Raw food diets seem to be gaining popularity, so here are a few resources to help introduce you to and educate you on this form of eating.
Grass eaters. That used to be my perception of vegans whether the CUPA or SPCA types and the chaps who go on raw food diets for the sole purpose of staying healthy or just being in the mood of being experimental.
As Mark Twain aptly said, “To eat is human. To digest divine.”
I barely manage to maintain a thorough vegetarian diet these days, with a few instances where I give in to sweet temptation by taking a generous serving of fish or meat based foods. After all being this saintly is boring!
I quiver at the thought of going on a raw food diet and wonder how these folks who are not permitted for religious reasons to eat meat survive! Apparently, these privileges are denied for life, and that means never, whether in this life or the next!
And my rebellious spirit in not maintaining these rules guarantees me a place in Hades with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Carlin, and a plethora of rock stars, car salesmen and politicians to serve Beelzebub himself. And of course if Satan asks us how the barbecue is, we won’t be laughing as it will be a choice between the cannibals or Hannibal.
In any case, some like it hot and I’m one of them, so flouting these rules don’t weigh heavy on my conscience. Actually, I consider it soul-food minus the noisy and boring family members who bring countless snore moments with their tales that are indeed ‘confessions of a dangerous mind’.
Now I don’t discourage people from going on raw food diets nor am I being condescending… although it doesn’t hurt too much to take a friendly dig or two. In fact, I’d like to demystify the concept before suggesting resources that will help you take off on this ‘Greenpeace’ loving pilgrimage of yours. Whatever makes you happy, since it’s good for you, actually.
Very simply, a raw food diet is based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, beans, grains, legumes, dried fruit, seaweed, unprocessed organic or natural foods, freshly juiced fruit and vegetables, purified water and young coconut milk.
Benefits of Raw Food Diets
And somehow this bias towards raw food diet started to melt away when I read about its benefits:
Improved skin appearance
Reduced risk of heart disease
So, now we’re done with that let’s find some resources like books & content on the Internet that will help you follow an authentic raw food diet.
Books on Raw Food Diets
Ann Wigmore, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute, describe in her book that what we eat affects our health greatly. The book emphasizes how the modern nutritionless diet is the primary cause of illness and obesity, and suggests healthier alternatives. This volume presents a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts, all of which is prepared without cooking, and which allows the body to regain its strength and vigour gently. It also discusses body cleansing and ageing issues, with a foreword by Hollywood icon Dennis Weaver.
Well, the book’s title explains itself… another addition to the ‘Complete Idiot’s Guide to…’ In this guide, readers will find the secrets to raw food weight loss; how raw foods can heal the body and boost energy and enthusiasm as well as the anti-aging properties of raw food; and 100+ recipes that show how raw foods can be combined into delectable meals. It also fully explains the benefits of this increasingly popular diet choice, plus presents a mini cookbook that gets readers started on their new diet regimen.
This is an interesting website, allegedly boasts of the largest community on the internet to focus on raw foods. It has loads of article, recipes, an online bookstore and a forum to discuss topics related to raw foods and yes, even a personal dating section too, so you can find an equally vegan mate.
This website is similar to the first one, replete with recipes and article and information that cater to topics from alkaline diets to food safety to recipes and step-by-step procedure to start your own raw diet.
What are some of your favorite raw food diets resources?