August 2, 2016 Heather Gauley

Raw Food Diet

cleanse-homepageI have been studying and experimenting with raw food for over twenty years.  I first heard of food combining (that is for another day) and raw food back in my early twenties. I ate only raw food for two months. I felt wonderful and really enjoyed some of the cold soups that I made along side of the salads. But let me tell you that the raw food diet has come a long way in twenty years! So many more recipes… and of course the internet is great for accessing all kinds of recipes!

The raw food diet has been around for many years. Our ancient ancestors started out eating raw food, before we mastered the art of fire. So it is something that has been around for generations and gets revisited by many people.

What is the first thing you think of when you think raw food diet? I use to think of  people munching down on salads and thought, Wow, is that all these raw foodists eat? I mean I like salads don’t get me wrong and fresh salad right out of my garden is the best around no doubt, but it does leave me to wonder how does one survive on salad alone?

So why eat a raw food diet? Some people are using a raw food diet to kickstart their way back to healthy eating, while others end up really liking the way they feel when they eat this way, that it becomes a way of life for them.

Personally, I am a curious girl. I started experimenting with this as it seems to be a healthy alternative to the western diet and I am always looking for something new to eat that is different, nutritious and keeps me healthy, and hey adding more veg to your diet is something we can all do to make us healthier.

It makes sense to me that, as humans we started out eating only raw food as we hadn’t mastered the art of fire, but I have to tell you that I love cooking! So I choose to eat a mixed diet of both raw and cooked food.

Is raw right for you? Well, the Ancient Greeks fasted for health and Pythagoras was a vegetarian who fasted for 40 days and lived on raw food consisting of figs, olives, fruit and vegetables.

However, only you will know what is right for you. Listen to your body and go ahead and experiment a little. Read up on all the different foods you can try. There are so many ways to get all the excellent nutrients you need to be a vibrant you!

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