Warning signs? But how can eating raw foods possibly be unhealthy?!
You may be surprised to learn how easy it is to go raw the wrong way.
In fact, it’s no secret that most raw foodists are eating a diet that isn’t healthy.
Do you fall into this category? Let’s find out…
Here are 5 warning signs your raw food diet isn’t working:
You should not have any signs of indigestion on a healthy raw food diet. If you’re overly gassy, have smelly gas, experience stomach pain, painful/difficult bowel movements, constipation, or any other signs of indigestion, your raw food diet isn’t working.
Check out these 4 indigestion-causing mistakes that will help you figure out what you’re doing wrong.
#2: Too Much Weight Loss
Too much of anything is a bad thing, even when it comes to weight loss. If you’re losing far too much weight and your body fat is approaching an unhealthy level (below 3-5% for men, below 10-13% for women), your raw food diet definitely isn’t working.
You need to gain some fat by eating more calories and build muscle by strength training.
#3: Cravings All The Time
You should not have overwhelming cravings for cooked foods—or even fatty, salty gourmet raw dishes—nor should you be hungry most of the day. If you don’t feel satisfied for long after your raw meals and/or are often tempted by “naughty” foods, your raw food diet isn’t working.
For more on how to eliminate cravings for good, check out my cravings crushing program How to Conquer Your Cooked Food Cravings at the link below:
#4: Prolonged Detox
Most people will experience some detox when transitioning to a raw food diet. Headaches, fatigue, nausea, runny noses, indigestion, and joint pain are pretty common symptoms. But if you are still experiencing these or any others months later without any let up, your raw food diet isn’t working.
#5: Low Energy
As stated above, it’s normal to experience some fatigue when you first go raw. But if you still have little energy weeks or months after transitioning, your raw food diet isn’t working.
Too much weight loss and low energy go hand in hand. Those raw foodists who are too thin are typically fatigued as well. You need to eat more calories from fruit and limit your fat intake if you want to have abundant energy.
Many raw foodists have a hard time looking at their diet objectively, even when they are experiencing problems directly related to it. But this is what you must do if you want to achieve optimal health.
So if you’ve been experiencing any of the above warning signs, be honest with yourself and take a good hard look at the foods you’re consuming. Here are some questions to ask:
- Are you eating enough calories from fruit?
- Are you limiting your intake of nuts, seeds, avocados, and other fatty foods?
- Are you getting in your greens?
- Are you limiting your intake of dried fruits, nuts, and other raw food products?
- Are you limiting the amount of salt, spices, and other condiments you consume?
- Are you paying attention to other health factors, like exercise, sleep, and sunshine?
If you answered “No” to one of these questions, that’s a good place to start. If you answered “No” to all of them, then you’ve got some work to do!
Go raw and be fit,
P.S. All of the problems above can be linked to eating the wrong raw foods.
Most people who struggle with cravings, indigestion, low energy, weight loss, and detox are those eating the mainstream raw food diet. This diet is far too high in fat and irritating condiments and far too low in nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Why is this way of eating raw so popular? Because it’s tasty, that’s why!
But what most people don’t know – and this is exactly what leads to their inevitable “failure” on raw foods – is that a healthy and sustainable raw food diet that DOES focus on fruits and vegetables can be just as tasty!
Don’t believe me? Check out what satisfied customer Shelah said about my healthy raw recipe e-book Low Fat, Fruit Filled, High Fun Raw Recipes:
I am sooooo happy that I decided to purchase your e-book!
You did a fabulous job putting it together. It’s hard to know where to begin my praises — I know…the recipes of course!
Even though I’ve been eating completely lfrv for well over 3 years, I can always appreciate a fresh idea. I especially loved the PLANTAIN PUDDING (never had enjoyed plantains til I tried this one!) the SWEET AND SALTY SLAW (gotta love The Date People) and the CARAMEL CAMEL DIP (great for parties). From the savory section, the RED CURRANT PASTA was a novel idea for me (and delicious) and the RADICALLY RAW PIZZA proved to be a great hit around my place!
I really appreciate all the contributors’ notes and your tips — they give you the extra know-how to make the recipes come out perfect.
Your meal plans look great and I would recommend them to anyone, especially newbies who may need to see how it all looks in real life.
Also, thanks for introducing us to your contributors — a nice, personal touch.
So, Swayze, thanks agains for offering such a fabulous book — and at such a great price.
All blessings to you,
P.S. Oh, I don’t want to forget to thank you for including the link to the recipe photos — I was drooling before I ever made it to the kitchen!!
So if you’re interested in going raw the healthy way, the recipes provided in Low Fat, Fruit Filled, High Fun Raw Recipes will help you do just that.
You can learn more and order your copy at the link below:
“Low Fat, Fruit Filled, High Fun Raw Recipes”
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