In the Raw – And No It’s Not What You Think!

Are you a raw food enthusiast? Your first response is probably something like, “Yuk! Raw food!? No thanks!”. Well, you certainly wouldn’t be alone. But, let’s look at some of the benefits to incorporating even just a small amount of raw food into your diet.

Working Against Your Body

When you cook food most of the actual nutrients are cooked out. What you are often left with is something masquerading as food that your body actually has to work hard at processing. When food reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit, the vital enzymes that help your body process that food are killed. These enzymes are essential for digestive and metabolic processes in your body. Without them, we may feel ‘full’, but after years of depleting our systems instead of feeding them, our bodies start to break down.

It’s Easy to Get Started

One easy way to start incorporating raw food into your diet is by eating fruit. You can eat it as a snack if you are not already doing so. Replacing your normal American breakfast of eggs and bacon with fruit is another way to add fruit to you diet. Even if it’s a matter of keeping the eggs and swapping the bacon for fruit, it’s still better than doing nothing at all.

A salad for lunch is also a good way to bring raw food into your diet. Many people think a salad can get boring. But, let’s open our eyes to the possibilities! We are in a country that is blessed with a large variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from. One day you can make a spinach salad with cranberries and walnuts. Another day you may opt for a leafy green salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, pine nuts and mushrooms. The possibilities are endless! Make a game of how many different salads you can make.

Check out some raw food salad recipes.

The point is to start doing something small-one step at a time. In fact, sometimes people who are interested in raw food diets think they should go 100% raw all at once. This actually throws our bodies into shock. So, it’s best to gradually ease your body into a new way of eating by adding more raw food to your diet over time. And, even if you don’t want to give up those good ‘ol steak and potatoes, you don’t have to in order to have some benefits from raw foods. Just start small. And who knows? Maybe after a while, you’ll want to try more.

Happy eating!

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