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Health Benefits of Raw Foods

Updated on July 6, 2013
So Many Raw Food Options
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After dealing with a serious health issue I became very aware that a healthy diet is vital to overall health. Recently, a week of a hurricane-inspired power outage resulted in a rescheduled Halloween, which in turn required me to keep many bags of candy around the house much longer than I planned- in fact, until I could offload them to guests at my son's sleepover birthday party. With all this candy around, I couldn't seem to avoid eating way too much sugar and not nearly enough green vegetables, seriously derailing my goal of building a bionic immune system. Finally I said "enough is enough!", and decided to try a "raw foods" diet to get me back on the track of a healthy lifestyle, and at the same time adding some new and exciting goals to keep my diet interesting.

Raw foodists eat foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit or 46 degrees Celsius. Many people that follow this diet ensure that their meals consist of at least 80% raw foods. Basically this diet allows for the consumption of any unprocessed foods that can be eaten uncooked, obviously including fruits and vegetables, but also allowing for extremes such as sashimi or non-pasteurized milk. This diet requires a lot time devoted to food preparation, but many people find the increased energy levels and reversal of diseases worth the effort.

Many people experience increased mental clarity on the raw foods diet.
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Why is Eating Raw Foods Beneficial?

There are numerous benefits from eating a diet comprised primarily or exclusively of raw foods. Some of these benefits are:

  • Preservation of the enzymes that help us digest and absorb nutrients
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Increased mental clarity
  • More fiber leading to a healthier digestive system
  • Nutrients that are destroyed by cooking are preserved
  • Increased energy
  • Clearer skin
  • Reduced risks of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
  • More alkaline-forming foods
  • Slower aging process
  • Reduced stress
  • Strengthenened immune system


What are the Disadvantages of Eating Raw Foods?

As with any topic both sides of the issue must be discussed. There are some disadvantages to a diet that is exclusively raw foods.

  1. Exposure to chemicals results if the fruits and vegetables are not organic. To avoid this issue eat only organic produce, or wash the produce extremely well.
  2. In certain cases heating foods increases the nutritional value. For example, it is easier for the body to absorb lutein and lycopene (anti-cancer phytochemicals) when in the cooked form. To avoid this issue eat a diet that consists of 80% raw, and eat some vegetables (such as tomatoes) cooked.
  3. Nutritional deficiencies can result by eating such a restrictive diet, most obviously deficiencies in the key nutrients B12 and calcium. Avoid such deficiencies by including enough high-calcium vegetables (such as spinach), adding nutritional yeast (which contains B-12) to a green smoothie, and taking a multivitamin.
  4. It's a challenge to maintain a social life while on this diet. To make it easier meet your friends at a raw foods restaurant or invite them to your house for a meal containing primarily raw foods.

Raw almonds are a great snack!
Raw almonds are a great snack! | Source

Websites for Free Raw Foods Recipes

I found these two sites the most helpful for raw foods recipes:

http://www.living-foods.com

http://welikeitraw.com

What are Some Examples of Raw Foods?

If you want to attempt a raw-foods diet it is helpful to know what your options are. Try to focus on what you CAN eat rather than dwell on all those foods that you can't. Invest in a quality food processor and blender and check out these options:

Eat These Often:

  • Raw nuts
  • Raw Seeds
  • All vegetables
  • All fruits
  • Legumes
  • Sprouts
  • Herbs
  • Seaweed

Combine the Above Ingredients to Make:

  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Vegetable smoothies
  • Salads
  • Avocado dip
  • Nut butter
  • Desserts (made from dates)
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Flax crackers
  • Chickpea bread
  • Veggie burgers
  • Zucchini spaghetti with tomato sauce

Raw Foods Recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream-Very Entertaining!!

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My Experience Eating 80% Raw Foods for a Week

After weighing the advantages and the disadvantages of the raw foods diet I decided to try eating 80% raw. I already consume a green smoothie and raw nuts as part of my daily routine, so this required just a little additional effort. It's always easier for me to begin a new diet on a Monday when the kids are back in school and my husband is back at work so I can come up with a plan and focus on it. I didn't force the raw foods diet on my family because I had to put my energy into achieving my goal rather than dealing with the protests from everybody else.

