The Benefits of Raw Foods

Society is making a conscious effort and has begun to move farther and farther away from meats and other animals bi-products. We are turning our focus to more plant-based foods for our safety, health concerns, and disease prevention. Raw foods are beginning to play a major role in American diets and everyday meal planning.

As a certified Raw Chef, I’ve seen the benefits in myself, family, friends, and clients I’ve worked with by just incorporating one raw meal a day into their diet. The objective is to eat organic raw foods since you’re directly consuming these products and you want the least amount of chemicals and pesticides entering your body.

Raw foods consist of fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, seeds, sprouts, roots, and sea vegetables. Eating raw foods allows you to absorb nutrients and antioxidants, detox the body, and some are also cancer fighters.

Green leafy vegetables are the most important foods, since our culture tends to avoid them and most Americans are lacking them in their daily diets. They are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, calcium and iron. They are an anti-inflammatory agent and may help fight diabetes. Not a fan of how they taste? Try juicing them with bananas, apples, and a lime. You can disguise the taste with sweeter fruits and drink your greens everyday without tasting them.

Raw foods give you more energy, while using less energy for digestion so you have more energy for your daily tasks like exercising or working. Raw foods are also easier and faster to digest. They have living enzymes which help to break down the foods and assist with digestion. Foods cooked over 116 degrees Fahrenheit destroy these enzymes, which explains why we feel so tired and sluggish after large cooked meals.

Eating raw foods aid in weight loss! Yep that’s right! Since they are pure foods, they have no hydrogenated oils, no empty calories and are low in fat. They help you lose weight and quickly. Another fabulous benefit… they also prevent aging. Raw foods reduce free radicals, reducing the signs of aging. Who wouldn’t love that? Painless and good for you!

Raw foods also have more nutrition than cooked foods. After foods are cooked above 116 degrees they start to lose their nutrients, minerals and vitamins. And if you eat raw foods you may need less sleep, since the body doesn’t need the energy for digestion, you continue to conserve your energy. Who knows? You may actually get that extra hour in the day you’re always searching for to get those things done that never seem to cross of your to do list! 🙂

I’ve noticed a glow to my skin and hair, feeling lighter and not so weighed down, more energy, and I even eat a lot less since I’ve incorporated raw foods into my daily diet. You don’t have to become 100% raw to reap the benefits. Just replacing one meal a day or a couple of times a week can make a huge difference in your health and you’re guaranteed to see all the benefits of raw foods.


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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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