Raw Food Diet Guidelines

February 12, 2011 by admin  
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Most people who have transitioned to or are moving towards a raw food diet are very passionate about their health. Also counting the environment, religion and economics as additional reasons to change their eating habits those that go raw often invest a lot of time and energy into their body for a greater purpose. Deeply caring about the state of their own health as well as the world’s, raw food enthusiasts encourage certain cooking criteria. It is their belief that food should be consumed in a specific manner and by doing so a much more active and energetic lifestyle will flourish where the mind and physical structure can work at optimal levels. Part of being successful at eating raw is having the right routines and recipes.

It is essential to understand exactly what constitutes a raw food way of life and the details of formulating the proper mind set. Raw food is as much fuel as it is fight. It is the fuel for a better tomorrow. It is the fight for an existence where food is treated with respect and thought. For anyone interested in getting started in raw foods or if you simply want to brush up on what it means to eat raw then the following guidelines and tips are a great start.

-If you consume over 51% of raw food your are considered raw

-Eat fruits such as, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, apples, pears, oranges, grapes, mangos, papayas, and melons.

-Try to use variety with your vegetables. Use kale in your smoothies a couple days a week and then use romaine the other days so that you get the different plant based benefits of each vegetable. As long as it’s raw you will be gaining many benefits of the protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

-One of the most crucial components of raw is to eat organic or locally grown produce. You don’t want pesticides or other chemicals on your vegetables and fruits. With raw food you are eating without heating so there is no way to kill off the pesticides or other chemicals. Plus it is much better for the environment to eat organic. Get in the habit of going to the farmers market every week to get your produce. Once you get in the habit it will become like second nature.

-Avoid excessive amounts of dried fruit because of the calorie content but it is better to eat dried fruit than candy and cookies.

-Keep meals simple.

-Whole foods are always the best option. When you use whole foods you can sprout them and make your own super green foods. You can sprout lentils, beans, grains, etc.

-Enjoy sunshine. Try to get at least an average of 15-30 minutes of sunlight on your skin per day so that vitamin D can be absorbed into the skin.

-Be active in some form or another. Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and get fit! But it is always nice to go on a bike ride or walk; just keep moving.

These are just a few of needed steps to maintain an optimal raw food diet. Raw food purists stick to these four major groups’ fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds and simply try to eat them in most unprocessed way possible. Although sprouting seeds, grains, and beans, juicing fruit and vegetables, soaking nuts and dried fruit and blending and dehydrating (at a temperature of less than 116 degrees F) food gives raw meals a boost of expandability and creativity. Many raw food purveyors prefer simple whole fresh foods.

Some of the most extreme raw food theorists even go as far as sequential eating (starting with light foods and progressing), mono meals (only having one type of whole raw food per meal) and advanced water fasting and cleansing.

It is most important to note that there are simply nuances to eating raw and that we all must be careful when it comes to what we put in our mouth. We should be very conscience about the type of substances we consume and should consult experts and conduct diligent and educated research before making massive adjustments to the way we live. Emotional poise and stability, awareness of others, drinking filtered and pure water, getting enough rest/sleep and breathing fresh air, of course are all also part of a healthy and active raw food lifestyle.

Our bodies are dynamically sensitive and fragile systems that rely heavily on the nutrients we feed them and the training we allow them. A raw food diet is a direct attempt to positively influence our health and the world’s longevity. Every individual and situation is different so do not become frustrated if your raw food journey begins at a snail’s pace. At least you have started. Eating raw is a lifelong learning process and something that takes dedication and perseverance. There have been many reports highlighting the negatives of cooked and processed food and any step we take towards eliminating these unhealthy conduits of decline is a move in the right direction. I am sure we all would like to feel great and avoid developing chronic problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer and eating raw is one way to aid in these goals.

Ultimately every human has different tolerance levels and beliefs about what is right and wrong when it comes to eating. Listening to our bodies and staying within our appropriate comfort zones will encourage the most success. If you do decide that having improved skin, better digestion, increased energy, proper weight maintenance and overall better health, then eating raw just may be for you and all the great raw food recipes and data compiled here might be worth a try. The great thing about eating raw is you are not only helping yourself but others and Mother earth as well. Actions will always speak louder than words and there is no better time to start your raw food diet then today.

SAMPLE DAILY RAW MEAL PLAN:

Breakfast

Raw Food Green Smoothie

Hot/Cold green tea

Morning Snack

Piece of Fresh Fruit and a handful of almonds

Lunch

Raw Vegetable Soup

Small salad

Green Tea

Couple of Flax Crackers Dehydrated

Afternoon Snack

Kale chips with raw hummus

Dinner

Quinoa Summer Salad

Side salad

Dessert

Raw Cookie or Raw Torte

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