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Some people believe that uncooked food provides more enzymes and is better for your health than the typical mainstream diet that includes lots of cooked and processed foods, usually with lots of chemicals added to them.

People follow a raw-food lifestyle to different levels. Some "raw foodists" may eat raw meat but most raw food diets are vegetarian. Some people include milk and eggs as raw food, but the purists eat no animal products at all

Raw food can be as easy as eating whole or chopped fruit and lots of fresh salads, or as complicated as gourmet food with lots of time spent on preparation. People eating a raw vegan diet will often get protein from nuts and sprouted grains and legumes.

Many modern "Raw Foodist" believe in only eating 75% raw, as they find it too difficult to eat 100% raw.

Ann Wigmore, probably on of the first creators of the raw food diet, advocates 100% raw. She had a 3 step transition diet to become raw - people that eat 75% raw would probably be on her third phase which is the elimination of all cooked foods from the diet. Anne Wigmore started the Hippocrates Health Institute and is famous for wheatgrass.
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Meal suggestions

  • Breakfast
    1. Raw porridge with cinnamon, raisins, grated apple and honey
    2. chopped kiwifruit, strawberries, paw paw, rockmelon, sprinkled with shredded coconut & cinnamon
    3. rockmelon, pawpaw and banana sprinkled with passionfruit
  • Lunch
    1. Salad of lettuce, afalfa sprouts, carrot straws, baby spinach, cucumber, macadamia nuts and avocado with lemon juice, coriander and cold pressed flaxseed oil
    2. Vege Platter - broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, cucumber, snow peas, chick pea sprouts and celery served with small bowls of salsa, guacamale and vegan pesto
  • Dinner
    1. raw spaghetti with pesto
    2. raw soup and raw crackers
    3. raw patties with salad and salsa

Recipes


Raw porridge

Ingredients
  1. Raw oats
  2. juice and/or water
Method
  1. soak oats overnight in juice or water
  2. Porridge can be eaten as is in the morning or
  3. add a variety of other fruits, nuts & spices before eating


Raw spaghetti

ingredients
  1. zucchini
  2. carrot or sweet potato
Method
  • Use a Spiral Slicer (Saladacco) to turn the zucchini and carrots into angel hair pasta
  • If you don't have one of these kitchen utensils Shredded zuccini can work also, but the authentic “pasta effect” is not as notable.

Now you can add a pasta sauce of your choice to the pasta such as this pesto recipe..

Pesto

Ingredients
  1. Pine nuts
  2. basil
  3. cold pressed organic olive oil
Method
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process for 30seconds to a minute until you have the consistancy you desire.
  2. pour into a dish to serve with a platter or on top of your favourite raw pasta

 

Raw Food Links

Just a few of the many great raw food sites on the web...

  • Adventures of Raw Goddess Heathy This lady will have you wanting to only eat raw food. She lives in a small town and gives raw food classes, hosts raw food parties and makes the most amazing raw food including amazing cakes. Check out her blog and photos for raw inspiration.
  • Raw-Pleasure supply all those raw specialty ingredients in Australia. If you haven't got time to make raw crackers yet their shop supplies them as well as many other raw specialty foods and superfoods. This also has a Forum with lots of useful tips from people following the raw lifestyle and a Free Ebook.
  • The Raw Food Coach - Karen Knowler is a raw food coach and she has many useful links, including some free resources you can download such as recipes, e-courses, tips and her own journal she kept when going through her raw transformation. She has many videos on youtube including one on Making raw flax crackers
  • Alissa Cohen is a big name in Raw food overseas. Her site includes a community newsgroup type site that people can send email in to each other. There are also raw food tranformations showing people before following a raw food diet and after.
  • Raw Freedom Community
  • Raw Food Media
  • Raw Food UK Living Raw
  • Raw Food Society of BC
  • Simply Raw CA
  • Raw Model Blog

 

Raw food videos on Youtube

There are heaps of videos on Youtube by various people about raw food, here are just a few:

 

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