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Thoughts on Raw Food

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“People learn by playing, thinking and amazing themselves. They learn while they’re laughing at something surprising, and they learn while they’re wondering ‘What the heck is this?'”

~Sandra Dodd

Almost ripe pears on one of our pear trees

A few days ago, I decided to try eating a mostly raw food diet. I’m feeling a little perplexed by raw foodism already. Foods are “uncooked” by chopping, blending, juicing, soaking and dehydrating, but I thought “raw” meant eating food in the form that it comes from the ground or off a tree. I can understand wanting variety, but why soak a nut? Just eat it. And who wants to run a dehydrator for hours on end? Is the use of any appliance really “raw”? Is cooked food really “toxic?” Why such a need to continually “do things” to our food, anyway? I guess it’s kind of hard to sell books, recipes, and “food” products otherwise. Just grow it and eat it: What could be more simple?
Update (9/20): I soon discovered how difficult it is to find raw foods, even in health food stores. There are even laws against raw food for milk (the most obvious) and almonds (in New York State), to give two examples. Bottom line: I’m just not up for another “fight against the mainstream,” so I went back to my eat-clean diet: Whole, fresh foods and protein, with more raw foods added into the mix.

Written by cherapple

15 September, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Posted in Food, Quotes, Thoughts

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