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Raw diet: clearing up myths

The concept of eating raw has gained a lot of momentum in the past couple of years. If you are unfamiliar with a raw diet you may be confused or even a little weary. Perhaps you imagine people eating nothing but carrot sticks and wheat grass juice. Or you might conjure up images of people eating a raw steak. Either way, it sounds foreign and a bit bizarre.


Fortunately there is much more to the raw diet and there is much to be excited about, too. Essentially a living foods or raw foods diet includes vegetarian and vegan foods, but goes a step beyond and also eliminates cooked and processed foods. It is understood that processing and cooking depletes our food and eating food in its most basic form is the healthier option. Raw foods also have life-giving enzymes that are destroyed during processing and cooking. The raw diet consists mainly of uncooked and unprocessed vegetables, greens, nuts, sprouts, fresh and dried fruits, seeds, and seaweed. Raw diets also usually include a lot fresh juices, green smoothies, and water.  And like I said, a raw food diet is usually also a vegan diet but some raw food enthusiasts will eat some meat products raw or rare and raw dairy such as milk and cheese. Raw foodies have their pie and eat it too, it just may be a pie made with a nut based crust and and avocado/fruit filling.


Following a raw diet has many benefits such as increased energy levels. When you eat a diet high in raw foods your body digests and absorbs the foods at a more rapid rate. This is where the increase in energy comes from; that plus the fact you are consuming whole foods as opposed to cooked. Digestion is easier because raw foods still have their enzymes, which act as digestive catalysts. When we eat cooked food our bodies need to look within our own tissues for the enzymes required for digestion. In a sense we are giving our bodies only half the puzzle pieces required for optimal digestion and nutritional intake and expecting them to manufacture the rest. It is no wonder our bodies become so stressed and we seem to age so fast.


If you take a raw sunflower seed and a conventional one that has been pasteurized (or cooked) and plant them both in the ground what will happen? One will grow (the raw one) and one will rot and decompose. The raw seed has something the cooked one no longer has…LIFE. The life in raw foods nourish and improve the body’s internal environment and enable the body to rid itself of unnecessary waste that tends to accumulate in a body trying to survive on cooked foods.


The advantages of a raw diet far outweigh those of a diet consisting of all cooked foods. Even making 40 to 50% of your daily diet raw will truly help your body. You do not need to commit to an all raw diet to try raw foods. Just try it for a week or two and feel your energy levels increase, then try to include 1-3 raw foods into your weekly menu planning . You may be surprised at how amazing you feel.


Visit Goddess of the Garden for more information and some raw food recipes.



Guest writer Tiffany Washko is a freelance writer and journalist, the creator of the raw food blog Goddess of the Garden and owner of Nature Moms blog. She is a mom and a colon cancer survivor, which motivated her to learn about healthy eating and living.

This post was written by a guest writer for Prime Parents Club. We are not currently taking new guest writers.


  1. 40MomsClub

    January 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Raw diet: clearing up myths… #diet #raw #health #green

  2. Jacqueline W.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve always been *terrified* of raw diets, mainly because I didn’t understand them. I don’t eat a lot of meat and I’m not sure I could do 100% raw, but this article has me giving serious consideration to a percentage of my diet…

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