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Sally Rees has been holding a variety of classes in the Nelson area for 5 years. She has a passion for educating people on the benefits of both raw and fermented foods, the latter of course being raw as well.

The benefits can be profoundly healing and results are seen in a relatively short space of time. Sally especially promotes the value of including green leafy vegetables on a daily basis in your diet and just recently has decided to help every New Zealander to grow at least one leafy green plant at their home. Why is it that she feels this way ?  First of all, it’s about the enzymes present in live (uncooked) foods. They are essential for our body to stay alive.  Our body produces less of these as we age so we need to supplement them.  Secondly, it’s about the abundance of chlorophyll in the green leafy plants. All uncooked foods contain plenty of live enzymes and the extra benefits of green leafy vegetables is in the chlorophyll they contain.

Chlorophyll is a pigment that gives plants their green colour and it helps plants create their own food through photosynthesis. Some red vegetables are also good sources of chlorophyll, for example the red cabbage.

Chlorophyll is a key component in the process of photosynthesis, which sustains plant life and produces oxygen for the entire planet.  Green plants have the ability to make their own food. They do this through a process called photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is unique in its ability to enable plants to absorb the energy they need to build tissues.  Photosynthesis takes place within the cells of a plant, in tiny chloroplasts. This process produces oxygen, which is released by the plant into the air.

Chlorophyll’s job in a plant is to absorb light - usually sunlight. If we then eat these plants in their natural raw state that ‘light’ is transferred to our bodies. Did you know that the primary name of the sun god of Ancient Egypt was Ra and was also described as the creator of everything. This is the origin of the word ‘Raw’.

Have you ever seen anyone who eats a very high raw diet?  If you have, you will notice that they almost shine like a light. Their skin exudes a very healthy glow and this also shines out of their eyes and the rest of their body.  They have abundant energy; they carry no excess weight and inside, their body works perfectly.

Does this knowledge inspire you to add more raw foods to your diet? If you’re keen to find out more please go to Sally’s website naturalnosh.nz and check out the classes she offers.