Although you might have heard that, the raw food diet is another “fad diet” and that its results vanish quickly and easily regain the pounds you lost. Let me tell you this, the raw food diet is one of the best diets for weight loss with no side effects and the maximum mental & physical benefits that you can ever come across.
Lots of nutrition experts say that this diet is more like a lifestyle that allows you to get to know nature more and fill your body with all these amazing health benefits for a better weight loss.
“Raw Foodism” is what they sometimes call raw food diet because it’s ultimately about eating only unprocessed food – uncooked food – without any additives that can deliberately damage your health. So, are you ready to cleanse your body and take part of this revolutionary diet? Do you think you are up for the raw food challenge?
Today we are going to cover some important topics about the raw food diet:
- What Is a Raw Food Diet?
- Benefits of a raw food diet.
- How to start a raw food diet?
- Raw food diet for beginners.
- The Raw Food Diet For Beginners 5 step process.
- Fermented Foods Importance in a Raw Food Diet.
What Is a Raw Food Diet?
The purpose of eating more raw unprocessed foods is to get loads of nutrients in an easy-to-digest way, the kind of nutrients that your body is made for naturally. If you want completely raw, then you can call yourself a “raw vegan”, however, there’s no need to do so. At the beginning just include raw fruits and vegetables in your diet and gradually build up the amount of raw food you consume daily.
Raw Foodism – the raw food diet – has been there since the 1800s, and anecdotal evidence & studies show the advantages of having a raw food diet:
The Benefits Of Raw Food Diet:
• Helping you keep a healthy body weight.
• Reducing inflammation.
• Helping with great liver function.
• Giving more dietary fiber.
• Preventing nutrient deficiencies.
• Improving digestion.
• Giving you more stamina & energy.
• Clearing & cleaning your skin.
• Stopping or treating any possible constipation.
• Preventing cancer.
• Lowering a number of carcinogens & anti-nutrients in your diet.
How To Start A Raw Food Diet?
This is a good question that I asked myself in the beginning, and the answer is quite simple to this question. There’re no rules or restrictions with this diet, and you’ll not be deprived of any type of fruit or vegetable as long as it’s raw, so try to include it in your meals and make it be your biggest part of the meal.
Once raw food has become the main thing you eat on a daily basis and contributes 80-90% of your diet, and then you can consider yourself a raw food dieter.
Raw Food Diet For Beginners:
First thing is first, especially if you are going to change your dietary lifestyle, the first thing we need to focus on is the balance. You’ll the best ever when you mix between raw food and slightly cooked vegetables.
Here are some of my preferred raw foods that I ate regularly when I started the raw food diet:
• Leafy greens
• Watermelon and cantaloupe
• Sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds
• Citrus fruits (several servings per day)
• Raw veggies like carrots, peppers, celery, tomatoes, etc.
• Coconut kefir/raw and organic kefir
• Raw yogurt
• Cultured veggies (for example; kimchi or sauerkraut)
• Extra virgin olive or coconut oil
The Raw Food Diet For Beginners 5 step process:
I want to make sure that you take this diet in the correct direction; I’ll guide you through a five-step process to ensure that you get on track with the raw food diet:
1- Start by making your plate half filled with raw fibers; vegetables & fruits. Extra bonus, if they’re non-starchy raw food, if you want to add slightly cooked at the beginning, it’s definitely okay.
2- you have a lot of options with cooking your raw foods, like; juicing, cooking the food at a temperature less than 100 degrees, sprouting, steaming, and using slow cookers are all ways to gently cook while preserving the nutritional benefits.
The power is in your hands to individualize your diet however, you want and eat what you like within the options we recommend for you. The best thing here is that by the end of the day, you should find yourself eating almost 70-80% plant-based food, and if cooked, it’s not heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
3- In the raw food diet, you can eat fat, but only the good fats, so I want to get rid of the unhealthy fats (Trans fats, vegetable oils, canola oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oils). You need to use the healthy fats instead, for instance; cold-pressed coconut oil, grass-fed butter, extra virgin olive oil, and nuts/seeds. These healthy oils or fats that I was just telling you about are very important for your weight loss, hormone production, brain development, lowering inflammation, cancer prevention, and cellular healing.
4- Focus on eating the good quality animal – meat – products in moderation when you start the raw food diet. This considerably reduces your vulnerability to herbicides, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics, in meats and at the same time providing essential nutrients and fatty acids such as conjugated linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, and omega-3 fatty acids.
5- It’s time you replace all the refined grains and sugary snacks like; pizza, soups, white pasta, sweetened yogurt, crackers, white bread, canned foods with other healthy snacks. Eat sprouted/soaked grain products (like sprouted beans, sourdough bread or Ezekiel bread) in moderation. But, the best option for snacks is fruits instead of these unhealthy snacks and beverages.
If you follow these 5 steps, you’ll find it easy to drop into the raw food diet and eating fresh vegetables and fruits, nut butter, sprouted seeds, cold-pressed extra virgin coconut or olive oil, freshly squeezed vegetable or fruit juices, fresh herbs, herbal teas and fermented vegetables. The best thing about this diet is that you can eat as much as you’d wish and not fill guilty about it.
Raw Food Vegan Diet:
There’s a difference between becoming a raw food dieter and a “raw vegan.” Although, both have lots in common, however, when you are a raw food dieter, you can eat some meat products when you feel like it, which is not what “raw vegans” do. Raw vegans are those who go their lives eating only raw vegetables and fruits and they’re dedicated not to eat any animal product and not even eggs or milk.
Some raw food dieters include raw dairy products, raw meats or eggs, raw fish, and still some cooked animal products, as well. There’s no certain percentage or ratio of raw versus cooked food in the raw food diet, the goal here is to live a healthy natural life.
What do raw vegans eat?
Vegans on the raw food diet don’t eat or drink any animal products whatsoever and quite a few cooked foods. The raw vegan eating style can be hard to keep up with and unattainable for several people.
On top of all that, there are lots of nutrients found in animal foods and benefits, so it’s totally okay to include some of them once in a while in your diet. For instance, chicken liver or kidneys, are frequently called “Superfoods” and are the most nutrient-dense foods there are as they are extremely high in nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B (with its derivatives), iron and phosphorus.
Fermented Foods Importance in a Raw Food Diet:
Fermented foods are some of the healthiest types of foods when it comes to eating a raw food diet. Fermented foods are raw and generally grow probiotics as they undergo fermentation, which is when oxygen converts some, but not all, of the nutrients. People all over the world and from many different cultures have been eating for several years in the form of yogurt, kombucha, sourdough bread, kefir, and some vegetables like kimchi, sauerkraut, and kvass.
Probiotics that are produced as food is fermented are “good bacteria” that live in your gut, and they are responsible for nutrient absorption and maintaining your immune system. Fermented food helps you to repopulate your stomach with beneficial microbiota after you’ve started the process of detoxifying away built-up toxins and waste you built up over the years in your system.
Probiotic foods promote a healthy microbiome, which is amazingly great for your digestive system (helping you with proper weight loss), help clear up your skin, enhance immunity, and are even useful for managing hormonal balance and a healthy weight loss journey.
Now, we are done with the guide for the raw food diet and we’ve discussed what it is and how you can benefit from adding loads of raw food into your diet. If you’ve gone or still on a raw food diet, be proud enough to share your experience with us!