What Is Raw Food Diet?

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What is a Raw Food Diet?

A raw food diet is one that promotes the consumption of raw foods. Raw foods, including fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, seeds and herbs, are foods eaten in their natural, unprocessed, uncooked state. Okay I’m sure the arguments will come thick and fast about how delicious various dishes are, but the truth is, you educate your taste buds about what to like. If you are accustomed to eating salty spicy food, then natural raw foods taste bland. But if you eat lots of whole, raw, natural foods you come to appreciate the natural flavors of the food even more!  If you eat whole, fresh, ripe, raw foods, digestion is quick and easy, which frees your body from the process of complex digestion which then gives YOU more energy. The concept of needing to have a snooze after a meal becomes a distant memory on the raw food diet.  That sluggish feeling you get after a heavy meal occurs because your body needs to focus all its energy on the task at hand; breaking down this complex cooked meal into the amino acids and sugars that it can actually utilize. Raw fruits and plants contain these sugars and amino acids in their simplest form so they require very little work before they can be utilized by the body. They are the perfect ENERGY food.

Beauty is another answer to the question of why the raw food diet.  Eating raw food will allow you to sculpt the most beautiful you. Whether you won the genetic lottery or not, your true beauty is likely hiding away under puffiness, blotches, acne, cellulite, excess weight, eye bags, wrinkles, varicose veins, broken blood vessels and bloodshot cloudy eyes. Even if you’re still young enough not to have begun to show the degeneration of your body, internally that is exactly what is happening. Wouldn’t you prefer to be regenerating?With the raw food diet you give your body the chance to clear out years of accumulated junk, all those toxins that have been tucked away in your fat cells, in your eye bags, your acne and your blotches. As those toxins clear out, your most beautiful self will be given the chance to shine.  But its not just physical!  The physical part is just a happy side effect.  Another compelling reason for why the raw food diet is the mental clarity and spiritual connectedness you feel. Your memory will improve, along with your concentration and focus.

Since I have gone raw I have made the most life changing decisions effortlessly. I feel so much more in touch with who I truly am and I can no longer do anything BUT live congruently. I must be who I truly am and I must follow my heart. My intuition is growing stronger by the day and I am beginning to feel so in touch! In touch with myself and in tune with my intuition and my life’s purpose. This is the most amazing thing of all.
So why the raw food diet? Why not?

Why the Raw Food Diet?

 

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So why the raw food diet? One of the best explanations I have heard for why we should eat raw, living foods is because they are LIVING! They are actually still alive, their nutrients and enzymes are 100% intact.  If you take fruit for example and put it in your fruit bowl and ignore it for a few days, it will continue to ripen until it spoils.  If you take that same fruit and stew it with some sugar, will it continue to ripen?  Of course not!  But why? Because it is dead. Cooking food effectively kills it. There are plenty of arguments that cooking expresses certain nutrients that would not otherwise be available and that is true.  But for every one nutrient that is expressed through cooking, 10 000 are destroyed!  I prefer to lose one rather than 10 000, wouldn’t you?  Cooking is one of the most nutritionally damaging things we can do to food, and for what? Without artificially spicing and salting it to high heaven, it’s pretty bland.

 

Eating a raw food diet has been around for many years, but only recently has it started to come into popular practice. There are many raw food recipe books on the market now, as well as raw food restaurants. Much information can be found online in the form of support groups, forums, and newsletters. Why Eat a Raw Food Diet?

If you’re reading this article, you may be wondering about the benefits of a raw food diet, right? Well, the benefits of eating more raw foods are numerous and once you understand them you’ll probably wonder why you haven’t eaten more raw in the past. You’ll also think twice about eating dead cooked foods ever again.

 

 

Let’s Get Physical!

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Engage in regular physical activity and reduce sedentary activities to promote health, psychological well-being, and a healthy body weight.

To reduce the risk of chronic disease in adulthood: Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, above usual activity, at work or home on most days of the week.

For most people, greater health benefits can be obtained by engaging in physical activity of more vigorous intensity or longer duration.

To help manage body weight and prevent gradual, unhealthy body weight gain in adulthood: Engage in approximately 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity on most days of the week while not exceeding caloric intake requirements.

To sustain weight loss in adulthood: Participate in at least 60 to 90 minutes of daily moderate-intensity physical activity while not exceeding caloric intake requirements. Some people may need to consult with a healthcare provider before participating in this level of activity.

Achieve physical fitness by including cardiovascular conditioning, stretching exercises for flexibility, and resistance exercises or calisthenics for muscle strength and endurance.

The Healthy Elder Male

75 year old

Older adults still need the same amounts of nutrients and the younger ones, but lesser amount of energy is needed. Meeting the nutrient guidelines stated in the My Pyramid without exceeding the kcal needs means choosing nutrient rich foods from each food group. To make sure these foods are eaten, they should be easy to prepare and look appealing.

Older adults should consume 6 ounces of grains, 2½ cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit, 3 cups milk, and 5½ ounces of meat and beans everyday.
Hard and crunchy vegetables should be steamed to make them softer for easier chewing, swallowing, and digestion.

A Calcium supplement may be needed, especially in women, because it is difficult to meet the recommendation of 1200 mg of calcium without exceeding the energy needs.

Older Adults need plenty of fluids everyday. Recommended water intake is the same as the younger ones, but certain changes make this difficult to achieve. There is a reduction of the sense of thirst. Kidneys aren’t as efficient at conserving water, so more water is lost during urination and must be replaced.

An example of a well balanced diet for the 75-year-old male is as follows:

 

Breakfast

¼ Cup Whole Grain Cereal
½ Cup Grapes (16 Grapes)
1 Banana
½ Cup Orange Juice
1 Hard Boiled Eggs
½ Cup Low/Fat Free Milk

Lunch

1 Ounce Tuna fish on 2 slices of Whole Grain Bread w/1 Leaf Lettuce & a slice of Tomato (Condiments may include Mayo).
¼ Cup Apple Sauce
½ Cup Low/Fat Free Milk

Afternoon Snacks

1 Yoplait Light Yogurt (Low Fat) (6 ounces = ¾ Cup)
½ Cup Steamed Carrots
1 Apple (Sliced)
½ Cup Low/Fat Free Milk

Dinner

3½ ounces grilled skinless/Boneless Chicken
½ Cup Steamed Green Beans
2 Whole Grain Dinner Rolls w/pat of butter or spread
¼ Cup Mashed Potatoes w/pat of butter or spread
½ Cup Low Fat Free Milk