I know of several people who are on a diet of eating mainly raw food - fruits and vegetables, in particular dark greens such as curly kale, Brussel spouts, broccoli and cabbage. The thought behind "Raw Foodism" is eating foods in their most natural state (uncooked and unprocessed) results in the healthiest way to nourish the body. Without doubt I think we can all agree that fruit and vegetables eaten raw clearly contain more vitamins and minerals than those that have been cooked. Raw Foodism is not intended as a weight loss plan, although if one sticks rigidly to such a diet, I think it would be hard not to shed some weight.
Apart from this diet quickly becoming monotonously boring, (as many diets turn out to be), it may therefore be difficult to maintain long term, especially when invited out. I must confess that in my case, I would lose weight, and this diet is definitely not suitable for me, taking into account my complicated medical condition. For many Parkinson's patients, this eating regime, in my eyes, is not recommended. Often my appetite wanes, and the thought of eating only raw fruits and vegetables would certainly not inspire me, for I often need some encouragement to eat. Also the effort involved in munching a bowl full of crunchy raw veggies, would take too much effort and possibly if not chewed sufficiently, results in choking, a most unpleasant experience. As they say; "Been there, done that!"I strongly urge you to first consult with your doctor before trying any drastic change in diet, for what may work and prove beneficial to some, could be detrimental to others. I think a good policy to follow is always be open to hearing new ideas and suggestions, but before making any changes or decisions, refer with your doctor or a specialist who fully understands Parkinson's.