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Changing your diet can have a huge impact on all areas of your life. Switching to a raw food diet is more than just a diet, it's more of a holistic transformation, one that incorporates your mind, body and soul.

In this article I am going to explain to you five of the most popular positive effects people experience when undertaking a raw food diet.

1. Increased Energy

One of the benefits you can notice almost instantly when transitioning to a raw food diet is an increase in your energy levels. You can learn what it feels like to live without mental fog and physical exhaustion.

One of the reasons behind this comes down to enzymes. Enzymes are what help you digest your food and they are abundant in raw foods. When food is cooked a lot of the foods natural enzymes are killed off by the heat. Your body can create its own enzymes but that process takes a lot of energy, plus we have a finite reserve of them. This excess need for energy to digest cooked foods is what may leave you feeling tired and heavy throughout the day.

In addition to this the enzymes your body produces are not as efficient and effective as the ones that were destroyed by cooking. This may mean your cooked food is not being broken down as well, and can eventually lead to undigested foods fermenting in your intestines, creating an ideal environment for parasitic, bad bacteria or fungal over-growth.

A raw seed will grow, a cooked seed will not. This should tell us something!

2. Easy Weight Loss

Despite being one of the main attractions of a raw food diet, weight loss is really just a side effect of adopting this way of life.

Oftentimes weight gain, or weight that is stubborn to shift, is a result of accumulated toxins in the body. Eating a raw food diet is comprised of highly alkalizing foods that will detoxify the body of these toxins while still keeping you hydrated due to their high water content.

Many people worry they will go hungry on a raw food diet, but that is far from the truth.

The only raw foods that should be enjoyed in moderation if weight is an issue are the more energy dense foods such as nuts and good fats. The remaining foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, are high in dietary fiber and water content (making you feel fuller), yet low in calories, so you can enjoy to your heart's content. On a raw food diet portion control and calorie counting becoming a thing of the past.

If anything, your servings sizes should be bigger on a raw food diet, as these foods, as mentioned, take less time to digest. The best part about weight loss on a raw food diet is that it is completely safe - no gimmicks, artificial meal replacements, supplements etc.

Just whole, live foods that are bursting with nutrition and that will not leave you feeling miserable and deficient in essential nutrients your body requires to function effectively.

You will find after a period of being on raw food that your body will naturally plateau at its most optimal weight.

A great way to help with this and assist in transitioning to a raw food diet is to have a raw food diet plan.

3. Healing

In addition to tasting fantastic, raw foods also have many medicinal properties. These properties are at their highest in raw, organic produce. Add in superfoods, sea vegetables and fermented foods and you have a powerhouse of nutrition going into you every day.

Raw herbs, for example, have been used both in traditional and western medicine to treat a range of ailments - everything from skin conditions, mental illness, auto-immune diseases, digestive issues ... the list goes on! Plant food is medicine.

Just imagine how your body is going to feel when every drop that passes your lips, whether it be a drink, snack or main meal is comprised of hundreds of nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, unique alkaloids and anti-oxidants that are working hard to heal you in every way every day.

4. No Deprivation

Its not all carrot sticks and celery! So if you love your pasta, pizza, cheesecake, milk, cookies, chocolates, guess what - you can still have them!

We have so many amazing techniques and recipes that allow you to create all your favorites but in a much healthier way - they are truly raw, have no gluten, wheat, dairy, or refined sugar, and best of all, no bloat, no weight gain!

So if you have a sweet craving after lunch (like me!) or a mid afternoon pick me up is required, you can simply reach for a delicious chocolaty treat or savory snack that you can enjoy completely guilt free. And yes, indulge in dessert too!

Eating this way means longevity in feeling good, achieving your goals and in being at your optimal weight and at your best.

There is nothing worse than being on a restricted diet and feeling deprived of your favorite foods, it's a short term solution that ends in disaster.

5. Develop a Whole New Relationship with Yourself

As your taste buds begin to change and you start to experience food in its unaltered form, you begin to develop an appreciation for mother nature and all the amazing gifts she provides us with.

Because you receive the full energy, vitality and nutrients from raw food, it starts to become a really positive and supporting part of your life. Your relationship with food becomes more uplifting and loving. And the more raw you go, the more these positive feelings and emotions start to spill over into your life.

As your body starts to push out the low vibrational foods or junk and your cells start to vibrate at a higher frequency from consuming live foods, you will find your thought processes begin to change also, you may become a glass half full kind of person instead of a glass half empty.

New friends or relationships may enter your life that you truly relish. Careers may take off. Goals become achievable. The possibilities are endless on raw!

So there you have it. It's no wonder we are so passionate about raw foods. It's not just another way of eating.

Written by Amanda Brocket of The Raw Food Kitchen


 

Spring is right around the corner which means it's time to focus on freshening up! Spring cleaning isn't just about cleansing and de-cluttering your home, it's also something that you can do for your body to feel more energized, boost your immunity, and feel more vibrant. Internal cleansing doesn't necessarily mean nixing all food and going on a juice fast (however, those can be wonderful too!). Here are 10 simple things that you can start incorporating into your daily routine right now for a little extra self care and detoxification support

1. Drink More Water (with lemon!)

This is sort of a no brainer, but something so many of us struggle to do. Simply drinking more pure water can help improve digestion, aid in weight loss, increase energy, and provide relief for chronic headaches. Adequate hydration is also 100% necessary for flushing out toxins from the body. Make a habit of starting the day with 1 quart of water with 1/2 a lemon juiced in - this will help kick start the metabolism, digestion, and will support the liver. Shoot for 2-3 liters of water per day, depending on body size and activity level.

