I started looking into the negative side of Raw Foodism, the people that say it is a form of extremism and that it is actually bad for you.
While I've only been in the Raw food game for a few weeks I don't feel like I'm limiting myself. I don't feel like I'm missing out. I don't feel like I'm on some "extreme" diet. I just feel good. I'm not saying it is for everyone either. You cant force everyone to be a raw foodist, and I'm still debating on weather this would be a right life path for me to be on 24/7 (so far so good though)
EDIT: I also would like to stress that I am not going to put a label on what I am doing. I use "Raw food diet" for the convienience of a goal. However, since i have not made a decsion to fully commit to such a lifestyle I am not claiming to be anything. I do occasionally eat processed drinks, grains and meat. Im still in the beggining stages and not trying to impress anyone with how quickly i can convert myself. Baby steps are always the key to long term success.
Yes cooked foods are delicious, processed and snack foods are delicious. I haven't exactly cut those out completely yet (yesterday i had a small piece of beef jerky) but i take it in stride and call it my "Desert"
I have read all the sites and watched all the videos about why you should be on a raw food diet but, ill be honest, i don't pay too much attention. I chose to take on this lifestyle change because I felt it was right for me. I love fruits and vegetables and meat and dairy has never really been a big part of my diet. Yes there are people that make ambitious claims of being disease proof and feeling revitalized. all I know is that i feel wonderful. people make claims about all sorts of things that have the same effect i.e. religion.
having said all this, i started Raw Foodism to stray away from a traditional fast food American diet. Whether or not i stick with a Raw Food Diet, I am now more aware of what a healthy diet consist of and am much more aware of just how unhealthy the American food system is.
Another reason i jumped on the Raw food bandwagon was because i was suspicious i had a chronic disease called PCOS, and so i wanted to make sure I was doing the best i can to prevent diabetes which is a common trend among women with PCOS and also in my family history. Eventually i did get diagnosed with PCOS and so i feel that I can have a bit more control over this disease by implementing this lifestyle change. i watched an amazing YouTube video that everyone should take in with a grain of salt.
I'm not saying anything on who is right and who is wrong. I'm a very unbiased person and I'm not a doctor, i just liked to be informed by both sides of each argument and make my decisions.-AJ