LIVING FOODS LIFESTYLE
Sprouts, whilst inexpensive and easy to grow, afford one of the most
concentrated but truly natural sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and
amino acids (protein) known. They are also biogenic - alive - and capable
of transferring their life energy to your body. Biogenic foods are foods
that when planted will create new life. All raw un-sprouted seeds, beans,
grains and nuts are biogenic. When they are sprouted and eaten, the
provide the body with a form of living energy - a composite of vital food
factors not yet isolated by scientists, but proven to be of value in
nature's laboratory of day to day life.
Other important foods, such as fresh vegetables and fruits (before
cooking), are considered bioactive. That is, whilst rich in organic
minerals, proteins and contribute towards improved well-being, they are not
capable of creating new life. At the other extreme are processed,
denatured and cooked foods, on which I feel modern people have become
altogether too dependent. In the Living Foods lifestyle, I suggest that
these foods be eaten infrequently, or preferably, avoided altogether.
When you eat a spout you are eating a tiny, easy to digest plant that
is at the peak of nutritional value. The seed releases all of its stored
nutrients in a burst of vitality as it attempts to become a full-sized
plant. When you eat a sprout, you literally get the best of what a seed,
be it a radish, alfalfa or any of the other edible varieties, has to offer
in terms of nutrition.
The Living Foods lifestyle is composed of raw, uncooked foods such as
sprouts, greens, fresh vegetables and fruits, sea vegetables and naturally
fermented products. This diet has grown in popularity over the years. It
has become the nucleus of a practical form of truly healthful living.
At the very centre of the Living Foods diet are sprouts and indoor
garden greens. I myself have lived primarily on sprouted seeds and greens,
beans, grains and nuts for more than two decades. Not only have I healed
my body of 'un-healable' disease - arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and
subsequent heart disease, owing to the nature of the cancer , but I have
also achieved a greater level of vitality and health than I had even as a
child. I have also remained British Masters' Powerlifting champion for
many years, with success at World and Commonwealth level. This is a sport
which demands the utmost in strength and dedication. I also spent many
years as a successful marathon runner, fortunate to win five events..
Throughout this time I fought back hard with the cancer, using the same
dedication and discipline. I am completely convinced that eating foods
which were presented to my body complete with all their enzymes and in a
highly bio-available form created the environment which has allowed me to
still be here today!!
As a practising nutritionist, many of my patients have benefited
enormously when they allow the Living Foods lifestyle to replace their
previous way of eating. Even a minor helping ,of sprouted foods, along
with the usual fare, contributes significantly towards supplying the raw
materials for the body to work with.
Sprouts are food for a new generation and for our own re-generation
as well. You don't have to be a fanatic to enjoy the flavour and health
benefits of sprouts. The addition of even a cup or two of sprouts to your
daily diet will make a considerable difference in the way you feel. This
'feel-good' factor is immensely important, to body, mind and spirit.
Sprouting fits into almost any lifestyle. It is ideal for dieters, growing
children, the elderly, vegetarians, athletes, people on the go who do not
always eat correctly, and for anyone who seeks to improve the way they feel
and look - and that's about everyone, if we are being honest! In more ways
than one, sprouts are food for a new generation. Aren't you ready for
economic savings, renewed health and vigor and the variety and great taste
of sprouts - the unique, simple, life-giving food?
Organic Versus Non-Organic
In a sense, all plants grown on soil are organic, but there are great
differences in how they are grown. Organically grown seeds come from
plants that are grown without the use of man-made chemical fertilisers,
herbiscides and pesticides. They are balanced seeds grown on balanced
soil. It is this very balance between the plant and the soil that protects
it against disease, pests and other dangers. Non-organically grown seeds,
on the other hand, usually come from plants that are grown on soil heavily
fertilised with petrochemicals. The plants themselves are sprayed with a
battery of harmful chemicals to ward off weeds and pests. Whilst some
agricultural experts claim that the methods used to grow plants make no
difference whatsoever, my experience has taught me otherwise. Every
chemical agent affects the body in some way. Not only does petrochemical
farming have the short term effect of destroying our valuable topsoil, it
also has a frightening potential to destroy our health. Obtaining
organically-grown seeds will support the growers who are attempting
To enrich the soil and the health of human beings everywhere, rather than
those who are depleting both.
From Seed To Nutritious Food
At the foundation of the living foods concept is the seed. Filled
with nutrients needed by the growing plant, and suffused with vital
enzymes, seeds are the very core of life. All the energy and life of a
plant goes towards making seeds. Each seed holds vitamins, minerals,
proteins, fats and carbohydrates (starches) in reserve, awaiting the
suitable environment to begin growing. When air, water and a suitable
temperature are provided, an incredible flow of energy is released, natural
chemical changes occur. Enzymes are produced to convert the concentrated
nutrients into those needed by the growing plant. As the sprouting process
continues, carbohydrates are transformed by the action of enzymes into
simple sugars. Complex proteins are converted into more simple amino acids
and fats are changed into fatty acids, which are easily digested soluble
compounds. Vitamin C, along with some other vitamins found only in trace
amounts in the seed, is produced in larger amounts during sprouting. In
addition, sprouts absorb minerals and vital trace elements from the water
used to grow and rinse them. Moreover the minerals in sprouts are
chelated, that is in their natural state, they are chemically bound to
amino acids, so that they are easily assimilated by the human body.
Enzymes And Vital Food Factors In Sprouts
Enzymes are greatly activated in the sprouting process. Just minutes
after raw un-sprouted seeds are placed in water to soak, enzymes begin
making the young sprouts into easy-to-digest food for humans. In sprouts,
as in other uncooked foods, all the nutrients work together in natural
harmony and balance for optimal use by the human body. Cooking destroys
this balance, breaking down the molecular arrangement of nutrients.
Enzymes are destroyed by temperatures over 105F, as are a large percentage
of vitamins in foods. Minerals in cooked food are no longer chelated, and
are therefore more difficult for the body to use. Protein is also damaged
by cooking, as the amino acid ratios become unbalanced. Cooking protein
foods, especially animal foods such as red meat and eggs, tend to putrefy
and decay, producing toxic wastes which must be removed from the body via
the kidneys. Proteins from sprouts and other uncooked foods produce fewer
toxic substances during digestion.
Beyond enzymes, which are a valuable aid to digestion, sprouts
contain what I call vital food factors - the energy currents which flow
through all living bodies and differentiate them from dead bodies. Whilst
little hard data has been collected on just how and why the vital food
factors - found primarily in sprouts and other living foods affect human
health, my own experience and observation of hundreds of other people
points to an amazing ability of sprouts to regenerate body cells and
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