After some time on a 100% raw diet, I didnâ€™t feel quite right. I wound up returning my dehydrator and throwing out my supply of dates, nuts, avocados, and coconuts.
But I didnâ€™t go back to my previous 12-yr vegan processed diet. I started sprouting and eating the most nutritious garden foods.
I basically build my diet now around sprouts. I sprout beans together in a 1/2 gal mason jar (chick peas, cow peas, lentils & mung beans all together), and in another jar I sprout grains (brown rice & wheat together). I get all this stuff from the health food bulk bins for super low prices.
I really like to grow my own food. I got my mason jars and sprout lids at Ace Hardware & Texas Best Unlimited (both online).
But, why you ask am I not raw? Because I cook these sprouts in water for 10-15 minutes. Otherwise, they would be mildly toxic & not taste good.
I also like grapefruit (a natural appetite suppressant), apples (in my spiral slicer), ground flax seed (thanks to my coffee grinder), and carob banana ice cream (ala food processor or blender).
This diet is high in protein with all the sprouted beans & grains. Itâ€™s high in water content (no dried foods). Itâ€™s extremely low in sugar (whole fruits only). Itâ€™s low in fat (no avocados or nuts). Itâ€™s somewhat decadent with all the chocolate ice cream (really bananas & carob). And it has ample Omega 3s with the ground flax.
So Iâ€™d call myself more of a living foods person, rather than a raw foodie. It also makes it easier to eat cooked vegan foods out of the home once in a while.
I also take lots of supplements â€“ multivitamin, extra b12, extra vitamin D, and melatonin (for sleep). I donâ€™t think itâ€™s possible to get everything you need from diet. I had a vit-D deficiency and my b12 was low.
I was driving myself crazy by trying to cut out all these â€œhealthyâ€ lightly steamed foods. I even talked myself into giving up chamomile tea because it wasnâ€™t raw. Iâ€™m back to this relaxing, no caffeine drink now & I like teeccino too (a carob/chicory coffee substitute).
In trying to go 100% raw, I was substituting foods higher in sugar, fat, and calorie content, and making myself physically and emotionally sick.
I think that I found what works for me. But it’s a continually evolving process. I’ve eaten slightly differently every year since I started the vegan thing back in 1995. I encourage everyone to experiment to find out what works best for their own individual biochemistry & emotional nature.