YOU Best Diets - - Raw Food Diet -

The raw food diet is about eat­ing foods that in­volve ei­ther no cook­ing or cook­ing at very low tem­per­a­tures.

It is of­ten ve­gan and con­sists of mostly raw fruit and veg­eta­bles, seeds, nuts, sprouts, grains, beans, dried fruit and sea­weed. Some raw food­ies do in­clude meat, but eat it raw or dried.

Fol­low­ers of the diet re­fer to fresh food in its un­tam­pered state as be­ing “alive” and see cook­ing as “killing” food. “When cooked, food can lose some im­por­tant en­zymes, min­er­als and vi­ta­mins,” ex­plains Cape Town nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist An­drea Jenk­ins.

Prepa­ra­tion for some meals may in­volve leav­ing nuts to soak, dry­ing, de­hy­drat­ing, juic­ing and blend­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles. If any cook­ing is done, tem­per­a­tures should not ex­ceed 46 °C as this helps pre­serve the nat­u­ral en­zymes in food.

It’s not sur­pris­ing that ap­pear­ance-con­scious celebri­ties such as Cather­ine, Demi Moore, Uma Thurman, Ali­cia Sil­ver­stone and Lisa Bonet have em­braced this diet, says Dr Suna Kassier, reg­is­tered di­eti- cian and lec­turer in Di­etet­ics and Hu­man Nu­tri­tion at the Univer­sity of Kwazu­luNatal.

“The diet is said to be health-giv­ing, beau­ti­fy­ing, energising and aids weight loss,” she says. “Many raw foods are also low in kilo­joules, sodium and high in fill­ing fi­bre.”

It also con­tains less sat­u­rated and trans fats com­pared to many pro­cessed foods.

“Raw food also has longevity prop­er­ties,” says An­to­nia De Luca, founder of Leafy Greens Café in Mul­der­s­drift.

“And not only do you lose weight on the diet but you can con­trol blood-sugar lev­els, lead­ing to clearer thoughts and more stable emo­tions. The diet can also be en­joyed at any age and at any ac­tiv­ity level.”

Not ready to take the plunge? You can try parts of this diet by in­clud­ing only some raw fruits and veg­eta­bles in your eat­ing plan, which will up your nu­tri­ent in­take. You can also adopt this diet as a tem­po­rary cleanse for a few weeks or months.

ABOVE: Cather­ine at a gar­den party in May 2013, a few months be­fore the birth of Ge­orge. RIGHT: Her flat tummy is on dis­play while play­ing vol­ley­ball at a char­ity event in Oc­to­ber 2013.




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