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What Is Raw Food?

So you’ve heard of the idea of raw food and that it’s supposed to be really good for you, but if you’ve come to this page you’re probably wondering ‘what exactly IS raw food?’.

The official description of raw food is any uncooked food that is not heated above 40 degrees centigrade or 110 degrees fahrenheit. This means that you can actually warm foods up and still be eating ‘raw food’. Warm soups, casseroles and fruit crumbles are all on the menu!

You can also ‘dehydrate’ foods so that crackers, breakfast granolas, biscuits and much more are available to you whilst still remaining ‘raw’. Plus, there’s all the delicious and vibrantly alive fresh fruit and vegetable recipes that raw food offers too.

What Is A Raw Food Diet?

When I first got curious about raw food I loved the concept of it but was entirely unsure that I could give up all the delicious cooked foods I loved to eat and prepare. I was (and still am) a real foodie, so the idea of eating ‘lettuce’ and ‘apples’ was not very appealing.

How wrong I was about raw food! It’s among the tastiest food I’ve ever eaten and the possibilities for creativity and flavour combinations are endless. Raw food is definitely not boring, it’s more like learning a new culture of cooking. Within that culture there are simple dishes like Spinach Soup and Spicy Walnut Pate and then there are more complex dishes like Raw Sushi, Thai Curry or Hand Rolled Cracked Pepper Cheese.

Here is a list of ingredients available to you when eating a raw food diet…

  • Fresh Vegetables & Leafy Greens
  • Fruit, fresh or dried without added sugar
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Grains and Pulses, sprouted or soaked
  • Sprouts
  • Oils, cold-pressed
  • Sea Vegetables
  • Superfoods
  • Raw Sweeteners

You can eat a ‘100% raw’ food diet or a ‘high raw’ food diet. A high raw food diet includes an amount of cooked foods. If you are learning about raw food with me, these are the optional cooked foods that I include in your menus …

  • Brown Rice
  • Baked Sweet Potato
  • Oatcakes
  • Rice Cakes
  • Wheat-Free Bread
  • Organic Eggs

It is possible to eat raw animal foods on a raw diet but it’s unusual for people to follow this route and isn’t something that I generally recommend.

Now we need to answer the simple question – Is raw food right for you?