10 Interesting Facts About Raw Food Diet
Considering taking up a raw food diet but want a bit more information? Want to know if it’s safe? In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at 10 interesting facts about a raw food diet.
A raw food diet is growing in popularity. Despite some of our friends taking it up and recommending it, we naturally still have a few reservations and questions of our own. Namely, how safe can a raw food diet be? How fulfilling is it? How tasty is it? Is it really all raw?! Diets come in and out of fashion like there is no tomorrow, but one diet that seems here to stay is the raw food diet. It’s incredibly healthy, as it means you’re consuming lots and lots of essential vitamins, phytochemicals, minerals and fibre. However, the sticking point for a lot of people is that, yes, you will need to eat a lot of raw food. And when we say a lot, we mean a LOT. Some folk still allow eggs and raw meat and fish into their diet, but most stick to unprocessed, uncooked and organic foods, such as sprouted grains, fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables. If you’re already a vegetarian or vegan, a raw food diet might be for you. Let’s now take a look at 10 interesting facts about a raw food diet.
Raw Food Diet Isn’t For Everyone
Not everyone should adopt a raw food diet. For example, children, elderly people and pregnant women put themselves at risk if they adopt one.
It’s Not A Cult And You Don’t Have Turn Your Life Upside Down
Why is it that whenever we try something new, such as a healthy diet or become a vegetarian, there are always one or two negative people that point the finger at us and tell us we’ve changed? Unfortunately, this is a fact of life. People can see you’re trying to get healthier and they get a bit jealous. The thing is that the same friends might think you’re odd, radical or weird for taking up a raw food diet. But guess what? It isn’t a cult or a religion! Tell them that. It’s simply a dietary choice people who want to get healthier make. No one needs to turn their life upside down. No one has changed much – all that’s different is our diet has changed. And that’s it.
A Raw Food Diet Means You Will Need To Rethink Dessert
All those scrumptious cakes you used to love? They’ll have to go if you adopt a 100% raw food diet. Dessert will need some planning, as you can no longer eat baked goods. On the plus side, you’ll get to avoid that unhealthy sugar that you’ve been telling yourself to quit for some time now. Also, you get to be more creative with what you eat after a meal. How about dates and figs for some sweetness?
There Is No Dogma That Says You Can’t Eat SOME Cooked Food
If you go on a raw diet but still eat some cooked food, your critics are going to say that you’re not really on a raw food diet. Big deal. Just ignore them. This is not the same thing as choosing to be a vegetarian for your ethics while still eating meat. Rather, a raw food diet is something you can dip in and out of. For a lot of people, going 100% is tough. If it sounds like it would be tough for you too, you can aim for 75% instead.
In Fact, It Is Much Better To Eat Some Cooked Food
Some people who adopt a raw food diet are under the mistake belief that it will instantly make them healthier. However, a raw food diet isn’t magical, and there is actually scant evidence at this point that it does indeed make us healthier. In fact, a 100% raw diet doesn’t come highly recommended. If you don’t do this absolutely right, a diet that contains just raw food can cause under-nourishment, particularly because it i hard for people to get an adequate amount of vitamin B12 into their system.
Raw Food Diet Is A Great Way To Detox
Every so often, we all could benefit from a detox. A detox cleans our system, flushing out nasty toxins and making us feel a lot better. A raw food diet is a great way to detox, making you feel better than ever.
Some Raw Foods Contain Toxins
There are some foods that are much more beneficial when cooked. In their raw form, they contain toxins. These foods include parsnips, potatoes, beans, mushrooms, and some grains. If you must eat these foods, it’s recommended that you cook them first.
No Need To Count Calories Anymore
Sick and tired of counting calories all the time? If you adopt a raw food diet, you won’t need to count them ever again! With a raw food diet, it’s practically impossible to gain weight from eating too many calories. You’re free to eat as much as you want without having the same worries as your weight-conscious, calorie-counting friends!
A Raw Food Diet Is Hard To Stick To
All diets can be hard to stick to, but a raw food diet is especially hard to stick to because there are few if any comfort foods available. Some people who adopt a raw food diet find themselves missing cooked meals, including warm soups and broths in the winter. A raw food diet requires a lot of willpower, determination and a lot of nutritional knowledge. If you are to pull this off, it also requires some long-term planning from you so that you know what you’re doing.
Raw Food Diet Was Mentioned In Sex And The City
Remember the hit U.S. TV show Sex and the City? Those girls were pretty hot – and in at least one episode they visited a raw food restaurant. Hey, they knew it was a great way to stay in shape!
Stay happy and healthy!