The Raw Food Diet
For all of us , cooked food, people, the idea of eating raw goes against everything we know about food. Most of the foods we eat are cooked, whether we know it or not. A typical breakfast consists of eggs, sausage, oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt or cereal. All of these are cooked foods. Lunch most likely consists of something cooked - even if it is only a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The jelly had to be cooked and the bread was baked. Of course what is dinner without beef, chicken, pasta, pork, or fish? And let's not forget the all important side dishes of pasta, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and rice.
Before the new raw food restaurant opened up near my house, I thought “raw food” meant raw fruits and veggies. Boring! Honestly, I couldn't imagine how a raw food restaurant could make anything exciting or even tasty. I will humbly admit, after my first visit, I was hooked and just had to learn more about this unconventional way of cooking.
The basic premise behind a raw food diet is that cooked and processed foods are generally more difficult for the body to digest and they tend to loose most of their beneficial vitamins and minerals. Raw food eaters, both vegan and vegetarian, believe that the greater the percentage of raw food in the diet the greater the health benefits. This lifestyle promotes the consumption of uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic foods. In most instances there is no cooking in the traditional sense. Nothing is heated above approximately 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw food ingredients are not chemically processed, pasteurized, homogenized, genetically modified, hybridized or otherwise compromised.
The idea of eating raw regularly is ideal but realistically, I don't think I am ready to commit to it just yet...even though I did buy a raw food cookbook. Hopefully I can incorporate more raw food meals into my weekly diet. In the mean time, I am grateful that there is a raw food restaurant down the street where I can get my fix after all the cooked food has lost its savor.