What is raw food?
A healthy raw diet consists of whole foods in their natural state, such as:
- fruits (sweet, fatty or starchy)
- nuts and seeds
- legumes (usually sprouted)
- cereals (usually sprouted)
- sea vegetables
- raw condiments
- edible seaweed (spirulina and nori)
As with most things in life (especially diet), there are different views on the best approach to eating raw foods. It’s purely individualistic and the only way to determine the best approach for you is to do a little research and try out the different food styles. Many people get caught up in the confusion and politics online surrounding the best approach to eating and thriving on a raw diet and never give it a go. Don’t let politics or a lack of leadership keep you from living extraordinary health on just food.
Popular types of raw diets
Raw Low GI Diet: Or otherwise known as the Low Sugar Fruit Diet. A person eating this diet would avoid sweet fruits as much as possible, while eating tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, lemons and limes. Their main nutritional goal are green vegetables, sprouted grains, sea vegetables, nuts, seeds and avocados. This is often considered a “gourmet” approach to raw foods.
Diet rich in sweet fruits: People who eat a diet rich in fruits aim to get most of their daily calorie intake from sweet fruits, such as pineapples, bananas, mangoes, dates, oranges, melons, apples and stone fruits. Their diet often includes leafy greens, starchy vegetables, and sometimes small amounts of nuts and seeds.
80/20: i.e. 80% raw and 20% cooked. Often times this is known as a high raw diet where people eat raw foods (mainly fruits and vegetables) during the day and then consume low fat cooked vegetables and legumes in the evening.
Smoothies, and especially green smoothies, have been the new buzzword in mainstream health circles lately. Blending and juicing is the easiest way to ensure maximum nutrition for ourselves and our families. Just adding a fresh green juice or a raw vegan smoothie to your daily diet can have a huge impact on your health.
Now it’s much easier to find a fresh juice and smoothie bar in your area than ever before, so the next time you’re on the go, instead of having a coffee, grab a fresh juice or a smoothie. green and feel your cells come to life!