Should You Eat a Raw Food Diet?
Filed under Getting Started on Raw by Frederic Patenaude
What are some of the reasons that should motivate you to eat a raw food diet? In this article, I will look at WHY someone should consider a raw food diet and how you could organize a healthy raw food menu plan.
The raw food diet, as generally understood, consists of eating only raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and all of their possible variations (juices, salads, smoothies, etc.)
That’s the “raw-foodist” path or the 100% raw diet way of life.
But there are many other combinations possible for anyone wishing to benefit from raw foods.
So how do people eat a raw food diet? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons:
As a detox or weight loss program – The first way to use the power of raw foods is in the form of a “detox” program, which means that for a specific number of days (usually 7 or 30 days, or several month), a person will consume 100% raw foods (or close to it), in order to reach a specific goal, usually to lose a certain amount of weight. If you’d like to know more about this approach, you may refer to my ebook “The 21 Best Detox Diets” which lists several types of raw food detox diets you can follow.
When you follow that path, you don’t have to “commit” to anything, except for the duration of the program. That makes it a lot easier on your motivation and you can still achieve great results that way.
As a way of life or “lifestyle” – This is how I was attracted to the raw food diet in the first place: as a way of life. I was attracted to the “philosophy” of the raw food diet more than the actual health benefits.
Many people choose to eat raw for the wonderful health benefits, but also for the entire lifestyle of the raw foodist. They’ll organize their social events around “raw-food potlucks” and other meetings, they’ll participate in “raw food” gatherings, they’ll subscribe to magazine and meet other people interested in this.
We’ve seen many “raw food” marriages and even “raw food” babies from couples both interested in the raw lifestyle. If you’d like to stay connected to the raw food movement, the best is to subscribe to my newsletter and other resources at: www.fredericpatenaude.com
As just one part of a healthy lifestyle – I told you that initially I was attracted to the raw food diet & lifestyle, but eventually it became just one part of a healthy lifestyle. At this level, you may not necessarily eat 100% raw, but instead eat the proportion of raw foods that feels right for you.
You’re not just interested in nutrition, but in many other aspects of healthful living, such as fitness, spirituality, financial independence, and others. You recognize that not one aspect is necessarily more important than others, but that you have to pay attention to all aspects if you want to reach your goals.
As a tool for overcoming illness – A lot of people get attracted to the raw food diet because they think it will “cure” such and such health problem. My views on this is that the raw food diet doesn’t in itself “cure” anything, as only your self-healing body has that ability.
However, the value of the raw food diet is that it places less strain on the digestive system, and brings valuable vitamins and nutrients, in greater quantities than in a Standard American diet.
It also eliminates most of the potential, disease causing foods of civilizations, such as industrial foods, refined sugars and grains junk foods, and commercial animal products.
As an improvement on a good diet – You don’t have to be a “raw-foodist” to benefit from raw foods. You can eat *more* raw! Replace your breakfast with a raw smoothie. Learn to make more raw recipes, and many other options.