The Joy of Raw Food Diet Weight Loss

The raw food diet is rapidly gaining popularity and awareness among knowledgeable health conscious consumers. As we enter the 21st century people are becoming more diet conscious due to an increase in understanding about how the body works. When people pursue raw food diet weight loss and abandon modern processed foods they quickly see a change in the way they feel and an increase in their energy levels. The benefits of turning from soda pop and processed food to more healthy things like uncooked vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, dried fruit, and even seaweed are bringing millions of people benefits like increased energy, better skin tone and even reduced illnesses.

Raw food diet weight loss revolves around cutting out foods that are not readily processed by the body. By replacing these processed foods with natural foods that are not cooked at excessive temperature many enzymes and nutrients are left intact. Studies have shown that heating food above 115 degrees F can destroy enzymes in food that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food. At least 75% of the diet must be uncooked or raw food in order for the diet to be a true raw food diet. If you are thinking about pursuing raw food diet weight loss you need to make sure that your body’s PH is not moving towards being more acidic than alkaline. An acidic body is a fat body as the metabolism will be slowed down and more inefficient. When an unhealthy diet of processed foods is consumed this will create an acidic condition in the body. To test the body’s acidity you can use PH test strips, these are inexpensive and they can be used to help determine not only your PH but the right diet schedule needed to meet your weight loss goals. By eating an alkaline diet you will find weight loss is more effective. This is the major tip in achieving long term weight loss. Fruits, vegetables and herbs will help assist you in your efforts to maintain a more alkaline body.

Eat Fresh and Organic

Eating organic foods can help as they contain higher nutrient levels. Organic foods have more alkalizing minerals than conventionally grown foods and eating organic will speed up your weight loss efforts. Make sure to buy the highest quality and most delicious food. It may cost more but the great taste and higher quality will ensure that your raw food diet weight loss plans are successful. The lowest calorie count per ounce will be found with raw greens and vegetables. Fruits are next in line. In general, fruits have a slightly higher calorie count because of their naturally occurring sugars which will help with weight loss due to the fact that this will raise the body’s blood sugar and reduce hunger levels. People will often eat a piece of fruit before their meal to reduce over eating. If you eat a piece of sweet fruit like some pineapple or an apple 30 minutes before your main meal this can significantly reduce your hunger cravings so that when you do finally eat you will want to eat less. Raw food diet weight loss is usually successful when a complete lifestyle change is made. This change is typically rewarded with a higher energy level and possibly a reduction in illness.

How To Make Raw Food Salads

Raw food salads are always a hit for those pursuing the raw food diet. Not only are they fast and easy to make, but they are also tasty and filling. There really are no rules on how to make them, as just about anything goes, and everyone will have to experiment what they like best. Most people tend to favor fruit salads over leafy green salads, as well as over garden salads. This is mainly due to their sweetness, but leafy greens and garden salads can be just as tasty.

Fruit Salads

Fruit salads are a great pick-me-up in the afternoon due to their natural sugar content. They are also a hit when served as a dessert, even for those who are not raw foodists, as the fruit is naturally sweet.

To make a fruit salad, all one needs is a variety of different fruits such as grapes, mangoes, pineapple, peaches and pears. These foods, when combined in a salad will be naturally sweet. However, if extra sweetness is desired, one can drizzle over a natural sweetener such as honey, agave nectar or stevia. Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves also add to the great flavor of fruit salads.

Garden and Leafy Green Salads

Garden salads are another easy salad to make. Just about anything that grows in the garden such as tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, radishes and leafy greens go well in a garden salad.

Leafy green salads might not always be the first item on the list for foods to eat. They are nonetheless, one of the healthiest salads to add into the diet. They offer up many essential nutrients such as calcium, amino acids and natural sodium that the body needs. However, due to the bitterness of many leafy greens, the salads might take some getting used to.

With raw food salads, one cannot use the commercial salad dressings that are available for garden and leafy green salads. Therefore, it is important to learn how to make homemade salad dressings from scratch using fresh fruits, oils, and herbs and spices. It may sound daunting, but really, making a salad dressing at home is quite simple, and can taste just as great, if not better than anything that can be purchased in a bottle.

A common way to make a salad dressing is to start off with the basics such as an oil, lemon juice and sea salt. Then from there, one can add other herbs such as dill, rosemary, thyme, garlic and many others. A mashed avocado and fruit juices such as pineapple, mango or apple juices can also serve as a base for the dressing, thus eliminating the need for the oil.

Raw-food potluck canceled Monday night; try vegetarian cucumber-avocado sandwich – LancasterOnline

The group usually meets the third Monday of each month in Kinzer Fire Hall to share a meal, swap recipes and learn how to get more healthy, vegetarian foods into its members’ diets.

