Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vegas Is A Great Place To Be Raw

Last night my husband and I attended another talk given by John Kohler at the Pure Health Store here in Las Vegas.  It was terrific and every bit as good as his talks on YouTube.

Last night he talked about how to save money on a raw vegan diet.  He mentioned several resources, and there was one in particular that we haven't investigated, the Master Gardeners Orchard at 4600 Horse Drive in North Las Vegas.  They are currently open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  We already visit the Gilcrease and Cowboy Trails farms for local produce, so it's nice to have another one to add to the list.

He said one very interesting thing that caught my ear.  I believe he referred to himself as a "nutrientarian."   What a great word for a lifestyle where the food is chosen and prepared for optimal nutrition, rather than simply finding food that is fast, cheap, filling and tasty.

Unfortunately I needed to leave the talk early, but hopefully he'll post it to YouTube and it will be possible to watch the rest of it online.

So why is it great to be raw in Las Vegas?  Because we have a huge, terrific raw community!  There are over 1,000 people in the very-active Las Vegas Raw Food meetup group.  There are three raw vegan restaurants, and I am aware of a couple more that offer raw options on the menu.

At one of those restaurants, the Go Raw Cafe Westside, Chef Areeya continues to offer a terrific monthly raw prep classes.  The fee for the monthly workshop, $30.00, is a bit of a splurge for a family on a tight budget, but my husband and I feel it's important.  Food is central to our family culture.  After decades of cooking food the conventional way, I find it helpful to find support for our new lifestyle.  Chef Areeya comes up with amazing recipes that evoke the flavors and textures of old fashioned comfort food.  It's so delicious that it's easy to forget that it's good for you.

Anyone who is interested in the raw food lifestyle is very lucky to live in Las Vegas.  If you are one of those people, I highly recommend that you join the meetup group.  There are interesting events offered regularly and you are sure to find one that suits you.

Even if you don't live in Las Vegas, it seems like most cities in the USA have at least one raw vegan cafe or restaurant.  If you happen to live somewhere that doesn't have thriving raw vegan community, you might just be the catalyst to get one started!

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So what do you think? Have you tried raw vegan food?