Raw Food Makes #1 New Year's Resolution Easy

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The "Raw Food" cuisine is fast becoming a trendy culinary option, known for its bold and creative new methods of preparing some of the world's healthiest food. Eating a diet comprising 100% plant-based foods that have never been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit is one of the easiest ways to shed holiday pounds, without feeling hungry or deprived. Far from mere salads and fruit plates, Raw Food has been remade into super healthy versions of satisfying favorites such as pizza, burgers, pasta, burritos, cakes, pies, and even ice cream.

Eating a so-called "Raw" diet -- that is, comprising primarily uncooked, plant-based foods -- is one of the easiest ways to lose weight, according to gourmet Raw Food chef, Kristen Suzanne Makuch of Kristen's Raw (http://www.KristensRaw.com). Weight loss is the most popular New Year's resolution according to the online goal-setting site, myGoals.com.

"New Year's is the perfect time to try something different, and eating a primarily Raw, vegan diet makes losing weight surprisingly simple and incredibly healthy," says Makuch. "When you replace high-calorie starches and animal fats with fruits and vegetables -- which are high in water and fiber -- you'll find that you can eat the same volume of food but dramatically reduce your caloric intake, resulting in fairly rapid weight loss without feeling hungry or deprived."

Unlike simple diets comprising fruits and vegetables, "gourmet" Raw Cuisine combines plant-based foods in new and surprising ways, such as "pasta" made from uncooked, marinated beet slices or zucchini ribbons, cheese made from cashews, or ice cream made from frozen nut milk. "When we say 'Raw,' most people think we're talking about salads and fruit plates," says Makuch. "But we're actually talking about something totally new: delicious and extremely healthy versions of all of your old favorites, such as pizza, burgers, burritos, lasagna, and even cakes and brownies, all with incredible, hearty textures and complex flavors."

Believed by many nutritionists to be the healthiest dietary lifestyle available to humans, the "Raw Food" cuisine -- made from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds that are never heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit -- is fast becoming a trendy culinary option, with endorsements from high-profile celebrities and a spate of new Raw restaurants opening around the country. "Once people try some of these dishes," says Makuch, "they often get hooked. For some people, Raw food is simply another dinner option like Mexican, Italian, or Thai food. For others, it becomes an amazing new lifestyle."

About Kristen Suzanne
Kristen Suzanne is a former competitive bodybuilder and Associate Chef and Instructor in Raw Gourmet Foods, certified by the world-famous Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, California. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Kristen has taught tens of thousands of people how to include more delicious, healthy, Raw foods into their lives through her recipe books, classes, radio, and television appearances.

For more information about Raw food recipes, preparation, nutrition, and lifestyle tips, visit http://KristensRaw.com.

Photography: For reproducible photography of Chef Kristen Suzanne and Raw food, see http://KristensRaw.com/release01.php

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