Raw food diet and benefits can be weight loss, improved digestion, strengthened immune system, emotional well being and energy level.
Make your diet complete: Calcium, iron,vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids are not abundant in raw food diets. To compensate for these deficiencies, the American Dietetic Association offers these guidelines:
- Eat almost twice the iron as a non-vegetarians. Good sources of iron are tofu, legumes, almonds and cashews.
- Eat at least eight servings of calcium rich foods, which include bok choy, cabbage, soybeans, temp-eh and figs.
- Eat fortified breakfast cereals, nutritional yeast and fortified soy milk to ensure an adequate diet of B12.
- Use flax-seed, walnuts and canola oil, all rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Or take an omega -3 supplement.
- Take supplements, regularly
Eating a raw food diet takes dedication to ones health and can provide a answer to all types of health issues. Typically you need to maintain a diet of 60 to 100 percent unprocessed uncooked foods. Most people who are on a raw food diet don’t eat meat, fish, eggs or dairy products.
Karen Trainoff, a registered dietitian and founder of Pathways to Health and Wellness specializing in clients with mood disorders, does not recommend a strict raw food diet, she does advise them to eat lots of fruits and vegetables especially dark,leafy greens, which are rich in fol-ate and have been linked to improve mood.
The minerals and nutrients in fruits and vegetables help your digestive tract, your overall sense of well-being and help fight disease. Avoid highly processed prepackaged foods which tend to be high in unsaturated fats. Eating raw foods can improve mood, becoming more positive and outgoing and feeling more purpose.
Eating raw foods can inspire people to meditate, do yoga or get in touch with nature. All these things will create more stability, happiness, and a greater sense of connection in your life.
When I said,My foot is slipping,Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up. Psalm 94:18