Since following a plant based diet and having discovered the magic world of raw foods I find myself more curious and excited each and every day.
Eating raw means avoiding foods cooked at temperatures above 48 °C (118 °F). A raw vegan diet includes fresh, whole, unrefined plant based foods like raw vegetables and fruits, leafy greens, nuts and nut pastes, grain and legume sprouts, seeds, plant oils and sea vegetables consumed in their natural state without destroying any of the vitamins, minerals or enzymes.
Raw food, often called living food, makes you live longer, healthier and happier. J
Creating dishes that are delicious, colourful and super nutritious without cooking at all? This was certainly attractive to me right from the beginning. Pretty soon I decided to buy a dehydrator and to dig deeper into the sheer endless possibilities of raw foods. Other interesting techniques for raw food preparation, besides dehydrating, include marinating, fermenting, sprouting, sealing or smoking – all of which can extend your set of ingredients and also add another dimension to your plates. With intense flavours, a variety of textures and more dense foods (water is reduced by dehydrating for example) it will keep your hunger away for a longer period of time and make you feel overall more satisfied.
With the right mind-set and determination, I decided to do a whole raw food month together with my boyfriend. So the idea was to eating raw vegan, living foods only and to also include a 3 days juice cleanse (more details on this coming soon) and see how we’d feel.
Well, during this month our energy levels went up ridiculously, increasing our productivity and improving our stamina and overall wellbeing. I was happy and focused given any moment of the day. I felt more clarity during work and we could even notice that the white of our eyes got clearer and brighter.
Clearly, there are plenty of benefits when living on a balanced wholefoods and raw vegan diet (low fat, low oil) and I would encourage EVERYONE to work towards a more healthy, sustainable and compassionate lifestyle, skipping meat and dairy products entirely, and to cleanse your body more profoundly at least once per year by going Raw Vegan for 7 days.
This 7 Days Raw Food Plan has been kept simple for everyone to try out. It was carefully created to give you a good variety of proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibres, which are very important for your health. For breakfast I would advice you developing a fix morning routine, preparing green smoothies of your choice while keep changing ingredients. Check out this great picture and you will see how easy it is and how many options you have. Use my green smoothie recipe on your first day if you like and then be creative and make your own ones for the remaining days. You will become a green smoothie pro, how amazing, isn’t it?
You will probably notice that there are no snacks & sweets for in-between meals and that’s because I want to make your life a bit easier: instead of buying or preparing different snacks & sweets for each day you can prepare a good amount of raw energy balls that will last throughout this plan and will keep you satisfied. You can find my simple raw energy balls 3 ways recipe on VegiTales – around 10 of each flavour combination should be a good amount for the week.
Bananas and a few dates make always for an amazing snack too. Additionally, I’d advice to include some seasonal fruits each day.
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Eat right, shine bright.
Do not take this information as personal medical advice. Always work with your physician or qualified healthcare provider before adjusting medications or making major diet changes.