SHAPE editor Karen Borsari explores the ins and outs of the raw diet
Welcome to Raw Week! This Fit Foodie is going all raw, all week, all the time and sharing every step of the way with you. If you think this sounds crazy, weird, or extreme, please don’t click away—raw week is for you (but if you’ve always been a little curious, have thought about dabbling in raw, or just need some raw inspiration we’ve got lots for you too)!
Admittedly, I’m part of that first group. My thoughts have always been: what’s wrong with cooking your food? Isn’t raw just an excuse for celebrities to politely decline tasty treats in favor of celery sticks? “Sorry, no. I only eat raw.” Wouldn’t all those fresh veggies cost a fortune? My affordable favorites: quinoa, beans, and oatmeal are all out. And what about social eating: date night, dinner parties, and late night nachos? It wasn’t until raw guru Stacy Stowers stopped by SHAPE to make a few of her favorite recipes that I even considered raw as a doable and beneficial lifestyle choice. Plus, she gave us raw cookies that tasted an awful lot like Samoas so I kind of wanted more….
After tasting the cookies and her signature “happy shake,” which she made in my bosses office in just minutes, I thought ok, this might not be so hard to do and this food tastes pretty darn good! Then, when all my coworkers started raving about their increased afternoon energy and Stacy shared her story about how she healed her body by eating raw foods after years of suffering from fibromyalgia and chornic pain I reconsidered my stance on the seemingly extreme diet and decided, under Stacy’s guidance, to embark on Raw Week.
Stacy will be helping me plan and prepare all of my meals throughout the week. Some will be made at her well-stocked home using a fancy dehydrator, Vitamix, and amazing vegetable peeler (really it’s very cool, check it out here as I make zucchini noodles) but others will be prepared in my tiny studio kitchen with no special equipment, as well as at work with nothing more than an immersion blender. Stay tuned to see how it goes. This week we will explore and share:
- The benefits of raw food
- Tips, tricks, and tools to make going raw easy
- How to eat raw on a budget
- How to navigate a menu at any restaurant (we’re going to Rodeo Bar on Thursday. If we can do it here, you can do it anywhere)
- Raw cocktails—I’m not giving up happy hour!
- Easy and delicious raw recipes
- Ways to incorporate a little raw into your life in order to reap maximum benefits—it doesn’t have to be all or nothing
- And I will be sharing how it makes me feel throughout the week in terms of my body, mood, and energy
If you have any questions about raw food please leave them in the comments below. Stacy and I are willing to try anything this week—she’s even creating a raw chocolate covered goat cheese truffle for me simply because I mentioned I love them! Nothing is off limits. What have you always wondered about the raw diet? I hope that this week opens your eyes—and mine, to new healthy options and makes eating raw seem a little more attainable.
And if you want to see how our pre-Raw Week prep went, check out Stacy’s Facebook page and stay tuned for more details here!
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.