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Houstonian's Guide to The Raw Food Detox Diet

The Raw Food Detox Diet consists of a high quantity of fruits and vegetables along with minimal animal proteins (including milk, cheese, eggs).  The diet focuses on whole foods, unprocessed foods and foods that have not been heated at a temperature above 117 degrees.  Raw Food experts believe that cooking the food creates toxic waste in the body, which slows the metabolism.  Following the Raw Food Detox Diet, rids the body of toxic waste, which ultimately speeds your metabolism, and eliminates fat.  As a result of this process, weight loss automatically occurs.  The Raw Food Detox Diet is a 3 Phase Approach:

Phase 1

As the saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, well neither will your Raw Food Detox Diet program. In Phase 1 you begin by simply eliminating the “no no” foods such as Pasta, Rice, Breads, Sugar, Frozen and Processed Foods.  Replace these foods with whole grains such as brown rice, raw honey (replacement for sugar) and fresh fruits and vegetables.   This is an adjustment phase, keep it simple. It’s not that important to track the when, what and how of raw foods you’ve added as long as you’re removing the “no no” foods.   Depending on the amount of toxicity in your body this phase could last from 1 to 3 weeks.  You will notice a significant surge in energy by the end of Phase 1.

Phase 2

By now your body should have began to make the adjustments to the raw food detox.  You may experience some mild detoxification symptoms during this phase, but, this will soon past.  At this point your body will also begin to crave and desire more raw vegetables and fruits than before and you will experience an unpleasant reaction when you attempt to overindulge in any of the above mentioned “no no” foods.  Planning your meals becomes important in Phase 2.  Unlike the Standard American Diet (SAD), where breakfast is suggested as the largest meal of the day, this is the total opposite on the raw food detox diet.  Your largest meal should be eaten at dinner.  Breakfast should start with something light such as a Smoothie or Juice. Note: You can add a non-dairy protein supplement to your breakfast.  This phase can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months, just depending on your commitment and desire for a change.  Typically Phase 2 will last from 4 to 8 weeks.

Phase 3

You are well on your well to a healthier slimmer you. If you’ve followed Phase 1 and 2 80% of the time, you should have lost a noticeable amount of weight; your complexion should be clearer and more vibrant.   Depending on how much weight you want to lose and how much time you have, you may chose to continue to keep your meals simple.   However, Phase 3 does allow room for you to experiment with more gourmet style meals such as nut cheeses and vegetable based meat substitutes, breads, snacks and desserts.  Lightly pan broiled organic fish is considered a raw food diet transition food and is occasionally acceptable during this phase.  

 

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