A raw food diet is an easy transition and makes you feel great. Heidi Kaufman, a licensed nutritionist and dietician, talks about the basics of going raw in this video.
The best thing about going on a raw food diet is this: you’re completely guaranteed to avoid harmful processed foods. By eating only raw foods, you are inherently avoiding substances such as refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and trans fats, all of which are dangerous for your health.
It’s also not hard to believe that going on a raw food diet can help you lose weight. Your body simply absorbs fewer calories from eating raw food than from cooked food, especially because your diet will largely be comprised of fruits and vegetables.
In addition to less calorie absorption, a raw food diet is highly rich in fiber, which will regulate your intestines and other bodily functions that make sure you’re operating at your best.
One of the most absolute beneficial aspects of going on the raw food diet is that you’re consuming all the live enzymes that are destroyed when you cook food. These enzymes are excellent for the liver, pancreas, stomach, and intestines. Raw foods also help to assimilate vital nutrients into the body so that they’re not lost as they sometimes are with cooked foods.
To get started eating raw, uncooked vegetables and salad ingredients are a great place to begin. Raw fruit is also an excellent start. Heidi Kaufman recommends making sure that you’re getting in your grains and proteins, which is the only major complication of a raw food diet.
Eat plenty of nuts and seeds. You can eat grains like rice, as well as dry beans and peas, by soaking them for a long time until they become soft.
Ultimately, raw foods give you more energy than cooked foods, and without any caffeine intake.
Raw foodies often say that one of the major benefits of eating raw food is that they get to eat as much as they want because they’re not eating anything detrimental to their health.