Introduction to Raw Food

There continues to be debate over whether a raw food diet is healthier for you than any other diet. Whatever the outcome of that debate, one can’t deny that by incorporating more and more colorful fruits and vegetables to your diet will provide you an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, anti-oxidants, and more.

Proponents of the Raw Food diet will tell you there are a host of benefits you will gain such as:
♦ You will have more energy
♦ You will feel alive like your food
♦ You will nourish your body
♦ Reverse the signs of aging
♦ Achieve ideal body weight
♦ Look more healthy
♦ Cellulite will fade and disappear
♦ You will acquire more endurance
♦ You will become more flexible
♦ Your skin will glow
♦ Your mind will be clearer
♦ Your taste buds will sharpen
♦ Hair will grow quicker and thicker
♦ Your nails will be stronger
♦ Tummy will be flatter

Most nutrients in our food are sensitive to heat, and with too much heat they lose their nutrition. When we eat raw we gain more benefit from all the vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, phytochemicals and enzymes in our foods. Raw foods provide enough calcium, protein, fiber and other essential nutrients. Raw may be the answer to optimum vitality.

Eating raw will also make you more conscious of where your food comes from. You will have a much smaller ecological footprint and less impact on Mother Earth.

However, going to a raw diet can be overwhelming. Everyone is different, and some people will be able to convert to raw overnight. Others may continue to add grains and steamed veggies. Pay attention to your body, and do what feels right to you. It won’t be much fun healing your body by eating raw uncooked foods, if you are mentally unhappy about giving up cooked foods.

Here are 5 steps that may help you move to a raw diet.
1) Decide on your motivation for going raw. Keep this in mind as you begin your journey.
2) Bluff your way into raw foods by understanding the lingo, i.e.: alkaline food, PH, organic, vegan, juicing, etc.
3) Understand how to get the most nutrients out of your foods.
4) Outfit your kitchen efficiently for a raw food diet, i.e.: sharp knives, juicer, blender, spiralizer
5) Understand the transition tools, what foods can be replaced by raw, such as raw spaghetti squash and zucchini instead of pasta; flax crackers, and lettuce wraps instead of bread; whole hemp seeds, organic whole flax seeds, nuts, fresh coconut and avocados instead of butter, margarine, and animal fats; stevia, vanilla, cinnamon instead of sweeteners.

To make the transition easier, you may want to first start with juicing. Begin eating smarter by incorporation healthier foods to your diet. The more healthy you eat, the more your body will crave healthier foods. Go organic whenever possible to eliminate residuals from herbicides and pesticides in your food.

For more information and ideas on transitioning to a raw diet here are a few great websites you may want to peruse:
In the Raw
Loving it Raw
Health Inspirations

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