Raw Foods, Why They May Not Agree with You

Every day, we’re inundated with specifics of the advantages of numerous diets. Vegan! Paleo! Pescetarian! Gluten-Free! Raw! It may rapidly become overwhelming, particularly when you’re tight on time. If you are searching at going Raw particularly, here are a few essential things worth thinking about.

Raw Food Preparedness, Know Your way around the Kitchen

It’s difficult for most to try raw and vegan for 90 days. In order to maintain that diet, you need to plan meals ahead of time and shop for groceries with great care. It’s one thing to imagine going raw and eating fistfuls of spinach all day long, but in reality you need to create interesting and appealing meals so that food will not lose its thrill. Clever devices such as spiralizers and mandolins are great for slicing veggie into spirals and chips. Learn your way around the kitchen and play with new tools so that your raw foods won’t be boring.

Shopping can be expensive and frequent

You’ll need access to loads of fresh produce, every day. If you’re able to buy all organic, go for it. It can be expensive, but just think of all the extra cash you’ll have access to since you won’t be able to order take-out or go for a pizza. Raw diets require dedication and a budget for plenty of fresh veggies and fruit. It can be done, but just know that you’ll probably need to shop more frequently since all raw foods are perishable.

Real raw foods must be under 118 degrees

While blending and dehydrating are permitted, a true raw diet mandates that your food be kept under 118 degrees. This poses a challenge when eating out, as you’ll most likely need to stick to salads and smoothies. Be ready to eat your veggies raw, straight up in all their bitter glory.

Raw foods can make you Flighty

According to Ayurvedic guidelines, raw crunchy foods are more difficult to digest. They also aggravate “Vata”—this means you may be more prone to distraction and confusion if consuming only raw foods. Traditionally prepared soups, polenta, porridge and stews keep your digestive process moving along and help to ensure you stay grounded.

Dehydrating the Foods just Dries It Up

Many raw enthusiasts tout dehydrators as the way to go, but my Western and Ayurvedic physicians agree that dehydrating does precisely what it says—it takes the water out of your foods. When I had followed my raw diet, I shopped around for a dehydrator but stopped when I learned that I’d have to drink more water to hydrate after eating dehydrated foods. We all need to constantly replenish and restore lost fluids, regardless of the diet we consume, but eating dehydrated foods means that you’ll have to drink even more.

You may lose too much weight

The one thing I can say without doubt is that a raw diet will indeed help you to shed pounds—like it or not. While I tried the diet as an experiment when I was working on my cookbook, I noticed that I lost weight extremely fast and was not able to maintain what I deem a healthy weight for my frame. Be prepared to supplement your raw diet with plenty of nuts, seeds and healthy oils, or else you’ll wind up looking depleted, dehydrated and sickly.

The Raw Food Lifestyle

Ruthann Russo has been a vegetarian and vegan for more than 20 years, and in 2007 became a passionate raw-food enthusiast. She brings that passion to the pages of this comprehensive introduction to raw and live food. In simple, encouraging language, she conveys a wealth of information, from the philosophy of raw-food nutrition, to how it affects the body, to how to transition from a regular diet to one that promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Using examples from her own life, Russo lays out a practical plan for making the switch

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