A raw food diet, often called a "living foods diet", consists of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, sprouted beans and seaweeds and micro algae (spirulina and chlorella). These fill your body with vitamins, minerals, oxygen, energy and live enzymes to keep it working optimally and help heal it from many health issues.
Basically it is ingesting plant based foods that are not cooked, not heated over 116 degrees and not processed.
That means eliminating animal products and dairy and all junk and processed foods (foods with additives, genetically engineered, filled with pesticides, or irradiated), and eating at least 75% uncooked foods.
The body needs enzymes for many body processes necessary for life including digestion. They help in detoxification, lower cholesterol, help break down fats, eliminate carbon dioxide from the lungs, strengthen the immune system, supply energy to your body and purify the blood.
Processing or heating food over 116 degrees Fahrenheit, which is also used in the pasteurization process, changes the make-up of foods and kills these enzymes. The digestive system has to work harder and the food loses up to 85% of its nutritional value.
Cooked food loses its vitality.
Raw food photographed by Kirlian photography shows lots of vibrant light eminating from it. Yet when cooked food is photographed it is surrounded by a very small dim light. The life force in raw food feeds our bodies with its energy.
Benefits of a raw food diet include reduced risk of heart disease, increased energy, improved immune systems and clearer bright skin as well as increased energy and vitality.
Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, where many people go to heal from all kinds of illnesses including cancer, recommends a 100% raw living food diet for life.
I was 100% raw for approximately 1 ½ years, but found it a little hard to continue to that extent, but am now approximately 85-90% raw and feel comfortable with that. In the summer months I do even better with more fresh fruit and vegetable greens available.
Benefits of a Raw Food Diet
Detoxification - raw food is filled with fiber and naturally helps the body rid itself of toxins, mucus and accumulated waste.
Increased energy and vitality
Better immune system and health - raw living foods contain lots of antioxidants which reduce the incidence of illness and signs of aging.
Weight loss - raw food has no empty calories, so you get maximum nutrition with a minimum amount of calories.
Reversal of diabetes - Watch trailer below - "Simply Raw - Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days"
What to Eat on a Raw Food Diet
It’s not as hard as you may think. There’s lots to choose from.