A couple years ago, my brother started saying everything was "raw." He says it like most people say "cool" or "dope." When he says goodbye, he often adds: "Rawness begets."
I love my brother.
Ever since going vegan and gluten free, I've wondered if I was gonna go raw. It's the next step, right?
Buuuuut... I'd have to eat fruit in order to go completely raw. Thanks to synaesthesia, fruit makes me gag. Secondly, who would want to give up oatmeal and sweet potatoes? Not me.
Just before Christmas, I discovered the Pure2Raw twins. These are two lovely ladies who have digestive issues like me, and have been using raw foods to cure them for the past two years. They even started their own raw bakery. In reading only a few of their blogs, the girls schooled me in the plethora of raw goodness out there.
Guess what? You can eat oatmeal raw. Here's the recipe.
Soak 1/2 cup oat groats for 8-12 hours.
Soak again for 8-12 hours.
Pour oat groats into food processor.
Add 1/8 - 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.
Add a pinch of salt.
Process until smooth.
It doesn't end there! You can eat sweet potatoes and other rooty veggies raw too! Check it.
Wash and slice up your sweet potato.
Put the slices in a bowl.
Boil some water.
Pour the water over the potato so it covers it.
Wait like five minutes.
Drain and eat.
The photo above is the raw rutabaga I ate last night. I liked it better than cooked. It was much sweeter and more filling.
What's the point in eating raw food? Raw foodies and nutritionists argue over this. Basically, raw foodies believe that cooked food loses nutrients. In an interview with Herb Mentor radio, brilliant and famous raw foodie Brigitte Mars puts it this way: "When we are tired, we say we are fried or zapped... so why do we do that to our food?"
We have to remember that when we eat, we are ingesting ALL of the qualities of that food. Or lack thereof.
Now I'm not eating 100% raw yet. I'm definitely around 85% there though. Why bother? Because other IBS-bloggers have found solace in going high raw. So I'm giving it a try too. Already, it has helped me with my #1 cause of flare-ups: Overeating. Often I overeat because I can't tell if I'm full. BUT - when I eat raw foods - I can ALWAYS tell when I'm full.