Our schedules often prohibit us from finding the time to develop the kind of physique we want to achieve for a healthy life. Disheartening as it may be, this fact also leads to the unnecessary accumulation of fat which only invites poor health. There’s the saying that “The Body is your Temple, keep it clean for the soul to reside in”. The statement though might be highly metaphoric but one thing is for sure, if you want to stay healthy and fit, you need to look out for yourself. This includes consuming the right kind of food. A lot of buzz is out there regarding ‘The Raw Food Diet’. Well, let’s just dig in and see what it’s all about.
What is Raw Foodism?
A raw food diet also often termed as fully raw happens to be the most simplistic approach at keeping yourself healthy and happy. The essential methodology here is to have fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and seeds mostly in their natural state. The idea is to preserve the offerings of Mother Nature. It’s a proven fact that cooking mostly leads to the destruction of natural nutrients and a number of vitamins. It was Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss physician who pioneered Raw foodism in the late 1800s. Over the ages, the raw food diet climbed up its way to be the 3rd most effective and popular diet plan among people. Most raw food diets are self-sufficing and balanced in nature. Often they come with guaranteed weight-loss and are easy to follow if you have the will power to live this healthy lifestyle of eating.
Type of Raw Food Diet
One must be careful while designing a diet plan which is based on raw foods. The main issue is that raw foods alone don’t have all the nutrients that our body needs. For example, you cannot depend on only vegetables or for that matter fruits alone. That would create a certain imbalance in our bodies. One should note the difference between a normal diet and a raw food diet. Here’s a calculation that is simple, but nevertheless needs to be done correctly. The calculation is dependent mainly on the necessary amount of calories needed per day. The average human body needs 2000 calories from a balanced diet each day. By balance it means a supply of proper carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, and minerals. Popular Nutritionist Marion Nestle quotes, “The problem with nutrient-by-nutrient nutrition science is that it takes the nutrient out of the context of food, the food out of the context of diet and the diet out of the context of lifestyle.”
Popular Raw Food
Here’s a list of popular Raw foods that can help you figure out your diet plan. These are the main categories below:
- Banana: This popular fruit serves 90 cals per 100gms and supplies carbohydrates and proteins.
- Apples, on the other hand, are much less on the calorie count with 55 per 100 gms.
- Strawberries, bring to the plate a low 25 cals each 100 gms.
- Grapes a 100 gms will have 60 cals with no Fat!
- Watermelon is another fruit that is rich in carbohydrates and vitamins with 35 cals per 100 gms.
- Broccoli has a good supply of vitamins and in particular vitamin C. It also packs carbohydrates and a little bit of protein with 40 cals coming from 100 gms.
- Lettuce can be a good source of potassium. It has only 20 cals per 100 gms
- Tomatoes are another good source for both vitamins and minerals and only 25 cals per 100 gms
- Potatoes may be a little high on calories. They come in at 60 cal per 100 gms, but they also bring to the plate a balance of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and nominal proteins.
- Carrots are low on the carbs and provide lots of vitamins and minerals with 40 cals per 100 gms
- Cashews are rich in carbohydrates, proteins, and minerals with a high-calorie count of 160 for only 30 gms
- Almonds are a better choice with lower calories, coming in at 70 cals per 100 gms
- Pistachios supply a good amount of fat for the body with only 557 calories per 100 grams.
- Peanuts on the other hand also supply a good amount of fat with 161 cals for 30 gms
- Walnuts can also be included in the diet with 100 cals for 30 gms and a moderate supply of proteins and minerals.
The raw food diet can be fun if a good variety of raw foods are added to it. It will go easy on your metabolic system keeping you fresh and energized all day. If done right, weight loss is also a big benefit. The idea of raw foodism is to slowly balance your food habits toward more natural foods. It might take some time to adapt to raw food. The transition needs to be given time in order for it to be effective. Over time you should get noticeable results both health-wise and weight loss related. It is the consistency in the diet that remains the apex of importance when it comes to success.
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