I have often said that if you ate nothing but raw food, you would have a diet that is healthier than 99 percent of Americans. However, this percentage has nothing to do with how much stock you have on your portfolio. Perhaps even a homeless person could adhere to such a regimen, to stay alive.
However, it is much harder to get as many calories, if you don't cook. And you have to be selective about your ingredients. I certainly wouldn't eat tomatoes from Florida. Hard as a rock, when they are picked. Ripened in ethylene gas. You can't get enough Omega 3's either. I personally take two Salmon Oil, two Flax Oil, and two Algal O3's per day. If you don't have many teeth, I suspect that it is even more difficult to maintain an adequate diet. I notice seniors at the supermarket, and what they buy. Parsnips. Rutabaga. Polenta. I am sure all these things are good for you, but I doubt that anyone could dispense with the art of cooking, to eat them.
The best way to eat raw food is to expand your concept of salad. Alton Brown calls it Slaw. Here's my personal take on Slaw:
Use this dressing -- 1/2 cup rice vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil, 1 tsp soy sauce, agave syrup, 1/4 tsp pepper
I made this salad: half and half red/green shredded cabbage, thinly sliced red onion, thinly sliced green onions, slivers of red pepper, sliced raw crimini mushrooms, braised and chopped beet tops
I could have added: sliced cucumber, sesame seeds, chopped cilantro and ?
I served the salad with slices of roast beef* and tomatoes.
I think a lot of raw things would taste well with this dressing --
all the crudites veggies. Also there is a new kind of compressed firm tofu that fries very easily -- make tofu "pillows"* to put in the mix.
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*The pillows or roast beef are cooked, of course. I like raw tofu, and it would work quite well. I find myself eating slices of tofu, and dipping them first in soy sauce, then sesame seeds.