I started each day with a smoothie and wheatgrass juice(frozen cubes), and then ate a salad for dinner to keep it simple. I allowed myself a combination of cooked foods(chicken or fish) and vegetables for lunch. I did this for five days and had to stop due to plans that we made months ago to meet friends at a restaurant that did not contain raw food options (showing I didn't plan ahead very well). On the first day I was excited to start something new and found it easy to follow. The second day I felt a little tired in the afternoon but continued. By the third day I was wondering who these people are that claim that you feel energetic on raw foods and was this diet really worth it. On the fourth day I started feeling calmer and had increased mental clarity but not increased energy. On the fifth day I had even more mental clarity and felt slightly more energetic.

My experience so far has shown me that I need to have more variety in my meals, buy a better food processor, and accept the fact that I have to put in more time preparing my food. It is also quite obvious that next time I need to avoid social commitments for at least two weeks! It often takes two weeks to really detox, and then the real benefit from the diet can begin. Very soon I will attempt my raw foods experiment again, this time with better planning, and then I will update my article. I may even force my husband to join me in this little adventure.

Tips to Transition to Raw Foods

It is not easy to suddenly transition to the raw foods diet after eating primarily cooked foods. It might help if you follow these helpful tips (based upon my own experience):

  1. Set your own goal regarding the percentage of raw foods you would like to consume. I decided to try for 80% but any change is an improvement.
  2. Eliminate sugar,caffeine, and alcohol, as well as most processed foods.
  3. Write a realistic meal plan that reflects your lifestyle.
  4. Shop so you have all the available foods on hand so you are more likely to succeed.
  5. Be aware that it can take two or more weeks to feel the benefits, so don't get discouraged.
  6. Change just one meal at a time. Begin with breakfast so that you start your day with a feeling of accomplishment and a more alkaline body leading to more energy.
  7. After a few days add a raw foods dinner.
  8. If you plan to go 100% raw foods then you can make lunch a raw foods meal - but see how you feel first.

A diet that contains a high percentage of raw foods and numerous fruits and vegetables is beneficial but I don't believe it is essential to be 100% raw to derive the health benefits. Certain medical conditions may require special diets so always check with your doctor before starting the raw foods diet or any other diet. Give the raw foods diet a try, even if you do it on a short term basis, and see if you experience increased energy levels, increased mental clarity, or an improvement or reversal of health issues.

Raw Foods Restaurants in the United States

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      LIL-ANGEL-WINGS 4 years ago

      fantastic hub. well done

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you so much Lil-Angel-Wings! I hope to do it for a longer time period and get a little more creative with the foods. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Really a well done hub. You presented your argument well and provided valid reasons to begin a raw foods diet. It would probably be beneficial to begin, but it is extremely difficult to consider giving up many of the food items I love to go that direction. Perhaps, just ensuring many more raw food items were added to one's standard diet might be the answer for many. Still, it's a consideration. Great Job!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I enjoyed reading your experience with this. Though we eat a lot of salads and fresh fruit this obviously has its challenges. However, if you feel better and things run smoothly..great idea.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @rcrumple...Thank you so much for the kind supportive comment. I understand your decision not to give up all those foods you love. I think sometimes it's just about making improvements and I agree that even adding in a few meals a week that are made from raw foods like a smoothie or a salad to see how you feel is worth it. It definitely doesn't have to be all or nothing to make an improvement. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @carol7777...I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my experience. I'm going to try it for a longer period of time and update this article. I'm not sure I could ever do it 100% long term. There are definitely challenges to following this diet long term and much trial and error is required. The key is finding a plan that works with your lifestyle. I believe in making improvements and even adding one meal a day that is exclusively raw foods is a huge benefit.Thanks so much for your visit and comment!

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Fabulous Hub. Love the info and inspiration for readers. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for useful and awesome.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you so much mecheshier! I hope some readers are inspired to add more raw foods to their diet and experience the benefits. Thanks for reading and the vote!

