The Raw Food Challenge


For ten days, I ate one meal per day, only raw food: No rice, pasta or bread, but raw carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower, pumpkin, zucchini, and anything else you can eat raw.

You may ask yourself why someone would go to the trouble of eating only raw food? Well, eating raw is very healthy for your body. I talked to raw food expert, Freya Alons, (click on the link to listen to the interview) from the company Lifefood. She told me that cooked food requires digestive enzymes to break down the food in your body. Producing this enzyme costs your body lots of energy it could use to repair cells or strengthen the immune system. Raw food still contains these digestive enzymes and can, therefore, be digested much easier.

Tips from a Raw Food Expert

Freya eats mainly raw. She says, the improvements she saw on her body after switching from a vegan to a raw vegan diet were astonishing. The slight rash she used to have on her face, since forever, just disappeared. The annoying stomach pain she got frequently just went away, and she was left with much more energy. The after-dinner dip became history.

However, she advises against switching to a raw diet from one day to another. “I always recommend people take a little bit of time to adjust. First switch to a vegan diet for a month or a couple of weeks. If you are completely adjusted to that, you can start reducing the amount of cooked food. For example, eat fruits for breakfast, a big salad for lunch, and something warm for dinner. A soon as you are used to that, you might consider switching to a completely raw diet.”

Freya eats about 80% raw food. Eating fully raw is definitely possible, but comes with a lot of responsibility. You really need to know which nutrients your body needs and where you can get them. A slow switch and watching how your body reacts is a must.

The Raw Food Self-Test

After I talked to Freya, I wanted to try it myself. I often overcook my vegetables. So increasing the amount of raw food seemed a good thing to change that habit. I did not want to go fully raw, but ate at least one main meal per day 100% raw for 10 days.

Honestly, it was challenging. Mainly, coming up with new recipes every day took some effort. But I guess, the longer you eat raw, the easier it gets. Apart from the soups I made on the first and last day (Yuck!), the recipes where good. I was surprised there are so many vegetables that taste great uncooked. I never imagined eating cauliflower, pumpkin, or zucchini raw.

The main positive thing I recognized was that my skin got clean and shiny. I use to have a slight rash on my face. Nothing dramatic, but still annoying. My skin improved visibly during these 10 days.

So, will I keep eating raw? Eating no rice, potatoes, or beans for one meal a day was doable, but I would find it very difficult to eat fully raw. I will include raw meals more often; that’s for sure. Especially now, with the summer coming up, eating raw for lunch seems a great option. But I won’t make it a strict daily habit. I love to go with the flow and listen to my gut feeling, when it comes to food.

Do you eat raw, sometimes? Or do you want to get started with raw food? I am looking forward to your comments!

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Always on a quest to try new things. After working on an Australian shrimp boat and cattle station, Nicole decided to follow her heart and left her home country Germany for good to move to the Netherlands. Here she lives with her handsome Dutch guy and explores new ways of living more conscious and responsible. She gets excited about everything that is organic, healthy, fairtrade, waste- and cruelty-free. After eating no meat since more than 10 years, Nicole recently decided to go vegan. She strongly believes that we are happier and healthier, if we live more natural. This is why she will do whatever it takes to give you the best insights on how to live a happy, healthy and responsible life.