Those who advocate engaging in detox diets cite a number of benefits such as cleansing the body of toxins, giving major organs like the liver, kidney and intestines a much needed rest, as well as providing a boost in energy levels. Sounds like an excellent way to provide some good self care for our bodies.
While I am all for giving my body a boost, I have yet to find one that is even remotely enticing. Just the thought of detox brings back memories of endless meals of cabbage soup, or drinks with cayenne pepper or apple cider vinegar in them. Headaches, hunger pangs and low blood sugars inevitably have me cutting those regimens short.
If you are like me, and like the idea of detox but not the process, trying a day of eating raw foods may be a gentler, people friendly way to give your body a bit of a break.
The concept around a raw diet is simple. Eat foods that you don’t need to cook, are not processed and are mostly organic if possible. With farmer’s markets in full swing there is no shortage of enticing fruits and vegetables to keep taste, variety and ease in preparation a possibility. Instead of proteins in the form of meats, utilize seeds and nuts. Avocado and pomegranates are a few of the high protein fruits, and leafy greens such as kale can also pack a protein punch.
Eating a raw food diet for a day or two has another benefit that may help encourage healthier eating in the long run. Not only do you get a break from cooking, but it doesn’t take long to experience eating as a means to fuel your body rather than a way to satisfy cravings. And with farm fresh ingredients so readily available this time of year, you can use a little creativity to whip up a few dishes that will have even the most sceptical veggie eater intrigued.