Types Of Food Processing Equipments Used In Industries

The process of converting raw food ingredients into processed food is known as food processing. Various types of equipments and machines can be used for this purpose. There are various types of equipments available which include peelers and cutters, industrial mixer grinders, meat grinders, fast food equipments, slicers, biscuit machines and so forth. Automated homogenizers processing systems are widely used for industrial and commercial uses in various food industries.

There are various types of food processing equipments used for various types of fast food products such as potato fries, noodles, tofu and so forth. Most of these equipments can be bought from both online and offline stores at affordable price rates. Various types of equipments for processing meat, fish and so forth can also be bought from online stores. There are different equipments for home, industrial and commercial usages.

Different types of equipments are available for processing food for space astronauts. Most of these equipments are made of galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum and so forth. There are a huge assortment of equipments which include the de-boning machines, ice machines, vacuum tumblers, stuffing machines and so forth.

The sonolator is one of the most efficient high pressure homogenizer which is used for effective mixing. It is used in most of the food and beverage companies for processing various food items such as frozen dinner sauces, purees, dinner sauces and so forth.

The colloid mill is another effective automated system which is used to process various other types of food stuffs such as salad dressing, mayonnaise, butter emulsions, margarine and mustard.

Various types of food processing equipments are used in most of the commercial sectors for processing various types of food items. The size of these machines varies according to its use as large equipments are used for industrial purposes and small sized equipments are used for domestic purposes. Different types of beverage processing equipments such as coffee blending machines, mixers, soda dispensers and so forth can be bought from online stores at various prices.

It is essential to purchase equipments which meet international standards to ensure the health of users. The machines need to be cleaned and maintained by professionals for the production of hygienic food products.

An array of tools and equipments are used in various other food manufacturing industries. These tools can be used to make the entire system function appropriately. Sharpening steels, bandsaw blades, food grade grease, knives, injector needles and so forth are some of the other most important and useful tools used in most of the industries and homes these days.

Some companies order bulk purchases of a whole set of equipments for processing various types of food items such as can openers, beef processors, cook tanks and many more. Most of these products can be bought from online stores at affordable price rates.

These tools and machineries can also be ordered in bulk amounts from various online stores at discounted price rates. There are many offline stores too which offer different kinds of tools and machines for processing various types of raw food items.

Food = Freedom? A Yogic Perspective

It matters what you put down that hole of yours. Your mouth. You can put nutritious food, stuff that sustains you and enriches your mood, health and happiness. Or you can put the other so-called, food-stuff that goes in your mouth but isn’t nutritious, stuff that ends up coagulating in the body and gunking it up so eventually the body breaks down and disease happens.

It’s your choice.
According to the CDC, 75% of the $2 trillion spent on healthcare in the U.S. was due to chronic disease including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. The top 2 healthcare costs based upon claims to employers were heart disease and stroke. According to the ADA (American Diabetes Association), 65% of 65yrs and older who died of heart disease 2004 also had diabetes. Also according to ADA, diabetics are at 2 to 4 times greater risk of stroke as well. If we just tackle pre-diabetes, we tackle 95% of diabetes cases, subsequent heart disease and many incidents of stroke plus we put a MASSIVE dent in healthcare costs.

Only 5% of people with diabetes have the Type 1 form that just happens to a young child and has nothing to do with predecessor diet/lifestyle. The other 95%, we cause ourselves and it starts with pre-diabetes, progresses to Type 2 diabetes and often leads to heart disease/cancer/stroke/death. ADA statistics report a full 8% of the population having diabetes in 2011, that’s 25.8 million people. And astonishingly reports 79 million people having pre-diabetes, basically standing in line waiting to get Type 2 and many of them are doing very little about it! If all 79 million got Type 2 diabetes tomorrow, over 100 million people would have diabetes. That’s nearly half the population. (WHAT!!)

If this isn’t an epidemic, what is? It’s a problem of EPIC proportions that will collapse our nation if we let it.
If you can’t do it yourself, work with people trained in a holistic modality doctors, yoga therapists, and holistic nutritionists. These folks work with you regularly, even weekly at certain times, and they are thinking about your whole being. They know you really well, inside and out. You should work with a variety of folks so you can learn as much as possible about your body, take control of your health and make sure you don’t become diabetic.
As a nation, I think we are moving toward a blended system, albeit at a really, really slow pace. Our 15 min, wham bam thank you mam expensive doctors visits are apparently NOT WORKING folks. Seek other council – find communities and professionals that devote their time to health and well-being and work with them.

