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A raw food diet is a fairly popular food system. Even some Hollywood stars adhere to it. You can remember at least Demi Moore. This actress has been a follower of such nutrition for quite some time. And it was the raw food diet, in her opinion, that became the reason for her unfading beauty. Who are the raw foodists? These people do not eat cheese at all, as the name might suggest. This is a whole philosophy based on the consumption of exclusively raw food. But cheese for food is not considered by adherents of such ideas at all.
Raw foodists deny anything that has been processed - fire, steam or fermentation. He would only eat it raw!
The adherents of such a nutritional system themselves say that they have gotten rid of many chronic diseases, excess weight, and look younger. It is worth noting that some of them also exist among the raw foodists themselves.
Vegans, raw foodists and vegetarians are the same thing. In fact, there are very fundamental differences between these areas. Vegetarians do not use meat and fish products in their food. But they allow milk and eggs in their diet. There is even a group of ethical vegetarians who do not use everything that has been obtained as a result of the killing of animals (fur, leather, meat). Vegans don't eat anything animal at all. They deal exclusively with plant foods. At the same time, the motivation for such a regime can be different, ranging from the protection of animals and ending with the protection of their own health. Raw foodists are vegan in nature, but they also reject any heat treatment of food. It also has its own radicals - monotrophic raw food eaters. They believe that only one type of food should be taken at a time. This, they say, will facilitate digestion.
Raw foodists don't eat meat at all. Even among raw foodists, there is division. Some of them prefer to eat only plant-based foods. It is natural for them to eat vegetable salads with herbs every day. But there are those who consume meat, fish and eggs. They eat both seafood and milk. But such food should be either raw or dried. Some of the more radical raw food eaters practically give up vegetables and fruits altogether, replacing them with meat or fish dishes. And there are people who resort to the other extreme - they put fruit as the basis of their diet. Both those and those consider themselves raw foodists.
You can become a raw foodist quickly, literally in one day. A raw food diet is a rather lengthy process that requires a lot of moral strength. You can hold out for a day or two on vegetables, and with an effort of will and three. And then ... Guests will come along with pizza, someone will invite you to a restaurant, or a loved one will cook a delicious dish. Will there be enough strength then to refuse delicious food and hear ridicule and misunderstanding of friends? Will you have enough will not to react to delicious smells, to ham and cheese in the refrigerator, to sweets and chocolate? If you decide to become a raw foodist, then it is better to do it gradually, giving up your favorite food step by step. First, you can stop eating semi-finished products - frozen vegetables, pancakes, dumplings. Then you can erase flour and sweets from your life. Then you can start cooking without fire at all. It turns out that simple salads can be delicious!
Anyone can easily become a raw foodist. The first thing to do when deciding to change the usual diet is to talk to a doctor. It may well turn out that a raw food diet is generally contraindicated for you. There is a whole risk zone, which includes patients with pancreatitis, ulcers, colitis, people with a problematic pancreas, as well as allergy sufferers.
A raw foodist always feels vigorous and fresh. It is not true. Often raw foodists feel just the same and unimportant. This is especially common among beginners. After all, the usual food is absent, the calorie content has significantly decreased, and from the side of the refrigerator with food there is an invisible psychological pressure. As a result - an unpleasant reaction in the form of headache, nausea and dizziness. However, these feelings are common among beginners; experienced raw foodists call it a cleansing crisis. In such a situation, you need to be patient and not break down. Then the body will be able to move to a new stage of its existence, starting to heal and cleanse itself. And such crises do not occur every day. But there really is a surge of vital energy, it is noted by many raw foodists. Uma Thurman herself says that it is difficult only at the very beginning, but over time you quickly get used to this state.
Raw foodists take a little time to prepare their own food. It would seem that it is difficult to peel an apple and grate a carrot. After that, you can eat a simple dish. However, this is a serious danger. After all, it is known that products from supermarkets are far from natural. So straight people have to go to the market for food. If there is no trust in the sellers too, one thing remains - to grow the necessary fruits and vegetables on their own, at home. I must say that this will be exactly in the spirit of the entire philosophy of teaching. After all, our distant ancestors obtained their own food on their own, and did not buy it in the store.
Cooking takes a lot of time for a raw foodist. This myth is the opposite of the previous one. In fact, you don't always have to spend the day and night in the kitchen, chopping and drying different food. Such a life will lose all meaning. You can make some raw soups, salads and smoothies pretty quickly. In addition, a food processor will always come to the rescue, which can take over most of the work. And with a juicer, blender and dehydrator, cooking is fast.
