Raw Inspiration

January 22, 2008 at 9:25 pm 7 comments

As many of you know, I ate a 100% raw diet a few years back and it lasted for a couple of months. I truly loved every minute of it…and felt healthier than I have in my entire life. And oh my…the food. So amazing. I haven’t ever gone back to 100% raw, but I love raw foods of all kinds and try to incorporate as many raw foods into my diet as possible. The benefits are amazing. Right now, I am probably at 50-60% raw (my goal is 80%+). I eat LOTS of fruits and veggies. Yum.

A typical day lately has been fruit or oatmeal and tea for breakfast, a big salad for lunch (with a simple homemade dressing) and then a healthy vegan supper with another salad. I have cut WAY back on my bread (even whole wheat), salt, and butter consumption and have seen a huge difference in how bloated I feel. It’s like a layer of myself peeled away. It’s hard to explain πŸ™‚ I’ve stopped buying boxed “snack” foods for Bella as well. Nearly every one of them was made of “enriched” flour…even though they are organic. Blech. For snacks now, she eats raw fruits and veggies, dried fruit, or sprouted bread.

My friend, Tara, linked to a wonderful raw blog and I wanted to share it with you. I can’t wait to try the raw brownies she posted about…but I REALLY enjoyed checking out the entire blog. I especially loved the amazing before and after photos. You cannot deny the POWER raw food has to heal bodies and lives. It’s alive and powerful!

Be sure to check out this clip of a movie called Supercharge Me…it’s great!


Entry filed under: Healthy Eating, Raw.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lucie Walker  |  January 23, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Thank you so much for linking to my Rawkin’ site! πŸ™‚
    How lovely to read this today!

  • 2. Heather  |  January 23, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Sara I’m just curious to know what is on this salad, it looks amazing but I can’t point out everything! If you are going to post such lovely pictures you really should include recipes!!:)

  • 3. livelightly  |  January 23, 2008 at 3:43 am

    This photo was taken at a raw restaurant in Minneapolis called Ecopolitan, so I don’t have the recipe πŸ™‚ But it was raw manicotti…thinly sliced zucchini wrapped in a delicious nut pate on a bed of greens with a berry sauce. Yum yum! Here is a similar recipe: http://gliving.tv/greenchefs/recipes/manicotti/
    I can’t wait to go back there in a few weeks before we fly out of Minneapolis! Weeeee! Check out their menu here:

  • 4. Heather  |  January 23, 2008 at 3:47 am

    How genius and wonderful, thanks!

  • 5. Valerie  |  January 30, 2008 at 2:29 am

    Hi Sara, I’m a livelightlytour follower and happened over here looking for some good recipes.

    I was just curious about your thoughts on the somewhat competing interests of eating locally vs raw eating. I struggle with this somewhat myself and am always looking for fresh opinions. Our family has really made a commitment to eating more locally this year and a lot of the produce options so frequently mentioned in any raw cooking site/book are just not great options in the winter in the Northeast.

    Thanks for any ideas!

  • 6. livelightly  |  January 30, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Hi Valerie!
    Welcome to Happy Foody πŸ™‚ I will always try to choose a local product/produce when I am shopping, but I won’t limit my diet if I can’t find a certain item. Especially when eating more raw foods. Eating locally is wonderful for the environment and the local economy…and I support that! However, my health and my family’s health is even more important, so I will buy what I want πŸ™‚ It is possible to eat really, really healthy and well on a local diet, but usually not raw. πŸ™‚

    Hope this answers your question.

  • 7. Valerie  |  January 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks Sara, it’s just something I always struggle a bit with!

    I have to agree, we can eat very healthy on a local diet but not raw. We just have decided that we eat mostly raw foods from our garden/CSA/co-op in season (spring and summer mostly) and ‘treat’ ourselves to more raw produce from farther away during the colder months and eat more cooked root veggies, etc.

    Thanks for the raw inspiration! I’ve added some to my growing notebook of recipes.


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