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Healthier on raw foods…

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I had a raw food conversation last night that led to one of my little pet peeves…  

I really wasn’t planning on talking about raw food with this person –I was doing business with them over the phone.  

While I know this diet is new to many people, it’s just funny to me that after 30, 40, 50 + years of eating pizza and chips and cookies and candy, people go raw and after three days are worried they will be deficient in protein or certain vitamins! Come on, think about this, silly isn’t it? First of all you will be eating healthier than ever before. You probably have never eaten as much fruit and veggies before, right?

I’m not saying that it is not possible to become deficient in something, but it normally takes a very long time and a very restricted, poor diet… After a couple of days of not rotating your food choices, eating mostly fruit or not having a daily green drink, you’ll be fine. Really, trust me on this one. Most people have never had a green drink in their life!

You are going to be eating the healthiest foods on the planet!

How often do people worry about being deficient in something when they are eating processed, dead foods that have no nutritional impact at all? And now, when people go on a raw food diet, they somehow feel that eating fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds will lead them into deficiency.

These foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, water and fiber. All essential for a healthy diet. The more you know about the nutritional deficiencies in cooked and processed foods, the more you will appreciate your raw fruits and vegetables. Many people consider a salad to be a less than optimal for a main meal for lunch or dinner but a good salad has all the nutritional components required by our body–a claim that can’t be made by any cooked food.

India.Arie and Raw Food = The perfect summer night…

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Yesterday at the last minute I decided that I needed food! Yep, I needed a really good raw food meal! Appetizers’, entrée, dessert – the whole shebang. It felt like a long time since I had had an amazing raw food feast. I hadn’t been in to check on Grezzo for a few weeks. I was craving my brownie sundae!

While I was working away on the computer all day, I kept thinking that I needed to go into Grezzo to have a really great raw meal. Finally I stopped procrastinating and got in the car, picked up a friend along the way and drove in.

We got to Grezzo at about 4:30pm, right before dinner service. When I walked in to the restaurant there were two women sitting at a table. I walked by, smiled and thought “wow, she looks familiar”, but didn’t want to disturb them. When I walked into the kitchen, my staff was all flipped out. India.Arie was the women sitting at the table along with her personal chef. She was performing last night in Boston at an outdoor venue on the waterfront.

We talked for a while about her being vegan and the food they had ordered. After chatting with them a while and giving them my book and DVD, I left them alone to eat.

My friend Christine and I sat at a table at the other end of the restaurant. Christine was whispering to me how awesome it would be if they decided that the food was so great, they were going to give us tickets to the concert that night. We laughed. About 2 minutes later, Stephanie, the women with her, asked if I’d like to do a trade. Another book and DVD for concert tickets that night.

WHOOOO HOOOO!

We went to see India.Arie and she was amazing! It was a gorgeous night in Boston and her voice and lyrics are so moving.

The food at Grezzo last night was some of the best I’ve had. The pepperoni pizza was fantastic. Leah and Sam came up with an incredible vegetable terrain and the coconut meringue was really over the top amazing.

Ah, my tummy and soul were very full and happy. The perfect raw summer night.