To clarify by Raw I include all fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their normal unprocessed state. The food is never heated above 115 degrees F or 48C. I do not support a full Raw Food Diet no more than I would support any diet that is restrictive and unbalanced. I endorse a 80/20% moderation in all things! Personally I enjoy at least 1 (if not more) completely Raw food meal a week. However I also eat cooked food and am not a vegan or vegetarian!
- Supposedly eating Raw retains all of the vital components of the foods (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, plant proteins, fibre, water, phyto-nutrients, antioxidants and probiotics) in their natural form. It also therefore remains free of processed sugars (most of which are boiled) sweeteners, flavourings, preservatives, gluten, dairy and unfermented soy. The diet can be very nut heavy but should suit those without allergies andseeds can be substituted easily. B vitamins, essential fatty acids, vitamin c and enzymes with in food are susceptible to heat damage, these are retained in a Raw state
- Raw food is reported to be gentler on the digestive system as the body is more adapt at assimilating unadulterated foods (However people with a weak digestive system and without the necessary means to digest and absorb food there may sometimes be a reaction to raw foods).The fibre contentcan also help balance blood sugar levels and bulk stool thus potentially helping any constipation. It is a simple and easy to integrate into your life and lifestyle- as easy as having a salad of raw vegetables with or as your meal. It is also kinder to the planet!
- The foods are fresh so generally you will be eating seasonally and organic is preferred but not essential. You may also feel a boost in your immune system and see a decrease in chronic inflammation.
- There is a vibrancy to raw foods. There may sometimes be an initial adjustment period for the body but after this with an abundance of nutrients and no more empty calories you should feel energy levels improve. Eating Raw foods can help you feel lighter (don’t really get that full, bloated feeling after a meal). . It will also help address the acid/alkaline balance in the body.
- It can also make you more organised as if something has to be soaked or prepped in advance it gives you a little more control over the days/weeks meal plans.