Rawism new mantra for healthy eaters


Rawism is the new mantra for healthy eaters, not the weight watchers

It might be a little early to dub Meher Chand Market as Delhi's next Khan Market, but undoubtedly, this wonderfully located but largely overlooked street has quite a buzz around it these days. Sandwiched between Golf Links and Defence Colony, it started with Cafe Coffee Day, and slowly, over the last couple of years, the rest of the small businesses there gave themselves up to glitzy new spaces; among them the trendy French restaurant Chez Nini, the cheese store called Cheese Ball, and tens of interesting home decor places. A couple of niche fashion and jewellery stores make it ideal for a browse on a Saturday.

Meher Chand Market also has three organic food stores, one of which is Nourish Organic Deli. It is for those foxed by newfangled and puzzling concepts such as raw foodism, also called rawism, organic food plans, vegan or detox diets. In a nutshell, they're pretty much the same thing, which is eating pesticide-free and largely unprocessed foods. Rawism takes it a step further: most of the meals are uncooked plant foods that rawists claim lead to a leaner body and higher energy. It's important to state that the raw food diet is a lifestyle choice and not a weight-loss plan. And living the raw food life is painstaking work, involving a lot of time in peeling, chopping and blending. Also, it is almost impossible to sustain because of the restrictions: staples include seaweed, sprouts, wholegrains, beans, dry fruits and nuts. Most of us don't need to try anything so extreme but even if you do it a day a month, you feel like you've achieved something. Consider it a fast. Twenty four hours without cooked food shouldn't be so hard, but it is.

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