RAW FOOD IS FOR ALL COMMON PEOPLE. EVERYONE CAN HAVE CERTAIN QUANTITY OF FRESH RAW FOOD IN THEIR ANY PRESENT LIFESTYLE AND REAP BENEFITS.
Note: These Faq’s have been written based on true experiences of Anjali Sanghi and may vary from others.
Q1. WHAT IS RAW FOOD?
Raw food is fresh, ripe food which is ready to eat as it is like- fruits, vegetables, sprouts etc.
Dried fruits. nuts, seeds, spices etc can also be called raw but entirely depending upon how they have been dried and at what temperatures. Any foods dried in the open by the sun’s natural heat or those dehydrated below 47 degree C / 118 degree F are also considered raw.
RAW PLANT BASED FOOD CAN CONSIST OF:
|FRESH-RIPE (Whole Food*)||DRIED (these are not Whole Foods)|
Green Leafy Vegetables
|Dried Nuts (un-heated/which can be sprouted)
Seeds (un-heated/which can be sprouted)
Q2. WHAT ARE WHOLE RAW FOODS?
Any food can be truly called ‘Whole Food’ when you can have it and can enjoy it in it’s most natural, ripe, fresh state.Thus fresh raw foods can be called whole food. Thus having fresh, ripe, natural fruits and vegetables daily can help us by giving us greater nourishment, better digestion and many more benefits.
Some examples of natural raw foods or their recipes are given below.
|WHOLE (OR NEAR TO WHOLE) RAW FOODS
(Have these more)
|NOT WHOLE- RAW FOOD
(Have these less)
-Fruit Smoothie/Green Smoothie
-Orange juice with fiber
-Dips/dressings/meals made from whole foods
|-Dried fruits like dried prunes, dried raisins etc.
-Dried or Powdered Greens
-Fruit Juice/ Green Juice/ Vegetable Juice
-Dried seeds and dried nuts
-Dehydrated Raw Foods
Q3. WHAT ACCORDING TO YOU IS IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS IN RAW FOOD?
WATER: Our body is made up of around 70% water. Most fresh fruits and vegetables are also made up of 70-90% or more water. When we eat fresh fruits and vegetables then we receive this most essential nutrient- Water. DID YOU KNOW- that like carbohydrate, protein, fat- water is also a macro nutrient: which means it is required in major quantities to sustain our well-being.
ENERGY: It has been recorded and researched by many people how a fresh ripe fruit contains live energy. It is also known that certain energy is lost when we heat the same food above a certain temperature (This is based on the same principle of basic chemistry which is taught in Schools). Over the years we have also come to realize that as per Indian tradition, our food should also have Positive Energy. To ensure this we heal our food as we have learnt from our mentor.
Q4. WHAT ARE THE COMMONLY OBSERVED BENEFITS OF HAVING FRESH RAW FOODS DAILY?
- The digestive system can become more cleansed from inside.
- Inner digestive systems can start to function better.
- Body feels lighter.
- Greater energy in the body can be experienced
- More joy is felt as happy hormones are released.- BEST BENEFIT
- Stools can get more regulated and are clear and light.
- Urine becomes clearer.
- Greater immunity is observed.
Several different benefits are observed by different people of different ages. Thus results may vary from person to person.
Q5. HOW MUCH RAW FOOD CAN SOMEONE HAVE WHO ALSO EATS COOKED FOOD?
This is entirely dependent on personal preference, tastes, needs, up-bringing, availability, weather, state of health, types of energy requirements and many other factors. People who have cooked foods have been seen to vary 10-20% to 50-80% raw food in their diet depending upon their own preferences. This percentage can vary from daily to monthly to annually.
It is certainly wonderful for all to have at least some fresh fruits, greens and vegs in our present diet. (However please start by eating only those foods which suit you). See tips below.
Q6. HOW CAN WE START INCLUDING RAW FOODS IN ANY PRESENT DIET?
Here are some tips which work for mostly everyone of all ages. Please see if they can help you you equally or better:
#1 Start with small quantity of fresh, seasonally available, ripe fruits you love and which seem to suit you well.
#2 Never start with raw foods you don’t like, or cannot seem to digest.
#3 Always have fresh raw foods before your cooked meal (and not after them)- This can ensure better digestion and can avoid bloating, acidity etc.
