photo: Ani Phyo
Liven' the raw life and liven' the green life can often go hand in hand. In order to eat raw you almost have to invest in the greenest foods around. Raw diets tend to include sustainable, locally grown goodness like fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts. High quality foods are what make this diet palatable. Just ask raw food and eco-lover Ani Phyo. Find out how the Raw Food Diet is an excellent transition into an eco-friendly lifestyle.Many eco-chic foodies are turning to the Raw Food Diet and green chefs like Ani Phyo are showing how raw food can be a part of everyday life. Her "uncooking show" on YouTube, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen Show, and her book Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable, Living Food Recipes shows followers that today, it’s much more than just cut up fruits and vegetables. A raw food diet consists of sprouted grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, and of course, fruits and vegetables. All foods must be served raw or dehydrated.
Living Green = Living Raw
According to Phyo, one of the major changes she noticed was how her kitchen garbage disappeared when she began eating only fresh whole foods. She was no longer buying nor disposing of processed food packaging and all the plastics and cardboards. She can make a meal for 300 hundred people and at the end of it will be left with organic compost. The compost is fed to worms who then create fertile soil for her organic garden.
Meat's Huge Carbon Footprint
Additionally, the Raw Food Diet is naturally vegan which is inherently good for the environment considering that a study by the World Watch Institute found that 87 percent of all agricultural land in the United States is used to raise animals for food. This means that 20 times more land is needed to feed a meat-eater than to feed a pure vegetarian. A typical pig factory farm generates as much raw waste as a city of 12,000 people. The same study also found that livestock account for more than half of U.S. water consumption and cause 16 percent of the world's annual production of methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas.
In an additional step, raw foodies give up GMO processed fake meat which takes energy to process and if it's not organic, the soy beans used in the process are treated with chemicals and pesticides.
Lately, Phyo has gotten into the ancient superfoods as a part of her raw diet. Check out her Raw SuperFood Shake recipe:
Makes 1 serving
2 tbsp hemp protein powder
2 tbsp hemp nut
1 tbsp hemp oil
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 1/3 cup filtered water
Blend until smooth and get your day started right.