According to Living and Raw Foods website, live foods are plant-based foods such as internal temperatures have not been heated (cooked) over 116 degrees F. Living food advocates aver that the enzymes that aid in digestion and absorption of food are destroyed when plant foods are heated over 116 degrees . They believe that low-heated and raw food is healthier for the body. Some health benefits of a diet of live foods are weight loss, increased energy and more restful sleep
Eat organic products. Organic foods are grown without pesticides, produced fertilizers and pesticides as live food advocates believe are toxic to the body. Look for organic products in the grocery store or your local farmers market, or grow your own. You can also order organic products delivered to your home from Web-based providers. Avoid canned or processed foods, meat and dairy products.
Know what foods are considered living foods. The Prana Living Foods website list includes all fruits and vegetables, micro greens such as wheat grass, alfalfa and sunflower sprouts, nuts, nut milks and nut butters, seeds and dehydrated plant foods, coconuts, coconut milk and oil and seaweed. Sweeteners such as agave, raw honey and Medjool dates are used in a living food diet. Sea salt and cold-pressed oils round out the list.
Eat raw fruit or a milk-free smoothie for breakfast. According to Karen Knowler, a raw food coach, this will give you the energy you need to start your day. For a simple banana smoothie recipe see Resources.
Eat salad for lunch and dinner. For those new to eat live food, making large salads with a wide variety of green leaves, chopped vegetables, bean sprouts and seeds are a good introduction to this way of eating. The Raw and Living Foods website suggests the new eating live foods gradually make dietary changes so that at least 75 percent of their diet consists of live food.
Equip your kitchen. To expand your culinary choices when using live foods, it is useful to buy some kitchen gadgets that will allow you to create a wider variety of foods and to avoid diet boredom. Karen Knowles recommends a tabletop blender that is useful for making raw soups and purees, a juicer so you can make your own juice, and a food processor to save time chopping vegetables, fruits and nuts that are the basis for a living food diet . A dehydrator can be used as a low-heat oven for live food and to dry fruits and vegetables at their seasonal peak for later use.
Try new recipes. Getting into a food rut will get to eat live food boring. With this lifestyle, you can enjoy soups, packaged vegetable pasta, vegetarian burgers, desserts and salad dressings. Salad dressing adds too healthy fats to a plant-based diet. You can also enjoy the chocolate cake! You can find recipes in books or online. Check your local library or health food store, or with your preferred search engine type “living food recipes” in the search box. See Resources for some recipe suggestions.
Tips and Warnings
As with any major change in diet, you should consult your doctor before you begin.