Since the release of certain books such as Christine Bailey’s The Raw Food Diet and Natalia Rose’s The Raw Food Detox Diet, the raw food diet has gained celebrity fans such as Demi Moore and Natalie Portman. And if you are one of those people that love food but don’t know how to cook, or can’t be bothered, then the raw food diet is a must try for you. It’s simple, convenient and costs less than a standard diet, and it is supposedly much better for you health wise. Food experts and nutritionists claim that eating raw food, or ‘as nature intended’ is the best way of kick starting your metabolism, controlling your appetite, and cleansing from the inside out to boot. It starts with the premise that raw, uncooked food is the most healthiest food we can eat.
Geeta Sidhu Robb, who is the Nutritionist and founder of Nosh Raw Smoothies, tells us how it works. She says, “A raw food diet takes food in its most natural state into your body and allows your body to break down the majority of it onto usable nutrients. It also contains high levels if fibre which is really helpful for your system to purify and generally it is also low fat.” Of course, any change to your diet should be discussed first with your doctor or health professional, but as a guide, if you are thinking of changing to a raw food diet, you should aim to incorporate around three quarters of your food into raw food.
So for an average day, you could eat the following:
Breakfast: Generally soaked tablespoon of chia seeds and ground flax seeds in coconut milk with perhaps a few raw oats.
Snacks: Either raw nuts; blended fruit smoothies; kale chips etc.
Lunch: Salad with proteins (e.g. seeds, sprouts, tofu) green leaves, seaweed.
Dinner: Raw soups, avocados, courgette/ vegetable pasta with pesto.
Geeta says that if you keep on eating this type of food, you should start to see results almost immediately. She says, “Typically, once you start with the raw food diet you find that all bloating issues disappeared, your skin glows, you eat less, get hungry later, sleep better and you have more energy. It’s like having a high octane fuel instead of a murky petrol – faster to break down and easier to assimilate.” There are a huge amount of benefits in eating raw food, as it encourages a high intake of fruit and vegetables – which is always a healthy option. It also claims to stop bloating, increase energy levels, encourage weight loss and revive the body’s natural bounce and balance.
There are problems however, if you want to eat raw food on a regular basis, not many restaurants cater to this type of eating and it can become a little more pricey, depending on the kind of vegetables you are consuming. It can also be quite isolating socially, if you are the only person in your family who is eating raw food. However, the overall benefits are enormous. If you are interested in pursuing a raw food diet, check out these books, Going Raw and the Raw Food Detox Diet which will provide you with much more information.
Source: So Feminine