(Lazy) Raw Food Diet

It is hard living with someone whose from the dairy state and doesn’t eat many veggies. He shall remain nameless, but when he plans the meal, it is meat-centric. (I’m not complaining because he’s a great cook and makes the best grilled chicken, hamburgers, and grilled plank salmon.) But I am slowly making progress with the family by substituting some raw food recipes for those handed-down family recipe side dishes smothered in cheese, butter, cream and/or bacon.

I’ve always preferred eating raw veggies and my own mother still calls me the rabbit. Eating a raw food diet basically consists of eating unprocessed and uncooked foods as a large percentage of your diet. Depending on your lifestyle and the results you want, the foods include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs (cooked), fish (like shashimi or sushi*), meat (like carpaccio) and non-pasteurized dairy. *Shashimi is raw fish and Sushi is raw fish served with rice.

I personally don’t consume dairy anymore, and I eat cooked whole grains such as organic brown rice and oatmeal. If I choose to eat meat, my preference is that it is cooked. Adding a lot of fresh herbs to my food makes a huge difference and the use of extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon is a staple.

Sounds boring, right? Well I’ve actually never felt better and have so much more energy. This has been my lifestyle for over a year. But I am lazy on occasion and have been known to eat french fries or a brownie or two. 🙂

Here’s an easy basic guacamole recipe my family likes:

Ingredients
* 4 ripe avocados – peeled, pitted, and mashed
* 2 tomatoes, diced
* 2 tablespoons minced onion
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions: Thoroughly mix together the avocado, tomato, onion, and lemon juice in a bowl. Serve immediately. Store unused portions in refrigerator. I like to dip carrots or celery sticks with it, and my family likes to dip with pita chips.

Do you have a raw food recipe you want to share?

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