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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!

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

July 18, 2010

How to Do Raw Food Backpacking

Among the many kinds of raw food travel, raw backpacking is probably one of the most exciting. You get to test what eating raw really means when you’re out of the kitchen. No blenders, no tools, just relying on pure creativity.

You can’t bring all the food you want either. Backpacking’s no. 1 rule is to always travel light. Then again, you don’t know how lucky you are because eating raw maybe one of the easiest ways to eat in the backcountry. (You don’t need to pack a stove or clean up afterwards!)


Things to Consider

When you’re on this kind of raw food travel, your supplies should:

- Be lightweight, but pack the most nutrients

- Travel well

- Have a longer shelf life


Things that You’ll Need

- Spill-proof, watertight but lightweight containers or bags

- Paring knives

- List of unsafe forage food in the wild

- Water-free sanitizers

Ideal Raw food Menu Items for Backpacking

1. Dehydrated food
You can either make your own or buy them pre-packaged at health food stores. Raw backpacking enthusiasts often take dried dates or raisins.

2. Freeze-dried produce
You can also stick to eating raw while hiking with a supply of freeze dried fruits and vegetables. Freeze drying is different from dehydrating because it also uses pressure to take out moisture in food. You can eat your freeze dried produce by soaking them in some water first, preferably in the morning, and then they’ll be ready to eat at lunch.

3. Nuts/seeds
Nuts and seeds provide the best nutritional punch for hiking. Hiking burns at least 5000 calories a day so be prepared to munch on a lot of these. They’re recommended for their high-fat content so they’re perfect for this kind of raw food travel. They weigh less than fruit but will fill you up faster.

4. Hard fruits like apples
Next on your raw food menu are hard fruits that won’t spoil as easily. Raw backpacking or not, you need food that’s easy to carry around when you travel. Even just one big apple is enough for your breakfast.

5. Hemp powder/ other superfood powders
Aside from nuts and seeds, superfood powders, including hemp are ideal for raw backpacking. They provide your body with much-needed minerals, plus they don’t weigh that much! Just mix them with water and you’re good to go.

6. Trail mixes
Another favorite for eating raw while backpacking are trail mixes. Make sure you include all the necessary ingredients to meet your protein/carb/fat quotient for the day. Eat them as often as you like whenever you feel hungry.

7. Familiar fruits in the wild
Most backpackers are wary of foraging to add to their raw food menu. You can stay safe if you stick to familiar fruits and berries. Blueberries and greens are okay. Remember, they’re always a good back up plan if your raw backpacking supplies run out.

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