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Common questions answered on the RawOrganicFood lifestyle

**What exactly does it mean to have a RAW food based lifestyle?

Technically, a RAW foodist is anyone who consumes 70-80% of their total daily caloric intake from RAW foods. In my short journey to this next phase of health I have been consistently asked about eating meat etc. I started eating meat in very small portions. I feel that the key to optimal health and longevity (which is why I started this blog) lies in the ability to listen to your body and nourish your body with a balanced diet.

I will follow this up with the fact that there is no “correct way” to do this. It is up to you, your level of knowledge, your current health status and your lifestyle that will determine the appropriate balance. You must also learn to listen to your intuition to help determine the appropriate balance. The key however, is to eliminate the over consumption of highly processed foods which are vastly abundant and clearly deteriorating our health.

**What exactly is considered a RAW FOOD?

Raw food is anything that has not been processed by chemicals in any way from its natural state nor has it been heated above 105 degrees F.

RAW food is known to be rich in nutrients and live enzymes which help the body to establish its perfect homeostatic balance which will lead to  the bodies own ability to repair and heal itself and reach ultimate potential in health.

I have had first hand experience with this truth. When I used to weight train – I had a tremendously long and difficult recovery time. After including lots of RAW foods and juices I found that my recovery time cut in half.

**Does a RAW food diet have to be Vegan or Vegetarian?

No, you do not have to be … you can consume RAW milk, eggs and meat technically and you would still be considered  eating a RAW food diet. This not practical and for many, undesirable, due to the uncertain sources of the dairy, eggs and meat products.

I cook my meat but I do not bake, broil, fry or grill. I use a slow cooker or boil for a short period of time. The key is to preserve as many of the nutrients as possible however you are still degrading the enzymes so it is important to balance your diet  with RAW foods as well.

One can use RAW honey, jelly and bee pollen. A Vegan would not even eat that.

This leads me to my next question which I see a need to clear up.

**What is VEGAN?

Vegan is a lifestyle with which one does not consume (eating OR using) anything that comes out of an animal or insects.

A true vegan would not consume honey, royal jelly or bee pollen much less dairy or eggs.

This stems from ones own belief system than from health concerns.

**What are some of the common downsides to a RAW food diet if not implemented correctly?

One of the biggest issues is the over consumption of carbohydrates and natural sugar rich foods such as: Fruits, honeys and other natural sweeteners such as Agave Syrups.

I have found the best benefit of RAW foods to come from vegetables and dark leafy greens in my diet as well as a variety of sprouts and RAW nuts and seeds.

It depends on your lifestyle and what you are trying to accomplish – precisely how to adjust your RAWORGANICFOODDIET.

**How has this transition in my life been received and my response to it?

Many have come to me for consultations and more information on this new path. They have been eager to learn from my experiences and use them to improve their overall health and diet.

Others are stuck in a vicious cycle of repeating the same thing over and over… they perhaps are not ready to take it to the next level. This too, is ok. It is imperative that you are ready, willing and able to take on the tough task of changing old habits.

It is a hard concept for some to grasp- especially those that knew me at 275 pounds of what I thought was solid muscle… I was a huge meat eater and thought the more protein ingested the better.

Now – I am 45 pounds lighter… and have completely changed my diet, health and lifestyle habits. Funny thing is, I used to think I was healthy. Only through my constant seeking of longevity and vitality did I find that I was not fully matured on my road to health.

The key here is that you never stop learning. When you stop learning, you stop growing. Therefore, many of the practices and ways that I used to teach have since changed as my knowledge base has increased.

I learn, I implement in my own life, and I pass it on.

The Alex who wakes every morning thirty minutes early to juice and prepare raw salads and foods for the day – is a far cry from the Alex that used to ingest pounds and pounds of meat and cooked foods during the week. It all comes down to putting the body in an optimal state of health to be able to perform the countless functions it needs to daily with as little stress possible.

It is about overall health and vitality.. energy and repair, and minimal stress and a little less about size, strength and false images of health.

I hope that I was able to answer some of your questions here today and I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all… I am pleased to answer any general questions. For those that are more specific or in depth I am open for consultations.

In health,

Alex Poptodorov