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      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article as it is well researched and shows both the positive as well as the negative sides. I find it especially helpful that you mention that raw food diets can also lead to deficiencies and that some food actually has more vitamins and nutrients when cooked. I am a big fan of raw food and a big part of my summer diet consists of salads and fruit. In winter I tend to fall back on a comforting soup and stew routine. As I am suffering from an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) I unfortunately have to limit my intake of goitrogenic vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts etc). and I should only eat these cooked. As this is a very common condition in women over 50 I just wanted to mention this. If you have a health condition consult your doctor before starting a raw food diet.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @novascotiamiss...Thanks you so much for the kind comment and adding that very useful information regarding the impact of raw foods on some medical conditions. I revised the article to reflect that information. My sister has the same thyroid condition and has had it since the age of 30 so I've always been checked for it. It's great that you include raw foods in your diet and I agree that I'm much more motivated to eat them during the Summer and prefer warm comforting food in the Winter. Raw foods may in general provide the greatest amount of nutrients but it's not as if there aren't many nutrients still remaining in cooked vegetables so enjoy the vegetable soup in the Winter.Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is interesting. A few days ago I watched a Dr. Oz show and he had a well known homeopathic doctor as his guest. They were discussing this very diet. He did not recommend following this diet 100% because in many cases, cooked vegetables offer the body more of the necessary nutrients than the same ones eaten raw. Tomatoes which you mentioned was one better off eaten cooked. Better off eaten raw...garlic and asparagus were examples. He uses a garlic press and if adding the garlic to a spaghetti sauce, he suggests doing it just at the last minute before serving. Or add it to salad dressings. Raw foods definitely add good fiber to the diet! As with anything, moderation is probably the best approach. We often start our days off with a smoothie as you do. Good way to begin. Up, interesting and will share.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very interesting hub with great information and tips and advice !

      Well done and vote up and more !!! SHARING !

      Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Eating raw is definitely right for me. I eat about 85 percent raw all the time and love it. My skin looks great, my energy level is tremendous and my health perfect. Most people do have a few weeks of adjustment but I did not as I always ate a lot of salads and fresh foods. Also I do not like my vegetables cooked to mush and did not have to adapt to eating crunchy foods. Also I am a vegan so I know that gave me an advantage. I highly recommend the raw diet for health, energy and spiritual health.

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      BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

      I agree that some fruits and vegetable is good to eat raw once in a while, but I believe that for optimal health, the majority of our food should be cooked -- meats and fish for example are healthy foods that should be cooked. There are some foods such as mushrooms and potatoes that needs to be cooked in order to deactivate their natural toxins. For vegetables that can be eaten raw, a combination of raw and cooked vegetables are best.

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      FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

      Great information! I'm always trying new recipes to get our family eating healthier! It's sometimes hard to get out of the chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese diet, but raw foods are always best!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love eating raw food, especially fruit and some of vegetables. But I had never to try eat raw fish and meat, out of my mind. I agree with BlissfulWriter that meats and fish should be cooked. I know that most of Japanese people love to eat sushi which is made from a raw fish. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Peggy W...I love the Dr. Oz show because it does provide a lot of useful information even if it is made for television and not always completely accurate but always give me information to research. I agree that 100% raw is not the right balance because there are a few vegetables that should be cooked to get the maximum nutritional value.Good tip about the garlic. I am learning that a balance seems to work best for me but there is still much trial and error in the process. It's great that you often begin your day with a smoothie. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and gets me on track for my whole day. I'm convinced it even gives me an energy boost as well. Thank you for your thoughtful comment,vote, and share.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Kashmir56...Thanks so much for the kind comment and for sharing! Thanks also for the Thanksgiving wishes:)

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks so much for the validation Hyphenbird! All my research points to this diet being the most beneficial to health and my goal is to achieve at least 80%. I agree that it can be quite an adjustment for most people but in your case you had a good start. So nice to know it pays off and the great skin is a nice bonus! Thanks for inspiring me to pursue this diet further and I like that you said it leads to spiritual health as well. I plan to try this for a longer time period and will update. Thanks so much for your support and comment!

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      Galadriel Arwen 4 years ago from USA

      Appreciate your Hub! Isn't is sad that our vegetables are being watered with water full of toxins like arsenic that will harm our body slowly over a long period of time. And we all thought Arsenic and Old Lace a fantasy. EPA has set the arsenic standard for drinking water at .010 parts per million (10 parts per billion) to protect consumers served by public water systems from the effects of long-term, chronic exposure to arsenic. Water systems must comply with this standard by January 23, 2006, providing additional protection to an estimated 13 million Americans. http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/arsen...

