The Healthy Way to Do Raw Food Diets
In recent years, much has been said about the positive
effects of a raw diet. Book after book, and article after article has spoken of
the negative impact that too much heat can have on foods. Vitamins break down,
carbohydrates lose their nutritional value, fats become toxic, and proteins are
rendered virtually indigestible.
Still, that doesn't mean you just eat any food at all
that you want raw. There are some measures you do need to follow to ensure you
stay healthy on the raw food diet. Like anything else in life, the key is
moderation. Too much of anything, even something good, can be detrimental. As
an example, years ago people were touting the grapefruit diet as a great way to
lose weight. The idea was, you ate nothing but grapefruit (hence the name). You
could eat as many as you wanted, so long as that was all you ate. Well, that's
not good for you! Fruits contain acid; too much acid can upset the pH of your
body, and will also damage your teeth. On top of that, the fruit is lacking in
terms of some of the nutrients you need for good health. You need balance. So,
point one: meet with a doctor or dietician and set up a good, healthy raw diet
suited to your needs.
Next, be sure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and
vegetables, and that it's locally grown wherever possible. Now, this does mean
that you'll have to do without some fruits for some periods of the year, but
it's best for your overall health. Too much-dried fruits can give you stomach
and/or intestinal troubles (sometimes as simple as just gas), and be bad for
your teeth. Or, eating fruit that's not grown locally means you don't know
under what conditions it was grown. What sort of pesticides and chemicals were
used on it? What sort of soil was it grown in? These days, with the global
economy, you could eat fruit from any place on earth! That gives you variety,
sure. But wherever possible it really is better to stick with what you know and
learn to do without when some things are out of season.
Nuts make up a large part of a raw food diet. Here again,
moderation is called for. Too many people start in on a raw diet and start
eating too many nuts. Nuts are naturally high in fat. Now, your body needs fat
as part of its normal biological processes, but only a certain amount. If you
load up your diet with avocados, nuts, and oils, that's not healthy. Not only
is there the issue of the fat, but some people have trouble digesting nuts.
Here again, this is why meeting with your doctor to discuss a raw diet first is
the key to adopting a healthy lifestyle. If you find yourself getting very
tired after eating some nuts, your body is having trouble metabolizing them,
and you should stop. Ironically, if your body has trouble with nuts, this can
lead to you suddenly craving a host of other foods; some you may have never
been interested in before!
Finally, there's the issue of knowing your source. Not
for the foods you eat, but the advice you get. Your best friend may tell you
how great their raw food diet is, and that you should do the same. Well, thank
them, and then go see your doctor. Something as simple as a food allergy can
undo all the sincere advice your friend gives you. As an example, if they're eating
a diet rich in whole grains, and you have an allergy to gluten, your doctor
will tell you to substitute whole rice for grain.
Just follow a few simple steps, and you can be sure that
your raw food diet is perfectly suited to your needs. Why not give the raw food
diet a go and see how you can benefit from it?
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