Vegan, Vegetarian and Omnivore
Raw foodism is a diet or a lifestyle where you do not consume any cooked foods, or at least keep the amount of cooked foods below 25% of your total food intake. Cooking foods above 115 degrees Fahrenheit destroys the enzymes and many of the vitamins and minerals, which in turn causes the foods to become toxic.
Those who practice raw foodism, are known as raw foodists, and usually are healthier and happier than those on the conventional diet. The reason being is that they receive more nutrients to help keep the body and mind healthy, and are able to avoid many of the harmful toxins that contribute to diseases. Thus if you practice this type diet you have a good chance at living a long and healthy life.
Raw Foodism Practices
There are several categories of this diet that you can choose from. Some choose to stick to a raw vegan diet, while others also consume raw dairy and eggs, and still others go as far to consume their meats raw as well.
Raw Vegan. Those on the vegan diet consume a plant-based diet, and for the most part avoid anything processed and all animal proteins. Many avoid animal proteins because they do not believe that an animal should have to die in order for them to eat, and others do it for health reasons.
The foods that are consumed on the raw vegan diet consist of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds, sprouts and superfoods. Organic produce is often chosen namely for the reason that it does not contain pesticides. But what many may not know is that organic produce also contains more nutrients than conventionally grown produce.
Raw Vegetarian. Those on the raw vegetarian diet consume the same foods as the raw vegans. But in addition to those foods, they are also allowed to have raw eggs, raw dairy and dairy products.
Raw Vegetarians fall into three groups where one group consumes both eggs and dairy, another group consumes dairy but not eggs, and the last group consumes eggs but not dairy.
Raw Omnivore. The raw omnivore diet consists of raw meats such as red meat, chicken, fish and other sea animals, in addition to the same foods that raw vegans and raw vegetarians consume.
The only thing with meat and other animal products, is that they contain harmful bacteria that could make you sick. Thus most raw foodists do not consume any animal products that are conventionally produced, but rather they stick with products that come from grass-fed animals. Grass-fed animals not only contain less bacteria, but they also contain a lot more nutrients.