Ayurvedic Live-Food Nutrition is based on the fact that there is no one diet for everyone. Each of us is unique with different constitutions, and therefore, different nutritional needs. Ayurveda is a holistic health-care system which recognizes that every action we take in life has a reaction. Thus it is a science of bringing awareness to all of our actions: how and what we eat, how we live, what we think, how we relate intimately with others and ourselves. Ayurveda is a compassionate journey of self-discovery, providing you with the tools to becoming your own best doctor.
Ayurveda teaches that foods are carriers and balancers of Prana, the Vital Life Force. Each food has its own unique characteristics of energy and flavour through which it produces a specific effect on our bodies, minds and emotions. Ayurveda means Knowledge of Life and it embodies the art of living consciously.
Raw and Living Foods
The Live-Food diet is proving to be the healthiest, most common sense diet on the planet. Why? Because when we eat our foods in their natural state, we receive maximum nutrition, and therefore, maximum health. At The Living Centre, we feel that the mysteries of nature cannot be duplicated artificially. Nature exists in holistic forms. Their effects are also holistic. The raw food diet is based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, dried fruit, and seaweeds.
Raw foods have all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes and Phytonutrients intact. Heating food over 118 degrees destroys all Phytonutrients and enzymes (the sparks of life) and depletes foods of their vitamins, minerals and protein.
Live-Food Nutrition uses natural whole foods, herbs and spices to both treat and prevent illness. It is the original approach to eating according to what Mother Nature gifted us with. Bringing the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda to Live-Food Cuisine allows each person to customize their nutritional lifestyle to fulfill their unique needs. Some people find it challenging to eat Live-Foods in seasonal climates. Understanding the basic principles of Ayurveda guarantees that anyone, anywhere in the world will be successful with the Raw and Living Food diet.
Raw and Living Food contain maximum life force energy, and the highest amount of bioactive food nutrients, Phytonutrients, bioelectrical energy, biologically active water and electrons. They are gifts of nature for us to stay healthy.
The essence of understanding living foods is ... if it is not broken, dont fix it. Living foods are those foods which have not been cooked, or processed, contain no pesticides or herbicides, are not microwaved, irradiated, or genetically engineered. Cooking destroys vital enzymes, the secret to health, says the mother of the raw foods movement, Dr. Ann Wigmore. Cultures that have eaten primarily live foods have been reported to live a higher quality of health, vitality and joy. Fresh plant-based, live foods support immunity, a healthy pH, beauty, clarity, physical, emotional and spiritual strength.
Organically grown raw and living foods are the key to great health and vitality. They are the givers of life energy and the healers of disease. Eating these life-giving foods have proven themselves to be dynamic helpers in the healing of diseases such as diabetes, migraines, asthma, joint pain, fibromyalgia, allergies, colitis, depression, anxiety, cancer and overall stress.
They represent an unbroken wholeness that is the original creation and nutritional gift of the Divine. The live food concept is not new; it has been around since the beginning of time. The Essenes and the Nazarenes of biblical times were known to practice this style of eating.
Live-Food Nutrition falls into a category known as biogenic and bioactive. These foods are defined as high-enzyme raw foods that have the capacity to revitalize and regenerate the body. Dr. Szekely says that biogenic foods are, life-generating. He theorized that biogenic and bioactive foods are capable of synthesizing entirely new substances for higher body performance and enhancing the immune system. Biostatic foods, on the other hand, are fresh foods that have been cooked. They are life-sustaining in the short term but are gradually life force depleting in the long-term because they require the body to utilize stored energy.
Many cultures of the past knew what researchers are beginning to conjecture: that food is more than simply nourishment for the body, but a potent metaphor for relationship to spirit; choosing foods that contain the highest life-force, bringing a loving and meditative awareness to food has potentially powerful effects; indeed, when consciously cultivated, such awareness becomes a vehicle for connection to Mother Nature, the Divine and the mystery that is life itself.
The Living Centre offers a unique synthesis of Ayurvedic wisdom with the cutting-edge knowledge of Organic, Vegetarian Live-Food Cuisine and Live-Food Nutrition to support you in re-claiming or maintaining the health and well-being of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Those attending any of our workshops or courses are nourished each day with a Live-Food lunch to support the body for energy and vitality, the mind for clarity, the emotions for contentment, and the spirit for expansiveness.
Shantree Kacera RH., D.N., Ph.D.
Kotakkal Ayurveda - Mother land of modern ayurveda