Reasons For Adopting Our Natural Diet
In the first lesson we will look at what is the optimal diet for people and why the term a raw diet can be misleading.
Often when people are first introduced to the term a raw diet, they assume that it means to just eat typically cooked food, without cooking it. Immediately they begin to ask:
How do I eat raw cereals / legumes / potatoes, etc?
To resolve this confusion, I am inviting you on an imaginary walk through nature.
Before our walk, let’s acknowledge a couple of things:
- each species is attracted to its natural food in its raw, unprocessed form
- each species is equipped with its anatomy to obtain and digest its natural food in an efficient and relatively easy way
With this foundation of understanding, we may embark on our imaginary walk.
We come across:
- A rabbit – does the sight of a rabbit make you salivate and do you get a desire to tear it apart? Or rather, are you attracted to pet the rabbit?
A wolf would have a different answer to yours, but since you do not belong to a pack of wolves, you do not have the same appetite or nutritional needs. Wolves and similar predators are far different from humans in their anatomical and physiological characteristics that dictate their optimal food.
The features of natural carnivores are:
See in the dark for the sake of efficient hunting,
Don’t see colors, unlike the fruit-eating species,
Have claws and canines for easy prey killing,
Drink blood before they eat their victim,
Have short bowels so that high-fat and high-protein fiberless foods could pass quickly,
Have the ability to synthesize vitamin C because they evolved on a diet that lacks this vitamin.
I hope that we have established significant differences between the biological nature of humans and carnivores, so we can check out our next potential food.
- A field of grains – Are you attracted to collecting grains and eating them? What would happen if you tried that? Sticky gluten or similar sticky proteins in grains would just form something like a chewing gum in your mouth, which you would spit out.
However, birds would have a different experience because birds also have a different anatomical structure of the digestive system. Unlike humans, birds have an organ before the stomach, called gizzard that allows digestion of raw grains. Humans are not equipped with this organ and cannot digest grains without processing them. Just having to process something to make it edible, indicates that it is not our natural food.
The features of grains are:
- Do not have vitamin C,
- Are not the fruits of the plants, but the seeds of the plants,
- Contain antinutrients with which plants naturally defend their seeds,
- They are full of hard-to-digest starch and sticky proteins such as gluten and avenins.
So if we have passed the grains as well, we go further in our walk and reach the next point.
- A grass lawn – if it is neat and tidy, it will most likely attract you to stretch yourself on it and watch the clouds. 🙂
But it is very unlikely that you will get the urge to eat the grass, and your anatomy wouldn’t help you in that regard either.
Notice how horses, cows, sheep, and similar ruminants all have long necks that allow them to lower their mouths down to the grass. In addition, they have four stomachs that allow them to digest cellulose foods. You will agree, people have completely different anatomies, and it is natural that we do not see grass as food.
Granted, grass has been put down as an inedible option, so we go on and get to…
- A field of root vegetables – unless you already knew this was a field of root vegetables, it would be hard for you to find this out, since all those roots are not visible above the surface of the Earth. And even if you knew, you would hardly be attracted to dig those roots out and eat them.
Unlike you, a pig for an instance, would cherish this game of digging roots. But even if you dug out a root, what do you think? Would it really attract you to eat it, covered with earth and without attractive shape and color?
You can find far better…
And so we passed the roots and we finally reach…
- A fruit tree – imagine a tree of your favorite fruit. Imagine standing in front of this tree, looking at its treetop. Fresh and ripe fruits are visible among the green leaves and you can almost taste the sweet juicy flavors.
You are probably aware that children feel real excitement at the view of a fruit tree, or better yet, the opportunity to climb a tree and enjoy its sweet fruits.
The evidence that you are a fruit eater is:
- Your anatomy gives you the perfect opportunity to climb a tree relatively easily,
- The dexterity of your hands is ideal for picking fruits,
- The dental formula of your teeth is perfectly suited to bite on fruits,
- Your long and curvy intestines allow easy passing of only foods rich in water and fiber,
- All of your cells prefer simple sugars as fuel,
- High water content in fruit hydrates your body cells,
- Fruit provides enjoyment when eaten as it is a nutritional support to your body without harmful ingredients and metabolic end products.
And so we have come to the very food that attracts us in its natural form, gives us pleasure and the necessary nutrients. In addition to fruits, we can also be attracted to young, tender greens, as well as nuts and seeds.
