I am sure that you have heard the age old saying “You Are What You Eat” Research shows that a Raw Food Diet will help to increase energy levels and boost your immune system. Eating Whole, Live, plant-based food will boost your energy and help you to lose weight fast. Obesity is an epidemic in North America, 66% of the population is either overweight or obese. This is largely due to the amount of processed, and animal based products that we consume. Eating these disease-causing, processed, man-made foods is detrimental to our health, causes low energy levels and as a result of this unhealthy sedentary lifestyle, people in North America are getting fatter and fatter…
But there is hope. You have a choice, as to what you put in your body and your food choices are paramount for reaching your health and fitness goals. Yuri Elkaim’s book, Eating for Energy, is a great resource that has helped me to embrace raw food and to eat more organic, plant-based foods. From this change in diet, I have noticed an increase in my energy levels, which has helped me make it to the gym more often and with recovery as well.
Eating for Energy was written to empower you with amazing insight into how your body operates at the cellular level and how every single food you put in your mouth either enlivens or drains you!
The aha moments for me was in the statement “Germ is Nothing, the Environment is Everything“ As Yuri explains, that the pH of your blood and your body’s reserve of enzymes has everything to do with how you feel and your health.
Your blood needs to be at a pH of between 7.35 – 7.45 for you to live. Right away you can see that your blood must be slightly alkaline. This is absolutely critical for normal enzyme function, oxygen transport, and pretty much every other process that involves the blood.
Dr. Linus Pauling, a 2-time Nobel Prize recipient, was the first to show that cancer cells cannot grow in alkaline environments! This is a very significant finding.
Another interesting fact, I found in this 359 page book was, How Acid Can Make and Keep You Fat. You see when you eat alot of meat and dairy products, this produces an acidic environment, in your body. The body’s natural defense to this excess in acid is to store it in your fat cells, to protect your organs. If your body is acidic, it will require more fat to store the excess acid.
Reading Yuri’s book also opened my eyes to another fact as well, milk is Not a good source of calcium. In-fact drinking milk will cause you to have a calcium deficiency. The optimal calcium to phosphorus ratio is 2:1, a ratio commonly found in plant-based calcium sources such as sesame seeds and green leafy vegetables. Cow’s milk, on the other hand, has a very high protein content which shifts the calcium to phosphorus balance to a 1:1 ratio. Upon ingestion, your body is then required to tap into its own calcium reserves to compensate for this mineral imbalance!
I also found this very interesting, on page 58, when enzymes are discussed: “If you consume high amounts of enzyme-void foods (ie. cooked foods) then you force your body to spend more energy on devoting its enzymes to digestion and less energy on producing metabolic enzymes for other bodily functions!
The main point is that “cooking kills enzymes and life. Cooked food is dead food!”
Yuri makes many Bold claims, but backs them up with scientific research and case studies which validate his claims. Yuri Elkaim’s believes that we can prevent and/or deal with 95% of all sickness and diseases through excellent nutrition, regular exercise, and stress management. And his goal is to live to be 200 years of age!