What is the Raw Food Diet?

By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer

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So, the raw food diet. Sounds crazy and unappetizing, right? Well, ladies, I’m here to tell you I’ve done it and it works. There are many delicious recipes to try out, and it wasn’t that hard to stick to - for a few months anyway. It wasn’t sustainable long term for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be sustainable for you. Read on to find out how it works!

The raw food diet is essentially a modified vegan diet consisting solely of foods that have not been cooked, microwaved, or processed. Foods may not be heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. The majority of these foods are plant-based, but other raw foods like raw milk or raw fish are also allowed - if you really want them.

What are the benefits?

The idea behind the raw food diet is that cooking your foods actually diminishes the nutritional value of what you eat - therefore eating your food raw is the best way to ensure that you are getting the most nutritional value from your diet. Credit for the raw food diet goes back to Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner who, in the 1800’s, claimed to have cured his jaundice by eating raw apples. This led him to explore other nutritional benefits from eating raw foods, creating the raw food diet.

Followers of the raw food diet claim to have experienced the following benefits:

  • Better sleep
  • More energy
  • Better brain functions
  • Clearer skin (sign me up for that!)
  • Improved bowel movements
  • and, of course, weight loss.

What Can I Eat?

The chart below shows what foods are okay and not okay on the raw food diet. 


  • Organic foods
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Raw seeds & nuts (cashews, almonds, etc.)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Raw coconut oil

Not Okay

  • Foods cooked above 115 degrees (F)
  • Processed foods
  • Refined foods

It’s easy to see how this diet leads to weight loss - you’ll be eating just whole, healthy foods and getting rid of all of the processed foods we get so hooked on but that are so, so bad for us. So what would a day on the raw food diet look like?

A day on the Raw Food Diet:


Mango Lime Chia Pudding


Raw Vegan Pad Thai Salad


Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pasta


Raw Key Lime Bars (I’ve made these! So good!)


Cucumber Avocado Sushi Rolls

Chunky Monkey Smoothie

Did you give the raw food diet a try? What did you think? Share your comments below and don’t forget to share on Instagram and tag @lifestylecurves!

If you’d like to work on your mindset to help you stick to this diet, check out our blog!

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