Written by Ally Sutton, October 2, 2016
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Singer, actress, America’s Next Top Model host – whatever role she’s taking on, Brit star Rita Ora looks amazing doing it!

But girlfriend don’t need no Spanx to keep her figure so fine – Rita says it’s all down to her uber-healthy lifestyle.

“When I’ve been really good with my body – no alcohol, no late nights, watching my diet, drinking water… I start feeling like a superhero!” Rita, 25, reveals. She’s also devoted to her raw-food diet, and has been spotted munching on snacks like uncooked kale. So what are the benefits of going raw?

We followed Rita’s lead…

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What is it?
The diet involves avoiding food cooked above 40°C. “[This] retains the enzymes and nutrients, so food is easier to digest, which frees up more energy for exercise and other fun things!” says raw-food chef Ames Starr (rawandpeace.com.au).

“Raw foods in their natural state are also much more nutrient-dense than the processed foods many of us are accustomed to eating, so your body is nourished by less food.”

How does it work?
“You’ll boost your intake of vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytochemicals (plant antioxidants) from your fresh uncooked fruit, vegetables and salads as cooking can reduce levels of heat-sensitive vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B1 and folate,” explains dietitian Catherine Saxelby.

“[Plus] you’ll be eating big on volume but low in calories… Good for weight loss.” However, there are some cons with adhering to a raw diet. “While cooking lowers some nutrients, it can increase the bio-availability of others, like beta-carotene in carrots and pumpkin and lycopene in tomatoes,” says Catherine.

“[And heat] kills bacteria, which helps you avoid food poisoning.”

What can you eat?
While it’s a tricky diet to follow long-term, you’ll likely get your five-a-day eating raw fruit, veg, sashimi, nuts, seeds, nut butters, nut milks, fermented foods, sun-dried tomatoes and capsicums, raw cacao and cold-pressed oils.

What’s out? Anything cooked, including staples like bread and dairy, plus coffee and quinoa. “A 100 per cent raw diet doesn’t suit everyone,” says Ames. “Make sure you’re getting enough protein, and don’t overdo it on the nuts and sweeteners.”

Read on to see how you can channel your raw power…

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