1. What is a Raw Food Diet?
A Raw Food diet comprises of a wide variety of fresh unprocessed fruits, vegetables, greens, seeds, nuts and sea vegetables.
2. What are the benefits of eating a Raw Food Diet?
Because we are eating whole foods bestowed from Nature, we reset the body’s default healing mode. There is an innate intelligence in humans that knows how to thrive.
3. If I’m eating a Raw Food diet, must I go organic?
If eating high raw or full raw, it is recommended to go organic as much as possible. Generally there are more benefits from people consuming a semi organic/high raw vegan diet compared to people consuming a full organic/low raw vegan diet.
The fresh unprocessed aspects of raw foods seem to take predominance in determining the intensity of our healing, as compared to organic/non-organic.
However, as far as greens is concerned, we highly recommend you to go organic. Because conventional farming uses sprays to keep bugs away, and green leafy vegetables get most of these sprays.
4. Does it include raw meat like sashimi?
There are people who includes raw meats, raw fish into their diet together with other raw vegan choices. We do not. Our diet consists largely of produces from the plant kingdom.
5. How do I make sure I am eating enough nutrition?
It is possible to get improper nutrition with any diets, not just a raw vegan diet.
When eating raw vegan foods, make sure to include choices from a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, with a rainbow of colors (colors in their natural state, not cooked/processed state). To make sure our body is absorbing the nutrients well, rotate the foods once every 2 days if not everyday.
6. How do I make sure I feel full on raw foods, especially if I had been used to eating a lot of meat.
To feel full on raw foods, we can aim to have a balance between fruits, fats and greens. Target to consume about 1/3 of the daily total food consumption from each category.
Good plant fats include coconut meats, avocadoes, durians, some soaked seeds/nuts.
7. Is this diet for everyone?
We can question our intention before we consider going into this diet change. Most often people change eating habits due to a search for physical healing/transformation, to do inner spiritual work, or simply for a healthier more beautiful body.
Raw foods will work only for people who want to do it for a greater purpose than merely surviving or getting by life. The nature and intensity of their intention will then determine how long they can keep up their changes.
8. What is the easiest way to start eating raw foods?
You can consider getting our Level 1 Program “Raw Foods Lifestyle Program”. It provides a gradual transition onto a raw foods lifestyle, both on the body and the mind.
9. Is there anything to avoid when eating raw foods?
Potatoes, sweet potatoes and shitake are not recommended raw. Raw mushrooms are a controversy – we encourage you to avoid all raw mushrooms except Portobello, Swiss Brown and White Button mushrooms.
10. How do we wash and prepare vegetables to ensure they are free from pathogens?
There are 2 types of bacteria – good and bad. Humans need a good amount of friendly bacteria to have strong immune system, as well as absorb our nutrients properly.
Go for organic greens and vegetables as much as you can. Otherwise, conventional produces can be washed with hydrogen peroxide; ACV water (3 tbs apple cider vinegar to 1 litres of water) and sea salt water are more affordable options.