If you had told me 2 years ago I would be vegan, I would have laughed in your face.
If you had told me 1 year ago I would be about to embark on Rawgust, and try and stick to raw food throughout August as much as possible, I would also have laughed in your face.
Buuuuut, here we are. Laughing in my own face.
Today is the 1st August and I’m joining the Rawgust Movement and will attempt to stick to raw food as much as I can throughout the month! I will be documenting my journey, sharing recipes, tips, struggles and hopefully as much of the experience as possible!
So, what is a Raw Food?
Food is classified as ‘raw’ if it is:
- Uncooked – never heated above 42 C/118 F degrees.
- Unprocessed – as fresh (or wild) as possible
- Organic – no irradiation, preservatives, pesticides or GMO
So, why eat raw food?
It is thought heating food above 115 degrees F (45 Celsius) has a number of impacts to the nutritional value of food, such as:
1. It kills enzymes. Enzymes help digest our food and although our bodies can create enzyme, the process takes a lot of energy and it can leave you feeling tired and heavy after a cooked food meal. In addition, the enzymes that our bodies makes are not as efficient and effective as the ones that are already within the foods we eat but are destroyed by heat.
As a result, food is not broken down as well as it could be and is harder to digest and it is generally believed that the human body has a limited amount of enzymes that it can produce; if the supply is depleted then organs will function less and less efficiently and this can accelerate aging and disease.
2. Cooking food changes the pH of the food and makes it acidic. The human body is naturally alkaline and so eating alkaline foods is essential for optimum health. Eating acidifying food makes the body a feeding ground for disease and can have wider health implications.
3. Cooking food can convert normally easy to absorb minerals into inorganic hard to absorb minerals. Inorganic minerals such as calcium are hard to absorb and might cause calcium stones, whereas organic ones are easier to digest, make you alkaline, help you get rid of too many acids
4. It destroys most vitamins due to the heat applied to the food, so humans have to eat more in order to get the vitamin levels required
5. It is thought to destroys the life force of the food – so in effect eating cooked food is eating dead food which leaves us feeling heavy and tired. Live food has live energy – which is why people often refer to the Raw Food diet as Living Food diet. Living foods can give humans more energy, and when you think about it a raw seed will grow if you plant it, a cooked seed won’t, or when you pick (raw) unripe fruit it continues to ripen for weeks, whereas cooked fruit starts to decay within days – this is because is it living, and this energy is transferred to us when we consume raw foods.
These reasons explain why most people on a raw food diet feel more energetic and have a stronger immune system!
What will I be eating throughout Rawgust?
Good question, and stayed tuned for the answers! I’ll be sharing recipes and reviews as I go and will be providing a weekly update how it has gone!
Generally raw foodists eat at least 75% of raw fruits, vegetables, (germinated) seeds, (germinated) nuts and super foods and sprouts. I will be blending, juicing, dehydrating, freezing and assembling all sorts of raw food dishes.
So yeah, here goes. Let’s go raw and see what happens!
Is anyone else taking part or interested in taking part? If so drop me a line and let’s be RAWESOME together.