As I have stated in my previous post, I am currently vegan, and very high raw. My ultimate goal, is to be fully Low-Fat Raw Vegan. My husband and I are slowly transitioning into this new lifestyle. (We’ve been walking this journey for about 8 months so far.)
First, we started by cutting out meat, and then very shortly afterwards, we cut out all dairy products as well. We started seeing great improvement in our health and physical appearance just by going vegan! Our skin cleared up, our energy rose, our stomach problems disappeared, and we overall felt much better.
Next, we started trying to consume a “High Raw Vegan Diet”. Basically, we were still on your typical vegan cooked diet, but we tried to keep most of our snacks raw fresh fruit and vegetables, with some fresh juices as well.
Currently, we’re working on slowly transitioning to a completely Low-Fat Raw Vegan Diet, by replacing our meals with raw fruits and veggies. Starting with breakfast, and as time, continue to replace all meals, even to dinner!
If your new to the Raw Vegan Lifestyle, this all may sound completely crazy! But let me tell you, its totally doable, and the results are worth the journey! We still fail sometimes, but what matters most is that you get back up, and continue down the path to reach your goal. (This statement is true no matter what your goal is! Health related or other!)
As we continue towards our goal of becoming completely 100% Low-Fat Raw Vegan, I wanted to share occasional updates with you on what we’ve learned, experienced and so on.
The purpose of this post today, is to educate you on what being fully raw means, and to share with you newbies like me, some tips on making your transition a pleasant one!
First, here is a brief overview on what a Low-Fat Raw Vegan is:
This is a summery from FullyRawKristina’s informational page about Raw Food. (All credit goes to her.) I chose sections from her information on raw foods, that I felt was most beneficial to those who are unfamiliar with raw food, and also answers to the top question that is most commonly asked. Check out the link below to visit her website: http://fullyraw.com/
What is a Raw Food Diet?
A raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming. People who adopt this diet are often referred to as “raw fooders” or “raw vegans.”
The diet we recommend is called the “low-fat raw vegan diet.” Although the diet is not new, the term for it was coined by sports nutritionist and chiropractor, Douglas Graham, over twenty years ago. This diet has been used successfully by many amateur and professional athletes as well as many non-athletes to achieve top performance and health. Dr. Graham also refers to this diet as “The 80/10/10 Diet” or “The 811 Diet.” The numbers refer to the percentage of calories that are ideally obtained daily from the three food elements: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Put another way, 80% of your calories will come from simple carbohydrates, 10% from protein, and 10% from fat. So in a 2000 calorie per day diet, 1600 calories will come from carbohydrates, 200 from protein, and 200 from fat. This works out naturally if 90 – 95% of your calories come from sweet fruit, 2-6% from leafy greens, vegetables and non-sweet fruits, and 0 – 8% from nuts and seeds. This is generally accomplished with two or three large fruit meals during the day with a large salad in the evening.
The first benefit is that you stop abusing your body each meal with toxic residue that it must deal with, leaving it free to cleanse and heal itself. Next, the proper raw diet eliminates constipation, and the transit time of waste matter shortens to 24 hours or less, avoiding the buildup of toxemia from the recycling of toxins from the colon. Most people on the standard American diet experience transit times of 72 hours or more during which time their food ferments and putrefies. The resulting foul gas and unpleasant smelling feces highlights the fact of fermentation and putrefaction taking place in the colon.
So, What’s the Deal with Cooked Foods?
Applying heat to foods provides no nutritional benefit to the food and is detrimental to the person ingesting the cooked food. There are reported instances where, by heating food, certain nutrients are more easily released, like lycopene from tomatoes. However, this ignores that hundreds of other nutrients in that heated tomato that were damaged or destroyed; and also assumes that more of a specific nutrient is better, instead of trusting that the body has learned to extract just the right amount that it needs for optimal health. Many nutrients are deadly toxic if we overdose on them, more is definitely not always better. Many foods that are cooked would otherwise be unappetizing or inedible to humans, such as meats and grains, thus bypassing sensory safeguards that would normally protect the body from ingestion of unnatural and unhealthy substances. Studies have shown that the immune system often reacts to the introduction of cooked food into the bloodstream the same way it does to foreign pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Cooking food denatures the proteins, carcinogizes the fats, and caramelizes the carbohydrates; most other nutrients are damaged, deranged or destroyed by the heating process, leaving mostly empty calories. The regular consumption of cooked foods results in the detrimental enlargement of the pancreas.
People thought the world was flat for a long time. In order to progress with science, we had to come to grips with the false nature of that paradigm. As humans moved away from the tropics, they began eating the flesh of animals to substitute for missing fruits and vegetables. The farming of grains, the hunting of animals, and civilization’s reliance on eating them cooked, came within the last 10,000 years, the same length of time man has been using fire to prepare food. As such, cooked foods are considered to be a major contributor to what are called the diseases of civilization: cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Eating cooked meat creates excess uric acid and ammonia in the body, both of which are toxic to the system. The proteins in cooked food become denatured, and, as a result, the polypeptide bonds cannot be broken down into amino acids. These polypeptides are treated as foreign invaders and must be excreted through the kidneys. The kidneys don’t allow for easy transport of these substances, causing the distress that leads to kidney stones and eventually to kidney failure. Cooked grains cause fermentation in the body that produces gas, alcohol, and acetic acid; protoplasmic poisons that kill every cell with which they come into contact.
To read more about commonly asked question such as, diabetes, protein intake, and how to start transitioning into the Low-Fat Raw Vegan Lifestyle, please follow this link to read the rest: http://fullyraw.com/be-fully-raw/what-is-fully-raw
So, onto today’s main topic! Proper Food Combining!
When Matt and I first starting eating more raw foods, we did a lot of research alongside of it. Reading books, watching YouTube videos from the Raw Foodist Gurus in the community, watching documentaries, and such. Along the way, I discovered some very important information about “Food Combining.” I never realized how important proper food combining is for comfortable digestion, and how even timing is crucial to your digestive cycles!
Below I have created a simple chart and basic rules on food combining:
Click the pictures to expand and print!
I also wanted to add two other charts that I found from Kristina’s Facebook Page! I thought these were very helpful as well!
I hope you enjoy following me on this grand journey, and possibly even join me!
Below are some other resources I greatly recommend:
80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham
12 Steps to Raw Foods, How to End Your Addiction to Cooked Foods by Victoria Boutenko
Forks Over Knives
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Hungry For Change
- Mrs. Hughey