In the raw and loving it
ROSLYN Uttley Moore is passionate about food – preparing it, creating new recipes and eating it.
But the difference between Roslyn and your regular foodie is Roslyn hasn’t eaten cooked food in years. And she’s never felt better.
Her skin glows, her hair is luscious and shiny, she oozes energy and she has lost about 12kg.
Her body is truly her temple and she only admits raw food, which is the most nutritious, vitamin-rich, enzyme-filled, alive food.
She says eating a raw diet comes with every benefit you can think of, from more energy to weight loss to healing disease.
As she writes on her website, “Forget about being average. Be prepared to feel alive, maybe for the first time in your life”.
The philosophy behind eating raw food for health is that during the process of cooking food, a lot of the nutrients and vitamins are lost. Eating food in its raw form maximises its nutritional value.
If you think eating raw food consists of only salads and fruit, Roslyn wants you to think again.
You can have soups, cakes made simply of nuts and even pasta, albeit it made from zucchini.
“There’s no dairy, no animal products, no fat, just raw vegan and it’s so tasty,” she said.
Soup and zucchini pasta may seem like cooked food but Roslyn explains it is simply heated in a dehydrator to make it a little warm, not cooked. “The difference between cooked food and raw food is temperature,” she said.
“Raw food can be to 43C but anything above that starts to lose the nutrients.”
She runs classes at her Buderim house where she teaches participants a wide array of recipes that maximise the benefits of raw food.
With a background in nutrition, Roslyn has always eaten healthy, nutritious food and has run classes based around eating as well as possible for a number of years.
But it is only in the last few years that these classes have focused purely on raw food.
“I had my own health issues and I thought I needed to do something and do something quick,” Roslyn said.
And so she turned to raw food and not only healed herself but also is experiencing the best health of her life. Each year Rosyln and her husband, Jim, spend three months in Hawaii during the Australian winter. Aged 55 and 65 respectively, they surf between three and five hours a day and walk at least 20km each day.
“The vital energy you have is one of the greatest benefits,” she said. “A lot of people only have the throttle half way.”
Some people may worry that sticking to a raw-food diet will take far more energy and preparation time than traditional diets.
Roslyn says this is nonsense.
“How quick is it to grab an apple? How quick is it to peel a banana? Raw food is really the super fast food of the planet,” she said.
Roslyn understands that sticking to a purely raw diet can be a tough change for some people so she recommends a slow transition.
If you don’t feel you can stick to just raw food, at least incorporating more into your daily diet, such as only eating fruit until noon, or introducing a raw smoothie into your diet.
“It’s important they address things at their own speed and to suit their lifestyle,” she said.
“I know the results. I just want people to tweak their diet and they are still going to be improving their health.”
The raw food class will be held on May 22 and will be the last class before Rosyln and Jim head to Hawaii. Another will be held on October 23 . Later this year, Roslyn will launch a TV show on the web.