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What is the Raw Food Detox Diet? Benefits?

Interested in trying raw food without wanting to go raw for the rest of your life? A raw food detox diet may be the answer.

The raw food detox diet is reported to have many benefits. People who eat 100% raw food all of the time have said that they notice improvements in many health conditions. In addition, most people who were overweight will lose weight on a raw food diet, although this does depend on what you choose to eat.

When detoxing, as you probably know, most people have some side effects. They may include headaches, joint pain, nasal congestion and other symptoms. This happens because many toxins that were previously stored in fat cells in the body are suddenly released into the bloodstream for processing and excretion.

Because of this, it is best to follow a raw food detox diet for around 10 days. You can expect symptoms in the first 5-7 days. After that, you may begin to feel more benefits. Of course, you should have medical supervision before beginning any diet.

What To Eat On A Raw Food Detox Diet

Here are some suggestions for your daily menu on a raw detox.

Breakfast:

Green fruit smoothie.

Mix any fruit in the blender with some lettuce or spinach leaves for a classic delicious green smoothie. Adding the greens makes it more nutritious. You can also use celery or cucumber with most fruit. One of my favorites is pineapple and fennel bulb. Use up to two types of fruit and one vegetable: you will not want too many different flavors.

Or: Banana, half avocado and raw cacao powder smoothie.

This is a more filling option. The addition of cacao powder can give you a huge energy boost to get you started in the morning.

Lunch:

Any combination of salad vegetables, plus a handful of raw nuts or seeds.

Be adventurous with your vegetables: you do not need to stick to only the standard salad. For a dressing you can use extra virgin olive oil and live vinegar, or blend tomato juice with avocado or nut butter.

Or: grated or finely chopped carrot or butternut squash with nut mylk (or nut butter mixed with a little water) and a handful of pumpkin seeds.

Dinner:

The choices are endless when you have a little more time to prepare a meal. Check out any raw food website or cookbook for a huge variety of delicious recipes. Repeat your favorites by all means, but make sure to change it up from time to time with new recipes.

What Not To Eat On A Raw Food Detox Diet

Of course, if you are following a raw food detox diet, you would not eat anything cooked. This includes anything that has been processed or heated before it reaches your kitchen, such as dairy products which have been pasteurized. It also includes hot drinks like coffee (which is anyway produced from roasted beans).

To be sure, and also to increase the effect of the detox, many people decide only to use fresh whole fruits and vegetables in a raw detox. This means no dried foods and no oils or added fats. Some even cut out nuts. If you are going to do that, however, you should not do it for more than 10 days. Nuts and seeds contain many essential fats and minerals that are vital for a longer term raw food diet.

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