Just in case one has lived under a rock for the last few years with no outside communication to civilization, the raw food phenomenon is alive and well. Raw food diets continue to grow extensively as adults between 28 – 50 years old race to repair internal and external damage caused by years maintaining high fat, high sodium, high carb, and high cholesterol yummy diets. Granted this is not the case for everyone but many people are simply fed up with looking, feeling, and experiencing the effects of being overweight. Speaking to many people about their personal goals with improving their overall health and lifestyle, the radical shift in the points of view of diet and exercise vary.
Among the reasons given were:
• “I don’t want to die young.”
• “I want to be here to see my children grow up.”
• “I don’t want to have a bunch of amber pill bottles in my medicine cabinet when I get old.”
• “I want to be sexy well into my old age.”
• “I heard that raw food can help with my current medical condition.”
Regardless of the reasons for increased raw food consumption, many people have experienced positive results from getting back to nature and experiencing food in its raw state.
Over the last few years, the American public is giving more consideration to the benefits of eating more raw food. Though there is wide vegetarian community in this city, the carnivores of Washington, DC are also increasing their raw food consumption and this is more evident by the increase of organic farmers markets, whole food stores popping up all over the city and many people confessing via social networks, blogs and word of mouth that they are increasing their raw food consumption. DC is pretty proud to be on a path to being known as a healthy city.
Raw Food Dining Out: Not as easy as it seems
Other than the well-known salads and juice bars, like Protein Bar, popping up around the city, DC is trying to move towards more availability of raw food menus but if you research for raw food restaurant you will have few to select from and many of the results may very well be for sushi. I guess if you want raw, that’ll do it.
However, if you aren’t looking for sushi, one place to try is Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar at 402 H Street, NE, Washington, DC, (www.kheprasrawfoodjuicebar.com). The menu truly caters to the raw food diet and offers a surprising variety of raw food menu choices.
Shifting the Nutritional Atmosphere
As the United States continues to be actively transitioning to better availability to fresh fruits and vegetables, many American citizens have been driven to improve their dietary habit for the sake of better health or disprove the consensus that Americans don’t know how to live active healthy lifestyle. No matter the motivation, the shift in health and wellness efforts has been a great thing for children, adult and the entire country, overall.
Some Things to Consider regarding Raw Food Diets
Because of the rapid growth of consumer interest in raw consumption, there has been an influx of products targeting “raw” foods. With its popularity, raw foods have become yet another cash cow for businesses. Consumers should research the products they consume because though many may meet the minimum standard of what is considered “raw” food, these foods may not necessarily be beneficial in the way you may think. For example, Pepsi produced a product called “Pepsi Raw” in the United Kingdom and though not technically “raw”, it appeals to the idea of being less processed.
The Hartman Group is a research group of “anthropologists, sociologists, research analysts and online media specialists who help companies understand the relationship between what they make and the meaning their products or services has for the consumer.” The group published a report called “Consumers Take to Raw Foods” which outlines benefits and concerns about raw diets but also reflects the consumer perspective of the impact of raw food diets. The report concluded that following a predominately raw food diet will pose many challenges including food cost, physical time for food preparation, lack of raw food options when dining out, isolation of social interaction, and the monotony of eating the same recipes over and over again. These are very good examples that could cause a person to get bored of the raw food diet but as we all like to say, “Everything in moderation.”
Research your chosen diet before going full steam ahead with a plan that may not be the best for you. Also, don’t forget to see your physician before starting a new nutrition and exercise program. You want to make sure these changes will help facilitate your longevity instead of backfire on you.
Here’s to a happy and healthy future.