Radical Raw Life

Orange Tree

 

In the Garden of Eden:

"And God said, 'I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the earth, and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.'" ~Genesis 1:29 NIV

 

What I Eat

Well, since the beginning of 2012 I have started to eat a very high-raw-food diet (I had already been eating vegan for a year or so before that). Most of the time I eat about 90% raw, with one cooked food meal/day maybe 4-5 times per week. When I first began eating this way, I ate a high-fat diet, with lots of nuts, raw cheese, oils, avocados, etc. I struggled a lot with cravings.

After reading Doug Graham's book, "80-10-10 Diet" I decided to try a high fruit, low-fat approach to raw foods. This is really the most satisfying to me. I love being able to eat large quantities of good tasting fruit. I of course still have problems with this way of eating/living. Some of the complications are fruit not being ripe or never ripening, not eating enough calories in a day, struggling with finding a wholesale distributer, the expense of buying at grocery stores, and the overwhelming mental and emotional battle at times of not eating cooked foods or foods that have strong memories attached to them. The benefits I have experienced are soft, clear skin, clear eyes, healthy hair, normal/regular bowel movements, ideal weight of 120 pounds, high energy, lack of sickness, awareness for the earth and animals, and just feeling good overall.

My diet has been varied a lot over this past year but has never been totally cooked foods. I have mainly stayed at least 85% raw, with times of eating one cooked meal per day.

An Example of a Raw Day

Breakfast (between 9-10:30am)- Smoothie: 2 oranges- juiced, 1 cup pineapple, 2 mangoes, and 3 bananas

Lunch (between 11:30am-1:30pm) 6 bananas & 3 kiwi, or 8 peaches & 3 bananas

Snack (between 2-3:30pm) 1 cup durian, 5 apples, 6 kiwi, or 2 persimmons

Supper (between 5-7pm) .5lbs to 1lb lettuce/spinach/kale/spring mix/etc. Toppings: Olives, avocado, nuts, cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, celery

Cooked foods I still love: (gluten-free & vegan)

Thai Noodle Dishes
Veggie Pizza
French Fries
Potato Soup
Cauliflower Soup
Potato Salad
Almond cookies

I can't say that I'm 100% raw as I still struggle on occasion with the emotional/mental aspect of giving up most foods. My goal is to someday be 100% and I'm working very hard to accomplish this. I know God will give me the strength to accomplish this goal, as I strive to create a temple (my body) that is clean and pure for the Holy Spirit's dwelling.

1 Corinthians 6:19,20 "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." (The scripture is mainly talking about sexual sin, but I believe this can also pertain to other things, like food.)


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