I recently started researching the benefits of a raw diet. I’ve been vegetarian a few years so I thought I was ahead of the healthy eating game. But there is so much I am learning about! Apparently when you cook food above a certain temperature (118˚ F to be precise) you denature enzymes in food.
These enzymes are vital for digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. Without enzymes the body is forced to produce more enzymes to digest food. Over time, a lack of food enzymes leads to issues with digestion, nutritional deficiency, and accelerated aging.
With this new knowledge, I have decided to incorporate more raw food into my diet. I’ve read that you can expect more energy, clear skin, weight loss, and better digestion with a raw diet. I’m pretty sure I don’t have what it takes to adopt a 100% raw vegan diet but apparently the body greatly benefits from having a 51% raw diet.
So here’s my plan. 50% raw breakfast, 100% raw lunch, 50% raw dinner. That should add up, right?
Started my day with a few cups of coffee and watermelon for breakfast. I’m going to try to cut down on the coffee too but I love it so much.
Fresh spring roll wraps for lunch. Took an hour to prep and make but was worth it. I feel sated but not bloated or tired. Have had my usual few glasses of lemon water which also helps with digestion and liver/kidney cleansing.
Unfortunately I’m due to meet up with a friend later for pints. And we all know you can’t have beer without snacks so my diet may already be doomed.
Update: It’s been 2 hours since my lunch. I feel great but my stomach is grumbling…