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Monday, January 1, 2018

"Is a Raw Food Diet Right for You?" | @ Your Library Article

Happy New Year!  After the yummy excesses of the holiday season, many people decide that a diets is the best resolution they can make for the new year ahead.  However, dieting is difficult and frequently not a happy experience.  Also the results of dieting seldom actually stick.  The weight comes back, the dieting starts again, and it turns into a yoyo.  Diets are seen as temporary things to be followed for a few weeks or months.  A lifestyle change is expected to be forever.

People who embrace the raw food diet generally agree that it is a lifestyle rather than a diet.  Raw foodists come in several styles.  There is the Vegan raw food proponent who eats only organic plant products.  The Vegetarian raw food follower may include eggs and raw dairy products int he diet.  The Omnivore includes both raw plants and some animal products.  The agreement (and disagreement) for this lifestyle is that some foods may be cooked as long as the temperature goes no higher than 100 degrees, 115 degrees, 116 degrees, or 118 degrees.  Four sources were consulted for this article - WewbMD, Healthline, Oprah, and Dr. Axe - and none of them agreed on the highest heat a food could be subjected to and remain classified as a raw food.  Even the cookbooks don't absolutely agree on the highest temperature though nothing above 118 degrees was listed.  Dehydrators were frequently included in the equipment lists for Raw Food Diets.

People claim they feel healthier and more energetic eating raw foods.  Some claim the raw food diet staves off the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, or diabetes, among other ailments.  Everyone agrees that it may lead to weight loss.  The weight loss proponents generally agree that the raw food diet leads to weight loss because it's difficult to exceed or even reach the necessary caloric intake when eating all or most food raw.

Mixed messages about the Raw Food Diet abound but even those who don't approve of it say that eating more raw fruits and vegetables is a healthy practice.  To change the dietary lifestyle slowly, add fresh fruit to your morning meal, include a side salad with lunch or dinner or make lunch or dinner a main meal salad or vegetarian dish.  Then adjust with more raw fruits and vegetables to suit your tastes.  Harvest time is a good time to experiment since so much is available.

Your Abilene Public Library has a number of Raw Food cookbooks to provide ideas for meals.  Recipes include such things as pizza, porridge or oatmeal, rawsagna, pad thai, various cookies, ice kreme, cakes and pies, and smoothies.  In Hoopla, take a look at Raw Food for Real People by Rod Rotondi, Healing with Raw Foods by Jenny Ross or The Healthy Raw Food Diet by Susanne Roth.  In OverDrive see Easy Affordable Raw by Lisa Viger or Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain.  For those who prefer physical books, check out Brad's Raw Made Easy by Brad Gruno or Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles.  Whichever format one chooses, there will be something at the Abilene Public Library for all tastes.

Article Contributed by Marie Skufca, Information Services Librarian

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