Gaining popularity, a raw food diet is becoming the main type of diet for a huge number of people. Today we will analyze this topic and take out of it all the most useful and important for your health!
It is worth starting with the fact that eating meat, fish and other products of animal origin, fatty and boiled all your conscious life, it is impossible to switch to a raw food diet in an instant without harm to the body. Raw foodists assure that the path will be difficult and difficult, and wisdom and patience will be required from you. To understand all the complexities, let’s analyze everything in detail.
Raw food diet — eating exclusively products without heat treatment, primarily vegetables, berries and fruits. Also in the diet may be dried fruits, mushrooms, legumes and nuts. Raw foodists eat porridge, but only in sprouted or soaked form. They even drink milk, but they make it themselves from almonds, coconut, soy and grains. In general, their food can also be varied and tasty.
Energy in a raw food diet
Supporters of this food culture bring to society the idea of clean eating, which, according to them, is the road to immortality. They confirm this by the fact that a raw food diet has a healing character, since thanks to fresh products, you can get rid of all existing diseases and come to complete inner harmony with yourself and the world around you.
The real benefit of such a diet is that fresh foods contain a large amount of vitamins, amino acids and minerals that are not destroyed during heat treatment and enter the body in full, being well absorbed. Eating fresh foods allows you to cleanse the body of toxins and other harmful substances in a short time, improving digestion.
Based on the fact that raw foodists do not clog the body with harmful substances, they assure that they are less prone to heart disease and cancer.
Do not consider this type of diet as a way to lose weight. A raw food diet is a way of life, and attempts to switch to it abruptly and unconsciously are nothing more than a mockery of your body and body.
What problems can you face with a raw food diet?
Any changes in your life bring stress and a little fatigue. Switching to a different diet is no exception.
Smoothly switching to fresh foods, your body can experience the following symptoms: headaches, diarrhea, weakness and irritability. But do not forget that all changes ultimately bring positive results, if they are of course deliberate!
It is the same here, all these symptoms can be observed for the first week, and then they will disappear forever, and your body will begin to get used to it.
If we talk about problems, then raw food can carry the threat of parasites entering your body, and some foods themselves can cause poisoning. Also, some foods are the strongest allergens, so doctors often recommend this type of food for relatively healthy people. That is why changing your diet should be carefully considered and carried out under the supervision of a specialist. No self-activity!
As much as nutritionists may be sure that raw fruits and vegetables are full of many vitamins, you need to consider the state of your body before actively consuming them.
There are a number of diseases in which the transition to a raw food diet is strictly prohibited. And what kind of diseases, we will now consider with you:
- Ulcer of the stomach and duodenum.
- Gastritis with high acidity.
You should not use raw zucchini, carrots, cabbage, peppers, lettuce, beets and fresh cucumbers for such diseases.
- Kidney diseases — they are associated with a violation of the excretion of potassium from the body, therefore, especially, do not lean on zucchini.
- In violation of the heart rhythm and hypertension — exclude the use of sweet pepper.
- With diabetes and obesity — be careful with beets and potatoes.
Varieties of the raw food diet
There are other types of raw food diets that take into account the individual preferences of different representatives of the raw food diet. But still, there is one unifying factor for all types of raw food diet — the refusal to cook food by heat treatment.
- Omnivorous raw food diet — allows the use of any kind of food, even meat, fish, eggs, milk and seafood, but all this must be raw or dried.
- Vegetarian raw food diet — excludes meat and fish, but allows the use of raw eggs and milk.
- A vegan raw food diet is the most common type of raw food diet that excludes any animal products.
- Fruitarianism is a type of raw food diet in which you can only eat fruits, berries and some vegetables, which in some cultures are classified as fruits (tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.).
How to eat and what to cook?
Gradually remove meat, various smoked meats and other harmful foods from the diet, and then fish, seafood, all other food of animal origin, sweets, flour and yeast, as well as alcohol.
In order to smoothly transition to a raw food diet, at the first stage, food can be cooked at 45 degrees.
Cook delicious raw buns, bread or meatballs in a dehydrator without killing the beneficial ingredients with heat.
All fruits and vegetables are at your disposal, because you can make salads and smoothies from them, and if you have a blender, you can prepare various snacks by whipping anything.
Recipe for delicious raw food snacks
Speaking of hummus, it is a clear favorite of all raw foodists, vegetarians and vegans.
To make chickpea hummus, you will need:
- Dry chickpeas — 1 cup;
- Sesame — 3 tbsp. l;
- Olive oil — 4 tbsp. l;
- ½ lemon;
- Coriander and black pepper — 1 tsp;
- Salt to taste;
- Paprika (used for decoration)
Soak chickpeas and sesame seeds in advance for 6–8 hours in warm water, changing it periodically. Then, the soaked chickpeas must be washed well, drained of water and grind everything in a blender. Add spices, salt, juice of half a lemon and olive oil. Make sure that everything is thoroughly ground to a homogeneous mass, mixing well.
There is such hummus best with bread.
If before that you were a big lover of dairy products, and in particular cheese, then this recipe is definitely for you!
To make almond cheese, you will need:
- Raw almonds — 200 g;
- Juice of lemon halves;
- Salt and spices — to taste;
- And your favorite Provence herbs — 2 tsp;
As in the previous recipe, the almonds must first be soaked in warm water, then thoroughly peeled and rinsed. Put the almonds in a blender, add lemon juice, salt, spices and herbs. Grind the mixture until smooth without lumps. Spread the mass in cheesecloth, squeezing the almond cream. Put the cheese in gauze under the press for several hours in the refrigerator.
You can roll the finished cheese in spices and serve with herbs or bread. Enjoy your meal!
The number of raw food recipes is uncountable. And their diversity leads to the conclusion that raw food nutrition is not only healthy, but satisfying and high-calorie.
How many of you have thought about switching to a raw food diet? What are your impressions and opinions about this trend in food culture?