Dried foods just as frozen foods, is a valuable complement to WFF because optimal WFF will not always be available to us. But drying doesn’t add any nutritional value to a good quality food. It is good to soak or sprout dried food when possible.

Today people eat food that is far from natural. People eat heated food which have lost many nutrients, refined and tinned food which has lost many or most of the nutrients, concentrated food that has lost many nutrients except for one or a few, food containing mainly one or a few nutrients (such as fat, protein or starch) and food which is not food at all but an invention of industry.

The body of a human can handle a lot without getting sick, but at some point there is a limit. The more we come close to an optimal diet the better and safer it is for our health.

Some qualities, some of them unique to WFF, preferably organically produced or grown wild are:

  • Capable of growth and reproduction and having natural radiation (alive).
  • No nutrient losses.
  • Supplying multiple nutrients in balanced amounts and always containing water.
  • Has the advantage of supplying maximum nutrition in maximum balance. No other food has that combined quality.

  • Some WFF can supply nutrients so you could live a long time just on one single food item (but this is not recommended).
  •  A balanced WFF diet is alkaline forming.

Further WFF has the advantage that it can be produced almost anywhere where there is some soil and in fact even without soil. This also means that it is cheap to produce and when you produce it you will get exercise, fresh air and sunshine. WFF can also be produced on balconies and indoors in trays and pots and even be grown in jars. WFF can also be harvested wild.

A WFF diet means that you base your diet on fresh fruit and vegetables. This is complemented with naturally concentrated food like nuts, seed and pulses and if you like a smaller amount of dried fruit and vegetables, juices and frozen food. Nuts and seeds are usually dried when we eat them. But they can be soaked or sprouted and thus they then have the quality of a WFF. That is of course as long as they are not dried under heat that has destroyed the life force.

Please notice that some foods called fresh are not Fresh Food! Bread and cakes may be fresh, meat may be freshly killed, but this is not Fresh Food!

Of course there are no rules saying you cannot drink a fresh juice or eat a cooked meal although most of your diet is WFF. This is your choice. What you do most of the time is more important than what you do a small part of the time. There is no “must”. But to give you some idea, I think that 80 % WFF is quite good. But if you went from 10 % to 50 % WFF in your diet you have done more for your health than if you went from 40 % to 80 %. Main thing concerning diet choices is to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and other good natural food while avoiding the refined food, junk food and non food.

One thing that is important to know is that WFF is generally speaking low in energy.

The following are examples to show how much you need to eat to get 1,000 calories:

Oil

111 gram

Orange juice

2,040 gram

Almond

167 gram

Watermelon

3,300 gram

Rye bread

267 gram

Tomato

5,550gram
Avocado

526 gram

Celery

7,114 gram

Peach

1,282 gram

Iceberg lettuce

7,700 gram

In other words to get your calories from iceberg lettuce you have to eat 77 times more in weight than if you eat oil. In volume that is even more! Fruit and vegetables are high in water and vegetables are generally the lowest in calories. This means that you need to eat a lot greater volumes when you eat fruit and vegetables compared to when you eat grain, pulses, animal products, nuts or oil. While early in transition you should not force yourself to eat a lot. It will happen by itself after some time when the body gets used to fresh foods. But then it is important to know that you do need to increase the volumes of food to get sufficient calories.

People who go on a raw food diet tend to make mistakes. Like with so many other things in life, there is a right and a wrong way of going raw. While most people benefit because their new diet is better than their old, some make mistakes which may lead to loss of weight, energy, teeth and health. Weight, energy and health can come back when correcting the diet but loss of tooth enamel and teeth will not. Problems with teeth is not uncommon among raw fooders and as poor tooth status may lead to other health problems it is important to learn to avoid tooth problems from the beginning.

It is better to learn to do things right from the beginning. Balance is the keyword when you compose the diet, so that you get the right acid-alkaline balance, all the necessary nutrients in the right amounts, without getting harmful substances from the food.