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C'est la Vie: Raw Food Musings

I know some moms who have made the move toward eating raw foods exclusively. I'm ashamed to say that I know very little about it. For a while now I've written it off as, "How much is there to know? You just eat food without cooking it!"

But that is simply ignorant, and I'm woman enough to admit it. I decided to do some online research.. Sure, Amazon carries hundreds of books on the topic, but I figured I could find plenty of information on the net without spending a dime. I was right!

If you have curiosity about the topic too, I'm including some links to blogs and websites that give plenty of details. Here are the foundations of the raw food movement from the information I've gathered:

  • Eating raw allows you to warm foods to temperatures no greater than 130 degrees, because cooking above this temperature destroys most of the nutritional value of food.
  • Eating raw is believed to prevent (and in some cases) cure diseases as well as dramatically increase energy and general well being.
  • Eating raw puts a strong emphasis on not just taste of food, but presentation in the loveliness and range of colors of what we eat.
  • Raw foods do not exclude meats altogether. Some meats can be included such as certain fish and beef.
  • Raw foods do include raw milk and cheeses, but have a strong emphasis on vegetables, sprouted grains and fruits.
  • A raw food diet includes a variety of organic supplements

So, will I be going raw any time soon? Not likely. Will I try some recipes? Definitely. I don't doubt that much of what is claimed about a raw food diet is true. I'm sure people feel better and very much enjoy the flavors that they have become accustomed to. Unfortunately, the effort required would not marry well with the lifestyle we have already bound ourselves to. But you never know, a year from now I may be telling you otherwise. So here you go. Find out more for yourself:

From Sad to Raw (tons of recipes - you have to try the blueberry pie pictured below!)
We Like It Raw (more recipes and great pictures)
The Best of Raw Food (packed with information and recipes)
Alissa Cohen - The Raw Food Diet (click on FAQ for tons of information)
Sunfood (everything you need to get started)
Kristen's Raw (this woman is passionate about raw food!)





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