NYC Is Totally Raw
This week, The Weekly Beet reports LIVE from the streets of New York City. We bring you the latest dietary trend among New Yorkers: The Raw Food Diet. Stars like Demi Moore, Robin Williams, and Donna Karan are raging over the benefits of eating "raw". Restaurants and even stores that cater to the raw food, jet set are popping up all over the city!
What's this raw craze about? A Raw Food Diet, or Living Foods Diet, consists of foods that are, obviously, uncooked. The only cooking process happens in a dehydrator, which blows hot air on foods that never reach a temperature above 116?. Sound like a bunch of hot air? Well, the theory behind the diet is food cooked above 116? kills important enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that only raw food contains. Raw foodies (those who are followers of the diet) believe enzymes, or what they call the life force in food, assist in digestion and reverse various health concerns, strengthen the immune system, and boost energy levels. Many of the stars go "raw" for weight loss, gorgeous skin, and improved digestion. There is scientific evidence in these claims, so there must be something to it!
The world's leading authority on Raw Food is a man by the name of David Wolfe. We saw him a few years ago at a lecture in NYC. He is quite the expert! Don't miss his books, Eating for Beauty and The Sunfood Diet Success System. Pretty interesting approaches to eating! Also, Wolfe has created something quite impressive for raw foodies across the nation. Nature's First Online Store is definitely worth checking out. The site is one big learning experience for the new comer! One can buy everything from Raw Almond Butter to the lesser known products things such as Goji Berries and Goji Bars. Goji berries are definitely our favorite! This nutritionally dense, dried fruit tastes like a cross between a cherry and a cranberry. The Goji berry contains the highest source of beta-carotene of any food on the planet. Beta-carotene, found also in carrots, strengthens the eyes and fights cancer. The Goji's Vitamin C content is 500 times that of oranges. Now, that's what we call UNBEETABLE! Click here for more nutritional info on the Goji berry.
Our favorite raw food restaurant in NYC is Quintessence. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit! We recommend the Sun Burger! Not your typical burger from J.G. Melon's, so don't expect the Heinz 57 to be sitting on the table. The Burger is so healthy that you will leave feeling better than ever. Quintessence has 3 locations now in the city: two uptown and one down. At the downtown location, after a fine raw experience, one can pop into a raw food store just next door called Live Live (pronouced live as in "I live in NYC" and live as in "The Beet is reporting live from NYC"). The location is 261 East 10th street between 1st Avenue & Avenue A. Live Live is still a hidden, New York gem! Christopher is there to assist and even offers consultations. The store is absolutely adorable. Way to go Live Live! We love your store!
One of our favorite healthy "it" girls in Miami recently sent us her favorite raw food snacks to test out! We went crazy over the Carob Fudgy Brownie and the Snow Balls from Glaser Organic Farms. A big thanks to the lovely Kendall Pryles for sharing her favorites with The Weekly Beet.
So, you're probably thinking what does one eat on this Raw Food Diet? Right? The diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, grains, legumes, seaweeds, sprouts, dried fruits, and a lot of juices. We love many of the foods that make up the Raw Food Diet, but think the diet can be difficult, time consuming, and eliminates too many food groups. A lot of work is involved in keeping up with eating raw, from education to cooking! Experiment and try some of the different raw foods out there. But, when your body screams for filet mignon, NEVER ignore those cries! And, as always, we believe that what works for Donna and Demi may not
necessarily work for you. So, listen to your body.
Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week!
Mary Kent Hearon
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