Local mother of 3 Kimberly Richardson was in good health until her third pregnancy when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. As opposed to increasing her medication, Kim changed her diet to a raw food only menu.
Raw food is considered food cooked less than 115 degrees.
The raw diet has seen an increase in popularity in recent years with raw food restaurants opening all over the country including Chicago.
The most popular diet is strictly vegan but some raw foodists eat uncooked dairy and meat.
Raw food expert Karyn Calabrese, owner of Karyn’s Bistro, says that because these foods aren’t heated past 115 degrees they’re able to keep most of their enzymes and most of their nutritional value.
Proponents of raw food diets say that their are many benefits to the diet including weight less, increased energy, clear skin, improved digestion and improved overall health.
Karyn suggests setting reasonable goals for yourself and being prepared. The convenient world is not set up to do this.
To learn more about the raw food diet, visit Karyn’s website.