Published on October 22, 2015
Since childhood we were always told to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, now things have changed into eating raw foods to make us healthier. Diets based on raw eating are basically the same concept as raw veganism, because animal products typically have to be cooked. And no, it doesn’t mean that you will have to eat like a rabbit all the time, raw diets can include some very dense (and tasty) food.
The raw ‘diet-mania’ has become extremely popular boasting great health benefits. During cooking, the food loses up to 80 per cent of the nutrients, which actually makes it less of a nutritional benefit for our wellbeing. Thus, raw food keeps all its vitamins and minerals reaping a major plus for our bodies. However, you might want to stick to some balance because there are several types of raw eating. To name a few there is of course people who follow the 100 per cent raw diet plan, then there is also the High Raw, High Carb Raw and the Raw Till Four.
Raw till Four
The name speaks for itself. On the Raw till Four diet plan, you stay a loyal raw eater right until four o’clock. Basically you keep it light and healthy until dinner. The diet is perfect for busy people who like to have a nice dinner, which is cooked and tasty. Throughout the day, one will have to settle for fruits, veggies and other raw food. On the bright side, you will definitely look forward to the dinner.
High Carb Raw
Following the High Carb Raw diet plan is getting most of your calories from carbohydrates in an all-vegan manner. So you will eat raw foods high on carbs, and consume less calories from fat and protein foods. The essence of this diet plan is the same as that of Doug Graham’s 80/10/10, which is getting your nutrition from 80 per cent carbs, 10 per cent fat and 10 per cent protein.
High Raw is similar to Raw till Four, except that your cooked meal doesn’t have to be dinner. You should eat mostly raw foods, but you can have some cooked meals. All day – raw, once a day – cooked – that’s the principle. Plus, the High Raw diet is not vegan, so you can enjoy any of your favourite dishes.
100 per cent raw
It might be hard to do in colder weather, but in the UAE it is possible to go eating only raw foods. It doesn’t mean that all you will be eating is fruits and veggies all day. You can prepare raw meals that will leave you full for a long time. With a little bit effort and research on the internet, you’ll be able to make some good raw delicacies that are high on carbohydrates. Think creamy cashew raw lasagne – sounds good right?