I would like to discuss the benefits of following a raw paleo diet as opposed to a cooked paleo diet.Â Some caveman way back when probably stuck a piece of buffalo, or whatever on a stick and put it over the fireÂ to cook it and eat it!Â Yum!!
Today, people argue that it’s natural to cook food ‘just like the caveman!’ Â One big difference is that the caveman was using an open fire that was red or yellow, not the blue flame we cook with today. Â Higher temperature heat is more detrimental to food than lower temperature heat!
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Is the raw paleo diet healthier?
When cooking, boiling or steaming food is less damaging than using a barbecue,Â stove top blue flame, or a broiler which also has a very high temperature. Â When cooking meat it blackens and becomes carcinogenic, not to mention very difficult to digest or simply move through the digestive system.
Nutrition that was originally in the meat, you can now smell when you are cooking it, that good smell is what you should be eating in the way of nutrition.Â When cavemen did cook they probably cooked one big piece of meat over the fire, so the outside became cooked, the inside warmed, but remained raw!
Does the Raw Paleo Diet lack flavor?
A Paleo diet is an extremely healthy diet, but it does remove many of the flavors and tastes we all grew up on. Â The paleo diet begins the path of converting eating into a method of gaining nutrition rather than a favorite pastime.
A cooked paleo diet can still be followed at any average restaurant, or steakhouse.Â Just eat a cooked steak… Â ItÂ usually has those blackened lines on it to show the grilling.Â If you ask for your steak rare or “blue”..which means more having it seared than anything else, it is healthier than they would cook it regularly since you are getting more nutrition.
Many restaurants won’t serve their steak blue though.Â Also be aware of what kind of meat you are eating at that restaurant or steakhouse.
Important! Editors note: Â It’s never a good idea to eat a rare steak if it’s made from standard commercially ground beef such as a Salisbury steak since this increases the risk of contamination and food poisoning.
Some say raw meat has no flavor!!!Â Transitioning to a healthy diet Â or a raw food diet takes time.Â There are countless variations of what constitutes a healthy diet, so you have to choose the one that will realistically work for you.Â If you put honey, or chopped jalapenos on a steak then it will still have plenty of flavor.
Making healthier diet choices?
It is fun to think that we could all follow a healthier diet by cutting out many of the wrong foods most of us ate as kids, but how much are we improving our diets if we simply cut out most or all of those wrong foods, the cookies, cakes, pasta, cola??
Making the choice of eating meat raw allows one’s body to venture into benefitting from a variety of other things.Â The fatty acids have not been changed. Â They are more recognizable and digestible by the human body as are the proteins and other nutrition in meat.
The meat does not create the state of toxicity of cooked meat.Â Raw meat moves through the system very easily and is continually digested through the entire passage through the digestive system, not creating problems or getting stuck in pockets of the small or large intestine.
The meat being not cooked is easier to digest. Â One’s body learns to be more easily satiated and will need to eat less.Â Raw meat has a higher water content therefore does not dehydrate the body like eating cooked meat does!Â Because the raw meat is digested, it doesn’t create crystals in the joints causing aches and pains when moving around, or weightlifting!
Eating cooked meat increases the toxicity in the body and forces the body to work harder when it doesn’t have to. Â Consequently, your body needs to spend more time recovering from workouts or even from daily tasks.Â The body needs more sleep when toxic and the mind cannot think as clearly.
Raw paleo isn’t cold food?
There are a variety of healthy and tasty dishes that can be made.Â Raw meat does not mean eating cold meat though, it should be at least room temperature so that the fats are more easily digestible.Â One option is to use a dehydrator and warm or dry meat.
Many long time raw fooders don’t believe in this, but we are all on a path of our own, and you have to find what works for you. Â If you dehydrate a steak with a little honey and garlic it tastes delicious. Â I used to eat this way, now my body doesn’t allow it.Â We all have to find our paths, and the rate at which we progress along our paths.
Some will move very quickly and others slowly, but if you are making an honest attempt at improving your own diet then you are doing more than most.Â This is not about eating healthy for a month or two, or a year!Â This is about finding a path and gradually moving forward with it as you see fit. Â Monitor your own health and see how you feel!