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Going Fully Raw For Better Health

Going Fully Raw For Better Health

 

Let me introduce you to Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, also known as "Fully Raw Kristina". She not only lives on a raw diet, but also consumes only vegan and organic food. Kristina was just eighteen when she suffered from symptoms of Hypoglycaemia. She became very thin and was finding it hard to live her day-to-day life. She has started an organization called Rawfully Organic.

She explains beautifully how the change came about in the video below.

Kristina was a non-vegetarian and consumed a high fat diet. She suffered from fatigue, migraines, nausea, high blood sugar, and was hospitalized every month. One fine day, she met someone who told her about raw food and its benefits. She tried it for a week, and found incredible changes in her health.

She says that because the food she was eating before her transitionwas not alive, she did not feel alive. Now, with a raw vegan diet, she has found new energy and enthusiasm for life. She feels spiritually uplifted as well since she's started to live completely on raw food. It has been more than eight years, and she has not visited the hospital again. What a great victory!

Just like those who make vegan or organic diet choices, raw foodies face challenges in social situations like eating out. However, when it comes to our health, we should not be concerned about what other people say. I find this story inspiring, and it is helping me make new choices.

In the beginning it sounded extreme to me too, but it does work. I often wonder whether it would be boring to eat raw,  but Kristina also shares a lot of raw food recipes regularly. This is only a starting point for me, but I believe that on a path like this, every step counts. I have started including more salads and fruits in my diet, which is definitely one step forward. Who else is with me?  

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  1. kristo
    kristo
    voted! have you tried raw veganism? It does sound amazing if it can prevent hospital visits, especially in Kristina's case since she has been doing this for more than 8 years!! but I find it challenging because of the acidity in fruit and some vegetables. Maybe I'm not doing it right...
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Well, being fully raw is still out of question for me right now, mainly because I like my food warm. I have tried eating only fruits for breakfast, which I did for about a year and it worked really well for me. Acidity shouldn't be a persisting problem, just try different fruits and do not combine them. There is a lot of information in Ayurveda about the same and I am just on the surface. Drinking about 8-10 glasses of water every day should help with acidity. Whenever possible, choose organic food. If you don't know what your fruits/veggies contain, you can't determine what they would do to you.
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  2. dianabart
    dianabart
    LOVE IT! I started a Raw Nutrition couse yesterday to become Raw nutritionist certified! Raw eating Is NO WAY boring, nor extreme! It's exactly how we were created to eat. Think about it.... we didn't cook our foods in the beginning! We simply grew, picked and ate it! We are all naturally raw vegans!! :) Live food gives life, dead food gives death is my food motto. I eat 75% of my food raw. You can toast it and heat it to 107 degrees so its not always ice cold. Anyway LOVE your blog- shared and voted! :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Diana! I knew you would like it when I was writing :) Wow...this sounds like a dream..If we still lived that way, just picking food and eating it, it would save so much time I spend in the kitchen! Thanks to the climate of my country, I just keep my cucumbers out for a few minutes to eat them at consumable temperature without any heating.
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  3. No Name
    No Name
    Wow this is totally amazing. I loved it when I grew up and the peaches were on the tree ripe. I would spend most of my time eating them along with all the mellons I could find that were ripe. I think this is so true. I had a friend who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 85 and she went on a complete raw diet and also natural herb cleaning and within 6 months they said they could not find the cancer anymore. This one is amazing and I think she is correct on this. Eating a lot of fresh fruits and veggies raw is the way to go. I enjoy them more raw than I do cooked. Thank you for sharing this and the video was so informative. Voted
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Naya!
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  4. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Great blog Akanksha. Raw veganism is something I am aspiring to, but like you, I like my food warm. Especially right now in Britain when the weather is absolutely freezing cold! I am sure it is more healthy if you can do it though. I believe raw vegans use a dehydrator to warm food rather than cook it, so if I could get one of those, I might be well on my way.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      If you are lucky to get fresh produce on a daily basis, there is nothing like it! I avoid buying frozen food and try to get fresh organic veggies and fruits as much as possible. It does take some extra work. I think it would be a very demanding lifestyle which would draw people nuts everywhere I go :) The day I am ready for it, I wouldn't care! Thanks for reading!
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  5. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    It's very inspirational. For me, I'm not ready for a full raw diet yet. I eat raw vegetables and fruit every day. Sometimes I juice and sometimes I cook my vegetables. Broccoli and cauliflower have to at least be heated to eat unless they are juiced. It's because their natural chemicals strip our thyroid and pancreas hormones. After heated, they supply us with great nutrients like vitamin K coming from broccoli.
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  6. Dana Cherie
    Dana Cherie
    I love this article! I follow Kristina on facebook. She's such a positive person, and so full of life. I currently consume about 50-75% raw food, but I find that percentage increasing daily. There's nothing like eating raw. I feel so much more energized! When you cook food, you lose valuable vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. When you eat your foods raw, these valuable components of food are maintained. I can try to explain the impact that this has on health, but it's really best to experience it! Anyhow, thanks for the share. Great article :)
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