The Pros and Cons of Raw Foodism
Nature truly does provide us with the nutrients our body requires to thrive. In your effort to return to a holistic lifestyle, you may be considering a raw food diet. With the average grocery store selling predominantly processed foods, even those who eat 3 full meals a day may be nutrient-deprived. Here are a few things you should know before you get started.
What Is Raw Foodism?
Raw food diets are often confused with vegan diets, but the two are drastically different. Raw food diets only allow for unprocessed foods that have not been cooked beyond 120 degrees. The goal of the low heat setting is to retain more of the food’s naturally occurring nutrients—which are greatly reduced when cooked at high temperatures.
There Are Two Types of Raw Food Diets
Most who go “raw” eat a fully vegan diet, but some raw diets include a low percentage of meat, dairy, fish, and eggs. Maintaining a diet with a low-percentage of animal protein provides a more diverse range of nutrients for those whose bodies respond best to animal protein.
If you’re wondering how you can start a raw food diet, the video below gives you top 10 tips on how to get started.
The Benefits of Raw Foodism
Going raw isn’t as bland or limiting as it sounds, and goes well beyond eating raw vegetables. You can still enjoy appetizers, snacks, chips, soups, desserts, and protein-rich main courses. You can even eat grains; you just have to learn how to sprout them first. After a week of your new diet, you will begin to see and feel the benefits—such as:
- Improved digestion
- Decreased inflammation and swelling
- Increased energy
- Clearer skin
- Improved heart, liver, and organ function
- Return to a healthy and natural weight
- And more!
The Downside of Going Raw
Making the transition to a raw food diet will require you to make a fairly substantial upfront investment. This might include a juicer, blender, food processor, or food dehydrator. You will also need to restock your kitchen with raw condiments, cooking oils, herbs, and spices that will bring out the full flavor or your raw recipes. Once you get the hang of cooking, you won’t realize that what you are eating is “raw.” If you go fully vegan, you might miss some of your favorite meat and dairy products.
Variety really is the spice of life, and any consistent healthy change you make to your diet will pay off in a positive way. Anyone who wishes to try raw foodism should do so gradually and opt for 50-70% raw food instead of going 100% raw. That way you can still enjoy your favorite cooked foods, animal products—and even the occasional processed comfort food.