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I am just curious if anyone can tell me anything about the "raw food diet"? I keep hearing about this diet in the news and in articles, but no one ever REALLY explains what this is all about.<br><br><br><br>
What I have read is that it is when a person eats 75% raw fruits and vegetables and nuts.........is this true?<br><br><br><br>
The reason I am asking is that I have a few personal training clients that keep asking me about it and I have not really found a lot on it. When I checked the internet, all I keep coming up with is information on dog and cat food..........jeez - I must be a real bozo! Actually, there is a few sites - but again, they offer no real information.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone know any information on this? Has anyone ever tried this? And if so - how nutritionally safe is it?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the help!
 

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check this site out, it seems pretty comprehensive in it's explanation of the raw/living foods diet.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.rawfoods.com/" target="_blank">http://www.rawfoods.com/</a>
 

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I've been raw for some time now.<br><br><br><br>
The definition is this: eat your food UNcooked.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know if it can be called a diet specifically (well maybe "The Diet" (tm) since it's been only some 500.000 years that we've been cooking our food i.e. for the mostest time we all have been raw foodists).<br><br><br><br>
It's just eating the foods in their natural state - there are no meal plans or rules and such per say. Some raw foodists eat a lot of fat (avocados, nuts) others eat a lot (a LOT) of fruit (=simple carbs). There are folks who eat a monodiet (they eat only one food at once until full), there are folks who make the most amazing dishes (stuff like lasagna, sushi, cheeses, there's even a raw falafel recipe, if you read this, Loki!) out of raw ingredients. There are folks who eat no grains at all, there are some who eat grains (sprouted, soaked).<br><br><br><br>
Well one rule you hear often is that many raw foodists say that you shouldn't heat the food above 118 F (or so) because then you destroy the enzymes in the food. So it is actually "allowed" to use dehydrators to make sprouted breads and such - and still call the food raw or "living".<br><br><br><br>
The percentages are just that and have no real meaning IMHO. I do eat cooked food whenever I have a craving (about every 2-3 days currently). I have no goal I want to achieve. I just eat what I want and most of the time it's fruit and salad that I want. A lot of it. A **LOT** OF IT! Should I crave more processed foods, I'll eat it. Not all raw foodists see the matter as relaxed as I do, some are quite religious.<br><br><br><br>
Tthere exists no real definition of how many percent of calories or by weight a person must eat raw to call themself raw foodist. <- Thankfully!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Here is an URL with a lot of raw links:<br><br><a href="http://www.alissacohen.com/links.html" target="_blank">http://www.alissacohen.com/links.html</a><br><br><br><br>
Tho' personally I kinda stopped checking out raw food sites because it can drag you down all the pseudo-science and evangelism (there are cool sites though). Also 1 of the reasons I'm raw is that I don't have to worry about cooking so I'm not gonna start collecting recipes and worrying about UNcooking now.<br><br><br><br>
Also, here is an article by Dr. Bill Harris about raw vs. cooked:<br><br><a href="http://www.vegsource.com/harris/raw_vs_cooked.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vegsource.com/harris/raw_vs_cooked.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
It was him who started me changing my diet away from cooked starchy foods, with his article "Less Grains, More Greens":<br><br><a href="http://www.vegsource.com/harris/ten_categories.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vegsource.com/harris/ten_categories.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
He doesn't necessarily advocate a 100% raw diet, but he says it's OK and very healthy (if it's varied yadda yadda...) - it's not like you NEED cooked food. Nutritionally the raw diet is sound (duh!) if you don't eat avos and nuts all day, you will get all the minerals+vits (ok b12 is the catch), carbs and fats anyway. Protein is, well - i stopped worrying about protein some time ago. I think even a 100% fruitarian diet gives you enough protein a day (think a LOT and LOTS of fruit). I workout every day and I think I would notice detrimental effects pretty soon.<br><br><br><br>
Ah yes bodily I do feel very good, I think I gained some weight since going raw. I have more energy when i workout or run - especially when running I burst with energy sometimes. And well I'm horny like hell. But these might not be effects of raw (tho' I like to think so), but b/c it's spring??? Basically I feel as if my body is on autopilot, there is very little complaining coming from that department. I rarely feel stuffed, I've never experienced heartburn and digestion problems I only have when I don't take the time to eat an appropriate meal (= big volume). Then I'm hungry all the time and graze and eat a lot of different crap combinations.<br><br><br><br>
Your mileage may vary. I can imagine that switching from a cooked diet to raw would be detrimental at first. I "evolved" to raw over a period of more than a year. Some raw foodists quit cooked foods cold turkey, and the symptoms and hard time you go through then they call "detox". Don't know if I buy into that (that the body needs to clean itself for weeks from cooked "toxins") but who knows really. I think it can also be that the body has to get used to raw (lot of fiber, high-water content foods, and on the high caloric density diet the stomach shrinks so it has to expand again) and I also think that we all are literally addicted to cooked food so you might have 'normal' withdrawal symptoms like with any other drug.<br><br><br><br>
And then there is the psychological addiction too cooked, processed, fancy food - one of the reasons I got interested into raw. I'm not saying this is a bad addiction and "i'm holier than thou", it's just something i find interesting. i think you are always addicted so something right now foodwise i'm addicted to olive oil and dill i think.<br><br><br><br>
It's not that I say we all should eat raw. Rather, I'd say: yippie, look - we all CAN eat raw AGAIN. We are wealthy enough to be able to afford it, because we can ship and grow and sell and buy all these beautiful things that can be eaten without having to get cooked. Food processing (once a necessity) is not necessary anymore. So "raw" is a luxury for me, in a way, to me it is the produce section in the supermarket that is the most amazing thing there. but of course it's perfectly fine if someone cooks their food, but only if I can try some! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> OK that's the (my) ideology side of it, anyway, in a nutshell (pun intended!)...<br><br><br><br>
What can I tell more? Any Q's? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
p.s. edited to add: i've reread it and noticed how horribly incoherent my style is - sorry for that i hope it's not very unclear but i wrote it very fast! if something's unclear, just ask! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
p.s.2. edit2: it's 500.000 years, not 50.000
 

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Oatmeal - you are so awesome! Thank you so much for your help! I am looking at the sites today. So many of my fitness clients have been asking about this "diet" and I knew I wasn't far off from what I had been telling them.<br><br><br><br>
Apparently - the "raw food" diet is the one that is "in" in Hollywood so, of course, everyone here wants to try it. I guess they see these women in bathing suits and looking thin and guess it's diet. NOT thinking that it's an awful lot of other things too that get them to look that way! but........some people think it's a magic pill or diet or workout that will make them look like Madonna, etc. Yeah - I just laugh and tell them "quick - hand me my WAND!"<br><br><br><br>
Again - thanks for all the info - I am going to check into this a little more.
 

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You're welcome. "In" diet in Hollywood... heh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Well I guess it's a nice break from the egg-cheese-meat-heavy Atkins diet. I heard many celebs are doing it. Then again I'm not exactly THE celebrity-expert...<br><br><br><br>
Yeah there is no such thing as the magic pill. But fortunately you don't need one either, right?<br><br><br><br>
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask here or PM me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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