You may have heard of the raw food diet. It could be one of the more controversial and misunderstood diets. It can definitely help your weight loss efforts although adapting it in your lifestyle could be a challenge. Here is a quick run-down of the raw food diet. You can judge for yourself if it is suitable for you.
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What is a raw food diet
The basis of the raw food diet is to consume only unprocessed and uncooked foods. A variation of this diet that focuses exclusively on plant-based food is the raw veganism diet.
Raw food diets may include raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish (such as sashimi), meat (such as carpaccio), and non-pasteurized/non-homogenized dairy products (such as raw milk, raw milk cheese, and raw milk yogurt)
It’s believed that once you heat food above 115 degrees F, enzymes that aid in the absorption and digestion of food are destroyed. If you eat food that doesn’t contain enzymes, then your body won’t get the most use out of what you eat.
Living food and dead food
Raw veggies, fruits, seeds, whole sprouted grains, and nuts are great examples of “living” foods that contain enzymes. On the other hand, there are those dead foods. Dead foods have had their nourishing ability and essential enzymes robbed from them. This happens when these food are put through various procedures such as pasteurization. The cooking process changes the molecular structure of these foods. Once this happens, these food could be of little use to the body.
Eating live food for a live body
Charles de Coti-Marsh, author of Prescription for Energy, agrees with this point: “By eating live foods you create a live body. Live foods contain essential nutrients the body needs to create and maintain energy. Dead foods advance age, decrease ability, and decrease energy.”
The majority of raw food proponents recommend eating as organically as possible. It may not be possible for you to eat a diet that consists of entirely organic foods. You should however, try to include as many organic foods into your diet as possible. Organic foods contain less pesticides and toxic residues than conventional foods.
The raw food diet has less saturated fat and trans fats than the typical Western diet. This diet is also high in potassium, fiber, magnesium, folate, and plant chemicals called phytochemicals.
Benefits of a raw food diet
Some of the other notable benefits to following a raw food diet are:
- Improved skin conditions
- Increased energy
- Weight loss
- Improved digestion
- More stable immune system
- Reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes
- Consuming organic foods helps to save the environment
Raw food for weight loss
You can definitely help your weight loss efforts if a large part of your diet consists of raw food. Nature seems to have built-in a mechanism within us that limits the amount of calories you can eat when you consume wholesome raw food. If you don’t believe me, try overeating a bowl of salad or apples. Its going to be tough
Adapting to a raw food diet
Unless you adapt to the raw veganism diet, eating raw meat is going to be a challenge and not many are going to be able to do it. Another challenge is being able to eat raw food when you are on the move or at work. So rather than having an “all or nothing attitude”, why not take the middle ground? If going on a full raw food diet is too big a challenge for you, try going on a partial raw food diet. You could eat all or a large part of your vegetables raw. This could very effectively cut your calorie intake and increase the satiety level at meals. You will also get all most of the benefits of the raw food diet.
Is the raw food diet for you?
Which ever way you decide about the raw food diet, it cannot be denied that there are benefits both for your overall health and for weight loss. The downside is that we may have become to accustomed to cooked food that it may be difficult to make the change easily. After all, the aroma of freshly cooked food is an important part of the culinary experience. All said and done, there is a thriving community that swears by the raw food diet.
What are your thoughts on the raw food diet?
Katrina Robinson is a guest writer who writes for Oxy-Powder on health topics such as herbal remedies and natural colon cleanse.