Raw Food Diet
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WHAT’S INVOLVED: This diet is based on the theory that when food is heated above a certain temperature it loses its nutrients. The maximum temperature is said to be 118°F, any higher and good enzymes are destroyed, making it harder for our bodies to digest. The diet can be approached in different ways. Some take a vegan option, keeping it strictly fruit and veg while some have animal products such as raw milk, cheese, sashimi and carpaccio. To fully follow the diet, over 50 per cent of your consumption needs to be of raw food.
YOU WILL NEED:
- A fridge full of plant-based foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds and nuts
- If you still want meat, opt for sashimi and cured meats, and don’t eat raw chicken whatever you do
VERDICT: “Raw food wherever possible (and safe) is an excellent way to achieve the ‘wellness-weight loss’ goal,” says Ryan Penny, Clinical Nutritionist and Conditioning Coach for The Wellness Brothers. “I have yet to see a raw foodist who eats the majority (more than 80 per cent) of their food raw who is overweight. “The more raw food you can eat, the less you are going to have to worry about your weight. I would say that the ideal is to aim for between 70 to 80 per cent raw food and then have the other 20 to 30 per cent be the cooked foods which have the greatest likelihood for carrying harmful pests [if eaten raw] - eggs, chicken, meat and milk being the most obvious. More raw means better health and less weight, but no need to overdo it. It’s that simple.”
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