Raw Food Diet: Why Raw Is More!

For some people the idea of going on a raw food diet may seem extreme but the fact is raw food has major health benefits you simply cannot get from any other food source.

Like most things in life there is a happy medium to be had and the trick is to find a comfortable place on the raw food spectrum.

I have friends for example that have gone 100% raw and have not eaten cooked food for years. They are happy and healthy but then I also know others who have gone 50 to 80% raw and they are just as healthy and bursting with vitality.

I fall in to the latter range when it comes to raw food and try to incorporate it in to my diet as much as possible.

If you replace one meal a day with a plate of raw food, you will notice a difference in your health and well-being. The intention of this article is to give you the best possible information about raw food so that you can find your own place on the raw food spectrum.

What Exactly Is Raw Food?

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Raw food is uncooked, unprocessed, non-GMO, mostly organic plant food that is sometimes called ‘live’ or ‘living’ food. Raw food is packed with the enzymes you need for digestion and are necessary for optimal health.

Raw food is higher in fibre and so keeps your body naturally cleansed. This helps in the regeneration and rejuvenating process.

There is a huge body of evidence linking disease to food allergies. The common allergies found in foods such as eggs, soy, wheat (gluten), sugar and diary are avoided on a raw food diet.

When your body is in a state of acidity you are more susceptible to illness and disease. A raw food diet is low in acid forming food thus promoting a more favourable acid-alkaline balance.

Read more about your body’s alkaline state.

Raw food is also cooling and hydrating making it the perfect choice for your summertime meals.

The idea behind a raw food diet stems in part from the fact that cooking destroys the naturally occurring enzymes present in food. As a result your body is forced to work harder to digest your food and manufacture the enzymes necessary for the digestion process. This puts undue stress on your body and over time, shows up as illness and disease.

Proponents of raw food consider the enzymes to be the ‘life-force’ of the food which is diminished by cooking, along with the food’s nutritional value. This includes essential vitamins like Vitamin C and folate plus cancer-fighting compound such as sulforaphanes, found in broccoli that are all destroyed by heat.

Although the raw food community enjoys mostly a raw diet, it is permissible for food to be heated to temperatures between 104 and 118 degrees Fahrenheit (40 -47 degrees Celsius). Anything above this is thought to denature the naturally occurring enzymes.

Going raw and eating food as close to their natural state as possible provides a higher quality of energy and vitality.

What Can You Eat On A Raw Food Diet

beans-338288_1280Many raw food followers are vegan because it aligns with their ethical values in regards to the planet, the sanctity of animals and a healthy green lifestyle.

It is however acceptable for a non-vegan to fully enjoy a raw food diet that includes raw animal products, such as raw milk and cheese made from raw milk. They may also include sashimi which is a Japanese delicacy of thinly sliced raw meat (usually fish) or other raw seafood such as ceviche.

Other raw living food includes raw fruits and vegetables, raw beans, raw legumes, raw nuts and raw seeds, (soaking makes them more digestible) raw grasses, raw sprouts, raw seaweed and raw herbs.

A raw food diet can be incredibly delicious and you will love the vibrant colours and textures of salads and ‘to die for’ soups. Here’s a tasty soup from Oprah to get you all warmed up. 🙂

While there is wide selection of delectable goodies from a raw food diet, there are a few foods you should not consume raw:

Beans

Fava beans. kidney beans, soy beans.

Vegetables

Cassava and cassava flour, parsnips, peas, potatoes, taro.

Other

Buckwheat greens, rhubarb leaves.

Use this cheat sheet for dummies that has more helpful information

Food Matters The Beauty Diet DVD

I am a huge advocate of self-help, empowerment and education and believe your health is a just about the best investment you will ever make. Learning more about a raw diet whether it constitutes 30, 40 or 70% of your diet will guarantee optimum health and vitality.

In his DVD, David Wolfe takes you on a journey that will revitalize every cell to rebuild, restore and rebalance your body naturally. Not only will you feel good, you’ll look great too all thanks to this remarkable beauty diet. Click the image to read more.

My Favourite! Juicing

One of the easiest ways to get all that raw goodness in to your body is juicing raw fruit, vegetable and wheatgrass. You should juice in moderation when it comes to fruit due to the high sugar content.

Juicing has major benefits to your health and here are just some of the reasons you should get started right away:

  • Your body absorbs the nutrition from raw fruit and vegetables immediately into the blood stream.
  • Juicing puts less stress on your digestive system thus leaving you with more energy.
  • Raw fruit and vegetables are loaded with the enzymes you need for digestion and other important functions.
  • Juice from organic fruit and vegetables is naturally low in sodium which can help lower your blood pressure.
  • Juicing can help lower blood sugar levels (for fruit juice choose low sugar content fruit only).
  • It is great for weight loss and can boost your immune system.
  • Juicing neutralizes and flushes out toxins making it a fantastic option for cleansing.
  • Juicing provides the best option for consuming the highest volume of vegetables.
  • Juicing is great for your skin, nails, hair, eyes and overall health.
  • May reverse cancer and other life threatening disease.

