There are amazing benefits to consuming raw vegetarian/ vegan diet and I totally support the raw food community. However, since my raw food cleanse I have found a balance between consuming raw foods and cooked foods.
It is not realistic for me to only consume 100% raw food for 100% of the time. If I lived in a tropical area or something that might be more attainable but I don't. The quality of produce lacks consistency. GMO's, pesticides and crops growing in soil that have been depleted of minerals due to over-production and chemical contamination don't help the situation either. I purchase organic food as much as possible and I am a big supporter of buying foods from farmers at local food markets (support your community folks!) When neither of those options are available I follow the dirty dozen guidelines from the Environmental Working Group. (they have an app too)
Eating 60%-80% raw foods has proven to work very well for me. I prefer to cycle between eating fully raw and high raw but it's not something that I stress over. I tend to focus more on making sure that I consume enough calories a day. On average I eat about 1900-2100 calories a day, when my level of activity increases I eat more.
For those that are considering doing a raw food cleanse or transitioning to a raw food lifestyle I encourage you to check out part 4 of my Journey to Vedgedom series where I describe how I prepared to do a raw food cleanse.
Check out the videos below.
Raw vs Cooked for heart disease
Cooking methods and antioxidants
~"Be Veg. Get Fit. Live Well."~
Jessica Ivory Sutton