Starting August 1st I decided to embark on a raw food journey. Lately I’ve been feeling worn for no obvious reason so I decided it was time for a cleanse. Instead of doing a traditional fast I decided to try raw food for 30 days – all Indian-style!
About nine months ago, I became sensitive to some foods (including spices, my favourite!) and certain vegetables and lentils. It made me realize your health can change anytime and keeping the body in balance in optimal health is so important before any problem exacerbates.
After tweaking my diet for several months things are normalized and I feel I’m back on track. I’m hoping my 30 days of raw foods will help me feel even more energized! Proponents of raw food affirm foods in their natural, uncooked state contain higher nutritional value than foods that have been cooked.
According to Ayurveda, India’s ancient healthcare system (stay tuned for future blog posts explaining this in detail), a combination of cooked and uncooked foods are eaten, but for the most part food should be mostly cooked making it digestible and easy on the body’s digestive system. One of the pillars of Ayurveda is good digestion for optimal health, which is why spices are used in the cooking process.
Therefore, the exclusive raw foods approach to eating is a little exotic for me. With all the curries, grilled flatbreads and rice dishes, this will be a challenge! So what’s with the change of heart?
Last week I had the most delicious food moment and tasted something so good it got me more curious about raw foods. Chef Pedja Milosavljevic at Nature’s Emporium makes this raw food pizza topped with mango which is to die for. Really. After eating this tasty raw pizza I felt so good!
Since it’s August and there is so much fresh produce in the markets, this is the perfect month to try my 30 days of raw foods. I’ll keep you posted how my Indian raw foods are coming along and I’ll post some of my experimental recipes as well.
Most likely I won’t prescribe to all of the raw food “rules” as I won’t be going vegan. Dairy is also huge in Indian cuisine and so I will keep the yogurt and milk (but no cheese) in the diet. But I’ll stay away from all cooked food! And we’ll see how it goes…
Do you typically eat more raw foods in the hotter, summer months?
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