What is a Raw Food Retreat?

Health & Wellness
Last Updated Jul 28, 2020
Health & Wellness

The raw food movement is here to stay, with it becoming a lifestyle choice for many health-conscious people.
So it’s not surprising that there are now enticing raw food retreats available – allowing you to escape everyday life, learn and adopt raw food eating, and do it all in a luxurious or all-nature setting.

What is raw food?

People who follow a raw food diet believe that the best nutrients in food are contained in uncooked varieties. It’s acceptable to heat food between 40 degrees Celcius and 48 degrees Celcius, but no higher as this is said t affect the nutritional value and enzymes in food.
The belief is that cooked food forces the body to work super hard to make more enzymes and digest food. Fewer enzymes – they say – can lead to digestive issues, aging, weight gain and deficiencies.

Is a raw food retreat for me?

A raw food retreat is a flexible concept, so programs and intentions differ between providers. That means you may need to do a little digging before finding a retreat that floats your raw food boat.
On a raw food retreat, you’re likely to follow a set meal plan consisting of:

  •     Raw vegetables
  •     Raw fruits
  •     Raw animal products
  •     Smoothies and juices
  •     Organic produce

Some may only offer a raw vegan or vegetarian diet, eliminating all animal products.
But that’s not all. Many raw food retreats take place overseas – with Thailand and Bali being popular destinations. As well as a raw food diet, they may offer:

  •     Accommodation
  •     Airport transfers
  •     Classes, workshops and mentor sessions
  •     Natural therapies – massage, naturopathy, reiki, energy healing
  •     Fitness – yoga, pilates, walking, surfing
  •     Meditation
  •     Massages
  •     Social outings and group activities

So if you’re tempted to try raw foods and see if it suits your body, you might like to combine it with a holiday in paradise!
On top of that, starting a raw food diet can be tough. It acts as a detox of sorts, eliminating processed foods and habitual eating practices. You may find that attempting a raw food diet on a retreat is easier than doing it alone at home, where you are surrounded by temptations. Plus, if you’re going to do something hard, why not do it in beautiful surroundings with supportive people?

Originally published on Apr 27, 2015

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People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills… There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind… So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself. — MARCUS AURELIUS
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