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I am often asked, “What is a raw food diet?” “Is this classed as raw?”, and to be honest it can be a bit confusing when you first start out. When I was first transitioning to Raw (some ‘in the club’ Raw lingo right there for you!) I was full of the same questions.
Luckily for me I knew where to reach out to get all the information that I needed and this, with my personal experience of going 100% raw then moving towards a high raw diet, enables me to now be able to share all of my knowledge with you. There’s plenty of information out there and here’s a few headliners to get you started. Find out more about what I eat here.
Raw foods come from nature:
A raw food diet is animal product free. It therefore does not include meats or fish (even uncooked). It does not include dairy of any kind. Raw foods do not usually come in a box with a label on! Raw foods are unprocessed living foods that provide abundant nutrition for the body. Raw foodies hold the belief that nature provides us with complete sources of nutrition from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains and pulses. In addition I personally buy into what I have researched about a high vibration diet! Foods rich in enzyme nutrition like activated nuts are top of the scale when it comes to raw foods because they are not only loaded with essential minerals and vitamins they are bursting with energy that’s high vibration. And you are what you eat. You are what you absorb.
Uncooked fruits and vegetables:
Raw eating is based on the principal belief that the most healthy vibrant foods for the body are uncooked and not heated to over 38-43°C (different foods will have different heat limits. You will often see a ‘limit’ of 46°C used) to preserve the enzymes. So a raw food diet isn’t just ‘uncooked stuff’ it’s a menu that is high vibration, enzyme rich, nutritional goodness which gives you your highest vibration and your best self!
Meat and milk?
For me, no way. For me this is a non-negotiable part of the deal. By all means reduce your intake of meat and dairy as you progress towards a plant-based high raw diet but, for me, animal free, plant-based, clean eating are the principles of EXPLORE RAW and therefore meat and milk play no part. I promote a clean eating, high raw, high plant-based diet. If you are not ready to give up, or significantly reduce your intake of, meat or milk then you might not be ready yet for a plant-based diet 100%. So take it in stages. You have to ask yourself ‘how much do I want this – how much do I want to make significant changes to my health?’. You have to want results enough to make changes.
Juicing (especially green leafy vegetables) is like hooking yourself up to a maximum-health drip; like injecting pure goodness into your veins because you are giving your body immediate access to the nutritional content of the foods that you have just juiced – bypassing a sometimes lengthy or sluggish digestion process. Believe me it’s the only bypass you are ever going to want.
Why Eat Raw?
Eating a diet high in activated raw living foods makes you feel fabulous! That’s why! It is energy providing, clean and thoughtful eating that heals the body. Think energy. Think wellbeing. Think weight loss.
- Raw foods are high in fibre and that’s great for weight control
- Raw foods are low in calories (not that we count them when we are raw) including calories from fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables and sprouts
- Raw foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals and enzymes, destroyed in some foods by the cooking process.
- Raw foods have a high water content helping you stay hydrated
- Raw foods are full of energy as they are closer to their live natural state
And, why eat raw?
The body’s natural state is one of constant self repair. If we eat a highly processed rich diet that includes meat, dairy and alcohol then we become loaded with toxins. The body moves away from its primary repair tasks and focuses on the removal of toxins from the body and over time this leads to poor health. We are literally eating ourselves sick.
There are many reasons why a clean natural plant-based raw diet is what the body needs – and it can be helpful to focus on the following three key elements.
Eating Raw preserves food enzymes:
Enzymes are hugely important and are the life force of food – responsible for all metabolic activity in the body. Enzymes are needed to break down food particles quickly so that the body can process them. Cooked foods are without enzymes and pass through the body slowly encouraging fermentation and allowing toxins to remain in the body which is not good. Toxins present in the body are ‘weight loss blockers’ and encourage hormonal imbalances – interrupting the body’s natural ability to heal itself, detox and process waste. Cooking food destroys many minerals, vitamins and amino acids. There are a few exceptions such as lycopene found in tomatoes and carrots. Let’s bust this myth right here. Yes, when tomatoes are cooked lycopene is more available in the body (around an 18% increase in bioavailability) but that same tomato loses almost half of its vitamin A, 65% of vitamin K, 35% of beta carotene and 100% of it’s alpha carotene.
Eating Raw alkalizes the body:
A diet that is plant-based and high in raw foods will help in alkalizing the body. This means that your body will be more ‘in balance’, and your PH levels will even out. This is important as an ‘acidic’ diet causes stress on the body which increases weight gain and decreases immunity. An acidic diet is one that is high in junk food, processed foods, meat, dairy and alcohol. Alkalizing the body helps the body to heal and to move towards the body’s natural state of constant repair.
Eating Raw balances hormones:
Hormones play a critical role in body balancing and weight loss. If your hormones (for both men and women) are out of sync, then guaranteed you’ll be overweight. Guaranteed also that if you’re overweight your hormones will be out of balance. It’s a tricky little circle but it’s possible to break the loop by eating clean foods – and that has to include a diet high in raw foods. Fix the hormones and you fix the weight problem. It’s that simple. Take care of the hormones and your body is able to take care of itself.
Eating a high raw plant based diet has helped me to turn my health around. It can do the same for you! I cured myself from chronic disease, released weight and gave myself huge deposits into my long-term health bank account! Read my full story here.
I know that what I am eating is truly becoming me.
It’s simple and it works: It’s crazy sometimes that life’s answers are simply staring you right in the face! That eating really healthily is good for you. That eating more raw fruits and vegetables is going to better your health. That moving your body is going to keep you fit. I could go on but you get it, right..? It’s so simple.
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