Raw… one step too far?

How will a nutritionist do on a raw diet? 

As an evidence-based nutritional consultant I frequently find myself recommending to clients that they begin a slow progression to a whole foods plant-based diet. This approach varies depending upon what they’re trying to achieve and how urgent their situation is. Frequently getting someone off of the processed and junk food they’ve been eating for years is enough to help their body start to heal itself.

One of the hardest parts of this process is helping clients through the first four weeks of adjusting to a new way of thinking about food and supporting them through the detox phase. For many clients, there is almost a period of mourning for what they ‘can’t’ have and it suddenly seems as though the entire world is made up of Cadbury’s creme eggs.

This transition through detox is certainly something that I’ve seen time and time again, but I’ve never actually experienced it myself. In the past, I’ve always taken transitions to different diets very slowly. I was a vegetarian for almost two years before becoming vegan. I’ve cut back on coffee at times, but have never fully quit.

So I thought that in order to be able to fully empathise with my clients, I would try to make a large change to my own eating habits by going on a 30-day raw food detox.
Admittedly, this is also an attempt to lose a few extra pounds that joined me over winter and also help break some habits that were getting out of hand – night time eating and larger than required portions of sweets such as figs and dates. Sometimes it’s easier to make a big break than a small break.

I’m also looking to improve my allergies – my litmus test of how well I’m eating on any given day – and begin to balance my hypothyroidism a bit better.

And of course, I’m hoping to achieve all the ‘extras’ that raw food diets promise – energy, great skin and an enthusiasm for more raw food!

So for the next 30 days I will be eating only raw fruit, veg and nuts/seeds. I’ll keep you posted on how this little experiment goes and whether raw is just one step too far or not.


Aimee Beimers is a qualified nutrition consultant working in the Belfast area.

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