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  • Healthy Minute: The Raw Food Diet

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  • A raw food diet will probably help you lose weight and might be good for your health, but according eveydayhealth.com it can be difficult to maintain.


    Here’s what the raw food diet include:


    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Nuts, grains, and seeds
    • Herbs and spices
    • Beans
    • Seaweed
    • Coconut milk

When a raw food diet allows some meat, it is usually fish or poultry. Raw foods can be blended, dehydrated, or juiced. Although 75 percent of the food should be uncooked in a raw food diet, some in the raw food movement allow for some boiled pasta or a baked potato.

If you stick to the raw foods diet, it’s hard to overeat. As long as it is raw and vegetarian, there are no restrictions. You can eat as much as you want, as often as you want. Here is a sample diet:


Breakfast: A typical breakfast would be a fruit salad topped with chopped nuts. If some animal products are allowed, you might have organic sheep’s milk yogurt.
Lunch: As much mixed salad as you want with lentil sprouts, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, plus a variety of vegetable-based dishes.
Dinner: Vegetable soup, a sunflower seed cheese, and avocado and other vegetables, with fruit sorbet for dessert.
Drink: Water, coconut milk, or all natural fruit juices with meals or snacks.
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The Pros:


  • All you can eat
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants
  • Weight loss
  • Heart health
 
The Cons:
 
  • Hard to sustain
  • Takes time to shop and prepare
  • Time consumption
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Exclusions - the diet is not nutritionally safe for children, nursing mothers, or women who are pregnant


Short-Term and Long-Term Effects


  • Filling
  • Low calorie
  • Good quantity of healthy food choices
  • Difficult to maintain

Alternatives:


Use the raw food diet short term and modify it for the long term by using it only a few days per week.