Many people get real food confused with the processed food. There’s a difference between real food (i.e. fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, etc.) and faux food (i.e. processed foods that are refined, contain chemical additives: preservatives, flavor enhancers, coloring, etc.). Dherbs recommends people to eat only raw foods.
The benefit of a raw food diet is that the raw state of the food is when the food offers the best possible nutritional support. Raw foods can, in fact, be cooked, but only to temperatures of 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking at higher temperatures reduces the effectiveness of enzymes and other nutrients found in the food.
Raw food diets aren’t exclusively vegan or vegetarian, but many who follow raw food diets choose to follow vegan and vegetarian principles as well.
What you can eat
Many people (especially first time detoxers) want to know how much fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, etc. can they eat while detoxing. If they eat raw food, they can eat as much as they want.
So if you like nuts, you can eat as much of them as you like (as long as they are RAW and do not contain regular “salt”).
If you like eating seeds, you can eat as much of them as you like (as long as they are RAW and do not contain regular “salt”).
If you like dried fruit, you can eat as much of them as you like (as long as they do not contain sulfur and/or preservatives).
If you like fruit, you can eat as much fruit as you like as long as they are RAW and preferably organic. If organic is not available, eat what is available. Also, follow the rules of food combining.
If you like vegetables, you can eat as much of them as you like. Real food will not harm you. Real food contains nutrients our bodies need.
It’s funny how people can ask how much of a real food they can eat but never think to ask how much of an unnatural food (or processed, junk food) they can eat. Never!
Raw roods to avoid
There are some foods that should be avoided:
- Buckwheat greens
- Rhubarb leaves
- Cassava and cassava flour
- Any processed foods
- Foods treated with pesticides
- Foods with additives, food color or food dyes
How to prepare raw food
Raw foods may be prepared in several ways:
What to expect
When you transition from the Standard American Diet to a raw diet, your body will go into withdrawal. Expect to feel:
This is not the raw food diet. It’s the toxins leaving your body.
Some people may also experience some nutrient deficiencies, depending on your food choices. Raw food diets may put people at risk for deficiencies in:
- Vitamin B-12
- Omega 3