Raw Food Diet for Weight Loss and More!

 

by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Author, Eating for Energy

A lot of people will start a raw food diet for weight loss purposes, but for those who stick with the program, they find that there are many, many more benefits to eating raw than simple weight loss. You will find increases in your energy levels, your skin will look and feel younger, and your digestion will improve.

Energy: Think about your car for a second. If you have a nice car, you probably want to keep it that way. Regular maintenance, oil changes, tire rotations, the works. Go when you get to the fuel pumps, do you choose the lowest possible grade of gasoline?

You probably do, unless your car is what they call a higher performance model - in which case, you spend the extra money for improved performance. Raw foods are the high octane fuel that you’ve been denying your body, because you believed you weren’t high performance. But once you switch to a better source of fuel, you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes in your energy levels and mental acuity.

Skin care: If you are currently eating a lot of highly processed and overcooked fast food, you’re probably ingesting a lot of unhealthy fats and grease. That sort of thing is murder on the complexion. Those oils will cause no end of breakouts and bad skin conditions. But there are all sorts of beneficial ingredients in the raw foods you will eat that will make your skin glow.

Some of those benefits will include a natural increase in antioxidants, from berries, spinach and peanuts that will help skin look it’s best by producing more collagen; sulphur that is lost in the cooking process can help with acne outbreaks and healthy hair growth, and can be found in red peppers, asparagus and broccoli; raw nuts contain Vitamin E, which helps promote healthy skin.

Digestion: One of the reasons that raw foods are so good for you is the natural living enzymes that exist in raw items. Once food is cooked beyond the 118-degree threshold, those enzymes are killed off. Enzymes help your body to process, use and eliminate the foods we’ve eaten. If no natural enzymes are brought in with the food, our body’s limited store of enzymes is called on to fill in. This means that processing cooked food takes more work for our bodies, and limits the absorption of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Raw foods are easier for the body to process, and they reduce the workload of organs like the pancreas, which can wear out if pushed too hard by a diet of dead cooked foods.

Weight control: It cannot be overlooked that eating a raw food diet will likely help you lose weight. Of course, it is still possible to overeat, but your food choices are so overwhelmingly healthy, that it makes it very difficult to do damage to your waistline. Some of the foods on the raw list are even what are referred to as calorie negative foods, meaning that they actually require more calories to consume, digest and pass than the offer as a fuel.

 

 

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