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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!

July 9, 2010

Raw Food Basics: What You Need to Know Regardless of Your Travel Destination

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If you’re planning to travel on a raw diet, you can be overwhelmed with the kind of preparation you have to make, but knowing your raw food basics can make it easier. All you have to remember are three things and you’re home free. Here are the key elements of basic raw food menu planning – whether you’re traveling to cities with good health stores or some remote location where they don’t even know what “organic” means.

Know Your Raw Food Basic Ingredients

According to Wikipedia, there are different types of raw food diets, and you can choose from a variety of vegan/vegetarian or raw meat products that can fill your nutritional needs. For traveling, it’s recommended that you stick to greens, fruits, nuts or seeds as a safety precaution. (Raw meats or meat products don’t store very well and can make you sick). You can also opt for raw food snack bars to add to your supplies.

If you’ve been on a raw diet for a while, make sure you have your list of favorite foods as well as a list of foods that cause allergies or those that just don’t agree with your system. Know each item’s shelf life so that you can plan ahead with your shopping. (Also take note of customs policies at airports which don’t allow fresh fruits or other produce coming in or out of their territory.)

Raw Food “Cooking”

Some of the major raw food basics about preparing food include many ways to mix, blend, sprout, juice or dehydrate ingredients. It basically boils down to your travel personality and length of your trip. If you like to pack everything short of bringing your own kitchen, you can be a lot more creative with your raw food menu. Those who like to travel light can just choose to live on salads with the help of a trusty knife.

Just remember to have enough storage kits and compartments for the essentials (at the very least, snacks) so that you won’t be caught starving in the middle of nowhere.

Tools of the Trade

Unless you’re just going to pick a fruit right off a tree somewhere, one raw food basic rule almost always applies: have a handy tool with you anywhere you go. This can include anything from a small knife, a portable cutting  board to something bigger like blenders or dehydrators (if you really want to make something special). Shop around for reviews to get the equipment that you can be comfortable with.

And the most important thing to remember is to have fun! Traveling is not just about eating but taking all that scenery in.

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