A raw food diet ( “raw foodism,” ) is considered an “anti-diet” and more like a lifestyle that simply promotes eating more real foods in their natural state that’s about eating mostly or all unprocessed and uncooked foods so you get all the nutrients without the dangerous additives. So are you ready to take part in the raw food revolution?
Have You Ever Wanted To Try The Raw Food Diet?
There is a lot more to going raw than just eating celery and carrot sticks!
The reason for this is probably because going raw means cutting out dairy, meat, and cooking! Three things that have become quite habitual in a modern person’s diet and routine. The trick to going raw and staying raw is to know which fresh foods you adore and to make sure they are always on hand.
The basis of the raw food diet is all about eating mostly or all unprocessed and uncooked foods in an attempt to provide your body with all of the nutrients without the dangerous additives commonly found in our modern food.
Why Go Raw?
The goal of eating more raw foods is to obtain plenty of nutrients in an easy-to-digest manner; one that our bodies are naturally suited for. Raw food diets include: a selection of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat, and dairy products.
In raw food diets, no foods that has been pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives are included. This means avoiding, or at least greatly reducing, most popular packaged and processed foods sold in the grocery store like breads, bottled condiments, cereals, crackers, cheese, refined oils and processed meats.
Who Can Benefit from a Raw Food Diet?
We can all afford to eat a healing diet with more raw fruits and vegetables, and here’s the primary reasons, cooked foods are usually harder to digest than raw foods; plus cooking nutrient-dense foods tends to destabilize some of their valuable enzymes and destroy certain antioxidants and vitamins. Raw foods also help alkalize the body, reduce acidity, and have less of a chance of fermenting in the gut and causing inflammation/autoimmune reactions.
This applies to all of us, but some people who can especially benefit from eating more raw foods include those with:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- kidney disease
- gallstones or gallbladder disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- autoimmune disorders
- food allergies
- joint pain
- muscle aches and pains
- hormonal imbalance
- trouble with weight gain/obesity
Raw foodism has been around since the 1800’s, and both studies and anecdotal evidence show the benefits of a raw food diet.
The benefits of a raw food diet include:
- Lowering inflammation
- Improving digestion
- Providing more dietary fiber
- Improving heart health
- Helping with optimal liver function
- Preventing cancer
- Preventing or treating constipation
- Giving you more energy
- Clearing up your skin
- Preventing nutrient deficiencies
- Lowering the amount of antinutrients and carcinogens in your diet
- Helping you maintain a healthy body weight
How to Eat More Raw Foods in a Balanced Way
Here are some of favorite raw foods to start eating regularly:
- Leafy greens
- Citrus fruits (several servings per day)
- Sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds
- Coconut kefir/ raw and organic regular kefir
- Raw veggies like carrots, celery, peppers, tomatoes, etc
- Raw yogurt
- Extra virgin coconut or olive oil
- Cultured veggies (like sauerkraut or kimchi
- Watermelon and cantaloupe
Step guide to eating a raw food diet
You can eat more raw foods in a balanced way by following the following steps:
- at each meal, plan to fill half your plate with fresh, non-starchy veggies and fruit.
- lightly cook food at temperatures less than 100 degrees, steam, juice, sprout and use slow cookers to gently cook the food you aren’t eating raw.
- replace bad fats with healthy fats. Get rid of any hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, soybean oil, canola oil and vegetable oils. Replace these with good fats like extra virgin olive oil, cold-pressed coconut oil, grass-fed butter, avocado and nuts/seeds.
- focus on having quality animal products in moderation.
- and replace all sugary snacks and refined grains such as: white rice, white pasta, cereal and white bread, plus pizza, sugary sauces/condiments, soups, crackers, fruit drinks, canned foods and sweetened yogurt. Instead, have soaked/sprouted grain products (like sprouted beans, Ezekiel bread or sourdough bread) in moderation. The fermentation process turns the normally inedible (raw grains and legumes) into the edible. Also eat real fruit for a sweet treat instead of sweetened snacks.
The Importance of Fermented Foods in a Raw Food Diet
Fermented foods are raw and naturally develop probiotics during the period when they undergo fermentation, which happens when oxygen converts some of their nutrients. Fermented foods have been eaten for thousands of years in the form of yogurt, kefir, sourdough breads, kombucha, and cultured vegetables like sauerkraut, kimchi and kvass.
Probiotics supplied by fermented foods, which are “good bacteria” that reside in your gut, are responsible for nutrient absorption and supporting your immune system. They help you to repopulate your gut with beneficial microbiota after you’ve begun the process of clearing away built-up toxins and waste. Probiotic foods encourage a healthy microbiome, and are great for your digestive system, improve immunity, help clear up your skin, and are even beneficial for maintaining hormonal balance and a healthy weight.
Regardless of whether you eat a raw food diet or not, you can benefit from including more fermented foods in your diet to prevent digestive disorders, skin issues, candida, autoimmune disease and frequent infections.
- Raw food diets are made up of healthy foods and are likely to cause weight loss, but they are often too low in calories and some nutrients.
- Raw food is not any healthier than cooked food. Cooking decreases some nutrients, yet increases others. It also destroys certain harmful compounds and kills bacteria.