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October 8, 2008

Raw Food Diet Regiment

The raw food diet is just one of many diet programs that can help you lose weight. It is a diet that requires you to eat unprocessed and uncooked plant foods. You can eat an fresh fruit or vegetable. Sprouts, nuts, grains, beans, dried fruit and vegetables are all on the menu.

The idea is that without all of the process food your body will be leaner and healthier. You will not suffer from the sodium retention that people who eat a ton of foods that are processed. Food that goes through a heating process of over 116 degrees may lose enzymes that can help you digest and absorb your food. Generally a raw food diet calls for at least 75% of the food you eat to be raw. The raw food diet views cooking for as getting rid of valuable nutrients.

Just like with any diet, there are some benefits. According to those that follow raw food diets, they say that they have increased energy, improved skin appearance, better digestion, weight loss and reduced risk of heart disease. Some of the negative things that can cause health problems, such as trans fat and saturated fat will be much lower in a raw food diet. Also a raw food diet will not have a ton of added chemicals in it.

It is recommended that you buy organic whole foods while you are on a raw food diet. Non organic produce can have lots of chemicals on it and will kind of defeat the purpose of the raw food diet. Juice your own fresh juice if you can and drink purified water. Basically you want to stay with the freshest food you can.

The raw food diet allows you to perform some cooking techniques. You can soak nuts and dried fruit and dehydrate foods. You can also sprout seeds, grains and beans. There are a few pieces of equipment that you can get to help you with these processes. Get a dehydrator that blows air that is less than 116 degrees. A couple of containers for soaking seeds, grains and beans are also nice to have. Find a high quality juicer and a nice blender so you can enjoy a variety of different dining options.

Before going on a raw food diet you want to make sure that you are health enough to be on this type of diet. Women who are nursing, people that have anemia or at risk for osteoporosis are not good candidates for this type of diet. Children also should not be on this type of diet.

There are some side effects and drawbacks to a raw food diet. Some people report that they have detoxification reaction. This may be reduced by gradually going on a raw food diet. Others say they have a lack of energy which may be due in part to the types of foods they are eating. It is important to not be too picking when you are doing a raw food diet. Eat a large variety of raw foods to ensure you get all the vitamins and nutrients in.

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  1. Silicone Bakeware | Mar 6, 2009 | Reply

    I just do not see how this can be healthy. I know some people swear by it, but I could not bring myself to eating raw food.

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