Stacy Stowers thought she’d forever suffer from the painful, debilitating effects of fibromyalgia. To ease the pain, she even tried an unhealthy diet of coffee, sleeping pills and alcohol on an almost daily basis.
“I couldn’t get out of bed or get dressed,” Stowers says. “Eventually my teeth started to fall out,” reports Natural News.
Fast forward to today, and the once sickly Stowers is now a healthy, vibrant lady. She successfully beat fibromyalgia, and it wasn’t because of Big Pharma’s pills.
What is her secret? Raw foods.
She was introduced to raw foods in 2007, and after a mere 10 days on the diet, she started to feel so well that she was already able to get out of bed. These days, she advocates the power of raw foods and has even authored a book titled Eat Raw, Not Cooked.
The healing powers of a raw food diet
“There are two basic reasons why raw food heals,” she says. “One is the live enzymes. Our body has all these metabolic enzymes that keep us young, and digestive enzymes that you find in raw real foods. When we kill the natural digestive enzymes with cooking, our metabolic enzymes that are healing us and keeping our skin healthful have to stop what they’re doing and work on digestion.”
She explains that the other reason raw foods heal is because they keep the body’s acid/alkaline levels balanced; an acidic body is riddled with the harmful effects of bad foods, ongoing stress and pollution. Raw foods make the body more alkaline.
Busting the raw food diet myths
She also busts the notion of naysayers that raw food choices don’t provide that much variety.
Wolf says, “You can’t be eating food that makes you feel terrible. That’s what’s great about raw food. Sure, not everybody should be eating massive amounts of lettuce or kale, but if you look at what’s out there, all these different categories —fruits and different vegetables, nuts and seeds, seaweed, wheat grass, superfoods, sprouts, and kimchis and sauerkrauts — it’s just unbelievable the choices we have before us.”
Another myth is that raw food should always be eaten cold. However, raw food can be “warmed” by serving them at room temperature, adding warming spices and even heating at temperatures below 118 degrees.
Stowers plans to keep the lifestyle going. “The only thing hurting on me were my smile muscles, because I couldn’t stop smiling,” Stowers says. “I had my life back after 17 years.”