Raw Food Diet

Raw Food Diet

Healthy eating

Summary:

Our bodies thrive on all that is fresh and vital. Raw food diets promote eating and drinking ‘living’ food. A diet of at least 75% raw food offers numerous health benefits, starting with weight loss and detox. Read about all the benefits of a raw food diet and try some simple but yummy recipes!

Eating raw foods is natural. Our bodies thrive on all that
is fresh and vital. A raw food diet (or increasing the amount of raw food that
you eat) is bound to bring a feeling of increased wellbeing.

Raw food diets are based on unprocessed and uncooked plant
foods, preferably organic, such as a variety of fresh fruits and vegies, nuts,
seeds, grains, dried fruit, fresh juices and purified water.

Why Raw Foods?

Basically, a vegetarian diet, the raw food diet promotes
eating and drinking ‘living’ foods. Living foods and juices contain the maximum
amount of fibre found in raw produce, fibre that can be lost in processing.
Such foods are easily metabolised and tend to be lower in calories than the
average diet.

Heating food above 116°F destroys enzymes in food that aid
in digestion and in absorption of food, diminishing its nutritional value.

Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

A diet of at least 75% raw food offers numerous health
benefits, such as increased energy, improved skin appearance, better digestion,
weight loss and reduced risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes
and cancer.

A raw food diet contains little or no saturated fats, is low
in sodium, high in potassium, magnesium, folate and fibre.

Raw food diets are also excellent detox diets. Different
combinations of raw, living foods and juices can be used for colon cleansing,
liver cleansing, kidney cleansing and skin cleansing.

The Basics of a Raw Food Diet

Any fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, beans, nuts,
legumes, young coconut milk – even seaweed – can be menu items of a raw food
diet. Your choice of foods may depend on your reasons for dieting, for example:

– sprouted brown rice slows glucose absorption and improves
the metabolism

 – cabbage supports
healthy cellular function; radish leaves act as an anti-oxidant,          as does Shitake mushroom

-carrots are a great source of vitamin A as well as
encouraging healthy vision and a healthy cardio-vascular system

You can use a sprouter such as the Easy Green automatic
sprouter to sprout seeds, grains, beans – even wheatgrass. Sprouts could be
called a ‘super food’ – organic sprouts contain enormous levels of proteins,
vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll pigments and enzymes, and are
the ideal natural supplement.

Sprouts can be used in salads and soups, or can be juiced.
Fresh juices are a great ready energy supply and a good quality juicer, such as
the Kempo Greenpower juicer, produces living juices that are full of essential
nutrients.

A great juicing recipe to complement a raw food diet is
carrot juice with potato, fennel and apple. Simply juice 4 medium carrots, 2
apples, 1 small potato and 1 small stalk of fennel.

Fennel has been shown to reduce and control inflammation of
arthritis, it evens mood fluctuation and depressive states and has the rare
nutrient called manganese, plus zinc and vitamin B complex.

The nutritional value of grains and seeds is impressive.
They contain most of the vitamins – particularly A, B, and E. They’re also
fantastic natural sources of unsaturated fatty acids and lecithin, and an
excellent source of proteins.

You can even use soy milk makers (such as SoyQuick) to make
non-dairy drinks from different beans, rice, nuts, seeds and grains to have
with breakfast. If you want something a little more substantial than soy milk
you can make your tofu (or, of course, visit a good health food shop).

Essentially, the idea of a raw food diet is to eat
unprocessed foods for at least 75% of the time. If the idea of raw food isn’t
very appetising to you, you can warm the food a little as long as the food
isn’t heated above 116°F.

 

Cautionary Note

As with any major change in diet, it’s wise idea to consult
your doctor before beginning a special diet. This is especially true for
children, pregnant women, anyone with anemia and anyone with a pre-existing
medical condition.

Even natural foods can conflict with certain medications, so
please ask your doctor or pharmacist if you’re taking any medication.

Because a raw food diet is detoxifying some people suffer a
mild detox reaction including mild headaches, nausea and cravings. These
symptoms may last for several days and you’ll get more enjoyment out of your
raw food diet if you cut down on things like meat, sugar and caffeine a week or
so before commencing the diet.

Last but Not Least…

A raw food diet is certainly a good way to improve your
overall health and wellbeing. Like anything worthwhile it takes time, energy
and commitment. Because many of the foods for this particular type of diet are
made from scratch there is some preparation time involved. There are many great
products on the market that can help you prepare your own living food and save
you some time as well.

Combined with regular exercise, a raw food diet is also an
excellent weight loss method. If you’ve been feeling ‘a little off’, or just
need a pick-me-up and some extra energy, then a raw food diet is certainly a
good way to go.

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Have a Healthy Day!,

.

Rod Stone
Author,
Publisher and Founder of r Healthy Living Solutions, LLC,  Supplier of Healthy Living information and products to improve
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