Unfortunately, we still want to take pills instead of losing weight and we keep getting fatter as a nation starting with our kids. It’s unsustainable to the nations healthcare dollar. There will be a point where we can’t afford to subsidize anyone’s healthcare because everyone is so fat. We have increasing rates of ‘diabetes’, well no kidding right – we’re fat – it doesn’t take a genius to put two and two together. We have increasing rates of cardiovascular problems, well hello, ditto once again – it’s because we’re fat. Just look around and inventory any given room.

So why are we so fat?

We’re so fat because we eat crap. Sometimes we know we are eating crap. But sometimes we don’t. Labeling is so deceptive and we trust labels unfortunately. If something says healthy, low fat, whole grain we assume its good and we think that we know what that means and we eat it. In actuality most items on grocery store shelves should be called disease-causing agents with something that reads (this item causes diabetes and heart disease because its really only sugar and salt since its so over-processed), certainly NOT food. I assume the word food means sustenance, something we put in our hole to sustain our life and not to take away from our life, so if it takes away from our life it can’t be food in my opinion. These disease-causing agents are so far from any original whole form of food and has been roasted, baked, fried away into oblivion, really having no remaining nutritional value left – just empty calories. Even if there is some nutrition our food is laden with preservatives and sodium to gunk up our system just so it can exist on the grocery store shelf for a long time without spoiling. And then we can say that we are doing that so we can ‘feed our nation’ and the grocery stores can make money. Yeah, feeding poor people sodium filled prepared and canned food to make them fat, diabetics with heart problems – that sounds like something we should be proud of, right? We are the entitled nation; we want the options after all, don’t we? We expect a million options of processed foods on the shelves, right? Almost all categories of food have disease-causing options available; in fact, most ‘categories’ themselves are ‘disease-causing categories’ of so-called ‘food’.

“Buyer beware” – should adorn most labels.

So what should you eat? You know the answer – anything home cooked or raw from SCRATCH:

• fruit & vegetables (local/organic best) – ideally fresh but frozen not too bad

• any whole grains prepared from scratch not quick cook crap or sodium filled prepared crap (rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, wheat berries… ),

• legumes of all kinds – lentils, split peas, black beans, pinto beans, cannellini beans… (NOT canned, you must soak over night, rinse, then cook them, it takes time and planning),

• occasional whole grain bread,

• nut butters (freshly prepared best),

• steel cut oats and other grains prepared for your AM porridge

• yogurt (I prefer plain Greek),

• a modest and decreasing amount of eggs, fish & seafood, chicken, occasionally red meat,

• a minimum of cheese and any other dairy product except yogurt which is good for the gut.

• olive or canola oils and clarified butter for cooking

• natural sweeteners like honey, agave, maple syrup in moderation

• lost of spices and herbs

• seeds like flax seed and tahini (which is made from sesame seeds) to make it all taste

The options are endless, you can prepare food with these ingredients from any ethnicity around the world – its just home cooked, or you can buy it prepared at the grocery store provided you know exactly what’s in it and that its been freshly prepared. Find a cook! Invite the ‘portion control board’ to every meal and eat sensible portions in accordance to your caloric needs to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight to get there.

At any given time I have some assortment of home cooked brown basmati rice, fresh vegetable stir-fry, sautéed spinach and onions, pressure cooked steel cut oats, and grilled chicken in the fridge. All of which can be simply heated on the stove. No time? Then pay someone to prepare it because I feel it’s that important. No money you say… wrong. Give up those processed foods – chips, bars, frozen stuff, juice boxes, candy at many $ per package and you’ll have plenty of cash for bulk rice and vegetables and a chef – don’t think so, split the chef with your neighbor. Make it a priority. I believe its my duty to feed my family properly. Isn’t your family that important to you? Get some help.

And why are we so lazy?

