Raw Food Diet: What To Eat And The Amazing Benefits!
A raw vegan diet is full of amazing health benefits. First, we would like to start by saying that eating raw food is more of a lifestyle than a diet. Anyone who is eats a raw food diet will tell you the same. The foundation of a raw food diet is eating unprocessed and uncooked foods such as: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming. The key importance with raw vegan food is to not heat your food above 118 degrees fahrenheit or 48 degrees celsius. This is important as this preserves the nutrients and enzymes in the foods. This way you can get all of the healthy nutrients that your body loves. We are going to cover what some of the benefits are from eating raw food, what foods you can eat, and how you can get started.
What Can I Eat On A Raw Food Diet?
So it is important to note that when most people first embark on a raw vegan lifestyle, they actually don’t consume enough food to meet their recommended daily caloric intake. It is quite easy to meet or exceed your daily recommended caloric intake when eating cooked food. This is because cooked and processed foods are usually very calorically dense. This is why we recommend a gradual transition into a raw vegan diet. It will take some practice but your body will adapt and even start to crave healthy raw food. So what can you eat on a raw vegan diet? The primary foods are:
This is one of the most foundational foods of a raw vegan diet. Some of the most popular fruits are apples, oranges, peaches, strawberries, peppers, cucumber, pineapple, tomatos, mango, bananas and avocados. Luckily, there is such a vast variety of fruit that it is easy to mix things up and always be exploring new fruits.
vegetables are another important staple of a raw vegan diet. Like fruit, there is a wide array of vegetables that you can enjoy. Some of our favorites include: potatoes, corn, green beans, broccoli, carrots, onions, sweet potatoes and celery.
3. Leafy Greens:
raw vegans love thier greens and his is important because it is an important foundation of the diet. Leafy greens include green lettuce, romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, arugula, beet greens and water cress. There are many leafy greens that you can add to your plate and don’t be afraid to mix things up.
Sprouts are packed with antioxidants, protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Some of the most popular sprouts include: alfalfa, sunflower, broccoli, mung beans, chick peas, lentils, quinoa and chickpeas. Make sure to incorporate some sprouts into your diet daily!
5. Nuts and Seeds:
If you soak nuts and seeds it will actually increase their nutritional value and in may cases make them easier to digest. Some of the fan favorites are: almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds and sesame seeds.
As with nuts, soaking and sprouting your grains will actually increase their nutrional value and help with digestion. Some raw vegan favorites are: amaranth, millet, barley, buckwheat, kamut, oats, wheat berries and wild rice.
7. Fermented Foods:
these gut healthy foods are nutrtional powerhouses. Fermented foods contain beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics Some of the most common fermented foods include: sauerkraut, coconut kefir, coconut yogurtand kombucha. Make sure to include some form of fermented food on your plate everyday.
many people think of oils as being unhealthy but the oil we are referring to contain healthy fats. These oils include: coconut oil, flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, walnut oil and avocado oil. These make great salad dressings and are easy to incorporate into many dishes.
9. Sea vegetables:
most people have eaten nori seaweed around a sushi roll but there is an abudant variety of sea vegetables available. Here are a few: nori, arame, kombu, wakame and kelp. Some of the amazing benefits include: prevent aging and chronic disease, lower cholesterol, solve mineral deficiencies and detoxify your body from heavy metals, environmental pollutants and carcinogens.
Raw Food Benefits
There are many health benefits to be had by eating a raw vegan diet. Studies show that some of the benefits include:
giving you more energy
lowering the amount of antinutrients and carcinogens in your diet
providing more dietary fiber
improving heart health
helping with optimal liver function
preventing or treating constipation
clearing up your skin
preventing nutrient deficiencies
helping you maintain a healthy body weight
Getting Started On A Raw Food Diet
Starting a raw vegan diet can be over whelming. In the beginning these questions will often arise? What do I eat? What if I get sick of eating fruit and vegetables? Why can’t french fries be raw vegan? It’s ok to have questions or concerns. It’s an important part of the process. We believe that the best way to start a raw vegan lifestyle is by taking baby steps.
Here at FIT + RAW we believe in evolution, not revolution. It’s much easier if you start by adding raw foods to your diet instead of elimating all your favorite foods. You need to reintroduce your body and taste buds to raw fruits and vegetables and incorporate them into your diet everyday. This way you will gradually start to really enjoy eating fruits and vegatables and you will naturally start consuming less processed foods. Also, you can start by picking one day a week to eat totally raw vegan. This will help prepare yourself for what a raw vegan lifestyle is like.
Join A Raw Vegan Club
Another great way to get started and stay motivated is to join a raw vegan club. The raw vegan community is huge and growing larger every year. We recommend joining a raw vegan club on websites like www.meetup.com. If you want to hang out with people who share your interests and are living the lifestyle that you want to live, then joining a group or club is a great way to further commit yourself to this awesome lifestyle.
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