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Level of Effort: High continued...

Cooking and shopping: Prep work can be extensive. Many raw foodists become experts at blending and dehydrating foods. Some germinate nuts and sprout seeds.

Because some uncooked and unpasteurized foods are linked to foodborne illness, you’ll need to wash your food thoroughly and be extra careful with risky foods like sprouts, raspberries, unpasteurized juices and milk, green onions, and lettuce.

Due to the risk of food poisoning, a raw foods diet isn't recommended for pregnant women, young children, seniors, people with weak immune systems, and those with chronic medical conditions like kidney disease.

Packaged foods or meals? No.

In-person meetings? No.

Exercise: Not required.

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: This diet works well for you. Just make sure your diet meets your nutritional needs. A dietitian can help you with that.

Gluten-free? Most raw foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, are naturally gluten-free.

What Else You Should Know

Costs: You don’t have to pay for meetings, memberships, or prepackaged foods, but this diet can give your wallet a workout. Organic ingredients tend to be more expensive. Kitchen appliances like juicers, blenders, and dehydrators are another expense.

Support: You can do this diet on your own or find online resources, like recipes.

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