Ann Wigmore developed the Living Foods Lifestyle® to overcome disease and improve the quality of life. She believed that there are two main causes of disease: deficiency and toxemia.
- Deficiency means that our bodies are undernourished because we cannot get the nutrients we need from cooked food.
- Toxemia is a term used to describe poisons that are stored in the body. These toxins are formed from eating unnatural, processed, and pesticide-tainted foods, as well as through destructive emotions and stress.
Living Foods, which are easy to digest and rich in nutrients, combat this deficiency. The Living Foods Lifestyle® also addresses the problem of toxemia: when the body isn’t using all its energy to digest food, it can turn to other tasks, such as releasing stored toxins and healing.
Living Foods are preferably organically-grown foods consumed in their original, uncooked state. Living Foods are prepared without cooking because cooking destroys the enzyme life force. The Living Foods Lifestyle® is vegan: it uses no meat, dairy, or any other animal product.
However, Living Foods are not only raw foods, because many people cannot digest raw foods. Living Foods are prepared in ways that makes them easier for the body to fully digest and then assimilate and extract optimal nourishment. Living Foods include young greens; sprouted nuts, seeds, and grains; cultured preparations; and dehydrated foods. Fresh wheatgrass juice adds an unparalleled level of nutrition, vitality, and health.