So the rumour mill is circling that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is following the raw food diet.
How do we know this?
Kate has been spotted eating things like watermelon salad, gazpacho (raw vegetable soup, served cold), goji berries, tabbouleh (a traditional Arabian salad of tomatoes and herbs usually with a bulgur base) and ceviche (a dish originating in the South American regions consisting of fresh raw fish marinated in citrus fruit and spices such as chili).
Friends have commented that she is not following a complete raw food diet, but incorporating a raw day into her week to keep her slim figure and improve her skin.
Good for Kate Middleton I say! It’s a fantastically healthy and nutritious way to eat.
What concerns me is how this will affect the way people view the raw food diet, because I don’t want it to become the latest fad diet!
There are so many fad diets out there that have a bad reputation; I don’t want the raw food diet being one of them.
What I would call unhealthy fad diets (to name but a few)
The Atkins diet
This is a low carbohydrate diet encouraging people to eat barely any carbs at all and fill up on protein. I would argue that as everybody is different metabolically speaking, this may work wonders for some, but not work at all for others. In fact some people may gain weight by eating too much protein.
Horrendous Cabbage Soup Diet
This is only meant to be a 7 Day Diet! It’s a ‘kick-start that weight loss’ diet. Anybody telling you different is being ridiculous. If you actually read up on this it says in the disclaimer that the side effects could be weakness, light-headed ness and fatigue. Are you sure you want to suffer this for 7 days.
The Eggs Diet
Any diet that suggests you only eat one thing is not healthy. Now I know there are many variations of the egg diet and in its original format it wasn’t suggesting that you eat only eggs, but of course people took it that far…Shocking!
The Fasting Diet
I don’t have as much of a problem with this diet as I do with the other fad diets, but I still don’t think it’s necessary to treat your body this way. Basically the idea is to eat normally for 5 days of the week and then have two ‘fasting’ days where you only consume 500-600 calories. If you wish to have the two fasting days together that’s your choice, but it’s up to you.
I couldn’t do it. I like my food too much. The fasting days would kill me. I’d be irritable and grouchy like a bear just out of hibernation. But maybe that’s just me.
The Cookie Diet
(not inspired by the cookie monster)
Believe it or not the idea behind this diet is to eat cookies all day and then a healthy meal at night. The catch? Not just any cookies, but specially made protein cookies. You send off for the cookies (at £40 a week) and eat nine cookies in the day plus your evening meal. Now, yes I love cookies, but I wouldn’t want to eat them all day for weeks at a time and I certainly wouldn’t want to pay £160 a month for them.
The Master Cleanse
This is basically a juice diet. It does not allow you to consume any food. I’m sure as a short term diet (a week at most) this is a great detox, but long term you could be looking at extreme fatigue, dizziness, loss of muscle mass and dehydration.
Why can’t people just get it into their head that the only way to be healthy and fit is to eat healthily and exercise!!
I’m not saying that you can’t try any of these fad diets, but if you are looking for long term goals you are looking in the long place. None of these diets will work over a long period of time because they do not provide you with all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need to survive and be healthy. The raw food diet does this.
So…What to do?
Firstly, this is not a new diet; I don’t care what the press say about it being the ‘newest diet craze’. It hasn’t just appeared because Kate Middleton realised it was a great way to stay in shape. It has in fact been around for years.
(See my previous blog post Raw Food Books http://rawfoodblog.co.uk/eating-diet/raw-food-books/)
Secondly, there are many other well-known celebrities who have been reported to follow a raw food diet (follow them on www.twitter.com) including Natalie Portman, Demi Moore, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Hurley, Donna Karan, Cher, Sting, Alicia Silverstone, David Bowie who has hired a raw food chef in his home and Woody Harrelson. Check out this exclusive video of Woody Harrelson explaining why he follows a raw food diet.
What I’d like people to consider is, why these celebrities follow a raw food diet.
Celebrity lifestyle may seem easy, but it involves a lot of long hours, a lot of hard work and a long time spent primping for daily events in the public eye. Think about how fantastic Kate Middleton looks when she’s out and about.
I’m sure many, if not all of you, have seen the pictures in magazines of celebrities not perfectly dolled up in the latest fashions, without make-up having just popped out to the shops. And what happens? They get slammed for it. Is there any question then as to why they might want to boost their shape and skin by simply changing their food plan to the raw food diet?
Not only does following the raw food diet keep you fit and healthy, but celebrities like Kate Middleton, who may work sixteen hour days, need the extra boost of energy that the raw food diet gives. So that when they get home at night, they are not fatigued.
And let’s face it, with Prince George running around; the Duchess of Cambridge is going to need that extra energy boost.
So that’s it, I’ve had my say. Well done to Kate Middleton for incorporating a healthy diet choice by following the raw food diet, even if it is only for one day a week. Hopefully, being such a good role model for the people of the UK as well as people all over the world this will make the raw food diet a more popular choice for the common man and make more people aware of raw food benefits.