About two summers ago, Becky and I decided we’d try a raw-food diet. We did it for three months and we both agreed that it was the best we’d ever felt. The downside was the amount of time that each meal took to prep (cutting all of those vegetables takes time!). So, we opted for an 80/20 approach. 80% raw, 20% not. That’s where we still stand today.
Benefits of A Mostly Raw Food Diet
The benefits of a raw food diet help the body function to its optimum potential. Many individuals begin eating raw food because it is an efficient way to lose weight or rid themselves of toxins. However, that is not the only advantage- it’s a very nutritious lifestyle; the raw foods diet has been associated with increased vigor, healthy-looking skin, lessened risk of heart illness, and improved digestion, among many other things!
What is raw food?
Raw food is defined as any sustenance that is unprocessed or natural. Natural or organic food is better for the body because it is in congruence with how the body naturally breaks down food.
A Mostly Raw Food Diet Offers Optimum Nutrients
Unprocessed food is more effective at maintaining its nutrient qualities. An individual will be able to benefit from the full amount of vitamins and minerals. The easiest way to eat unprocessed food? Eat Raw Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, etc. – the way God made it!
The vitamins will flow more effectively to the major organs. When food is cooked, many of the nutrients are destroyed. The high temperature of cooking drains vitamins, harms fats and proteins, and obliterates enzymes that aid digestion.
It’s Gentler On Digestive System.
Because a raw food diet is absent of all artificial chemicals like preservatives and high fructose corn syrup it is simpler for the body to digest the food. The nutrients will travel smoothly throughout the bloodstream. This is better for your body and your stomach.
It Offers The Most Amount Of Energy
Because raw food is natural, the body is able to benefit from the utmost amount of vitamins and minerals. It will receive 75% -100% of the daily requirements including the minerals that provide energy. Organic food has an excellent balance of libation, fiber, and vitamins raw food contains.
This Asian Zucchini dish is not only tasty but provides the right nutrients to give us the energy to make it through an evening of reading books, finishing homework, and tucking four kids into bed!
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Raw Food Contains Restorative Elements
Raw foods have restorative powers that can eliminate various sicknesses ranging from decreased energy, digestive problems, allergies, delicate immune system, elevated cholesterol, Candida, to corpulence, and weight difficulties. This is in part to the absence of free radicals and additives. Free radicals are the prominent cause of malignancies. Additives are artificial chemicals added to food to enhance taste, texture, and shelf life. The side effects of these chemicals can cause serious illnesses in the body.
Eating Raw Is Supringingly Inexpensive
Most people assume that eating raw means you will have a big grocery bill, but we’ve found the opposite.
Yes, we buy far more fruits and vegetables (among other things like nuts), but we have found that we buy less processed food, so it equals out. Plus, eating more raw foods will decrease your chances of cancer and illness which means fewer medical bills.
You will not have to purchase much cookware because you will be cooking less. Simply put, eating raw food is a way of investing in your health.
In a way, it pays to eat raw and it is better overall for your physical health.