Raw Forager by Linda Forager
Raw Forager is a foodie website for those who are interesting in incorporating more fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds into their diets – be that through shop bought food, growing your own or foraging. It aims to help educate you on:
- What a raw food diet actually is
- Raw food ingredients and the health benefits of each one
- How to grow your own raw food ingredients into an organic permaculture style of gardening
- And last but not least, we aim to share with you how food is prepared and served in our own home by sharing our favourite recipes.
Linda Forager is the founder of this website. As part of a small family based in the UK, we are passionate about real food. Food that is as natural as possible with as little change to it as possible before eating. We are not fully raw, nor are we vegans, but we do have a high amount of raw foods in our diets. This website was started after we were encouraged by friends to share more about what goes on in our little kitchen as a way to share with our friends. We thought it would be lovely to expand that friend circle to everyone else out there who is passionate about healthy food.
Although many raw food enthusiasts are also vegans, we feel that bees are a vital part of the eco system and as such should be protected and encouraged. We keep a double beehive at the bottom of our garden and the difference it has made not only to the size of our fruit harvests but also to a number of other insects and birds visiting our garden has been incredible. Raw local honey is such a wonderfully magical ingredient that helps to reduce seasonal allergies, heal wounds and soothe inflamed skin amongst many other benefits. We keep a mutual arrangement that we make sure there is an abundance of pollen throughout the season in our garden plants, in exchange for any excess honey produced. Should they have problems then it is always us that goes without, and never the bees. If we weren’t to remove excess honey then the bees are more prone to swarming which obviously is never popular with neighbours in more built up areas. Regular checks on the bees help ensure they stay a healthy, disease and pest free colony. They are beautiful and mesmerising creatures to watch, and we feel blessed to be able to look after them.
Since spending more time learning about foods and their effects on the body, we naturally gravitated towards wanting to improve our diet and that of our children. We feel that eating large amounts of raw foods in our diets has been a positive change to make in our lives, and as many others also report, we noticed many improvements in our health within just a matter of a couple of weeks. We do not believe that anyone should feel pressured to eat in any specific way but we feel that there is so much money behind advertising for processed foods and prescription medications that many people just don’t understand the improvements they could be seeing in their health by switching out a few processed foods for fresh and natural nutrition.
Lots of people think that a raw food diet means an endless stream of salad, so we wanted to share some of our favourite ways of adding in more raw foods which are child-friendly and fun too. I fondly remember from my childhood being able to snack in the garden and wish for the same memories for my children. So growing our own food is always something we try to do. Modern farming often leaves the soil depleted of its nutrients, not to mention the chemical residues left on the food from pesticides and more, so we prefer to encourage nature by balancing our growing space to actually leave the soil in a better condition when we’ve finished with it than when we started, while making it sustainable and chemical free too.
The aim of this website is to show you how you can do the same if you wanted to, or use it as a spring board to help get you started towards the path that works best for you.