If you’re opting for a healthier raw food diet, make sure to keep the following things in mind so that you stay healthy and don’t become deficient in anything. ‘Raw Food For Life’ is one of my favorite sources for eating a healthy raw food diet. Below you will find some of their advice for what to eat on a raw food diet.
When you start transitioning to a raw food diet, knowing what to eat is quite simple… A variety of whole plant foods as they’re grown! Be adventurous and try new varieties and combinations, but also be sure to follow these eating guidelines to ensure you meet all of your nutritional requirements:
- A great first step is to simply ADD MORE fresh fruit, vegetables, and sprouts to your diet.
- BEGIN YOUR DAY with a large glass of warm lemon water (the juice of 1/2 lemon in warm water) as soon as you rise. This is very good for the liver to aid in the elimination of toxins.
- MAKE ENZYME RICH, NUTRITIONALLY POTENT GREENS A LARGE PORTION OF YOUR DIET – Such as spinach, kale, silverbeet (swiss chard), lettuce and collard greens. These are the most cleansing, energising, and health giving foods in the vegetable kingdom. Where all vegetables specialise in certain groups of nutrients, kale actually contains almost every nutrient that’s found in all other vegetables! A great way to get more greens into your diet is to make plenty of green salads, green smoothies and green juices.
- CHLORELLA AND SPIRULINA are micro-algae that offer a stunning array of health benefits. Chlorella is an excellent source of iron and minerals as well as being a complete protein containing all the B group vitamins, it is also incredibly detoxifying and is known to eliminate heavy metals such as mercury from the body within weeks. Spirulinas is pre digested protein provides building material soon after ingestion, without the health risks and energy-draining side effects of meat protein and commercial protein powders.
- EAT A WIDE VARIETY of fresh, ripe, raw, organic fruits and vegetables.
- Be sure to include all the COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW to get a full spectrum of nutrients.
- Consume a variety of RAW NUTS (Preferably soaked or activated) in moderation.
- Include SPROUTS and SPROUTED LENTILS.
- Include SEEDS especially those that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as flax seed (freshly ground & kept refrigerated), chia, and hemp seed. You can sprinkle them on meals, salads, raw muesli… these will give you very high quality sources of protein, omegas 3, 6 & 9, soluble and insoluble fibre, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium and much more.
Choose GLUTEN FREE grains and seeds such as quinoa, millet, amaranth, and buckwheat.
Whether you are considering transitioning to a Raw Food Diet or are already a seasoned pro, ‘Raw Food For Life‘ is a great resource where you can find out more about the vitamins and minerals you need and so much more. Be sure to check out their website for more valuable raw food diet information.
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