The raw food detox diet is a process, a progression and a perfect way to start to grow into the person you always knew you could be. The concept of raw food is as old as humans, before we had fire we ate all raw and our basic digestive system hasn’t evolved much since those times. In our increasingly frantic and overwhelming society the change to a raw food diet involves a process of personal change also. The diet itself is life and energy giving and therefore fun. It is effective and has been shown to dramatically improve a whole host of conditions and illnesses. By the very nature of its content it is a simple diet to follow.
The initial period of changing over to a raw food diet will always involve some sort of detoxification process. It is as inevitable as breathing or the sun rising. After a lifetime of eating cooked and processed food the body has toxins and waste products that it has stored. When first embarking on the raw food detox diet the first thing to go is these waste products. Symptoms range from bad breath and wind, to spots, headaches and cold like symptoms. These are not inevitable and some people only experience some of these to a small degree whilst others have stronger symptoms. If these symptoms get to be too much it is easy to control them by firstly drinking plenty of clean water. Secondly, try and get some extra sleep or light naps. Thirdly, if it is getting in the way of your daily life try adding some boiled brown rice or steamed vegetables into your raw diet. This slows down and reduces the intensity of the symptoms to a level that you can manage your life around. These symptoms normally only last a few days, but if you do have to slow down the detox with cooked food then they may last a little longer.
The physical side of the raw food detox diet has been often discussed, but what is not so often spoken about is the potential for profound personal growth at the same time. The psychology surrounding food, for all of us, is a complex mix of necessity, upbringing and societal messages. Basically, we all have some sort of ‘relationship’ to the food that we eat. When we change the food we eat then we must change some parts of the mind set associated with it. As we eat more raw food the body has a chance to become clearer and more energised, this gives us the space to challenge and reconstruct aspects of our self that we quite simply never had the time or the energy to change before. This process can be, for some, enlightening and for others, new and a little scary. This is normal and if necessary we should seek out mentors to guide us through this process of change. There are many coaches and experts out there and we need to select one of these professionals to help us through our journey based on intuition, self knowledge and perhaps a recommendation.
As you progress through the process and begin to identify the areas of your life that may contain old self destructive habits you have the opportunity and choice to change. Remember there is always a choice and whatever you choose no one has the right to judge you based on your decision. This is your life and your journey; if raw food can help then I wish you success in that direction. If not then I also wish you good speed in the search for your process and transformation. I know that from personal experience and the plethora of testimonial and anecdotal evidence out in the world at large, raw food can play a significant part in most, if not all, of our journeys. Whether you be fighting physical ill health, psychological issues or just want a bit more zing in your daily life, somehow raw food can play a part in it all.
Raw Food Detox
It is absolutely essential for everyone to do a detox every once in a while, especially after a holiday season, or a period of time where cooked and other processed foods have been consumed regularly.
A raw food detox will simply help to get all the nasty foods and harmful toxins out of the body, so that the body can heal itself, or prevent diseases from creeping up.
The best way to do a detox, or to take detoxification to the next level, is a juice fast, but for some doing a juice fast may not seem right, especially for those who have never fasted before. And for them I recommend going on a strictly raw food detox for at least 2 weeks or longer, and if possible remain on the raw food diet.
Raw foods are high in fiber which will promote bowel movements, thus cleansing the digestive system. Plus they are high in nutrients which will restore the body back to health.
To get started on the raw food detox, you simply start eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with raw nuts and seeds. You can make the change gradually where every day you eat more raw foods than you did the previous day. You can also make the change in one day, but this will be hard on your body.
Your goal is to eliminate all cooked, baked, processed, and fast foods, refined sugars, and animals products. This includes milk, caffeine, canned or bottled juices, and bread. These are the foods which made you toxic in the first place, and that is why you need to avoid them at all costs. Alcohol and cigarettes should also be avoided during this time of cleansing.
To start your day, begin with a fruit or vegetable smoothie, some apples, or any other fruits you may like. For lunch you can have some nuts and more fruits and vegetables, and for supper a leafy green vegetable salad with lettuce or kale is ideal. If you like smoothies and prefer to get your greens that way, by all means drink as many smoothies as you like, and the same goes for anything else; if you like lettuce, or garden salads then eat as many as you like.
The important thing however is to get a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet, but the most important are the leafy greens like kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, and broccoli; the more of these you can eat the better.
Blueberries, strawberries, plums, oranges, and grapes are also great for consumption during a raw food detox.
Last but not least, you want to make sure to eat lots of garlic. Garlic is a great detoxifier and will help to cleanse your body from the inside out.
Why You Should Consider a Raw Food Detox
A raw food detox can be extremely beneficial to your life. When you cut out processed foods and meats and feed your body only fresh, natural foods, your body will thank you for it. Processed foods and meats can clog your digestive system and put disgusting toxins and impurities into your blood stream. When you go on a raw food detox, you will only be giving your body unprocessed, uncooked and organic foods which can help your body cleanse itself. The fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and juices will also give your system all the vitamins and minerals your body craves.
A raw food diet is essentially a vegetarian diet; however, unlike a vegetarian diet, you cannot cook your food at all. When you cook fruits and vegetables, they lose many of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes you need. Many of the enzymes found in fresh, uncooked vegetables help your digestive system work properly. This is why a raw food diet or detox can be so beneficial even when done for a short period of time.
There are many benefits of a raw food diet or detox. If you are able to increase the raw foods you eat daily, you will get many health benefits. You should experience an increase in energy, weight loss, better digestion, and improved skin. You also help reduce your risk of developing certain forms of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Uncooked foods tend to be very low in saturated fats and sodium. Oftentimes, we add fats and salt to our vegetables during the cooking process because we have removed their natural flavor as we cooked them.
In regards to detoxification, a raw food detox is the best option because the foods are very high in potassium, fiber, magnesium and many other vitamins and minerals. Many of these nutrients can naturally cleanse your colon, liver and kidneys.
Here is a very short list of raw foods and their benefits.
1. Cabbage supports proper cell regrowth
2. Carrots are very high in vitamin A which helps with eyesight and heart health
3. Honey aids in digestion and can help prevent colon cancer
There are several benefits to living a raw lifestyle; however, it is not for everybody. If you do not feel a complete raw diet is for you, then you should seriously consider doing a short detox. During the detox, your body will get the vitamins and minerals it needs to repair and cleanse itself.