Category Archives: NUTRITION INFORMATION

HOW RAW ARE YOU, AND HOW MUCH DOES IT MATTER?

POST #928
If you have read the previous post, which I caught on google+ from a website I like, you might wonder where I stand.

I *am* 100% raw and have been for a  long time. Still, I like to say that I am 95% raw, because I am a human, and I don’t ever know if or when I might slip, or choose to eat something that is not raw, or eat something that isn’t raw by accident (I was at a raw meet-up the other night, and I happily ate something that was put out, but a friend suggested to me that it might not actually be raw since there were beans in it — okay, so I cannot claim to be 100% raw, at least not for that night. I like to say 95% raw because, then, if I do slip, nobody will be pointing fingers at me.

Most of the self-proclaimed “raw gurus” have been outed, at one time or another, as enjoying non-raw foods, while they continue to solicit your massive payments for their raw programs.

Folks who become enamored of a “raw food guru”, often find that they cannot follow the program easily, simply because it doesn’t really work as it has been put forth. Then, if they find that their “guru” of choice has begun advocating eating some cooked food, they become confused.

Recently, I have seen that many of the folks who have been loudly advocating raw vegan diets are “softening up”, or saying that it isn’t necessary to follow a 100% raw diet. Of course, it has never been necessary to follow a 100% raw diet – you only do that if you want the maximum benefit in the least amount of time.  Otherwise, you just simply incorporate more raw food in your diet. The AMA has urged us to incorporate more raw fruit and vegetables in our diet.  More is better than none.

Since I don’t follow any raw gurus (some of them may not have even been born when I first went raw), I really don’t care what they do, unless it hurts me, but, fortunately, I don’t care what they say, for the most part, either.

I have my own take on a raw vegan diet, which has worked for me for a long time,and keeps me healthy, happy, and craving free. People who come to me are usually worried about slipping, about cravings, which are things my approach addresses.I also work with people want to simply incorporate more raw foods into their diet. I also work with people who are interested in including more raw foods in their diet, or who are interested in going totally raw.

As a nutritionist, I would rather help someone find a healthier way to eat for where they are at, than to blow them off because they do not want to go 100% raw this very evening.

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TO JUICE OR TO BLEND: What should you do?

POST #922
From time to time, the question of whether we should juice or blend our vegetables comes up.  Recently, I ran into this discussion on LinkedIn, and, contrary to my normal attitude of non-involvement, with a deep sigh, I posted my take on the issue.  Today, after hearing from a couple of the people involved in the discussion, I think that my answer might be useful for those of you who read my blog, so, without further ado, here you have it:

As long as I have been connected with the “modern” vegetarian/vegan/raw vegan world (I only came to know that there were other raw vegans, after 25 years of doing it on my own with Ann Wigmore’s and the Fathmans’ books) I have seen the arguments about juicing vs. blending (actually, when I was about 12, I heard this kind of thing at a state fair at a VitaMix demo) There are valid arguments on both sides, and, as I see it, everything depends on what you are after. If you are looking for a nice drink that has a lot of vitamins, juicing is the way to go. If you are looking to drink your vegetables (whether as a way to consume more vegetables in short order, a diet meal substitute, or a way to seek nutrition while dealing with a chewing or swallowing disorder) then blended vegetables/smoothies are the way to go.
Sometimes, you will just want a serious dose of juice (and you can use the pulp/fiber from the juicing in other dishes (I add the pulp to crackers/breads, salads, and soups), and sometimes you just want to drink your vegetables/fruit along with the fiber (I prefer the above-mentioned two-step method, personally, but on occasion I do smoothies)
There is no one right way, as I see it, as long as you own a juicer as well as a blender.

DRINKING WATER AT THE CORRECT TIME – who knew there were rules?

POST #905
Now, this is interesting. Who knew there were times to drink water. I thought it was just all about drinking water. Who knew there were rules?

DRINKING WATER

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TOP GMO FOODS

TOP GMOsPOST #904

IRISH MOSS: not so good for you?

POST #838
RawMazing sent me a post with a stern warning against using Irish Moss.  I have never used it (but I do have a package of it, awaiting the magical recipe).   Read this information and judge for yourself.

ANNIVERSARY MONTH: It was 10 years ago this month that I knew I had taken off 100 lbs. They are still off!

POST #833
Ten years ago, on October 2, my birthday, I realized that my clothes were rather loose.  I ultimately took off @100lbs.

So, now, it has been 10 years that  I have kept the weight off.  I hope you will understand if I reach around and pat myself on the back.  Yeah, I’m proud.  Today, instead of wearing a size 22, I am wearing a size 2.

