“Life comes from Life”
A healthy Raw Food Diet is comprised primarily of fresh Fruits & Vegetables, some raw Nuts & Seeds (often soaked), fresh Herbs, Sprouts, Seaweeds, and fresh Fruit & Vegetable Juices. It may also include Fermented Foods (such as Miso, Kimchee or Sauerkraut), raw Nut Butters & raw Nut Milk, and occasionally cold-processed plant oils (such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp Oil).
Raw foods are especially high in Enzymes, Vitamins, Minerals, Fiber, Phytochemicals, and many other Natural Elements yet to be “discovered”. For a food to technically be considered raw, it should not be heated over 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius).
A raw food lifestyle can be as simple or exciting as you wish. You could have a simple meal of several oranges or a gourmet spread including a chunky vegetable stew (warmed but not cooked), a deluxe side salad with lots of veggies and a creamy homemade dressing, dehydrated herb crackers, and a raw dessert such as a lemon cashew cream pie on a spiced almond-date crust with a side of banana ice cream. Yum! ;-)
Benefits of a Raw Food Diet
Here are some of the benefits you can experience from adding more raw foods into your diet:
Weight Loss * Increased Energy * Sharper Mental Clarity and Focus
Improved Skin, Hair, & Nails * Enhanced Beauty
Better Sleep * Emotional Balance * Optimism
Decrease in Cravings * Resolution of “food issues”
Increased Vitamins and Phytonutrients * Higher Quality Proteins * Live Enzymes
Alkalizing * Lowered Risk for Degenerative Diseases
Reversal of many Diseases and Dysfunctions in the Body/Mind
You are What You Eat
When you take in high-quality raw and living plant foods you increase your vitality and vibration in ways that are not fully “understood” in the current scientific community. However, anyone who has sincerely undertaken the adventure of going on a raw food diet or transitioning to a raw food lifestyle can attest to the numerous benefits to their health and improvements in all spheres of life.
In addition to the known benefits of the raw food diet which are expected, most people on this journey find there are additional pleasant surprises along the way that reinforce their commitment to the Raw Food Diet, their Health, and to Life.