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by David Sautter

When we last left off, we discovered that our courageous hero of the concrete jungle (You!) has fought too valiantly for too long and needs a break. It was your humble writer that provided the solution: a Raw Food Detox. You will eat only RAW fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, sprouts, and super-foods for 3 to 7 days. For some of you this is downright terrifying and understandably so as you’ve come to rely on the world of convenient food that comes in a wrapper at a low price. Think about this: What is 3 days to help improve your health over the long run? I’m going to discuss the top 5 things you need to know to get started:

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1.) What to eat?
The most basic yet most important question about the Raw Food Detox. Below is a list of examples of what to eat for each category.

FRUITS: (Try to limit your consumption of the higher sugar fruits like watermelon)
– Apples
– Berries (Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc)
– Oranges
– Bananas
– Pineapple

VEGETABLES: (Greens are your friend – They offer the most)
– Broccoli
– Kale
– Cucumbers
– Peppers
– Carrots

NUTS: (Sorry, pal. Raw means no roasted and salted nuts.)
– Almonds
– Cashews
– Walnuts
– Pecans
– Pistachios

SEEDS: (Do I really have to repeat the roasted and salted thing?)
– Pumpkin
– Sunflower
– Hemp
– Chia
– Flax

– Green-leaf
– Alfalfa
– Bean
– Lentil
– Pumpkin

– Goji Berries
– Spirulina/Chlorella
– Kombucha
– Apple Cider Vinegar
– Cacoa Nibs (Raw chocolate!)

The list goes on and on. Have a favorite fruit or veggie? Add it to the list but just remember, it must be raw.

2.) Portion sizes on a Raw Food Detox.
The great thing about a Raw Food Detox is portion sizes become irrelevant… to an extent. You obviously cannot eat high sugar fruits for 3 to 7 days straight. Too much sugar and no fiber to move it can cause havoc on your body. You must eat a blend of the above, mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. That’s not to say that sprouts and super foods aren’t as important but if you’re feeling overwhelmed then stick with the top 4. A good rule of thumb is your hand. For every handful of vegetables, you should strive to eat an equal amount of fruits. For every palm sized portion of nuts you should eat the same palm sized portion of seeds. You can space this out as well. A handful of vegetables and fruits followed by nuts and seeds an hour later.

3.) The importance of water.
I cannot stress this enough: Drink water and a lot of it. You should be getting about 64 oz. per day normally. As we already established, this isn’t a normal day. You have a lot of toxins that are needing to be moved out of your body and water is the way to do it. You can drink other things during the detox such as raw shakes, detox tea, and raw juices, but water should always be by your side.

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4.) The importance of sleep.
You and sleep have a love/hate relationship going on. You love when you get it and hate when you only allow yourself a few hours. Well that needs to change during the detox. You and sleep need to rekindle your relationship in a big way. You are going to really need the extra rest during a detox. I’m talking about at least 7 hours. Your body is moving heavy duty toxins that have been stored up for months, if not years. The extra rest helps your body and it helps you. Trust me.

5.) “I don’t feel so well…”
This is one of the more neglected topics of a real detox. The truth is that some people (NOT ALL) do experience the feeling of being “off” while on a detox. Most of the time they aren’t drinking enough water and aren’t getting enough sleep. (See above again.) It happens but just remember that your body is purging itself of harmful toxins. Sometimes, people have built up so many of these toxins that as they are being pushed out, they make themselves noticed by making you feel like crap. Push through it. You’ll thank yourself in the end and feel like a brand new person.

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