As a low carb dieter, who is always warned of the restrictions of the diet, I would think that eliminating all foods that need to be cooked, would be even more restrictive than my diet.
Wouldn't it make more sense to just avoid the foods day to day, that cause you to need a "cleansing". Raw veggies might still be a great idea, but for me personally, if I had to give up cooked chicken, to flush out the pop, sweets, and processed foods I ate, I would rather give those up, and eat the cooked chicken and vegetables every day for the rest of my life.
What foods are you " cleansing " the body of? Once you are " cleansed ", how should one eat, to avoid being " unclean "?
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I am new to sparks, so thanks for all the input you have provided. I don't think I could ever go all raw, but I like that you set a challenge and go for it. Guess I need to do more research because I thought there were several foods that help detox the body. I would like to add them to my diet.
Congrats on your choice to go Raw for 7 days! I've been a raw foodist for awhile now and the longer you eat this way the more you want to and the less you want to eat processed food. Their are also a lot raw gourmet options that will get you absolutly addicted to eating this way!! Rawk on!!
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2,182 3/2/13 12:31 A
May I ask why you opted for this? I noticed in a comment that you said something about a cleanse... your body can't be cleansed by the foods you eat. We already have mechanisms for cleaning "toxins" out of your body (namely your liver and kidneys) and they don't really need any help.
It's not "quitting" if you're stopping something you started for the wrong reasons.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/1/2013 (20:03)
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@ANARIE Sometimes you need someone to point out things that you really didn't think about before.I didn't think about how this would affect my child and I absolutely agree with you. I should be setting a good example for my daughter. I jumped into this without thinking. But I am not a quitter. I'm going to do these last 6 days because when I set a goal for myself, I do it.
There's a huge difference between eliminating processed foods and eating all raw foods. The thing is, even veggies are often MORE nutritious when cooked. Tomatoes are one easy example; you get almost zero lycopene from raw tomatoes. They have to be cooked (and have a little fat alongside) before your body can use their most important nutrients. A lot of foods are that way. No qualified health professionals recommend an all-raw diet.
Doing it for a week isn't going to kill you, but it's not going to do you any particular good, either. And what are the chances that you will have a least a little bit of a binge on day 8? Doing something extreme for a short term almost always sends people to the opposite extreme at the end of the term. It doesn't do any good to eat nothing but raw veggies for seven days and nothing but Cheetos and Oreos the next two.
Also, you mentioned making different food for your daughter. Why? If you feel this is healthy behavior, why don't you have her do it, too? If you think it wouldn't be healthy for her, why are you modeling it for her? Children are deeply affected by watching what their mothers eat; if you do this, someday she will, too. How do you feel about the idea of your daughter eating raw for weeks at a time when she's 14 or so? If that's okay with you, then go for it. If you have any doubts, don't do what you're not sure you'd want her to do.
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3/1/13 12:13 A
Thank you for the replies! I am also eating nuts. They have healthy fats that I need especially since I work out every day. I agree that a balanced diet is key! My body is cleansing itself of all the bad guys. This is really hard BUT it is worth it! I worked out hard today and what kept me running was blueberries,cuties,almonds,carrots, and bananas. I had Kale today..yuck lol Gotta get those veggies. I need to make a smoothie that wont make me gag. I thought the pineapple would overpower the veggies. It was repulsive :(
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2/28/13 9:11 P
I think grains are only meant for consumption in times of poor harvest for survival. I think for ultimate health, fruits, vegetables, and meats are the best components of a diet, as evidenced by their higher nutrient density.
Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 2/28/2013 (21:12)
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I like Coach Tanya's response. A healthy diet will naturally include a lot of raw fruits and vegetables but also grains and so on. Personally, I don't understand why someone would make it a rule to only eat raw foods. I respect it as a food choice, but I don't get it. Human beings have been cooking and "processing" their food for millennia.
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9,659 2/28/13 5:10 P
Yes I ate raw for a 3day detox. It wasn't that bad because I usually eat low carbish. I now find that juicing my veggies and some fruit is the quickest easiest way to get my nutrients. I eat zero processes foods. I try to shop for organic vegies/fruits and free range meats. I drink toooons of tea as well.( That helped me be distracted during the detox- i LOVE Davids Tea) I would not enjoy life as a vegan ever, but my plate is %80 veggies I don't eat breads or dairy (a bit of cheese now and again) and to brighten my day I drink red wine or perhaps a clear spirit like vodka or rum. :)
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Your best bet for weight loss and overall health is to eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes all foods in moderation. A much safer and healthier approach is to avoid or limit highly processed foods. A diet without these foods is high in the raw fruits and veggies, but also in healthy grains, breads, cereals, lean protein sources, and calcium-rich foods like dairy or fortified soy milk.
Alright, I have made a decision to challenge myself to eat raw for one whole week. I've been doing tons of research. Fruit and Veggies are great for us BUT I love dairy. I love meat. I know that I will not be converting. I've decided to stop eating processed foods. I don't want to put man-made chemicals into my body. So I've come to the conclusion that 60% of my diet will be fruit and veggies. The other 40% will be my yogurt (Love), fat-free milk, and lean meat.
Has anyone tried eating raw at least for one whole day? It is REALLY hard! I made organic mac and cheese for my daughter and the cheese was making my mouth water!!!
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