How I increased my energy and stabilised my diabetes with raw food.

Today, July 11th,  is International Raw Food Day and those of us in the raw food world are on a mission to introduce more people to the benefits of this lifestyle.

You may have come across the term Raw Food diet and dismissed it as something that sounds very unappealing. Or you might think it is the kind of diet that only people with ‘alternative’ lifestyles (known as hippies when I was young) might be interested in.

The term Raw Food Diet is misleading on many levels. I don’t like the term diet because to me it sounds as if it is something you go ‘on’, or have to ‘suffer’ for a time until you achieve your objectives, at which point you can return to your previous existence. It is like saying you are on a vegetarian diet or a meat eating diet. The ‘Raw Food’ diet is not a specific regime to be followed but a more descriptive term which illustrates the types of food you predominantly eat.

Everyone can benefit from including some raw foods into their diet. In the video below one of my clients discusses her experience with introducing raw foods and how it has helped with her diabetes and other health issues. Wendy is someone that you would least expect to adopt a raw food lifestyle, having been brought up with traditional English tastes which she has followed all of her life. She would also freely admit that she is not adventurous when it comes to kitchen activities and has always stuck to simple, tried and tested meals.

Here’s what she has to say

 

So what exactly are raw foods?

The strict definition of raw food is any food which has not been heated above 48 degrees centigrade (117 degrees Fahrenheit). Generally this means uncooked foods and foods which are in their natural state. In terms of the ‘raw food diet’ this is taken to mean foods which are safe to eat when raw. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are the obvious food groups which spring to mind, though there are many others with which you might not be familiar.

You can include raw foods to the degree which suits you, your lifestyle and your health conditions. There are no hard and fast rules. But why not give it a go. After  all as Wendy discovered you might be pleasantly surprised.

Want to know more?

click here for What is a Raw Food diet?  and here for The top 10 benefits of a raw food lifestyle

If you would like to know how I could help you to include raw food into your diet then please see my website for details of the services and products I provide.

 

Comments

  1. I am always looking for more healthy ways for eating and preparing foods. I think I am struggling with some insulin resistance right now–not diabetic, yet it is in my family history. I look forward to checking out your website. And, thanks for prompting me toward health
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  2. I do believe that one must include raw foods in one’s diet. But while I have no qualms about eating fruits and nuts, I am not very comfortable eating raw vegetables. Fears about the pesticides that they may be sprayed with stop me.
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    • That’s why its always best to eat organic if possible. Alternatively you can wash your fruit and veg in special solutions designed to get rid of the worst contaminants. You could also use a solution of lemon juice and vinegar in water to clean them

  3. I think my mother could use this to stabilize her diabetes.
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