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What’s so rad about raw?

September 1, 2011

What’s so rad about raw?

Chantelle Roelofse investigates at the Rawlicious DVD launch.

You’ve probably heard about rawists – people who don’t eat any cooked food. And I’m sure your first thought is “Urgh, how boring!” Followed by “What do you eat besides salad?” and “I could never give up chocolate!” And finally “Besides, I’m sure it can’t be good for you to be such an extremist.”

Heard any of these statements running through your mind? Or maybe you didn’t. Maybe you’ve been exposed to some information or tasted the raw pizzas made by Earthshine, (if you haven’t, check out their website NOW at http://www.earthshine.co.za), and you know raw can be – okay, I’m going to give into the cliché – rawlicious.

Enough babble. Let’s get down to business. What is Rawlicious about and who cares about them launching a DVD anyway?

Founders of the raw food movement in South Africa, Peter and Beryl Daniel, first attended seminars on superfoods and juicing while in England, but then furthered their training as chefs in France, and yip, no surprise, made cuisine that was largely meat and dairy based. Only on their return to England and after a seminar with Anthony Robbins did they revisit the nutritional assumptions they had been brought up to believe.

They tried out Robbins’s 30-day detox and within 6 months their diet consisted of approximately 85% raw food. They started feeling healthier and more energetic, which led them to ask “Why doesn’t everybody know this?”

On their return home in 2006 they ran a workshop for friends teaching them the ins and outs of good raw food preparation including the most delicious dessert recipes. They had cheesecake, raw chocolate and chocolate mousse tasters at the launch and I swear I died and landed in sweet tooth heaven!

From there, one thing led to the next and in 2009, South Africa saw the launch of its first ever raw cookbook with recipes that range from super easy to impress the pants off of everyone you know. What’s also great about the book is that all the ingredients can be found because the chefs are local. Yippee!

The next step was the DVD. Shot in their own kitchen, they demonstrate recipes from the cookbook, but also add a whole gamut of information to the mix, ranging from the elements of health, through cleansing, detoxing and growing your own organic foods to geez this is good grub recipes that not only look good but taste fabulous! Seriously, all those worries you’ve had about nutrition and being deprived – gone! These two chefs put sexy back into raw. And isn’t that ultimately the bottom line?

Besides the Rawlicious brand, Peter and Beryn also source and sell superfoods which are foods that are particularly nutrient dense. For more information on these you can visit their website at http://www.superfoods.co.za. They also host one-day seminars which are packed with information. I recommend these highly. It will give you the opportunity to ask every question you have about raw food, learn more about what it can do for you and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle one step at a time. The Superfoods team will then send you an email each week for the next 6 months to help you on your journey. I was so inspired I went the whole way and my diet now consists of 90-95% raw. I feel better than ever and even my desserts, (including chocolates dear!), are nutritious even though they taste like sin – as all good desserts should. So yes, I’m a fan and I recommend you get the recipe book and DVD like, uh, yesterday! Or if you’re a skeptic, book for the one-day seminar. You don’t have to buy into anything, but if you’re looking for something new to give you a high, give this a chance. The bonus – It doesn’t have a come down.

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ChantelleChantelle Roelofse teaches yoga in Muizenberg and co-owns a vegan restaurant, CLOSER, in the area as well. When she isn’t in an asana or thinking about food, she runs, plays piano and writes. She is interested in the philosophy of yoga and how we can incorporate it in modern living. Chantelle supports ethical living and veganism.chants_za@yahoo.com

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  1. Ivelina permalink
    September 15, 2011 9:45 pm

    Hey! I read this awesome article, only to see at the end that you’re Chantelle, the lovely friend of Danielle who’s told me so much about you. I’m a regular at Closer thanks to Danielle telling me about it, haha. Thanks for the great article, I’m really amped to start eating rawfood, and I’ve been wondering how it works. Definitely going to get this recipe book.
    PS: I hope I get to meet you, I’ve heard too many inspiring things about you from Danielle. Plus, Closer is only the best restaurant in Cape Town. 🙂

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