Health & Fitness :: Raw Food Diet Plan – Essential Things You Need to Know

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Raw foodism has taken the world by storm these days. More than being a way of eating, raw foodism is actually a lifestyle dedicated to the preparation, consumption and promotion of uncooked, unprocessed, often organic foods to compose the bulk of what a person eats, ideally 3/4 or about 75% of the total diet. Raw foodists believe that detoxification, weight loss and improved overall physical health are the main benefits that can be derived from a raw food diet. Other benefits also include increased energy, less risk for cardiovascular diseases and better skin.

In raw foodism, the closer one gets to consuming foods in their unaltered states, the better for the body. This is because of the “life force” present in food that also gets transferred to the consumer. The enzymes present in raw food (for raw foodists, heating food up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit or 47 degrees Celsius is allowed but not beyond that) are responsible for the prevention and even cure of most debilitating diseases. That is why raw foodists don’t cook their foods

If you’ve been wanting to try out the raw food diet, but don’t know how, here are some tips you might find helpful:

1. Familiarize yourself with all the terms about raw foodism first. Understand terms like alkaline, vegan, super foods, dehydrating, juicing and the like. You are going to be encountering a lot of them as you begin your journey toward raw foodism. Nothing beats knowing what you’re getting yourself into.

2. Determine why you want to go on a raw food diet. If it’s for weight loss, you’re going to be consuming more alkaline, raw super foods. If it’s for detoxification alone, vegetable juices and alkaline foods are going to compose the majority of your diet. If you’re going raw for general health reasons, organic and vegan foods are going to comprise majority of your diet.

3. Fill your pantry with raw foods to make sticking to your diet easier. Some of the things you might want to stock up on include beans, dried fruits, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, other organic or natural foods which have not been processed, sun-dried fruits and seeds. Also, make sure that you’re going to be consuming purified, not tap, water.

4. Know the tools of your trade. Familiarize yourself with a dehydrator, a hand blender and some sharp cutting knives. You are going to be using these implements quite often in preparing your meals.

5. Don’t rush into it cold turkey or you’re going to quit just as easily. Perhaps you can start juicing at first. Then, incorporate more fruits and salads into your diet. Gradually add the number of recipes until you become more comfortable and your body becomes well-adjusted to it.

6. To make food preparation easier, get hold of delicious raw food recipes online or in bookstores. Keeping your meals yummy is also one way of ensuring that you stick with your raw food diet. Otherwise, you’re just going to quit if you taste bland food all the time.

7. Find a support group in your area. Enlist the help of your family. They may not understand why you’re doing it at first, but talking to them will win their support and might even encourage them to join you (warning: the raw food diet is not recommended for children, pregnant and lactating women and those with osteoporosis or anemia). Even if they still think you weird, they can help a lot if you just appeal to them to not discourage or make fun of what you do.

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