Today I want to break down for you the complex sounding concept of being “High Raw”.
This is the first in a series on High Raw eating that I’m doing leading up to the release of my cookbook on February 22. (Yay – I can’t wait to share my cookbook with you!) By the time it rolls around, you will – luck have it – be ready to dive in and start eating High Raw.
I officially have a title (I think): Quick and
Dirty Clean: Raw Till Dinner Meals for Busy Folks. It’s more than a cookbook – it’s a guidebook and will give you the tools to really get started. But it’s also short and sweet and won’t overwhelm you!
Today I’ve got a video for you. If you’re the reading type, scroll down for a simple recap of the most important points.
Before even discussing eating High Raw, I think it’s important to define what eating Raw is. The Raw Food Diet at it’s very core basically means eating fresh fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.
Typically, raw foodies add the caveat of not cooked above 118 degrees, but that’s when you get into dehydrating and gourmet raw foods… and raw to me is much less complicated and more tied to what you can get and eat directly from the farmers market. So really, it’s the simplest, most straight forward way of eating!
Raw has been in the spotlight lately as a healthier way of eating. Why?
You can find tons of excellent info on other blogs, so here are a couple of my own personal reasons.
My Favorite Benefits from Eating Raw Foods
- They are full of water, and most of us are dehydrated.
- I get to eat more volume!!!
- The Raw Food Diet is based on fresh fruits and veggies, and I think we can agree that we all need to eat more of those.
But you don’t need to be 100% to get the benefits of Raw.
So what about high raw? What’s that?
It just means eating most of your diet from raw fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. Ambiguous? That’s the point. It has built-in flexibility. In another article in this series, I’ll share the 5 main benefits of NOT being 100% raw.
2 ways to Eat High Raw
- Raw Till Dinner
- For example: green smoothie breakfast, salad lunch, cooked macro bowl for dinner.
- Lucky for you, my Quick and Clean cookbook will get you started and help you visualize what eating Raw Till Dinner really looks like. Remember February 22nd! 😉
- Hybrid Meals (raw and cooked)
- I like to add a cup of beans to my lunch salads.
- For more ways to incorporate hybrid meals, read my blog post and watch my video on eating raw in the winter.
Now your turn. Is eating High Raw simpler than you thought? If you eat High Raw, share with us your best tip for finding a balance between raw and cooked.
Photo by Todd Moore. Thanks to Todd and Alexsis for some AMAZING cookbook photos!