A return to the taste of raw food – dailytelegraph.com.au

FROM pastry chef to raw food addict, the journey has been a long and fulfilling one for Julie Mitsios.

The owner of the very hip raw food cafe, Earth to Table, switched from traditional baking methods to raw food when her sister was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Mitsios says changing her diet improved her health.

“Raw food is about eating food exactly how it occurs in nature — without cooking and over-processing,’’ she says.

media_cameraJulie Mitsios is a raw food addict. Picture: John Appleyard

“It’s nature’s medicine, not just a fad … Eating food in its natural state was normal before we started processing.”

Mitsios studied raw food preparation techniques in the US before opening her own cafe in 2002.

Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are the foundation of the dishes she serves up.

Mitsios says a raw foodie’s kitchen is likely to contain a food dehydrator, graters and other gadgets designed to turn raw ingredients into colourful works of art.

media_cameraBlue majik mousse cake is raw, organic, wheat, gluten, dairy and sugar free. The dessert is coconut and cashew based; pink dragon fruit is used for the pink layer and blue majik from blue spirulina for the blue layer.

And if you consider the many ways food can be prepared without cooking — such as sprouting, blending, dehydrating, soaking, juicing, fermenting and pickling, raw food is far from uninspiring, she adds.

At Earth to Table, nothing is cooked.

“We use a dehydrator to warm dishes (make breads, wraps, doughnuts) and this can be set accordingly so that it doesn’t go above 44C. This way we can preserve the natural enzymes and vitality in the food,” Mitsios says.

The cafe specialises in vegetarian plant-based food and does not use eggs.

media_cameraAlfredo pasta of zucchini fettuccine with wilted spinach, peas and mushrooms in a fine creamy cashew based sauce. Picture: John Appleyard

media_cameraEarth to Table’s Shepherd’s pie is a mix of ten different vegetables topped off with a cauliflower mash, sweet potato chips and zucchini gravy. Picture: John Appleyard

“We replicate the texture and taste of eggs in unique ways using nutritious ingredients such as Irish moss and psyllium husks,” Mitsios says.

“We have a dish on our menu, an Irish moss creation called the “vegetable scramble”. People are amazed at the texture and taste.”

Another favourite, Shepherd’s Pie, is a mix of 10 vegetables.

Julie Mitsios says raw food is the purest form of eating and nutrient-rich. To try this at home:

Use lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables;

Sprouted and activated nuts and seeds are great in salads;

Try fermented foods.

Make zucchini pasta: Using just a peeler, or better still a spirooli slicer, you can get the pasta look-alike, top this off with a pesto sauce (you can an amazing guilt-free, gluten-free and low carbohydrate dish).


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The Night Tomato Diet: A New Way to Lose Weight

Tomatoes are a low calorie, low fat, and highly nutritious fruit. Yes, it's a fruit for those that still want to argue that it's a vegetable. Many people will also try to convince others that fruits are not good for losing weight because of the natural sugar in them; however, tomatoes do not fall victim to that belief. They do not contain a high amount of sugar in them.

By knowing that tomatoes are a diet-friendly fruit, you can start to see how it can help you with your diet. But it's not just eating them that will help you lose weight. It's eating them at night that can help you.

Why Tomatoes Help You Lose Weight

You should have at least 15mg of lycopene a day. How much is that? You would have to eat 2 large raw tomatoes, 1 can of whole tomatoes, and about 2 cans of tomato juice to reach 15mg of lycopene. It sounds like a lot, but once you start incorporating them into meals and snacks, you'll easily reach that amount and probably even more.

Before you think that eating that many tomatoes must be high in calories, each tomato is around 30 calories. As you can see, that means you may only be getting 200 calories from all of the tomatoes you eat as part of your tomato diet.

The reason you need to eat so many is because the lycopene in the tomatoes release the weight loss hormone 13-oxo-ODA. This hormone will speed up your metabolism.

Besides activating the weight loss hormone, tomatoes contain fiber, which helps you feel fuller for longer and helps rid your body of toxins. These additional benefits just support all of your weight loss efforts.

Why Eat Tomatoes at Night?

It's not actually eating them late at night. It's eating them at dinner. Since dinner is traditionally the largest meal of the day, this is when most people consume the most calories. By adding a large number of tomatoes into a dinner meal (and replacing other high-calorie foods), people are able to cut out many of the calories in that meal. This means that not only are they receiving the nutritional components of the tomatoes and the weight loss factors such as the boost in metabolism, but they are also eating fewer calories.

This diet should be followed for at least three months. Six months is better because it takes that long for the metabolism to reprogram itself. What that means is that once it speeds up because of the tomatoes, it is more likely to stay that way after six months.

Give this diet a try. It will probably be the most nutritious, healthy diet you've ever tried that will be effective now and for many years.


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Raw Food Diet Tips

The raw food diet requires that you consume at least 75% of your foods in their raw state. Thus the diet promotes a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs as well as nuts and seeds. Transitioning to this diet is hard on the body, but once the body gets used to the healthy foods, it is able to avoid most diseases and common ailments.

Make Gradual Changes

Going raw and leaving behind the modern conventional diet is a difficult thing to do. For one, most people receive little or no support from their family and friends. And two, the body is addicted to processed foods that are toxic to the body. Thus the body has to go through a detoxifying stage where many experience severe hunger, headaches, increased body odor and fatigue.

Therefore the best way to begin the raw food diet is by slowly easing into it. Adding more fruits and vegetables to each meal is a great way to start, and then when the body is ready, one can pursue a raw breakfast, then a raw lunch and so on. This ensures that the body will not be overwhelmed by detoxing too fast.

