Since embarking on my raw food journey, I’ve discovered some things. Raw food is very satisfying! It’s hard to explain but I’ll try. It’s like my body is saying…’Why didn’t you do this a long time ago?’. All I can say is I just didn’t totally understand or wasn’t ready…I don’t know but I’m glad that I finally got the message. It’s strange too because at first I was saying things like…’I’m not doing all raw.’, but now I have no problem with the concept of all raw food. I just think that it can be tough to be so strict when eating at other people’s houses and eating out. I know how hard I find it when I have guests that can’t or won’t eat this or that and you try to please everybody. I don’t want to put anyone in that position. However, when I’m home, I can do mostly raw with ease. I’ve also heard people say things like..’OMG, I had something in a restaurant and it had maple syrup in it. I had such a reaction because it’s not raw’. The idea of not being able to eat something that’s cooked at all because you will have a reaction is going a bit beyond manageable to me. So…I will do the best I can but not sweat the small stuff. Life’s too short.
Some of the books I’ve picked up on raw food are REALLY strict and some are a bit more relaxed. I’m happier with the latter. After all…it’s not a religion. I just would like you to know that despite the fact that my energy level has been pretty good all along, I’m happy to report that I’m running circles around myself now:) So sometimes you don’t realize that things could be even better. I am thankful to Biotics Research for sending the raw breakfast info that got me going on this path. I just started with breakfast and now I’m eating about 80 to 90 % raw and it feels GOOD! So give it a try. Even one raw meal a day can make a difference.
I joined Russell James (The Raw Chef) online raw info center and really like his recipes. He makes it easy and is a good teacher. You can sign up for his online non-cooking course too and order his ebooks. Once you get the hang of the basics, you can make up your own recipes and concoctions. It’s kind of like being a mad scientist!
So let’s get to the dehydrator and why I recommend you get one asap if you are going to add raw food to your diet. You can definitely get by without one for a while but I realized pretty quickly that I would be able to make all kinds of stuff with it and it has now become my oven. I can make raw pizza crusts, wraps, flat bread, crackers, granola, fruit leather, dehydrate my own fruits and vegetables, kale chips (a great way to get some more greens in to your diet), and the list goes on. You can also marinate veggies and warm them in the dehydrator so that your meals aren’t all cold. You can do this with soups too. It is really economical to run too. So for $300 including tax, I got one of the most useful kitchen items that I’ve bought in years. I also suggest that you purchase some paraflexx sheets for your trays. My Excalibur dehydrator has 9 trays and I got 2 paraflexx sheets. I will get 2 more asap as they are the best surface for doing a lot of stuff especially things like wraps that start out quite soupy and could stick to wax paper or parchment. The magic temperature for raw food is that it is not heated to over 115 degrees F.
Anyway, I’m thrilled with my Excalibur. It’s easy to use and has expanded my raw food repertoire in a BIG way! I highly recommend it!