Plant-Based Living to the Extreme: Raw Foodism and the Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet

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Steering clear of animal products can seem confusing at times. Indeed, there are many diets which extend beyond veganism and insist on further, often stricter, rules…

Raw Foodism

Apparently self-explanatory, raw foodism has existed since the 19th Century, but in the current millennium saw a resurgence in popularity. A food is deemed to still be raw if it hasn’t been heated above 48°C. In order to add variety, there is scope for juicing and blending, soaking and sprouting, as well as dehydrating. At least 75% of your diet must consist of these and wholly raw foods.

Of course, it’s really all a matter of balance and subjective experience, as to whether this is the path for you.

Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet

WFPB eaters will only eat wholefoods (e.g. no white rice, only brown) and won’t consume processed foods. The biggest of these is oil. Say a fond farewell to that carefully chosen olive oil as a dunk for artisanal bread and wave a goodbye to vegan ready-meals – your only fat source from here on out will be nuts, seeds, and avocado in their natural state.
If this all sounds a tad extreme, cheat and use (the best quality versions of) olive, coconut, and avocado in your vegan diet.

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