Many people are initially attracted to a raw food diet as a way to cleanse and purify the body. This is not surprising as our toxic lifestyles are having an extremely negative effect on our health and well-being. We sense intuitively that a diet based on raw foods has an intrinsic value to address this impact and bring balance back into our lives on all levels.
The idea that toxins accumulate in the body and contribute to health problems is a fundamental concept of many traditional healing systems. Fasting and cleansing diets have also been used for thousands of years as a way to release the burden of physical attachments and help us to connect to the spiritual aspects of our nature.
Raw food and detox diets have many similarities. When you eat a diet with a lot of raw foods you will naturally be detoxing your system. However, when your intention is to undergo deeper cleansing, a more structured and carefully considered approach can make the entire process much more effective.
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The Benefits of Raw Food Detox
Undertaking a detox diet can be one of the most important things you do in order to rejuvenate your physical body, as well as to make changes and break through stubborn points in your life. It can also give you a unique opportunity to transform your habitual routines as well as to examine and modify your behaviors.
A detox diet signifies a new beginning and can be a great way to get started with a raw food lifestyle. If you are enthusiastic about embarking on a new direction in your life this makes it so much easier to get through the initial transition period while you learn to let go of old patterns of eating.
Taking time to rest the system by eating simple and light raw meals allows you to break the addiction to cooked foods. Once you get past the first week or so your cravings will be significantly reduced and it will then be much easier to maintain your discipline.
When you embark on a detox diet it is important to realize that there are many different ways to achieve your goals. You do not have to be in a hurry or go to extreme methods in order to effectively detox your body. A slow and gradual detox can be just as effective and in most cases is actually a better option than fasting or very strict cleansing diets.
The main thing to remember is that you are working towards achieving your optimal state of health and the amount of time it takes you to get there is not the point of focus. Perhaps the most important factor in regard to cleansing the body is to be patient and to work in harmony with the body’s natural healing cycles. Ultimately this will give you the best results.
How to Start Eating a Raw Food Diet
I recommend getting started by gradually increasing the amount of fresh fruit and salads in your diet. Breakfast is a great place to begin. Fresh fruit salads and fruit smoothies are not only energizing and delicious but also gently and effectively cleanse your body. Commencing your evening meal with a large green salad is another technique you can use to slowly increase your intake of raw foods.
When you are ready to dive in you can try the Level 1 raw food detox diet, then gradually progress through the other phases. After about a month on the detox diet this is the perfect time to introduce botanical herbs to allow you to go deeper into the cleanse. This combination of herbal formulas is designed to enhance your detoxification process and stimulate cellular regeneration.
Above all, beginning a raw food detox diet is best regarded as a fun and new experience. You will learn so much about yourself that will facilitate your growth and enhance awareness on all levels of your being.
This way of eating can profoundly enhance your health, however it can be challenging in the beginning as you adjust.
Challenges with the Raw Food Detox Diet
The biggest problem that I see when people start a raw detox diet is not eating enough in terms of volume. When you base your diet around fruit and vegetables you need to eat fairly large quantities in order to fuel your body optimally. You can’t just eat an apple for breakfast and a green salad for lunch and expect to maintain your energy throughout the day – especially if you are coming from a standard Western diet. Yet this is what I have observed people attempting to do much of the time, simply because of a lack of knowledge and experience.
To be truly successful on a raw detox diet you will need to learn a different way of eating. For a fruit diet you can ideally eat as much as you want at each meal until you feel satisfied but not overfull. If you get hungry again in two or three hours you can eat another meal. Many people do better with four or five smaller meals on this diet rather than the usual three meal a day approach.
The amount of food will depend on the person. For example, my husband who is tall and very physically active can easily consume half a large watermelon in a single sitting, or a smoothie made with three mangoes and six bananas.
For myself, being a very petite woman I am satisfied with half a medium papaya or a smoothie made with just two mangoes. While detoxing we will generally have three of these fruit meals a day plus a salad/vegetable meal in the evening.
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On this website I hope to provide you with the information you need to make a raw food detox diet and lifestyle work for you. I would love to hear about your experiences with raw foods, and if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to leave a comment on the blog.