The raw foods shared at the monthly potluck, as defined by the group, “are made with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains” and “contain no animal products, dairy, eggs or anything that is cooked over 118 degrees.”


Makes 1 serving. Prep time: 10 minutes.

• 1 Thomas’ Whole Wheat Bagel Thins Bagel
• 4 tablespoons canned white beans, crushed
• 4 slices cucumber
• ¼ of an avocado, sliced
• 1 handful of alfalfa sprouts


Toast the bagel thin.

Spread the crushed white beans on the bottom half and then layer cucumber slices, alfalfa sprouts and avocado slices on top.

Replace the top of the bagel on the avocado.

SEXY RAW FOOD – Le cru GOURMET arrive enfin en France – Marie-Sophie L.

Marie-Sophie L., Raw Chef, anime des cours de cuisine et initie à la découverte du cru lors de dîners didactiques et de dégustations initiatiques ( Elle s est formée pendant six mois en Californie dans les plus grandes écoles de cuisine, dont The living Light Culinary Art Institute à Fort Bragg, pour devenir Raw Chef. Elle a aussi une formation de naturopathe.

Une invitation joyeuse et gourmande à repenser sa nourriture
pour en renouveler les plaisirs

Parce que tout est possible, ou presque, en cuisine crue les lasagnes, les risottos, la soupe à l oignon, les fromages, le pain, les tuiles croustillantes, le carawmel, la tarte au citron… , ce livre est une véritable invitation à découvrir et à maîtriser les principes de la raw food.

Les préparations simples (un robot et un blender suffisent) permettent une préservation parfaite des nutriments. Mais ce qui importe le plus à Marie-Sophie L., c est de louer les vertus gustatives des préparations sans cuisson pour révéler la complexité de certains légumes qui se livrent pleinement dans toute leur insolente vivacité !

Ainsi ce « cheesecake » bluffant de gourmandise et de saveurs, réalisé sans ufs ni laitage, et sans cuisson, ou ce « risotto » de panais aux cèpes où les notes réglissées, vives et sucrées du panais dansent littéralement avec le parfum chaud et puissant des cèpes pour rebondir en bouche avec beaucoup d aisance et de persistance. Un enchantement inoubliable.
Spaghettis de courgettes à la sauce napolitaine / Cheesecake aux framboises / Gâteau au cacao corsé et au carawmel tendre / Pruneaux au bacon d aubergine / Velouté de poivron fumé / Tombée d épinards / Béchamel de cajou à la muscade et au poivre noir / Rawtatouille…

LA TÉLÉ DE LILOU © Lilou Productions 2016
Défi des 100 jours


Raw food revolution – Saga Health News (blog)

So my fairly quiet January turned into a manically busy February with no let-up in sight until towards the end of March, which in one way is how I like it. 

Years ago Husband used to say to me, discussing my private pension arrangements, “You won’t still want to be working when you’re 65, will you?”  And I would say ‘no’.  But now here I am, not far off 67 and working, not quite full-time if you average out my hours over a year, but not part-time either.  

As any other freelance self-employed person will know – working life is either nothing coming in at all, or working 18-hour days for weeks on end to get a commission done in time.  Rarely any balanced middle ground. 

I mention this because keeping very busy really is the most excellent way of cutting back on your food and drink intake.  The days whizz by in a flurry of panic and concentration and running, even round the house, rather than idling along.  Food is the last thing on your mind and for me, trying to lose the last few of the surplus 12 pounds that gave me rather a shock this side of Christmas, that can only be good.

Related: Brain tricks for weight loss

The slight downside is that the majority of my work this month is devising and testing recipes for a book!!  But at least the recipes aren’t bakes, or anything like.  They are, er, raw.  Yes you read that correctly, raw. 

I’m busy concocting raw breakfasts, raw lunches, raw suppers, raw snacks, raw flipping everything.  There are a few sweet recipes (using raw honey, raw agave nectar and the like) but mostly, they are the kind of thing young avant garde fans of clean eating will have been chomping on for the past year or two, waiting for me to catch up.

To me, raw really is quite a new area.  I’ve handled dairy-free recipes, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low sugar and so on with aplomb, but everything raw (even down to not being able to use most dried spices or even normal yogurt) is something else.

And actually, I’m quite enjoying it.  I’m tasting things I would probably not have considered trying if it weren’t for work.  And I’m finding that I actually like a pretty high proportion of what I’m producing.  

I didn’t think I’d see the day when I’d start the morning with a breakfast of kale, carrot and Medjool date salad with a dressing of oil and cider vinegar and actually enjoy every mouthful of it – but I did today. 

Related: The best healthy breakfasts

I’ve also loved a lunch of raw butternut and courgette ‘fries’ served with a creamy homemade cashew nut dip.  And there’s plenty more.