We’re so LAZY because the advances in the medical profession have been so great that we can live a really long time even if we’re fat and diseased and suffering but we still want to live as long as possible even in our suffering state because after all who wants to die. Most of us do not really want to die but for some reason we’re OK with suffering. We call it ‘old age’ or ‘aging’ and like to complain about it, commiserate among friends rather than taking control of our life and relinquish from suffering. We’ve become complacent and it’s allowed, it’s actually encouraged in our society. Our society is set up to keep us fat. So many of us sit around all day and work like crazy at desks, never moving around, seldom breathing fresh air. Am I wrong? No. Who takes a walk on their lunch break? Very few people. When we’re not working we are spending ‘quality time’ huddled around TV’s, computers, and gaming stations eating processed food and getting fat and diseased because we’re ‘tired’. Well fat people get tired easily.

We’re so busy with important work and this quality time that we never cook, so we stuff our hole with fast crap-food and continue working and sitting. We eat at our desks, in our cars, while walking, snacking on the run. The idea of wholesome eating is a thing of the past for most of us. Our lifestyle, doesn’t offer the time to take proper care. Who takes a walk after dinner anymore? Who socializes and gets caught up on the day while laboring joyfully over a meal? Do you sit around a table to eat even or does everyone eat separately, when they ‘have time’, microwaving up their portion? Social graces and culture has changed in this regard.

Time for shift, folks – it starts with YOU. Pass this article to anyone you care about. Spread the word. Its time for personal responsibility.

Real Food, Real Kids, Real Love – 10 Surprising Ways to Raise a Healthy Eater

Almost nothing troubles us more than what our kids will (or won’t!) eat.

Whether you fear you are raising a carb-junkie, picky eater, or veggie-phobe, the root of that parental fear is all the same: that somehow, we can CONTROL our kids’ tastes if only we have the right advice and food on hand. So then we invest: in advice books, cookbooks, kitchen gadgets (slap chop, anyone?), and most notably in our time, stress, and energy. We kill ourselves in the kitchen, guilt ourselves over ‘failures’, and chide our partners and relatives for undermining our carefully thought out-efforts. Sound familiar?

The truth is, all kids are different. Just like they mature and grow at different rates, so do their palates.

Without further ado:

10 simple truths about raising real kids who become lifelong healthy eaters

1. real kids need real food

Helen enjoying a peach at the farmer’s market
Helen enjoying a peach at the farmer’s market

Whether you’re an omnivore or a vegan, it pays to eat real with your kids. This is the part that’s pretty much covered by Michael Pollan’s new book Food Rules (you can read many here at the Huffington Post). It’s pretty simple stuff – the closer to the plant, the better the food. Raw ingredients trump processed stuff. If someone is really trying to sell it to you on TV or it’s covered in shiny plastic and cartoon characters, probably don’t buy it. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, then don’t put it in your mouth. Red food dyes are banned in the EU for causing ADHD behaviors – yet almost everything in a crinkly package here has the stuff. ‘Nuf said.

2. real kids have nothing added

This is an idea that troubles some parents. So many moms I know spend considerable money on supplements and pride themselves on everything they sneak into their kids diets, from spinach in spaghetti sauce to protein powder in the smoothie. I’m not 100% opposed to this practice (in fact, we absolutely love to sink a bunch of beets into a pot of chili) but I want to stress that if it’s stressing you (or your pocketbook) out, it’s not worth it. After the lead-laced gummi bear vitamin scare, I’d be entirely more cautious with any supplements -although, in the interest of full disclosure, Fish Oil ‘chewies’ are a daily treat for my daughter Helen. But in the end, it’s much more about the feeling you create around food than the actual nutritional content of the food itself. So do what you can within reason, and call it a victory.

3. real kids go on ‘food jags’

For the past 4 weeks, my daughter has wanted nothing to eat but applesauce. Before that, it was hummus. Avocadoes. Gummi bears (I don’t like to talk about those days). From toddlerhood onward, food jags are a normal part of childhood. Many psychologists believe it is a child’s way of establishing consistency and security, much like a beloved blanket or bear.

The only proven effective method with food jags is to wait them out, and keep offering alternatives. One day I know that applesauce will be on the outs. Something else will be the “it” food. Sort of like starlets and rockstars will be when she hits those oh-so-fun tween years.

Nutritionists say that you’ve got to offer a new food up to 20 times before your kid will try it for the first time. Without pressure or guilt or nagging. Tall order I know, but I’ve seen it work wonders in insanely picky stages of my daughter’s life. I offered her avocado 12 times – and on time number 12, it became food numero uno for 6-weeks in the running. Avocado’s gone platinum in this house!

