Every diet has its perks and downfalls – this is a fact. The purpose of this article is to discuss the advantages (benefits) and the disadvantages (problems) associated with the raw food diet.
After weighing up this diet to determine how well it measures up in terms of health benefits, its social aspect, its taste, its level of difficulty and potential problems or dangers associated with this diet – one can determine whether this diet is suitable for their needs and current situation in life.
Disadvantages / Dangers / Problems Of The Raw Vegan Diet
Socially – this diet is unacceptable for many. Often due to the lack of knowledge on the raw food vegan diet, most folks will tease you for your decision. If you are eating a 100% raw food diet, you cannot escape criticism (or people telling you that they are concerned about your decision). If you however eat approximately 75% of your daily calories in raw food – you can conceal your diet to a large degree.
Initial Detoxification – When a person first adopts a raw food diet, the initial detoxification may be a bit intense. This intensity will depend on the person’s initial state of physical health as well as the types of foods consumed before adopting the raw diet. So if fast food was a regular habit of yours before your diet, your detoxification symptoms will likely be powerful in the beginning, such as rashes, feelings of emptiness in the stomach, allergy-like symptoms, or symptoms similar to a cold. Rest assured though that this is merely your body cleansing itself, and your symptoms will likely not last very long, maybe only a week or two at the most.
Not following the diet safely – If a person does not follow the raw diet in a safe and sensible manner, they are inviting danger into their lives. It is essential to ensure that you are eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fats on your diet to promote a healthy body. If you restrict or limit your food, you will not be getting enough nutrients in your diet and your body will therefore suffer. Eating a variety of foods from all food groups will of course prevent this problem.
Benefits & Advantages Of The Raw Food Diet:
Weight Loss – The raw food diet has been known to accelerate weight loss. During the first few weeks or months of adopting this diet, a person will notice their stomach getting smaller and their overall body fat decreasing. One famous woman named Angela Stokes lost over 155lbs (70kg) on the raw diet. Weight loss is indeed a well-known benefit of the raw food lifestyle.
Heals body – some amazing physical benefits of the raw food diet are increased energy, stronger and healthier hair and nails, a clearing up of acne and other skin disorders, healthy skin, a glowing face, elimination of allergies and elimination of bad body odor.
Treats disease– this diet has proven to prevent, treat or even reverse many chronic diseases such as certain cancers, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression.
Zest for life – many persons who adopt this diet profess to have experienced a newfound zest for life. Happiness levels have been reported to have increased drastically also.
Budget – cutting out meat and dairy as well as other standard supermarket foods from ones shopping list will often reduce their weekly food costs. Meat and dairy can be very expensive! You will likely notice a big difference in your grocery shopping, and you will have more money left over to save!
Taste – when fresh food is consumed uncooked it is often packed with natural flavor, perhaps even tastier than its cooked counterparts. Raw food can be sweet, herby, spicy, refreshing, hot or mild, and it has been said to taste amazing. There are many amazing raw food recipes available nowadays (such as desserts, sweets, cakes etc.) that you can create, so feeling deprived of your favorite foods is not possible on this diet!