About two summers ago I wrote a book, “The Truth About Your Soy Latte”. It is a thorough look into the nutrition world I live in, how, and why I arrived at my current philosophy, and brimming with years of my research. It also contains quizzes, and questionnaires that are designed to help readers make the transition to a healthier lifestyle that is right for them. It includes tear out grocery lists, combination charts, and other great info that I only give to my clients, in addition to containing an assortment of delicious recipes, vegan, and non-vegan, raw, and cooked. I have been toying with what to do with it, but it may be soon available as an e-book! It is quirky, and fun, but PACKED with a lot of relevant information. That being said, one of the last chapters has to do with my opinion of “Raw.” Seeing that there is always a lot of chatter about raw, and vegan diets, especially more recently, I decided to pull this blurb from the book…
So here it is… “Raw Gone Wrong” from “The Truth About Your Soy Latte”.
When I first took an interest in “The Raw Food Detox Diet,” I was adamant about sharing Natalia’s words of wisdom and would enthusiastically recommend her book. However, I cannot tell you the amount of people who became flustered by the words “Raw” and “Detox.” Without reading the book, and many chose not to, they automatically assumed I was amongst the growing group of Raw Food Extremists.
At the time, I was living in Los Angeles, California— home to, of course, a number of nutrition-related movements. Living in L.A. it was very easy to walk into a Whole Foods Market and grab an assortment of raw bars, raw desserts, raw nut butters, raw entrees, and raw (fill in the blank). Friends would pick up interesting raw food products, and eagerly show them to me, expecting me to swoon.
Raw Food, or any food for that matter, can only be truly beneficial when the body is capable of ingesting, digesting, absorbing, and eliminating. Frankly, who gives a darn if food is raw, or not, if it cannot be properly utilized, and eliminated? There are scores of raw foods that incorporate dense nuts, seeds, dried fruit, avocado, soybeans, and coconuts. One could live a life on raw foods, and still never achieve their weight loss goal, or be truly healthy. If the body is unable to properly utilize the food it is being given, the body cannot achieve balance, or superior health.
Do not get me wrong, raw food can be absolutely wonderful. It is rich in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. It is full of life and love… All of which, have the capability to help heal and nourish. But it is no miracle worker. A carrot, or pounds of carrots, are not going to make up for the fact that we have chosen (unknowingly, or not) to consume years of “junk food”, be it sugar-free lollipops, deli-meat, buttered dinner rolls, or ramen noodles.
What is miraculous, however, is that the body is an absolutely fascinating work of art, and it is designed to heal itself. Disease results from accumulation. The body needs fuel. It needs the sun, water, and Mother Nature-made nutrients… But we cannot think that our years of consuming mainstream, factory-created meal supplements, breakfast patties, or chicken burgers, did not affect us in any way, and that by eating “raw” for a week+, we are going to feel like a dream. No one gained 15 lbs in a day, nor did we “suddenly” become very ill. These “issues” are a result of accumulation (be it food, or stress, etc.), so throwing raw foods into the mix is not going to cleanse, or miraculously “heal” anyone. Raw food, is food. Nuts burgers, and nut cakes, and raw macaroons, though delicious, are food too. Period.
In my opinion if food is very dense and/or, improperly combined, you might as well be eating a higher quality, candy bar. Raw or not.
I cringe when I hear someone instruct someone else, who has eaten “poorly,” that they need to eat a lot of “raw” the following day to “remedy” the situation. I assure you, eating a lot of fruit, or munching on a pile of raw cabbage, or broccoli (which by the way, are extremely difficult to digest, raw, and not always great tasting), will not make up for the fact that poor food was consumed. I am not saying that you should feel terrible about yourself for having made an “unhealthy” decision, no… The point is that you are going to make healthier decisions the following day, to get back on track, and choosing nutrient dense, but digestible foods, be it raw, or lightly cooked plant foods, would be the ideal way to do this.
We all want a miracle. We all want the Magic Bullet effect. Me too!
Raw foods and plant-based diets are both wonderful ways to live a healthier life, but just as a box of “Peach Detox Tea Bags” are not a cure-all (or cure anything), raw foods are not a prescription for miracles. Can someone experience amazing results from a “raw-food” diet? ABSOLUTELY! Totally. 100%. (If done correctly). Hello? –I would not be sitting here if it were not for my change in diet– and yes, I juice every morning, and I am High-Raw, now. But we can’t give these foods the power to heal, or cure, and especially not overnight. Your body is the healer.
How do you feel about Raw Foods? What are your experiences?
The book goes into great detail how you can achieve weight loss, radiant skin, and a healthier life… Where do you want to see this book? I’d love your feedback!!