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Britney Spears and other Celebs Choose Raw Food

December 1, 2008

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Many people, including celebrities like Britney Spears, Daryl Hannah, Demi Moore and Forest Whitaker, are moving toward a raw food diet. This includes unprocessed and uncooked plant foods. Raw foodists believe that eating foods above 116 degrees will destroy vital enzymes in the food and disrupt the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food.

In the last year America has seen how poorly Britney Spears has treated her body. She chose to go on the raw food diet to lose weight and get a fresh start. Eating raw foods is very cleansing, healing and refreshing to the body, and can help people get off junk foods and lose weight. It may also improve digestion and increase vitality.

A sample menu might look like this:

Breakfast: fruit smoothie with soaked flax seeds, banana, fresh fruit and dates

Lunch: almond avocado stew with apple cider vinegar and sunflower sprouts

Dinner: green curry pasta: zucchini and mango slices topped with a Thai nut curry cream and coconut noodles

Snacks: carrots served with raw hummus made from sprouted garbanzo beans and fresh garlic.

It is important to note that no one diet works for everyone. While some people thrive on a raw foods diet, other people find it too cleansing for their weak systems. People who have a sensitive digestive track may find the nutrients in raw food too intense.

If you choose to try this diet, you may want to consider the season. Raw foods are cooling, so going on this diet during the winter months may be difficult to sustain. If you’re interested in cleansing, start by adding more raw foods in your diet and notice how your body feels.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.