What are “Living Foods”?
They are foods in a raw or close-to-raw state. Living foods include fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, and nuts.
Why do most Americans have a difficult time losing weight and keeping it off?
They eat much more processed foods than live foods and they eat too much. Many people are given to gluttony. They are gluttonous because eating brings comfort. According to the bible, gluttony is as much of a sin as drunkenness (Pr. 23:20-21).
What foods should we avoid and why?
Avoid man-made foods – processed foods, fast foods, excessive sugars and toxic fats. Most processed foods have a high glycemic index and raise your blood sugar level, causing weight gain and setting the stage for most degenerative diseases. Most contain little to no nutrition and actually put a drain on your digestive enzymes.
What is the benefit of eating living foods?
The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the lower your chance of heart disease, cancer, and many other health problems. Even adding one serving a day can lower your heart disease risk.
Many times a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is able to reduce your blood pressure as much as medications do. People who eat more than four servings a day also have significantly lower levels of bad cholesterol. Studies clearly show that for preventing cancer, fruits and vegetables are the best medicine you can take. The natural phytonutrients in produce protect against all kinds of cancer.
Frequent consumption of tomato products is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.
How do I know if something is a whole-grain product?
When you buy grain products, look for the words “sprouted”, whole wheat, or whole oat on the ingredient list. Don’t be fooled by names like “cracked wheat,” “7 grain bread,” and so on. Those are meant to sound healthy, when in fact they generally use the same white flour you find in white bread. The only words that ensure you are getting a whole-grain product are sprouted, whole wheat or whole oat. Check the ingredients label carefully. Don’t be fooled by the packaging artwork.
Sprouted-grain breads, brown rice, whole-grain pastas and whole-grain cereal are fiber-rich, living grain products.
What about fats?
There is such a thing as good fat and your body needs it! The good types of fat heal your body and are necessary. You should eat fat everyday for the health of your heart, brain, skin, hair, and every part of you. Good fat nourishes and strengthens cell membranes. Good fats include: Monounsaturated fats and Omega -3 fats.
Where do I find good for you fats?
Monounsaturated fat is found in extra-virgin or virgin olive oil that is cold pressed (not heated). You can also get monounsaturated fats in natural organic peanut butter, avocados, olives, macadamia nuts, and especially almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. Raw nuts and seeds should be a mainstay of your diet.
Omega-3 fatty acids are mainly found in cold-water fish, some marine animals and algae (seaweed).
LIVING FOOD taken from The Seven Pillars of Health by Dr. Don Colbert