Raw Food Diet | What Can I Eat?

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
  • Seaweed
  • Sprouts
  • Raw eggs or dairy (if desired)
  • Raw meat or fish (if desired)

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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

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