Why Raw Food?
Why would you want to eat raw food and what the hell is it anyway? Raw beef? Raw fish? What?
I know what you’re thinking because when I discovered the concept of raw food on the internet, I thought these raw foodies had been drinking way too much Noni juice and were a little crazy. Don’t know what Noni juice is? Stick around a bit longer and you will! P.S. Most raw foodies are vegans but this isn’t necessary as just adding in some raw whole foods will go along way to keeping you alkaline and feeling healthy.
Raw food is the term given to foods not heated over 118 degrees F in order to preserve the nutrient content. Enzymes, vitamins and minerals are essential for optimal health which raw foods deliver straight to every cell of your body.
Want more info? Read:
- Why Raw? Get the lowdown
- Whats so bad about cooked food?
- What is all this talk of alkaline foods?
- Where do I get my protein from?
- Why are alkaline foods better than acidic foods and what are alkaline foods?
- How will introducing more raw benefit me?
- What juicer should I buy?
- What’s the difference between juices and smoothies?
- Is organic food really better than non-organic?
- Take me to the recipe index!
Okay, let’s get down to it. What are the benefits of eating more raw food?
There are many but these are the ones most people report the most often. For me, I love the mental clarity, laser focus and feeling super positive about life.
- Increased energy levels
- Reduction in cellulite
- Weight loss
- Improved immune system
- Feeling happier and more positive
- More restful sleep
- Improved concentration and focus
- A feeling of calm within body and mind
- Sparkly white eyes
- Better digestion with less bloating
- Turning grey hair back to original colour
Do I have to go 100% raw?
No absolutely not! Just by adding a green smoothie or guacamole to your diet is initiation enough! I encourage you to eat as much raw as possible, simply because it gives you ENERGY and floods your body with nutrition. Do also try to consume a large salad if choosing to eat animal protein/cooked food as this will go a long way to helping your body to digest it.
My suggestion would be to start with a juice or smoothie one day, then have similar again the following day. On the third day, aim to have the juice or smoothie as well as one raw meal out of the remaining two meals for the day . Then go from there. See you how feel on it and then start to think about how you could incorporate more raw food into your life;
- Drink a green smoothie for breakfast
- Drink a juice for breakfast
- Swap your sandwich for a salad
- Make healthy chocolate brownies as a snack or dessert
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and some other reading you may find useful
If you’re ready to hit the healthy highway, grab your copy of my 7 Day Kickstart – A Beginners Guide to Eating More Raw, downloadable straight away.
I downloaded your book 7 day kick start and have been following it for the last 5 days! I feel fantastic!! My craving for sweet things and chocolate has completely gone and I am feeling so much more energised already!! I have always eaten a healthy diet – but on reading your blog and the book, it makes such sense to go raw – the recipes I have tried so far are delicious too! Jackie Davis
Here’s what can be made with raw food!
Chocolate Pecan Crispy Cakes > Recipe here
Chocolate Easter Egg filled with Vanilla Cream
Gooey Chocolate Cream Cake
“I’m absolutely loving the book. I’ve gone from a diet of toast and biscuits to about 70 per cent raw and I feel amazing – as you would after eating mostly sugar all day. Mental clarity, focus, brain function is so much clearer. I have more energy, I’m happier, I’ve lost my ‘carb face’! Who knew a change of diet could have such a massive impact?! Thanks so much.” Nikki