The Raw Food Diet and Overcoming Hunger
The problem with the western diet is that we eat processed food which does not contain all the nutrients we need so after the meal is eaten we still feel hungry and want to eat more.So we do and the process is repeated and this is why so many people are overweight.
I would say most people eating cooked meals make the decision on what to eat on how something tastes whereas someone eating raw food is more aware of the mixture of carbohydrates,fats,protein and nutrients in their food and chooses accordingly.
So the food a raw fooder likes the most is constantly changing,whereas someone who eats cooked food will tell quickly what their favourite meal is.
The makers of ready meals know that a food needs flavour to make it attractive to the buying public so things are added usually salt and pepper ,but this will not satisfy and dietary needs.
Preservatives also go in to prolong the shelf life.
Because cooked food does not give the nutrients our body needs there has been an explosion in the number of fast food eating outlets around the western world.Within them portion sizes are getting bigger and bigger because we feel hungry all the time.
The only way to achieve weight loss is by increasing the diversity of nutrients we take so as to reduce our feeling of hunger.
As you make the transition to raw food you will find that even different parts of the same vegetables taste differently.The problem with cooking is that every vegetable starts to taste the same which is why we need to add condiments.
To overcome this problem in raw food you should always strive to have the five food rates present sweet sour salty bitter and spicy.That way your raw food will never be bland.
For sour use lemons or cranberries.
For sweet use figs dates and prunes
For spicy use garlic, ginger or mustard seeds.
For salty use celery or nori.
For bitter use sage or onions.
Add these to raw food meals you make for cooked food eaters and they too will start to get the message.