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The Raw Food Diet: Do’s, Don’ts and Recipes

The Raw Food Diet: Do’s, Don’ts and Recipes

The raw food diet focuses on consuming unprocessed, plant-based, preferably organic, raw foods, with a minimum of 75 percent of the diet consisting of uncooked food. Many people who live on the raw food diet are also vegans, who consume no animal product whatsoever, including eggs and dairy. However, some who are not vegans will include raw animal products, meaning meat, milk and eggs.

Here are the main foods that can be eaten on the raw food diet:

• Beans
• Coconut milk
• Dried fruits
• Fresh fruits and vegetables
• Freshly made juices
• Grains
• Legumes
• Nuts and seeds
• Purified water (not tap)
• Seaweeds
• Other natural foods which have not been cooked or processed

The following foods may also be included in a non-vegan raw food diet:

• Raw eggs
• Raw meat
• Raw fish, including sushi and sashimi
• Unpasteurized dairy products

Benefits of the Raw Food Diet

The premise of the raw food diet is cooking foods kills the natural life-giving enzymes present in raw food. Foods may be chopped, blended and dehydrated, provided the temperature never exceeds 116 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to Vanderbilt University, nature has provided foods the perfect mix of the needed enzymes to allow the foods to be fully digested, and that cooking alters or destroys or these enzymes as well as the essential vitamins and minerals contained in raw foods.

Consuming mainly unprocessed and uncooked foods will allow significant weight loss and increase the body’s ability to fight diseases and even prevent chronic illness. In addition to weight loss, the health benefits of the raw food diet include increased energy, improved digestion, clearer skin and a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke.

Here are two simple raw food diet recipes:

Collard Green Wraps: Serves five

Wraps
Collard Greens

Filling
3/4 cup hazel nuts
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup almonds
1 stick celery
3/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste

Soak the nuts and seed for 30 minutes and process the filling in a food processor, spoon onto collard greens, wrap and tie with an onion ring and garnish with chopped tomatoes.

Stuffed Mushrooms: Serves six

18 large button mushrooms

Stuffing
1 cup walnuts
2 cups basil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
Salt to taste

Wash and stem mushrooms and lay caps bottom-side up in food dehydrator. Dehydrate at 100 degrees Fahrenheit until soft. Mix stuffing in food processor and spoon onto mushrooms.

Raw Foods Diet For Dogs

Raw Foods Diet For Dogs

A raw foods diet for dogs is exactly how it sounds; a raw foods diet is simply feeding your dog raw meats, bones, and organs like dogs have eaten before they became domesticated. Dogs and wolves used to eat raw meats, bones, and organs of the animals they killed (wolves still do), so it is completely natural for dogs to eat raw meats, bones, and organs. The sole purpose of a raw foods diet for dogs is to feed your dog bones, raw meat, and organs of an animal to provide dogs with the natural diet commonly consumed by wolves and dogs (before domestication). The natural diet of a dog is proven to be more nutritional by far than processed dog foods. The proven health benefits that come with feeding dogs raw food diets is a healthier weight and weight management, improvement of digestion, healthier and firmer stools, and reducing allergies and the symptoms of allergies.

Feeding your dog a raw foods diet is easier than you would ever think it to be. Dogs will naturally eat any raw meat, bones, and organs out of instinct. This is their natural instinct for getting the proper nutrition that they are originally supposed to have as opposed to processed nutrients. A raw foods diet consists of raw meats such as quail, duck, chicken, turkey, and pork. Honestly, any raw meats can be served to a dog; but be sure to wash your hands after serving to your dog to avoid any E.coli- bacteria that is harmful to humans (however the bacteria is not in any way harmful to your dog) It also consists of organs such as liver, heart, kidneys, and any other organ in an animals body.

In addition, you can also feed your dog small rodents, rabbits, and raw eggs. However, you should feed your dog bones of animals; but avoiding small bones such as wings and joint bones would be best. Other than that feeding your dog the raw meats, bones, and organs that their kind naturally eats has many health benefits. A raw foods diet for dogs is proven to be more nutritional and provide more health benefits than processed dog foods could even provide your dog with. Like I have stressed, a raw foods diet is completely natural for a dog to eat; and will definitely provide your dog with the right nutrients that it needs.