Many people have changed their lives by choosing the raw diet lifestyle.
Benefits include losing weight, feeling more energetic and boosting your immune system.
Many followers make sure 75% of their food intake is uncooked, unprocessed, whole plant-based and, ideally, organic. The raw diet plan is based on the concept that raw and living foods contain essential food enzymes that are destroyed if the food is heated above 47C (116F).
A healthy raw food diet can be tailored for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
For most people, the bulk of their diet will involve foods such as fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds - consumed in their natural state without cooking or steaming. The cooked element of the diet will vary depending on your lifestyle. For some, it could include eggs, fish and meat.
It can feel like a huge change, so if you like the idea of switching to raw foods it's crucial to have a great raw food diet plan to get you started.
Here are our 5 tips for a successful raw diet plan:
1. Stay balanced:
Your new healthy diet plan should include carbohydrates, fats and protein, as well as other important nutrients. Make sure you ingest nutrient-dense, whole foods that are organic when possible. Remember that it's still okay to include some cooked food in your diet – ideally no more than 25%.
2. Keep it simple:
Make it easy on yourself by starting with straightforward and familiar recipes, like smoothies packed with nutrients and flavour, salads, soups, dips or energy bars. A spirulina smoothie is a simple and delicious way to start Download our Top 10 Health Benefits Of Spirulina Ebook
3. Make it fun:Eating raw doesn't mean food can't be fun. There are so many great recipes out there to keep your meal times delicious, interesting and healthy. Why not make some colourful courgette “linguini” with homemade pesto or create a platter of raw fish or veggie sushi rolls?
4. Be informed:
Read all about it – learn about the benefits of a raw food diet so you can make the best decisions for your body. (Link to future blog “Eat your way to better health)
5. Listen to your body:
Your body knows what it needs and these needs may change over time. Above all else, pay attention to what it's telling you. In particular, make sure you don’t go hungry and that you’re getting a balanced diet that gives you plenty of energy.