Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What's In Your Diet Wednesday? - Raw Food You Say??

I'm a lover of all foods....with a caveat....I don't love many of the more what I would call "exotic" foods that are readily eaten in other countries.  Lips, eyes, intestines etc. while I'm not saying never....I'd have to be really hungry starving first.....

I love meats of all description...and have certainly eaten more varieties than most well as fruits of every color and flavor that I know of...

Never was a big vegetable eater...other than the standard fare...corn, peas, grean beans, etc.  I do love vegetable of all kinds, just not the cooked variety.  Broccoli, carrots, celery, cabbage and countless others I could eat all day long as they are not cooked.  I don't know if it is a texture thing with me but it's been that way as long as I can remember.

I've heard of the raw diets for years and never paid much attention...but they seem to have attracted quite a following....and I can see why.

Read this short article on raw diets from Freedomyou....
Raw Diet
Time set aside for healing, detoxification, weight loss and breaking addiction

Let me start by way of a disclaimer: Freedomyou does not advocate permanently restricting your diet to raw foods. The nutrients in some foods cannot be assimilated properly unless cooked.  Also, food has importance beyond its nutritional worth. Rawtarians may argue the virtues of their restrictive diet, but how does one quantify the value of a delicious well-prepared meal? The mélange of color, fragrance and taste says it all. 
Much like fasting, a raw diet is a set period of time for cleansing and healing and can also be extremely effective in weight loss and overcoming food addictions. In some ways it is more effective than fasting. Due to the bulking nature of all raw foods and the fact that your digestive system is still active, you can actually experience greater weight loss during a raw diet than when juice fasting, ingesting less calories while metabolism remains normal. Juice fasting allows a break from hunger whereas a raw diet forces you to face both hunger and craving together.

There is a learning curve when trying to change from a diet containing a lot of toxic food to a healthy diet. Eating only raw food simplifies it all. Think about it, restricting intake to raw foods does away with the unhealthy elements found in our common diet, establishing a new eating mindset. This is important because most of the battle is in the mind.

Raw fruits and vegetables are fabulous mucus-cleansers. They facilitate the removal of excess mucus and toxins, supplying vital nutrients in correct balance for rejuvenation and healing. Protective compounds and phytochemicals support the immune system and ward off aging. Studies have shown people who eat a generous amount of fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis have the least amount of all types of cancers. 

Raw fruit and vegetables are filled with enzymes. A high source of these enzymes is in the green leaves of plants which help protect the body from many cancers.

Tailoring your Raw diet

Craft a raw diet according to the goals you have set. Looking for a safe, fast way to lose weight? Then reduce heavy foods like raw nuts and manna bread and increase low-calorie, bulking veggies. If detoxifying is your goal, then incorporate more fresh juice, and eat lots of greens and color-rich fruits like melons. Wanting to break food addictions? Then I suggest not limiting the richer foods, especially on the front end. After ten days, you can start to cut back and see how you feel. Some may naturally transition into juice fasting. Be sensitive to your body, but more importantly, stay in tune with where the Holy Spirit is leading with this open door you have given Him.
As I have said before, this will not be easy, so be prepared to face some painful emotions. You can do this one day at a time. When discouraged, focus on the amazing good you are doing your body and how liberating it will feel to be back in control of your eating.

As mentioned in the beginning of this article...a permanent raw food diet should NOT be attempted... but rather as a temporary addition to your dietary needs.  Most importantly, listen to your body and do what feels right to YOU...

Have you ever tried the raw food diet?  I have a friend who swears by juice cleanses....Tell us your thoughts in the comments.


Sonia said...

Great post, loved the idea of eating raw fruits and veggies, totally agree there is nothing more nutritious than this.

laxsupermom said...

I'll occasionally do a fresh fruit cleanse, when I'm feeling especially toxic. On day 3 or 4, it's amazing what disgusting stuff comes out of your body. I always feel so much better after a fruit cleanse, but I don't know that I'd ever be able to be disciplined enough to eat raw as a lifestyle.

Ms Bibi said...

When I was younger I used to do juice cleanses and raw diets a lot. It melted the weight away and left me feeling so light and full of energy.

I really should do one now, but I just can't commit.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I had a boss that swore by it, and lost a lot of weight but then of course went back to normal things and it all came back. I think it would take some serious determination to stick to it.

Juice cleanses are the rage but I don't know I could do that either. hehe still trying to find the perfect one :)

a moderate life said...

Hi Jay-man, this is a very good article that you shared. The most important part of it of course is that going raw should not be a permanent thing. I spent almost a year on a raw vegan diet and then a raw diet including some raw fish and dairy in an effort to heal from the after effects of Lyme Disease. At first I felt wonderful on the diet but eventually many health issues started to pile up and I could not continue to look the other way. I advocate eating a high percentage of raw in season because that is perfectly healthy for the body. When the weather is warm, raw is healthful and cleansing for sure! Thanks for sharing this! All the best, alex