- Diet & Weight Loss
Foods Reduce Belly Fat
Cooked Foods vs. Raw Foods
Can I eat my favorite foods, and still lose fat?
Does cooking my food make it unhealthy? Is it better to eat raw, uncooked foods? Is there a healthy way to cook foods?
The importance of eliminating fat from our bodies cannot be over stated. Even one pound of excess fat can lead to chronic inflammation, which can lead to cancers, and other problems. So, it is more than just looking great in a swim suit, it is vital for our health, longevity, and quality of life to lose the excess fat.
Fat is not flattering, or healthy.
In today’s world with so much advertising money spent on fast food chains, grocery store chains, and restaurants, along with media hype, it is difficult to determine if eating cooked foods has a negative effect on our fat loss, or overall weight loss goals, or not.
How does eating these foods affect my overall health?
And, of course, there is never any mention of how eating these foods could effect our overall health. Certainly the message from these folks is, don’t worry about it, if it tastes good, it can’t be bad for you. The unfortunate truth is, it can, and is bad for us to eat cooked foods, both from a fat loss/weight loss perspective, as well as an overall health perspective.
By eating cooked foods without a digestive aid, such as pancreatic enzymes, or by not adding hydrochloric acid, we lose 1800 methyl groups per day, and by eating raw, or uncooked foods, we lose 1200 methyl groups per day.
It is a consensus among longevity experts that methyl groups determine aging. So, by eating cooked foods, we are effectively losing up to one third of our lifespan.
Cooking foods renders them unhealthy?
Cooking our food can have numerous negative effects.
When we cook foods, we destroy the active enzymes in the food. Enzymes help to transport the food into the cell. Cooking also destroys most, if not all of the nutritional components in the food. This is a double whammy.
Not only is it then difficult to transport the food to the cell, but the food that does get through to the cells is lacking in nutritional value, which the cell needs to live, and function.
As a result, the cells, by not receiving the nutrition they need, don’t signal the brain that they are full, and makes you want to eat more until the cell is satiated.
There is not a healthy way to cook foods. There are ways that are less harmful than others. For instance, did you know that smoked meats are carcinogenic, cancer causing? Did you know that the grill marks on your grilled meats contain heterocyclic amines, and are also carcinogenic?
One exception to cooking foods is tomatoes. Tomatoes contain lycopenes in the seeds. When heated or cooked, the lycopenes are released from the seeds, and their beneficial properties can then be utilized by the body.
If you must cook your food, steaming vegetables, and baking meats are the least harmful ways to go about it. Keep in mind though that anytime you heat food, you destroy it’s beneficial constituents.
Eating raw foods or uncooked foods, on the other hand, have their nutritional components, and enzymes in tact, so your cells become satiated more quickly, and signal the brain that you are full, which then makes it easier to stop eating.
Is it true what I’ve heard about GMO, genetically modified foods?
I am not a fan of GMO, genetically modified fruits, and vegetables. I recommend eating non GMO foods to the extent possible. It is better to eat organic foods. By eating organic, you are more likely to get the nutrition that the food was designed to provide.
You can avoid most, if not all of the pesticides, chemicals, waxes, artificial colors, and dyes that are prevalent with non organic foods. So, by eating non organic, not only are you not getting the nutrition you need now, but you are also setting yourself up for more health issues down the road.
In the year 1900, only 4% of the U.S. population was chronically ill. Our ancestors worked outdoors for 10+ hours a day. Skin cancer was unheard of. Today, it is estimated that over 53% of us have some type of chronic illness. The Standard American Diet, SAD, is mostly responsible for this fact.
How is it possible that our ancestors spent 10-14 hours a day in the sun, yet skin cancer was unheard of until we began adulterating our food? Skin cancer, it is now known, is caused primarily by bad oils in our diet.
Changing our diet is within our control, and it is the biggest factor, by far, in determining whether we live we live a long, fit, healthy life, or whether we live shorter, pain filled, unpleasant lives.
Certainly other factors are involved too, such as what we drink, the quality of the air we breath, exposure to chemicals, how we handle stress, and to a lesser extent genetics.
The human genome project found that less than 1/2 of 1 percent of all diseases have a genetic predisposition at it’s core. I bring this up because a lot of us like to use genetics as an excuse why we aren’t well, or can’t get well.
The truth is, more likely that we are exhibiting negative learned behaviors that have been passed down in our families for generations. No more excuses. It is up to us to change our habits, and change our lives for the better.