 

7/26/12 CSA SHARE: What we got

POST #767

Basil or Chives – 1 bun…………..Chives
Zucchini – 2 pcs
Cucumbers – 3 pcs
Green Cabbage – 1 hd…………… Savoy Cabbage – 2 sm. hds
Walla Walla Onions – 4 small
Asian Eggplant – 1 sm pc…………traded for 3 cucumbers
Bell Pepper – 1 pc
Green Long Peppers – 3 pcs
Red Potatoes – 1 qt…………………traded for onions

FRUIT SHARE:
Peaches – 1 bag
UFO Peaches – 1 bag

The eggplant was smaller than any of the cucumbers, so I traded it for more cucumbers (I figured it would be too much work on such a small eggplant to make it be a raw food dish)

I finally tired, last year, of trying out raw recipes for potatoes.  I used to give my potatoes to my next-door neighbor, Mrs. Murphy,  but she passed away last month, so I have no use for potatoes now.  I felt lucky to find onions to trade for.

I’ve never tried to make sauerkraut with Savoy cabbage, so I looked it up in Sandor Katz’s  Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods , my go-to book for info on raw fermentation, and found that I can use Savoy cabbage just as I would use green cabbage (I’m guessing the flavor might be different, but I’m going to put jalapeno peppers in it, so it will probably be okay).  I’m out of sauerkraut right now, because my jar fell out of the refrigerator and broke all over the floor (big mess!).  While I was reading Wild Fermentation, I noticed a recipe for fermenting turnips, and another for fermenting beets, so… there go my backed up root vegetables.  I have some time tomorrow afternoon, so I guess I’ll make some sauerkraut, and some fermented turnips and beets.

Stay tuned

Candidiasis: THIS IS WAR

POST #733
You might wonder why I am planning to document my candidiasis experience, as this website is supposed to be about raw vegan food.

I’m doing this because I believe that this issue is nutrition-based, and it can eliminated with a nutritional approach, coupled with natural (nutriceutical) remedies.  I also know that many people come to raw foods looking for alleviation of various health issues, many of which are linked to candidiasis.  From my studies on the subject,over the past 13 years, as well as my own experience as a raw vegan,  I have noticed that it is much easier for raw vegans to adhere to the elimination diet, as the allowed vegetables in the first phase tend to be staples of a raw vegan diet anyway. In fact, as I am not a big fan of sweets, there are precious few things I might want that are not on the Phase One list.

I’m starting the Master Cleanse again tomorrow.  That means tonight is a double strength cup of Smooth Move tea.  Early to bed, early to rise – start tomorrow with a delicious quart of hot salt water (I find it easier to get the salt water down if it is hot.  That way, it tastes a little like bouillon.  I’ve recently read that it also makes the  “process” faster, that you’re done going in two hours as opposed to four. That’s been my experience).

When I am fasting or dieting, I tend to read recipe books.  For some reason, such activity keeps my mind off food.  Right now, I also want to read as much as I can about natural candidiasis treatments, so I’ll be reading books on the topic, as well as researching on the internet.

I’m starting with the 2000 version of Dr. William G. Crook’s The Yeast Connection Handbook.  I was deeply impressed with the original edition of this book, and, at first glance, I see that a great deal of information has been added since that first landmark publication.  I’m going to buy this book its own highlighter.

I’m also doing research in alternative therapies.  I am starting with Melody’s Love is in the Earth, a classic crystal therapy encyclopedia.  Mine is a 1996 edition.

I’m going to start my regimen with a Master Cleanse.  This is a little controversial, because the Master Cleanse uses lemon juice and maple syrup, both of which are proscribed in the typical anti-candida diet.  I have decided that the benefits gained from the Master Cleanse (thoroughly cleansed liver, kidney, and intestines) outweigh the temporary delay in the beginning of my candida-elimination diet.  Stanley Burroughs believed that the Master Cleanse would help to eliminate candidiasis, and, if I am lucky, he will turn out to have been right.  Otherwise, I will just be happy to be really clean when I begin my candida-elimination diet after the Master Cleanse.  (Either way, this is going to take a long time, months, so taking 2 weeks to do something I really believe in is not the end of the world as I see it.)  I’ll let you know how it goes, and I promise to any effects I experience.

When I am fasting or dieting, I tend to read recipe books.  For some reason, such activity keeps my mind off food.  Right now, I also want to read as much as I can about natural candidiasis treatments, so I’ll be reading books on the topic, as well as researching on the internet.

I’m starting with the 2000 version of Dr. William G. Crook’s The Yeast Connection Handbook.  I was deeply impressed with the original edition of this book, and, at first glance, I see that a great deal of information has been added since that first landmark publication.  I’m going to buy this book its own highlighter.

I’m also doing research in alternative therapies.  I am starting with Melody’s Love is in the Earth, a classic crystal therapy encyclopedia.  Mine is a 1996 edition.

