If you have a pre-existing health condition and/or you are taking medically prescribed drugs consult with your doctor or health practitioner before commencing a raw food diet. This way they will be able to monitor your progress and make any changes to your medication as required.
No. Raw meat is difficult for the body to process and will often contain parasites that can be harmful to your health. As the nutrients in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are more easily absorbed and assimilated by the body, there is no benefit gained from eating raw meat.
Dairy products are not the only source of calcium. Eating a raw food diet, you will obtain calcium from green leafy vegetables such as kale and broccoli and from sesame seeds. Calcium sourced from plants is readily absorbed and utilised by the body.
Meat, dairy and soy are not the only sources of protein. Raw plant foods contain protein that is easily assimilated by the body. Eating a raw food diet, you will obtain protein from raw nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit.
You will feel better in as little as week of eating raw food. Initially, you will notice that that you feel more energetic, more awake and healthier. As time goes on and you continue to give your body the nutrition it needs to nourish, heal and repair itself, you can expect to lose excess weight, have clearer skin, less illness, and look and feel more vibrant.
Whilst eating raw organic food is recommended for maximum nutrient value and no pesticides, chemicals, growth stimulants and bioengineering, it can be more expensive than plant based produce sourced from a supermarket. Consider purchasing fresh produce from local growers markets or co-operatives or growing your own. If you only have access to supermarket produce, make sure the produce is washed well to remove surface pesticides and chemicals.
Raw food is plant food that is eaten in its natural state and is not cooked or processed. In a raw food diet, you will be eating fresh fruit, vegetables, leafy greens, seeds, nuts, sprouts, grains, fermented foods, sea vegetables, natural fats, superfoods and natural sweeteners.
To increase the amount and quality of the food nutrients you consume. When plant foods are eaten in their raw state, the nutrient value of the food is preserved which allows your body to process and assimilate nutrientsmore easily and enhances your health. When food is cooked or processed, the vitamins, nutrients, enzymes and other health giving properties of food are changed or destroyed.
If your current diet is a highly processed one, your body will first need to excrete the toxins that have accumulated in your system from cooked and processed foods. As these toxins are removed you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, fatigue and headaches. To help keep any detox reactions to a minimum, a gradual reduction in the processed and cooked foods and a gradual introduction of raw foods is recommended.
In any food cuisine there are simple and complex recipes: raw food is the same. Many recipes are quick and easy to prepare and will take no more time than preparing a conventional, cooked meal.