Book review: Raw & Beyond
- Eat a whole foods diet with limited processed foods (including oils and agave, as they are technically processed)
- Ensure your diet is high in omega 3 fatty acids, and that the ratio of those omega 3’s to omega 6’s is between 1:1 and 1:4
- Aim for high raw rather than 100% raw. Sometimes cooked foods are what your body needs.
Things I really liked about this book:
- The premise is great – a whole foods diet, eating more veggies, and eating more omega 3’s are all things I stand behind 100%. I also completely support including raw foods in your diet.
- The recipes offer exciting, creative and delicious combinations of nutritious ingredients. Most people could use help eating more veggies – myself included – and these recipes definitely do the trick.
- Helping people to realize that eating raw does not have to be an all-or-nothing endeavour. I don’t believe in doing anything 100%. Well, ok, most things I don’t believe in doing 100%. Being super strict with yourself and being disappointed in yourself are not the keys to happiness and the stress is causes is not the key to health. I have had a lot of people say to me “I want to be vegan but could never give up cheese” to which I always respond “so don’t. eat it less and eat meat less and that’s already doing a lot for your health and for the planet.”
- I got a serious heart on for the list of foods with their breakdown of omega 3’s and 6’s – I’ve had a hell of a time finding this information elsewhere.
Things I didn’t like so much about this book:
- Despite claiming to be causing a "controversy" with their avant-garde thinking (which, by the way, I thought tipped the scales a bit to the arrogant/pompous side), there are really no new ideas in this book. Whole foods diet with no processed foods, tons of veggies, and a daily raw food intake…pretty much the diet that every single class I’ve taken over the past two years has touted. That being said, it’s a great way to eat and I support it 172%, I just didn't like that they were claiming to cause a controversy.
- The reliance on anecdotal evidence and personal experiences. Actually, I am fine with both those things, but I didn’t like how they were often packaged as facts or how they were mass generalized to entire populations. I felt that that approach resulted in some information that was a bit misleading.
- Based on what the authors had written, it seems a bit that they were living a somewhat unhealthy raw lifestyle and then generalized that experience to say all raw people would be in a similar boat and thus a 100% raw diet wasn’t sustainable. That made me feel the way I feel when people say “oh, you’re vegan…you must be protein and iron deficient because all you eat is potato chips.” *cringe*
Here is the recipe I am most excited about (and believe me, it was hard to choose):
Avocado nori rolls2 sheets raw or toasted nori
1 large romaine leaf, cut in half down the length of the spine
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
½ pepper, julienned
½ cucumber, peeled, seeded, julienned
1/2c raw sauerkraut
½ carrot, beet, or zucchini, shredded
1c alfalfa or fave green sprouts (I’ll be using sunflower, thank you)
Spicy miso paste (spread 1-2T on nori before stuffing and rolling)4T unpasteurized, mellow white miso
1T sesame oil