#4 Have fresh raw foods/salad/ smoothie etc at-least half an hour before your cooked meal.
# If you are having raw food as recipes then initially keep them simple with least ingredients for better digestion. Also learn and follow ‘Food Combining and Sequencing’. This can help in lots of aspects. Our recipes on this website and in our books are mostly well food combined to help you with this.
#5 Introduce raw foods gently. Preferabley don’t replace a whole meal (breakfast-lunch-dinner) immediately with raw food. Introducing gently can ensure least detox symptoms, no hunger pangs after raw food and also emotional well being (which is most important) for most people.
#6 Chew your food well. It will help.
#7 See if you can find time to wash, prepare, cut, chop your fresh fruits/ raw food dish yourself. It will bring your a noticeable inner satisfaction.
#8 Don’t force yourself/ your kids/ family or others to have raw foods even if they seem healthier to you. Do this gently, step by step. See Q13. below for more ideas.
#9 Please do not daily have too many nuts, seeds, packed juices etc in the name of raw food. Please see what is best for your long term well-being and create a daily balanced, healthy lifestyle for yourself (which can change as per your overall needs and tastes).
Q7. DO YOU RECOMMEND FULLY RAW DIET?
We do not ourselves follow a fully raw diet or lifestyle now, so we do not tell people about it.
Q8. WHAT HAVE YOU COME ACROSS ABOUT SOMEONE WITH DIABETES OR HIGHER BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS TO SAFELY HAVE FRUITS?
We have come across several studies, which show that good quality, whole fruits do not raise blood sugar levels and can actually prevent diabetes. Please consult your an experienced practitioner to know more.
Also check the quality of produce. Try locally grown, seasonal or tree ripened better quality produce. Certain conventional produce can be exposed to chemicals or very high heat. Such fruits may not be suitable of consumption of anyone including those who are diabetic.
Q9. I HAVE FEAR OF GETTING/ I AM GETTING SOME PIMPLES AFTER EATING CERTAIN FRUITS. WHAT TO DO?
A. If you are facing this problem can try to change the produce and get better quality. Incase you are already buying good quality ones then it could also be an initial detox which is very good. You can also avoid these fruits initially to avoid all discomfort and have others which you like.
Q10. I GET ACIDITY AFTER EATING FRUITS. WHAT TO DO?
Ans. Check food combination and sequencing of having fruits. If you are already following that then it is possible that your body is undergoing a detox and removing excess acidity from your body. You can also help yourself with natural de-stress methods, like meditation, yoga and positive thinking. But if it still persists then you can avoid those fruits which increase acidity and have others.
Q11. I FEEL VERY HUNGRY AFTER EATING RAW FOODS. WHAT DO I DO?
Many people feel very hungry as soon as the start introducing fresh fruits and vegetables in their present lifestyle. There could be many reasons for this, but since fresh fruits and vegetables are low in fat and high in nourishment- you can certainly have them as much as you like or can digest.
Q12. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF MONO MEAL?
A mono meal means “one thing at a time, eaten in a quantity which satisfies the hunger completely”. This can help with good digestion and better absorption nutrients from each food.
Eating mono meals of whole ripe fruits is easy to procure and also nourishing. Kids and adults love fruits naturally. Fruits can be had in abundance, preferably chopped fine as a mono meal or by mixing minimum ingredients on regular days for optimal digestion.
Mono meal of fruits is useful idea for people, mothers, teachers etc of today’s fast paced world, where if you have no time for cooking, then instead of daily having packed or junk food, you can easily choose a mono meal of you favorite fruit.
Q13. HOW CAN WE CREATE DELICIOUS, WELL-COMBINED RECIPES TO INTRODUCE AND INCREASE RAW FOOD IN OUR PRESENT DIET?
On this website and in our raw recipe books we present to you our simple, flavorful and favorite, well combined raw recipes. These recipes are fully raw and plant-based – they are packed with goodness of vitamins, minerals, other macro-micro nutrients.These recipes are potentially free of top allergens so everyone can enjoy them.
Recipes are a very good way to introduce, increase and enjoy raw foods in their different textures and forms. Relish these recipes with your kids and family… CLICK HERE TO MAKE OUR DELICIOUS PLANT BASED RAW RECIPES