Up till few years ago, cooking in microwave ovens and using frozen and processed foods was considered a sign of development. I always thought it was technologically advanced and hence felt good about myself cooking and eating those foods. Something was missing though, and I did not know what it was.
If I look back at my life as a child, I see many failed attempts to improve my health by changing my diet. I tried to consume green vegetables, especially spinach to keep my haemoglobin in check, I ate carrots for my eyes, I drank lots of water. The feeling of healthiness was missing.
Firstly, I was a non-vegetarian and when I decided to go vegetarian, I felt that was it. I starting taking more fruits and steamed vegetables and lost few extra kilos of weight. It felt awesome. The reason I was suggested steamed food was not only because it required no cooking oil but also because it was rawer.
I already mentioned one benefit of raw diet in my previous post "Food, Thoughts and Desires" and mentioning a few more here that are scientifically proven. It is a great idea to include salad as a part of our daily diet. There are many salad items that we would not eat otherwise. Most of them are good in fibre and hence ease the digestion process. There is no disruption in bowel movement and no bloating stomach. They are low in calories so weight loss is obvious. If you slice up carrots, cucumbers etc, ready to eat in your fridge, you can replace them with any junk snacks you consume regularly. You will never have the urge to eat more and more with carrots, the way it is with chips (for example).
Once you start including raw food in your diet, you will notice that you become calmer and are also able to sleep better. There are many long term benefits like improved immunity, healthier skin and daily detoxification. It helps in the long run and aids in slower and healthier aging process.
Most Indian households use a pressure cooker to cook their meals. It is definitely considered a better way than microwave cooking and baking according to Ayurveda. The best is to keep it raw. This is new and revolutionary information I recently received. I would encourage everyone to buy fruits and vegetables that are organic and not modified genetically. If you choose to begin now, do not rush. Start with small changes in your diet and increase it slowly.
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