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May 14, 2011

Raw Food Retreats: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly…er Verdict

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Raw food retreats offer a great way to reinforce your personal raw journey, no matter where you are on the raw food scale. You’ll get to meet like minded people, have deeper insights about healthy living and learn new ways to adapt a healthier diet in your everyday world. If you’re new to the raw food diet, you’ll definitely appreciate meeting people who walk the walk and talk the talk of the raw food lifestyle. Most of the time, you’ll get included in warm, easy-going groups or communities that are willing to share their knowledge (and food!) with little expense or effort on your part.

The Good

Aside from the major positives mentioned above, raw food retreats offer a variety of programs that can help any raw food enthusiast beyond eating. Some retreats include spiritual, mental and physical cleansing to rejuvenate tired souls. You can also get practical advice from (un)cooking classes, appreciate ethical/ green food production, as well as enjoy touring scenic spots in relaxing or exotic environments. These can range anywhere from quaint farms to tropical island destinations.

Raw food retreats can also be life savers in the sense that they can facilitate healing for those with serious medical conditions. People with cancers have been known to find comfort and cure at some of these health institutes.

Aside from raw newbies, professionals who would like more training and immersion in the raw food industry can get certifications at these events. There are also entrepreneurship opportunities for those who are more business inclined.

The Bad
Raw food retreats differ in many aspects, but as with anything, all the best ones come at a price. The most famous ones are:
- The Hippocrates Institute

- The Optimum Health Institute

- The Tree of Life Health Institute

- Ann Wigmore Institute

They’re not “bad” per se, but you do need to consider your budget for these top notch health programs which employ professional doctors, chefs, nutritionists and instructors. Some may further deplete your wallet with expensive merchandise.

Small raw food retreats on the other hand, though more budget-friendly, can dispel some idyllic expectations you may have. If you’re the gung-ho type, single, and have no trouble eating anything straight out of the ground, then they’re perfect. Otherwise, families with small kids who would like more comfortable, sanitary environments would not appreciate this type of “quirky” set up. Similarly, there might not be enough professional medical help to go around if you suddenly get sick.

The Verdict
To be honest, there’s really no ugly side to raw food retreats. J The best way to know which is appropriate for you, is to make inquiries, visit onsite or go by word of mouth). Read reviews in forums.

If there was an ugly side to it, we’d probably say that raw food retreats can be addicting. You’ll have so much fun that you might probably go back for more. Please take note that these retreats are not only for raw foodies but anyone interested in getting healthier. You can drag anyone who can use healthier eating habits and you’ll have made another convert to the raw food life!

March 19, 2011

Raw Food Safety in Times of Emergencies (Hurricanes, Flooding and other Disasters)

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With the climates getting more and more unpredictable every year, everyone is concerned about stocking up on supplies, especially food. When you’re in another place far away from the comforts of home – it’s more challenging to keep up with raw food safety. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, here’s what everyone should keep in mind when it comes to keeping food fresh and safe.

Raw Food Safety Flooding Measures

Water

During flooding, rely on clean bottled water whenever possible. Boiling water can also help. Otherwise, you can disinfect whatever potable water you have. Use 8 drops or 1/8 teaspoon bleach per gallon of water. Don’t forget to filter the water first if it appears cloudy. Use clean cloths and separate the usable water for transfer to clean containers before boiling or disinfecting.

Food

Don’t use food that has been contaminated by flood water. Anything that has not been stored in waterproof containers should be thrown away. Food containers should be sanitized with soap and water as well as hot water whenever possible. (Remove all labels as they may contain residual dirt.) Keep your utensils clean the same way.


Raw Food Safety – Storing and Handling

Selecting and Storing

As a general rule, always buy fruits and vegetables that aren’t damaged or bruised. Keep meat and produce separate when bagging. If you’re buying freshcut or salad greens, make sure that it is surrounded by ice or have been refrigerated.

