Now and Forever Impossible on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Whereas diets don’t work in the long run, lifestyle improvement detailed throughout "Creating Healthy Children" offers lifelong health benefits. The life in our foods communicates with the life in us, but, unfortunately, this vital aspect is lost once foods are processed. White, refined foods are addictive—we always want more in an effort to find that spark of life that has been removed from these foods, ironically to give them shelf life.
Parents reading "Creating Healthy Children" are most likely not to have obese children because they are already aware of the health promoting aspects of fresh fruits and vegetables. When food is whole, ripe, fresh and organic, it not only contains vitamins and minerals that satisfy us, in addition to the essential fiber that keeps us full, but it isn’t an incapacitating full feeling as after the standard Thanksgiving dinner. Feeling full on fresh foods is being free of hunger and satisfied—energetic.
The fiber in all fresh vegan foods (animal foods have none) has powerful cleansing benefits. When food is refined, processed, denatured in packages, it no longer has the above characteristics in tact, and the eater will not be satisfied in the long run, but remains hungry. In an attempt to obtain the essential nutrients, there will always be a craving for more, but refined foods will always lack what the body needs, and overeating of nutritionally empty foods ensues.
The results of such 'empty' eating habits are vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and obesity, which is not only unaesthetic but lays the groundwork for myriad diseases.
Whenever there is excess body fat, there is an accumulation of toxins in the fat cells that must be diluted in water. The fat cells thus become bloated, heavy, and all bodily functions become more difficult, resulting in diseases based solely on eating disorders; in reality, the disorder is the empty food that has been destroyed by heat, chemicals, and other processing techniques before it could be eaten. Ironically, the obesity victim is really starving for nutrients found only in fresh vegan foods.
Animal products contain cholesterol which clogs the blood vessels. Fruits and vegetables are 100% cholesterol-free—our livers make all we need. There is no dietary requirement for cholesterol. Animal fat is solid at body temperature whereas fruit and vegetable fat is liquid. Unfortunately, obese children are clogging their arteries, building the cause for future diseases that are unknown in countries where people are, fortunately, too poor to eat animals and their byproducts.
Even vegan children risk obesity when white foods are eaten: white flour, refined sugar, salt, white potatoes, starchy, sugary refined cereals, white rice, crackers, breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, etc. Baking and frying are done at high temperatures. Not only are the heated oils and shortening toxic to the point of becoming carcinogenic, the resultant acrylamide (a deadly golden brown plastic), albeit crunchy to taste, becomes another toxin that gets stored in the fat cells and has to be diluted with water held in solution—hence obesity. When the precepts of "Creating Healthy Children" are lived, obesity will no longer be an epidemic but an impossibility.
Author, Lecturer and Raw Food Consultant