Many of the choices we make are bound to involve opinions from the world around us. It’s good, it’s bad, it’s illogical, it’s wonderful. From love and outfit choices to the books we read and what we name our children, everyone has a point of view.
When it comes to what we eat, ah . . . now that can really get some people going. Some are motivated by what the guru of the moment is saying, while others listen to their body (and heart) and eat accordingly. Others do a little of both. If you’re eating a raw food diet or heading in that direction, surely you’ve faced all kinds of questions and comments.
Let’s take a look at some common raw food myths and put them to rest.
Raw food myths debunked
1) Everything you eat on the raw foods diet will be cold.
Nope. Let’s face it, the urge to have something warm can just taste good and evoke a feel-good, cozy sense of being. But lots of folks are on board with the thought that heating foods above 118 degrees alters the nutrients of foods to the point of being toxic and in turn, can damage our health. But, raw foods can be warmed!
Many people warm their foods in the oven or on the stove top being careful to stay below this crucial temperature, while others warm foods in a dehydrator. Several people also eat certain foods at room temperature or add spices like cumin or curry which are known to have warming effects.
2) You’ll only be eating raw fruits and vegetables.
Sure, you’ll be enjoying your share of carrots, spinach and apples, but there’s so much more to eating raw. Sprouted grains, seaweeds, nuts and seeds are also part of a raw food diet.
3) You won’t keep up your savings account for long because raw food diets are expensive.
Right. And lobster, prime rib and caviar cost pennies. Sarcasm aside, the reality is that any diet can be pricey. All kinds of variables, from where you purchase your foods to the quantity you purchase, play a role in the cost. Typically foods that are already prepared will be costly, but you’re paying for the convenience of pre-cut carrots and fancily-displayed fruit platters. Skip the fancy stuff. Buy in bulk, keep an eye out for sales and mix up your food choices for a particular time frame/season if it helps cut costs.
Or better: grow a garden, or pick from the wild!
4) All raw foodists are vegan or vegetarian.
Uh-oh. This one may stir up the controversy pot, but according to Mark Sisson, “Raw foodists are not necessarily vegans or even vegetarians . . . some eat raw fish and others even go for raw beef.” While we’re not advocating eating raw fish or raw beef (neither is Mark Sisson), this point is simply meant to shed more light on some common thoughts that “raw foodist” and “vegetarian” are synonymous. Not always true. As with any dietary lifestyle, it often goes back to making the choices that are best for you. Raw can be different things to different people.
5) A raw food lifestyle will ruin your health.
Of course, we beg to differ. Many folks will say some foods must be cooked on high heat, or that raw foodists are not consuming the proper nutrients. They say that if we want to be healthy, we must fire up the grill and sink our teeth into some protein-packed slabs of beef. Um, no.
Plenty of raw foodists are healthy, and we don’t mean healthy in that they are able to walk in a straight line or maybe touch their toes without bending their knees. We’re talking about people who have turned their life around by eating raw foods.
People who used to eat refined sugars, processed foods and meat and who now have improved their vision, lost incredible amounts of weight and even taken control of their arthritis after taking up a raw food lifestyle.
Some have even experienced a great reduction in their depression by making the switch to raw foods. The list goes on.
So there you have it. Raw foods are healthy, pure and simple. In my humble opinion.
What comments have you encountered in your raw foods journey? Share you stories!
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