I love tea. I love losing myself in all of the wonderful aromas, the ritual of preparation, and savoring the moment that it brings. I get asked often if I drink tea. I do. Is tea raw? Not likely. I could dismiss the issue by reminding people that I am not 100% raw all the time, but I think there is a bigger question that needs to be addressed here. It is about being “reasonably” raw.
Being reasonably raw asks the question, “If it is good for me, gives me health benefits, and doesn’t interfere with the benefits I am getting from being a raw foodist, do I really need to eliminate it from my diet because it isn’t 100% raw?”
Tea has amazing health benefits. It is full of antioxidants that help fight the free radicals that do so much damage in our bodies. There are many studies that demonstrate the cancer fighting properties of antioxidants. Green tea has even been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. I choose to be reasonably raw when it comes to tea. I don’t want to give up such an enjoyable way to give myself the health benefits of tea simply because it isn’t 100% raw.
Being reasonably raw involves listening to your body. I know that because I am almost 100% raw, when I deviate with unhealthy foods, my body immediately starts screaming at me. Not an exaggeration. I get lethargic, have digestion issues and mostly just feel cruddy (as I ask myself…why did you do that?) But when the deviation from raw involves feeling great, getting health benefits and supplementing my raw diet, I believe I have made a reasonable choice for myself.
Everyone must find their own “raw” path. I am not here to tell you what you can eat and what you can’t eat. I am here to guide you in your choices and hopefully help you to find interesting, healthier alternatives in the form of great raw food recipes, to what you have been eating. I want you to get in touch with your body and discover what works for you. Hopefully, we can all find a reasonable path in our quest for health.