Vegan or not, Raw or not, Dairy or not
I had to be careful trying to get to the truth of what diets were the most healthy.
In the back of my mind, in my conscious mind, I went into this research pretty much knowing that ‘raw vegan’ was the fastest path to health, and I let myself get intertwined with all the research that is ‘pro’ this type of diet, taking on board what they were saying and taking my notes frantically, especially from those who had cured their own cancers and major heart diseases that way.
On the other hand, I didn’t want “meat and dairy” to be so bad because all of my friends and family eat those things, and knowing that none of them would convert, I didn’t want to think that they were all hurting themselves, when people have been living this way for thousands of years, we even survived our cavemen days with cooking and eating meat.
So about 3 months into my research on raw vegan, I started to scrutinize my own research, to go deeper, to delve into all the research and find the truth.
But the truth is, that people will believe whatever they want to believe, and therefore there is a case for all diets – the meat diet, the fruit diet, the vegetarian diet, the vegan diet, the raw food diet, and so on. There are benefits and dangers with each of them. And as hard and as deep as I’ve searched, trying to stay balanced with my own-formed beliefs and trying to just focus on the truth, I believe that I have decided that for me, the conclusion is everything in moderation…
- Mostly raw, vegan is good. Lots of fruit and vegetables is good. Cooking loses nutritional value, so eating raw is better.
- Dairy is mostly bad, except grass-fed butter.
- Oils are mostly bad, except for a little flax, coconut, and olive oil – not cooked.
- Cooking oils are all bad, but if you need to, use coconut oil, ghee, or grass-fed butter, in tiny amounts, try to use water instead.
- Eggs in Australia is inhumane, and there are not many egg farms that we would want to eat at, that if we had our own chooks, eating eggs would be safe, but other than that, its either too expensive and the gains are not worth it.
- Grass-fed red meat (Beef, Lamb) is not so bad, in moderation, like once a week, or a very tiny amount like a ‘side dish’ daily.
- Bread is bad.
- Milk is bad.
- Herbs should be used very moderately.
- Spices should be used moderately.
- Garlic & Onion should be ingested daily.
- Beans should be eaten in moderation (chick peas, kidney beans, etc.)
- Lentils should be eaten in moderation.
- Brown rice should be eaten in moderation.
- Nuts should be eaten – but a max of 8 per day.
- Sprouting wheat and other grains, or seeds before digestion, improves the nutritional value of the meal, but isn’t necessary, but preferred.
In fact, I’ve found that as long as I pretty much give up all refined foods & most dairy except butter, and not replace meals with grains and nuts, that I don’t have to change my diet much, and that my diet is not too scary for anyone to follow.
- I can still eat meat, including skin and animal fat, but in smaller portion sizes (think ‘Asian-style’ thin-sliced) – “side-dish like”, and not everyday.
- I can still eat grains like brown rice and lentils, but in much smaller portion sizes (1/4 – 1/3 cup), and not everyday.
- By adding more vegetables and salads to each meal, I am getting more nutrition and healthier and preventing disease and sickness, and it’s tasty.
- By adding juices to my diet, I feel lighter, more energetic, more happier, and I don’t crave bad stuff as much, including cigarette smoking, and especially surprising is not craving meat or grains.
- I can still eat sweets, but not the sugary kind, but dates are so sugary and delicious that it feels “naughty” to eat them, yet they are healthy for you – in moderation.
In fact, whilst the things I eat on a day-to-day basis will be mostly raw vegetarian, I will not be that person at a party that doesn’t eat meat, or that person at the party that is opposed to raw either. I can eat meals with my family and friends once or even twice a week without any uncomfortable “attitude”.
The only thing that I would skip or “slim” on is eating dessert unless there is a non-fruit non-sugar dessert. I can eat ‘for health’ the rest of the week. I can even still eat junk food or refined foods at most once or twice per month, so long as I’m not ill or fatigued, and I can still go to an Aussie barbecue – so long as I fill up on salad and have just one bit of meat.
Once I get into the routine of “healthy living”, that the majority of my foods be raw and steamed, it should be really easy to shop, cook, and eat. And to survive “modern society” at the same time.
I’m still open-minded and ever-researching so my opinion could change again in future, but for right now, I believe that going as chemically-free as possible mixed with good foods in moderation is the way to go. Making the meat “the side dish”, not the main and not eating it everyday, filling up on nutritious vegetables and salad as much as possible, juicing, and cutting out dairy except grass-fed butter and the occasional parmesan sprinkle – I seem to see a consistent repetitive pattern that this is the way to go for health restoration.