Raw Food – «living food»


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WHAT IS RAW FOOD?


Raw Food is a diet based on fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, algae and oils. The diet also includes sprouts, superfood, berries, mushrooms and herbs. The raw materials are processed using methods such as soaking, drying, mixing and centrifugation and are not to be heated to temperatures above 42 °C.  Some even eats raw products deriving from animals.

Raw Food is based on the idea that large parts of the nutrients are lost when the food is treated, and that the nutrition is better preserved if the food is not treated. The concept involves eating food in its natural, untreated form. Some eat only vegetarian food, others include meat. Some focus exclusively on nutrition, while others also focus on taste.

HISTORY


In 1897 Doctor Max Bircher- Benner was inspired by Pythagoras’s diet and started experimenting with raw food with in order to cure diseases. However, it was Ann Wigmore who made the diet popular amongst the average population in the 1960s. Her diet emphasises sprouts and soaking of for example seeds and nuts (in order to activate the sleeping enzymes), than what regular Raw Food diet does nowadays. Today’s Raw Food is a somewhat simplified version of Wigmore’s diet, but she is still considered as the founder of the modern Raw Food culture.

WHY RAW FOOD?


Many consume Raw Food in order to increase energy levels. With proper nutrition body and mind is given strength by finding the right balance. Raw Food ensures the optimal amount of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Many argue that Raw Food can contribute to weight reduction, finer skin, sharper mind and more energy and joy of life.

When seeds and nuts are soaked the body can more easily absorb the nutrient they contain. They are also easier to digest. It is also possible to soak dried fruit, which is an effective way to reduce the amount of fruit sugar, as some is absorbed by the water.

TIP


A tip for getting started with Raw Food is to replace one meal a day. Breakfast and lunch is often the easiest meals to replace. If you are able to do so, you already have 25-30% Raw Food in your diet.

This is meant to be an informative article; Eqology is neutral to diets like this. If you wish to make dramatic changes to your diet we recommend that you consult a physician.

MAKE YOUR OWN ALMOND MILK


This is what you need to make you own almond milk:

Almonds, water, a blender and a nut milk bag (or a kitchen towel).

This is how you do:

Soak the almonds in plenty of water for 8-12 hours. Drain and put the soaked almonds in a blender, along with 1 liter fresh water, salt and if desired some vanilla powder. Mix until everything is finely ground and floating. Strain the almond paste through a cloth, filter or a nut milk bag. Almond milk is stable for at least 4 days in the refrigerator, it can also be frozen.

The almond milk can be used in for an example a smoothie, coffee/tea, cereals or porridge.

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