A raw food diet is a type of diet. This is not entirely true. First of all, a raw food diet is philosophy. Calling this direction a banal diet, you can seriously offend the followers of the doctrine. True, it cannot be denied that the principles of a raw food diet are successfully applied in many diets. For people with high blood pressure and problems with the skin, kidney, rheumatism, a raw food diet is generally not recommended. Even if scientists have proven that adding fruits and vegetables to your diet significantly reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease. And losing weight by eating a raw food diet is much easier. After all, fresh vegetables and fruits give a wonderful feeling of fullness, which prevents a person from overeating.
A raw food diet provides a tasteless diet. Look at Demi Moore and tell me - does she look like a person who does not eat well and is worried about it? For breakfast, you can make a fruit salad, for lunch, serve carpaccio with vegetables, and for dinner, vegetables with sushi without rice. All this variety can be washed down with tomato juice. Today, Hollywood stars do not ask the question - is it tasty or not, can I eat it or not. It is necessary, then it is necessary! And this principle is adhered to by Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman, Donna Karan and Kirsten Dunst. There is nothing boiled or baked in their diet for a long time. And the best motivator to eat is also what these stars look like. So try a raw food diet, perhaps the upsides and outweighs the downsides.
To fully appreciate the benefits of a raw food diet, you only need to eat raw foods. Many people really think so. In fact, most of us eat exclusively processed foods, take at least fast foods. Simply increasing the amount of raw foods in your diet will already benefit your body. Think about what is better to order in a restaurant - a piece of fried meat or a fresh salad?
In the process of a raw food diet, all dishes must certainly be cold. If there is a desire, no one forbids heating food to 40 degrees. It is believed that vitamins and vitality remain in the food at this temperature. And you can warm up food in a special dehydrator or in some other way.
A raw food diet is eating only vegetables and fruits. This diet allows much more options than vegetables and fruits. After all, there are also nuts and seeds, seaweed and sprouted grains, juices and milk of coconuts. Some raw foodists accept cold-pressed oil, natural soy sauces, and raw nut butters. So there are quite a few opportunities to diversify your diet.
It is best to eat at home, as there will no longer be opportunities to eat in this mode in the city. In fact, the raw food eater in and in the city will not disappear. Today it is no longer a problem to find freshly squeezed juices on sale. In the restaurant, you can order vegetable or fruit cuts or fresh salad. You can even grab a fruit cocktail.
A raw food diet is an expensive way of eating that is not available to everyone. Any way of eating can be made expensive or cheap, it all depends on the preferences of the person himself. Indeed, some of the most expensive foods on the planet are not at all raw or even vegetarian. Luxurious fillet mignon and caviar are not raw foods. Speaking about nutrition in general, it can be noted that some raw foods will actually cost a little more than regular everyday food. However, most of the most commonly consumed and healthy vegetables and fruits can be found either in the market or at your local grocery store. Eating bananas, salad and vegetables will be both easier and cheaper than eating steaks and lobster in restaurants.
A raw food diet provides not only perfect health, but also a perfect body. First of all, it should be noted that the term "perfect health" itself does not mean anything. After all, this concept includes many aspects, which are rather difficult to rank according to the ranking. That is, it is impossible to say unequivocally who is healthier - someone who has a bad diet, a terrible physical condition, but a healthy psyche, or someone who eats only fruits, has a healthy body, but is mentally unbalanced or aggressive. As a result, one can only talk about a healthy body subjectively. However, it is clear that a peaceful meat eater will be healthier than an aggressive raw food eater. After all, the body is so easy to poison, much more difficult than the soul. One should also be careful when speaking of a perfect body. After all, it simply does not exist on the body. Such perfection is just a theory, an unattainable ideal. Therefore, you should not believe those who promise a perfect body thanks to only one raw food diet.
A raw food diet can defeat any disease, or most of them. Anyway, a person will stop getting sick. After all, there is a living example - animals that never get sick in the wild, as they eat raw food. This myth is often used in raw food books. In fact, animals can get sick and get sick. This ultimately leads to their death. There are whole sections of biology that study the death of animals, and for some reason veterinarians are needed. Anyone can rummage in some scientific library and find a bunch of books devoted to this problem. Therefore, the cultivation of such a myth aims to simply blindly believe in it, through repeated repetition. It is easy to name several examples of animal diseases - these are diseases of the mouth and hooves, which are killing American bison and African antelopes, in rodents - bubonic plague, in deer - fever. And the list goes on and on. So if animals in the wild get sick and die, why can't this happen to raw-food people? After all, human nutrition, even if it is raw, is not as natural as that of animals. After all, they eat wild plants, and people - cultivated ones. There is a lot of evidence that raw foodists can and do get sick. After all, these are ordinary people, just with a different diet. And not all diseases depend on this.
