Oftentimes, we have heard the words “we are what we eat” and this is certainly a true declaration as what we eat has a huge impact to our general health. The people who are not worried about the nutritional content of their foods are more likely to be the first ones to suffer from disease and ill-health.
On the other hand, there are other people who are highly aware of their eating habits. Some of those who are actively looking for healthy diet choices choose to follow a “Raw Food Diet”.
There are numerous claims both for and against this type of diet. The raw food diet doubters are of the view that it is unhealthy and can lead to under-nourishment. Having said this, here follows a look at what a raw food diet is.
Definition of Raw Food Diet
Raw food consumption is also referred to as “rawism”. A raw food diet is precisely what it says. Its central principle is that foods must be eaten raw. This is due to the fact that its followers believe that cooked and processed foods are not the kind of foods that the human body requires.
In contrast to what many believe, raw foodism is not a weight loss plan. It is more a lifestyle decision for anyone who believes that eating raw food will help them achieve their optimum level of physical and mental health. A raw food diet is primarily made up of plant-based foods. There are raw foodists who prefer to be totally vegan, however there are also raw foodists who choose to eat raw eggs and unpasteurized milk.
How to Prepare Raw Food Meals
If you plan to make some changes to your diet and are considering becoming a raw foodist, then you should be prepared to spend a while preparing your meals. By its very nature, most processed foods are automatically excluded and so, raw food dieters spend a lot of time preparing their foods by peeling, slicing, blending and dehydrating.
There are times when the food is heated but they see to it that the temperature does not go beyond 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit), so that the food is only warmed and not cooked. The staple food of raw foodists include fruit, sprouted seeds, whole grains, dried fruits, seaweed and nuts.
Benefits of a Raw Food Diet
Being a raw foodist improves energy levels of dieters. Eating raw plant-based foods provides a lot of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that make it easier for the body to digest the food. Supporters claim that eating cooked foods makes it more difficult for your body to obtain the needed amount of enzymes, so the body then has to produce those enzymes necessary for energy production and metabolism.
Raw foodism makes it easier for its practitioners to achieve and maintain their ideal weight because they will no longer be eating foods that are highly processed. Moving away from consumption of processed foods and fast foods allows the body to rid itself of unhealthy food cravings. Another benefit is that the dieter’s metabolism improves and this makes it easier for them to lose weight.
Other benefits of a raw food diet are said to include clearer, healthy-looking skin and the reduced risk of lifestyle diseases.
Based on the foregoing, if your diet is currently based on what is considered to be a normal modern diet, making the switch to a raw food diet may not necessarily be easy. It will take a great deal of resolve and will-power as you discourage yourself from eating sugary treats and fried foods. Many foods that are taken for granted will have to be avoided and others will have to be eaten uncooked. Those who are supporters of the diet believe that this is a small price to pay for the lifetime health benefits a raw food diet provides.