[Renata Dorner is Assistant to Dr. James Carey of chiDiet.com.]
I never liked being in the kitchen, thinking about what to prepare - no matter breakfast, lunch or dinner, it did not make any difference. It was a chore. All changed about a year ago when I have started to eat raw living food.
James has a hard time to get me out of the kitchen into the office to do the work which he hired me for. However, as of yet he has not complained about his fringe benefits. He enjoys the exquisite raw meals. Don’t get me wrong - he ate raw living food prior to my arrival, but you can’t really call him a raw food chef. His skills are extremely varied, but food preparation is not high on his list. As long as it is green, fresh, somewhat palatable, he was a happy raw foodist. Maintenance of the farm and being on the road giving talks take up a lot of his time.
Exquisite does not refer to my raw food preparation skills, but to the ample variety nature offers us. Some meals are actually flamboyant, if you may, considering the bountiful colors in the fresh blueberries and strawberries, watermelon, kiwis. It’s fireworks.
And then we have kale. What a feast that is: kale with pineapple, kale with cherry tomatoes, kale with walnuts and a bit of kiwi, kale with olives, kale in a smoothie, kale wrapped in a nori sheet, on and on it goes. I never get tired of kale. It comes in various colors and shapes: curly kale, dinosaur kale/black kale and purple kale. Kale is full of vitamin A and C folic acid, iron and high in calcium.
There is never a dull moment in the raw kitchen. You can create little works of art with the food, you can stack the food. wrap it, design mandalas, form triangles and squares, add a little basil here and some curly parsley there. It’s a feast for the eyes. Cooked food seemed always dull to me. Fresh veggies and fruit are so happy to share their radiance with you.
It’s like eating sunshine. And radiant you will become on raw living food.
Not to forget the best part about raw food preparation; no cleaning of burnt pots and pants. Doesn’t that convince you to stay raw??