Is a Raw Diet Healthy? Read "Going Raw" by Judith Wignall and Decide
I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle already, but I'm always looking for ways to improve my fitness and dietary habits. I've spent the last 6 months recovering from a pretty bad concussion, so it is important for me to nourish my brain with nutrient-rich foods each day. Several of my friends follow a raw food diet, and I've heard that going raw helps you drop weight fast and feel absolutely wonderful mentally.
A bit more about me: I used to be vegan, so a raw diet seemed doable for me. I bought Going Raw to figure out if I could eat anything other than plain fruits and veggies. Don't get me wrong, I love my produce - but I also enjoy the art of carefully crafting delicious meals. Dicing veggies, chopping herbs, making soup from scratch...these are all things that make me very happy.
With that in mind, Going Raw was exactly what I was looking for. This is an excellent book for beginners, and there are several reasons why:
- It provides lists of foods that you can eat
- It tells you why processed food is bad
- It contains food storage tips
- It explains how to use several different kitchen tools and appliances
- It has beautiful pictures
I buy a lot of cookbooks, and there's one thing that every recipe book that I own must contain: Pictures. Big, bold, vivid pictures that show me exactly what I'm about to prepare. Yeah, I guess I could use my imagination, but I don't really feel like doing that when I'm about to try something new.
Going Raw is packed with large pics that will leave you salivating with excitement as you rummage through the pantry for cashews. Apparently, folks on a raw diet eat a lot of cashews. You can transform cashews into everything from smooth sour cream to rich cheesecake filling, and this book tells you exactly how to make those things happen.
Did you know that you can use a dehydrator when you're on a raw food diet? Neither did I. Here are a few awesome things you can make with a dehydrator:
- Veggie burgers
- Samosa wraps
- Taco shells
I'm convinced that I need a dehydrator before I start my raw food journey. Judith recommends some different brands in her book, so I'll refer back to it after I get paid. Mommy is on a budget.
Another thing I learned about raw meals from this diet: It's okay to warm them up with a blender. For example, when you make soup, you can give it a whirl around the blender to warm it up a bit. Pretty neat.
Oh, and this has very little to do with the content of the book, but the author is absolutely adorable. She has flaming-red pigtails and porcelain skin, and she admits that sometimes she eats non-raw foods. I like her honesty, but some folks might be offended by the fact that she isn't a hardcore raw foodie.
After reading the cookbook, I've decided that I'm going to gradually start incorporating raw meals into my diet. I wonder if the employees at Trader Joe's were on to me when I bought a ton of unsalted cashews yesterday. I don't plan to go completely raw, but I'm going to transform some of the raw recipes into cooked meals (BBQ veggie burgers, anyone?)
This is the book that made me realize how much fun a raw diet can be. It's usually around $10 on Amazon, and it does qualify for Prime. I'm a Prime junkie.
Who doesn't love brownies? Yummy! This video is proof that you can still satisfy your sweet tooth on a raw food diet.