There is a lot more to going raw than just eating celery and carrot sticks!
You’ve watched all the documentaries, listened to the interviews and have read the articles, but you’re still not convinced on the raw food movement.
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.
In Summary, Going Raw Involves…
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.
To thoroughly enjoy going raw food, we encourage creativity in the kitchen and being open to experiment with new flavors. This will ensure you aren’t dining on a plate of raw carrots for dinner.
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.
You may also be surprised to hear that 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.
Let’s take a look at the key principles and guidelines to going raw.
The Guidelines For Going Raw
- You can eat raw fruit, raw vegetables, raw nuts & seeds, fresh herbs, and spices.
- Drinking lots of filtered, alkaline, or distilled water is key!
- You can only drink water, herbal teas (no green, black, or white teas), freshly made juices, or homemade smoothies.
- No meat, meat products, dairy products, processed foods, wheat, refined sugar, alcohol, soda, coffee, grains, eggs, or anything with a shelf life.
- You can have extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, or raw apple cider vinegar, as well
Raw foodism has been around since the 1800’s, and both studies and anecdotal evidence show 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