Lesson #6 – The Raw Foods Diet

Discussion in 'You Are What You Eat!' started by skip, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. skip

    skip Founder Staff Member

    Raw foods have been fashionable since the early 1900s when the original German hippies like Arnold Ehret (author “Mucusless Diet) and Benedict Lust (founder of American School of Naturopathy) were promoting natural, healthy diets based on fruit, vegetables and nuts.

    When the hippie movement in America took hold in the late 1960s, Victoras Kulvinskas wrote a book called “Survival into the 21st Century,” which promoted the raw food diet. That book caught on and along with Ann Wigmore, he founded the Hippocrates Health Institute, which promotes raw food, detoxifying your body and wheatgrass juice.

    Then again at the turn of the 21st Century, raw foods once again became popular with the masses and raw food restaurants began sprouting up, soon becoming the latest craze!

    What are Raw Foods?

    Raw foods are any food that is consumed uncooked. Raw food can be anything: fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, legumes, even meat, fish, dairy and eggs so long as they are consumed raw.

    Those who practice raw “foodism”, can choose from any of those categories, however most people who get into raw food are vegetarians who want to go a step further in improving their diet and health.

    There are several groups raw foodists can choose from including:
    Fruitarianism: Eating only fruit, nuts and seeds, and sometimes sprouted grains & legumes.

    Raw Veganism: fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts (usually includes grains and legumes)

    Raw Vegetarianism: fruit, vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, dairy, eggs and honey.

    Primitive Diet: "wild" game/meat, fish, plants, fruit, nuts, seeds, honey and eggs. The idea here is to replicate the diet of our hunter/gatherer ancestors.

    Of course those dairy products would be unpasteurized.

    Why Eat Raw foods?

    Raw foods have been consumed by human beings since we first appeared on this planet. Many aware people believe that modern man's diet has deteriorated due to the commercialization and industrialization of our food supply.

    So in an effort to get "Back to Nature", a return to a more primitive diet would improve our health and make us less dependent upon our industrialized, polluted society.

    Those who get into raw foods believe that by cooking food, something essential is lost. Heating food destroys vitamins, enzymes, beneficial bacteria and other possibly important, unmeasurable nutrients.

    It is believed that raw food is easier to digest and that cooked food has its “life” or “life-giving” properties destroyed. A diet with a lot of cooked food leads to the buildup of toxins and diseases like cancer and obesity.

    Raw foodists believe that the enzymes present in raw foods are essential to their proper digestion, and by cooking food those enzymes are lost, causing the body to create its own enzymes to aid digestion, and these don’t do as good a job.

    Bacteria and other life forms consumed with raw food help our digestion and keep our immune system active. This is seen as natural and desirable, rather than living in fear of the bacteria that surrounds us and helps us survive every day.

    Since there’s an emphasis on fruit and vegetables in all these versions of the raw food diet, many people choose organically grown produce over commercial since there is less contamination with chemicals and more attention paid to the quality of the product, not just profits.

    Without a doubt, anyone who is overweight who goes on a raw food diet will lose weight quickly. Their health will improve dramatically, giving them more energy, concentration and stamina.

    How Do I Start?

    Kulvinskas recommends a wheatgrass juice fast to purge your body of toxins. Of course any kind of juice fast would be good, allowing your digestive system time to rest while detoxifying your body of accumulated waste products.

    I’d recommend a minimum three-day juice fast before switching over to raw foods. Then you can start eating solid fruit, then nuts and seeds and finally raw veggies.

    Since you can’t cook foods like rice or wheat, you must sprout them. This takes advance planning and preparation as it takes days before such food is ready to eat. Other foods like fruit may require dehydration to be used in various recipes requiring mixtures of dry foods.

    In addition to organically grown products, you can also find wild foods growing in forests and fields (read warning below). You should probably prepare a list of all the raw foods you like and plan on making a part of your diet. This is to remind you of all the options you have to vary your diet so you don’t feel limited or fall into a pattern of eating the same few things all the time.

    I’d say with raw foods you must spend a bit more time planning each meal to ensure you get a balanced diet and sufficient protein, fats and vitamins. You may also have to spend a good amount of time preparing interesting meals to keep them enticing. But you save time by not having to cook!


    Don’t eat raw eggs! Salmonella is endemic, even with organic eggs. So I’m not advising people on a raw food diet to eat raw eggs!

    Other foods like raw meat (I don’t recommend this) and dairy products do carry some risk of bacteria borne diseases or parasites. So if your health isn’t the best, you should hold off on eating these raw products too.

    Certain uncooked vegetables like potatoes and kidney beans contain toxins and should be avoided.

    If you are going to pick and eat wild foods, be absolutely certain you have properly identified the plant, and that eating it raw will have no ill effects before consuming.