Additionally, I’ve found that there is a homeopathic candida albicans formula.  The Master Cleanse proscribes medications/remedies, so I will save that in the medicine cabinet for after my fast.

Of course, in the war against candidiasis, there is the limited diet.  That has never changed, really, so I’ll be following the candida elimination diet  information that I have posted on my website 0(by the way, I expect I’ll be updating the website, which is still on-target, despite the years since I first published it, as I discover new options in the treatment of candidiasis).

RAW VEGAN? or not? WHAT IS RIGHT? (what is right for me? what is right for you? what others say is right. how to know what is right for you.)

These days, we see former proponents of vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets – even those we may have revered as raw food “gurus”, giving up the ghost and going back to cooked food, and even meat.

The  most recent “raw food” recipe book I have read was written by a woman who admitted openly that she consumes dairy foods and meat.

Now, today, I have found that Dr. Mercola (who has published many articles which seem to promote a raw food diet, or, at the very least, a vegan diet, and whose views I have always found respectable, although I have never seen him publicly claim to be a raw vegan, vegan, or even vegetarian) seems to be siding with meat-eaters and dairy consumers.

This article could be scary, disheartening, or disillusioning to you, depending on where you are at:  The China Study has been widely touted as the “only truth”.  We raw vegans are at a place right now where many of our revered “gurus” are bailing, suddenly telling us that cooked food is the way to go, or even that meat and dairy are good.

I was raw before all of these “gurus” showed up (when I started out, Ann Wigmore was all there was.  Viktoras Kulvinskas went to work with her, but now he has apparently gone omnivore)  I’ve only just started to read the China Study, so none of my beliefs are dependent on whatever is in that book.  (I resisted reading the book for several years, and only just recently decided to read it because of all the controversy at the heart of the raw food movement.)

If you became a vegan because of your animal politics, it may be easy for you to slide back into an omnivore diet. (you may well have had difficulty following your politically-chosen diet because of dietary cravings which you did not know how to counter, other than intellectually)

On the other hand, if you have embarked on a vegan or raw vegan diet because you believe it is healthier for you (as Ann Wigmore suggested), you need not lose the faith.  Since Ann Wigmore died, some have carried on her lineage untarnished, while others have tinkered with the system, removing certain elements and adding others.  Regardless, if you believe that a raw vegan diet is more healthful, that has not changed.

It does seem that, as I have always maintained, a low-fat raw food diet is destined to fail.  We need fats in our diet in order to develop healthy body systems.  If you are eating raw vegan foods, any fat in your diet  will be good, healthy fat.

If you on a raw vegan diet, and you feel cravings, consider augmenting the fats into your diet, either by eating avocados, or adding extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, or raw nuts and seeds.

I  am actually excited at this point in time because I am going to outlive all of the gurus who tried to tell me what to eat, who have now announced that they no longer eat 100% raw.

Does this leave me as the last raw guru? (hee hee – who ever said I was a guru anyway? Anyway, what makes a guru?)  With all of the gurus bailing for burgers (or whatever), who is left who champions a raw vegan diet?…. (oh, guru! Please reveal yourself – or else, I will have to take up the banner!)

What all this means is, if you have started eating a raw vegan diet, and you feel that it is good for you, then ignore these false prophets who came for your money and then decided they’d had enough.

I learned raw from dead people (the writers of my first raw books), and from a woman I never met, whose videos were unavailable to me before the Internet (Ann Wigmore).  I have lived just fine on the information I got from those people, who did not renounce their lifestyles at any point (at least, if they did so, they did not do so publicly)

Look at it this way:  I am not going to quit my raw vegan lifestyle.  It has worked for me for a long time. It worked for me before the Internet ever came into being.  It worked for me before I ever discovered the self-styled “raw gurus” on the Internet (I have never read any more than their hyped up promotions – I have never bought anything from such people, and now I find that many have gone non-raw, so I do feel vindicated)

If you want to eat cooked food, go for it.  If you want to eat meat, go for it. I am not here to convert you to any way that you do not want to go.

On the other hand, if you want to eat raw vegan, go for it. It is a healthy lifestyle which you can easily, healthily maintain from here unto eternity.  Come back and visit me, and see what I am up to.

 

 

NUT NUTRIENTS

Many of us like to use nuts in our raw food preparations, and restaurants and many raw food videos make heavy use of nuts, but do we actually know what nutrients those nuts add to our diet?  Many folks are interested in how to follow a raw low carb diet, some want to ensure they get enough protein, others are concerned with fat content, and still others are concerned about the vitamin and mineral content of their food.

I’ve just put up a page of nutrient information for the most nutritious nuts that we can use in raw food preparation. When we look at all of the nutrients of an individual nut, and understand how it can contribute to our nutritional needs, especially in combination with other foods, we can eat more responsibly and more confidently, and be more in control of our food intake.