Raw foods include all fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains that are uncooked and have had zero chemical processing involved. Now this is still under the vegan umbrella and plays a HUGE part in the building, cleansing and healing of our body, keeping it in a happy alkaline state :-)
And now for the science bit.....
A lot of the essential enzymes which aid the digestive process are destroyed when we cook our food above 40 degrees Celsius (or 112 degrees Fahrenheit ) and this hampers the bodies ability to absorb the food into the bloodstream and increasing the acidity in the body
Food not absorbed = Waste in the bloodstream = Toxins!!
Toxins are never a good thing and the result is usually skin problems, constipation, irritability, sinusitis and sleep problems (to name but a few!!). Our bodies were made to be in an alkaline state (a PH of around 7) and having sugary, processed, wheat and yeast based foods put our bodies out of balance, resulting in our bodies constant battle to maintain an alkaline state.
So what could I possibly eat or drink?
Many things!! I love my morning smoothies and green juices, lettuce wraps for lunch and fruit platters for a sweet treat (believe me this totally worked for me when I was experiencing a bad case of stressed out skin!!). Don't forget your water infusions of course!! You CAN get creative, but here are a few helpful websites to get you kick started!!
Let me know how you get on