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Living and Raw Foods Diet

I've been hearing a lot about people on a Raw Foods Diet. It's also called a Living Foods Diet, and many celebrities such as Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Bryan Adams, Alicia Silverstone and Robin Williams have reportedly been seen at raw food restaurants and have tried it. Designer Donna Karan and actor Jeremy Piven shed pounds eating raw foods. It was even featured on Oprah.

People following this diet (or you could also say "lifestyle", since there are a lot of folks that eat RAW not to lose weight but for the philosophy) eat only uncooked, unheated, unprocessed, and organic plant based foods. that has not been heated above a certain temperature. It varies within the different raw food philosophies, but the end range temperature is in between 92ºF to 118ºF (33°C to 48°C). Meals consist mainly of organic and raw fruits, vegetables, sprouted seeds and grains, sea vegetables, nuts, and seeds since they believe cooking destroys precious vitamins and minerals. For instance to eat grains, instead of cooking them, they are soaked. Raw foodies believe their uncooked foods contain essential enzymes, which the body needs to digest foods completely.

They drink only purified water (never tap water), freshly made juices (made with a juicer), and coconut milk. They avoid meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, coffee (because you make it with boiling water), and all junk food. They only eat foods that are good for you, you know, the ones that are full of vitamins and nutrients.

Why eat just raw and living foods? It is said that you'll have more energy, think more clearly, have improved overall health, and lose excess body weight. Many people have also found relief from migraines, acne, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, heartburn, anxiety, and Type 2 diabetes.

Fit's Tips: If you want to learn more about it, check out Alissa Cohen's website all about The Raw Food Diet. She even includes recipes for burgers, pizza, cannolis, and chocolate cake - all made with raw foods and no animal products.

Want to see a video showing how to make a pasta dish with raw foods? Then


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chelseyeslehc chelseyeslehc 7 years
this sounds like a fantastic lifestyle change. I have been vegan for a little while now after being vegetarian for 4 years, and I certainly feel a lot better. I think if I was just eating raw whole foods, I would probably feel even better.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
This is an amazing way to eat, I am about 70% raw right now and it has helped me in so many ways. Don't knock it til you try it!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
I like the idea of eating raw fruits and veggies but not with out meat. Like that pasta looked yummy if I could have a piece of grilled chicken or fish with it.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I've heard a lot about this and the theories as to why it's better, but beyond the benefit of eating fresh veggies instead of boxed junk, is there any scientific evidence that not cooking your food is actually better for you?
katie225 katie225 10 years
i wish there was more research on this than just someone's opinion. and i agree, this could definitely be a cover for someone's eating disorder!
Food Food 10 years
I'll mention it on yum sometime soon, but one of UK's biggest raw foodies is someone I used to work with. She has several cookbooks and fantastic stories, you guys should really check it out:
thatgirljj thatgirljj 10 years
A caveat: It's possible to take this to unhealthy extremes. I've known people doing raw diets that become obesessive about eating 100% raw or who use it as a cover for their preexisting eating disorder. And of course, anyone who does a totally vegan diet should be taking a b-12 supplement. That being said, I think there's a good side to all this too. I've started eating at least one raw fruit or veggie with every meal and trying to have one fully raw meal a day and it certainly is energizing.
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