There are many benefits associated with increasing the amount of raw food you consume on a daily basis. Switching to a raw food (or plant based diet) is believed by many to be quite miraculous. To me it seems like the most natural thing in the world – eat the food that the earth provided for us to survive. It’s the most straight forward and powerful dietary advice to remember and to follow.
For those of us hooked on convenient and packaged food, the switch back to nature will require some conscious thought and effort. But, like any lifestyle change, there are varying degrees from which to approach it – meaning you can take the ‘gradual increase’ approach. Once you make the effort to include more raw and plant based foods in your meals, you will begin to notice and enjoy the powerful benefits. You will become more in tune with your body and how the food you eat makes you feel, and as such the inclusion and increase of real food in your daily diet will come more naturally to you.
Here are some powerful reasons to increase RAW & REAL in your diet-
- Increasing the amount of whole foods you consume (raw or otherwise) will do wonders for your body. Nature provides us with the food we need to be healthy, balanced and strong. MOST food springing directly from nature will have remarkable healing and balancing effects on your body. So make fruit, veges, nuts and seeds your bodies every-day besties.
- Raw fruit and vegetables have a very high water content which makes them easier for your body to break down (as well as having a hydrating effect). When your body is digesting the food you eat easily and efficiently, it uses the energy saved on digestion to take care of other restorative and functional processes of the body.
- Raw foods are high in live enzymes, that provide your cells with vast amounts of oxygen. The cells (and therefore the whole body) thrive in an oxygen rich environment. You will not only notice the effects on the inside (better internal functioning), you will also notice them on the outside (clearer skin, brighter eyes and a narrower waist-line).
- Leafy green intake is key to success and health in a raw food diet. Eat A LOT every day! Include –organic food and drink that is free from pesticides and fungicides. Include a high mix of whole unprocessed foods – fruit, veg, grains, nuts, seeds. Drink 2 litres of water per day – and increase this amount if you are exercising.
One of the main purposes of switching to a RAW food diet, or increasing intake, is that of cleansing and healing. It can have dramatic effects on your overall health and appearance. However, it is important to note that making a complete shift from your current diet (depending on how healthy/unhealthy it is) can be intense – meaning there are some unpleasant effects during the cleansing process. It is not advisable to make dramatic shifts in your diet, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions that could potentially be made worse from the sudden change. If you are considering making major changes to your current diet, seek medical advice first.