Benefits of Eating Raw AND Eating Paleo

big-benefitsIt’s Not “Either OR” — both ways have their benefits!

Alleviating Wheat, Grains, Soy, Dairy, Legumes, Peanuts, Processed Sugar and Alcohol

The concept of eating raw or Paleo is based on alleviating foods that can cause inflammation on your joints or in your gut.  These inflammation-causing  foods are “wheat, grains, soy, dairy, legumes, peanuts, processed sugar and alcohol”.  Once I alleviated them from my diet — I became healthier and more energized within 3 days.   Either form of eating works for me.  They both are based on the sound principals of eating whole, unprocessed, natural foods.   When you read about the concepts behind eating raw or eating Paleo — both sides make good points.   It’s up to you to decide what works best for you.

I personally enjoy the raw lifestyle.  What I like about it is that it’s your choice to do it 100% or less.  As I’ve said many times in my posts — I choose to eat 85-95% raw which leaves me 5%-15% of cooked foods.   If I eat something that I know causes inflammation — I know that I will suffer.  I use my “knees” as my barometer when  eating incorrectly.  They will start to ache and usually keep me up at night.  I know, however, once I get back on track – all pains in my knees will disappear.

I decided to post a couple of opposing sides views between eating Raw and eating Paleo.

Eating Raw

10 Reasons Eating Raw is Healthier For You and the Planet

Read what Jonathan Mead wrote about going raw:

Article by Zen Habits contributor Jonathan Mead; follow him on twitter.

At the beginning of the new year I decided to go Raw for 30 days. I’ve always been interested in eating a raw diet, but never had the guts to completely jump in and do it. I would eat raw for breakfast and lunch most days but would break down at dinner time and eat cooked food. I was eating about 60-80% raw, I just needed the extra push to move to eating 100% raw vegan food.

I decided the best way to know if something is all it’s cracked up to be is to try it. At the very worst if it doesn’t work out you can always go back, right?

What I found is that eating raw is not only easy to do, but makes you feel amazing.

It wasn’t easy to resist eating cooked foods at first. Just like breaking any habit, it takes time and persistence. Most of all, it helps to simply take it one day at a time and focus on only one goal. For the new year I decided not to make any other resolutions or goals, but to simply eat a raw vegan diet for 30 days.

Here are just a few things I’ve learned:

  1. Live foods. It’s common sense right? A cooked seed won’t grow, but a raw seed will. Heating food over 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys much of the nutrients in your food. Cooking food also diminishes the natural life energy. I’d rather put living food in my body.
  2. Enzymes. Cooking food destroys much of the natural enzymes(your body can also create enzymes, but can only do so much) in your food that are needed to break down nutrients. Eating raw eliminates this problem.
  3. Insane energy. You won’t know this unless you try it for yourself, but eating raw gives you an amazing boost in energy. I used to get tired around 2 or 3pm during the day. Now I simply don’t have that problem. When I do get tired, it doesn’t last nearly as long and an orange or apple will recharge me within a few minutes.
  4. Better sleep and less sleep needed. I’ve slept better than ever while eating raw. But most importantly, I don’t wake up feeling tired or groggy anymore. On most days, I wake up feeling full of energy.
  5. Increased mental clarity. Eating raw has helped me focus on the things that are important and made me more emotionally in tune with others. I feel like a wall of fog has been removed in my mind. It’s easier to think clearly and focus for long periods of time.
  6. Eat as much as you want. This isn’t really a health benefit, but it is pretty awesome. I never get that uncomfortable full feeling eating raw. You know where you have to unbutton the top button on your pants and take a nap? I don’t get that. I can eat as much as I want, and while I will feel full, I don’t feel weighed down or tired.
  7. Less cleanup. Simply put, there aren’t many dishes to wash when you eat fruit and vegetables. Although if you do compost (like I do), you’ll probably have to do it more often.
  8. No packaging. Eating raw means less packaging all around (well, I guess you could argue that banana and orange peels are “packaging”). This means less trash in a landfill and more room in your cupboards. Win/win for everyone.
  9. More regularity. You should naturally have around two to three bowel movements a day. If you’re going less than that, it probably means your intestines are unhealthily clogged. A raw diet gives you more than enough fiber to keep you regular.
  10. Connection with the earth. Eating food that’s been freshly picked just feels different. You feel more connected to the earth and more grounded. Eating lots of processed foods — frozen or from a box — makes creates more of a gap and leaves you feeling disconnected from the earth that sustains you.

I could not have said this better — and I’ve tried.  Jonathan hits the nail on the head!

Paleo

This explanation is from Shape Magazine.  I thought the 5 bullets they provided gave a quick and concise explanation.  This article was written by Jennipher Walters.

The Paleo Diet has been called the caveman (or cavewoman diet, in this case) diet with good reason: it’s based on the diet that our primal ancestors lived on back before wheat was harvested and there was a McDonald’s in every town. While there are definitely cons to the Paelo Diet, there are also some health benefits to eating like humans did 10,000 years ago. Below are some benefits!

5 Paleo Diet Health Benefits

1. It’s unprocessed. Simply put, cavewoman didn’t have to worry about eating organic because everything was organic and natural without preservatives and artificial ingredients. Following the Paleo Diet helps you to eat a clean diet.

2. It reduces bloat. Want flatter abs? Reduce bloat by getting more fiber, drinking water and avoiding salt.  All principles of the Paleo Diet!

3. It’s high in fruits and vegetables. Besides protein, the majority of the Paleo Diet eating plan is made up of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Getting five a day in is no problem!

4. It’s high in healthy fats. The Paleo Diet is high in omega-3 rich fish and nuts. These protein sources are full of healthy fats!

5. It’s filling. This nutrient-rich diet plan is also quite filling. Between the proteins, the healthy fats and the fruits and veggies, it’s hard to go hungry.

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

Play around on the computer.  Google both eating raw and The Paleo Diet.  See if any of it makes sense to you.  Try out some simple recipes.  But remember, whatever you decide to choose . . . just . . .

Enjoy!

Michele ♥

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