As for the nuts and seeds, we can notice that they are found in shells that are not so easy to open. As many nuts and seeds we would get with the time and effort we would be willing to devote to opening them with bare hands, is an appropriate amount to eat. In the presence of our preferred food – fruit – which requires minimal effort and time to eat, nuts and seeds would play a small role in our diet.
I hope this lesson has taken you a step further in understanding what is the optimal diet for people.
- It sure does! Yet still… what about the saying One should eat the food of the area where one lives?
Let’s address this topic in the next lesson.
Let’s start with the reasons that bring about personal benefits, and then move on to the reasons for global well-being.
Numerous studies have unambiguously shown that eating fruits and vegetables contributes to health, which is not very surprising considering that nature does not make mistakes. Consider an example of a car that runs on a particular fuel. If you pour the right fuel into the car, the car will be in good condition for a long time, and conversely, a wrong fuel will result in a shorter vehicle life-span.
- More energy
It’s not that fruits and vegetables give energy. In fact, technically speaking, the truth is that all food consumes energy. Food provides fuel for making energy. All food that is brought into the body must be processed by the body and in this work the body must invest its energy.
Thus, digestion, assimilation and elimination of food require the consumption of the body’s energy. The point is effectiveness: we can utilize a greater net portion of fruit energy because it takes a smaller amount of energy to digest relative to other foods.
Our ideal foods are those which:
1) Provide the preferred bodily fuel – simple sugars,
2) Easily pass through digestive tract due to their high water and fiber content,
3) Have the smallest possible amount of toxic ingredients and metabolic byproducts that the body must get rid of.
These features correspond mostly to fruits, followed by young greens and other easily digestible vegetables.
- Skin condition
The skin is the largest organ of the body that takes on the role of secondary elimination when the body is so saturated with toxins that the primary channels of elimination are unable to do the cleaning.
Food, including liquid foods – juices, alcohol, dairy products, etc., are the fastest way to bring toxins into the body. When more toxins are introduced than the body can get rid of through the primary channels of elimination, then the skin takes on the role of cleaning the body.
So if you want your skin to be worthy of its presentation role, then choose the foods that do not require the skin to be a channel of toxin elimination.
- Purity of mind and sharpness of thinking
You can determine how much your gut content affects your brain function and mental health with a simple test. The more intestines are clogged and struggle with eliminating the matter within them, the less power to think there is and the feelings of depression and destructive behavior are more pronounced.
Conversely, with lighter and easier digestion, there is more brain power, and one generally feels in a better mood.
- Environmental conditions
Eating fruits and vegetables requires planting of orchards and vegetable gardens, and this would be the most complementary thing we could do for the vital condition of our Planet. Planting trees has many benefits for the Planet, and here are just some:
1) Increased capacity to generate oxygen,
2) Increased purification of air from carbon dioxide and pollutants,
3) Providing shade in cities where concrete blocks raise the air temperature,
4) Reduction of soil erosion due to the soil-holding roots,
5) Creating more living space for various animal and plant species living on trees.
- Economic conditions
A fruit diet calls for a vertical cultivation of food that yields more calories per unit area of land than horizontal food production.
- Welfare for other animal species of our Planet
Eating fruits and vegetables excludes any aggression against other inhabitants of this Planet. Slaughterhouses are often massive and commit unnecessary and cruel attacks on innocent animal species. These will become a part of history that we will only speak of with a great shame.
- It’s delicious
Once you start a fruit diet, a whole new world of exciting flavors opens up that most people today unfortunately don’t know about.
Let’s start off by learning when fruit is really ripe. On a standard diet, people usually eat unripe fruit and thus cannot feel its real, truly ripe charms. But when you learn to appreciate that perfect moment when the fruit is ready to be eaten, and you only consume it at a mealtime without spoiling its perfect taste with other foods, then enjoying fruit takes on a new dimension.
The next is learning about many subvarieties of the same fruit variety and this takes your fruit enjoyment to yet another level.
And finally discovering tropical-jungle fruits that make you spread your wings and explore the tropical parts of our beautiful Mother Earth in search of tropical flavors.
And then you realize how much people on the standard diet miss out and how much you get.
Obviously, the reasons are strong and more than enough to motivate. But we did not list them all… there is another very important reason for adopting a natural diet that we dedicate to the whole next lesson.