Feast your eyes on this, baby. I cannot begin to describe to you how good it tasted. It’s a Mint Chocolate Cheesecake from Aloka in Brighton and it’s also 100% raw. I, on the other hand am not 100% raw. If every cafe and restaurant in the world served raw food as good as they do in Aloka, then maybe I would be. But the fact is, they don’t. And even if they did, I still wouldn’t label myself 100% raw because I personally find it too restricting.
People in the ‘raw food world’ may look down on me for this, but if I want to eat a cheese and onion pasty, I will. Of course, the chance of me actually wanting to stuff a highly processed piece of crap in my mouth is pretty slim. But never say never, right? The thing is, life is for living. If you start putting too many rules and regulations in your life, you end up becoming stressed and miserable. I’m not a doctor or anything, but I believe being stressed and miserable is just as bad for you as eating a chicken nugget. Even worse, perhaps.
I have so much admiration and respect for raw food pioneers such as Kate Magic and Shazzie. They have created a wonderful world for themselves and eat a 100% raw diet (or as close you are ever going to get to being 100%!). They are experiencing such incredible highs from living this way. If you’ve not come across these raw goddess’s, look them up. They have been raw for nearly two decades! Amazing. Maybe one day I too will want to be 100% raw like them. Apparently it took Kate nearly 10 years to finally give up chips, but don’t quote me on that!
In the end, it all comes down to balance. You simply cannot deny the amazing health benefits of eating loads of fresh raw foods. But you also cannot deny the fact that eating this way all of the time is pretty tough. Especially in the UK. So just do what you can. Without wanting to sound like a cliche, I would say that 80% of my diet is made up of raw foods. I save the 20% percent for the times when I fancy a bit of something else, or when there isn’t any decent raw food available.
I like to let my hair down once in a while just like the next person. Too much of anything isn’t always a good thing, and for me that includes trying to be 100% raw as well.