A raw food diet is simply eating raw uncooked and unprocessed foods. There are numerous benefits to starting a living food diet, which include an increase in energy, promotion of weight loss, improved colon health and easier digestion. To get started there are a few things you should know.
Eating raw food is a lifestyle change that takes discipline and motivation to continue. To receive the maximum benefits of the diet it is recommended that you eat organic foods. Organic fruits and vegetables are free of pesticides and harmful chemicals and hormones that are used to promote rapid growth. Without those chemicals foods maintain their natural state and are much healthier as a result.
The foods that are eaten in the raw food diet are primarily fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, coconut milk and pure drinking water to name a few. Most of these foods can be put into salad or made into fruit and vegetable juice. To add a little texture the foods can be steamed for a small amount of time. Try to avoid preparing foods with heat exceeding 116 degrees as it removes natural enzymes in the food that are good for digestion and vitamin sources. A juicer is also a good way to get your daily source of nutrition while combining fruits and vegetables for a pleasant tasting drink.
Balance your Vitamins
Though there are plenty of reasons to increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet you still have to be cautious. There will be an increase in overall health but a few important vitamins and minerals will be missing from your diet such as calcium, calories and protein, which are all important for your health. Fruits and vegetables have considerably less calories than other foods so there will be a need to eat more to meet daily limits. You can also take calcium supplements to get the daily-recommended amount.
Shopping for Raw Food
Regular grocery stores are a good place to start shopping for raw fruits and vegetables however; raw food stores cater specifically to organic whole foods. They also have a larger selection of foods that are essential to a living food diet such as legumes, seeds, fiber and whole grains that are in limited supply at grocery stores. You can also buy your whole foods in bulk or as needed without worrying about the item being out of stock.