Storing raw food to maximize freshness requires a temperature of 40° F or below.

Preparing Foods

Raw food safety requires clean hands at all times – and the best way to do it is to wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after you handle food.

1. Remove any bruised or rotten parts

2. Wash everything through running water, even if you will peel it later.

3. Use a produce brush for firm produce such as cucumbers or watermelons.

4. Dry produce with paper towels or clean cloths to further lessen bacteria.

Separate produce and their utensils from raw meats and seafood. Wash their utensils separately, including knives and cutting boards.

Warning:

Sprouts like alfalfa, mung bean, clover and radish when eaten raw or slightly cooked carry a risk of foodborne bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli.

Be careful when drinking fresh squeezed juice sold by the glass at farmers markets, roadside stands, juice bars and cider mills. Make sure to buy only those that have been refrigerated. Otherwise, there is a risk of the juice being contaminated at the site, because most of these products are unpasteurized and have no warning labels.

Raw food safety must also be followed even with organic food. They must be government certified to carry the label “organic”.

November 15, 2010

Traveling Raw in Greece

If you’re planning a trip to Greece, you mind find it interesting that the first rawists were actually ancient Greeks called Pelasgians (They were fruitarians.) and Pythagorians. (There’s a commonly taught math theorem named after the latter’s founder, Pythagoras.) Up until the 1800’s, vegetarians were called Pythagorians. They were enlightened people who believed in non-violence in whatever form and especially avoided animal slaughter for food. The famous Greek poet Ovid even quoted Pythagoras who said:

Source: Wikipedia

”O mortals, do not pollute your bodies with a food so impious! You have the fruits of the earth, you have apples, bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling to ripeness on the vines; you have also delicious herbs and vegetables which can be mellowed and softened by the help of fire. Nor are you without milk or honey, fragrant with the bloom of thyme. The earth, prodigal of her wealth, supplies you her kindly sustenance and offers you food without bloodshed and slaughter…”*

Types of Eating Establishments

Unfortunately with the passing of time and cultural influences, Greece has been exposed to a lot of meat and olive oil eating traditions that are evident in the country’s popular eating establishments. There’s the taverna (family owned eateries), Gyros and Souvlakias (fast food styled) and Estiatorios (restaurants that are upscale). Most of them offer traditional fare (Mediterranean**, a mix of Italian and Turkish influences) but you can request for modifications on your orders to make them more vegetarian or raw friendly.  If you want to take the guesswork out of your itinerary, you can also arrange for a vegetarian or vegan tour with a travel agency**.

Source: fecielo.com/greece

Kinds of Produce and Food

When you’re out and about and hunting for supplies you can content yourself with fruits – (this is after all where the first fruitarians lived). Other than that, you there’s a vegetarian restaurant and central market in Athens where you can buy organic fruits and greens. Just remember that on Mondays most shops are closed and from 2 to 5 pm there’s a daily local siesta time.

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How to Get the Best Food Every time

Raw food guru Fred Patenaude***’s trick to getting the best produce is to speak a little of the local language. This will give you an advantage over common tourists so that local vendors can be more accommodating when it comes to giving you better produce. It’s also a big help if you want to decipher food menus.

Finally, while you are trying to eat raw in Greece don’t forget that it’s not all about food but the experience! Get around in a scooter and see the famous landmarks of the ancient world. Here’s a list.

  • The Parthenon in Athens
  • Knossos in Heraklion, Crete
  • The island of Rhodes
  • Apollo’s Oracle in Delphi
  • Ithaca, believed to be home to Greek gods and Odysseus, the legendary king featured in “The Odyssey”.
  • Olympia, site of the ancient Olympics


Resources:

*“What to Serve a Goddess for Dinner a Theology of Food” by James Robert Deal

** http://wikitravel.org/en/Greece

***“Eating Raw, Vegan and Vegetarian in Greece and the Greek Islands” from www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog

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