Congratulations! You have just found the best raw food diet review available, written by someone who knows everything about the subject from first hand experience. Someone who can tell the truth from the lies, and someone who is highly educated and has done extensive research on the subject from all angles. Best of all, this review is written by someone who has actually lived a raw food lifestyle for many years and lost over 100 pounds by doing so!
Here, you'll get a detailed overview of what the raw food diet is – and what it isn't. You'll also get a realistic peek into the true lifestyle of a “raw foodist,” as they're called. Myths you may have heard about the raw food diet will either be vindicated or blown wide open as fallacies.
After you have educated yourself with the most comprehensive, real-experience-based raw food diet review on the internet, then you can intelligently decide for yourself if the raw food diet may be for you – or not.
The most obvious component of the raw food diet to review is, of course, eating “raw food.” This means simply eating food that hasn't been cooked or high-heat processed in any way. At a certain temperature, typically 118° F, food goes through a transformation where many of the nutrients, enzymes and other nourishing components are altered, reduced, denatured or completely destroyed. Therefore, the reason for eating food in its raw state is to obtain the most nutritional value from the food and to do the least harm to the body.
Foods typically consumed on a raw food diet include fresh and dried fruit and berries, vegetables, dark green leafy vegetables, seaweeds, superfoods, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and sometimes sprouted legumes, sprouted beans or sprouted grains (see my detailed list of raw foods).
Animal products such as meats, fish, dairy, eggs and the like are typically not consumed on a raw food diet because they are usually cooked or pasteurized. Plus, overwhelming evidence indicates that these foods may contribute to the development of disease in the body. Therefore, most raw foodists are also vegetarians (who don't eat meat) or vegans (who don't eat or use any animal products at all).
Because raw foodists are quite health conscious, they also tend to choose foods without chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, additives, preservatives, artificial colorings or flavorings, high fructose corn syrup, conventional salt, MSG or other harmful ingredients.
In the most ideal circumstances, raw foods would be organic, non-GMO, locally grown, freshly harvested, picked ripe, washed with non-toxic products, prepared with minimal processing, properly combined with other foods for best digestion, and eaten as soon as possible after preparing to make the best use of their live enzymes and nutrients. Of course, not everyone has access to these ideal circumstances, so raw foodists just make the best choices they can wherever they live.
Raw foods can be eaten fresh just as they are, or cut up, blended, processed in a food processor, dehydrated, juiced, sprouted, soaked or fermented. Simple kitchen gadgets such as a “spiralizer” can even turn raw vegetables such as zucchini into perfect strands of “spaghetti.”
And just because the food is raw, doesn't necessarily mean it has to be cold. A dehydrator can be used to warm up veggie burgers or other raw creations, and soups can even be warmed up on the stove as long as they stay under 118° F. Also, adding spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger or cayenne pepper can give raw food a warming touch.
Far from being boring, bland, or tasteless, raw food diet meals can be as varied and delicious as any traditional way of eating, thanks to endless combinations of ingredients, seasonings and food preparation techniques. Much healthier versions of most traditional meals can be made by substituting different raw ingredients and using creative methods of preparation.
No raw foodist ever has to feel deprived, because easy raw food recipes for meatless burgers, burritos, lasagna, pasta, tuna salad sandwiches, cookies, puddings, pies and other typical favorites abound. And because no cooking is involved, often these recipes take only a fraction of the time to make compared to traditional cooked versions. Of course, raw foodists often enjoy simply eating large salads full of leafy greens or blended smoothies made of fruits, vegetables, and/or superfoods. The options are practically unlimited.
Although from outward appearances, the raw food diet may appear “strict” or “extreme,” as a seasoned raw foodist, I can attest that this has been far from my experience. Instead, it is more liberating, as I no longer eat the same old 5 to 10 meals that used to comprise my diet. Instead of a steady menu of pizza, burgers and chicken, my repertoire of meal choices expanded exponentially.
I'm now making Pad Thai with Peanut Sauce, Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Tahini-Ginger Dip, Coconut Curry Soup, Spicy Gazpacho, Broccoli in Chedda Sauce, French Apple Pie Cobbler and Chocolate Velvet....Wow, this food is delicious – and leaves me feeling so alive and full of energy! I also noticed that as I ate cleaner, healthier food, my sense of taste became more sensitive, so foods taste even better.
Plus, I no longer feel that ravenous hunger brought on by the addictive and neuro-toxic additives often put into processed foods and particularly in restaurant food. From my perspective, it now seems “extreme” to cook the life and nutrition out of your food unnecessarily and smother it in chemicals that eat holes in your brain and coat your arteries with plaque!
It's actually quite a challenge to put the raw food diet review into a “nutshell.” Just like any other diet, there are plenty of variations. And not all raw foodists are the same. Raw foods may comprise anywhere from 50% to 75% or even 100% of one's diet. And many people follow different versions of the raw food diet. Some are very pure, and some play around loosely with the tenets of raw foodism. Some raw foodists explore fruitarianism. Some eat raw organic meat and/or dairy. Some still drink coffee or tea or organic wines. Some use a few “fringe” items that may not be perfectly raw, such as maple syrup. And some are totally vegan and won't even eat honey because it exploits bees.
Some raw foodists even grow all their own food or forage for wild edibles in nearby fields or forests. And once in a while, they might eat a little cooked animal food, perhaps on social occasions, or just because they feel the desire for a little fish, or the like. Often raw foodists find their diet evolves over time as they learn new things or their palate naturally changes. While certain general guidelines might be agreed upon by most, no rules are set in stone. Therefore, lots of room for creativity exists in the raw food diet even beyond what I've reviewed here.
If you are plagued by health concerns, or wanting to lose weight the healthy way, or even just interested in looking and feeling your very best, The Raw Food Weight Loss Diet I've reviewed is worth learning more about. It truly is one of the healthiest diets you'll ever encounter, and provides scores of benefits for your heart, your immune system, your digestive system, your blood sugar levels, your brain, your skin, your metabolism and your overall sense of well-being. And despite its seeming restrictions, if you simply open any good raw food recipe book, you'll see that countless delicious foods await your exploration.
It's actually much easier to implement than you may think. Simply start wherever you are, and add in a few more fruits and vegetables here and there. Try a few of my easy raw food recipes. Ease into it. Learn about it. Play with it. And you'll soon realize how much better you feel.
I hope this raw food diet review opens your eyes to the possibilities and whets your appetite for learning more about raw food advantages as well as some raw food disadvantages and how to overcome them. Best of luck to you!