4. real kids drink real milk

I generally don’t prescribe any particular food or way of eating to my clients – I want them to do what feels best for them and their family. I myself ate veg for 14 years, and now eat a low-meat diet with a huge emphasis on what’s best for the planet as well as my health and vitality. But I truly believe that there are many healthy ways of eating, and that so long as you feel good, you’re on the right track. That said, it’s not often that I experience a food-based miracle like this one. When my daughter was 10 months old, she was diagnosed with asthma. She was on a combo of breastmilk and formula (pumping supply issues – LONG story), and was wheezing almost constantly. After months of testing, she was put on a nebulizer with strong steroids and we were told to switch her to ‘hypoallergenic’ formula. Well, I took one look at the stuff and knew I couldn’t do it. Ingredient numero uno was high-fructose corn syrup. Then came a long, long scary list of disassembled protein chains and fats and all kinds of chemicals I couldn’t pronounce. UGH! We’d been prescribed this junk?

Well, while trying like mad to increase my supply, I began to do some serious research. What I found was astounding, and as an educated researcher I knew I’d stumbled across something big. The bigness is probably too big for this article, but if you want to do your own sleuthing I suggest the very non-techno-weenie friendly book The Untold Story of Milk. Tentatively, I joined my first Raw Milk co-op and brought home my first gallon of raw, whole milk – this was before Organic Pastures was widely available at Whole Foods, so it all felt very cloak and dagger. I switched both myself and my daughter – who had just celebrated a very wheezy first birthday – to all raw dairy products. I wasn’t sure if I was going to cure us or kill us, and entertained daily fantasies of ER visits and CPS knocking at my door.

And then it happened. Less that one week into my dairy-daredevil experiment, the wheezing stopped. And it has not. come. back. Her allergist actually cried when he listened to her lungs a month later. And I have been steadfast in shouting to the skies about the amazingness that is raw, unadulterated milk from clean happy cows ever since.

5. real kids don’t always eat their veggies – but they’re watching to see if you do!

This is one of those things that should be intuitive, but isn’t. OK, this story is going to feel like a big tangent, but I promise it isn’t:

For almost 3 decades, there’s been a national campaign for parents to read aloud to their kids. The idea being that kids who get read to become better readers. Only, a recent study shows that it doesn’t work at all – kids who get read to 30 minutes a day or more fare no better than their non-read-to peers. Yikes! So all those hours with Dora and Boots? Yup, that’s time I’ll never get back folks.

So what does cause a child to become a reader? Well, the only thing the study found to inspire legions of life-long bookworms was a parent who read books themselves, and frequently told their children, “Don’t bother me, I’m reading!”. So dive into that novel you’ve been putting off! (Oh, and thank you Mom – your beloved Mysteries made me the academic powerhouse I am today!)

I’d say we need the same attitude toward food – let’s call it the “Don’t bother me, I’m eating!” approach. So your kid won’t eat their veggies? So what? Are you eating yours? With gusto? As is so often with kids, they will do what we do, not what we say. Pesky that way.

6. real kids get back to the garden

No, not the stardust-golden-hippie variety. The hands-in-the-dirt, fresh sweet burst of flavor straight from the vine tomato variety. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, that will give your kids a leg up on living a life filled with fantastic vegetable-y goodness than having some time growing them.

This is what my own research at Oxford was all about. I saw the writing on the wall for nutrition education – despite billions of dollars spent in our public schools, the whole schebang had been proven a resounding failure. It was just a fact that telling kids not to eat BAD food, and to stick to the GOOD food just doesn’t work. They might change their habits for a day or two, maybe a week, and then it’s back to red-hot Cheetos and Mountain Dew. My question was, why?

That’s when I started diving into the marketing research. This is truly scary stuff. For 50 years, the food marketing industry has known (and exploited) what nutritionists either overlooked or ignored: that eating is all about how food makes you feel, not how food fuels your body. And yeah, that’s kind of what this whole website is about – it applies to adults just as well. But these companies, man, did they know how to make us feel good (“I’m lovin’ it!”). They spent $1.6 billion on making us feel good about their crap-in-a-wrapper in 2006 alone. It was money well spent – now most kids have strong emotional ties and ‘brand loyalty’ to every disastrous food choice made by a handful of junk-pedaling food companies.

