Rejoice in Raw Food Like Never Before
Everyone wants a plan which has a guarantee of delivering its claims and though it’s not always that way with weight-loss diets, the raw food diet has won the crowd with its shocking results. Though the idea has been around for at least two centuries (or since the eve of mankind, if you think about it), raw foodism or rawism has gained most popularity in recent years because of the growing realization that it is not just a fad but a commitment to a healthy, nutritious and fulfilling lifestyle. More than just a diet, raw foodism is a new ideology about the kind of food which is best suited to consumption by people in order to maintain a good weight, avoid disease and just feel good. It’s not easy to follow, being very restrictive, with lengthy preparation techniques and special equipment, it might scare easy. Yet, with time and practice one can make the process simple and less scrupulous, and you would get used to the idea of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Although raw food diet is not synonymous to vegan or vegetarian lifestyles, the ‘purest’ form of raw foodism is vegan in nature, and even exempting that, the diet consists of 75% fruits and vegetables, making it very easy for vegetarians and vegans to switch to raw foodism. As a general principle, the diet revolves around all kinds of raw, organic and fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as seaweed, sprouts, whole grains, beans, dried fruits and nuts. The diet may also include raw eggs and dairy products from non-pasteurized and non-homogenized milk, raw fish and raw meat. Some raw foodists even consume some cooked food in their daily intake, but under all conditions the intake of raw food is at 70% or more.
It only makes sense to question and understand the theoretical reasoning behind the viability of raw food diet. Is it really the refreshing antidote to poor health and weight problems we’ve all been waiting for? The supporters would say so: they believe that when food is cooked at high temperatures, many of its natural enzymes get denatured which are very important for the human body. To back it up, studies show that raw vegetables, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale, are helpful in preventing bladder cancer. The chemicals involved in this protective process, isothiocyanates, are destroyed by traditional cooking. Raw vegetables have also been found to be instrumental in reducing risk of other cancers, which in itself is evidence that the nutrients naturally present in vegetables are not only important for us, but we voluntarily rob ourselves of these invaluable substances!
Of course, in order to prepare and execute edible, various food items to command such a lifestyle, which is quite difficult to manage considering most restaurants and friends or family don’t necessarily have a variety of raw food dishes; one needs to make quite a few changes in their kitchen. In order to prepare raw food, and though many of them can be avoided if you simply want to try out the diet and not adopt it as a lifestyle—supplies include blenders, thermometers, dehydrators, juicers, mini-blenders, spiral slicers, food processors, large containers (to soak and sprout grains, seeds and beans) and mason jars. Depending on how many different kinds of raw food diet items one is willing to consume, the preparation process is often lengthy, as is the purchase of the equipment and the ingredients (organic food).
Ultimately, raw food diet is more of a lifestyle choice than a dietary plan, but however you take it, it will be beneficial to you. All you have to do is take nutritional supplements (especially if you go strictly vegan or vegetarian) to make up for vitamin B, D and calcium, and not only will you lose weight but you’ll feel like you have shed a few years.