Becoming Raw is a guide for people at all levels to help improve their health and overall performance by introducing more live alkalizing foods into their lifestyle’s of training. It is always recommended to approach things slowly and in moderation when changing your health and eating habits. Your body will guide you to becoming 100% Raw or any extreme when it is ready!
Raw foodist typically believe that the greater the percentage of raw food in the diet, the greater the health benefits. Raw foodism or a raw diet is usually equated with Raw Veganism in which only raw plant foods are eaten.
A raw vegan diet consists of unprocessed, raw plant foods that have not been heated above 46 degrees Celsius or 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw Vegans believe that foods cooked above this temperature have lost much of their nutritional value and are less healthy or even harmful to the body. Typical foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, sprouted seeds, seaweeds, grasses, different types of algae and legumes.
More and more athletes, fitness models, martial artists, bodybuilders and MMA fighters like Randy Couture are coming to the realization that the alkaline diet is the best diet for maximum efficiency and results. One of the main reasons this is true is because of the constant build up of lactic acid being produced through intense training. Foods such as meats, dairies, refined products and table sugars all produce high amounts of acid, toxins and inflammation in the body especially when combined with intense training and exercise.
For the most part being on an alkaline diet has many similar traits to being Raw. Most of raw vegan food is alkalizing and does create the same benefits as an alkaline diet. The most harmful foods to the body that are highly acidic come from refined food and red meat. Highly acidic foods can cause many different types of deficiencies and problems to the body when consumed in large amounts.
A lot of athletes and bodybuilders become victim of the protein myth that requires you to consume unrealistic and harmful amounts of meats in the pursuit of getting enough protein. This is definitely a very acidic diet and is more harmful than helpful. Animal Protein needs to be broken down and re-assimilated before it can be used as a building block for building muscle. High amounts of animal protein do not get absorbed by the body as easily as most people think. We also must keep in mind that the meats that we are consuming today are not the same meats that past generations grew up on in the past. Most people aren’t eating organic and end up consuming preservatives, toxic chemicals and hormones every time they consume meat. All this slows down performance and speeds up aging.The absorption rate with animal protein is very low and requires a lot of energy from the body. A Raw vegan plant based protein like hemp, flax, goji, bee pollen, spirulina or SunWarrior Protein which is a bio-fermented raw protein hasve much higher absorption rates than any meat proteins. Most do not realize the amount of energy required to convert animal protein to human protein. The goal is to get a good absorption rate without the waste,bad cholesterol,worms and hard metals. It has been shown that worms come mostly from heavy meat consumption and non kosher dairy products. According to Dr. Hulda Clark (Parasite specialist, Ph.D, N.D) minimizing or avoiding red meat consumption will not only keep worms and infectious parasites from entering the body but can also decrease the chances of developing many types of cancers.
The Alkaline Diet similar to a Raw Vegan diet helps balance the body to a natural state allowing it to become more efficient in digestion, absorption, assimilation and speeds up recovery time for athletes after an intense workout. Recovery time is key to building muscle and getting in shape. The alkaline diet also helps boost stamina and endurance this is another key reason why MMA fighters like Randy Couture implement it in their diets for training and fighting. It also helps boost the immune system while removing the environment for colds and flus. I personally use this as leverage for my training. It helps me recover faster from my workouts and allows me to keep my intensity high.
Some Alkaline/Raw Foods: Figs, dates, olives, root vegetables, dark green leaf veggies (kale, spinach, dandelion, arugula), avocados, cucumber, grapes, lemons, spirulina, seaweed, bee pollen, sprouts.
- Higher levels of energy
- Decreases the risk of catching colds
- Increases vitality
- Increases strength naturally
- Promotes longevity
- Reduces muscle fatigue
- Minimizes mineral deficiencies
- Connects you to your body
- Promotes independent health
- Teaches you about nutrition & superfoods