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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!

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