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Tips For Using A Raw Food Plan For Fasting

The following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.

Fasting has been appreciated, since ancient times, for its ability to purify the body and uplift the spirit. Though often attached a religious significance, abstinence from certain foods and drinks, for a predetermined period of time, is present in all cultures and under all stages of civilization. Since it has proven to be a recurring behavior in all societies, how can we use our modern knowledge about food and human nutrition to make fasting a healthier, easier and more pleasurable experience?

The first thing we should think about is that fasting can offer a break from heavy digestion and allow the body to regain its inner balance, which can boost health considerably, as well as generate an overall feeling of well-being. This makes it a very appealing endeavor, especially since modern people are still facing numerous threats to health, due to inadequate nutrition.

Nowadays, while fasting is sometimes still practiced for religious purposes, various detox regimes, that bear striking similarities to a traditional fasting protocol, are growing increasingly popular among healthy dieters, thanks to the amazing results they generate. This type of cleansing diet can help with weight loss; getting back into shape after the Holiday season, and mitigating the symptoms of heart disease, asthma and auto-immune disorders, or it can even be seen as a transitional phase to a healthier lifestyle.

There are numerous ways to fast, ranging from simple abstinence from meat and dairy products to more drastic forms where no food whatsoever is consumed. The main concern about putting yourself through a restrictive regime is that your body may be missing out on important nutrient groups that it requires to be healthy. That's why it is important to find suitable food combinations that give you the necessary nutrients and promote your vitality. Fortunately, raw dieting offers great alternatives for individuals who seek to improve their eating habits or transition to a different eating style altogether.

Since it is already an established diet and lifestyle with countless adepts worldwide, forming an active community that is constantly sharing knowledge and experience, raw foodism can offer a wide array of eating plans, as well as tips on how to create a personalized plan that is tailored to your individual needs.

Knowing your daily dietary requirements, as well as your goals and how to get to them are pivotal matters in shaping a successful detox diet. Numerous raw nutrition experts (i.e. Joy Houston with her Rocking Body Raw Food program) with a multitude of delicious weekly menus come to our rescue, targeting all nutrient groups that are essential to human health, and suggesting meals that favor purging and enhance the effects of fasting. Instead of focusing on keeping track of the number of calories you eat, make sure you include diverse foods into your daily routine, and that your breakfast is the most dense meal of the day.

Good daily doses of vegetables blended into tasty green smoothies, soaked beans and legumes, various seeds and nuts, as well as raw vegetable oils (such as hemp oil, chia oil, and coconut oil), herbal teas and vegetable "milks" and kefirs, natural fruit juice for healthful enzymes that aid digestion, together with larger quantities of water, are excellent ways to fast and keep variation in your diet. While you refrain from foods that take a negative toll on your health, you can enjoy an abundance of other foods that are great for you.

In fact, much of the raw philosophy is centered around the idea that abstinence from certain foods, coupled with awareness about what we eat and how we eat it, can shape our lives on all levels. Detoxing, or getting rid of various harmful substances that have accumulated in the body during years of inadequate eating, is often recommended before any drastic dietary changes, to allow the body to fully take in the benefits that come from eating healthy. Fasting can do many things for human health, and choosing a raw approach will certainly help you make the best of it.

The above information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes. The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA (or your country's equivalent). Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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