- Valentina Solci
Keeping it Fresh
A general guide + tips to eating raw foods
Summertime is just one of those seasons where you can really indulge in certain fruits and fresh goods depending on your location. Living in Florida and being raised by my Caribbean family, we always enjoy eating fresh, raw foods as much as possible.
In this article, I'd like to share a generic guide to eating raw, the benefits in doing so, and some additional tips. I'd like to begin by disclosing that I do not eat 100% of my food raw. I try to eat raw as much as possible as a means of saving energy (see more on this here), conserving a high level of nutrients, and keeping things simple.
As defined by Healthline, eating raw food foods, "often called raw foodism or raw veganism, is composed of mostly or completely raw and unprocessed foods". The majority of raw foods are fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. It is definitely an intense form of eating, if taken seriously, as most of us are used to cooking, microwaving, or eating processed foods.
Raw food plans can be used as a means of weight loss, but this is not my personal need, goal, or priority. Unless you are interested in eating raw for your own personal weight loss goals, I would not advise you to solely rely on raw eating as their are several cons to it, as stated by Healthline.
Conserving energy by not having to use heat or electricity to cook food
Quick and easy prep time
Eating food products in their most natural form
High level of nutrients
Oftentimes, follows a vegan lifestyle
Tips for eating more raw:
Support your local farmers by shopping at nearby farmers' markets
Write down a list of goods that you typically eat raw, and then brainstorm additional products you would enjoy and safely eat raw
Schedule out when and what you will eat raw to ensure your produce will not spoil or go to waste
Salads and fruits should almost always be raw
Nibble on unsalted nuts and seeds as a snack
To read about the pros and cons, a sample menu, and what food to eat/avoid--->click here.
Hope you found this helpful and let me know how you are doing with raw eating.
Love always and forever,