So what can be done about that? It can seem overwhelming for sure, but in my mountains of studies on different nutrition education methods trying to stem the tide, there was one shining ray of hope: farm and garden programs. These programs were different. Instead of trying to browbeat kids into healthy eating with fears of fatness and early death, they got kids out in the sunlight and dirt – where most kids want to be anyway – and helped them experience fresh healthy food from a totally different perspective. When you grow, care for, cook, and eat a vegetable, you become emotionally attached to that vegetable for life. You eat with your heart, not your mind. I still have an almost unnatural enthusiasm for blueberries, because they were the first plant I ever successfully grew myself – on a condo patio at the tender age of 29.

This simple fact was my motivation for starting Full Circle Farm, and I have been blessed to experience this amazing phenomenon first-hand. I had a group of 10 sixth graders on the farm, and they were harvesting their first-ever patch of vegetables in the educational garden – a raggedy-looking patch of somewhat overgrown radishes. None of them had eaten a radish before (yes, you read that right). They all took bites in unison. These radishes were giants – and if you know radishes, you know that radishes that have gotten too big are woody and spicy. I’m kneeling there at the garden patch thinking “OH God, now I’ve done it. They’re never going to eat anything we grow here again.” Lots of chewing. A few crinkled noses. And then smiles. Smiles! I decide I must be wrong and try one. Blech! I had to stop myself from spitting it out. Every one of my ten students insisted that they loved the radishes. Kept eating them for the rest of the period. I smiled to myself for the rest of that day. Take that, red-hot Cheetos. Mountain Dew, you’re going doooown…

So whether it’s a carrot growing in an old rainboot, or a full-on homestead operation, make sure that you and your kids get your garden on!

7. real kids table-it at least a few times a week

Notice that I don’t say “every day, real life be damned”. Let’s be realistic here and acknowledge that many of us lead lives that don’t always leave us synched up and sitting at the table at the same time every night of the week. But most of us could also manage to do better. A few nights of eating at the family table can really do wonders for kids’ eating behavior, and also can just help tie the family together in ways that other activities can’t. Crickets the loudest thing at your dinner table? That’s definitely a sign you need to spend more time there, but don’t worry there’s help! You can make it fun with verbal games and conversation-starters. Here’s a great little list of dinner table ideas from Dr. Kristie Leong.

Dealing with a sullen teenager? Even more reason to get their butts to the table 3-4 days a week. In a groundbreaking study, researchers at University of Minnesota found that teens who ate at least 3 (notice it’s not 6 or 7, busy moms!) meals a week at a family table had an astoundingly different attitude towards food, which included:

* better nutrition, including more veggies and less soda
* better literacy (mealtime conversation, anyone?)
* less than half the risk for an eating disorder, compared to family table-less peers
* fewer high-risk behaviors
* positive feelings about sharing time with family – which they denied to parents, but confessed to the research team, lil’ buggers.

Why not try a high-tech version of ringing the dinner bell? Send a text to your teen: 5-minutes ’til your butt’s at the table.

8. real kids get chubby… then skinny… then chubby… then skinny…

So please, please don’t overreact when your kid gets a little chunky. It’s always good to limit the sugar and junky stuff in the house, but pointing out your child’s weight gain can be humiliating and damaging to her already-fragile body image (yeah, I’m talking to you, Mrs. Obama).

What to do instead? Take a good look in the mirror. No, not to tell yourself how disgustingly fat you have gotten! To ask yourself, how was I treated as a child that makes me want to react this way? Was that method good for my body image? Will treating my child the same way I was (especially if it is repeating a pattern of condescension and control) be helpful to her in any way whatsoever?

If you come from a house where gaining weight was shameful, you will have to be extra-conscious of how you react to your child’s very normal flux over the years. And remember, most girls gain significant weight just before puberty – they need at least 13% body fat to start their periods, and the body kicks into high gear to help that happen. Lucky them, this is also when they are most sensitive to issues of weight and body shape. So take care. Think of your child’s heart first, and body second.

