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How do you get enough calcium without dairy products?

First of all, dairy products do not provide sufficient calcium. The countries with the highest dairy consumption are the ones with highest cases of osteoporosis! All dairy products are extremely acidifying in the body. Dairy is one of the most acidic foods on the pH scale. When you eat dairy it puts your body into an acidic state. High acidity is where disease starts. Your body in an attempt to protect you will strip calcium out of your bones to neutralise the acidic condition and bring the body back to an alkaline state.

This then leads to a downward spiral of arthritis, osteoporosis, brittle bones, weak hips, joint pain and other calcium-deficiency related diseases.

On a raw food diet you get lots of calcium from various vegetables, especially green foods such as kale, spirulina, broccoli. Other great sources are sesame and chia seeds. This calcium is very bioavailable, and these foods are alkaline-producing, so the body can actually use the calcium it gets from them.

Can you lose too much weight eating raw?

Sometimes people get concerned that they lose too much weight eating raw foods. This is nothing to be concerned with, but instead is just the body,s digestive system getting a break and detoxifying. This may be in the form of your body eliminating old undigested food which will cause some weight loss.

After your body gets rid of the fat and toxic materials, it will start rebuilding with healthy muscle. After detoxifying, people tend to even out at their natural weight. If you feel like you,re losing too much weight, too fast, then increase your natural fats ie. avocados, nuts, olives, coconut oil.

Will I lose weight eating raw?

Generally people do lose excess weight when they eat an unprocessed, raw food diet. You will find that you become your natural body weight. When eating processed foods and with your digestion compromised, a large percentage of the food remains undigested and is stored in the body. Undigested food is highly acidic and can lower the body's pH level which can results in illness.

Do I have to be 100% raw to get the benefits?

No. You will see benefits from just being more raw than you are now. Just by increasing the amount of raw food you have at each meal will lead to huge improvements.

This doesn't mean that all cooked foods are appropriate. Try cutting out unhealthy foods such as chocolate bars, fizzy drinks and fried chicken etc. 

You may reach a point where you stop improving, however still have some health and body issues. If this happens slowly start increasing your intake of raw foods and monitor any improvements closely.

What do raw foodists eat?

Raw foodists eat fresh fruits and vegetables as well as seeds, nuts and some soaked or sprouted grains and seaweeds. There are unlimited recipes and dishes which are made from these ingredients, including pates, loaves, noodles, cakes, cookies, crackers, soups, salads and marinades. Raw foodists don’t just live on salads!

What benefits come from eating a raw food diet?

There are so many benefits, we can,t even begin to list them all. For starters, people feel more energetic, more awake and healthier on raw foods. Most people lose excess weight, look and feel younger and more vibrant.

Digestive problems like ulcers and acid reflux decrease and disappear. Skin conditions like acne tend to clear up. Body odor decreases. People get far fewer illnesses. People with diseases see relief and many eventually heal when their bodies are not burdened with toxins or an overload of work and can clean out and repair themselves.

What is raw food?

Raw food has not been heated above 40.5°C so it retains the enzymes and nutrients of its natural state. As soon as a food is cooked the vitamins, nutrients, enzymes, and other healthy compounds start to change or become destroyed and the food no longer has the life force and health-giving properties it should.

What about protein, how do I get enough of it?

This is the #1 question people have when they are considering a raw food diet. People think that protein comes only from meat, dairy or soya, and that without eating at least some of those foods, they won't get enough. As a matter of fact every living cell contains protein as a basic constituent in its cytoplasm. Vegetables contain protein! Seeds and nuts obviously contain proteins. Seaweeds and algae are also very rich sources. Factually, your body doesn't use whole proteins - it must break these down into amino acids. Plant proteins generally break down for assimilation more quickly than animal proteins and are often found already in the form of amino acids.

The horse, cow, deer, elephant, and gorilla are naturally vegetarians - where does all their muscle and body mass come from? Grass, leaves in the case of the gorilla, fruit! The meat and dairy industries have spent millions on advertising to convince people the only way to get protein is from meat and dairy products, and they have been very successful. In fact, the protein in meat is coagulated and in a form that the body cannot assimilate easily, and cannot use effectively. The consumption of meat and dairy (and the fat within it) has been linked to all kinds of fatal illnesses, including heart failure.

The fact is, your body needs 22 amino acids in order to make protein molecules which are the building blocks of muscle. Of these 22 amino acids, there are 8 which the body cannot make and must get from outside sources. All 8 are available in raw plant foods and they are in a form that is easily assimilated and used by the body. All the protein your body needs can be found in raw nuts, seeds, vegetables fruits and algaes. If you are still worried about protein, we recommend you get started on a raw food diet, you eat very small amounts of meat (3 to 5 oz) a few times a week. Try to get the cleanest, organic, meat that you can. After some time of doing this people generally find that they no longer feel they need the meat, and end up not eating it anymore. In this way you can find out for yourself that you are getting the protein you need.

Source: Health Freedom Resources: