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December 1, 2009

TUESDAY NIGHT RAW: No cooking allowed as group celebrates holiday

About two dozen people gathered in Jeffersonville Tuesday night for a Thanksgiving meal, but there was no stuffed turkey or pies fresh out of the oven. Instead, there were turkey rolls, fruits, vegetables and mud pies.

It was all part of the first “Raw Thanksgiving” at Core Wellness in downtown.

Dr. Steve and Rebecca Hoffman, owners of Core Wellness, located at 246 Spring St., became interested in the raw foods lifestyle and started a group on www.meetup.com.

Steve said he had no idea how many people would join the group, now called the Louisville Area Food Meetup. They have grown to 99 members and meet monthly.

“It’s a global movement,” he said. “I’ve always taught a healthy lifestyle, and the raw food lifestyle takes it to another level.”

Most of the people in the group do not eat only raw food. The Hoffmans say some members are only “raw curious” while others have been eating only raw foods for 20 years.

“People thought we were experts because we started the meetup, but we’re really just learning a lot fast,” Rebecca said.

Jackie Vetter, who lives in Georgetown and is a health educator for the Red Cross, said she quit smoking recently and started gaining weight. She is also diabetic and began looking for solutions to lose the weight. About two months ago, she began eating more raw foods.

“My blood sugar is staying normal, and before I had a big fluctuation. I haven’t weighed myself yet, but my clothing is starting to get too big for me,” she said.

Ann Merriman, owner of Grinny Possum Fiber Arts on Spring Street in Jeffersonville, said she is now trying to eat more raw food after joining the group in March.

She said the difficult part has been trying to convince her family of the benefits of raw foods. While her family eats a more traditional Thanksgiving meal, she plans to fix herself a plate of raw food.

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