My body gives me very clear indicators when it goes through the transition period that most of us call "detox". I get tired. I feel achy. My nose starts to run. This is when I know my body is changing and healing.
Using these indicators, I have learned that I heal the most when my body is low on energy. I can be free of these symptoms for weeks on a 100% raw diet. Then, I go one day without eating and boom, it hits me. After the "healing session", I tend to permanently drop a few pounds and I feel even better than I did before.
My first point is that my body (maybe not all bodies) seems to achieve health when faced with a situation where it has fewer calories than it requires.
For my second point, I would like to bring up Luigi Cornaro. Luigi was an Italian nobleman that lived in the early 1500s. Here is a little snippet from his Wikipedia page:
On a diet of cooked food, animal proteins and alcohol, Luigi Cornaro was able to gain back his health and live to the age of 98.Finding himself near death at the age of 35, Cornaro modified his eating habits on the advice of his doctors and began to adhere to a calorie restriction diet. His daily initial self-allowance was 14 ounces (about 400 g) of solid food and 17 ounces (about 500 g) of wine. He later reduced his daily intake to no more solid meat than an egg.
My hypothesis is that I eating fewer calories than we require kicks our bodies into a special mode where it tries to become more efficient. It gets smaller so you can live on less. It clears your head and makes you smarter so you can discover new food sources.
Hence, after decades of this conditioning, the body becomes so healthy and so efficient that our years can be extended. I think these are the effects that Luigi Cornaro was trying to tell the world about.
I would like to start wrapping this up by combining the concept of eating less with a nutritionally-dense diet of raw and living foods. Can you imagine how long Cornaro would have lived if he only ate raw and living foods? We know how detrimental cooked foods and alcohol are to our health. This guy lived 100 years (almost) eating the stuff. If we took his concept and applied it to a raw food diet, can you imagine what might happen?
If you get one thing out of this post, I want you to know that achieving great health will be hard if you are constantly eating. If you really want to go for it, put the food away, pick up your water bottle and balance your raw diet with a lifestyle that includes fasting.