This week of eating raw has been a week of detox for my body. I have felt pretty lethargic, my face broke out, my brain has had some major foggy moments…feels a lot like being pregnant all over again (which I am not, by the way). So, what did I do this weekend?? I broke the diet and it all started with some amazing deep dish roasted veggie pizza from this place. And then homemade rhubarb dessert from a dear friend. I plan on getting back into my raw food groove for another week (maybe two) starting tomorrow morning!
I have a close friend who has walked the raw food road in the past and she has graciously given me some insight that I would like to share with you! After reading her experience, I feel like I could extend my raw food adventure another week to see if I can benefit from all the great things this eating lifestyle has to offer. Here is Carrie’s experience…“It’s all Michael Pollan’s fault. He started it. In 2007, when I read The Omnivore’s Dilemma , I thought I was plodding slow and steady through a history of food. Sounds innocent enough, right? Instead, Pollan’s journalistic investigation into the source of our nation’s food crashed through my previously held paradigms, utterly trampling the option of ignorance. Pollan’s extensive research on factory farmed cattle and the (over)use of corn in the US led him to pay attention to how food makes him feel, and that’s where it led me, too.
After absorbing a handful of documentaries, presentations, books, and blog posts, I was left asking myself: what in the world am I supposed to be eating? Chasing a toddler around all day made me desperate for energy, and when Sara at the blogs Happy Foody and Walk Slowly Live Wildly starting evangelizing a raw vegan diet, I was smitten. Articles I had come across described how plants that haven’t reached temperatures above about 110 degrees Fahrenheit still have all their enzymes intact. (Wikipedia’s description of raw foodism explains the concept well.) In essence, an apple uncooked has all the enzymes necessary for digestion. Therefore, the body’s store of digestive enzymes doesn’t get depleted when the apple enters the body, and there is more energy left for other things — like playing with your one-and-a-half-year-old son instead of wishing for an early and long naptime. Never one to sneeze at perfection, raw veganism seemed like the most pure diet I would ever come across.
If you would like to read more about Carrie’s raw food experience, hop on over to her blog!