Use my comprehensive vegetable list to help choose the best veg for you!

You can also find other educational DVD’s on my product page such as Jason Vales’ super guide detox and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. The latter is a heart touching story of one man’s journey from near dead back to awe-inspiring health.

Raw is definitely more when it comes to juicing and the only way to get more vitamins, minerals and enzymes is to choose the right juicer.

Food Matters All Juicers

There are basically two types of juices. A Masticating Juicer and a Centrifugal Juicer and they differ in the method of juice extraction.

Masticating Juicer

This type of juicer is designed with a single gear or auger that rotates around 80 to 100 rpm. The auger squeezes and crushes the pulp at a slow rate resulting in a better juice yield. Because of the slower juicing action that is carried out at a lower temperature compared to the centrifugal juicer, the juice extracted contains more enzymes, trace minerals and vitamins.

Centrifugal Juicer

They are designed to ‘spin’ the juice out of the fruit at a very high speed, similar to the spinning cycle of your washing machine! Due to the high speed spinning and temperature, nutrients and enzymes are not left intact and consequently should be consumed almost immediately.

I’ve gone into a bit more detail on this page.

And for a thorough discussion on Masticating versus Centrifugal check out this page.

Click on the image above and get healthy with Hurom!! Hurom is top of the line when it comes to juicers and you can also look forward  to some great bonuses too such as Food Matters Recipe Book, Juice Motivation Pack plus one month of Food Matters TV.

Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

Although there is a lack of scientific evidence to support the health benefits of a raw food diet, you simply cannot ignore the mountains of testimonies from those who endorse this particular lifestyle.

Going raw will substantially improve both your health and sense of well-being and you will see the difference after just one month.

At a minimum you will experience:

  • Increased energy and vitality.
  • Optimized health.
  • Healthier skin, eyes, hair and nails.
  • Reduced risk of disease.
  • Weight loss.

Many on a raw diet have also report a greater sense of connection to Mother Earth and heightened intuition.

Read more about the unexpected benefits of one young lady after going raw.

Even if you’re not completely ready to go 100% raw, adding more raw food in the form of salad, soups and snacks will still give you the benefit of live food.

Gradual is the name of the game when going raw so start by replacing one meal at a time but more importantly have some fun with it!

Here’s hoping you soar with the raw! 🙂

Be Blessed, Stay Beautiful!

Michee Signature_Fotor

 

 

 

PS As a special gift so you can get started today, I will send you 20 Healthy Raw Snacks and Treats in a full colour easy to follow recipe guide. Simply drop me a line using the contact us form on the site with the words ‘I want my free recipes now’ in the subject line.

Michee

Certified Life Coach and Professional Health Coach. Passionate Health and Wellness practitioner for over 20 years. Business entrepreneur and Managing Director. Fitness enthusiast with a love for cycling! Writer (blogger), Poet and Mum.

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22 Responses

  1. Michee says:

    Always great to share. I appreciate your comments and thank you for taking time out to read my blogs!

  2. Michee says:

    Yes, raw food is an excellent choice for your weight loss challenge. You will notice significant changes to your overall health in a relatively short period of time. Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  3. Michee says:

    I’m definitely on board with you on that. Fad diets don’t work but a nutrient dense diet that you will find in Raw Food definitely does minus the blood sugar spikes of course! Thank you for your comments!

  4. If one of my closest friends wasn’t a raw food and health/lifestyle coach who talks to me all the time about what I eat, I might have skimmed this article. Instead, I read it slowly & carefully. I have no desire to become a raw food eater but and this is a biggie, I realized I had no justification for not returning to juicing. I took my first 10 minute outside walk today in 4 months. Perfect time to put my organic veggies thru my new Ninja. Basically, I never thought I’d say this, but the timing is right and I am inspired.

  5. My experiences have shown me that we each must truly find what works for us. I remember learning from a very well respected nutritionist that raw food is not recommended for those of us who live in northern climates as we need warming foods during the cold winter months. The summer makes lots of sense to eat more raw, as fruits and vegetable native to our climate zone are generally in abundance. I’ve also been someone who has learned about the benefits of healthy saturated fats from organic meats and dairy, as our brain, among other parts of us, needs this to function well. There are some body types that do better with more raw and some that do need move animal based proteins and fats. I still believe it is important to find what is perfect for you and to individualize your food based on that. By the way, I have had the same Acme juicer since the 70’s and my former husband and I literally traveled with it, as we were big juicers before too many people actually talked about juicing. It is a great way to get nutrition as long as we don’t only use high sugar content fruits and veggies. Great post Michelle, with lots of thoughtful information for all readers to learn from.

