Staying on a Raw Food Diet
Like any dietary change, staying true to a raw food diet can be tricky. It’s not impossible, but it does take some planning to make it work out.
Try New Foods
Going from eating everything as an omnivore to eating comparatively little with a raw diet may seem daunting, but there are still plenty of choices for things to eat, you might not be aware of them. Each time you go to the store pick up one or two things that fit in your diet that you haven’t tried before. Keep sampling new things. You’ll find more foods you enjoy that you can add to your diet.
Learn to Prepare Your Own Raw Food
If you already know, you can always learn more. The more you know about the process of creating and preparing the food for yourself, the more invested you’ll be in your diet. As your skills improve you can try out different recipes and changing up what you eat every day.
Pack a Lunch
Instead of struggling to find a raw snack in the office vending machine, bring your own snacks with you to work or when you’re out doing errands. Get a lunch bag or set of containers you like. Make yourself a bento box. When your coworkers see your beautiful, healthy meal, they’ll want to ask you about the raw diet.
If you’re going to a party or gathering, ask beforehand if there will be any raw foods that will fit into your diet. If the host isn’t going to supply anything, ask them if it’s okay for you to bring enough food for everybody: you’ll be able to have something to eat and you’ll be able to share your diet with people as well.
Connect with Other Raw Dieters
If you live in an area where raw diets are unheard of, it can be difficult when you feel like the only one. Luckily the internet makes it easier than ever to connect to people with similar interests as you. Swap recipes, learn about new foods and suitable restaurants. You can find more about other raw foodists and raw recipes on the Resources Page!
February 12, 2013 | sean
Before man’s mastery of fire all foods were eaten raw. Even today raw foods are still popular, though many are cooked and heavily processed for convenience. Some people have taken a few steps back and subsist on an entirely raw diet of uncooked and unprocessed foods. Many times followers of a raw diet are also vegan.
The Canadian dentists Weston Price wrote Nutrition and Physical Degeneration in 1939, citing that children who did not ingest raw milk and chose the pasteurized homogenized version suffered from lackluster jaw development and tooth decay. The work noted that raw foods were nutrient dense and that the healthiest tribal peoples ate raw animal parts as well as raw produce.
The 1984 book Raw Energy-Eat your Way to Radiant Health brought seeds, sprouts and juices to popular use. It also used published research to support the health benefits of a raw diet. The recommended diet was 75% raw food to prevent progressive diseases, slow the body’s aging, increase the user’s energy and to improve mood.
Today raw diets are popular in Australia and California. Celebrities on the diet adds extra exposure and a glam factor to the lifestyle; Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson and Jason Mraz are on the raw diet. As local and organic foods are now in higher demand, raw diets are easier to follow in urbanized countries. Raw restaurants and bars are in America and Western Europe are testaments to the popularity of the diet.
Modern followers of a raw diet abstain from heating foods above 116 F due to the belief that heating foods any higher causes the degradation of nutrients and the creation of harmful compounds.
February 11, 2013 | sean
A raw food diet is a way of eating that includes only those foods that never reach temperatures of 116-118°F. Typically, a raw diet is also one that focuses on ingredients that come directly from nature. Seeds, nuts, fruits, whole grains, vegetables and some unpasteurized dairy products are the foundation for this diet. While it can be a complete turnaround from the average diet, which contains alcohol, processed foods and lots of saturated fats, a raw diet also brings with it many different health benefits. Here are a few of the most interesting health benefits of a raw food diet.
Achieving an Ideal Body Weight
One of the biggest health benefits of a raw food diet is that it makes it easier for individuals to achieve a healthy body weight. In the United States alone, 35.7 percent of adults are obese, and a similar number are overweight. Obesity brings with it consequences like diabetes, heart disease and even the risk of limited mobility, so maintaining a healthy weight is vital. Most of the foods consumed in a raw food diet are low in calories, which can help individuals to lose weight and achieve a healthy body weight. Since even the more nutrient-dense food items in the diet such as nuts and seeds are filling and contain ample fiber, the raw foodist will have an easier time of staying full and avoiding the regular excessive consumption of calories that can so often lead to obesity.
Increased Intake of Vitamins and Minerals
Another major health benefit connected with the raw food diet is the increased intake and absorption of many necessary vitamins and minerals. There is research suggesting that cooking vegetables past a certain temperature can reduce the amount of nutrients available to the person who eats them. Vitamin A, in particular, is found in large amounts in many raw vegetables like carrots. Cooked carrots, however, contain far less Vitamin A overall.
Potentially Reduce Certain Types of Cancer
Those who are concerned with reducing the risk of cancer will appreciate that a raw food diet can go a long way in this respect. Eating raw vegetable like kale and cabbage is proven to reduce the occurrence of cancer in the bladder. Other studies show that eating a diet that contains large amounts of raw vegetable can reduce the risk of gastric cancers, oral cancer and esophageal cancer.
High cholesterol is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes, so patients are always interested in ways to reduce their unhealthy LDL cholesterol. A raw food diet has been linked to lowering LDL cholesterol rates in individuals, which is largely due to the lack of processed and cured meats and high fat dairy items in the daily diet.
A raw food diet is not always easy to follow, and it may be challenging at first. However, it is clear that a raw food diet has some incredible health benefits that can make a difference in the lives of individuals around the world.
January 29, 2013 | sean