Image result for Raw DietYou do not have to go 100% with a raw diet in order to drastically improve your overall health. The best way to start is to find suitable raw alternatives to some of the foods you enjoy most. For instance, you can use all natural peanut butter instead of regular peanut butter. Also, look for foods labeled organic and stay away from most dairy products, including cow’s milk. If you can increase consumption of fresh fruits and veggies while drinking a lot more water, you will start to see great things happen to your body, inside and out.
Go Raw by 75%
A raw diet consists of eating only fruits vegetables, sprouts, and other completely natural, unprocessed foods. Yet, you only need to eat this way 75% of the time to be considered on a raw diet. Eating this way will require some special cooking strategies, such as sprouting seeds, grains and beans or soaking nuts and dried fruits. Juicing with fruits and vegetables is also a raw food mainstay.
Raw and living foods are healthier than cooked foods because they have a much higher concentration of beneficial enzymes. Cooking processes which heat food over 116°F destroys much of these natural enzymes. Technically, the only cooking allowed is dehydration. A dehydrator warms up the food without exceeding a temperature higher than 116°F.
2 Simple Strategies to Make the Switch
It is extremely difficult to switch over to a completely raw diet overnight because it requires giving up many enjoyable foods. Once this switch is made, it only takes about 3 days for the body to enter a detoxification state. This can be very uncomfortable, unless you gradually wean your body off processed foods. Following are two time tested strategies to make it more comfortable.
6 days on, one day off is the first strategy, which works for many since it still allows some access to favourite tastes. Gradually over time, the body would start selecting the healthy options over the unhealthy, allowing the detox to continue effectively. The feeling of well-being that was felt on the six days was still desired on the seventh day. Contrasts between different types of food and their corresponding tastes were noted, and personal preferences could be indulged for that one-day. Fortunately, the raw diet won out in the end for most people.
Going “cold turkey” for two weeks straight is the second strategy. At the end of the two-week period, a list of the most enjoyable foods was made, whether it is the processed food or the raw vegetables. At first, the desire for processed food still won out, but over time, it lost its appeal. By the end of the first month, increased energy and the healthy feeling due to the raw diet won over the taste of cooked and processed foods for most people.
So, how strict do you have to be with a raw diet, Using one of these techniques will make switching to a raw diet more comfortable, but you have to mold it to your lifestyle.
For instance, if you like snacking at work, try packing healthier options. Many grocery stores now sell packaged, pre-sliced vegetables and fruits that make it faster to pack. Since so many of us thrive on convenience in a busy world, much of the resistance to healthier eating today is due to the extra time it takes to prepare healthier foods. Food retailers have been catching on, albeit slowly. Today, it is much easier to get bags of sliced carrots, celery, apples, nuts and raisins on the go.
Remember, it is not essential to incorporate a 100% raw diet right from the start. Start by eating raw foods 80% of the time and progress. For instance, perhaps up until dinnertime, then go prepare a cooked meal for dinner. Just eating more fruits and veggies alone will improve your health considerably.
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