Starting a Raw Food Diet

Starting a raw food diet will have a lasting effect on your life. Consuming living foods immediately gives you more energy, improves your mood, and lessens your susceptibility to disease and illness. These amazing results are possible when you make raw foods a major part of everything you eat.

A Real Punch

The importance of raw foods in your diet is well known. For many years scientific studies have shown that cooking or heating food destroys important nutrients. Conversely, eating these same foods raw gives you nutritional power. Therefore, starting a raw food diet packs a real punch – a punch high in minerals, vitamins, and other life supporting minerals. Click here to read about raw food menus.

How to Start

Ok, you know you should start adding raw foods to your diet. But, does this mean you are limited to rabbit food 3 times a day? Or, will all of your food be tasteless and unattractive?

Fortunately, starting a raw food diet is exciting and easy. It includes a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables bursting with flavor. You can eat fresh fruits and vegetables alone or combine them to create new and exotic gourmet dishes.

Equipment for the Raw Foodist

Starting a raw food diet does not require a huge investment in equipment. A few items will be helpful, some of which you may already have in your kitchen. A food processor and blender are great for chopping, pureeing, and blending. With a blender you can create fresh sauces and fruit juice smoothies. A food processor gives a nice consistent texture to chopped vegetables.

Another important piece of kitchen equipment for the raw foodist is a dehydrator. This may be an item you are not familiar with from previous cooking experiences. Some home chefs have used a dehydrator to make jerkies or dried fruits.

The raw food diet includes many recipes that use a dehydrator to create different consistencies and textures in foods. Nuts, sprouts, and vegetables can be dehydrated to create an incredible living foods pizza crust. And, for those of you with a sweet tooth a dehydrator can be used to create cobblers, cannoli wrappers, and many other desserts.

Variety

Starting a raw food diet is an opportunity to purge your body of toxins and fill it up with life supporting nutrients. You can do this by consuming a huge variety of fruits and vegetables.

There are both vegetarian and vegan raw foodists. A vegan raw foodist eats no meats, no meat by-products, no eggs, and no dairy. Only food that has not been processed and is still in its natural, raw state is allowable. You will find vegans that only consume fruits and nuts – fruitarians, vegans who only eat sprouts and sprouted vegetables – Sproutarians, and vegans who consume only fruit and vegetable juices – Juicearians.

A vegetarian raw foodist is similar to the vegan but does include dairy and egg products in their diet. While this is a popular form of the raw food movement, raw veganism is the prevalent form of raw foodism.

The most successful raw food vegan diet is Dr. Douglas Graham’s 80/10/10 diet. Proponents of this eating plan get 80 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 10 from fats, and 10 from proteins.

Starting a raw food diet can be done all at once or in small steps. The important thing is to introduce raw foods into your diet immediately. Begin today with fresh fruits and vegetables in season at your local farmers market. Absolutely delicious! Learn about eating a raw breakfast here.

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