Forget Deprivation - Try The
Ultimate Raw Food Diet

What's a raw food diet and how practical is it? Anyone who's interested in health has at some point come across literature on the benefits of eating raw foods. But the idea of dutifully crunching on carrot sticks and celery stalks every day has little appeal, especially for those of us who love food. So it's wonderful to come across a book that offers a sensible system of eating raw foods and includes so many mouth-watering recipes.

leslie kenton raw food dietWe're talking about Leslie Kenton's book, The Raw Energy Bible. Leslie is one of our favorite health writers. For a start, she's post-menopausal and gorgeous, offering women hope that you don't have to wither and fade into the background after the age of 50. Second, she's been a prolific writer on the subject of health for over three decades, penning a number of bestsellers and making presentations to both the general public and medical practitioners at events around the world.

Leslie translates scientific discoveries into language any of us can understand, which is one of the reasons her books are so popular.

Why consider a raw food diet?

According to Leslie's research, including raw foods in your diet offers a number of important health benefits:

  1. Raw foods supply your body with nutrients that are usually destroyed in cooking. These include vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, protein and carbohydrates.

  2. Raw foods help detoxify your body due to their high water content, fiber content, and antioxidant properties.

  3. Raw foods can restore a sluggish metabolism to maximum efficiency. The end result of this is better digestion and a return to your ideal weight.

  4. Raw foods have anti-inflammatory, anti-aging properties.

  5. Raw foods can help prevent a range of degenerative diseases.
Here are the two most popular reasons why people choose to go on a raw food diet:
1. The raw food diet for detoxification

The first benefit of a raw food diet is to release excess toxins stored in your body's fat cells. The more toxins your body has to deal with, the bigger your fat cells. So toxicity and weight gain are closely connected. By eliminating toxic waste with a raw food diet, you can begin the process of losing excess weight.

2. The raw food diet for weight loss

Leslie's research indicates that weight loss is more about metabolism than what you eat. Metabolism slows as you gain weight, and low calories diets slow it even further. So the key is to restore your metabolism to a highly efficient level. Eating raw nutrient-rich foods enhances metabolic function, at the same time eliminating the food cravings that lead to excess weight.
What kinds of food can you eat on a raw food diet?

Here is a very brief list of foods that can be eaten raw:
All Fruits
Sweet fruits
Acidic fruits
Sub-acid fruits
Leafy greens
Green vegetables
Yellow vegetables
Savory Fruits
Green/red peppers
Root Vegetables
Sweet potato

In addition, you can eat the following cooked foods: soups, green and yellow vegetables, whole grains, legumes, eggs, dairy products, and fresh seafood, poultry and lean meats.

How to incorporate a raw food diet into your life
  1. Eat fruit for breakfast and as a mid morning snack.
  2. Eat a large raw food salad for lunch. You can add soup, a cooked vegetable or a slice of whole grain bread.
  3. Eat a raw food salad with either a concentrated protein or a starch for dinner.
What percentage of your diet should consist of raw foods?

Leslie doesn't advocate eating all of your foods raw. Instead, she suggests you modify the percentages of raw to cooked foods according to the aim of your diet. For example, if your body is heavily toxic, you should aim for 50% raw foods. Once you are in good health, you can lower the raw food component of your diet to 25-30%.

Incorporating food combining in your raw food diet

Leslie's raw food diet utilizes the principles of food combining (open our Food Combining chart on a separate screen).

Here's how she utilizes it:
1. Eat fruit for breakfast and allow 20-30 minutes for digestion.
2. Eat salads or vegetables with a protein or starch.
3. Don't eat proteins and starches at the same meal.
4. Allow 1 ½ - 3 hours after a main meal until you eat again.

What if you tried the raw food diet for 3-4 weeks?

The practice of eating a diet high in raw foods has a long history and is currently part of many health retreat and spa programs around the world. But we offer our usual warning because of its detoxification aspect.

raw food energy bibleDon't jump straight from an unhealthy or junk food diet into a detoxification program like the raw food diet without doing some form of transition diet first. This means you should definitely spend several months gradually eliminating unhealthy foods from your daily meals before you start a raw food diet. See our Food Substitutions page for some ideas on how to start.

The safest route is to consult your health practitioner first and ask them to monitor your progress during this transitional period. You don't want to flood your body with toxins that have been released too quickly from your fat stores into your blood stream. The worse your current diet, the longer your transition time should be.

Give yourself time to ease into a raw food diet so you can actually enjoy it. Then give yourself 3-4 weeks and notice the positive changes.

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To take a look at Leslie's many books on health and well being, visit our Leslie Kenton Raw Food Diet page.

It's important that you consult with a qualified health professional before embarking on any new dietary or exercise regimen.

Gathering information online is fine for research purposes, but you need a real live professional to monitor your progress if you attempt to make drastic changes to your lifestyle. Unless you're a health professional yourself, you aren't equipped to objectively observe your body's responses to a new diet or exercise program. So whatever your chosen course of action, please be sure you enlist the support of a qualified professional.

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