2. Cut Back on Sweets

While there is nothing wrong with indulging in healthy treats, sometimes we could all use a little conscious sugar reduction. Relying on sugar to satisfy cravings or energize the body can be hard on the pancreas, and can lead to blood sugar issues such as hypo or hyper glycemia, diabetes, unwanted weight gain, candida overgrowth, and fatigue. Try swapping out your usual sweet fix with another treat lower in sugar - such as a creamy Dastony nut butter . Cashew and coconut butter both have a subtle sweetness yet contain no added sugars, and the new Watermelon Seed Butter is to die for!

3. Go Blended

Swap out solid meals with blended foods and/or juices for 1 day per week or 3 days per month. This could mean smoothies (try to keep high glycemic fruits to a minimum and utilize things like avocado to help thicken), blended raw soups , and plenty of green juices (again limiting high glycemic fruits and leaning heavy on greens and non-sweet fruits like cucumber). This will give the entire digestive system a break, and promote cleansing with high water content and fiber-rich plant foods. Add into your blends and juices green superfoods like chlorella/spirulina and cleansing herbs such as cilantro for added detox support.







Chlorella has proven to be one of the most pertinent superfoods in modern times. It's exceptionally high nutrient content alone is enough for recognition, however it is also highly detoxifying with a unique ability to bind and pull out heavy metals within the body. 

This superfood algae is a form of single cell blue-green algae with a beautiful emerald hue. It has been touted as nature's multi-vitamin/mineral due to its well rounded and balanced array of food-based nutrients. While synthetic vitamins are often flushed out of the body due to their inorganic nature, the nutrients within chlorella are synergistically combined with all necessary co-factors and are thus easily utilized by the body.This is especially beneficial for those with compromised digestive systems or low vitality. 

Consume chlorella daily for a dose of plant based, organic Vitamin A (carotenoids), C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, potassium, iron, calcium, as well as essential amino and fatty acids. Carotenoids in particular offer the body strong protection against cellular oxidation which can lead to things such as cancer or cardiovascular disease. It also helps protect our eyesight and can play a huge role in the treatment macular degeneration as well as vision loss due to diabetes.

Chlorella contains all essential amino acids in a form which the body can easily utilize to build protein. It's high levels of chlorophyll are 10 x that found in wheatgrass, barley grass and alfalfa! This green plant pigment helps to build healthy human blood cells, oxygenate the entire body, and detoxify the bloodstream and colon. Chlorella has also been shown to support healthy gut flora making it a great addition to your daily probiotic/prebiotic protocol for healthy digestion, elimination and immune support. With its high level of nutrition chlorella can help stabilize the blood sugar and increase energy levels by nourishing every aspect of your body!




 

You might have known bitter gourd for its bitterness till date but from now on you will know this humble vegetable because of its sweet health benefits. Don’t judge this humble vegetable from its taste as it is a power house of health when taken in the right form. The research carried out by Nutrition Journal has suggested many health benefits of bitter gourd, which is also known as Momordica Charantia .

Check out these key health benefits of bitter gourd to make it the sweet truth of your diet plan from now!

1. Effectively treats Type II Diabetes

People think that the bitterness of bitter gourd balances the blood sugar and this is the reason it is good for those suffering from diabetes. This is just half-truth! It is true that bitter gourd is good for diabetes patients but not because of its bitter taste. The protein called kinase is activated on consuming this bitter veggie and this increases the sugar absorption. The resistance to the insulin is also reduced  keeping blood sugar levels are kept in check.

2. Enhances Liver Health

Healthy liver keeps many other diseases at bay. This wonder vegetable works as tonic for both bladder and liver. The regular intake would help in relieving gout pain. You can also fight the problems like kidney stone by regular consumption of bitter melon juice.

3. Natural Weight Loss

Bitter melon, which is the unique vegetable-fruit would work as the perfect blend for losing the extra fat. The potassium and iron rich vegetable would support digestion by relieving constipation. The body fat would be flushed out to get you a slimmer look.

4. Detoxification

Your body comes in contact with various toxins from environment, food, and drinks. These toxins slowly enter your organ system and affect it negatively. Detoxification is the process where all the toxins from the body are flushed out through proper diet plan. Including bitter gourd juice in your detoxification plan would accelerate the process of detoxification.

5. Keeps you young

The free radicals are removed from your body with the help of antioxidants and vitamin C. The damage to the skin and hair due to UV rays of sun is also nullified with the help of powerful antioxidants present in bitter food.

6. Relieves Hypertension and cares for your heart

The antioxidant rich vegetable would fight against bad cholesterol and removes the fat that clogs your artery walls affecting effective blood circulation. The unclogged arteries would slim down the chances of heart attack and eventually give you happy heart. This will also be quite beneficial to those suffering from hypertension as the pressure of blood on the arteries would be eliminated.

7. Cuts infection and boosts immunity

The infection of any type is tackled by this vitamin powerhouse. It is loaded with flavonoids like Beta-Carotene and other phytonutrients that enhance your immunity levels to fight against all types of infections.

The above mentioned sweet health benefits of bitter gourd would surely make this bitter tasting vegetable top the list of your favorites.

About the Author

Carol is a freelance writer, she loves spending her time of the day with her family. She writes regularly for Nutra Pure HCG , an online shop for homeopathic HCG drops that aids in burning unnecessary fat from the human body and results in weight reduction.