"Research on the subject of nutrition is one of the finest and most worthy subjects of our attention."
Dietary environmentalism is the application of environmentalist reasoning in the domain of diet. Man, like all living creatures, lives in symbiosis with his environment. The delicate equilibrium of life is the result of a perfect balance between the genetics of a species, which determine its morphology and its physiological functions, and its environment. By breathing, man absorbs oxygen, which is essential to his survival and releases carbon dioxide. Thus, any modification of atmospheric composition, a shortage of oxygen, or the pollution or modification of the air can be harmful to our health. This is why atmospheric pollution in large cities is carefully monitored. But breathing only ensures our supply of oxygen. The main exchange of matter and energy between man and his environment comes from food1. Any processing of our natural food is therefore liable to harm the quality of our life if just occasional errors are made, and can endanger our survival as a species if more serious, widespread errors are systematically repeated. Will man survive long in the XXIst century with a totally artificial cooked diet?
Today, our planet is in danger, because of pollution and bad management of its natural resources. Environmentalism has therefore become a necessity, if we are to avoid the disasters that could result from deforestation, the pollution of the oceans, the destruction of the ozone layer, meteorological changes, the extinction of certain animal species, etc. Similarly, our diet at present is polluted and totally inadequate. Dietary environmentalism is therefore vital if we want to live better, prevent the degradation of our health, and the degeneration of the human species.
Dietary environmentalism immediately leads to a raw diet as the "natural reference", the type of diet we should strive for to regain the natural health that is our birthright.
In the ecological domain, we are all interdependent, FORESTS, ANIMALS, OCEANS, ATMOSPHERE, the HUMAN SPECIES are all aboard the same boat: the Earth, all interacting with each other. In the nutritional domain, on the contrary, each of us can benefit from his or her own actions. If you eat better, it is your own health which will improve, not your neighbor's. Planet-wide
1 Topologically and geometrically, the inside of the human digestive tract is part of the environment. The digestive tract, however, plays a particularly important role in our environment because of the intestinal flora and the quantity of molecular exchanges and transformations that take place in it. Environmentalism and the respect of nature should also be applied to nutrition.
environmentalism concerns collective awareness, whereas individual environmentalism mainly depends on individual choices. Diet is for me the main part of individual environmentalism:
You can considerably improve your health and consciousness with a raw diet, and you're the only one that can decide to do it, or not!
Most environmentalist reasoning can apply to dietary environmentalism: the interaction of a system (the human body) with its environment (the food it ingests), the notion of pollution of a system (the Earth or the oceans in the framework of classic environmentalism, the human body in the framework of dietary environmentalism) by abnormal molecules (polluting substances or toxins), and, on the other hand, the dangers of such pollution, particularly if it increases with time. Fortunately, solutions do exist: the aim of dietary environmentalism and of the raw diet is to reveal these solutions and promote them.
The first step consists in questioning the way we eat, pinpointing possible errors and proposing solutions. What is the state of our knowledge in the domain of dietary environmentalism? Are there real problems and what solutions can we devise? How can we deal with all the questions relating to the nature of essential foods, the identification of unsuitable and polluted foodstuffs, the ways in which we can balance our diet, the proportions to respect between the different classes of food products, the importance of food quality (we must be wary of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, for example, but also all other synthetic substances and processing systems), the usefulness or, on the contrary, the dangers of various food combinations, etc. RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS AS CONCERNS WHAT FOODS ARE TO BE CONSIDERED EDIBLE OR NOT. Learn that heat and fire are one of the main processing systems that dramatically affect the chemical structure of our foods. Learn that insects are edible. and many other exciting discoveries that nature will start teaching you once you adopt a raw diet.
Once we start getting a little more conscious of the importance of a raw diet (with or without the meat and the insects), the next step is implementation. This requires public and individual awareness, so that everyone can succeed in changing his or her dietary habits. This process has already begun. The wide variety and popularity of "natural" diets is an illustration of this transformation happening now before our eyes, although many of these so-called "natural" diets are crazy and much remains to be done.
Many different diets claim, on different bases, to be "the" best for man. The distinctive feature of this book is that it does not present just another method to add to the already long list of slimming diets that all fashion magazines advocate in spring, but rather defines working orientations to demonstrate the basic principles of a healthy diet. We will see that one of the first orientations of any positive dietary reform consists in eating more fruits and other raw foods, less adulterated and processed. This is also the orientation of modern "nouvelle cuisine", which consists in cooking food at very low temperatures, for as short a time as possible. Cooking causes numerous biochemical changes. The habit of cooking, mixing, and processing food by a number of processes has become so widespread, and the consequences on our health are such that this is certainly the main factor that should be questioned in our modern diets. This is why this book stresses the benefits of a more natural diet, composed of high quality raw foods, as opposed to the risks of a diet of processed foodstuffs.
There are many methods of natural nutrition. This diversity is an advantage because a diet that suits one person at a given time will not necessarily suit someone else. Each of us will therefore choose his or her method and what food he or she prefers to eat at a given moment, and learn how to balance his or her diet so as to suit his or her tastes, preferences, etc. The point is to become aware that we can live better by eating better and at less cost. Little by little, each of us can, in our own way, at our own rhythm, put dietary environmentalism into practice and benefit from its advantages.
From the moment you ask yourself what you are going to eat for your next meal, if you care about balancing your diet, if you are trying to increase your vitamin supply, if you want to stabilize your weight and improve your health, be more efficient at work, or perform better in sports or other more private activities, if you are interested in nutrition, if you want your children to be really healthy, if you like eating, if you want to feel better, if you have a sweet tooth, or if you simply want to live better, longer, more happily, more fully, without a big budget, then you are already on the path to dietary environmentalism and ready for your first steps towards raw nutrition.
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