Eating Raw Food
The nicest thing about eating raw food is that there is less time in the kitchen and it gets you more into gardening. The raw fresh food from the garden is the best.
You will probably experience some detoxing symptoms about 7-10 days into the diet; this usually subsides after a few days. Saunas and colon cleanses will be helpful during this detoxing time. The detox is caused by toxins being stored in our fat, and as fat is being burned up the toxins are released.
The Raw Food Diet Guidelines:
Drink a quart of water first thing in the morning
Breakfast example: 8:00
Eat 2-4 different varieties of fruit cut up in a large fruit salad, such as: banana, strawberries, apple, dates.
A small handful of 1-2 different nuts or seeds, such as coconut, or pumpkin seeds. Be careful to not eat too much nuts, seeds, olives or avocados.
Make sure you get a variety of fruits and nuts throughout the week, and don’t get stuck on the same thing every day.
Between breakfast and lunch drink another quart of water or less if you are eating a lot of juicy foods such as watermellon or drinking some fresh juices fruits or vegetables.
At 12:00 It is very energizing to have a green-drink made from garden greens; 2-3 leaves of the following: kale, collards, comfrey, alfalfa, beet greens, red clover. Blend about one half cup of greens to about a pint of water per person, strain this and add some lemon juice.
Lunch example: 2:00
Eat 3-4 different vegetables cut up in a salad, such as: garden greens, tomato, carrots, green onions. Add some raw olives, (these are called salt cured olives) and or avocado to the salad, add a raw salad dressing listed on this page. You can wrap your salad in raw nori wraps, (You can get these from Amazon). For more nutrition or calories you can add juice about 15 minutes before lunch; this would contain about a pint of vegetable juice of carrots and some other vegetable like asparagus, broccoli, greens, or beets from the garden. It’s best not to have too many combinations in the juice at one time, but a variety throughout the week. Sprouts can be added to the meal or juice. Make sure to get a good variety of salad vegetables throughout the week. To add more calories to this you can add some cantaloupe or honey dew melons to the vegetable meal. These are considered vegetables by some because of this being a gourd.
You could enjoy a nice spaghetti lunch of shredded summer squash and blended tomatoes and fresh basil or oregano poured over the squash and then topped with a small portion of the sunflower salad dressing.
Drink more water between lunch and supper.
Supper should be light (this means no nuts, seeds, olives or avocados) consisting of just raw fruit juice or some fruit or nothing if you are trying to lose weight or want to speed up any healing that you need. Your body heals when you are sleeping, so going to bed with an empty stomach can center your bodies energy on healing and not digesting food. Nuts take a long time to digest and will interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.
Keeping the meals 5 hours apart will give the digestive system time to rest facilitating a great improvement in digestion and better assimilation and elimination.
Separating the fruits from the vegetables in the meals will also help digestion, allowing less fermentation and in turn creating purer blood.
Caution: Be sure to not overeat on the high fat foods such as: nuts, seeds, avocado, and olives.
The popular raw food deserts are not only too rich, but they can be hard to digest and fattening.
Too many combinations can hinder the digestion; So, Keep It Simple Sweetie. Eat the fruits abundantly.
For raw food recipes see our recipe page.
List of Raw Foods to eat:
- Kiwi fruits
- Melons (These are considered vegetables by some and can be eaten at the beginning of a vegetable meal)
- Noni fruits
- Watermelons (These and other melons are considered vegetables by some and can be eaten at the beginning of a vegetable meal) All melons, gourds, cucumbers and squashes are of the same family and cross pollinate.
As fresh and as recently picked as possible
- Cayenne pepper
- Melons (Watermelon and other melons are considered vegetables by some and can be eaten at the beginning of a vegetable meal) All melons, gourds, cucumbers and squashes are of the same family and cross pollinate.
- other green leafy vegetables, for example organic baby greens
BEANS & LEGUMES
- Sprouted Lentils
- Sprouted Mung beans
- String beans
Make sure they are really raw, and not pasteurized, roasted or cooked in any other way
Restrict your consumption of nuts; don’t eat too much
- Cashew nuts
- Macadamia nuts
- Pine nuts
- Flax seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds
You can carry out your own fresh sprouting
- Barley grass
- Buckwheat (unhulled)
- Mung beans
- Sunflower seeds
OTHER RAW FOODS
- Wheat germ