The most natural and healthy way to ensure that our body receives all the nutrients we need is a predominantly raw diet. Our bodies are built to easily convert fresh, natural foods into energy. A diet plan for living foods (or simply increasing the amount of raw materials you consume daily) will not only help you achieve natural weight loss, but will also improve your natural energy (no energy drinks or caffeine needed) and provide more oxygen to the cells to function properly and prevent many diseases and cancers.
The concepts behind a raw food diet are based on the enjoyment of a diet consisting of at least 75% raw or live food. Now I know that some people go a bit overboard and eat 100% raw food diets, but there are some vegetables that are really more nutrient dense after it has been heated up! So enjoy your raw food, but don’t be afraid to have cooked foods too.
Another component of this type of food is to remove all processed foods from the diet. If food needs to be processed in any way, you should process it yourself.
Dehydrated fruits and vegetables are a staple of most raw food nutrition plans. If you do it yourself, your food will stay natural and healthy without many unnecessary vitamin-killing additives.
The foods that make up most of this type of diet are fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, raw nuts, raw seeds, raw grains, dried fruits and fresh fruit juices, and purified water.
Why should you increase the amount of raw food in your diet?
This may sound suspicious like a vegetarian diet, because in essence it is. Vegetarian diets promote the enjoyment of foods in their most natural state while eliminating most, if not all, animal products. Let’s be honest, a live diet and a vegetarian diet go hand in hand, as animal products are either processed, cooked or both.
Most cooks of raw foods recommend that foods be heated to 116 degrees and not higher. The more heat consumed, the more digestive enzymes from the food are destroyed. Good digestion is essential for the absorption of vitamins and nutrients that our meals provide for us.
A few unexpected benefits of a live food diet plan!
A natural energy gain, radiant skin, natural weight loss and maintenance, better digestion, an even metabolism, better joint mobility and a lower risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
Raw food plans are the perfect way to rid your body of the additives and chemicals found in most foods today. This is commonly referred to as a detoxification diet because the focus of this type of food is to rid your body of all the garbage that processed foods leave behind.
A healthy detoxification plan with live foods will not only ensure that you do not go hungry, but it will also be very low in sodium and saturated fat and will provide you with high levels of magnesium, potassium and fibre.
There is an unlimited selection of meals that you can enjoy on this type of diet plan. Whether you choose to take more of your meals juiced, dehydrated or “naturally”, any combination of these healthy, nutritious foods will help cleanse colon, kidney, liver and skin!
Raw Food Diet Plan Basics
I wasn’t kidding when I said that this kind of eating plan offers an endless variety. You will enjoy fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts, legumes, seeds, cereals, almond or coconut milk and much more. Did you know that
– germinated brown rice slows glucose uptake and helps improve metabolism.
– Cabbage supports healthy cell function; radish leaves and shitake mushrooms are natural antioxidants.
We all know that carrots are a great source of vitamin A and promote healthy vision, but did you know that carrots also help promote a healthy cardiovascular system?