Monday, February 23, 2009

Wanna Know About "Going Raw"?

I am dehydrating this week! I am so excited. I get to work with a few more raw recipes. The recipe book that I am reading right now is cited in an article from Successfully Raw eZine. The entire article is really fantastic. If you want to check it out, it is archived July of 2006. If you can't get your hands on that, the writer of the excerpt below, also wrote an e-book (How To Get Started With Raw Foods). For anyone asking, "What is this raw thing you're doin anyway?" I hope this clears it up.

"Raw food by contrast is replete with everything that enabled it to sprout and grow in the first place - life force, enzymes, water, oxygen, hormones, vitamins and minerals and so much more besides. Untouched, untainted, raw food is quite literally honest food - what you see is what you get. No hidden ingredients, nothing messed around with, just pure delicious fresh live food that we are designed to eat - living food for living bodies. And the good news for you is this: when you start dabbling with more raw food, you don't just understand this conceptually, you actually start to "get it" experientially as your whole body cheers, shifts up a gear and the concept of what real food and nutrition is really all about starts to take on a whole new meaning."What foods are raw?To give you a brief overview of what raw food means in real terms, here's a list of the 20+ different raw food groups: Fresh fruits; Vegetables; Salad vegetables; Leafy green vegetables; Herbs and wild greens; Nuts; Dried fruits; Beans, pulses and legumes (sprouted); Grains (sprouted); Seeds; Sprouting seeds; Indoor greens; Vegetable seeds (sprouted); Edible flowers; Mushrooms; Sea vegetables; Algaes; Oils; Stimulants (e.g. chili, ginger, onion); Spices; Superfoods; Flavorings and natural sweeteners (e.g. agave nectar, stevia). Rather more variety than perhaps you first thought? Rather than being limiting, I have found that 99 times out of 100 raw food expands a person's culinary horizons - and if you pick up a good raw food recipe book such as Raw Food, Real World (my personal current favorite), I promise you'll be blown away at what can be achieved - "burgers", pizzas, live milks, ice-cream, cakes, cookies, smoothies, soups, dips, dressings, lasagnas, wraps, crackers and so much more are possible when you know what you're doing - now we're talking, right?!"
One last side note, and I've said it before. The writer above does not believe in cooked food of any kind. Most raw foodists don't. I do not share their beliefs. I still eat meat. I choose organic meat (preferably elk meat from my husband's yearly hunt) and am looking into special processing to ensure I am eating the very best quality meat. That being said, I also believe that everyone's diet would do them a world of good if they incorporated raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, etc. It's a fact that cooking fruit and vegetables kills the things we need, whereas cooking meat kills the things we don't need. I believe that both work in harmony to build a strong healthy body. I think the key to find now is the correct ratio of raw fruit and veggies to cooked meat that is the healthiest for MY body. That is the quest that I'm on now. If you have any questions, feel free to send them my way.

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