Whether we want to believe it or not, eventually we all have to face the music and reality! WE regularly as part of our days and lives, take, make, get, breathe, eat, absorb and more, harmful chemicals and other toxins, even heavy metals, into out bodies, whether we want to , like to or not. Some of us even being oblivious to the harmful nature of them, that they exist and that we are surrounded by them in the foods we eat, products we use, places we find ourselves in, our homes etc.
To thrive and survive in our world, YOU personally need to be prepared, plan for and have the know how, to get rid of toxic build-up within your own body and system.
The Raw Food Diet
The raw food lifestyle is one that embraces the simple notion of eating a raw carrot, or an apple or orange in its original state. If it’s organic that adds an extra bonus. Aside from the simple pleasure eating raw food brings, it also gives you multiple health benefits. That is the number one reason why people end up making the switch – for their health and to detox regularly.
Detoxing foods are whole and in a raw state. It is optional but the foods can be heated slightly, making sure to get the food to around 110 – 116 degrees otherwise it will begin to destroy the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
Heat not only destroys the important enzymes, but it also takes a toll on some of the nutrients that are present in food. Even though the enzymes are an important element, they are not the only thing that’s important.
So, what are the things that people who detox actually eat?
These are just some of the things that you can enjoy on a raw foods diet:
• Fresh squeezed juice (Carrots, Beets, Celery, Ginger, Oranges, Apples, Cranberries, Kiwi, Mango, Pineapple, Kale, Pomegranate, Lemon, etc)
• Fruits, fresh and dried
• Sea vegetables such as nori and kelp
• Nuts and seeds
• Grains, as long as they are unprocessed
• Legumes and beans
What you include in your pantry will depend on what you like to eat and the kinds of recipes you will put together. However, here is a starter list of somethings that you may want to include in your detox food list:
• Various dried fruits
• Dried mushrooms
• Nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and almonds (raw)
• Sun dried tomatoes
• Herbs and spices as long as they weren’t toasted or roasted
• Raw apple cider vinegar
• Organic olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, and/or hemp oil
• Various grains like buckwheat, millet, wild rice, kamut, or quinoa
• Legumes such as black beans, lentils, mung beans, and chickpeas
• Various packaged foods that are acceptable for the raw foods and detox diet.