You might have heard about raw food since it is/was a trend that is sweeping the world. Funny fact is that we all eat raw once in a while.
Raw foods, also known as living foods, consists of unprocessed raw vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). Foods cooked above this temperature have lost a lot of their enzymes and thus a significant amount of their nutritional value and is recognised by the body as processed food, whereas uncooked foods provide living enzymes and high quality nutrition. Basically raw food eaters eat food in their natural state. Raw food is therefore quite literally ´honest´ food. There are no hidden ingredients and there is nothing that has been messed around with (when eaten organic).
There are different levels of being a raw food eater. Some people are 100% raw, but the majority will be 80% raw or less. A lot of raw food eaters reside in a warmer climate. In colder areas it can be quite a struggle to eat fully 100% raw. The benefits are more than worth it though. People are not getting sick, getting cleaner on a cellular level, feel energetic, loose weight, have good endurance, need less sleep, have a clear skin and tend to eat less and simpler over time. No wonder, you are eating untouched food full with enzymes, water, oxygen, life force, vitamins, minerals and so much more.
For raw food eaters is has become over time more than just food, it is an experience of lightness and a different mind set. Therefore, eating raw is more of a lifestyle than a diet. Many people assume that raw food eaters only eat rabbit food like carrots and greens and that they miss out of all the great tastes that food (or even life) can offer. You can’t be more wrong. Ever tried raw cheesecake? Or raw mayonnaise? Or raw chocolate? It’s really divine and healthy! There are infinite ways to eat tasty raw food.
What do raw vegan food eaters eat?
Lots of fruits, vegetables, green juices, beans and legumes, oils, herbs, spices, raw plant fats such as seeds, nuts, avocado, olives and coconuts. They will also consume the so called ‘superfoods’ such as goji berries and chia seeds.
Both vegans and raw eaters basically eat nothing that once had a face or a mother.
I would say that a 100% raw food lifestyle is not suitable for everyone. And only self experimenting and time will tell whether this will benefit you (make you feel energetic and healthy). When trying to eat raw or vegan, just keep in mind that if you come from a very toxic lifestyle (lots of soda, stress, coffee, dairy, processed food and meat) your body will need time to first detox and that may come with physical complains. Just see what works for you. Just remember there are no rules. A raw breakfast (only fruits) may already benefit you more than what you ate before.
Just have fun and enjoy.
My raw favourites? Dates and mango’s! Yum!
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