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @BlissfulWriter...Meat and fish definitely should be cooked unless it's sushi. I think many people on the raw foods diet exclude meat so it is easier but there is a risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency. I do agree that a combination of raw and cooked vegetables is ideal since cooking activates the nutrients in certain cases but most have a higher concentration of nutrients in the raw form. I didn't realize it was necessary to deactivate the toxins in mushrooms and potatoes and will research that. I really appreciate your feedback!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Freezeframe34...I have to admit I went through a really long chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese phase when the kids were younger so I understand. Just adding one or two super healthy meals a week is progress. My research does seem to point to the fact that raw foods are ideal and it helps to add them in gradually..even one smoothie a day is a great start! Any eating plan has to work with your lifestyle. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and offer feedback!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi prasetio30...It's great that you include raw foods in your diet since it seems to be the healthiest option! Most of the people that follow this diet exclude meat so they don't have the issue but yes meat is unsafe if not cooked except sushi! I don't exclude meat at the moment but limit it to chicken and fish because I believe it's the best way to get B12. Thanks so much for your comment and vote!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Galadriel Arwen...It is sad. In fact I wrote a hub about the dangers of drinking water and I use only filtered water. I wash vegetables carefully and try to get organic but I guess there is no real way to prevent the vegetables from being watered with water containing chemicals unless you grow them yourself. I guess you have to do the best you can to minimize the risk. I'm glad the EPA does at least monitor the water supply to keep it safer. Thanks for the reminder about the water and adding to the discussion. I hope you stop by again!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent tips. I know that cooked foods- especially burnt (well done) meat increases chances of getting cancer. I really need to work on eating more raw foods. Great hub!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @tammyswallow...Grilled and burned foods can increase the cancer risk. It's good to maybe add one raw foods meal in a day when possible to increase nutrients and enzymes. Thank you for your comment and support!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      While it is great to read about raw food experiences it was even better to read your personal experience with them. I gather from your trial that raw foods take a while before they really start benefitting the body. This is as expected as any change has a lag time to show its effects. I'd love to see the results of your second trial.

      Votes up, useful and interesting. Sharing this.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      It can take two weeks or more to really detox and start feeling the benefits. I am definitely going to do a second trial and also talk with someone that has been 100% raw for 30 years and completely cured his arthritis that would have required artificial replacement of his joints. I am going to also write about my own experience after a month long trial because I believe personal experiences are the most helpful. Thanks for taking an interest and for the vote and share! Your support means a lot!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      raw vegetable salad is really good. been sick for awhile and switch to healthy dieting. great results.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @unknown spy...Healthy food seems to have magic healing powers. Glad you are feeling better:)

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      I think that it is definitely worth incorporating, as tasty dishes can be created. However, I couldn't do the strict diet lol.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and interesting.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I completely agree with you on that Brett and haven't succeeded in doing this diet long term. I guess everything is good in moderation and you can always add a raw foods meal a day like a salad or smoothie and really benefit. On Sunday I am going to meet a guy that has been 100% raw foods for 30 years and I'm very curious how he succeeded but he did cure himself of severe arthritis so I'm sure it was worth it. Thanks so much for the share,vote and everything:) Your support is appreciated!!

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting.

      A big of advantage of a raw food diet is that you don't have to cook, which is a skill some of us have not mastered.

      A technique someone taught me a few years back is the chopped salad. Just chop whatever edible raw vegetables into such small pieces that you can eat the salad with a spoon. Some vegetables, like some greens, that are usually cooked are easier to eat raw that way.

      How can legumes be eaten raw, unless you're lucky enough to find them fresh? For most people most of the time they come either dried or in a can already cooked.

      If you have not already done it, I'd like to see a hub on washing fresh produce. What is it one is washing off -- dirt, mold, pesticides, germs? Is it good enough to give a quick rinse under the kitchen faucet? What produce should be washed upon arrival home from the grocery store and what produce should be washed just before eating? What with or instead of water should be used as a washing agent? Is it better to peel or to use a vegetable brush? What different gunks are on organic and non-organic produce? And so on.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      B. Leekley...Not cooking is a significant advantage of the raw foods diet but there is a lot of preparation involved and the need for a high quality food processor if you want to make the diet interesting. I love chopped salad and every time I go into New York City I go to a place called Chopt that has the best chopped salad. I'm a little bit lazier about making it at home. Thank for the great idea for a hub and I will definitely take your suggestion because information on safely preparing vegetables is vital. I''m eager to get started on it! Thanks so much for your comment,vote, and help and support. So happy to meet you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I didn't realize how much raw food I ate until this hub. I do prefer my fruits and veggies raw. This is one healthy, informative article. I wouldn't go 100% raw because I just like to be bad sometimes! :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I eat as much raw foods as I can.. sometimes I get tired of it.. I do like to eat my hot food.. lol.. I dont know if I feel better when i eat raw.. but I heard it is so much better for me..

