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?
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.
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
Many 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.
While there is wide selection of delectable goodies from a raw food diet, there are a few foods you should not consume raw:
Fava beans. kidney beans, soy beans.
Cassava and cassava flour, parsnips, peas, potatoes, taro.
Buckwheat greens, rhubarb leaves.
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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!
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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.
There are basically two types of juices. A Masticating Juicer and a Centrifugal Juicer and they differ in the method of juice extraction.
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.
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.
And for a thorough discussion on Masticating versus Centrifugal check out this page.
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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!
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