    Assignment: Make a list of those raw foods you like to eat. Then add any additional items needed to ensure proper nutrition. This should help your meal planning and remind you to keep your diet diverse. You don’t need to post this in class, unless you want to share your ideas.

    Report back to us how you do on your raw foods diet.

    Good luck with your new diet!
  2. I think I'd like to try this one.
  3. skip

    skip Founder Staff Member

    Cool, let us know how it goes for you! :)
  4. I just bought the book recommened. So far it look great! I have to go out and buy some of the foods, but if all goes well I should start on Monday (7th).

    I'm going to start with the detox transition level 4 (the one I scored for.), then go on from there (trying some of the recipes in that back).

    I'll keep you guys updated!
  5. I just wanted to comment on this topic.

    I was a vegetarian for 12 yrs and dabble still in the vegan, macrobiotic and raw diet. I recently went to a local raw food restaurant which is also a health food store. I was amazed at how full I became from what I ate.

    I had "pesto pasta"-which was zucchini shredded like spaghetti and the pesto was made from cashews,garlic, and pesto. I also had a green shake. Yum:)
  6. ...potatoes contain toxins???
    is there a list of foods that do contain toxins so that we know which ones to avoid if we were going to try this one out?
  7. skip

    skip Founder Staff Member

    Have you EVER eaten a RAW potato? Why not?

    Many foods require cooking/processing to covert/dilute/remove natural poisons.

    Plants create toxic poisons as natural insecticides/fungicides. That's how they've survived and evolved.

    If you're going to eat raw foods then you should eat those things YOU NORMALLY eat raw. If you (or others) don't normally eat it raw, then think about it, research it before you do.
  8. actually, i prefer them raw...
    but, of course that was before this knowledge was handed to me...thanks again.
  9. squawkers7

    squawkers7 radical rebel

    Here is a list of raw food books that I have at the moment (well the ones that I can see from where I'm sitting)

    Green For Life

    The Raw Food Detox Diet

    Power Juices Super Drinks

    Juice Fasting & Detoxification

    Rainbow Green Live-Green Cuisine

    Raw Foods for Busy People
  10. Bilby

    Bilby Freerangertarian Staff Member Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    There is some controversy to how safe raw dairy is and in Australia raw dairy is not legal. I consider this to be paternalism gone too far. We all take risks in out daily lives. I would like to buy raw butter for the Wulzen factor.
  11. kpbluey

    kpbluey Member

    Yay!! Im learning the ropes and been 80 - 90 % raw vegan for 8 months - its amazing!!
  12. fantabulous

    fantabulous Guest

    Awesome. I was a 100% raw foodist for 45 days.. t hen I tried it again last month but only lasted a week. DEFINITELY amazing
  13. EtiKat

    EtiKat Member

    I used to know a girl who ran a raw food restaurant in London, she made me a meal one night - pasta and a veggie sauce, then pie for desert and a chocolate brownie, I have no idea how she made the desert but my oh my was it delicious!!

    I think I might give this a go. Can you make wheatgrass juice yourself? Where do you buy such a thing?
  14. mvmcd1950

    mvmcd1950 mvmcd1950

    living in a 'mainstream' community makes it difficult to find all the products to maintain good health..
  15. BornHippy

    BornHippy Member

    Iv been vegetarian for 4 years, im going vegen and prob 70% raw cause im such a bad cook and hate preparing food, costs more and dont have time to plan so much but one day il get better lol
  16. DezDino

    DezDino Member

    A raw food recipe:


    1 cup flax seed meal
    1 banana
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    honey or agave syrup

    Optional Ingredients:
    (choose 1 or many)
    dried berries (raisins, cranberries, etc.)
    marmalade or preserves
    peanut butter

    Pour the flax seed meal, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl or food processor. Peel the banana and add to bowl of meal in pieces. If you are using just a bowl, mush up the banana with a fork and mix into the flax seed meal until it's pretty consistent. Add the honey or agave and mix up some more.

    I like to mix granola or oats and berries into the mixture, then add my homemade preserves or some organic PB on top. It tastes kind of like a holiday pie. Delicious, full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals! Gluten free, too.

  17. BornHippy

    BornHippy Member

    Iv been vegetarian for 6 yrs and lastweek turnedvegan 70%+ raw. Have lots of energy and lost weight alreay though thats not only reason i doing it ofcourse. But yay recommend it!
  18. McLeodGanja

    McLeodGanja Banned

    I throw scraps out for the wild rabbits that live in back garden. They eat carrots and parsnips. They LOVE broccoli! They wont touch onions or potatoes though.
  19. wa bluska wica

    wa bluska wica Pedestrian

    raw eggs are okay if you know your source

    have eaten many in my day, still here . . .
  20. i'm about 50% raw :D

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