How to Stay On a Raw Food Diet

| October 21, 2012 | 3 Comments
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Raw foods include vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. These have been popular among people since ancient times when cooking methods were not introduced. Today, raw food is a term associated with uncooked foods and those foods that are not heated above 116 degrees Fahrenheit.

Why take raw food

Those who love eating uncooked foods are confident about their health benefits. Many vital nutrients and enzymes are destroyed during cooking process, that adversely affect nourishment provided by that particular food. Sometimes, preparation methods and recipes also reduce nutritive value. These become unhealthy and toxic. Therefore, taking fruits, vegetables, sprouted grains, nuts and seeds is a sensible way to stay healthy. These are loaded with essential nutrients that are important for general health and well being.

How to stick to raw food diet

Many people find it difficult having only raw foods in diet because there’s temptation of delicious cooked meals all around. Given here are some important points to consider:

Proper information

Before having any raw food diet, it’s extremely important to learn what foods can be safely taken and which ones are not allowed. Search online, get some informative nutrition books and also consult those who are already on raw food diet. They can guide you.

Wise purchase

Buy the most appropriate raw foods to be successful on following such a diet.  You can’t include foods from all groups in case of raw food, that’s why get only those edibles that are included in this category. It’s strongly recommended to add protein-rich foods as well, because taking only fruits, vegetables and nuts may deprive you of proteins. There’s no meat and dairy, so you must include other protein sources to meet daily requirement. Almonds and green leafy vegetables are good sources of protein.

Processing

Eating raw foods does not mean you should take them as they are bought from grocery store. These can be blended and combined in various ways using kitchen appliances like juicer, blender or dehydrator.

Add variety

Instead of eating raw foods, make some tasteful blends. You can have a large number of raw food recipes online. Surf the internet and pick your favorite recipes. Stuffed mushrooms, vegetable burger and several snacks made with vegetables or nuts are great additions to your daily diet. There are hundreds of vegetable salads recipes available on the internet. You can also make your own combinations according to your taste, preference, food availability and nutritional needs.

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