You are likely already aware of some of the health and environmental benefits of a raw, plant-based diet. Most of us are on a quest to “eat better,” and that can mean many different things.
At Que SeRaw SeRaw, we strive to give you delicious raw, plant-based choices with the hope that this food will replace as much processed, animal-based food as possible. We hope that by reminding you of the impact of eating whole plant-based food can have, you will be motivated and inspired to power yourself with plants.
1. Environmental Health - As we learn about the magnitude of problems related to climate change, it can feel overwhelming. You may wonder if making individual changes is futile. Shifting towards a plant-based diet is one of the most impactful actions an individual can take. According to Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London: “The message is overwhelming, both for public health and environmental reasons. The more plants you can eat and the less meat and dairy you can consume, the better.”
2. Personal Wellness - Caring for your own body is just as important as caring for the planet. There is plenty of scientific research showing that a whole food plant-based diet lowers your risk or improves symptoms of diabetes, heart disease, various types of cancers and other chronic diseases. When your food is fresh or minimally processed, you are automatically eliminating many additives that are detrimental to your health such as chemical preservatives, artificial flavors and coloring, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and excessive sodium. Eating predominantly organic food also decreases your exposure to industrial pesticides, fertilizers and genetically modified products including wheat, soy and corn grown with glyphosate, a known carcinogen.
3. Vitality and Energy - Taking the extra step of choosing to eat most of your plant-based food raw will give you additional benefits. Raw, fresh fruits and vegetables and sprouted nuts and seeds contain active enzymes which aid your own digestive system and make it easier for your body to process your food and access the nutrients. Cooking food at high temperatures can damage many of the valuable nutrients and can lead to chemical changes that create carcinogenic compounds. Many people report experiencing a dramatic increase in energy and mental clarity when eating a predominantly raw diet.
This January, we are making is extra easy to try an all raw, plant-based diet during our 5 Day Raw Challenge. Why don’t you try it and see for yourself.
Some resources we recommend where you can learn more about the environmental and health impact of our dietary habits include: