More uncooking: Intro to Raw Food at the RAW Foundation

Last month, as part of my schoolwork at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, I took a course in raw food preparation at Organic Lives, which inducted me into the world of raw ‘cooking’.

Then, a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a class at the RAW Foundation that was hosted by Janice Skoreyko, a local nutritionist, raw food chef and health food educator.

I found Janice inspiring, not only due to her amazing energy, enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge, but also because of her journey to wellness. She was born premature and her childhood was plagued with terrible allergies, severe digestive issues and pediatric osteoporosis.

Using a raw food diet, Janice healed herself and no longer has any allergy attacks or stomach problems, plus she has the bone density of a 25-year-old male.

Obviously, this resonated with me because of her tummy troubles, but the osteoporosis rang true for me too. After many years of a poor diet coupled with malabsorption, when I was 24 my anemia was advanced enough to warrant iron infusions and then I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at 25.

I have a drawer filled with supplements. Janice takes none. All her nutrition comes from real, whole foods.

So you can see why I was buoyed by my experience at the RAW Foundation. After my healing challenge is complete, I hope to be in a position to transition off my medication and my supplements. If I can get my digestion up to snuff, I won’t need synthetic pills to nourish me.

We made a ton of interesting recipes that tasted sensational. The theme was ‘5 ingredient dishes in 5 minutes’, and the class certainly lived up to that promise. While some of the dishes had a few more than five ingredients when you take the herbs and spices into account, I really liked how Janice’s recipes were accessible, simple, quick and easy. And I’ve made most of the dishes more than once since I took the class, too.

Here’s what we learned to prepare:

Energy Elixir. My first green smoothie ever.

One bite brownies – yum.

West Coast paté in collard wraps, with stuffed button mushrooms

Broccoli soup

Spaghetti with marinara sauce. You can watch Janice making this dish

with musician Bif Naked on Rock Star Cooking.

Cinnamon torte. So pretty I had to take two pictures of it.

This post is part of a month-long series that explores the raw food lifestyle. With the help of holistic nutritionist Jennifer Trecartin, I’m doing a 28-day raw food healing challenge to improve my Crohn’s disease. At the end of the month, I hope to transition off my medication, which I have been taking since I was 18.

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4 Responses to More uncooking: Intro to Raw Food at the RAW Foundation

  1. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos June 6, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    wow, she completely healed herself from all of her food allergies? that’s amazing. i have tons of tummy issues (intolerances, allergies) and only eat clean plant based food. i’ve never felt better!

  2. Jennifer Trecartin June 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    I am so glad you enjoyed your experience. Janice is a remarkable woman, I knew her story would resonate with you. I look forward to the day when you medicine/supplement drawer is empty.

    Health and happiness,
    Jennifer xo

  3. mindbodysouljp February 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Do you provide the recipes for any of the itmes you make?

    • Sondi Bruner February 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      The recipes were all Janice’s – but check out her site, as she has recipes on there!