In making the decision to transition into a raw food diet, many people assume that in order to be considered a raw foodist one must consume only raw, vegan foods 100% of the time. Actually, eating 70% or more of your diet raw is sufficient enough not only label yourself a raw foodist, but also enough to make significant changes in your overall health and wellness.
Additionally, many raw foodists are not necessarily vegan or even vegetarian. There are those who also consume raw meat, as well as raw milk and other raw dairy products. The focus here is not about labels, but rather about improving and maintaining optimal health.
If we can agree with the belief that food is the most powerful drug we put in our bodies, why not make it count?
If you are making a change change, realize that any change is an adjustment. Give yourself time to adjust. You have, most likely, had a habitual pattern of eating a certain way for quite some time. It takes a while to create new habits. Just know that the rewards of becoming a raw foodist, to whatever degree you decide to go, are well worth the effort. Some of the most commonly reported benefits of 'going raw' are:
- Weight loss
- Improved sleep
- Increased energy
- Improved skin appearance
- Improved digestion
- Risk of heart attack and / or cardiovascular disease are significantly reduced
- Cholesterol and lipid levels return to and stay within healthy range
You should expect to experience symptoms of detoxification when relocating to an all raw diet. This is both natural and necessary and the symptoms will pass as the body rifts itself of toxins.
Common detoxification symptoms include:
- Food cravings
- Bloating and / or stomach pains
- Skin breakouts
- Diarrhea and / or constipation
- Trouble sleeping, nightmares
- Congestion or feeling as though you're catching a cold
- Fatigue, drowsiness, low energy levels
The important thing to remember is that any symptom you may encounter will certainly pass. Typically, most do not last very long either.
Those who already practice a vegetarian or vegan diet, or any diet low in processed foods and sugars, will normally experience significantly less detoxification symptoms than those living on mainly fast foods.
Eating a all-raw or mostly raw vegan diet does require careful planning. Dining out is more of a challenge as well. However, once you take into consideration the amazing benefits of this type of eating plan, the gift of optimal health may indeed be worth the effort.