Thursday, January 29, 2009
Should I continue taking medicine prescribed by my doctor if I adopt the raw food lifestyle?
The medical profession and its supporting industry, the patent medicine makers, operate from the theory that there are 400 or so separate illnesses whose symptoms can be treated or suppressed by ingesting synthetic chemical compounds. Our approach is entirely different. Other than a few genetically inherited abnormalities usually arising from generations of poor dietary and lifestyle choices, there is only one illness: toxemia, an uncleanness of the blood and tissues, caused primarily by poor diet and lifestyle. This toxemia, and its concomitant enervation, gets progressively worse over the years, leading to all manner of health problems. In order to "cure" a disease condition, such as diabetes, cancer, or cardiovascular disease, you must eliminate the underlying toxemia of which the "disease" is only a manifestation. With a raw diet, you no longer overload the body daily with toxic residue. The body will begin to clean the blood, tissue and organs of their toxicity, and the medical condition for which you are taking the pharmaceutical medicine will fade away, ultimately removing the need to continue taking the medicine.
Is eating sea salt all right?
Extracted sodium chloride, in any form other than the small amounts naturally occurring in whole plant foods, is an irritant and is toxic to the body. It causes a decay of the sense of taste, retards digestion/excretion, and impairs the critical cellular potassium/sodium ratio upsetting our natural water balance. Drinking sea water causes dehydration and results in death in only a few days due to the salt content; extracting the salt from the water and ingesting it leads in the same direction. "You would not drink ocean water, as the salt in it is vile, caustic, irritating and in quantity, deadly, even though it is diluted by a lot of water.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Anyway in those 2 weeks I didn't feel much different. The biggest difference in the way I feel is HOW MUCH I eat, regardless of WHAT I am eating. And I keep going back to my mainstay of high-raw, whole foods vegetarian - and I need to just put my efforts toward not overeating. I am now taking probiotics which should help with my energy levels and nutrient absorption.
...although I will say, as soon as I started eating cooked again (albeit salt and dairy, so it's hard to judge) - Elisabeth got congested. It's so hard to see her sniffling and having trouble nursing through the night. *Sigh*
Friday, January 16, 2009
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Friday, January 2, 2009
You can buy raw oat groats and then soak them, put them in the blender with some honey, and then add raisins and cinnamon. It has the same taste and texture as regular oatmeal. Really! Try it. It's awesome.
Another idea is raw buckwheat, if you like a crunch. No need to blend it up. Just soak the buckwheat overnight and then rinse it off (it gets gooey) and add your choice of sweetener and flavorings.
There are many varieties of cereal. I did a gluten-free cereal for my son, consisting of buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa. I soak them overnight and put them all in the blender. He likes adding sliced bananas. You could also add carob powder to make a "chocolate" cereal. We also love adding coconut flakes! Or you could add seeds and nuts for a granola, or add flavor extracts (orange, almond, etc.). If you want to save calories or if you are food-combining conscious, use Stevia instead of honey, and you won't have sugars.
Soaked grains are awesome. If you want to cut the fat in your raw diet, use soaked grains as your base in recipes instead of nuts. They work for cookies, other desserts, and for entrees also. You can make raw "refried beans" simply by blending wheat (or any grain) and adding the correct seasonings (cumin, cayenne, paprika, onion, garlic). Also you can make a pudding by adding your sweeteners and flavorings. Or a pate to fill a leaf wrap (choose your own flavors). The possibilities are endless.
Another reason I am doing this is for Elisabeth's sake. She was formed from this food, and processed food particles are foreign to her, so they are especially difficult on her system. I notice a difference in her when my diet isn't good. Basically, when I eat well, she is happy for 2 hours between naps. But when I am not, she starts to get fussy after 1 hour and could go to sleep anytime. So she requires more sleep if her milk is contaminated or not at nutritious (probably needing the rest for detoxification). This goes for any foods that irritate her, not just junk foods. For example, a couple months ago I was doing the Body Ecology Diet and eating a TON of raw, cultured veggies (sauerkraut) and also a ton of cauliflower. She had symptoms of colic, fussing a lot and very difficult to get to sleep without a breakdown. It was so hard on me! The only way to avoid this was to put her to sleep exactly 1 hour after she woke up - she slept most of the day, making it impossible to run errands or have any sort of normal life! (she is a light sleeper and needs to sleep on me, or next to me) Then luckily I remembered that the Brassica family is hard on nursing babies. As soon as I eliminated those foods, the "colic" disappeared, and she was her happy little self again. Likewise, lately I have noticed she is irritable again and seems to need to sleep more than normal. It must be the sugar and processed foods, I have got to get it out!
So I commit for 30 days. After January I will return to my "high raw, vegan whole foods, low-oil" diet, with this improvement: I am ready to give up fish. I will tell you why in my next post.