Eat Plenty of Filling Foods

Hunger is very common to those who begin the raw food diet, thus it is very important to consume plenty of filling foods such as avocados, coconuts and nuts and seeds. These foods are high in nutrient rich calories and healthy fats that will help to satisfy the hunger.

These foods can be eaten by themselves as part of a mono diet, or they can be blended together into a smoothie, or added to leafy green salads.

Eat Plenty of Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are an absolute must-have on the raw food diet, as they contain many vital nutrients. They are not very filling, and thus they are great when combined in smoothies and salads with avocados, coconuts or nuts and seeds.

Drink Plenty of Fluids

Fluids are also important, as they not only help with hydration, but they can also help to diminish hunger. The standard recommendation of fluid intake is 8 glasses of water, but when on the raw food diet, it may be necessary to drink more. This is because the diet is high in fiber, which absorbs water in the digestive tract, and the more water that is eliminated, the more is needed to replace that water.

Herbal tea, water, and freshly pressed juices are the best fluids to add to the diet, as they do not contain any harmful ingredients.

Avoid Food Temptations

Avoiding food temptations is one of the biggest challenges for those on the raw diet, as they seem to be everywhere. Thus a small container with nuts, seeds or dried fruits is helpful in situations when hunger strikes.

Not keeping junk foods or processed foods in the house is another great way to avoid food temptations.

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As the name suggests, this one requires you to eat only uncooked food that is heated to not more than 140°F or 40°- 46 °C. We list the pros and cons.

Uncooked food tends to retain all its water-soluble vitamins, like vitamin C. It also eliminates all processed foods from your diet. So it’s automatically free of transfats, saturated fats, refined flours, sugars and sodium. Also, since the diet is abundant in fruits and vegetables, it helps ease constipation and keeps your cholesterol and blood pressure levels in check.” This diet is rich in healthy fat and fibre. Preeti Seth, cosmetologist and nutritionist at Pachouli Spa & Wellness Centre, Delhi says that it works very well for weight loss.

First and foremost, Seth warns that it’s very difficult to live on uncooked food and it takes a lot of motivation to keep going. Besides, cooking sometimes increases the amount of essential nutrients in the foods, like lycopene. More importantly, cooking tends to destroy any toxins and bacteria in the food. Raw foods can lead to stomach infections (food poisoning and gastroenteritis). They are not gentle on the digestive system. A 100 per cent raw food diet is not the best choice for everyone. Mamtaa Joshi, image and fitness consultant, says, “Most of us need some balance between cooked and raw foods for optimal vitality over the long term.”


Raw Snacks and Treats – A Healthy Alternative to Junk Food!

Does chocolate fudge, lemon cheesecake or pineapple dessert cake sound tempting to you? Although your mouth may be watering at the thought, you may also be wary about all of the fat, sugar and lack of nutrition in desserts like these. However, what if you knew you could enjoy rich, delicious desserts without any guilt or extra pounds? The truth is, you can!

There are many ways to create unbelievably delicious treats with simple, all-natural, raw ingredients. Most people think that eating raw food limits them to nothing but salads and fruit. "I can not get full on fruits and vegetables!" they say, but what they do not realize is that raw food consists of much more than just leaves and carrot sticks! Nuts, seeds, dates, coconuts and nut butters are also raw and provide the substance that fills our bellies as well as the protein and fats that are needed for a healthy, well-rounded diet.

The other good piece of news is that these recipes are also very simple in design. Mostly they require that you gather a few ingredients together and toss them into the blender. Anyone can do that. It's just a matter of experimenting with different ingredients.

Here are three basic ingredients that you can experiment with to begin creating healthy, raw desserts.

1. Use a natural sweetener. Instead of using processed, white sugar which has absolutely zero health benefits and lots of negative effects, replace it with raw honey, juicy dates, raisins or bananas. Did you know that raw honey is considered a superfood because of the endless nutritional benefits including rich enzymes, anti-allergy elements, and antibiotic properties? It's true!

2. Use nuts and seeds for your 'bulk'. Another secret to creating healthy snacks is to grind up raw nuts and seeds and use them as a replacement for white flour. Nuts and seeds are loaded with protein, essential fatty acids and minerals. They are also filling and satisfying. Each nut brings a different flavor to your dessert. Some of my favorites are pecans, almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and cashews.

3. Add a raw flavor. If chocolate is your thing, add a few tablespoons of raw cacao to your nut and honey mixture. Raw cacao can be found on-line or in health food stores and believe it or not, it's good for you! The cacao bean is actually super high in antioxidants and important minerals like magnesium. If you get a pure, raw, organic powder, the flavor is delicious and when combined with other raw ingredients, you can enjoy its rich flavor without any guilt!

Other ingredients you might like to add for flavor are coconut oil, lemon juice, pure almond extract or vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom, mint, coconut flesh, pineapple or fresh berries. The combinations are endless!

With these simple guidelines and a little creativity on your part, you are on your way to developing your own healthy raw snacks. Here's a favorite raw brownie recipe to get you started:

2 cups raw walnuts, soaked over night and rinsed well
1 cup Medjool dates, packed
1/4 cup raw cacao powder

In a food processor, first blend the walnuts until they are finely chopped. Next add the dates and the cacao powder and blend until they are well mixed. The mixture will be very sticky and dense. Lay it out on a brownie pan and cut into squares. You can eat it like this or put it in the fridge for an hour to harden. Enjoy!