So I’ve learnt a good lesson here.  In future I’ll be trying to keep more of an open mind to new things be they food, exercise or wellbeing related.  No, you still won’t get me liking a kale smoothie (at least not for the time being) but it’s all a start, and what with all the raw vegetables and lack of cheese, bread (though I am about to test a raw loaf!), roast dinners with Yorkshire pudding, and so on and so on, and with the rushing around and getting up early to get everything done – I do believe I’ve lost a couple more pounds!  Result!

Judith Wills' kale and date raw salad

Kale salad recipe

Here’s the recipe for the kale salad.  I can’t give you exact amounts for everything, otherwise my publishers may get slightly annoyed, but you can get the gist.

To serve 2, de-stalk a couple of mugfuls of fresh young kale leaves and chop as necessary.  Put into your serving bowl with some very finely sliced carrot, some red skinned apple slices and a few chopped Medjool dates.

Make a dressing with cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil, a little apple cider vinegar, a dash of mustard (I used stoneground as most commercial mustard isn’t raw!), a little proper maple syrup (I used raw, ditto), and sea salt and black pepper to taste.  Toss the salad with the dressing.

Sprinkle over plenty of chopped walnuts and some seeds of your choice, e.g. sunflower, pumpkin, sesame. 

You can eat it straight away but I actually had mine in the fridge overnight as I had made it in the evening.  I think it was even better for the kale having soaked in the dressing.

Really, really nice!  I may never eat cornflakes again.

Should you eat a raw diet? – EsquireMe

This month, UAE-home-grown Essentially has launched their own raw food program. Much like their juice cleanses and detox progams, the Dubai-based juice bar now delivers a box of food, juices and snacks to your door every morning to last you the day. On the menu is scones and cream for breakfast, cheesecake, lasagna, chocolate brownies, even a burger one evening – the difference is, all food is raw, packed with nutrients and good for you.

“Higher energy levels, mental clarity, reduction of unwanted symptoms, peak performance and feeling generally more vital,” explains chef, Kristin Fraser, of why we should be eating raw. Canadian-born Fraser whips up Essentially’s menu each week, and has some impressive culinary credentials to her name (she’s even completed the Chef’s Training Program at New York’s National Gourmet Institute).

The science behind the benefits of raw food is all in the enzymes. Heating food above 115F destroys the enzymes in food, which are basically the catalysts to every metabolic reaction in the body, from digestion and immune function, to cellular regeneration and building muscle. When you don’t consume enzymatic rich food (that is raw food) your body can become depleted of it’s own natural enzymes, which is essentially the aging and degeneration process. This is why consuming a lot of raw food is considered such a key to staying youthful and strong.

“Eating raw will give you higher energy levels, mental clarity, reduction of unwanted symptoms, peak performance and feeling generally more vital”

So what does a raw diet mean? “A perfect raw meal to me is a large mixed leafy green salad with avocado, vegetables, tomatoes, cucumber, nuts and seeds, raisins, hemp seeds, lemon juice, olive oil and maybe a little fresh herbs and some kraut or kimchi,” explains Fraser. “Stick to large amounts of dark leafy greens, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and if you can get onto some fermented foods you’re doing amazing.”

But what about meat and protein? There seems to be a fear around not getting enough animal flesh as a primary source of protein when it comes to raw, vegetarian and vegan diets. “There is a growing mass of scientific research showcasing more harm than good to the body with consuming too many animal proteins,” Fraser continues. “Your liver doesn’t know what to do with all the excess protein that people, especially men are consuming and starts pumping out excess IGF-1, which is a cancer promoting growth hormone. With plant-based proteins, even in the same quantities, there is actually a reduction in IGF-1. So, the source of your protein is very important. Coming from plant-based sources is shown to have a lot more benefit to the body. We forget that protein is built in the body from amino acids, which the plant kingdom offers in its highest bioavailable form, from dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds and pseudograins. One of the most protein dense foods on the planet in fact comes from spirulina – a plant based source. We have to remember that some of the largest species on the planet, including elephants are plant eaters. I suggest going to Dominick Thompson for an inspiring example. He’s fully vegan and mostly raw and isn’t your typical “skinny vegan”. That’s a good start.”


I tried the raw food program for five days and while, yes, I was a little hungry after some of the leafy lunch salads, the mid-afternoon snack and nut mylk really helped. I was also incredibly impressed with the innovative and tasty recipes, as each day the menu completely changed. This really isn’t about starving yourself or eating lettuce for five days. The thick berry smoothie was a great breakfast, the chewy brownie tasted way to good to be healthy, not to mention the chocolate cheesecake, made simply from raw cacao, cashews, pecans, almonds, maple syrup, dates and coconut oil. Even the creamy, curried veg with red pepper cream sauce was mightily impressive  (the ‘rice’ was  a bed of coconut and cauliflower quinoa). By day five I was brimming with energy, despite continuing with my HIIT training throughout the week, I felt clear-headed and while I don’t weigh myself, the jeans were definitely a little looser. So is it for you or do you still feel skeptical?

