In general, a raw food diet is one that is plant-based and consist of no less than 75% raw foods. This means that the foods are not cooked but are in their natural, uncooked, unprocessed state. Raw foods contain enzymes that are believed to be destroyed via the cooking process. A raw food diet is usually composed of vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, sprouted grains and seeds, dried fruits, herbs and spices. Some people add cooked legumes and grains, poultry and fish of good quality but most raw food enthusiasts are strict vegans, meaning they do not consume animal products of any kind.
Weight loss is nearly an assurance on a raw food diet, because of huge differences from the conventional Western diet. Carbohydrate and calorie intake are lower which leads to weight loss. It’s hard to over eat when on a raw diet because of the high fiber and water content, which is another reason why weight loss may come about. Adherence to this kind of diet can be easier said than done, especially from the standpoint of social situations and commercial products.
In general, a raw diet is a healthy diet, however potentially not easy to keep up. Diet advocates claim that the raw diet has anti-aging qualities. Cleansing with raw foods is based on setting a goal of eating more raw foods in order to cleanse your system from the bad foods it may be accustomed to consuming. You may decide to eat 80% whole, raw, fresh, organic food for cleansing effects. You will be astounded by the incredible results this will have on your system. While you may feel awful at the start of a cleansing program of this type, do not give up! You worse you feel, the more your system needs to cleanse. Once your body is rid of the toxins it is purging, you will start to feel better than you did before. You will look better, shed weight, and start to have the glow that raw food enthusiasts share.
Exercise is recommended for cleansing with raw foods because it can promote a deeper healing and more rapid weight loss. Walking is particularly recommended for those new to exercise to provide a gentle introduction to movement to improve health, fitness and wellness. Yoga is beneficial for improving flexibility, massaging of the internal organs in the body, increasing detoxification as well as toning muscles. In addition, bouncing on a mini-trampoline is suggested to stimulate the internal organs, move the cerebrospinal fluid, improve the digestion and boost immunity.
The most recommended raw foods are leafy green vegetables, red bell peppers, beets, carrots, zucchini, tomato, apples, bananas, berries, mangoes, oranges, melons, pineapple, avocado, seaweed, coconut, almonds, olive oil, cashews, hemp, chia, flax, pumpkin seeds, macadamia, buckwheat, oats, lentils, quinoa, Celtic sea salt, apple cider vinegar, miso, vanilla and herbal tea.
The raw food diet, can be carried out for a single day or it can become a lifestyle change that one adheres to for the long term. Raw foods are full of live enzymes that help the body in digestion, elimination and absorption, ensuring thorough cleaning of the whole body as well as providing all the vitamins and minerals that the body needs.