Diet and exercise always seems to be on the top of my list for new year’s resolutions – which I hate to say usually aren’t very effective. I have been a vegetarian for 20+ years but have an insatiable sweet tooth. More than a tooth, my whole body craves sugar. One of my best experiences was when I was in my twenties and lived on raw food for almost a year. I lived on a farm and had a huge garden. The best thing was to pick an ear of corn and stand right there and eat it immediately!!
Over the years, I have tried many diets from “Eating for Your Blood Type”, Vegan and Gluten Free and I have a whole library of nutrition books—both obscure and popular. I still have all my raw food cookbooks but have never managed to be that disciplined again. At best, I maintain a certain amount of raw food in my daily diet. I can lecture anyone on the benefits of ‘being raw’ – how heat kills vitamins and enzymes (minerals are safe); how much of our body is water and raw foods have the most water content; and the importance of fresh ‘green’ drinks’ (I do manage wheat grass from Beyond Juice in Birmingham).
So, when I heard about a class on raw foods, it prompted me to reminisce about my days without dairy (arthritis) and wheat (headaches) and a lot less calories (much thinner). I have been to raw food restaurants in Las Vegas, New York and locally including the Red Pepper Deli in Northville. Surprisingly most of the food is totally delicious and can even be warmed in a food dryer as long as the temperature does not go over 118 degrees. I saw a flyer at Ultimate Health Systems – a hidden gem in Trenton Michigan – promoting the upcoming Raw Food class. I stopped by Yoga 4 Peace to get a preview of the class and spoke briefly with Annette Zimmerman of Maya Healthy Foods.
For more information or to register for the class call Ultimate Health Systems at 734-671-3961. It is January 20, 2010 from 6:30-8:30PM. There is a charge of $35 if registered before January 17, which includes a raw food demo, theory, and Italian raw food to eat.
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