A raw food diet prolongs life. Naturally, fans of this movement hope for this, otherwise, why start everything? Is there really a fairly large number of raw foodists, thousands of such people, who have lived for over a hundred years? Perhaps they would have served as proof that there is truth in this statement. However, there are simply no such examples. The long-livers of our planet are not raw foodists, not vegans - we have to admit it. And before my eyes there are examples of raw foodists who left the world quite early - T.S. Fry and Herbert Shelton. It is worth talking about a more significant fact than just longevity. It is important not only how long a person has lived and whether he has reached adulthood, but the quality of his whole life.
Naturopathy cannot fail to work. Unfortunately, there is no perfect and universal system on our planet. After all, nature itself is rather imperfect. True, this state of affairs is rather unpleasant to admit to raw food fanatics, who represent it in a simplified way and try to idealize it. Those who believe that nature cannot be wrong should be asked, is naturopathy a religion or a science? The fact that it works is far from always possible to read already on the first pages of the book "Natural health - to many from many" and in the story of Herbert Shelton, who suffered from Parkinson's disease for the last 10 years of his life. It is worth recognizing that most other health systems have the courage to admit that some people are terminally ill.
Primates are fruitorians, or peaceful vegans. Therefore, there is nothing more natural than eating fruits. To dispel this myth, Ward Nicholson conducted extensive research, reporting its findings in the journal Health @ Beyond. It turns out that great primates are omnivores, they eat not only insects, but also meat. And there is quite a lot of aggression among chimpanzees. Monkeys fight, eat their own kind, among them there are incest. Somehow this does not fit with their peaceful appearance. And when studying the fossils, it was found that prehistoric people were also omnivores, eating animal food as well as plant food. So our ancestors were neither vegans, nor fruitorians, nor vegetarians. We have to be honest and admit that biologically we are all born to be omnivores. The example of mountain gorillas is cited as proof of the myth, but this is not entirely fair. After all, they have been seen deliberately eating ants and other insects from the leaves. Not only plant foods are included in their diet. Given that some vegans avoid honey and insect-dyed foods, it makes sense to eliminate mountain gorillas as vegans. Let insects make up a small part of their daily diet.
Meat-eating monkeys are essentially perverts. Perversion is a purely human concept. In nature, it simply does not exist, as well as any prohibitions for the behavior of wild animals. Reality must be accepted, not denied. Yes, monkeys eat meat. And they are guided by their instincts. But to deny the naturalness of such a process is a kind of perversion.
If health problems arise when eating raw food, then this is a consequence of poisoning with previously accumulated poisons. And this opinion exists. However, it is quite dangerous.After all, disorders are indeed possible that will be attributed to the side effects of detoxification. But if the reaction is not associated with a known poisoning in advance, then this should not happen. Therefore, if, after switching to a raw food diet, suddenly there are health problems, you should immediately consult a doctor. Do not think that the problems are temporary and will go away by themselves.
You should only eat food that you can pick up with your bare hands. This myth belongs to a series of hypotheses of naked primates, especially often repeated by the most fanatical raw food eaters. The problem is that again an attempt is made to deny reality and the natural nature of man. We are intellectual beings who use some improvised means in our lives. This cannot be denied, since this tramples on our whole nature. By prohibiting the use of available means, the person will be lowered below the level of the chimpanzee. After all, they use sticks, in particular, to pick out termites for subsequent eating. The myth is cultivated by raw foodists on the Internet, but how did they get there without the help of a computer? The myth justifies fruit as a natural diet, but modern raw foodists don't eat wild fruits, but grafted and cloned ones. How could a monkey do this and reap a rich harvest over and over again? Only those with no real experience with wild and uncultivated fruit can promote the idea of naked people picking their own food with their hands. I would like to see these ideologists in a clearing with thorns, ants, and burning grass. Fruit picking is not easy and requires protective clothing and appropriate tools.
Any food you cook is inherently poisonous. In fact, consuming certain foods all the time can be harmful. It is about salty or fried food. But naming all cooked food is too much. For example, beans and raw rhubarb can be far more toxic than any processed food. Calling it dangerous only on the basis of certain foods, similarly, raw food can be called poisonous, based on only rhubarb and beans. The fact is that some food, especially one that contains starch, is easier for the body to digest in a processed form. And what could be dangerous about steamed vegetables? Such myths, spread by raw foodists, only lead to an inexplicable fear of food, which is fraught with psychological problems. Humanity has long learned how to cook its own food, if it were poisonous, we would have died long ago.
A 100% raw food diet is the best diet for everyone. We are all different, therefore, everyone must choose their own diet. Someone really suits a raw food diet, while someone should choose a macrobiotic diet. Therefore, the call for everyone to take up a raw food diet is too dogmatic. A 100% raw food diet is also problematic in that it is useful only for a short time, and then problems appear.
