Raw Food Diets describe a number of diet plans based on eating Raw Foods. Generally these diets are plant-based, and are comprised of at least 75% raw food.
Apparently raw foods contain the enzymes that are thought to be removed during the cooking process.
A raw food diet is generally made up fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds and grains, dried fruit and juices, rolled or flaked grains, herbs and spices.
As the name implies, none of the food is cooked. It can be warmed but not at high temperatures as to destroy vital nutrients. (Although this is debatable.)
The goal is to eat foods closest to their “living state” as possible.
Some people add cooked grains and legumes, good quality fish and poultry (although a number “raw food-ers” are strict vegans).
Weight loss is almost a certainty on this diet, due to its vast differences to the conventional Western diet. Calorie and carbohydrate intake are reduced leading to weight loss.
It is also hard to overeat on a diet due to the high water and fiber content – another reason why weight loss may occur.
This diet can be very challenging to follow, particularly from a social and shopping perspective. However cooking time can be reduced!
Protein can be low unless appropriate levels of legumes, nuts, and seeds are eaten.
Generally a nutritionally good diet, but potentially difficult to sustain. Proponents of the diet claim the raw food diet diet has anti-aging properties.
|12 Steps to Raw Foods||Helps readers to avoid the pitfalls of adjusting to a raw food diet as well as to maintain this way of eating as a long-term lifestyle.|
|28 Day Raw Detox||A cleansing program that is based on a raw vegan diet in combination with a variety of whole food nutritional supplements. It will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about the raw food diet or get a kick-start on a healthy lifestyle weight loss program.|
|300 Raw Food Recipes||Raw Food For Everyone is a recipe book containing a bountiful selection of recipes, a primer of raw food preparation methods, and a comprehensive guide to the ingredients that are used in raw food cuisine.|
|80 10 10 Diet||A raw food version of a low fat plant based diet, similar to that popularized by Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Doug McDougall.|
|Ani Phyo Raw Food Asia||A raw food cookbook offering readers a unique and tasty selection of Asian American Fusion recipes.|
|Eating In the Raw||Written by supermodel Carol Alt who says that now in her late forties she claims that she is at the healthiest, slimmest and most energetic that she has ever been due to a raw food diet.|
If you decide to begin a raw food diet, we recommend following one of the plans mentioned above or take time doing a lot of research on the internet.
There are many great recipes available, which mimic many cooked dishes you may be accustomed to. This will help during the difficult transitional period.
Also you may want to transition into the raw food diet by starting out 50% raw and 50% cooked. This can make the whole process way less overwhelming and increase your chances for success.