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Carol Alt Eats It Raw

Carol Alt used to hit the runways, but now she's hitting the produce aisle, since she's way into the raw food diet. She's been following it for the past 12 years, so what got her hooked? Early in her modeling career, she was told to lose weight and did so by dieting (and depriving herself) silly. She became really unhealthy, was always tired and sick with colds and the flu, and had respiratory issues. When she tried the raw food diet, her health dramatically improved, yet she was able to maintain the lean size she needed for modeling. Now at age 48, she still has that amazing figure and is even showing it off in the December issue of Playboy. Carol's goal was to "promote raw eating and to show women that they, too, can look their best at any age."

To hear more about this diet and see a video of Carol explaining how it can help you maintain a healthy weight,


If you're not familiar with the raw food diet, it's just like it sounds. All the foods are organic and raw, including uncooked veggies, fresh fruits, soaked grains, and sprouted seeds and breads. Most raw followers avoid meat and dairy, but Carol eats sashimi (raw seafood), carpaccio (thinly sliced raw beef, veal, or tuna), and raw milk cheeses. It's believed that eating a Raw Food Diet can increase your energy level, help you lose excess weight, relieve migraines and depression, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, and can also eliminate acne and asthma.

If you want more information, Carol wrote two books, Eating in the Raw ($11) and The Raw 50 ($12). She not only raves about this lifestyle, but she also includes recipe ideas so you can start reaping the same health benefits.

Check out her peppy video interview below.


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TriniGourmet TriniGourmet 8 years
I too used to think the raw diet would be monotonous and restrictive but I've been on it (around 70% raw) for a while now and love it. Not only am I getting my full share of fruits and vegetables, the variety of possible tastes and textures is amazing. It helps that I like to prepare food but knowing I can have brownies, icecream, and 'cake' at any hour and lose weight while doing so definitely keeps me motivated :) I/ve never felt better, still love and have sashimi and sushi and cerviche and do occassionally still have a cooked meal tho, but definitely as the exception more than the rule :)
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I absolutely love raw food. I may sound gross to some people, but especially when it comes to meat, I like them as raw as possible - sashimi, carpaccio, beef tartar. But I love all kinds of food. I don't think I can ever do this because I'd crave cooked food badly after weeks of having cold food.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I probably eat about 80% raw foods...I only cook soup and eggs. I can say that it's pretty difficult to stay fat eating that way. I eat mostly produce and nuts and sometimes, yeah, it's sort of a pain to eat that way but it's SO worth it. I never get sick and I always feel great. So I'd buy her cookbook, especially if it has good recipes in it.
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
I'm vegan and eat mostly raw foods anyway, so I'm not too concerned about this. I prefer things raw to cooked, and I usually dislike cooking anyway. But I don't think I could live my whole life like this. Vegan, yes, but raw- no. I can't even imagine the holidays or going to eat at people's houses. Being vegan can be socially challenging, but not eating anything cooked is nearly impossible. I can see why it's simple for her, though- she's a model and has to keep up a certain image, and if she lives in Hollywood, its probably not difficult at all... there's vegan places where I live, but not any raw restaurants I'm sure. Oh, and I just remembered- she's in those Jack LaLaine (sp?) infomercials for juicers! lol. Clearly she must drink raw juice, too. Which is great because it's delicious :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
plus_2_kid - I'm guessing pregnant women could probably have most of it as long as they avoid things like the raw fish that are restricted when pregnant anyway.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
She looks great, but I couldn't do it.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
How much work is it? It sounds like a lot - always having fresh produce, no pre-made meals etc. I wish I was that good at planning what I eat, but I'm just not. also, can pregnant women do this? My guess is not.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
wow. she looks good :) tho raw food diet sounds like a great thing i just can't give up some of my favorite foods. and besides, raw red meat does not sound appealing.
myystque myystque 8 years
I hate to sound judgemental but a diet consisting entirely of raw food seems extremely restrictive and not at all fun to me. I find being a vegetarian difficult enough. But who am I to dismiss this for others? It's cool that it works for Carol and others.
foxie foxie 8 years
My husband and I are taking a trip out to Vegas soon, and I'm so excited because we'll be going to our first raw restaurant! I've tried making a few raw dishes, and they all turned out quite yummy.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm somewhat interested. This is only because sometimes I don't want to cook. :)
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 8 years
I actually went all raw (vegan raw - no raw meat for me thank you) for an entire summer a few years ago. Did a lot of juicing and dehydrating... and I'd never felt better and everyone told me that my skin glowed. But it is a rather hard diet to follow consistently. Being vegan I still feel healthy with boundless energy. So that's not a bad thing. I eat lots of organic veggies .. no junk or fast food. Carol is hot .. especially for 48!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I have thought about a raw diet. Eating out would be hard. You might have to bring food with you.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I love to eat mostly raw when it is hot outside but today is 7 deg F here so there is no way I could do it, I really need some hot soup in this weather!
simbaspaws simbaspaws 8 years
The very idea of this disturbs me. I love warm comforting meals. Thats does not mean, that I like very fattening foods, but I am not a big salad lover for example. It tastes so boring to me. I would take steamed veggies no sauce over any type of raw stuff any day. Also my tummy gets upset when I eat a lot of raw carrots and stuff.
livetolove livetolove 8 years
ughh raw beef?? Maybe it's just cuz I'm a vegan but that's nasty...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
you'd be surprised about how easy and diverse it is to be on this diet. i've been a vegetarian for ages so last year i decided to try this for a while and it wasn't so bad. i think that it's going to be something that i put back in to my diet every couple of months since it really does help you feel better about things. it's funny for me since my fiance is a die hard meat eater, but i think that he appreciates it a bit when i try something new since it means that he diversifies his diet a bit as well.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Yeah, there's no way. I'd be insanely bored if I only ever ate things raw. Besides, that pretty much eliminates bacon ;)
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