Why Eat Raw Food

Eating raw food means consuming 100% of the vitamins, nutrients and natural enzymes our food has to offer. It is the ultimate of lifestyle diets because it eliminates all the negative effects caused by heating and processing foods. People following a raw food diet can expect high levels of energy, focus and a palpable connection to their bodies. In addition they will minimize digestive problems, sleep better and improve their immune system.

Eating food at its most natural state

As an athlete, parent or senior citizen, it’s understandable that you want the best for your body—we feel the same way. So why do we consume products that we know are meaningless for our health at best and actually harmful at worst? Why do we put our food through a destructive process everyday, quickly taking away all values naturally stored in them? These questions are the reason why U RAWk exists—founder Isabel Gallego, a graduate of Florida International University who studied biology and chemistry, wanted answers. And the more she learned about eating raw, the more she understood that eating food in its most natural form was the way to go.

There are so many diets out there: Paleo, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free…. the list seems almost endless.  Regardless of the diet you are following, at the very least you are paying attention to what you eat. But there’s a way you can elevate that attention even more. Eating raw is simply eating food at its highest and most natural form. Don’t get stuck on which diet variety is better, simply make a choice to start eliminating cooked food products from your diet. Learn about how to safely consume meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts to accommodate any approach.

Why heat destroys your food

When heating food, temperatures higher than 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46.111 Celsius) quickly begin to destroy the enzymes and nutrients naturally stored in our foods. This means that even when you are watching what you eat, the simple process in which you prepare your meals may actually be working against you. Eating your vegetables is great, eating clean proteins too; finding healthy ways to lower or eliminate the destructive process of heating the products we eat is even better.

How can I start a raw food diet?

We suggest you consult with your doctor before you start any diet, however when you are ready to start, keep it simple:

  • Commit to eating 25-50% less cooked food—your body will ask you to keep on going.
  • Watch what you eat right now and begin to learn how to prepare the foods you like without heating them.
  • Search and find recipes from reputable sources • Learn about salting and pickling instead of heating foods.
  • Learn about dehydrators, used to make dried meat, raw snacks, cookies and bread substitutes.
  • When cooking meats, consider sushi, ceviche, carpaccio, tartar.
  • Discover different meats—bison is a better alternative to cow meat.
  • Get creative with hummus and salsas.
  • Learn about super foods, good fats and micronutrients.
  • Remember, vitamins come from food, not chemicals.

Health risks of eating raw food

Like everything in life, you have to know what you are doing. There are some obvious precautions you have to take when consuming raw food, especially animal products. To minimize risk, purchase fresh and high-quality meat.