Friday, July 19, 2019

The Truth About Raw Food

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Now that Dr. Oz and Oprah have aired that fascinating segment from the BBC TV show, “The Truth About Food”, it’s my turn to share what I think.

After watching the segment for the first time, sitting next to Justin on the couch at a friend’s house, my jaw dropped in horror as I watched what they were going to feed that group of humans eating a “primitive” diet for 12 days inside a British zoo.

I’ve got something to say.

The Rant begins here:

They fed people a bunch of random raw food. Random raw vegetables, bunches of raw greens, and a little raw fruit thrown in there too.

Cauliflower: I’m not going to sit and eat a whole entire head of cauliflower on its own. No way. I’ve never liked cauliflower alone. I’ve had mounds of veggies from veggie trays at holiday parties, and I always leave that cauliflower alone. Sure, I’ll eat it when it is an ingredient in a dish, but when I saw that they were feeding these experiment subjects plain raw cauliflower, I got grossed out.

Green Peppers: They fed them green peppers? Ew, gross! Red peppers are sweet and yummy. Green peppers are not meant to be eaten. They aren’t ripe yet!

Where are the greens? When the show displayed a sampling of what the test subjects ate on a typical day, the greens were in the background, barely visible. If this was truly a “primitive diet”, I believe greens would be more in the forefront of the diet. And certainly more prominent than a giant head of cauliflower.

Wild greens: Where are the dandelion greens? Purslane? Herbs? Mint? At one point in the video clip there is a woman with a giant pile of cilantro sitting in her lap. It would have been neat to have a wild food expert show them around what foods they could eat on the side of the road.

Berries: Strawberries were shown, and perhaps a small pint of raspberries as well. They must have been eating more berries!

Eggplant: Here’s where I draw the line. I rarely eat raw eggplant, and when I do it must be marinated and softened. Yet when Dr. Oz brought the visual aid of a raw food basket on the Oprah show, there was a big giant eggplant. Yeah, sure, I’m just gonna munch on that eggplant. Bite into it like an apple.

Blueberries: Dr. Oz and Oprah started talking about blueberries. Then Oprah said something like “Oh yes. I love blueberries. A handful of blueberries makes a great snack.” I have nothing against blueberries. And I love Oprah. But I must say that one tiny little handful of blueberries is nothing compared to eating lots and lots of blueberries. When they are in season, Justin and I have a snack of blueberries: we each have one pint. That’s a lot more than a handful!

I’m almost done here with my rant. I’ve got just one more thing to say…

In the other experiment they conducted, there were two groups of women. One group was the “control” group. They were allowed to eat toast with jam, coffee, red wine, and appeared to have a luxury spa experience. The other group of women were going to test out “detox diets”.

In one scene the detox ladies had to sit and drink a gloopy gobby garlicky green drink.

For breakfast.

I’m not even going to call it a smoothie. It was slop. It was a combo abombo. Designed to gross them out like a Fear Factor episode.

Hear me out. Justin and I have green smoothies nearly every day for breakfast. Sometimes they are totally fruity delicious, but when they are green, they are also somewhat fruity. There is always some fruit inside of them. And they are never, ever savory for breakfast. There is no way that at 7 in the morning that I am going to be craving a garlic and onion smoothie for breakfast.

The body isn’t designed for that! We’re meant to have savory things later in the day! At least for lunch! Not for breakfast!

Justin and I both felt compassion for these ladies, brave enough to endure a “detox diet” from a set of “expert” nutritionists. I can’t imagine what else they had to eat, or drink, or stick up their bums.

And the results come back…and the results are “shocking”: there was no difference between the control group and the detox diet group.

Yeah, because the detox diet women were frustrated, stressed out, and upset at the thought of drinking another green gloopy gloppy breakfast drink!

Imagine if these ladies were served fresh fruit juices in the morning, with a delicious salad featuring a gourmet raw dressing that is sweet and tangy, perhaps having a big filling dinner with flax crackers and a nice nut pate’ and ending the night with a small square of gourmet raw chocolate. They would be eating better than their control group counterparts, and still be eating healthier than they normally would!

Just some food for thought.

I’m ending my rant now.
Breathe. Taking a moment thinking about that delicious coconut shake I made yesterday.

Ahhh. Feeling better. Feeling good.
Your regular happy Heidi is ready to hear your comments.

Heidi
My name is Heidi, and I have been eating a raw food diet since 2004. Before I found raw food, I have tried all sorts of different ways of eating including: standard vegetarian, fare, vegan, food, macrobiotic, Marilu Henner's programs, food combining, slow food, and more, I followed along on social and did everything I could. I understood the idea of Raw Food since I first learned of it in 2000, but it wasn't until 2004 that I started making raw food a daily part of my life.

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