Eat Smart, Eat Raw, by Kate Wood
Eat Smart Eat Raw
Raw foods are enjoying increasing popularity, particularly now many Hollywood stars are discovering how a diet based on fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts and juices, leaves you feeling and looking so great. Recently, Donna Karan, the fashion designer attracted media attention when she lost two stone on a raw food diet, and Demi Moore went raw to train for her role in the last Charlie's Angels movie. So is the raw food diet "the new Atkins"?
Well, no. Raw foods are much more than the latest fad. The practise of eating uncooked foods has a long and venerable history, dating right back to Biblical times. In The Essene Gospel of Peace, a reputedly overlooked book of the Bible, Jesus tells his disciples, "if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also". There have been many different raw food movements across the world during the twentieth century, most notably Anne Wigmore and the Hippocrates Health Institute, who promote a living foods diet with an emphasis on green juices and wheatgrass, and have an amazing track record of healing people with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and obesity. In the 1990's a whole new generation of raw foodists came on the scene, in particular David Wolfe and Nature's First Law (http://www.rawfood.com/), operating out of sunny California. In this country, Susie Miller founded F.R.E.S.H. (Fruitarian and Raw Energy Support and Help), in 1992. Susie produced a regular newsletter and drew together like-minded individuals until 1998, when Karen Knowler took over and took Fresh to new heights. Fresh now sells books, foods, juicers and other equipment by mail order, as well as organizing lectures and events across the country, and producing a quarterly magazine (http://www.fresh-network.com/).
Of course, eating raw is not a magical cure-all. It is just as possible to be an unhealthy raw foodist as an unhealthy carnivore. Far better, holistically, to eat cooked vegetables that have been organically and locally grown, than a mango which has been heavily sprayed and shipped across the world. Too much fruit can cause havoc with the blood sugar and damage the teeth, too many nuts are mucus-forming and hard on the liver. Another common pitfall is yo-yoing; going all raw for a period, then giving in to temptation and going overboard on all the cooked treats you had been missing. This puts a huge strain on the body and can be more damaging than not trying to be healthy at all! Best to introduce raw gradually. For example, you could start your day with a smoothie instead of cereal: blend up one banana, one piece of fresh fruit, a glass of water and some flax oil or tahini, for a nutritious and filling breakfast. Or have a raw side dish with your dinner every day. This way you're not missing out on your favourite foods; you don't have to give up cheese, potatoes, or whatever it is you love, just eat them with a large green salad. And if you have a sweet tooth, there are no shortage of yummy raw recipes for cakes and biscuits.
Eat Smart, Eat Raw is the first raw food recipe book to come out of the UK. Filled with over 150 recipes, these are the dishes that I use to feed my family on a daily basis. As such, they are easy to follow, practical to make, and tasty enough to tempt reluctant husbands and children! Including such delights as Thai soup, falafel, cheesecake and garlic crackers, this is a wonderfully useful book for anyone who wants to eat healthily.
"Eat Smart Eat Raw makes raw foods easy and fun as Kate's gentle and reassuring words guide you on your voyage. There are days, weeks and months of recipes here, so just get more and more excited as you try Kate's creations. Raw food cuisine pushes the boundaries of creativity, and Kate's cuisine shows this off, wonderfully, simply and consistently. Her recipes and her style are pure joy, created from the heart."
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