Monday, February 28, 2011

Loving the Raw Food Diet

This raw food diet is the best thing since ice cream.

It's taking a bit of used to getting to but feeling in the swing of things by now. I guess it's been a couple of weeks since I decided to give this a try.

The raw food diet is an organic plant food based diet, eating only unprocessed, unheated and cooked plant foods below 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius), such as fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, whole grains, beans, nuts, dried fruit, and seaweed. This sounds so limiting but as it turns out, it really is not. It also sounds like it would be boring and bland but it is really not that either.

IT'S SO DIVERSE, DELICIOUS AND FABULOUS! You can really make anything with those ingredients. And everything tastes SO good.

Essential tools are a basically a food processor, blender, juicer, dehydrator, sprouting jars, a mesh bag to make nut milks and nut cheeses and a fancy slicer/cutter.  You just use all these tools, herbs and spices, and there you have it. I have purchased three raw food cook books so far and they have been really helpful.

The food is quite colorful, beautiful, vibrant, lively and super duper healthy. Everything I've been eating is organic too.

Today I drank fresh carrot/apple/spinach juice for breakfast along with sprouted buckwheat groat cereal swimming in almond milk and topped with blueberries.

Lunch was an orange, more blueberries and some chipolte flax seed crackers with almond pate, plus a handful of kale chips.

Dinner was sprouted sunflower and pumpkin seed veggie patties with fresh salsa, topped with cashew cheese and a cabbage, celery, mixed sprouted grains salad with sesame lemon dressing.

I created all these foods from scratch ....juicing, sprouting seeds, soaking nuts, dehydrating etc. It has taken about two weeks to get it all together. For instance things are soaked overnight, sprouting takes anywhere from 2 to 5 days, dehydrating 12 to 20 hours, etc.

It's a whole new way in the kitchen. No pots and pans and you really don't smell things "cooking" but you can smell them dehydrating! I cannot believe how good I feel, from head to toe. 

Now, later in the evening I'm sipping on some chai tea......still full of energy, but wait, it's almost time to go to bed!


Emma said...

Sounds good! A full raw food diet isn't for me, but I'd like to eat more raw foods than I do.

Artist Victoria O'Neill said...

not expecting to be 100% raw either, probably 95 tho.....don't want to become a fanatic!