What’s The Best Raw Food Diet?

Over the last two years of being 100% raw, I’ve experimented with different varieties of the raw food diet.

You see, there are those that eat a high fat raw diet, a diet high in fruit, a junk food raw diet, lots of dehydrated raw foods as well as a mix.

I’ve noticed that many switching to a raw food diet first focus on the raw aspect, mainly making raw versions of the foods they now eat cooked. Raw pizzas, burritos, lasagna, spaghetti, crackers, breads, shakes, salads with lots of ingredients, milk… lots of nuts, seeds and more. This is a great first step, getting one used to raw foods. However, it’s normally very high in fat and nutritionally unsound for the long term.

Over time, I see that simple foods become more appealing. Mono eating becomes more common… eating just one fruit or vegetable at a time.

My journey was very similar to what I’ve described here and since the new year, I’ve made another distinction which I believe is the best choice for me and my health. The 80-10-10 diet conceptualized by Dr. Doug Graham has answered many lingering questions and refined my eating habits. Basically, the concept is to eat raw fruits and vegetables in the following proportions: 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein and 10% fat. And it’s the percentage of calories, not in volume or weight (for example, a pound of lettuce has volume, but very few calories). When I started, I analyzed how I’d eaten in the past, thinking it would be pretty close to 80-10-10. Was I surprised to find that I had been getting anywhere from 40-60% of my daily calories from fat! Ahhhh!

You get most of your calories from fruit and lots of greens, mainly at the dinner meal.

After revising my diet and following the suggestions made by Dr. Graham, I believe I’ve found the best raw food diet… the ultimate raw food diet. The diet that I believe we’re made for and can thrive on.

There were many improvements to my health after switching, especially digestion. Many of the true benefits of a natural diet started appearing and I know will continue. Meals are easy and fast to make, delicious and fulfilling.

I’ll continue to write on my experiences on 80-10-10 and would love to hear yours!

To your best health!

Mark

P.S. Have you read ‘The Garden Diet‘? – It’s a collection of 12 digital books, including the brand new eBook titled “Forever Young, The Anti-Aging Guide” by Storm and Jinjee Talifero.

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Why Go Meat-Less?

Posted on July 24th, 2006 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Why Go Meat-Less?

If modern civilized man had to kill the animals he eats, the number of vegetarians would rise astronomically.
– C. Morgenstern

If we – that is, society – switched to a vegetarian diet, atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, which accounts for most heart disease, would vanish.
– William Roberts, M.D. editor in chief of the American Journal of Cardiology

From both a moral and health aspect… the benefits of avoiding meat in your diet.

To your best health!

Mark

(quotes from the book ‘Your Right to Be Beautiful’ by Tonya Zavasta)

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Raw Foods and Hunger

Posted on July 22nd, 2006 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Raw Foods and Hunger

One of the things I’ve noticed since transitioning to a raw food diet is that the hunger ‘pangs’ I’d had in the past… stayed in the past :).

Sure, I may feel like eating something, although I no longer have intense feelings of hunger. I can often eat some fruit throughout the day and a nice salad for dinner and feel satisfied. More importantly I feel full of energy, light on my feet, relaxed and grounded.

This is how our bodies work naturally… and why eating fresh, organic and raw foods is optimal for your health… and longevity.

One of the reasons those on the SAD diet (standard american diet) get hunger pains is in part the additives in processed foods (MSG for example) and in part because the normal American stretches their stomach far beyond their normal size. Emotions and stress play a factor as well.

Go raw and feel great!

All the best for your health,

Mark

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Get Your Greens With Blended Salads

Posted on July 22nd, 2006 in greens,meals,raw vegan diet,recipes by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate 1 Comment »

One of the many questions I receive is along the lines of… “it’s hard for me to get more greens in my diet, how can I do it?”

The short answer is, it couldn’t be easier… if you want to. Making your salad the main dish for dinner is a great start… and then start experimenting with different greens. There’s an abundance of green leafy vegetables that you can make into dozens of salads, burritos, wraps and many more.

Here’s a favorite that’s quick, easy and a great way to increase greens in your diet.

Blended Salad

One of the benefits of blended salads is that you can get a large amount of greens into a meal.. and you can be creative with what you add to the mix. Here’s one of my favorite recipes:

(serves 1-2 … adjust accordingly)

3-4 Kale leaves
5-6 Romaine Lettuce leaves
2 Roma Tomatoes
1/4-1/2 Cucumber
2-3 Green Onions
Handful of fresh Cilantro
1/2 Avocado
Handful Sun Dried Tomatoes
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 Red Pepper
Sprouts (alfalfa, brocolli, etc)
Sprouted Pumkin Seeds

Add all ingredients except green onions, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and avocado into a blender or food processor and blend until you get a smooth consistency. I recommend adding a little at a time and saving the sun dried tomatoes until the end and blend partially to leave small chunks. Top with chopped avocado, green onions, pumpkin seeds, and sprouts and you have a super green meal! You can be creative and make any combination you’d like… toppings, different greens, vegetables, seeds… make a different one every time and have fun!

Enjoy!

All good things,

Mark