So What Exactly Is The Raw Food Diet?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
March 25, 2010 4:26pm CST
I've encountered a few health problems and it looks like I need to include raw food into my diet. Fruit and veggies I can do but what else is included? One of my friends even drinks raw milk. Huh? As opposed to cooked milk? Anyhow, what's your take on the raw food diet?
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@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
28 Mar 10
I have never followed the raw food diet myself, but I am aware of people who do. This is especially good for people with cancer, or who want to prevent cancer. My first, late husband followed the raw food diet for a while. Basically it consists of eating as much in the way of fruit and salad that you can manage. Fresh juices are a very high priority, whether vegetable or fruit or a combination. Some people recommend 100% raw foods. Others go for 80% or 60%. The more one can manage the better. There are some very creative recipes for including as much as possible in this diet. It is preferred that you use organic fruits and vegetables.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I think you're right about "as much as I can manage." I don't think I can go totally "raw." I'm such a meat lover but I am trying to take processed meat out of my diet. I've learned to shop outside the local super markets to place such as Trader Joe and Henry's--more organic stuff. Anyhow, thanks JennyB.
• United States
26 Mar 10
I am thinking it means all fresh stuff. I thinks it fruits and veggies as you said. But real home grown milk is "raw" homogenized is no longer raw. I would guess nuts and seeds would be included on the diet as well. Maybe even beans and such.. all natural! I am not real sure.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I've included raw almonds so far. I like them. Fruit is easy but the veggies I'm having a hard time with. I guess I should try a variety and maybe start juicing them. I get lazy and go to Jamba Juice or something.
@Shanyn (28)
• Canada
25 Mar 10
"Raw" in this sense means "unprocessed." So raw milk would be fresh, unprocessed milk--unpasteurized, unhomogenized, unfortified, basically the way you'd get it if you sucked it straight from the udder. There's a big debate about whether this is safe, and some countries and states don't even allow raw milk to be sold. Wikipedia explains it pretty well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_milk So take that kind of "Raw" and apply it to everything. For example, a strawberry is not "raw" in this sense if it has been sprayed with chemicals, even if you haven't cooked it in any way. And a strawberry jam that comes entirely from organic, unprocessed ingredients is "raw" even though you had to cook the strawberries down to get it to jam. It's a little confusing. Just think of "raw food" as all natural, no chemicals, no processing.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Thanks, Shanyn. I like the spelling of your name by the way. It's acutally one of my characters. Anyhow, seems like I need to do a lot more research so your comments here helped a lot. Thanks again.
@veganbliss (3899)
• Adelaide, Australia
10 Jan 13
I've been pretty much 100% raw vegan organic for a year & a half now. They key is to get all the vegan food groups in each meal. Some people like structure, others just do as they feel or whatever is available. But if you can sprout your own grains, legumes & seeds, as well as soaking nuts & seeds like I do, then you're onto a winner. All The Best with your health problems. Is there any improvement?
• Canada
2 Oct 10
I've been looking into the raw food diet myself and I found a couple of places that look like they might be helpful. My daughter is the one who told me about it. We were supposed to be starting the Master cleanse together today and then moving on to the raw food diet. but a naturopath told me that I need to work on getting to a more stable position (I'm a diabetic) before doing the cleanse, as it's a very difficult one; a very good one but a very difficult one. I imagine that I would transition to the raw food diet after I'm able to do the cleanse, as I think a sudden switch might just be a bit too full on for me. I noticed a couple of references to milk in some of the posts, and I myself am not an advocate of humans drinking milk at all. Humans are the only animal that never gets weaned from milk. Each animal produces milk for its own kind. We're not meant to be drinking the milk of another animal and certainly not that of an animal that's meant to quadruple its weight in such a short period of time, and if it's not skimmed milk, it's got a heck of a lot more fat than what's labeled. http://adf.ly/115253/rawfoodtalk http://adf.ly/115253/rawmom xoxo Cyne