A raw food diet is exactly what it sounds - a diet consisting of unprocessed and uncooked food sources. Ideally, food should be as untouched as possible, meaning that cooking above a temperature of 118’F should be as limited as much as possible. Primary sources of nutrition on this type of diet include fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, and beans. It is considered raw food because they aren’t processed. Generally, roughly 75% of the diet should consist of uncooked food when transitioning to this type of diet.
So why is cooking the food unacceptable? Basically, when you heat food over 118’F, you kill enzymes in the food. These enzymes are what help your body to break down and digest food. The body can produce these enzymes; however, it takes a large amount of energy to do so and will leave you feeling lethargic and with less energy than before you ate. It also kills a large percentage of vitamins and can make minerals more difficult to extract from the food source during digestion.
There are many benefits from engaging in a raw food diet and include:
• Control diabetes without the use of insulin
• Better digestion
• Healthy skin and hair
• Decreased cholesterol
• Weight loss and detoxification
• Increased levels of energy
• Improved immune system
• Reduced risk of sinusitis, allergies
Issues regarding food safety often come up due to the recommendation not to cook your food. When choosing to eat foods that come from animal sources, such as meat, fish or poultry, be sure to cook it before consuming. Bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella grow on raw animal sources and can cause severe food poisoning. Be sure to refrigerate any unconsumed food immediately and be sure not to leave edibles out of the fridge for more than two hours. If you need to disinfect your food, use food grade hydrogen peroxide which kills more bacteria than cooking alone.
Eating a raw food diet requires a bit of time at the beginning to become accustomed to proper portion sizes, good choices, and how to plan ahead. Many people find it difficult to get used to not cooking or heating their food all the time by popping it into a microwave. It will require you to effectively plan out your meals everyday as well as overhaul your kitchen to create a raw food environment.
Lemon Detox Drink Ingredients
- 1/10th Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 8 fl Oz’s Pure Water
- 2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup Grade B
Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass and enjoy! Initially you may find the cayenne pepper a little hot, especially if you are not used to spicy food but this is something that you also become accustomed to very quickly.
Whenever you start to feel a bit hungry, go and mix yourself a drink. This tends to keep hunger pains at bay pretty quickly. Once you get past day 3, you’ll probably find that you will experience very few actual hunger pains although about 1 in 4 people do say that they have regular hunger pains throughout. But don’t worry, I’ve got a good feeling that you’ll be one of the lucky other 3!
You’ll need to drink a minimum of 6 detox drinks throughout the day. Somewhere between 8 - 12 is ideal. Make sure that you are also drinking plenty of fresh pure water throughout the day too.
The drink is best made fresh each time that you want to drink it but this sometimes isn’t possible, especially if you are heading off to work. To try and maintain the cleaning power of the lemon enzymes, make a concentrate of the maple syrup and the lemon juice and just add water when you want to drink it.
So if you were planning on drinking 3 drinks whilst you were out, you would need to make up a concentrate of 6 tablespoons of lemon juice and 6 tablespoons of maple syrup.
To make life easier on yourself, take 3 separate bottles of water each containing 8 fl Oz’s of pure water but with the capacity for 10 fl Oz’s as you will be adding your concentrate to it. You’ll need to pack a tablespoon for measuring and your cayenne to add at the end.
Once you’re ready for a drink, just get your concentrate out and give it a good shake, then measure 4 tablespoons into the bottle, add your cayenne, shake and drink!
If you don’t have a house to clean try some light exercise as this will make you feel great and keep your mind off food. Don’t forget to keep drinking the detox drink and replenishing your water supplies.
If hunger creeps in just distract yourself. I decided to detox my house whilst I detoxed my body. There is nothing quite like cleaning to keep you focused and distracted. My house had never looked so good by the time I had finished my detox and of course it helps when you get so much more energy than you normally have.