Your food choices have a powerful impact on your health -- how you feel today, tomorrow, and how you’ll feel many years down the road. Food has the ability to completely change the way our bodies function, repair, and grow. It is estimated that 60% of disease is caused by the SAD diet (Standard American Diet). A poor diet can have an incredibly detrimental affect on our health but it is also the key to prolonged quality of life. The typical American diet is loaded with meats, dairy, and processed foods that have been stripped of their nutritional value. When we cook our food, it loses many of the vitamins and nutrients our bodies need. Unprocessed raw foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) retain their enzymes and nutritional value. A raw vegan diet is a way to get the most out what we put in our bodies. While making the transition to a raw vegan diet may seem difficult, it can actually be an enjoyable, gradual process that allows you to experiment and try new dishes. Raw foods are available everywhere! There are plenty of options and routes to take; you don’t have to commit 100% right off the bat. Whatever you do, try to make the process fun. When I am eating a primarily raw diet, I not only feel better, but also have more energy and mental clarity. I never get that uncomfortable full feeling and feel good knowing I’m providing my body with what it needs. Why do you like it raw?