Benefits of RAW lifestyle
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Benefits of a RAW Lifestyle
I was fascinated as I read more and more books and articles on the RAW food lifestyle and the benefits of consuming unadulterated foods as close to the way Nature made it as possible. I tried wheatgrass juice a few times; it’s a taste one has to get used to. I even bought a hand-crank juicer and attempted to grow and juice my own wheatgrass. I would go back to doing that if I had the right room/area to grow it, but apartment living isn’t really suitable for it.
In studies and anecdotal evidence, both show the benefit of a raw food diet includes:
- lowers inflammation
- improves digestion
- provides more dietary fiber
- improves heart health
- helps with optimal liver function
- prevents cancer
- prevents or treats constipation
- gives you more energy
- clears up your skin
- prevents nutrient deficiencies
- lowers the amount of anti-nutrients and carcinogens in your diet
- helps you maintain a healthy body weight
This RAW lifestyle really does make sense to me. But I don’t think it’s sustainable in a climate that fluctuates so drastically from season to season. It’s definitely easier to do in warmer climates like California and the equatorial areas.
I’m not actively pursuing a RAW lifestyle at this time, but I still make sure I have lots of raw plant-based foods regularly. I know I have definitely experienced health improvements when I eat high-RAW meals; less aches and pains and inflammation, and better energy were some of the improvements I noticed.
My RAW food ‘Bible’ is called Raw Food: A Complete Guide For Every Meal Of The Day by Erica Palmcrantz and Irmela Lilja. Although I haven’t tried every recipe in the book, I have probably tried over fifty percent of them.
I have tried everything from Chocolate/Avocado pudding to ‘raw’ apple pie. I’ve made Flax Seed crackers, Avocado soup, and many salads. This book covered breakfast recipes such as: homemade granola and muesli and nut porridge; lunch with a variety of salads and soups; dinner with raw tacos (made from nuts and carrots and spices that I’d swear was the real thing as a meat-taco!), Wakame Burritos, Zucchini Pasta, soups and salads, Wild Rice ‘Gone Wilder,’ and raw Lasagna; snacks include such yumminess as pear, dates & walnuts all cubed in a bowl. I loved so many of the raw cookie recipes like Gingerbread Cookies, Every Occasion Balls, Cashew Balls with Lime and Coconut to name a few.
I learned how to soak wild rice to make incredible Asian Cashew Curry and Banana Curry. This book also covered recipes on a variety of milks, dips and sauces.
Again, no matter what lifestyle you’re on and what lifestyle you are attempting to transition to, it’s always best to take baby steps and implement changes slowly. Something that I read years ago makes the most sense to me is, ‘it is easier to ADD new habits than it is to get rid of old habits. As you add the ‘good stuff’ the other stuff will slowly fall away.’
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