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Sunday, 26 April 2009
Jackie and Gideon Graff

A) What are some rawfood staples in your current diet?

We eat a lot of fruit that are in season, right now we are excited about the coming persimmons and tangerine oranges.

B) Are you 100% raw?

No, we have been 100% raw for several year cooked food at home, We don't cook or keep cooked food items at home, and stay raw for many days at a time. We eat some vegan cooked food on occasion when we travel, or eat out.

C) How did you start?

Our brother got sick with an auto immune disease, and discovered raw from a friend. When he came to stay with us, we wanted to eat the same as he did, to help him out with his program. We were so impressed with the results we experienced, we could not stop.

Question #2: How did you meet and begin your company sprout raw food?

We were married, had children at home and regular jobs outside the home. When wee the changed to all raw, we learned to manage the lifestyle for us and for our family. After several years of doing it alone, we looked for some friends and support, and invited the community to a dinner in our house. The response was great, and we were asked to continue preparing community dinners. Next, we were asked to publish our recipes, and to teach food preparation. From then on, we were responding to requests for services from our customers, and that led to were we are today.

Question #3: Can you describe to us what true hunger is? And how does one deal with overeating/bingeing on raw foods especially dry fruits and fats?

The most common mistake people do on raw food, is not eating enough calories at the first part of the day. We all have a certain need for calories, varied by lifestyle. On a raw food, we do not feel so hungry all the time, and can go longer without food. This create a false feeling that we don't need to eat, and we go all day with very little food. At the end of the day, vegetables don't satisfy our need for calories, and we are drawn to a quick fix to get calories from nuts and dried fruits. If we had eaten a large fruit meal at noon, this is less likely to happen. We eat fruit for the first part of the day, and end with a big green salad, with some fats from avocado, nuts or seeds.

Question #4: What are some things you talk about on your new raw food dvds?

We have a section on the DVDs where we explain why we don't want to cook our food, and what happens to food when subjected to heat. We believe that knowledge of food preparation is essential for a successful lifestyle, and everyone should have a few good recipes that will satisfy their need for variety and interest. We show how to prepare the foods, but also explain different technics, and the value of the ingredients we use.

Question #5: How do you come up with a recipe?

Jackie has a God give talent to create good tasting food. She was an awesome cook when she was an omnivore, and made amazing vegetarian and vegan foods when she changed to a better lifestyle. When she became raw 12 years ago, she started converting many of her recipes to raw. She feels that the fruits, the veggies, and the herbs and spices talk to her and tell her what to do. She may get up with an idea, write down a recipe, then go and prepare is, and it is delicious and needs very little changing and adjusting.

Holiday Fruit Cake Created by Jackie Graff
Sprout Raw Food

Makes two cakes

2 cups pecans, soaked, drained, and dehydrated for 12 hours
2 cups walnuts, soaked, drained, and dehydrated for 12 hours
2 cups almonds, soaked and drained, and dehydrated for 12 hours
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound medjool dates, with seeds removed, soaked for 1/2 hour and
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup flax seeds, finely ground
1 cup dried mango, cut into small pieces
1 cup dried papaya, cut into small pieces
1 cup dried pineapple, cut into small pieces
1 cup dried apricots, cut into small pieces
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 cups freshly grated coconut

1. Place half of the almonds into a food processor and process until finely ground.

2. Place one half of the pecans and walnuts, with dates, vanilla, salt, and orange zest, in a food processor and process until finely ground.

3. Add in the flax seed, process well.

4. Add honey, and process until the mixture is well blended and place in a bowl.

5. Chop the other half of the pecans, walnuts, and almonds, coarsely, add to the bowl.

6. Add the chopped dried fruit and grated coconut to the bowl, mixing well using your hands.

7. Form into 2 one-inch thick cakes.

8. Decorate the top with pecan halves, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Place in a decorative tin.

Question #6 Can you share with us a favorite recipe or dish?

With the holidays coming, here is a great recipe for a fruit cake, you will like it for yourself and your family, and it makes a great gift too. (Recipe above)

Question #7: Do you deliver any of your raw food creations?

We have a delivery service and a menu in Atlanta. For people who are not in Atlanta, we can ship some products directly. Go to our website www.sproutrawfood.org and click on "deliveries". We also have 1 great theme recipe books by Jackie Graff.

Question #8: Do you take any raw supplements or super foods?

Organic fruits and vegetables have enough vitamins and minerals for our needs. We use probiotics, from fermented foods, coconut kefir, or sometime pills, we believe that it is important to cultivate good bacteria culture, and this is hard to do without the supplements considering the many reasons good bacteria has difficulties staying alive and thriving inside out digestive track. We also use Barlymax for its high mineral content, and because it is hard with our schedule to get and juice fresh grass all the time. Occasionally we take vitamin B12, there are a lot discussions for or against it, but the bottom line, we don't know for sure, and taking a small pill on occasion put our minds at ease.

Question #9: Where do you see the raw food movement heading?

We had a great time in the Raw Spirit Festival in Sedona last October, where we saw some 2000 people come together for raw food. We also see an increasingly growing numbers of people showing interest in it. When we started 12 years ago, it was virtually unknown, and today people know more about it, even if they are not going to do it. The raw food movement will continue to grow because it offers solution to almost every ill in our society. It is an amazing thing to see people in their senior years changing to raw food and enjoy good health and vitality. We see amazing children and young people who will have an amazing life thanks to being raised on raw. We see more and more talented people dropping what they do and devote their life to teach and serve the raw food community.

Question #10: Can you please tell us about some of your current projects you're working on and/or developing?

We have the first two volumes of "Uncooking with Jackie & Gideon" available. We plan to tape another volume in the next two month, and keep adding more DVDs of delicious raw food preparation. The next few DVDs will be on Thanksgiving dinner, Holiday Party, and dehydrated foods. We also have 17 theme recipe books, and Jackie is working on a book that will be published next year. Next year we will travel more and teach seminars in more places, and will continue to support our local community in Atlanta with some events and food. If you want to keep in touch with us and get information about what we do and where we are gong to be, go to our website www.sproutrawfood.org and sign up for the free newsletter.

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