Health, Wellness, Weight: Info & Links Mar 10, 2010 21:27:55 GMT -5
Post by SpringSummers on Mar 10, 2010 21:27:55 GMT -5
From what little I've read, there are two camps on the subject; one that maintains that cooking food decreases the nutritional value or food, and the other that maintains that cooking increases the nutritional value of food. The truth is probably somewhere in between and probably varies depending on what you're talking about. And of course, there's the safety issue.
I think that trying the raw food diet for your experiment, Monnie and Spring, would probably require the most preparation out of any of the ones that you will try. Most of what's for sale in the grocery store would be right out, including anything precooked, anything pasteurized, anything that requires cooking to be edible. Vegan raw food would be easier to do since most of the safety issues surround meat and animal products, but you'd, well, have to go vegan for two weeks, which may or may not appeal to you. If you wanted to try raw animal products, you'd need to find trusted local sources, and even then, something like raw milk is illegal in most states. On the plus side, you'd get to experiment with sprouting grains, which is something I've always wanted to do.
And I do have many links, including recipes and food preparation ideas; however, my bookmarks are all a mess, so I can't really find them for you. A simple google-fu would probably find most of them pretty easily.
I did a bunch of googling, but it was mostly confusing. I know you have an interest in fodds, and thought maybe you had actually tried it and had some thoughts/hints.
As I mentioned in my comment to Monnie's post on the blog, I don't intend to go 100% raw-foods (cause I don't want to go 100% vegan, and I'm not eating raw meats or dairy).
But I do intend to raise my raw foods to around 75% of my diet for the two weeks, and see how I feel. I'm going with regular grocery-store raw nuts, fruits and veggies - and then adding a small serving of meat or beans (not raw!), a serving whole grain bread, and a serving of yogurt