About our Raw-Living foods
We make almost all of the products we sell in our kitchen at the Peña Pachamama Cultural Center in San Francisco.
All of the products we sell are made in small batches, with love and respect for the food. Our commitment to this care is reflected in the growing popularity of our products.
We have created this website to satisfy some of the demand we've heard expressed from folks all over the USA and beyond. We appreciate the trust and support of our customers, and will work hard to keep producing some of the best Raw-Living foods and snacks anywhere.
For more information about our food philosophy, see below- or, check out our Raw-Living Cookbook.
Why do we eat?
Why do we eat? We eat to continue our lives, to live. Food contains the gift of life as well as the means to unlock this gift and make it available for our bodies to receive it. The unique enzymes present in each food are destroyed entirely by cooking over 118 degrees. The organs and glands of our own bodies are then forced to secrete enzymes to digest the cooked food, which already has lost most of its life substance. Our body has a limited amount of potential to secrete enzymes and when this is exhausted, we die. In the meantime, this unnecessary imposition on our glands and organs to digest foods devoid of life, actually tires them out. As a result, our metabolism slows, we gain weight, we develop diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol and other diseases. We need more of this magical energy of life and continue to be hungry until we receive it. Eating raw-living foods leaves our being satisfied with a small amount of food. It transforms us, even on a cellular level. Our entire body, our person, our habits and temperament, weight and age, and quality of our lives, actually change in a very short period of time.
For general health, a raw vegan diet improves our level of energy, increases vitality and gives us an expansive sense of well-being. Our diet consists of a variety of raw living foods—from savory to sweet—that are organic, rich in enzymes, high in nutritional composition, and free from animal products. Living foods are fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and nuts that have never been heated over 115F degrees to preserve the vital enzymes and nutrients have of the food. It eliminates sugars, starches, harmful fats, animal proteins and chemical contaminates.
Raw cuisine is a movement toward sustainability and health on a much broader scale. It supports organic and local agriculture, one’s local economy, the livelihood of regional farmers, and the biodiversity of the land.
Raw food can be sprouted, soaked, dehydrated, pureed, blended, even cultured. There are very complex dishes that mimic a familiar cooked dish, such as burgers and burritos and pizza, modified to fit the practice of raw food preparation. There are also simple dishes that feature the essence of raw food, such as vibrant salads, vegetable wraps and cold soups.
Enzymes are catalysts, the bodys work force in speeding up chemical reactions. Enzymes are required for healing, thinking, breathing, digestion, etc. Raw foods, that have not been heated over 115F degrees, have all the enzymes to break itself down and basically, digest itself. When you eat foods that no longer have their enzymes intact, the body is forced to compensate from the limited enzymes within our own organism. The pancreas is one of the main organs in the body that produces digestive enzymes. When we eat food that has lost its enzymes, our pancreas compensates for the deficiency in order to make digestion possible and our metabolism is affected.
In ancient Greece, esoteric teacher Pythagoras and his student Hippocrates are believed to have eaten primarily raw vegan foods. For 2,200 years until 1805, medicine was practised exclusively according to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the founding father of natural medicine. He taught that the first and foremost principle of medicine must be to respect nature’s healing forces, which inhabit each living organism. Hippocrates considered illness a natural phenomenon that forced people to discover the imbalances in their health. He strongly believed in good food and related the course of any ailment to poor nutrition and bad eating habits. He taught, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for
survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegan diet.