diet debate: raw food detox on the bethenny show
Hello there friends! Yup, I’m the only one who DVR’s the Bethenny Frankel show…and still watches it. Unfortunately I heard the show was cancelled, so my days watching Bethenny are limited. But one of my favorite segments lives on–for now!
My favorite segment, you ask? Diet Debates.
Bethenny had two women (of opposing views) on the show to discuss the idea of eating raw food…and only raw food. (spoken in the voice of Rose from the Titanic as she requests a nudie photo of herself)
The concept of this diet is to keep all foods raw, in their natural state. This means no cooking, no boiling, no grilling, nothing that will bring the raw food above a certain “cooked” temperature. Raw fans use their food processor to make sauces and some dehydrate fruits and veggies. It sounds…tedious.
The woman on the pro-raw side, Any Phyo, was preaching about the clear, white eyes and glowing skin you’ll get when eating only raw products. A fabulous detox of the body. She reminded everyone that the diet will literally force you to pack in those 6-10 servings of fruits and veggies each day.
Her typical diet? Bananas, avocados, flax crackers, nuts. She didn’t really elaborate from there. Sounds thrilling.
So why raw? The heat that cooks the ingredients apparently causes the nutrients to break down. Ani also mentioned that the cooked items lose their water content, a vital element of a proper cleansing of the body. What’s left is the fiber, which she described as the “broom that sweeps out the toxins”. She likes to have the water accompany the broom to flush everything out of the body.
While I understand that concept, I think I’d still be more comfortable and satiated by washing down my cooked, water-depleted veggies with a tall glass of H2O. Raw dieting sounds tough, and I’d totally throw in the towel out of utter exhaustion trying to piece together a decent, protein-rich meal for myself.
The anti-raw side of the debate was Dr. Joy Dubost, a registered dietician. She does not like the restrictive nature of the raw food diet, as she believes there are too many other foods out there that are nutrient-rich–and cooked. She doesn’t like completely eliminating certain food groups, and I kind of agree.
Bottom line, this diet debate wasn’t much of a debate for me. I respect those that want to eat raw, as it really is a healthy way to live, but my life is just too active to be able to handle even one day of raw eating. I need quick, filling meals and raw isn’t going to be the way for me.
What do you think? Do any of you eat a raw diet?
In other news, I got my first Klout perk yesterday. I won’t go into details, but Klout is a website that measures your social media outlets and comes up with an “influencer” score. Mine was apparently high enough to score some Garnier face washes!
Disclosure: I was given a free sample because I’m a Klout influencer. I am under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.