How to Stay Safe on a Raw Food Diet
It’s more a way of life than a diet, but when you make a habit of not eating cooked food, you must be careful about not getting infected because your food is not fresh or is infested with bacteria and mold. Raw food organic diets keep you healthy and fit and rid your body of various toxins, but only if you’re careful about your personal hygiene and a stickler for rules when it comes to preparing and preserving your food. So if you’re a raw foodie looking for advice on safe eating habits, read on:
- Buy food items from outlets where you know the food is absolutely fresh.
- Store all your food items in the refrigerator as soon as you bring them home from the store.
- Never leave condiments out of the refrigerator for more than an hour – if you’re using them to prepare a recipe, put them away immediately after you’ve measured the required amount.
- Clean your cutting and preparatory cutlery and utensils so that one contaminated food item does not spoil the others.
- If you juice most of your food or blend it with other items, ensure that your blender is clean. Wash the blades well so that there are no food particles left behind.
- Avoid eating raw animal foods as much as possible – this not only includes meat and poultry but also eggs and dairy products as well. They’re full of bacteria and you could easily get infected.
- Don’t store meat products in open containers in your freezer – the bacteria spreads to all other foods that are stored with it.
- Avoid eating certain foods raw, like potatoes and grass, unless they are juiced first.
- Soak lentils and pulses or wait for them to sprout before you eat them.
- If you’re eating out, patronize restaurants that are popular and where you know cleanliness and hygiene are accorded high priority.
- Be careful when eating foods like mushrooms, some varieties of which are poisonous. If you’re not sure that it’s safe, don’t eat it.
- Raw food diets are most beneficial when you supplement them with nutrients like calcium, protein, iron and Vitamin B12, all of which are found in very limited quantities in food from plant sources which forms the majority of a raw foodie’s diet. So if you want to avoid deficiencies and chemical imbalances, focus on getting all the nutrients you need for good health from alternative sources.
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