Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 1
The raw food diet has been around quite a while but when it comes to living a raw food lifestyle there is still some confusion about the type of foods you can consume and how they will benefit your body. These easy step by step tips to incorporating a healthier raw vegan lifestyle will help you get clarity around this whole raw food movement.
As a vegetarian of 10 years, it was relatively easy for me to drop wheat and dairy from my diet when I arrived in Australia to visit my friend (and now gorgeous partner) Scott. The result? My ‘middle age spread’ disappeared … FAST!! I lost 14kgs in 12 weeks to be exact.
While many start eating raw food to lose weight there are many other benefits that should be considered. Among them is the fact that it can help you live a longer and healthier life free of medications and regular visits to the doctor. Many women going through menopause report a sharp decrease in hot flushes and night sweats… YAY! Symptoms like bloating, acid reflux, constipation and even more chronic conditions like Coelia Disease, IBS, Diverticulitis and even Diabetes… yes Diabetes, can be reversed within WEEKS of cutting out meat, wheat, dairy, processed foods and white sugar.
With today’s busy ‘on the go’ lifestyle and so many prepackaged ready-to-eat foods available, the simple truth is that most people eat far too much in the way of processed food. In fact, most don’t even stop to think about what we’re putting into our bodies.
When it comes to consuming a raw food diet, it simply means consuming food in its natural, unprocessed form. There are many very good reasons why this is a good idea. For example, processing and cooking food can take a large amount of the nutritional value away from the foods we eat. In fact up to 90% of the good nutrients can be lost.
Do you ever remember hearing your mother or grandmother say “don’t peel your carrots or potatoes”? They were right! They told you this because they knew that most of the nutrients are in, or just under, the surface of the skin. This holds true for almost all of the fruits and vegetables that we consume, with a few exceptions. We will talk more about those later.
A common misconception is that consuming a raw food diet means that you can’t eat anything cooked ever again. When in reality it doesn’t mean that at all. You don’t have to eat everything raw. It simply means that at least 75% of the food that you eat should be unprocessed and uncooked.
The mainstay of the diet will consist of eating unprocessed, uncooked, organic, whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruits, seaweeds, etc.
Did you know that cooking your food not only removes some of the nutrition, but it also takes away a lot of the flavour?
A raw food diet means eating more the way our healthier and more fit ancestors did. They cooked very little, and certainly didn’t cook or process fruits and vegetables. They ate them raw! When you stop to think about eating a raw food diet it only makes sense. It’s how our bodies were meant to consume and process food for nutrition and energy.
There are many benefits to eating to a raw food diet, as we will discuss in my next blog. Just keep in mind when you begin eating a raw food diet you will notice your metabolism will work better, you’ll lose excess weight, have more energy and enjoy the benefits of better health. You’ll also leave the table feeling satisfied, light and energy-filled not bloated, stuffed and in need of a lie down!! So what do you have to lose?
Look out for Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 2 … COMING SOON!
Clare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias. Scott is an author and Raw Food Chef and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business. The 61 yr old single mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle. She now assists Scott in teaching, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.
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