I watched Food Matters last night, a thought-provoking documentary about healing our bodies and promoting health through good nutrition.
Among other things, this film makes the point that our doctors know very little about nutrition. Dr. Andrew Saul, therapeutic nutrition specialist, one of the films’ several experts, claims that we’re not only harming ourselves with poor nutrition and nutritionally depleted food, but that we could actually heal ourselves through good nutrition and vitamin therapy.
According to David Wolfe, the film’s raw food proponent, we’d all be better off with a mostly raw food diet, including the so-called superfoods like sprirulina and wheat grass. Spirulina contains 70 percent complete protein and is rich in several B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E; potassium and several other minerals that our bodies need. Wheat grass (sprouted wheat seed) normalizes the thyroid gland, stimulating metabolism and promoting weight loss.
Making the lifestyle changes that can make us healthy requires personal action, and we often would prefer to look to someone else to provide us with a cure. After all, we’ve been trained to believe that we don’t have the knowledge or skills to heal ourselves, and to turn to the medical system and pharmaceuticals to heal us when we’re sick. Really, good health is probably within reach for most of us if we’re willing to make a few changes.
“The biggest reason that people aren’t doing this is that it requires taking responsibility,” says Dr. Andrew Saul.
That’s for sure. The path of least resistance is a very real temptation for most of us, and it’s hard for most people to believe that eating a mostly organic, whole food diet could be a simple thing. In reality, I think it’s simpler than navigating the choices of the industrial food maze. Faced with in season fruits and vegetables, it’s just not that difficult to put together a good meal. It does, however, require thought and some advance preparation.
What about raw food? Strict raw vegans adhere to a diet consisting of food that is not heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Food Matters advises us to eat a mostly raw diet. I do tend to like much of my food cooked, but I’m open to change if change means better health. I find myself wondering if this is a change I could work toward.
As sometimes happens in life, something else was taking place on a parallel track, and it’s all coming together now around this question of raw food. I’ve been hearing stories for several weeks from a work friend of the amazingly delicious bright green smoothies he and his family have been enjoying since their recent acquisition of a Vitamix 5200 blender. I’ve been interested, but haven’t really seen a place in my life for a big, monster food machine.
Food Matters has me considering more thoughtfully the benefits of shifting the balance of my diet toward more raw vegetables. And, perhaps to begin investigating foods like spirulina and wheat grass (which I now know can be eaten even by those who are gluten intolerant, because the wheat seed loses its gluten upon sprouting).
As always, there’s so much to learn. And, as always, it’s so fascinating exploring all the ideas on yet another topic, bit by bit, and figuring out which pieces to embrace as my own.
I’m not sure if I’ll be giving up my routine of Sunday soups and stews in favor of juicing up brilliant green smoothies–at least, not quite yet. But I’ll definitely incorporate more raw food into my diet after seeing this film; there’s just no reason not to do it, and plenty of good reasons to do it.
In the mean time, bring on the veggies, and I’m sure to figure out something delicious to do with them.