  6. Great introduction into the reason WHY for raw foods. I seen a lot of it going around but never really stopped to look it up. I know my daughter has been telling me I’d like juicing but it seems to be a lot of work for me. Never know. Thanks for an eye-opening post. Great information in here! 🙂

  7. Michee says:

    Yay! I am so happy you’re inspired Roslyn! You’ve inspired me to keep writing and get more readers on the healthy bandwagon! Thanks much for your comments, I’m excited and know you’ll love the brand new you after juicing! 🙂

  8. This is such an important and informative post. I’ve just recently began to eat raw. In 8 weeks, I’ve shed 10 lbs! My tummy is gone and so have my “fat” thighs! Now, I wasn’t overweight…just gained a few pounds from eating a “few” unhealthy foods and not exercising as much. I am now back on track! As of last week, my 2 little dogs are also on a raw food diet. We’re doing this together! 😉

  9. Michee says:

    I agree, we are all unique and must embark on our own journey to find what works well. In respect to nutrition, we have different body types that govern our specific dietary needs and the science of Metabolic Typing can be helpful in identify our body type. I write more on this here: http://www.sharingselfimprovement.com/metabolic-typing/ if you are interested. You’ll also find an amazing book in the article by William Linz Wolcott who goes in to much more detail. Glad to know your juicer has served you well, you’re well on the road to optimizing your health. Thank you for your comments Beverley.

  10. Michee says:

    You may be surprised to learn how easy it is to juice and clean up afterwards particularly with Hurom juicer! I’m glad you found the information useful Norma!

  11. Renee says:

    Hey Michelle! So great to get into juicing, it definitely reduces risks for major disease, helping the body heal itself naturally, not to mention staying rejuvenated. The effects of healthier skin, eyes, and organs alone gets me excited about it. How about some juicing recipes?!! Thank you for a great comprehensive information on the benefits of raw foods, minus the guilt trips, so nice to know I do not need to go 100% vegan in order to live a healthy lifestyle!

  12. hazel says:

    great tips here. Not sure I could pull off going raw 100%, but I can definitely make one meal a day raw.

  13. Great post as it had the goal to educate and to give useful information. I like the ideas that having one raw meal a day. I’m not there, except in the summer but it a good starting point.

  14. Hi Michee 🙂

    Very interesting post on eating “raw”, I for one do not think I could pull that off lol but kudos to those that can! Great share and I also learned a few things about Raw foods as well, thank you!

  15. Sharise says:

    Very educational article. I have never tried 100% raw, but I do incorporate a lot of raw veggies into my diet. I have eaten clean 95% of the time for close to 8 months and have not been aick, maintained a healthy weight, clear skin, healthier hair and nails, increased energy and increased happiness. There are so many benefits to incorporating this into our diet..Thank you for sharing!

  16. Michee says:

    Yes Renee there are major health benefits of juicing, not to mention the look and feel good factor! Check out this fab DVD for all the juice recipes you’ll ever need: http://www.sharingselfimprovement.com/products-2/food-matters-7lbs-in-7-days-dvd/ Get juicing girl and to get on the road to a healthy lifestyle! 🙂

  17. Michee says:

    One Raw meal a day is a great start Hazel! 🙂

  18. Michee says:

    Thanks for your comments Heather. Summer is an ideal time to get started on a Raw Diet and one meal day is an excellent start, you’ll be amazed at the results! 🙂

  19. Michee says:

    It’s not for everyone Joan but remember eating a healthy bowl of salad counts as Raw too so it may not be as difficult as you think! ‘One small step at a time’ that’s what I say! 🙂

  20. Michee says:

    Thank you for your comments Sharise. You sound exactly like me! I’m not 100% raw but have eaten a healthy diet or as you say clean food for over 20 years so I’m on board with your testimony on clear skin, healthy weight and increased energy plus a whole list of other benefits that beg the question ‘why isn’t everyone in the world on board too’ 🙂

  21. Thanks for providing a list of food (and the food of what shouldn’t be eaten raw!) It is so helpful. It is a journey to move toward better eating I must admit. But slowly and surely I am replacing easy (processed) snacks with better options. We are close to juicing on a regular basis – baby steps, right? 🙂 Thank you for sharing this post!

  22. Michee says:

    I am so happy to hear you are on the right track A.Lynn. Definitely baby steps and most importantly, enjoy the ride! I am glad you found value in the list and hope you will use it to get the most out of your juicing. 🙂

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