By now we’ve all become familiar with the concept of raw food, and many of us have incorporated natural-state stuff into our daily diets – we love love love raw fruits, nuts and veggies and snack to our hearts’ content. As it turns out, that makes our hearts even more contented because raw fruits, nuts and veggies are so very heart-healthy. Don’t you love it when that happens? <3!
Much as we Millennials would love to take credit for the raw food tsunami, it turns out we didn’t create it. In fact, our very own Molly discovered some very interesting factoids while sleuthing.
Turns out raw foodism, as it’s called, goes back more than 100 years. In fact, the very popular muesli came about as the result of one Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss doctor, fell ill with jaundice. Somehow he hit upon this treatment: raw apples. Sure enough, the Zurich physician cured himself, and he developed what some of us believe to be the most delicious breakfast ever to grace the planet. Muesli. Yummmmm.
Anyway, more experiments by more doctors were conducted using food that is uncooked, unprocessed, unmicrowaved, unirradiated (is that a word? we say yes), unGMOed and unpesticided/herbicided/etc.icided.
Today’s raw food diet includes fresh stuff – fruits, berries, veggies, nuts, seeds, herbs. As one might expect, the bulk (and we mean just that) of the diet is fruits and veggies. You can expect to lose some weight if you embark on this with religious fervor. Also, you can expect to spend quite a bit of time prepping. It’s not just grab and gobble if you’re doing it fully and correctly, and though you can warm items, you cannot cook them to more than 115 F. Candy thermometer, anyone?
Also, most rawbies (our own term), are vegan, but if you do consume dairy and other animal products, you’ll likely be gulping raw milk, noshing on cheese made from same, and nibbling sashimi, raw fish and some raw meat.
Dried legumes and grains pass muster, and sprouts get smiley faces.
If you want to do your own research, and we think everyone is well-advised to do so before marching to this drummer. Google is your buddy. There’s also a clearinghouse page at www.health.usnews.com/best-diet/raw-food-diet.
One good site to visit is http://www.fullyraw.com/be-fullyraw/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fullyraw/, where you’ll be schooled in what it means to be “fully raw,” or “FullyRaw.”
It’s not all stay-at-home eating, however – because where there’s a demand, there’s an entrepreneurial spirit ready to meet that demand. Go to http://www.raw-food-repair.com/raw-food-restaurants.html for a huge list of raw food eateries all across the fruited plain. Seriously! Huge list!