“We have to remember that some of the largest species on the planet, including elephants are plant eaters”

“I was the most skeptical of them all so trust me when I say I hear you”, Fraser tells me when I ask her to convince you guys out there too. “You truly have to experience it to believe it for yourself. And not just in a “I tried a green smoothie and didn’t like it” kind of way. Or an “I ate salad for a week and didn’t feel like I had any energy” way. I suggest doing a proper seven days either with a coach or through a program to really get a feel for your self. It’s about really understanding your “why” factor and giving it an honest shot. Raw food is in fact the quickest way to eat food. To make gourmet meals takes time yes, but a chia pudding, a few pieces of fruit, a superfood smoothie and a large leafy green salad with avocado and a couple of energy bars in a day doesn’t have to consume your life to prepare. My biggest bit of advice? Keep it simple.”

We also asked founder of DIFC’s D5 Gym, James Heagney, what he thought of the idea, seeing as he’s not only a fully-qualified trainer and sports nutritionist, he’s the biggest meat eater we know. “Simplicity and cleansing would be my reasoning for adopting a raw food diet,” he advises. “Processed, fried, refined highly flammable foods are rife in today’s daily menu so eliminating specific food groups can have a profound effect on your health by giving your digestion and your body a welcome rest. Following a nutrition plan with specific guidelines also offers a welcome psychological release for many.  I actually like the use of a 1-3 day raw vegetable modified cleanses performed at specific times throughout the year depending on the individual’s health and goal.” And training? “If you adopt a raw fruit and vegetable only diet then you may want to look at shorter training sessions due to low blood sugar levels. If this is the case look for shorter bursts of output such as weight training and interval training instead of endurance based activities such as group exercise classes and 5-10 km running.”

My advice? Don’t see it as an immediate lifestyle change, see it as a detox but with good, tasty food. And then? Let the results speak for themselves.


Raw food essentials 

– Avocados for the healthy fats leaving you satiated and fuelling your brain.

– Dark leafy greens in abundance for the energy factor and pure fuel.

– Superfoods like spirulina that are rich in protein are great in superfood balls, which are perfect to snack on.

– Energy bars made of nuts, seeds, and dates are excellent fuel, especially if you are active.

– Chia seeds should be a staple as well, with over 8g of fiber in 4Tbsp they are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

Recipe: Kristin’s walnut taco salad

– Process one cup of walnuts with a three tablespoons of Nama Shoyu (a raw form of soya sauce), 1 Tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp cumin and a pinch of chili powder and you have yourself some taco “meat”

– Spoon on top of a bed of mixed greens with a side of salsa and guacamole and cashew based sour cream (1/2 cup cashews, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup water blended) 

Recipe: Kristin’s post work-out smoothie

– Opt for a superfood smoothie loaded with nutrient dense calories for post workout. This recipe will taste like a chocolatey, berry smoothie.

– Throw in a blender, dark leafy greens, almond butter, a dairy free milk (almond milk is great), plant based protein powder, spirulina, cacao powder and some form of antioxidant rich berries (I’m a fan of blueberries) TIP: If you can get your hands on a thai coconut, use the meat and the water in there too.

Book your raw food program at Essentially

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FREE EBOOKLET Suppose the choice was between eating raw high fat foods like nuts, seeds and avocados or cooked, high carbohydrate foods like potatoes, sweet potatoes and grains – what’s the best?

These days there’s a lot of talk about raw vs cooked diets and in between the two there’s the “raw till 4” approach.

Fruit is the best, no doubt. Raw, fresh, ripe fruit eaten as is will provide the best nutrient profile for humans with the least amount of toxic baggage and heavy digestion.

That being said, just because something is raw does not mean it’s ideal! Nuts and seeds are very high in fat and tend to not only digest very heavily but fail to supply us with many vital nutrients. A high fat diet is also a low volume diet, with little fiber and little water.

Too much fat in the bloodstream leads to diabetes, candida and other blood sugar disorders due to insulin resistance. Reducing the fat to less than 15% of total calories does not only ensure proper blood sugar metabolism but it also leaves you more satisfied due to the availability of the fuel (in the form of carbohydrate) as well as providing you with more fiber, more water, more minerals and more vitamins on a per calorie basis.

If there was no fruit available, there’s no doubt that going to the cooked carbohydrate foods like roots and tubers, grains and legumes would actually be a better choice than relying on the high fat gourmet raw vegan fare.

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