Rawfully Organic Co-opOver the past few years, “going green” has certainly turned into more than just a trend of the times. People across the nation and the globe have finally come to understand the importance of natural sustainable living and waste reduction. One of the most important aspects of this social revolution has been maintaining smart, convenient nutritional habits.
With obesity and numerous health problems associated with the intake of high fructose corn syrup and sodium, each year more and more Americans spend millions plus on diets and other weight control strategies that focus on man developed products and pills. Many require fixed regimens that cut out specific food groups and extreme portion constraints.
Here at the Arboretum we are lucky enough to host one of Houston’s premier farm to consumer bazaars, the Rawfully Organic Co-op, every Tuesday afternoon.
Founder and Rice grad, Kristina Gabrielle Carrillo-Bucaram and her bouquet of devoted volunteers provide an alternative diet plan and a post for raw foodies across the city to pick up a variety of naturally grown, local fruits and veggies. Although it has been around for over 100 years, the Raw Food Diet is slowly but surely building momentum, infiltrating restaurant and home kitchens everywhere.
So what is a raw food diet exactly? Well definitively, raw food is considered to be any naturally grown fare that hasn’t been processed, microwaved, kindled, genetically engineered, or penetrated by pesticides or herbicides. These rations typically consist of fruits and veggies, but nuts and herbs are gladly welcomed. In order to be considered truly raw, food cannot be cooked or exposed to temperatures over 118 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, proponents believe most of the natural enzymes in food are completely destroyed, leaving the cooked food utterly useless to the body. These naturally occurring enzymes are crucial for the body to commence the breakdown process principal to digestion.
Oftentimes we forget that nutrients are chemicals, and when these chemicals are heated a chemical reaction occurs. These chemical reactions change foods from the healthy, constructive substances our bodies need into acid-forming toxins, free-radicals and poisons that essentially destroy our wellbeing and shape and make us look old (ugh)!
The idea for the Co-op stemmed out of Kristina’s own personal choice to go raw, and her experiences with the lack of available resources catering to her community. Like many believe, truly raw produce is very hard to come by unless you are willing to shell out the big bucks. According to the Co-op website, Kristina and her family would spend up to $200 a week at Whole Foods, an offensive price tag even for the most affluent epicure. Thus the Co-op was born.
The raw food craze not only boasts nutrient rich meal plans, but it almost guarantees a reshaping of your body’s internal programming, as well as weight loss! The Rawfully Organic Co-op keeps these values in mind as they incorporate good business and good eats! Their sole purpose is nourishment- from individuals to communities. Within just 6 years, Kristina and her team have established a growing network of over 6,000 families in the greater Houston area, and they don’t make any profit!
Many believe a raw food diet is good for you because it incorporates good science! Kristina happily boasts a completely transformed lifestyle due to her diet change. The raw life she says has not only changed her eating habits, but it has also changed her soul!
Now who can argue with that?
Check out what Kristina and the gang are up to via their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RawfullyOrganic or the Rawfully Organic website http://www.rawfullyorganic.com/