Happy Sunday friends!  I hope you’re having a nice weekend!  Did you see the moon last night?  It was so beautiful, it looked like you could just pick it right out of the sky.

Today I wanted to share with you some information about raw foodism.  A concept and lifestyle I am getting much more familiar and comfortable with.

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What exactly is raw foodism?

Food is considered raw if it is not heated above 118 F degrees (although there are some variances in this number)  Foods are eaten in their uncooked, most potentially nutritious state, with the vital elements of Nature still contained in them.*  By eating raw or living foods the enzymes present in the food are kept intact.  Enzymes are responsible for every biochemical reaction that occurs in living matter.**

When food is cooked above 118 F degrees enzymes, vitamins and minerals are damaged from heat.  It is far more taxing on the body to produce enzymes for digestion then it is to consume food that already have enzymes intact.

For an in-depth explanation of the details of a raw diet, check out Kristen’s Raw.

What do raw foodists eat?

Lots!  Fruits and vegetables are an obvious choice.  As well, nuts, seeds and sprouted beans and superfoods,  are also packed full of nutrients.

Do you only eat raw food?

Not at all!  Currently I have been consuming a high-raw diet, which means I eat about 75% raw.  Try eating at least 51% raw, whole foods as recommended by Dr Fred Bisci a notable nutritionist and raw food enthusiast.

What kitchen equipment do I need?

Gena from Choosing Raw swears by the following:

Food processor

Some nice to haves would be – a dehydrator, juicer, spiralizer and a high-powered blender.

Benefits of a raw food diet

Increased energy
Clear and healthy skin
More focus, less “brain fog”
A balanced, more alkali body (chronic disease thrives in an acidic body)
Improved immune system

Vegan micronutrient sources

Calcium – sesame seeds, tahini, almonds, broccoli, leafy green vegetables

Iron – spinach, sesame seeds, raisins, dried apricots, leafy green vegetables, flax seeds, cashews

Are there raw supplements available?

Sunwarrior – raw vegan protein powder
Vitamin Code by Garden of Life – supplements
Upaya Naturals – online store specializing in organic, raw vegan products *Canadian

Additional resources

The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier
Becoming Raw by Brenda David
Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo
The Raw Food Revolution by Cherie Soria, Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

Choosing Raw
Girl On Raw
Kristen’s Raw
Loving Raw

Do you consume mostly raw foods?  Does a raw food lifestyle interest you?

* Elson Haas, Staying Healthy with Nutrition
**Joanne Gero, Vibe Alive