10 reasons to try a raw (vegan) diet
posted: December 9, 2013
Editor’s Preface: Until a few weeks ago, when someone told me they were on a raw food diet I imagined them sitting sadly on their couch, noshing slowly through the thousandth carrot stick and pretending to like it. How ignorant I was.
In mid-November I cruised up to Whistler for Cornucuopia, the resort town’s annual celebration of food and wine. When I wasn’t snowboarding (quick shout out here to Mother Nature for an early start on the ski season, woohoo!) I decided to veto some boozier events to hit seminars that were part of the Fairmont Whistler’s Nourish series.
The series’ tagline was “care from the inside out,” and at a raw vegan food demonstration I met Audra Mott of Rawkin Good Food and her colleague Merina Koly. It was there, through the shrewd manipulation of my tastebuds, they taught me that a living foods—or raw—diet goes far beyond carrot sticks. Over to Audra…
I am a gourmet raw vegan food chef and educator.
I became a raw food enthusiast when, using raw foods, I healed myself from a severe flare up of eczema due to stress and a poor vegan diet. The added bonus was such a feeling of well being that I just had to spread the word.
I’ve been a vegetarian for 25, progressing along my way into vegan and now 75 per cent raw foods. It has been a journey for me to find the correctly balanced diet, which of course has to be delicious as well. That means getting creative in the kitchen.
At the Fairmont Nourish seminar we shared recipes for a raw vegan lunch that includes Butternut Squash Curry Purée and Zucchini Pepper Wraps. Stuff the wraps with whatever you like and top with my favourite Almond Ginger Miso Sauce. Yes, you can have seconds.
10 REASONS TO ADD MORE RAW FOOD TO YOUR DIET
1. Increased energy
2. Increased vitality
3. Reduced risk of disease
4. Optimal body weight
5. Fiber in raw foods helps regulate blood sugar, decreases cholesterol and keeps everything moving through your system
6. In raw food the vitamins and minerals have a very high nutrition-per-calorie ratio
7. Very high in phytonutrients, which many act as antioxidants. Antioxidants counteract free radicals – anti-aging.
8. They’re high in plant enzymes required to digest food (when food is heated above 118°F/44.7°C, its enzymes start to deactivate)
9. Raw foods maintain the proper alkaline pH of the bloodstream, which has many benefits to the body
10. Avoidance of hunger and deprivation
Mmmmm, raw vegan apple torte
Nosy us… we always have to ask: what’s your favourite raw vegan recipe?