The Raw Deal

Workout: P90X Chest and Shoulders, 30 minute bike ride on my trainer

So, I’ve been researching alternative medicine and small changes that I can make to my daily habits to improve health issues. For the past year I’ve gone on  2-3 week juice-only cleanses and always felt like it gave me intense mental clarity, increased energy, and improved my mood. However, one can not live on juice alone.


Through all my juice recipe Google searches, over and over I would read about the amazing benefits of a raw diet. Since the only thing I actually missed when I juiced was crunchy food and the motion of putting forks in my mouth (FREAK!), I felt like this might be the next logical step for me.

In January I started really researching the raw food craze. After a few weeks of just browsing through information, I started resembling Claire from Let’s Go on a Living Spree, with my piles of books, scratched filled notebook, and endless internet searches.


So here I am, on day five of starting my journey into rawism (is that even a word?). Eating raw is a simple concept:

  • emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains
  • all foods can not be heated above 115 degrees

Rawist believe that heating food above 115 degrees kills enzymes that aid in digestion; therefore, your body has to work harder to process and digest the food (making you feel tired and heavy). Now if you really want to get crazy, raw foodist often believe that heating up food destroys the life force of the food, so essentially you are just eating dead food. 


So, after much debate and a whole lot of reading, I’ve decided to give it a shot. I’m currently five days in and feeling great. I must emphasize that I’m not doing this for weight loss, but more for health (who am I kidding, any weight lost would be a serious added benefit). Since I’m only trying it for health reasons, I’ve decided that I’m not going to be hard on myself if I occasionally have a piece of toast or some steam veggies (oh the shame!).

I’ll start posting some of my uber-delish raw food recipes I’ve collected so everyone can start incorporating raw concepts in their daily life. Aren’t you excited?


Question – On stringent diets or lifestyle changes, what are the hardest habits/foods to give up?

  • Mine is chocolate…I’m a late night binger and my binge of choice is anything chocolate related. Last week I had the score of the century – found a bag of Christmas Hershey kisses in the closet, unopened and so delish.



4 thoughts on “The Raw Deal

  1. I don’t know if this is “allowed” on a raw food diet, but lately I’ve been loving the No Pudge Fudge mix when combined with yogurt. It tastes like brownie batter but doesn’t have the calories, added sugars or fats. Yum.

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