There’s a movement today helped along by social media called the “challenge” movement. There’s the Mannequin challenge, the Ice Bucket challenge, and even a Don’t Judge Me challenge. Today we are bringing you a challenge that can do your body good; the Raw Food Diet challenge.
The raw food diet consists of eating foods such as green leafy veges, fruits with high amounts of sugar, and unprocessed foods that contain high amounts of unsaturated fats. And to kick-start a raw diet program, individuals are challenging each other to complete the diet on a three, seven, and in some cases 30-day diet plan.
Eating raw foods does not mean you must be Vegan. There are plenty of vegetarians that eat raw foods, as well as those who consume raw animal food diets. It all depends on what it is you are trying to eliminate and what you are trying to accomplish as an end goal.
A typical raw diet plan consists of eating whole, unprocessed foods, fruits, vegetables (including the green leafy ones), and raw seeds and nuts. Frozen items are fine, as long as there are no added preservatives or colorings.
What a raw diet does not contain is salt, oils, caffeine, alcohol, and anything considered fast food or take out. In some cases, grains are eliminated from the diet as are dairy foods, beans, meats, honey, and vinegar.
The claims behind the raw food diet are that cooking food above 118 degrees Fahrenheit will degrade the enzymes in foods, which aids in the digestive process. Raw foods are also seen to contain higher nutritional values and contain more antioxidants than their cooked counterparts. Cooked meats are said to contain toxins which can cause disease, although there are also claims to the opposite.
It is important to note that when feeding children, a raw food diet, attention must be paid to their vitamin intake. Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 are particularly important to growing children, and lack of these vitamins can lead to impaired development.
When purchasing foods for a raw diet plan, organic is the preferred aisle to shop in. If you’re on a budget and can’t afford everything organic, the most important foods to buy organic are those in which you consume the whole thing, such as spinach, strawberries, apples, peaches, cherries, pears, grapes, celery, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, you get the idea.
It’s important to be aware that you are not going to feel 100% better just by starting the diet. When the raw food diet is started, most individuals will feel groggy, may experience headaches, and may feel tired or nauseous. This is your system processing the toxins out of your body. Once through the initial few days you should see your energy levels increase, you will sleep better, you will probably lose weight, your head will feel clearer, and even your skin will look brighter.
The raw food diet can be a challenge indeed, but try it and you will not only see the difference but feel it as well.