As a diet, raw food makes a pretty solid case for itself. With health benefits said to span physical and mental (think: glowing skin, heightened energy, tough immune system), and with advocates like Demi Moore, Natalie Portman and Woody Harrelson, many will likely be breaking out their Vitamix’s this month with the best of intentions. But with the equipment, time, and elbow-grease required to manipulate one food into another, is it really worth it? And how will it taste? How does one even start? Rawcology, a Toronto-based raw food business’ Intro to Raw class gives foodies a back-to-basics overview that makes the raw diet stomach-able – and palatable – for beginners.
Raw Vegan Food 101: What Is It?
Rawcology founder Tara Tomulka started her raw vegan business to offer culinary classes and unprocessed and unrefined plant-based foods to all types of eaters. She works with raw, vegan, and living food – including uncooked fruits and veggies, and nuts, seeds, grains and legumes to make dishes ranging from desserts to entrees. The company operates around the belief that food is best in its most natural state.
During the Intro class, Tara, who is vegan but not fully raw, explains that upping your intake of raw, vegan, living foods while cutting down on processed food (not necessarily “switching,” your whole diet) can still increase your energy, boost the immune system, and keep your digestive system happy. It’ll also help reduce your carbon footprint. Good health, good karma.