Is raw foodism the new veganism?

You’ve adopted a vegan lifestyle, which isn’t only cruelty-free, it gives you a plant-based foundation for a healthy diet. But even the vegan diet can be improved upon, and for raw foodists, such as Eco Chef Bryan Au, author of the upcoming cookbook Chef Bryan Au Raw Star Recipes (FastPencil Premiere, July 2011), raw foodism is the ultimate vegan diet for health seekers, because it features even more fresh foods and no overprocessed fake foods that a regular vegan diet may include. We talked with Chef Au about the benefits of the raw food diet and how people can deliciously ease their way into raw foodism.
You’ve adopted a vegan lifestyle, which isn’t only cruelty-free, it gives you a plant-based foundation for a healthy diet. But even the vegan diet can be improved upon, and for raw foodists, such as Eco Chef Bryan Au, author of the upcoming cookbook Chef Bryan Au Raw Star Recipes (FastPencil Premiere, July 2011), raw foodism is the ultimate vegan diet for health seekers, because it features even more fresh foods and no overprocessed fake foods that a regular vegan diet may include. We talked with Chef Au about the benefits of the raw food diet and how people can deliciously ease their way into raw foodism.

Q&A with Eco Chef Bryan Au

Miso Vegan: What inspired you to adopt a raw food lifestyle?

Eco Chef Bryan Au: I was already vegetarian and then vegan and everyone told me to try raw organic vegan. They told me it was the “next level” so I tried it and they were right! My yoga improved, I got more energy, and I learned how to anti-age each day. I am 39 this year, but I look and feel like I am 19 or 29 because raw really does work! It is pure, all natural, and you really are what you eat. So if you are eating more natural, healthy, beautiful foods, you take on those qualities as well.

Miso Vegan: Can you explain what the raw food diet is all about?

Eco Chef Bryan Au: There are many ways to explain it, but basically it is a fun new way to eat more fresh wholesome all natural fruits and vegetables with some nuts and seeds. These are the most healthy ingredients possible, yet you don’t have to radically change your eating habits or lifestyle to get the benefits! You just have to add a little more raw organic cuisine, snacks, desserts, and my recipes to your daily food choices. Think “cheesecake”, chocolate cake, pies, cookies, lasagna, pizza, burgers, along with gourmet offerings. It really is incredible and a real food revolution. Everyone loves it, including celebrities, CEOs, artists, health seekers, people who want to look and feel good, get more energy, anti-age, and for many it is a whole new level of health and well being they’ve never experienced before.

Miso Vegan: What health benefits have you experienced on the raw food diet?

Eco Chef Bryan Au: Amazing energy, looking and feeling great, anti-aging each day, improved vision, my muscles are bigger, my yoga is improved and I am more limber. There are so many amazing benefits you have to experience it yourself and you only have to enjoy a little more raw organic recipes! Many people were even able to reverse modern day conditions like cancer, diabetes, and more. Best selling author Kris Carr was able to stop her Stage 4 cancer and wrote best selling books about it. Supermodel Carol Alt said raw saved her life, health and career.
 
Miso Vegan: How does the raw food diet differ from veganism?

Eco Chef Bryan Au: It is the same except most vegan foods are cooked, baked or deep fried, so even though you may think a food is “healthy” it isn’t. Cooking foods at high temperatures form acrylamide, toxins, or carcinogens. Raw foodism is the most healthy and the best because it allows your body to naturally detox, get vital nutrients it needs and wants. I am not saying don’t eat cooked foods, I am saying please add more raw organic vegan foods to your diet. It will balance out what else you are eating.
 
Miso Vegan: What are your top tips for people to ease into raw foodism?

Eco Chef Bryan Au: Try the desserts first. Just enjoy whatever recipes you like. Don’t go 100 percent raw overnight. Just enjoy it slowly and transition over time by slowly adding more raw organic foods to your daily diet and food choices. Also, be careful — there are a lot of raw recipes and books out there, but [lack] research to back up their recipes. I looked at other raw recipe books and chefs, and they have very high mycotoxic ingredients or very high sugar recipes. [This] is really bad because people are eating these recipes thinking it is good for them but are opening themselves up to disease. That is why you may hear stories of people eating raw and they are not that healthy! I based all of my recipes on Dr Gabriel Cousens’ research, advice and recommendations, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and up to the minute health principles.
 
Miso Vegan: What are some of your favorite raw food information resources?

Eco Chef Bryan Au: Gabriel Cousens, MD — I recommend his Conscious Eating and The Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine as required reading for everyone. Even if you are not into raw, you should read these to learn about proper diet, nutrition, what ingredients to eat and which to avoid. I based all of my recipes on them. And they really work and improved my life beyond words. Highly recommended!

For more information on raw food or to order Chef Bryan Au Raw Star Recipes (for a special price and autographed!), visit www.rawinten.com.

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