My Story With Raw Food

by Eat Raw on April 7, 2010

Like most people in my generation, I grew up eating a standard western diet with plenty of bread, milk, meat and processed foods.  Alongside of that were some fresh fruits and vegetables.   When I was just 25 I already showed the telltale signs of this diet.  I was a few kilos overweight, had chronic low energy, a constant low-level depression, poor complexion and the beginnings of several food allergies.

I didn’t do it for health reasons, but shortly after I stopped eating meat and most dairy products some of these symptoms began to lighten up.   They didn’t disappear totally, but I noticed that I felt better and could not deny that changing my diet was the major factor helping me.

From there, I developed an interest in nutrition and natural health and began researching and attending seminars.  In that search, about 8 years ago, I ran across a simple fact that led me to take one action that has entirely transformed my health.

The simple fact is:  the heat of cooking destroys food.

I hadn’t thought about it before, but when I imagined how I would look and feel after being in boiling water for 20 minutes, in a hot oven for an hour, or in a frying pan for 5 minutes, this revelation made total sense to me.

A couple of weeks later, with the encouragement of some friends, I began eating 95% of my food in raw, uncooked form.

It didn’t take long for me to feel the difference.  Just 6 weeks on a 95% raw vegan diet and I had already lost 3 kilos, had clear skin, more energy and felt more positive about life than I had in years. Since my diet was the only thing I changed, I knew  it was the raw food that was making this difference.   That led me to a deep study of the raw vegan of living food lifestyle and ultimately to chefing, writing and teaching.

Mark Ament

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