Today begins a blog series about my seven day trial experimenting with a 100% raw food diet.
Why raw? Well, first, raw foods fits well with one of Casual Kitchen's cornerstone ideas: the concept of embracing first-order foods, which are foods that don't contain embedded processing, branding, packaging or transport costs. If you embrace a diet rich in first-order foods, you can eat extremely well for surprisingly little money. In many ways "going raw" is an extreme example of embracing first-order foods.
Furthermore, the logic behind the raw foods diet makes a lot of sense: after all, a million years ago our ancestors didn't eat any cooked, canned or processed foods. Of course, they also didn't have dehydrators or Vitamix blenders, but that's a separate issue entirely.
All kidding aside, a diet centered around raw foods may very well be significantly healthier for our bodies.
Over the past year, I've discovered quite a number of other bloggers who have experimented with or converted to this diet. Almost all have reported strikingly positive results, including successful weight loss, improved health, increased energy--and even greater mental and emotional clarity. And recently, on a trip to Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to meet several raw foodists, and what I learned from them made me decide to try the diet out myself.
Finally, I relied heavily on Victoria Boutenko's book 12 Steps to Raw Foods, which covers in great depth how to approach a raw food diet. This book is widely considered to be the key resource for raw food beginners, and it's a fascinating and instructive read even if you don't intend to go fully raw.
What do I expect from this trial? Well, first of all, I do not expect to become a full-time raw foodist. After this trial is over, I'm planning to go right back to regular old cooked food. My goal is simply to test out the diet and see what it feels like. I also hope to figure out answers to some key questions, including:
1) What are the logistics of eating 100% raw?
2) Will it be expensive?
3) Will I end up running to the grocery store every day to buy insane amounts of fresh produce?
4) Will it make me feel healthier?
5) Will the diet be satisfying, or will it leave me with food cravings?
6) How challenging will it be to stick to the diet?
7) Will I experience any difficult detox symptoms?
I hope to get insights into all of these questions and more over the next several days.
Other than this big change to my diet, I'll live my (relatively) normal life. Sure, I might be cuddling up with our blender a bit more than I normally do, but other than that, I intend to exercise the same amount, sleep the same amount and do pretty much the same things I usually do each day.
Last of all, just as I don't intend to convert permanently to an all-raw diet, I also do not intend to persuade my readers to do so either. My goal is simply to try it out for a brief time and share my experiences.
Tune in tomorrow, when I'll begin with Day 1! [See the full archive of posts on my raw foods trial]
A quick postscript to readers: The posting frequency is going to be quite a bit higher than typical over the next week--at least one post per day, compared to CK's typical posting schedule of 2-3 posts per week. After the trial I'll get back to my normal schedule.
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