Raw Food Diet

Have you started hearing about the Raw Food Diet? It’s
gaining popularity and buzz, not just as a diet to lose
weight, but a diet for a long and healthy life. We eat so
much in the way of processed food that we don’t even stop to
think about what we’re putting into our bodies, and how far
we’ve come nutritionally from our ancestral, agrarian roots.

A raw food diet means consuming food in its natural,
unprocessed form. There are several common-sense rationales
for why this is a good idea. Processing and cooking food can
take so much of the basic nutritional value away.

Think of some of the conventional wisdom you’ve heard about
for years, such as: If you cook pasta just to the al dente
(or medium) stage, it will have more calories, yes, but it
will have more the nutritional value in it than if you
cooked it to a well-done stage. Or you probably remember
hearing not to peel carrots or potatoes too deeply, because
most of the nutrients and values are just under the surface.

The raw food diet means eating unprocessed, uncooked,
organic, whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts,
seeds, legumes, dried fruits, seaweeds, etc. It means a diet
that is at least 75% uncooked! Cooking takes out flavor and
nutrition from vegetables and fruits. A raw food diet means
eating more the way our ancient ancestors did. Our
healthier, more fit ancestors. They cooked very little, and
certainly didn’t cook or process fruits and vegetables. They
ate them RAW. Their water wasn’t from a tap; it was natural,
spring water. Maybe they drank some coconut milk on
occasion.

Doesn’t it just make sense that this is how our bodies were
meant to eat? It’s a way of eating that’s in harmony with
the planet and in harmony with our own metabolisms. Our
bodies were meant to work, and need to work to be efficient.
That means exercise, certainly, but it also means eating
natural, raw foods that require more energy to digest them.

A raw diet consists of seventy to ninety percent raw foods.
But to switch over from a cooked diet to an uncooked diet
from one day to the next can actually shock your body,
especially your digestive system. For years you have
consumed cooked foods and your body has become accustomed to
processing those types of foods. As a general rule of thumb
for beginners, you should start out gradually, maybe eating
only one raw meal a day, and then slowly work your way
toward eating raw at each meal. One very important thing to
note is that a raw food diet has a detoxifying effect on the
body. Eating raw foods will actually cleanse the body of
toxins and your digestion will improve. However, there are
some possible side effects as your body adapts to this new
raw food diet. You could experience headaches and nausea, as
well as a mild depression. Have no fear as these are only
symptoms of your body making adjustments. If these symptoms
persist over a long period of time you should decrease the
amount of raw food you are consuming and talk to your doctor
or nutritionist.

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