A Raw Food Diet consists of unprocessed, preferably organic, whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, grains, legumes, dried fruit, seaweed, unprocessed organic or natural foods. At least 75% of food consumed should not be heated over 116° Fahrenheit (46.67° Celsius). The Raw Food diet contains fewer trans fats and saturated fat than the typical Western diet.
Young coconut milk, fresh fruit and vegetables juice and purified water are part of the Raw Food Diet. According to the Raw Food Diet, you should blend your fruits and vegetables to release the nutrients. If you drink fresh juice your body will absorb more of the vitamins and minerals than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.
The explanation of this interesting fact is that many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber and by blending fruits and vegetables, you break down the fiber and release the vital nutrients.
Cooked food is not good for our health and affects our weight, according to the Raw Food Diet. We all know that when we cook our food we will lose a lot of nutrition. But what happens to the nutrition? Does it disappear? No, but it gets transformed by chemical reactions created by carcinogens, mutagens and free radicals. Cooked food changes its nutrition into free-radicals and poisons, which can have a bad effect on our health.
How can the Raw Food Diet help with weight loss? This diet is filled with nutrients and fibers that will help your body’s metabolism. This has to do with the fact that if you don’t get adequate nutrition from food, your body goes into starvation mode and stores as much fat as it can while continuing sending signals that you are hungry. The Raw Food Diet allows you to eat as much raw food as you want, so you won’t get hungry and go into starvation mode to store fat.
The Raw Food Diet contains a lot of fruits and vegetables and has relatively few calories. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in December 2006, there is a positive correlation between preventing and managing metabolic syndrome and increased fruit and vegetable intake.
Live enzymes from a Raw Food diet, like Lipase and Protease, are an important factor that can lead to easy weight loss. Lipase is an enzyme that helps your body to break down fat. Protease helps break down proteins and eliminate toxins, essential when you are burning fat.
If you still have your hesitations about the fact that a Raw Food Diet might help you lose weight than consider this: If a farmer wants to fatten up their hogs quickly they feed them with cooked potatoes, not raw. If you want your cattle to gain weight you feed them cooked grain, not raw. If the animals are given raw enzyme rich foods they will not gain weight.
Raw Food Diet doesn’t include raw meat or any kinds of meat, but the following example will make a point when it comes to raw food and weight loss. When 3000 primitive Eskimos were studied Dr Levin of Omaha, Nebraska, relieved an interesting fact. During 3 trips to the Arctic the Eskimos ate large amounts of fat in the form of raw blubber and other fats as well as raw meat, only one of the 3000 Eskimos were found overweight.
Unfortunately it’s not only cooked food that can damage our enzymes. There are other factors as well such as stress, coffee, air pollution, food irradiation and poor sleep. No wonder we are enzyme deficient, but Raw Food Diet can help you with that.
Problems with the digestive system, immune system, stress levels, colon, skin, energy levels and weight loss, are symptoms of a body out of balance. When this happens, the body will damage the important enzymes mentioned above. When your body is balanced your weight will automatically/naturally be in balance as well.
So by following a Raw Food Diet, and eating raw and enzyme-rich foods, you will not only help your body to lose weight, but you will also have a better overall health.
You should be aware that some people experience a detoxification reaction when they start the Raw Food diet, especially if their previous diet was rich in meat, sugar and caffeine. Mild headaches, nausea and cravings can occur but usually disappears after a couple of days.