Perhaps you have heard of the terms 'raw food,' 'raw living' or 'raw foodism,' and you are intrigued and curious about what these terms denote. What is raw food? What is raw foodism and the raw food diet? Understanding these terms are really quite simple. This article will answer these questions as well as explain why people eat raw food and how to go raw. You may be amazed at why people go on this lifestyle, and sometimes you will conclude that they are the sensible ones!

Raw Food (Definition): Food that has not been processed, cooked or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit or 46 degrees Celsius.

The purpose of this is to ensure that the food contains its optimal nutrient and enzyme content (Cooking at a temperature above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) destroys most of the nutrients and enzymes in food). It refers specifically to natural, healthy, plant-based foods. It excludes all over-processed, over-cooked, zero-nutrient, conservative-laden foods that are so prevalent today.

Foods Consumed:

This diet consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, dried fruits and berries, sprouts, juices, dehydrated crackers and breads and avocado.

It may also involve gourmet foods such as dips and spreads, date and nut 'brownies,' desserts and sweets, sauces, cacao (healthy chocolate), coconut smoothies, nutrient-dens “soups,” zucchini / carrot “pasta,” plus an infinite variety of other gourmet foods that can be made to accomodate this healthy lifestyle.

Related Terminology (Definitions):

Raw Foodism: reflect to the lifestyle and action of eating a raw food diet, as well as to the belief that this food will help to heal and nurture a persons' mind, body and soul.

Living Foods : synonym of 'raw food,' – this phrase also reflects to any foods that are uncooked and unprocessed (Ie, are consumed in their natural, unadulterated state).

Raw Living: synonym of 'raw foodism' and 'the raw food diet' – it is the lifestyle of a person who consumes only natural, plant-based, nutrient-dense foods.

Raw vegan diet : This term reflects not only to the consumption of uncooked and unprocessed foods, but also to the exclusion of all animal products including meat, dairy, eggs and honey. (Note that the raw food diet is generally vegan anyway, unless a person were to consume raw meat and eggs, which is very rare.)

Why people eat raw food (Benefits):

People adopt this diet to benefit from its optimal nutrient and enzyme content. They nurture and feed their bodies with an abundance of minerals, proteins, vitamins and other important nutrients for a healthy body, and as a result, often see profounding healing.

Raw foodism is well-restructured for its health benefits and amazing healing abilities. People adopt this lifestyle to clear their skin problems (acne, psoriasis, eczema etc.), for more energy, to treat their depression, to lose weight (a very common reason), to detoxify their sick body, to prevent, treat or reverse chronic disease (such as diabetes, cancer, obesity or chronic pain), for longevity, to recover from addictions, for beauty, or to develop a positive outlook on life (Ie, a zest for life!).

How To Go Raw:

Overnight or gradually : A person can adopt the raw food vegan diet by one of two ways: overnight or gradually. Both ways are perfectly fine, but some people are daunted by immediately adopting this lifestyle so they prefer to make gradual steps to slowly transition to this lifestyle. They may do this over a matter of weeks, months or years depending on their health or strength of mind!

Percentage : One may choose to eat 100%, 90%, 75%, or 50% raw … it's up to each individual how much raw food they decide to consume on this diet. Some may start at 50%, then transition to 75%. If they are pleased with how much their health has improved by eating this percentage of raw food, then they may choose to make the decision to go 95% to 100% raw!

Trial : One can also 'test out' this lifestyle for a few weeks or months to see if it is suitable or compatible for their needs or way of living. Keep in mind that it is often the most challenging at the beginning, but after some time will get easier.

This is certainly a health-friendly lifestyle and will do wonders to your skin, hair, nails, waistline, energy levels and happiness. It's no wonder that so many people are ditching their unhealthy, over-processed, overcooked diets and are replacing them with this super healthy way of living!