The Raw Food Diet

February 12, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Guide

Switching to the raw foods diet is no doubt a challenge. But overcoming our cooked food tendencies is worth it. Raw natural food is nutrient-dense and easily digested, so the body gets the fuel it needs to thrive and heal.

If you want to stop wasting energy breaking down trans fats and other harmful compounds formed in the cooking process, try any of the following tips:

1.) Add fresh fruit or veggies to each meal. If you’ve been eating mostly cooked food for a majority of your life, you can help open your mind up to whole raw foods by having a small salad with your dinner – or adding strawberries to breakfast for energy. These simple additions are small steps toward weaning away from cooked and processed food but their effects are great. Fibers and enzymes in plant-based foodstuffs promote the healthy digestion of any meal and help to cleanse the colon as they pass. With consistency, you become more accustomed to eating natural foods and it becomes easier to switch out whole cooked meals for raw ones.

2.) Drink smoothies! Freshly made smoothies are a no-brainer for any aspiring raw foodist. A balanced blend of super foods and ripe fruit satisfies even the pickiest cooked food addict but still contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and complex sugars to supercharge your day. Some of the most prominent raw fooders like David “Avocado” Wolfe advocate drinking smoothies daily for energy and the highly beneficial intake of predigested nutrients. Best of all, blending opens the gateway to juicing – the quickest way to flood the body with large quantities of vital plant nutrients for energy, weight loss, and strength.

Try it: (Portioning for 2 servings, place all ingredients in blender and puree well)

* 3 cups fresh, organic strawberries
* 2 bananas
* 1 cup fresh young coconut water
* 2 tablespoons of raw hulled hempseed
* 1 cup of ice cubes (optional)

3.) Try some easy-prep raw recipes. There are gourmet raw recipes that recreate the tastes and textures of common cooked meals to help ease your transition and banish your addiction to processed foods. When you’re just beginning to make the raw foods switch, plain salads, celery, and carrots just don’t seem that exciting – or appetizing. And it’s hard to gorge (as many do in the evenings) on just fruits, veggies and nuts. The more decadent raw recipes like cookies, ice-creams, pastas, and even burgers offer familiar tastes that make letting go easier and help build motivation for eating a raw diet. Though more complicated meals might require a dehydrator, most can be made ready-to-eat in minutes with only fresh organic ingredients.

Changing dietary habits means opening the mind up to new and different experiences. It’s important to keep reminding yourself of what you’ll earn through a raw diet:

(1) better sleep and increased energy,

(2) weight loss,

(3) strengthened immune system and less sick time, and

(4) enhanced mental clarity and focus

You can do this!

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