Eating raw means to eat fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds in its natural state, which means to not heat the food more than 115°F (42,5°C). This ensures that all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes are preserved in the food.
How to eat more raw foods
The fun thing about eating raw is that you don’t have to be 100 % to suceed. No matter what you are today, you can still get the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Perhaps just by switching your regular breakfast for a smoothie, a juice or a fruit salad instead. Or maybe switch your lunch for a huge salad bowl or a plate of fruit. The choices with raw are endless. But remember to take small steps and be humble to yourself. You can find tasteful recipes here on my blog or look under inspiration and find out what other raw foodist eat.
Benefits of eating raw
The benefits of eating raw includes clearer skin, increased energy, strengthened immune system, increased vitality and clearer eyes, better and deeper sleep, feeling lighter in your body, better quality of hair and nails, better digestion (especially if proper food combining are followed), balanced weight and feeling alert without stimulants such as coffein and sugar.
There are endless benefits of eating raw, but what matters most is how you feel about it. Eating raw should be fun and tasteful, it should be seen as a journey towards better health. In my opinion, eating raw isn’t just a diet, it’s a lifestyle wich includes being humble to yourself and others, taking time to reflect upon life, yoga, meditation, exercise, helping others, caring about the environment and the animals and feeling gratitude to what life gives us. But it’s imortant to know, that it doesn’t have to be perfect. We are all doing our best and it’s better to focus on the progress rather than perfection.
The environmental benefits of eating a plant-based diet
The production of meat and other animal protein products consumes large amount of natural resources such as water, fossil fuels and topsoil, while polluting our water and air. In fact, switching to a plant-based diet is the single most important move one can do to help the environment. It’s much more effective than turning off the water while brushing your teeth or recycling, although these are good actions as well.
According to a recent analysis by CleanMetrics, greenhouse gas emissions generated by raising lamb, beef, cheese, pork and farmed salomon, far exceed those from other plant-based food choices such as lentils and beans. Eating less meat can signifitly reduce one’s carbon footprint. If a person ate one less burger per week for one year, it would be the equivalent of driving 320 miles less. And if a four-person family took steak off the menu one day per week for one year, it would be like taking their car off the road for almost three months*.
This is just the environmental aspect, but what about the etical aspect? None of us wants to see the painful treatment that animals are exposed to in todays society, yet we continue to consume more meat than ever before. If the slaughter houses had glass walls, I believe there would be far more vegetarians in the world. We’re happy consuming nice and clean packaged chicken breasts in the store, but we don’t make the connection to huge, awful and narrow chicken fabrics that’s really the reality. I can speak for myself when I say that I became a much more compassionate person when cutting off meat. I went vegan for personal health benefits, but what I didn’t knew was that a growing sense of understanding and compassion came with it. By upgrading your diet, to more whole and plant-based foods, naturally brings out a desire to connect with yourself and find your purpose in life. And that’s what we’re here to do right, to be true to ourselves and share our gift with others?
*The report was made by CleanMetrics for the public advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG). For more information, click here.