LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With newly released data from the CDC showing that 66 percent of American adults are overweight, the drive to become healthier has never been more important. In this Healthcast, we explain why some lake area residents are swearing by the "raw food" lifestyle.
It's simple and natural, eating food straight from the earth. The raw food movement is growing in popularity as more people shed the pounds, while saying their nutrient intake is at an all-time high. Raw foodist Janet Semar says, "It's just a really simple way of life, you're just pretty much getting back to the basics, your raw fruits, nuts and seeds."
Semar has tried several diets through the years, but when she decided to stop consuming meat and by-products of animals - and started eating only raw food, she dropped 40 pounds. "The weight just dropped, just like that, I didn't count calories, I didn't watch fat grams or portion my meals, I just ate what I wanted to eat, when I wanted to eat it, but it was all raw in it's natural state," says Semar.
The mainstay of the raw food diet is nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits in an unheated, unprocessed condition. Pure Foods owner Shively Lampson says the living condition of the food is what powers your body. "Everything that's in the fruit or the vegetable is intact and it gets into our body that way," says Lampson, "the vitamins and the minerals and the phytochemicals and the antioxidants."
Since Semar's commitment to be a raw foodist, she says the benefits have been more far reaching than weight loss. "Overall, my mental clarity is just so sharp now," says Semar, "my energy, I wake up feeling good. It's just great."