Yup, I'm doing it. Alissa's book, Living on Live Food, did not have me at hello. But a few friends of mine have tried the raw food diet...one look at their smiles and clear skin made me curious. Then I read the book and realized she maps out an entire menu for 30 days, including shopping lists. Brilliant. Easy wins every time. Suprisingly and happily, my fiance was willing to give it a go. And so it began, three days ago.
The Raw Food Diet is more than just eating raw food, it's eating raw VEGAN food. So oysters don't count. Or raw milk or whatever. Nope, it's all vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains. And that's just about...it. The short story is that raw, living foods have enzymes that cooked foods do not have. Those enzymes make the food you eat more nutritious and efficient. It's a very clean way to feed your body that sounds extreme at first. But what's more "extreme" – say, eating a fruit salad for breakfast or eating genetically modified, chemically treated processed cornmeal in a muffin? Or cheese pizza complete with added antibiotics and growth hormone?
So far I've lost 2 or 3 pounds (which is part of the experiment but not a goal) and I feel very energized. Still waiting for my skin to clear up, and any other evidence of miraculous healing. As for what we're eating, my food processor has never seen so much action! Using a vegetable peeler I've made "noodles" out of zucchini, summer squash and carrots. Sauces are usually some kind of nuts blended with lemon or orange juice. Oh, and the Mock Salmon Pate has been a big hit over salad with some capers. I've also been eating sprouted quinoa with fruit for breakfast and a date-nut torte for dessert. Not bad at all. If I had a larger food processor it would be downright easy. And if I were willing to drop $200 on a dehydrator we could actually make
Disclaimer: this diet isn't easy on the digestion system at first. But I think that's because your stomach isn't used to it, and there's a lot of cleaning to be done. See, I enjoy this sort of thing in a weird way, so if you do too, check out the book and be prepared to drop some bank on organic produce.