(US/ca) Keeping it Real
- [Vision Magazine]
A homeless woman in a wheelchair strolls down the aisle of North
Park's farmers market in San Diego. Vendor after vendor refuses her
until she meekly approaches the booth owned and operated by
26-year-old JP Alfred.
"I'm looking for something to eat," she begs.
"Do you like quinoa?" asks Alfred, referring to the sprouted grain
that's gluten free and high in protein.
The old woman stares blankly at Alfred.
"Do you like salad?"
"It's like that but with kale and seaweed," he said, handing her a
complimentary bowl. "Enjoy. It's raw, vegan, gluten free and made with
lots of love," smiles Alfred, his pearly whites gleaming from a beard
Based out of Ocean Beach (affectionately known to locals as OB), Peace
Pies now distributes its tasty goods across San Diego County. Making
weekly appearances at five farmers markets, give Peace Pies a try on
Sundays in Hillcrest, on Tuesdays at the University of California, San
Diego, on Wednesdays in OB, on Thursdays in North Park and on
Saturdays in Little Italy.
Raw foodists argue that humans have been developing an evolutionary
addiction to cooked foods for thousands of years. Our internal
processing, indeed programming, tells us that we need processed foods
to survive. Vegans and vegetarians, however, defy that myth,
especially those who pursue the raw food diet.
"Raw is war," Alfred declares. "Cooking food changes its chemical
composition…as soon you ingest toxins, your body starts detoxifying;
therefore, if you're not consuming those toxins, your body won't be
forced to go through that constant repair process."
The human body is a resilient engine, but treated well, it can
potentially run longer and better than previously imagined. The theory
behind a raw diet is that your body's natural systems are freed to do
other work like improving your complexion, strengthening teeth and
potentially fighting disease.
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