This morning, I was a guest on KTNF Radio 950 AM in Minneapolis. The show is called, “Fresh and Local” and is hosted by Susan Berkson and Bonnie Denh of Dehn’s Gardens. Crystal Grobe of Cafe Cyan, a local food writer and blogger who writes about fresh, local food was also a guest on the show. I had a great time talking about raw food, the farmer’s market and interesting local growers. I will post a link next week, when it is up on the website.
Talking about raw food is a passion that is turning into an obsession. Trying to communicate why we should be eating more raw foods in a short amount of time can be tricky. When you start talking about raw food, people seem to fall into a few different categories. There are the fast food junkies who don’t want to know anything about food affects their health. They look at me as if I am from another planet. Then there are people who are becoming aware but giving up their comfort foods just isn’t an option yet. They still look at vegetarian, vegan and raw as extreme. It is the next group that I am the most interested in. They are the people that have made the connection. They know that what they eat can dramatically impact their health. They are interested in learning about healthier ways to eat. Those are the people I love to talk to.
When I talk about raw food, I really am just trying to help people understand how valuable it is to incorporate more fresh, nutrient dense foods into your diet. The more the better. Rawmazing is all about learning how to do this painlessly and joyfully!
It is easy to understand why you should be eating more raw, unprocessed foods. Think of this: your body is designed to be a self-healing machine. You cut yourself, and your cells go to work. Voila, the cut heals. This self-healing occurs on many levels in our bodies. When fighting free radicals and disease, your body is constantly working to heal. The main fuel for this healing is the nutrients in your food.
If you are constantly eating nutrient void food, your body has no fuel to heal. That is when chronic disease sets in. It is a pretty simple theory. All we have to do is look around to see how our over processed, nutritionally absent diet is affecting us. Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes and Obesity are raging out of control.
The other day, I told a friend of mine that I no longer wanted to play Russian Roulette with my health. That is why I eat raw. I would rather stack the deck in my favor than try to grab at a passing card once in a while. Nutritious, unprocessed raw food will help you stack your deck. And it also tastes great!
A note on Agave. There is another article out on Agave and I am sure many of you will be reading about it. I am already starting to get emails. I have an entire blog post on agave here: Agave: Hero of Villian. The agave I use comes from a trusted source. You can read all about Xagave, the agave I use, here: Xagave. We also now carry it in the Rawmazing store. One other thing to remember, I normally use less than half the amount of sweetener when I use Xagave. Please be rational. I believe that there is a place for a good quality agave. Read, research and make your own decisions.