The Raw Food Diet

I started looking into the raw food diet when I found that I'd completely lost interest in animal foods. I no longer eat animal proteins and nor do I eat dairy products or eggs. I suppose I would be labelled a vegan. In April 2009, I completely embraced this way of eating.

There is evidence [1] that cooking:

  • Destroys nutrients and enzymes
  • Alters the structure and digestibility of food
  • Decreases water-soluble and heat-sensitive nutrients (such as caroteinoids) in vegetables
  • Destroys many amino acids
  • Causes vitamin loss [2]

What I Eat

I eat mainly raw vegan foods because my body didn't do very well with animal and dairy products. I have learnt to make my own tasty milk, yoghurt and cheeses from sprouted nuts and seeds.

I eat mainly:

  • Raw vegetables (including sprouts ) and salads
  • Green superfoods, which I add to green drinks, raw vegetable soups and smoothies
  • As much fruit as I want. I usually eat one type of fruit at any one time.
  • Fresh juices (vegetable and fruit)
  • Superfoods (goji berries, superfood powders like cacao , mesquite powder , maca )
  • Natural sweeteners such as ( agave nectar and yacon syrup )
  • High-protein foods like spirulina and hemp protein
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Oils (olive oil, coconut oil , hemp seed oil)


Since I was already eating most of these foods, I simply replaced animal proteins with spirulina, hemp protein, mesquite powder, sprouted nuts and seeds. For best results with the powders start with small amounts (half a teaspoon) and then slowly increase to the recommended amounts. I add the protein powders to smoothies.

Benefits

  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Improved digestion
  • Weight Loss
  • Elimination of cravings
  • Can be used to provide some measure of radiation protection .

Raw Food Recipe Books

Visit the Book Reviews page for details of raw food recipe books.

Equipment

If you decide to become a vegan, you will need to consider investing in the following equipment [3]:

  • Juicer
  • Food Processor
  • Dehydrator
  • Blender

Disclaimer

This is purely an information website. Use of the products described here should be done with the approval of you doctor or health care provider.


References

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