Raw Food Diet

raw food dietAs the name implies, the raw food diet is based on consuming unprocessed, organic, whole plant-based foods. At least 75% of the dish should be uncooked. It is believed that raw foods, consisting of vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and beans, contain essential food enzymes that are diminished during cooking. If you are planning to take this new eating habit do not some of the following guidelines.

Cooking actually destroys food– Every food has enzymes that help us digest food completely without relying on our bodies to produce its own digestive enzymes. These raw enzymes are destroyed during the cooking process, which also wipes out vitamins and minerals. Besides, cooked food not only takes longer to digest, but they also allow partially digested fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, to clog our digestive system and arteries.

Raw food diet is not just about losing weight– Aside from reduced body weight, followers of the raw food diet have increased energy levels and improved skin appearance and digestion.

Plan your meals– Following the raw food diet means that you have to plan your meals carefully, avoiding instances that you fall short of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It is advised that you consider taking dietary supplements when eating all raw food.

Invest in some equipment– Just because you are not going to use the stove most of the time doesn’t mean you aren’t going to use any appliance to prepare your raw food dishes. You need to invest on the following: a juice extractor; a blender or wooden spoon and sieve to crush and blend ingredients; a food dehydrator; and a food processor or chopper. You will also need containers to grow sprouts, seeds and beans , as well as storing and soaking them during food preparation.

You will still need to cook , a little– Yes, a little cooking is essential in following the raw food diet. You still need to use the food dehydrator. It blows hot air (that doesn’t reach higher than 46.6 C) through the food until it is completely dry. Aside from dehydration, other cooking techniques include blending, juicing and chopping.