If it is ripe and editable than eat it! Think uncooked, unprocessed, mostly organic foods. Your staples: raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains. Be my guest and consume raw eggs, meat, and fish…but I wouldn’t! Well, with the exception of the fish…I do love sushi.
Generally speaking; you would then try and avoid foods that have been pasteurized, produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives.
- All fresh fruits
- All raw vegetables
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Raw grains and legumes, sprouted or soaked
- Dried fruits and meats
- Nut milks
- Raw nut butters
- Cold-pressed olive and coconut oils
- Fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut
- Raw eggs or dairy (if desired)
- Raw meat or fish (if desired)
I find that even my body reacts differently to blending certain foods, such as frozen kale or spinach in a smoothie; the blending process acts like the replacement job of your digestion process in turn speeding up the elimination function from the body.
Which is why a Raw Food Diet discourages cooking; it is believed that cooking destroys the natural enzymes in foods, resulting in loss of nutrients.
High heat does cause most enzymes to denature; however, many enzymes denature in the acidic conditions of the stomach anyway.
Which leads me to…is a Raw Diet really beneficial?
Like anything I advocate; balance is key, no too extremes are prevalent in my lifestyle. It is true that following guidelines of a Raw Diet make you consume more fruits and vegetables, which means more nutrients and fiber– which is great! So that is a plus. It also almost instantly promotes weight loss because it is low in calories, and detoxifies the body.
One study found that people following a raw vegan diet had low protein, calcium and vitamin D intakes (13).
Sample Raw Diet Meal Plan:
- Breakfast: Green smoothie
- Snack: Banana and raw nut butter
- Lunch: Salad with avocado and fruit
- Snack: Orange slices and nuts
- Dinner: Sashimi
- Snack: Apple and berries