A Simple Raw Diet

Nut and seeds

Seeds and nuts add protein and fat to the raw diet. Nuts contain healthy fats, which boost HDL cholesterol levels. Raw diets are relatively low-fat, but some healthy fats are needed to avoid fatigue, anxiety and depression, hair loss and increased hunger. Nuts can be sprinkled on a salad or eaten by the handful as an energy-boosting snack later in the day. Seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin are packed with nutrients and add crunch to salads.

Keep Boredom at Bay

Raw dieters face the challenge of getting bored with food options. By eating only raw, dieters commit to a simple diet with fewer choices. This makes it especially important to include the five basic flavors in prepared foods. Sweet, salty, sour, spicy and bitter flavors provide variety for raw meals. Herbs and spices add complex flavors to simple, raw meals, while providing additional vitamins and minerals.

A raw diet helps you cleanse your system, flushing out built-up toxins from processed foods. Eating raw also helps break food addicitons, such as sugar and caffeine. Eating a raw diet might speed weight loss. A raw diet is not for everyone though. Those looking to lose weight without making drastic changes can replace a few meals a week with raw options, instead of eliminating all cooked foods at one time. A small change such as this boosts your health and helps you lose weight, especially when paired with exercise.

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