raw and real
A raw food diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts & seeds and even sprouted beans and legumes, which are all consumed in their natural, raw and real state, without the use of cooking or steaming. These uncooked whole foods are both enzyme and oxygen rich at an ideal state to ingest. When we cook our foods, the natural enzymes of the food are destroyed by heat and are chemically and structurally altered. By eating the majority of our food in it's raw and real state, we are essentially preserving its nutritional value that is often lost in the process of cooking. You don't need to be 100% raw 100% of the time to receive the benefits of raw foods though. Lets just say, the more raw living foods you incorporate into your diet, the more you are going to see and feel the difference!
BENEFITS OF RAW PLANT FOODS
Higher consumption of enzymes which boosts digestion and helps prevent chronic disease.
Improved digestion and elimination because you are eating foods high in fiber and water.
Heightened energy since the energy used for digestion is essentially freed up.
Healthier hair, smoother skin and stronger nails from living vitamins and minerals.
Mental clarity, increased focus and improved concentration.
Balanced and improved mood (if eating properly and consistently).
Ease of achieving optimal body weight (if eating properly and consistently).
Prevention and reversal of dis-ease within the body over time.
High antioxidant and phytonutrient content which promotes anti-aging .
Eating raw helps you to discover food allergies, sensitivities and/or intolerances.
Resetting of your taste buds so you do not need as much salt and spices with your meals.
Reduction of cravings for unhealthy, processed non-foods.
Use far less electricity and less time to prepare your meals.
Boosted immune function due to the consumption of foods high in vitamin C.
A more powerful connection to the Earth and appreciation of whole food sources.
Improved dental health and less buildup of plaque on the teeth (yes, you still need to brush).
Improved menstruation over time with a less pain and less of a heavy flow.
Reduction of mucous in eyes, nose and throat since cooking certain foods can create mucous.
LONG TERM RAW FOODISTS
There are so many inspirational people on the internet. Give these raw food pioneers a follow. Although we may not always resonate with everyone’s style or words, we can certainly learn a thing or two from others. Each person out there knows something that you don’t. That’s what makes each person’s life both unique and beautiful.