Raw Living

p1000322What is raw living?  Very simply it is not cooking or dehydrating.  Non vegans can be raw too but this section only considers raw vegan living.

The raw food movement is more than the odd smoothie or occasional salad it is a lifestyle choice which has an ever growing number of followers.  The raw community are always finding new and interesting ingredients to ensure their diets remain enriched, healthy, nutritious and interesting.  The desire for textured, tasteful and interesting food is very important.

The Basics

A 100% raw food diet contains nothing cooked, rawists consider cooking food to be detrimental to the nutritional content of food  as cooking affects the genetic make up of food.  Raw food is better for our digestives system because all the nutrients remain in the food which can then be more easily broken down and digested by our bodies.  Or in other words it is more natural for us to consume uncooked and unprocessed food, our bodies can run more efficiently on this diet.

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The health benefits of a raw diet are clear skin, bright eyes, more energy, better complexion, weight loss & balance and reduced stomach bloating or digestive problems.  Eating raw food boosts the immune system and this diet can have quite amazing healing affects.  Some rawists are 100% raw all the time, this might be difficult depending on your lifestyle and work.  It is important to do as much as you can within your lifestyle and [intlink id="3404" type="post"]heat free Mondays [/intlink]are a good place start.

k00149401Some unexpected veggies that can be eaten raw are parsnips (grated and used as a rice alternative), & sweet potato.  The usual suspects you already include in salads and then there is the good green stuff to consider, spinach and curly kale which are both rich in iron.  Nut milks are raw when the nuts are liquidised with water to make the milk.  And then there is sprouting which adds a great deal of nutrition into the diet.

As mentioned a raw diet can be more interesting and varied than having a salad everyday.  It is a totally new way of not cooking with new ingredients you might not have heard of before!  Being raw is a way of life but then so is being vegan and don’t forget there is a whole raw community of people out there keen to assist you with your exploration.

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Interested in trying raw food?  Then a visit to [intlink id="3285" type="post"]SAF[/intlink] restaurant in London might be just what you need to get your tastebuds tingling.  Here there is truely exquisite raw and vegan food!  If you are going to enjoy raw living then taste and texture are important to keep your food interesting.  Go to [intlink id="54" type="category"]Recipes[/intlink] to find some raw options.

The good news is that you don’t even have to give up chocolate!  Raw chocolate has an intensity and depth to its flavour which leaves all other chocolate behind.  You have to try it to believe it.  There are numerous raw chocolate recipes from truffles to cakes which are all delicious.  Nuts are used extensively to make cake bases and thicken chocolate.  Avocado is also used when making raw chocolate mousse!  To read more about raw chocolate and find some suppliers go [intlink id="2894" type="post"]here[/intlink].

If you want to learn how to make raw chocolate and desserts Sweet Sensations runs regular courses. And don’t forget to mention where you heard about them!  THV also sell raw choc truffles on our stall.

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There are also raw bodycare products available take a look at the Beauty section for brands. For more information check out The Vitamin CodeGet fresh is a very informative raw food magazine issued quarterly, full of articles and recipes.  And to find raw restaurants check out [intlink id="409" type="post"]eating out[/intlink].

Key rawist tools include; a liquidiser for healthy juices  and a dehydrator which removes the water changing the texture of food giving a raw “cooked” feel and look.  This equipment can be expensive and no equipment is essential and it might be better to borrow or buy cheaply at first.

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Disclaimer

This diet might not suit everyone.  It is important you do your own reading and research and speak to a doctor or nutritionist if you have any concerns.

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