The Benefits of Eating Raw Food, Transitioning Tips and Techniques

Eating raw food can boost energy, aid digestion and enhance vitality. Discover the details and transitioning tips you need to get started on a raw food diet today.

| June 2012

  • Whether you’re just discovering raw foods or already well-versed in kimchee and wheatgrass, this revised edition of “The Raw Truth,” by Jeremy A. Safron, combines a wealth of raw foods know-how with diverse and delicious recipes.
    Photo courtesy Celestial Press (c) 2011
  • By keeping a positive attitude while preparing food, we can add to the joy and experience people get when they eat.
    Photo courtesy Celestial Press (c) 2011
  • These bite-sized creations are raw food pesto wraps made with rolled up zucchini, walnuts and tons of basil.
    Photo courtesy Celestial Press (c) 2011

Who needs the heat when raw food has so much sizzle? The Raw Truth (Celestial Arts, 2011), by raw foods pioneer Jeremy A. Safron, is a cookbook that offers a wealth of raw foods expertise with an array of delicious, flavor-packed recipes, raw food techniques and transitioning tips that include everything one needs to know in order to take advantage of this healthy lifestyle. The following excerpt has been taken from the chapters “Raw Facts” and “Raw Techniques.” 

Raw Food Recipes

Pesto Wraps recipe 
Thin Mint Smoothie recipe
Raw Thai Curry recipe 

Benefits of Eating Raw Food

A wide range of benefits comes from eating an ideal diet. One of the best advantages of eating raw food is the abundant energy it provides. Energy that is spent digesting cooked food can be made free for us to use for other things when we eat raw. People eating raw foods find that they need to sleep less to feel rested and often attest to achieving life goals that seemed unachievable when on a cooked food diet. Many athletes have found that light raw meals give them a more sustainable form of energy and allow them to surpass their previous records. Students also find that raw food gives them a more balanced blood sugar level and helps them think more clearly and stay more focused. Indigenous people throughout the world demonstrate the great life extension benefits that raw food has to offer. Many of these cultures eat a primarily raw diet and live much longer lives. People eating raw food also find it enhances their beauty. Most of all, people who eat well feel good. Feeling good is the essence of life. We enjoy our lives more when we feel good. The Hawaiians say that the most valuable thing a person can have is a positive attitude. By eating well and feeling good, we can be more positive and create a better life for ourselves and those we love.

Transitioning Tips

Change is the only constant. In our eternal growth, we often seek out new ways of thinking, living, and even eating. The transitory period between one way and another can be smooth and easy or quite rough and challenging. The following are a few tips on transitioning to raw food, although many can be applied to almost any aspect of your life.

• Take your time and be patient. Accentuate the positive. Be focused on the good things you ate and did today. Eat the raw and natural foods you enjoy.

• Start the day raw and see how far you go. Drink a smoothie for breakfast, eat salad for lunch, and start your dinner with a raw soup or salad.



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