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Raw Food Living

Fresh, raw fruits & vegetablesA raw food diet is a diet that is predominantly comprised of unprocessed, uncooked foods, or food that are prepared below 118°F. 

There are two common misconceptions about the raw food diet:

  1. The raw food lifestyle militantly eats raw foods 100% of the time.  It does not.  The raw food dietary philosophy involves eating a diet of at least 75% living, raw foods.

  2. It is a vegetarian diet only.  It is not.  It may or may not include animal products depending on the preference.  

These two misconceptions are common among nutritionists and dietitians who have not educated themselves on the subject of raw food living.

A raw food diet can contain dairy and/or meat,
OR it can be a strictly vegan diet.

On a healthy, raw food diet, most foods are eaten whole and fresh, but they can also be fermented, dehydrated, sprouted, or freeze dried.  As long as the food is prepared below 118°F it is considered raw, with its enzyme and nutrient content undamaged.  Some consider a slightly higher temperature acceptable as food enzymes are destroyed between 120-160°F.  

When you want to achieve a quantum leap in not only your health and longevity, but a higher vibrational state that brings you clarity of mind second to no other dietary philosophy, then it is time to explore increasing the amount of raw foods into your diet.

Raw Food Diet Variations

There are three main variations of a raw food diet:

Raw Non-Vegetarian   Raw Vegetarian   Raw Vegan
Raw fruits
Raw vegetables
Raw nuts
Raw seeds
Raw honey
Sprouted legumes
Fresh herbs
Raw meat
Raw fish
Raw eggs
Raw dairy (milk/cheese)
  Raw fruits
Raw vegetables
Raw nuts
Raw seeds
Raw honey
Sprouted legumes
Fresh herbs
Raw eggs
Raw dairy (milk/cheese)
  Raw fruits
Raw vegetables
Raw nuts
Raw seeds
Sprouted legumes
Fresh herbs

The nuts and seeds sold in supermarkets are not typically raw.  The raw kind are available from most health food stores and are clearly labeled as "raw" on the front of their packaging. 

Interest in the raw foods movement is growing steadily, with a large selection of books being published on raw food preparation and recipes, as well as restaurants now opening throughout major US cities exclusively offering gourmet raw food dishes.  There is overwhelming evidence that the majority of our natural biological diet should be secured from raw fruits and vegetables in their whole and natural state, with their fiber, nutrients, and food enzymes intact. 

Similar to other diets, it is very important to understand that eating raw foods is only one of the essential factors when it comes to radiant health.  Managing your level of stress, and balancing all areas of your life are just as important.

Meat, Fish & Dairy

Organic Valley raw cheddar cheese

The majority of raw foodists do not include raw meat or eggs in their diet, but some include raw fish (sushi).  Many others include raw dairy products as they have become much more widely available.  With raw cheese now being sold in many health food stores and supermarkets (Organic Valley is one of the most popular brands), many raw foodists include cheese.  

Raw milk is sold in stores in several states throughout the US, but is illegal in others.     

The health benefits of raw dairy...

Fresh, raw fish

Raw food meat and dairy eaters believe that these foods should come from healthy sources such as pasture-raised meats, wild game, and eggs from pasture-raised chickens, as opposed to factory-farmed meat fed an unnatural diet of grains and genetically modified feed products.  It is interesting to note that most diets of long-lived traditional cultures included raw meat and dairy products, some in very large quantities.

Healthy diets of traditional cultures...

 


Doing Raw Right

Just as with any diet philosophy, there is a right way and a wrong way to approach raw food living.  Learn how to make your transition to raw foods a successful one:

  1. Learn which kitchen "tools of the trade" you will need.
  2. Understand how to successfully ease into the raw food lifestyle, and why transitioning is important.
  3. Avoid the 4 most common pitfalls people make on a raw food diet.
  4. Understand why you should never need to use supplements when you do raw right, with two notable exceptions.
        ...Doing raw right

Raw Living FAQs
Questions about the raw food diet?  Let's take a look at the 20 most commonly asked questions when it comes to understanding what a raw food diet is (and what it isn't!).  ...Read more

Raw vs. Pasteurized Dairy
Learn about the benefits of raw dairy, and about how you should always avoid pasteurized dairy products.
 
Raw Food Diets

The Many Benefits of Raw Foods
Learn about the many benefits of eating a diet high in raw foods.  ...Read more 

Healing From Chronic Disease
Many people suffering from a chronic disease use a raw food diet to heal their body.  ...Read more 

How Cooking Affects Food
Cooking has both a positive and negative impact on foods.  Even though some cooking methods increase the digestibility of certain foods, other methods produce recognized carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals).
 
The Importance Of Organic
Organic foodPesticides have been conclusively linked to neurological disorders, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, brain disorders, Parkinson's, and more.

Learn more about why you should never eat foods sprayed with pesticides. 

 

 

 

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