9. real kids are commercial-free

So I’m guessing you can tell by now that I think food marketers suck. The only way to stick it to them? Make sure their $1.6 billion of advertising dollars fall on deaf ears. Some ads are so pervasive it’s hard to avoid them, but creating a commercial-free childhood should be the goal of every health conscious parent. There’s multitudes of research showing that TV spots for food are almost universally a nutrient-free, calorie-laden junk-fest. So cut the commercials, maybe even cut the TV. We have been TV-free for 2 years and haven’t looked back. Not media-free, TV free. Between iTunes, Netflix, and YouTube there’s plenty of media consumption going on in this house. We just do it without the ads. The great side effect? Not only are we not being sold to, my life feels considerably less… jangled. It takes about a week away from network television to realize that people are yelling all the time. What’s up with that? In any case, a TIVO and a quick remote reflex will also do the trick. For more information on a commercial-free childhood, I highly recommend a peek at the fabulous advocacy group, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

10. real kids need real parents

Have you ever noticed the way your child looks at you? OK, parents of teens – remember back. In the years before puberty and the hormone induced door-slamming eye-rolling ihateyouihateyouihateyou fits, your child will gaze up at you with absolute and total adoration. We all have experienced these achingly loving moments, the pat on the cheek, the sweet gaze, the deep relaxed snuggle. It is the essence of the parent-child bond, and nothing is a better mirror for how you should feel about yourself. Your child, he knows that you are the most amazing, beautiful, strong, and fabulous person on the planet. Why can’t you bring yourself agree with him? Or can you?

It’s a rare person that can feel good about themselves all the time. But us parents, we have a great mirror in our children, one that goes two ways. Because our child loves us so unconditionally, we can mirror that love for ourselves and come closer and closer to self acceptance. We can see it in everyone we love, and everyone who loves us. We are perfect. Right now, not 10 pounds from now, not 10 years ago, not when you fit in your skinny jeans. Now. There’s a song here. No, literally. I think that the kick-ass gospel ladies Sweet Honey in the Rock put it best:

There were no mirrors in my Nana’s house,
no mirrors in my Nana’s house.
And the beauty that I saw in everything
was in her eyes, like the rising of the sun.

I never knew that my skin was too black.
I never knew that my nose was too flat.
I never knew that my clothes didn’t fit.
I never knew there were things that I’m missed,
cause the beauty in everything
was in her eyes, like the rising of the sun.

What does your child see in your eyes?

The Consequences of Food

Nourishment is key to good health. Unfortunately, many of us only think we are eating healthily. Consider milk, for instance. Humans are the only beings who drink milk after being weaned from our mother and even drink milk from another species. The pasteurization process destroys the vitamins and nutrients in the original product, so we then add artificial vitamins. We call this “fortified”.

There are a number of concerns with processed foods. In order to provide the consumer with a long shelf life, chemicals are added to the foods. Chemical additives are also added for color, consistency, taste and more. The problem is, the effects of most of these additives are yet unknown. Some of the synthetic chemicals used in processed foods are known to have carcinogenic properties. Processed meats such as hot dogs and bologna are particularly dangerous.

Today we know that monosodium glutamate, MSG, causes high insulin secretion and we try to avoid foods with it. Unfortunately, most fast food vendors use it in their products. It’s also used in canned soups, crackers, salad dressings, frozen dinners, meats and even baby food and infant formula. The combination of MSG and aspartame contributes to the onset of diabetes.

High fructose corn syrup is found in just about everything these days. This is addictive and linked to obesity and diabetes. Sugar from fruits is burned and turns into energy while high fructose corn syrup turns into fat.

Trans fats, also found in many processed foods, are oils infused with hydrogen. They raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol. When we eat something with trans-fat, the trans-fat gets into our cells and cause a disruption with cell communication. Then the hormones are disturbed and the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and infertility increases. Found in commercially fried foods and packaged foods, the ingredient label will say “hydrogenated”. Since the Food and Drug Administration allows food up to a half-gram of trans-fat per serving some foods say trans-fat free but aren’t really.

If that’s not enough, heating foods above 115 – 120 degrees Fahrenheit is known to destroy the vitamins and nutrients in our food. Now we find ourselves eating a lot of chemicals and no nutrients – at least not natural ones.

So, what do we eat? Living foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, seaweeds provide our body with every nutrient known necessary and probably even ones we don’t yet know we need. Living foods mean foods that have not been altered in any way and are as fresh as possible. Purchasing from a grocery store is actually the last choice because much of those foods have been shipped hundreds of miles and their nutrition has begun to wane. Best is growing your own; second is shopping at farmer’s markets or direct from the farm.

As we eat more living food and less processed food stuffs, our body is better equipped to rid itself of toxic matter and begin to heal. Enzymes assist in digestion, breaking down raw foods. It is enzymes that direct every activity in your body. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D., “Enzymes can even help repair our DNA and RNA.”