You’ll recall that one tip I gave you in an earlier post is to eat raw fruits and vegetables as often as possible. That’s because high heat (anything above 105 to 116 degrees F, depending on the food) tends to destroy some of the vitamin and mineral content. It also destroys the beneficial enzymes that help you properly digest the food.
The more raw fruits and vegetables you eat, the more positive health benefits you’ll get. And that’s why you’re going to learn about the raw food diet in this post and likely the next.
What Kinds of Raw Foods Should You Eat?
First off, let me make this clear: When I refer to raw foods, I’m not talking about things like eggs or meat. I’m only referring to fruits veggies, nuts, seeds and other plant life.
You can eat the same types of foods on a raw food diet as you eat on your regular bodybuilding diet. The only difference is you eat your plant-based foods raw whenever possible. You can still eat fully-cooked meat to get your protein. And you can eat all the veggies and other foods you normally eat, except you avoid cooking them whenever possible.
Veggies and herbs: Broccoli, lettuce and leafy greens, spinach, celery, carrots, onions, fennel, sprouts, parsley, green onion, cucumbers, red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers, watercress, kale, cauliflower, turnip, radishes, chives, cabbage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cinnamon, ginger, etc.
Fruits: Tomatoes, raspberries, pears, pineapples, strawberries, peaches, grapes, watermelon, apples, oranges, grapefruit, nectarines, mangoes, kiwi, apricots, blueberries, avocadoes, figs, bananas, coconuts, cherries, plums, limes, lemons, nectarines, cranberry, etc.
Nuts, seeds and legumes: Peanuts, almonds, cashews, Macadamia nuts, walnut, pine nuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, etc.
Another popular food among those who enjoy raw food diets are sprouts (sprouted grains). If you decide to eat raw sprouted grains and seeds, here’s a tip: Soak them in water first.
Nuts, seeds and grains store their energy inside. When they’re planted, they release their enzymes, nutrients and energy so that they’ll sprout. And that means that sprouted grains or seeds that have been soaking in water are more nutritional (and have more available enzymes) than regular seeds and sprouts.Â If you’re just soaking seeds, generally you soak them for about 12 hours (overnight). If you’re sprouting seeds or grains, then you soak them for 12 hours and let them sprout for one to two days.
If you havent already noticed I like to keep my posts at a reasonable length. With that being said, next time you’ll find out about the different ways to prepare your raw foods. You’ll be surprised when you discover just how much variety you can add into a raw vegetable and fruit diet!Â