While there are numerous variations of the raw food diet today, it typically involves food that hasn’t been cooked, processed, microwaved, irradiated, or genetically engineered. This diet excludes any food heated beyond a certain temperature, usually between 104 to 118 degrees. The only heating allowed is with a dehydrator, which is a device that blows hot air across food.

The food we eat has a direct impact on our ability as human beings to be strong physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. ‘Living Foods’ — or foods cooked below 118° — possess the enzymes and nutrients our bodies evolved over millions of years to thrive off of. 

Cooking foods is harmful to human health because it destroys these natural enzymes in foods, reduces their nutrient content and reduces the “life force” that exists in all raw or “living” foods.

The following foods are suitable for most raw food diets:

● Raw fruits and vegetables

● Dried fruits and vegetables

● Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices

● Raw and sprouted nuts and seeds

● Raw nut butters, such as almond or cashew butter

● Nut milks, including almond milk

● Coconuts

● Cold-pressed oils such as olive, coconut, flax and hemp

● Nutritional yeast

● Seaweeds

● Green powders, such as dried wheatgrass or algae

● Fermented foods, including kimchi and sauerkraut

● Purified water, but not tap

● Other organic, natural, or unprocessed foods

When preparing food in a raw food diet, people tend to follow certain strategies, such as soaking, sprouting, dehydrating, blending and juicing foods. The diet allows for chopping and blending.

You won’t be limited to cold food on a raw food diet. This is a myth that many long-term raw foodists still don’t know is false. In fact, anything you eat can be warmed up, so long as it doesn’t get heated above 118° F. Food can be warmed up in a dehydrator, or, for a more handy method, warm up soups and dishes by using a steamer or the warming plate of a coffee maker.