what the hell is that?
What’s the point?
Consuming your foods raw eliminates the loss of enzymes, which are SUPER essential for the overall function of the human body. Consuming organic foods also adds a lot to the equation.
Raw food is one step above veganism. Vegans do not eat any animal products or biproducts, while raw foodists consume 75-100% of their foods raw (non-cooked) and vegan. And no…raw food does not include raw meat.
What does this mean..??
Well……you’re basically living on nuts, seeds, sprouts, fruits and vegetables!!! It seems a stretch from most people’s daily S.A.D. diet, but the truth is, many agree that raw foodism is probably one of the healthiest ways to live, especially when combined with regular exercise.
If you want more information on including more raw foods into your life in a fun way (there are many incredible recipes out there), you can always google it, and there is plenty of great practical and scientific information on the subject.
Throughout my trip to Europe last summer, I discovered an infinite number of things about myself, but one of the most essential discoveries I came upon is raw foodism. When my travel buddy and I were lounging around on a beach in S. France, we came across a triathlete who told us many life stories, including the one about his diet. He was a raw foodist, and claimed to have strength and speed seemingly equivilant to those who use steroids or other performance-enhancers. He said that the food he ate energised him in an incredible way, and he has not gotten sick ever since he started the diet (over 10 yrs). It struck me as odd, but not something I have never heard before, since a friend of mine had done a project on the subject in highschool. I was captivated especially because the food we had been eating on our trip was filled with unknown meat products, mysterious oils, and lots and lots of nutella and white bread. My skin was breaking out constantly and it seemed like it was trying to get rid of all the toxins I have been inserting into my body every day. I felt tired often and knew that I obviously was not in my best shape.
Upon arrival to Toronto, I had decided to let go of all meat cravings, and indulge myself in foods of nutrition and rejuvenation. I had decided, after doing TONS of research, to make the transition to raw food. I went from vegetarian eating fish ,to vegetarian no fish, to vegan, and I am currently around 80-90% raw vegan (organic as much as possible). I cook all my own food, refused to indulge in the useless food plan of university, and although my exercise regime has definitely not been as fulfilling as I would have liked, I feel like I am at the healthiest point in my life.
I have never been completely ignorant about the food I eat, but this took me to a whole new level, and I have to say that knowing exactly what goes into my body (from my plate) has become a priority in my life. Considering that I am the student who stays inside to study other than go out, even I can say that YES…YOU DO HAVE TIME TO COOK!!! Excuses are always convenient to demonstrate all the reasons why you CAN”T do something you feel like you should, but being in control of what nourishes your brain and muscle cells is not something anyone should make excuses for. I used to think that it doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as you exercise and maintain a proper weight. However, I have realized how much of an effect food has on your body, and how unfortunate it is that many individuals are missing out on some of the most nutritious and refreshing foods available to the North American public. Flax seed, avocados, goji berries, coconut butter, dates, and agave are only a few of the many highly nutritious and delicious foods unrealized by the common burger and fries eater.
Research is important as ever in this arena of health. One must be aware of B12 deficiency, the fact that plants have more than enough protein for the human body, and other such things. Trying out new recipes, and purchasing new types of food can result in some nervousness and uncertainty, but the long-term and short-term benefits are out of this world. Some of the most famous natural body builders are raw foodists, and I was able to avoid the freshman 15, and actually have a higher semester average in university than I did in highschool. Raw food gives you the energy and brain power you need to conquer life struggles in a whole new way.
The first step…replace those fries with a salad the next time you eat out, and look into a couple of recipes to try with an open-minded friend. One of the first ones I made was a chocolate cake. I was instantly cooked!
Peace and Love
***one of my favourite recipes from a website:
Makes 2 – 3 servings.
2-3 zuchini – peeled with a peeler to make noodle-like strands
3/4 cup raw almond butter
1/2 cup orange juice (freshly juiced!)
1 T minced fresh ginger
1 T nama shoyu (soy sauce)
1 T miso (optional)
1 t minced garlic
2 T honey/agave nectar
1/8 t cayenne pepper
Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. For a thicker sauce, add more almond butter…to thin it out, add more juice. Add more nama shoyu or sea salt to taste.
Prepare the “noodles” and then pour the sauce over them to marinate (let them sit for about 10 minutes) and then top them with a mixture of the following:
- Sprouts! Mung bean sprouts, or alfalfa sprouts.
- Julienned red and yellow peppers
- Shredded carrots
- Grape tomatoes
- Fresh Cilantro
- Fresh Basil
- Fresh Mint
Serve in a bowl and/or on top of a large bed of mixed greens. Yum!!!