The nutritional value of the fruit is close to that of mother's milk. This lie is easily debunked. Although both foods are low in protein, there are significant differences. Milk contains quite a lot of fat, but fruits are poor in them (the exception is avocado). Milk contains a little slowly digestible sugar in the form of lactose, but fruits contain a lot of glucose, fructose and sucrose. There have been cases where such raw foods even caused an insulin spike and symptoms of hypoleukemia. Milk contains vitamins biotin and B-12, but you cannot find them in fruits. They also lack calcium, which is so rich in the mother's fluid.
All protein foods, including raw foods, are poisonous. Following this statement, sunflower seeds can also be called toxic. In fact, those who propagandize this myth seek to emphasize nutrition with rare fruits. There is even a very detailed proof of such a theory. However, it can impress only with a superficial study of it, and a detailed examination will show its inconsistency. As a proof of the myth, the fact is cited that people who eat fruit for several months lose the ability to normally digest nuts and seeds. Allegedly, the fault is the protein contained in them. In fact, a long diet of fruit alone leads to a weakening of the digestive system. And protein food itself is quite difficult to digest. As a result, the stomach will be upset, and adherents of a raw food diet will note this fact as the harmfulness of protein. In fact, this is just a weakened digestion. It is worth mentioning that the body gets used to the mono-diet over time. If you add a new type of food during such a diet, then you need to wait a while for the body to adapt to this. The same effect is observed after prolonged fasting. If protein food were really poisonous, then humanity would have died out long ago.
Any raw food is easier for the body to digest than cooked food. Indeed, processing destroys enzema. Moreover, starch is poisonous. In fact, there are processed foods that are easier to digest than raw foods. Rice and potatoes are usually mentioned when talking about food with starch. During their heat treatment, the crystal structure of starch is destroyed. As a result, such foods are much easier to digest. It is rather difficult to digest starch in its raw form, but it cannot harm it until it is taken in large quantities. By itself, this substance, whether raw or processed, is not at all toxic. After all, about 70% of all people on the planet have a diet based on processed starch. If it were really toxic, it just wouldn't be possible. Some foods contain indigestible toxins, and raw food tastes much more unpleasant. So, beans or beans are best eaten ready-made, so they can be digested. Certain types of raw food have their own side effects. Raw zucchini or lentil sprouts can cause gas. In such cases, the only way to reduce side effects is to prepare such foods. There is another way - to use fermentation or spices. Yes, many products are really eaten raw, but it must be admitted that there are those that are simply impossible to eat in this form.
A raw food diet will improve mental health. If the diet is followed for a short time, then yes. But in long-term use, completely raw food entails a number of psychological problems. Alas, only a few raw foodists can be called completely mentally healthy. Experienced experts say that in a completely raw food environment, a whole host of diseases can be found - from eating disorders to lunatics, fanatics and haters. Many mental disorders are not so clearly visible, but they are. Such people are emotionally unstable, they have rather harsh views of the surrounding nature. Raw foodists can deny their aging, and turn their diet almost into a religion. Unfortunately, such a way of life in itself does not strengthen the psyche. It's just that all problems are brought out, the person begins to discuss everything, and he himself tries to work on himself. And not everyone finds such an experience pleasant and useful. As a result, experts are sure that if a person has been a raw foodist for many years, then he needs to pay attention to his mental health.
Raw foodists do not accept spices, considering them poisonous. It is very sad that many raw foodists deliberately refuse spices. But this decision is largely ideological in nature. After all, there are these additives used in reasonable quantities, then they can significantly help weak digestion. This is especially important in the case of cold food, which contains a lot of water, which is typical for raw foodists. Do not forget about the medicinal properties of spices. But their unreasonable use can really do harm - there will be overstimulation of digestion or overheating of the body. So spices can and should be eaten, but this must be done wisely.
Drinking juices is not for a raw foodist. Juices should not be taken as a complete substitute for food. But you have to be careful with them, as they give a strong taste. So, a kilogram of carrots gives about a liter of juice. It is so easy to drink it, but it is much more difficult to eat it in the form of raw carrots. But juices have important therapeutic properties and have recently been used in both Ayurveda and the Hippocratic diet. So the moderate use of juices is justified and may be involved in the raw food diet.
Raw foodists should not drink water, because it is already in our products. Raw foodists love to use animals as examples. So, our closest relatives, chimpanzees, drink water. And most land mammals do the same. So this is a general rule. It is because of the refusal to drink water that some raw foodists look dehydrated and dry afterwards. In fact, it is sometimes possible to reduce the amount of fluid you drink based on the amount in your food. But most often the rule is simple - it is advisable to use water in food.