What Is the Best Raw Diet?
This is a very subjective question, for, the best raw food diet is the one that’s personally most suited to you.
Every person’s body metabolizes and reacts to foods differently. Some people may have allergies to certain vegetables, while others can’t seem to digest pithy fruits.
However, there are several best diets that seem to suit most people quite fine. This involves the following nice mix of locally grown fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds simply prepared and served fresh.
We pattern our recommendations after the Gerson Diet as well as other successful organic raw food regimens that have been medically administered and seem to have the least adverse reactions.
The BEST Raw Diet? The one that works for you. Lists Below…
RECOMMENDED RAW ORGANIC FRUITS (Western Hemisphere)
Lemons (Limited amounts due to high acid content)
Limes (Limited amounts due to high acid content)
Mangoes (Remove Skin)
Avocado (High fat content and somewhat reactionary)
Coconut (Limit amounts)
Fruits To Be Limited Or Avoided
Avocados (Limit – Very fatty and can cause some reactions)
Pineapple (Avoid – Highly Aromatic)
Any Genetically Modified Fruit
RECOMMENDED RAW ORGANIC VEGETABLES
Dark Leafy Greens
Any Heirloom Varieties
Cabbage, Red and Green
Broccoli (Limited amounts)
Nettles (Juiced or rolled)
Watercress (Limited amounts)
Parsley (Limited amounts)
Beets (Limited amounts)
Celery (Limited amounts)
Spinach (Limited amounts)
Sweet Green, Red, Yellow, Orange Peppers
Yellow and Golden Squash
Corn (Limited amounts)
Asparagus (Limited amounts)
Sweet Potatoes (Limited amounts)
Potatoes (Limited Amounts)
Raw Vegetables To Be Limited Or Avoided
Cucumbers (Limit – high in sodium)
Yams (Not recommended to be eaten raw)
RECOMMENDED RAW ORGANIC GRAINS SOAKED, SPROUTED
Kamut (specially monitored to remain pure to genotype)
Grains To Be Avoided
Buckwheat (Can contain slight smount of toxic substances)
Buckwheat Sprouts (Same as above)
RECOMMENDED RAW ORGANIC BEANS, LEGUMES SOAKED, SPROUTED
(Very limited quantities when eaten raw)
Beans (Soaked, sprouted only, very limited amounts)
Dried Peas (Soaked, sprouted only, very limited amounts)
Peas (Limited Amounts)
Soybeans (Organic only – Limited amounts – Fermented)
Legumes To Be Avoided
RECOMMENDED RAW ORGANIC NUTS & SEEDS SOAKED, SPROUTED
(Limited quantities – Best if eaten fresh from the shell – Freshness is crucial)
Macadamias (Fresh in shell)
Walnuts (Limited amounts – Fresh in shell)
Hazelnuts (Fresh in shell)
Filberts (Fresh in shell)
Mustard Seed (Limited Quantity)
Nuts and Seeds To Be Limited Or Avoided
Peanuts (Can be used in very limited amounts if absolutely fresh and organic)
Buckwheat (Limit – Can contain slight smount of toxic substances)
Buckwheat Sprouts (Limit – Same as above)
There are a number of fresh raw foods that are locally grown and available around the world that work very well.
Transitioning From The Standard American Diet (SAD)
Transitioning to an all raw diet can be quite difficult for the average person who grew up eating the typical, cooked-food diet.
Oftentimes, it takes exceptionally dedicated willpower to deliberately avoid unhealthy food and choose to eat what’s best for one’s body. It’s much easier to grab a tasty, convenient bite rather than prepare a wholesome raw meal. And, it’s also easy to dismiss any adverse effects that can occur due to eating cooked, fried, roasted food that seem to be quite fine for friends, family and associates. And, after all, if our predecessors ate such food, how could it be bad for us?
Symptoms such as excess weight, tiredness, skin eruptions, stomach problems, kidney or liver complaints, are easy to attribute to other causes rather than our diet. Therefore, switching to a healthy diet is usually predicated by inordinate suffering from extreme ill health, or a very serious need or desire to overcome obesity.
It is no secret that people generally turn to the raw diet when they have experienced serious or grievous illness. Traditional medical treatments may have offered little benefit or no solution at all. They may have heard about or seen remarkable results with others on the raw diet. Perhaps they were influenced by a compelling book, video, movie or website. Whatever the reason, switching to a raw diet will likely yield exceptional results, especially if done correctly. See our articles on how to properly switch to a raw diet.
All in all, people who have switched to a raw food diet discover not just full recovery, but a very special sense of energetic well-being that they never thought possible.
Done well, the raw diet has reaped results that have both astounded and delighted so many.
Sticking “To It”
In transitioning, it’s recommended to be diligent and unswerving, no matter what. Keeping on the path, whether gradually or doing a cold-turkey method, will help avoid uncomfortable repurcussions during this transitional phase.
The reason for this can be attributed to the body’s confusion and discomfort while adjusting back and forth from healthy, non-toxic, easy to assimilate foods to hard-to-digest, fatty, salty, overly sweet and more toxic-type meals.
Vacillation back and forth can lead to discouragement and unpleasant physical and emotional side effects. One might say that the body becomes torn between good food and bad food and begins to react haphazardly. It can be confusing both for body AND mind.
The good news is, in time, the tastebuds change. What tasted bland and uninteresting before, becomes tantalizing and delicious as time progresses. The old food cravings for fat, sugar and salt diminish. Eventually, as one begins to feel better and better and see remarkable changes in their skin, hair and general appearance, it becomes easier and easier to continue on the raw path.
It is possible to change one’s diet gradually, yet consistently. Being 100% raw is not a main great concern… but what is important is incorporating more and more raw foods into the diet. Later, it will become second nature to completely eliminate all cooked, processed, fast, convenience, frozen, canned and packaged foods.
For those wanted ultimate health, the raw diet can be regenerative, restorative, invigorating and “youthenizing.” The greatest reward will be unforeseen and very much appreciated – a sense of joy, completeness and satisfaction, and overall, a much healthier, rewarding and contented lifestyle.