OK, well, now the tummy is full of all that good stuff and the brain is ready to think a bit further.
The day I heard about this diet which started with raw food, I went out and bought myself all the raw food which I liked and which was on sale or atleast not so expensive. I refuse to go bankrupt on account of any diet, no matter how good it is for you. I even, googled some sites for raw food recipes and rightly proceeded to ignore all I saw. The nice thing was that one raw foodie made a very good point – KISS (keep it simple stupid – I am not sure the stupid needs to be there but then I didn’t make up the acronym and am even willing to just go with KIS! But , whatever.)) - because very often these recipes can be quite complex in their preparation. AND I , being one who likes simple when it comes to food and food preparation, decided to take his advise full force. I even substituted cow’s milk for a commercial almond beverage which at first I thought was rather tasty but later, so as not to waste it, found ways to use it but mask its presence (maybe homemade might taste better but another time). So much for good!
I can’t say that I have completely turned my life to raw food but have certainly given atleast 80, and maybe even 90, percent to rawnessland. I do believe that I stated one time before that I do feel that my energy level is up. Also, there seem to be less problems with the stomach in general – acid indigestion has certainly left my life. I’m not going to get into all the benefits because really, it is such an old person and fanatic thing to obsess about one’s bodily stuff. Unless it is your own body, who really wants to hear about it all that much! Wouldn’t you agree?
As for how I put together all the fruits ( there were not too many of them on sale so not many of them came home with me) and vegetables, I really stuck with KIS. I took one large bowl as my measuring “cup” and just threw together whatever vegetables I had a fancy for that evening’s meal. I made up some kind of weird concoction of a salad dressing with whatever I thought to be “healthy or good for you” as I understood whatever I heard from others and even remember for myself and ate away with joy. But you see what the problem is?
If you are not a vegetarian from early years, you are too lazy to read oh so much about it (how to do it right and everything like that), you do like having meat from time to time or most times, all these different variations of problems and many more, the question becomes – how do you get your protein? Now I have heard that there are vegetables that do have protein (peas, I do believe is one of those vegetables). Why, just as an aside, there are even vegetables that have calcium. One person told me that peanut butter has more protein than a serving of meat. Is it true – I don’t know but I am willing to believe it because I like peanut butter.
Of course, raw eggs don’t follow the strict category of RAW FOOD as foodies define raw – raw is fruits and vegetables - but they do fall under the general category of raw food. They are a source of protein but how many people do you know that like raw eggs. I don’t ….. however .. when I was just a wee tike, so to speak, my ever so sneaky mother did from time to time feed us raw eggs AND we were ever so happy to drink what she presented. AAH, the suspense!!! How did she do it? Well, it was actually very simple and we may have even watched her do it for all I know (but can’t say that I remember). First she got us excited at the idea of having a milkshake! Then she cracked a raw egg or several into a bowl, poured in some milk, added some chocolate powder, whipped it all into a froth, poured some into a glass for each us and served it to us with great glee. We loved it!!! Drank it with glee!! AND what is maybe strange to think - like with the idea of Santa Claus – the truth about the milkshake, even today, does not dampen my likeness for my mother’s milkshake. How do you think I managed to rid myself of the commercial almond beverage?
Now you may ask yourself things like – what if I don’t feel full from eating all these raw fruits and vegetables? It’s like eating Chinese food. You eat, eat , eat and several hours later feel hungry. Well, this is a very good question but so far I have not felt that great hunger after several hours. Of course, I do not eat raw in the morning and I have kept my coffee with 10% cream. I do eat a few -but only a few – other foods besides raw fruits and vegetables. Once I even ate a full McCain’s pizza (very burnt because I forgot about it, but I ate it all at one sitting). Once I added canned tuna into my salad but I do have to admit after eating my big bowl of salad with tuna added to it, I felt like I had REALLY overeaten! There are other nonsense things I did but let’s not get to “old” and “fanatic” here.
The bottom line is – sorry to harp on it – KNOW THYSELF!!!!!
To KNOW THYSELF is not only a psychology thing. You have to KNOW THY BODY! You have to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! If something feels wrong, then it is wrong. Just as you don’t take medicine just because some doctor told you that it will help you, so you don’t eat food which some expert or other or some foodie told you that it would be good for you.
There is no magic formula for all peoples. All you can do is experiment and listen for the reaction to the experiment. If the results are favourable, then continue on your chosen path. If there is some negative result, find out what it is and cut it out of your diet. Remember KIS!
OK, enough for now. Maybe next time I will actually have come to the actual diet part of the diet presented by the doctor of this site. If so, I shall disclose what I learn.