For many years, we witnessed a number of diet trends about what to eat and what to avoid. Now, the hottest new cooking trend has nothing to do with high heat. Instead, this trend keeps food raw. In face, new restaurants are popping up all over the place that offer healthy, raw food.
According to Missy Costello, Personal Chef, a raw food diet consists of foods that are not cooked at all. Raw veggies, raw nuts, fruit, raw legumes are super healthy! With raw foods, the live active enzymes are intact and the food is alive.
Missy Costello is a professional caterer and Tony Horton’s personal chef. She says a raw food diet is not for everyone but it’s very healthy. It also looks great on a plate. Keeping the food below 114 degrees F keeps the vibrant colors intact making it a feast for the eyes! Raw food is extremely healthy.
Michi’s Ladder is a guideline to help you eat healthy, fitness-friendly meals that is arranged in tiers. As you move downward on the tiers, you go from the best choices to the worst choices. If you only ate from Tiers 1 and 2, you would have a near-perfect diet! You can see Michi’s Ladder at Team Beachbody. Just click the Eat Smart tab.
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If you look at Michi’s ladder, the tops tier is entirely raw vegg, legumes and fruit. Beachbody fitness program nutrition guides suggest you add more of these foods to your diet. With raw foods you get more nutrients and fewer calories which can help you with your body transformation and weight loss. It does take time to prepare raw food. So you’ll need to be very creative.
If you think a raw food diet is for you, Missy Costello suggests that you take it slow and find a balance between raw and cooked food. If you go too fast, it can wreak havoc on your stomach. Take baby steps! There is a balance you need to achieve with cooked and raw food.
Be aware that certain foods are best when cooked, such as raw meat, raw eggs, and raw milk.