      love your hub.. sharing

      Debbie

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      Brian Loewer 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Great article. My brother is a raw foods and veggie juicing nut. He's been boasting about the benefits, I'll have to pass this on to him. Interesting read!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hey Sunshine! So awesome that you incorporate raw foods into your diet without even thinking about it. I haven't been able to do 100% raw either and think a balance is still very beneficial. I have made significant improvements to my diet out of necessity but like you just have to be bad sometimes and decided not being perfect is just fine:) Thanks so much for the visit and hope you are having a great weekend!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      The raw foods diet does take effort for those of us that enjoy cooked food Debbie! I have to admit anything warm sounds good in the Winter. Adding some raw foods on a daily basis is beneficial and I have not come close to going 100% raw but am going to a raw foods potluck tomorrow for the first time because I'm curious how others find a way to master it. Thanks for your comment,share, and kind support!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @LVdoni5...People that eat primarily raw foods do claim to feel amazing and have significant energy. If I manage to do 100% raw foods for a month I'm going to update my article and find out for myself. I give your brother a lot of credit for eating so healthy because it's not easy and I appreciate that you are passing this on to him because I would be interested in his feedback since he lives the lifestyle. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment and I hope to see you again!

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      Sima 4 years ago from Fox Lake

      Thank you for your great hubs. I am a newbie here and just jumped over your hubs

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks so much for stopping by orientaldance! Welcome to HubPages. You will find this is a fun and supportive community. I'll be stopping by soon to check out your hubs.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for this, Healthylife 2. Cooking does destroy some of the nutrients we need.....and the ingredients listed above are great starts! Thanks for sharing!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      It's good to have at least some raw foods every day to get all those nutrients. Thanks for stopping by midget38!

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      I need to start doing a raw food diet again! Thanks for motivating me to get back into it! This hub is great and it's full of lots of information, I am going to bookmark it for future use! voted up and useful.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi TheKatsMeow! Even if you eat raw foods for one or two meals there is a significant benefit! I notice a difference even if I incorporate a daily green smoothie. Thank you so much for the vote and kind comment. I hope to see you again.

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      Galadriel Arwen 4 years ago from USA

      On the plus side vegetarians are supposed to have a longer life span and my daughter who is a vegan [knock on wood] is rarely ill. Veggies are about the best food products we can have on our plate.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Galadriel! I have encountered people that are vegan and they do rarely get sick so there does seem to be something to the magic powers of veggies. Including enough of them daily seems to make a significant difference in my health and energy levels. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to see you again!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Great, we are still on the same wave length. I was thinking about eating this way after my chemo treatments. I actually started eating this way before chemo, but my doctor told me to stop because of bacterial risks. Boy, was I ever disappointed. Eating raw food is so good for you. Just looking at all of the those bright colors on a plate increases your endorphins!

      Excellent hub! Voted up!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I guess great minds think alike creativelycc! Yes..during chemo the body does not have the normal ability to filter bacteria that is often found on raw fruits and vegetables because of the compromised immune system. However, there is no risk involved with cooked veggies. I was willing to take a chance with melon because I read with a thick rind the bacterial risk was minimal. You will have the opportunity to hit the raw foods diet before you know it. Thanks so much for your comment,vote, and support!

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      Chuck Bluestein 3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      I definitely feel better when I am eating a raw food diet. This is definitely something that is growing.

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I notice a difference too when eating raw even if 90% Chuck. The raw food diet does seem to be gaining momentum although there are still a limited number of restaurants that support this concept. I have found a lot of information on Youtube from people that live this lifestyle. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Have a great weekend!

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Very useful information.

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      Chuck Bluestein 3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Super model Carol Alt eats a raw food diet. She defines a raw food diet as 75% to 95% raw.

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for checking this out dis-cover! I hope you will give it a try and incorporate a few raw foods in your diet. Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Chuck,very few people are 100% raw and just incorporating some raw foods on a daily basis is very beneficial. Thanks for stopping by today!

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Hi Healthylife2

      Many people don't know how to make certain raw foods tasty. For example, raw broccoli is so good with creamy salad dressings. Just discovered that I liked sushi!

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very good point cecileportilla! Many people give up because they think the food is too bland. I made a salad with green onion dressing that was amazing.I love sushi too and glad that counts as raw.Thanks so much for your comment.

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      lex123 3 years ago

      Fantastic hub. Nice to read the good and bad points of uncooked food. I make it a point to include certain percentage of my food as uncooked food (such as carrot, beet root, cucumber, fruits etc), in my daily intake.

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi lex123,

      There are pros and cons to eating exclusively raw but it is clear that it is highly beneficial to include some raw foods daily. It's awesome that you take the time to do that! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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