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Is Raw Food really good for you?

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Raw food is heated to no higher than 118 degrees.  

Presumably anything higher than this temperature will begin to break down the nutrients that Mother Nature has provided to us.

[ctt template=”5″ link=”eO7mw” via=”yes” ]Raw food lovers report added energy, better sleep and increased mental clarity.[/ctt]

Additionally, there are reports of regular bowel movements and improved skin quality.

Grains and nuts are a delicious part of the raw food lifestyle however they both contain enzyme inhibitors. Arguably, enzyme inhibitors prevent proper digestion from taking place. Phytic acid, which is in the bran of the grain binds phosphorous and blocks absorption of some nutrients. These blocked nutrients include calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.

[ctt template=”5″ link=”7hs40″ via=”yes” ]Soaking grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds is a common practice used by those that want to move away from processed foods.[/ctt]

The soaking process allows for inhibitors to get neutralized therefore allowing your body to utilize more of the vitamins in these healthful foods.

This is a great tutorial video from Bill Farr of  The Art of Unity that also speaks to the importance of soaking and sprouting to remove phytic acid and other enzyme inhibitors.

Salt is sometimes present in raw foods but it can be a confusing matter when there are so many choices.

The number one salt NEVER to choose is table salt.

Table salt is mined from underground sources and, accordingly, is often heavily processed. As a consequence, beneficial minerals are eliminated. At the same time, chemicals such as sodium aluminosilicate or magnesium carbonate are present. 

Unrefined sea salt is harvested from the ocean. It is minimally processed and contains minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and bromide.  

Celtic Sea Salt is harvested in the same way as unrefined sea salt with one caveat. It is hand-harvested in special coastal salt pens along the coast of Brittany, France. Consequently, it is a more natural salt than table salt and arguably may be better than unrefined sea salt.

Himalayan Pink Salt is my favorite.

Himalayan Pink Salt is the favored salt of this Natural Health & Life Therapist.

Himalayan Salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. This form of salt has not been exposed to toxins and impurities. 

Raw foods are not always serving size specific. As well, it may seem that all of the foods that you are preparing must certainly be too much for just one person. When you look at a recipe with a range of servings sizes you may wonder, “How am I to decide how much to eat?”

The secret to knowing how much to eat is to tune into your inner voice and eat intuitively.

This is the way we are actually meant to eat. Once you are no longer hungry, and you are comfortably full, you stop eating.  An intuitive eater does not eat to excess. They savor their food so as to fully enjoy all of the wonderful flavors.

Our society has a tendency to think being “full” means being to the point of needing to unbutton our pants after a meal. This is a very unhealthy way of eating. As a matter of fact, we should only eat until hunger dissipates. The Japanese have a saying of “Hari Hachi Bu.” This means that one should eat until only 80% full.

A few ideas for great raw food recipes include:  Vegan Chipotle Bowl, Herbal Truffle Risotto, Chocolate Avocado Pudding or any of the smoothie or juice recipes.

Have an amazing day and let me know how you will introduce more raw foods into your life by commenting below.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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15 thoughts on “Is Raw Food really good for you?”

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  2. Hi Elise,
    Interesting information. I know I will never be the “vegan” that you are but I do love salads and raw vegetables and do eat them a lot more than I used to.

    I did find it very interesting what you wrote about salt. I had no idea there were many different kinds. I knew of regular salt and sea salt. We learn every day.

  3. Hi Elise,

    I did try to eat a raw food diet once, but didn’t have the time to go through with it. Yes indeed it does provide so much energy.

    I am so glad that you mentioned that Raw foods are not heated above 118 degrees! So many people get confused about that one!

    However, I do apply raw foods within my vegetarian diet and what it has taught me the most is to eat for energy, not for a full belly!


  4. Hey Elise well i tried a raw vegan diet for a couple of weeks…It was just not something I felt i could sustain for the long term, as i was losing more weight and felt restricted…Don’t get me wrong i do eat a lot of raw food but it’s probaly more on a scale of 60/40 instead which i feel great on, and well especially now that i am back to weight training to put on the weight i lost from marathon training and transitioning to a vegan diet at the start of this year.

    Thanks for this post

  5. Erika Mohssen-Beyk

    Hi Elise ,
    I know eating raw is not for everybody .
    I have a friend ,she is our raw food Lady here
    and we often prepared food and together and she does
    workshops here as well.I have a organic farm and
    we eat a lot of vegetables and herbs raw.My husband is not for
    eating all raw,but we always start our meals with
    a big salad and fresh herbs .This makes half full
    and the cooked food we eat not as much
    because of this . I am happy to say that grandchildren
    too have this habit of eating raw salad and herb before
    meals.Which keeps a good balance.Specially when there
    are many fresh vegetables ,this reduces the cooked food.
    Thank you for the nice post

  6. Hello Elise, I love summer time when we can just go into the garden and get our fresh veggi’s anytime we wan them YUMMY!

    I do agree I do get satisfied easier when I eat fresh veggies Vs That Junk Food!!

    Great article, thanks for sharing .. Chery :))

  7. Great post! I am big into nutrition and I help people lose weight. I try to pass on my knowledge to others and help them make healthier decisions to reach their weight loss and health goals. I will make sure to pass this on. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.