Welcome! As an introduction to our group, "raw foodists" generally have goals to center their diets on eating uncooked leafy greens, veggies, seeds and nuts, and fresh fruit. Within the raw & living food community there are diverse views about the ideal raw foods lifestyle * (see detailed intro. below). However, most experts agree that high intake of dark leafy greens is good. In any case, many have found immense health and spiritual benefits associated with a raw food diet and lifestyle.
Supporting each other in our endeavors can be a great help and make the raw experience more fun. Our main monthly potluck event is organic raw vegan.
Many of our club members are aspiring to a raw vegan diet, even if they aren't practicing it yet. Others are curious and simply learning about raw foods. While some members of our group find that a raw diet with dairy and even some meat works for them.
Our monthly vegan potlucks are an opportunity for people to come together to try independently preparing and then sharing an organic raw vegan meal together. Other fun club activities which might vary from the raw vegan theme are also on our calendar, but are clearly marked, as the main focus of the club is raw vegan. We value all of our members and whatever diet they choose to practice.
You'll notice that our Calendar, (link at left) features our events as "Events" and there are also a number of "Post it Notes" on the calendar to let you know about raw related events being hosted by others throughout California. If you're interested in one of the "Post it" note events, consider using the site's Message Board to see if anyone would like to carpool to an event together. New ideas for this group are very welcome. We would like to host more activities than just monthly potlucks, and welcome members to organize dining out, education, raw lifestyle support or other social activities. Please suggest a meet up event on our calendar for leadership team review.
Our potluck hosts really have helped our group come together and we'd like to extend special thanks to Angelika, Amy, Anjali & Tim, Anne, Annette, Burke, Heather, Kathleen, DJ, Joan, Leah, Marq, Kay, Madeliene, Mimi, Ninaya and others for opening their homes to our monthly potlucks and to all the members who've contributed a dollar or two each month to pay for this website. It's been fun seeing everyone getting connected through this website and these raw foods events!
We hope you can join us at an upcoming event.
GUIDELINES for ORGANIC RAW GOURMET POTLUCKS
• $1 donation for the Meet Up website costs
• Bring one prepared organic raw vegan item per person (except the event host or hostess) with a value of at least $10.
• All of our events are "all ages welcome" including kids and babies, so we hope that you will bring your whole family and your friends too.
Our standard potlucks are "salad potlucks" as we emphasize light, simple and healthy food, although if you'd like to make a more complicated dish you are welcome to. We plan to continue the past tradition of more expensive gourmet dishes being called for at our November holiday potluck. If you would like to attend and donate $15 in lieu of bringing organic raw vegan food, please contact the event host ahead of time.
Be kind to the earth and help out the host or hostess when a large potluck is happening, please bring your own eating utensils, plate and cup if you can.
• Musical instruments welcome
• If you can carpool, bike, walk or bus, great. Feel free to post details about rides needed or offered in your RSVP.
Please check with the venue host or hostess ahead of the event if you would like to bring along your pet.
NEED RECIPE SUGGESTIONS?
Check out recipes our members have posted. These are tried and appreciated recipes, a great place to start: http//www.meetup.com/raw-food/files/
or visit our resources page for links.
Soak seeds or nuts overnight and rinse off the water before using. This helps get rid of the enzyme inhibitors. This will make digesting and assimilating the nutrients of the nuts much easier on the body.
Limit or eliminate the use of Nama Shoyu and/or Tamari. Neither product is actually raw. Nama Shoyu is a living food because it has not been pasteurized. It does however contain wheat gluten, a common allergen.
Sweeteners: Please do not use sugar, even if it is raw. The best sweeteners are Dates, Mesquite Powder, Lucuma, Stevia, Carob, and Yacon Syrup. There is some controversy with Agave so use it sparingly. Raw Honey (is not vegan) and Maple Syrup, though commonly used in raw cooking, is not raw.
More detailed intro.
*As an introduction to our group, "raw foodists" generally center their diets on eating uncooked leafy greens, veggies, soaked or sprouted nuts and seeds, and fresh fruit. Within the raw foodist community there are diverse views about the ideal raw foods diet: the percent of fruits and nuts that should be eaten and the degree to which the foods need to be cleaned or treated (ex. ozonating). Some feel fruit is wonderful in great quantities (Doug Graham, for example) and others feel it should be very limited in a healthy diet (Gabriel Cousens, for example), and there is varying opinion even on the ideal amounts of fat, oil, cacao, superfoods, supplements, salt, dairy, etc. that should or shouldn't be consumed. However, most experts tend to agree that high intake of dark leafy greens is good. In any case, many have found immense health and spiritual benefits associated with a raw food diet and lifestyle. This lifestyle is very unusual though, statistically, so supporting each other in our endeavors can be a great help and make the raw experience more fun.
History of our group's leadership. Angelika Von Roos, Corina Powell, and Heather Baker attended a raw foods prep. class taught by Eliza Vimmerstadt in 2005. Some class attendees wanted to form a group to support each other in sticking with our new recipes and inspiration to be raw and began having potlucks using email and Evite. The Meet-Up website was started by Heather Baker in November 2006 and some of our first members were Anjai and Tim and Burke Green. In 2009, Michael David, Lisa Moore and Heather Baker created a new "Leadership Team" for the club. In 2010 the Leadership Team changed to consist of Elizabeth Yossem-Guy, Heather Baker and Michael David. In 2011, the Leadership Team changed again as Elizabeth was too busy to continue on the team and Krystal joined the team. Additional leaders are welcome to help organize the club (See "Volunteer Opportunities link below). We look forward to the evolution of this group in years to come.