WHICH POPULAR DIET BEST DESCRIBES YOUR LIFESTYLE?
At Raw Elements, we believe that minimally processed plant-based foods are fundamental to good health. Regardless of whether you follow a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, there are so many benefits of eating whole foods that it doesn’t make sense to reach for refined foods and supplements made from manmade ingredients with names you can’t pronounce.
Here you will find a brief overview of popular diets along with Raw Elements product recommendations so that you can conveniently shop according to your lifestyle. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a great place to start. Though we have singled out products for each dietary need, most fit within multiple categories.
Veganism involves avoiding the consumption of animals and products made with eggs, dairy, and other animal “by-products.” Veganism exists on a spectrum. Some people may practise veganism exclusively through diet, while others may choose to also abstain from non-food products made from animals, such as leather goods.
Gluten-free diets have become very popular in recent years and there are a number of reasons why you may avoid consuming products that contain gluten. Most often the reason is Celiac Disease, though many other gluten-related disorders exist. This autoimmune disease affects millions of Canadians and is characterized by an inability to properly process gluten. People with Celiac Disease typically experience mild to severe gastrointestinal distress when exposed to gluten. Left unmanaged, Celiac can lead to other health complications over time.
If you have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, you may simply find that your body does not agree with foods and supplements containing gluten. Food allergies and sensitivities can develop over time and non-Celiac gluten intolerance is no exception.
A raw diet is typically vegan and consists of consuming fruits, vegetables, and grains that have not been heated to a temperature of more than 40–48°C. The underlying philosophy of this diet is that when exposed to high heat, whole foods lose much of their nutritive value.
The majority of the products we carry at Raw Elements are raw. Each plant-based brand we partner with uses specialized processing techniques – such as slow stone-grinding and cold pressing – to create incredible products that are suitable for raw foodies.
Sprouted foods are a prominent feature of most raw food diets. Many foods can be sprouted, including pulses, cereals, nuts, and seeds. Sprouting is a process of natural germination whereby a seed sprouts new leaves or buds, or develops new parts. There are many benefits to consuming sprouted foods. Research has found that sprouting improves a food’s nutrition profile in a number of important ways, such as enhanced protein and fibre content, removal of anti-nutrients, accelerated vitamin value, and more.
At its most basic level, the Ketogenic Diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that forces your body into a state where it changes the type of fuel it is burning. Rather than running on glucose derived from carbohydrates, your body switches to relying on ketone bodies – a product your liver produces from stored fat. There are varying degrees of the Keto Diet.
If you live a plant-based lifestyle, you may find that many foods you enjoy are incompatible with Keto. Though the crux of this way of eating relies on a dramatic reduction of carbohydrates, it is possible to follow a vegan Keto Diet.
The Paleolithic Diet excludes a number of foods popular in modern Western diets, such as grains, sugar, legumes, dairy products, processed oils, coffee, salt, and alcohol. Instead, the typical Paleo Diet stresses vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, and meat. With careful food planning to ensure all of your nutritional needs are met, it is possible to follow a vegan and/or vegetarian diet in concert with the Paleo Diet.
SUGAR-FREE OR LOW GLYCEMIC
Refined white sugar is nutritionally bankrupt. In recent years, many people have realized that the powdery white stuff does not positively support their bodies or health in any way. While some people simply choose to reduce or eliminate table sugar in their diets, others must follow a sugar-free or low glycemic diet due to diagnosed health challenges, such as Diabetes.
Because sugar lurks in even the most seemingly innocuous of places, managing your sugar intake can feel like a daunting task. We are proud to offer several sugar-free and low glycemic products that help make it a little easier.
The pros and cons of consuming caffeine have been long debated. There are many reasons why you may wish to remove or reduce caffeine in your diet. Regardless of whether your health care practitioner has advised to you to avoid it, or whether you simply don’t like how it makes you feel, cutting caffeine out of your life can feel more manageable with the help of products by some of our top-selling brands.
Antioxidants play a crucial role in your holistic wellness thanks to their ability to protect your cells from free radicals. No matter which diet you follow, it is a good idea to ensure you are getting enough of this vital nutrient.