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.
We'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
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
Here are the two most popular reasons why people choose to go on a raw food diet:
- Raw foods supply your body with nutrients that are usually destroyed in
cooking. These include vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, protein and
- Raw foods help detoxify your body due to their high water content, fiber
content, and antioxidant properties.
- 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.
- Raw foods have anti-inflammatory, anti-aging properties.
- Raw foods can help prevent a range of degenerative diseases.
1. The raw food diet for detoxificationWhat kinds of food can you eat on a raw food diet?
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.
Here is a very brief list of foods that can be eaten raw:
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
How to incorporate a raw food diet into your life
What percentage of your diet should consist of raw foods?
- Eat fruit for breakfast and as a mid morning snack.
- Eat a large raw food salad for lunch. You can add soup, a cooked vegetable or a slice of
whole grain bread.
- Eat a raw food salad with either a concentrated protein or a starch for dinner.
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
Don'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.
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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