First, let me say that I sincerely hope that I do not offend anyone here by saying some of the things I have to say. My thoughts are based upon tons of research and from my own experience.
I think most of us here would agree that being Vegan is not for everybody. Plus there are big questions to be asked such as "if being a Vegan IS the life then why is there no Vitamin D in plant foods and little (possibly none) B12? And then what about other vitamins?? Vitamin A is actually rather hard to find enough of in veggies. You need a lot of beta carotene for your body to convert to Vitamin A. And then what about Calcium, Phosphorus, etc. etc??" Most of the above is easy to find, but it takes a lot and a lot of dark greens, and lots of fats, and lots of juicing, and lots of supplements.
So, since being Vegan and since eating mostly raw foods, as some of you know, I've developed some cavities. Based upon all of my research and all of my experience, I conclude that being Vegan is not for everyone and that there are some strikes against me being vegan. For one thing, I need to cure my cavities and the only method that has a 80% or more success rate includes eating a lot of animal foods. So, while I can concluded that being Vegan might not be 'for me,' I still strongly believe that eating as much of our food raw as we can is crucial to good health and well being. So, as Dr. Mercola and Ramiel Nagel suggests, I need to eat a lot of raw foods. Raw milk, raw eggs, raw fermented cod liver oil, some meats-- a lot of which raw, soup made with bone marrow and bone broth, and then to balance the pH with lots and lots and lots of vegetables. And to eat lots of fermented foods as well.
So, I'm thinking that I'm going to have to start eating fermented foods (rejuvelac, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, etc). And then I need to start drinking raw milk, and also take at least two cups of vegetable juice a day. I should replace my oatmeal in the morning with maybe green smoothies and/or high protein raw egg drinks of some kind. And I need to eat as much raw foods as I can (maybe even 75-90%) while still eating some animal products to get the nutrients I need. Not only that but I'm going to make the only grains that I eat sprouted and/or fermented, as much as possible. And I'm going to start taking cayenne pepper regularly as I have done somewhat in the past, and also to do hot and cold hyrdrotherapy in the shower. Oh yeah and I got a wheatgrass juicer for free on Freecycle and I'm going to have 2-3 oz. of wheatgrass juice every morning to help give me energy and balance my pH.
And of course, all of these animal products must be local, farm fresh and organic and they must be humanely raised NOT factory made or anything like that). And some things (such as pig) should be avoided.
My cavities is not at all the only reason that I've drawn these conclusions. I also have really bad neck pain. Had it for a while and I've just realized that its actually gotten worse since me being Vegan. And that muscle pain has a lot to do with nutrition and also proper digestion of food. So, I need to get more nutrients.
So, I've got some questions. First, are any of you still with me or did I loose you all in this?? If any of you are in support of my decision for my health then I've got a question.... what CAN I eat? I feel like I felt when I first became Vegan. I don't know what I can eat. I end up eating too many foods that are bad for me beacause I do not know exactly what I can eat and how to prepare it. Even Dr. Mercola & Ramiel Nagel talks about what foods you need to eat, but it seems neither of them offer much as far as how to prepare it. Dr. Mercola does much more than Rameil does.
So, I'm kind of lost. I am quite aware though, that raw veggies by themselves simply do not fill me up and I end up needing a snack. Or I need to eat bread with my veggies, and thats not good at all. Or I'll have some soup or something. Thats much better than bread, I think. Nutrients and all. But, its cooked. Its cooked. And then as far as the animal foods go, I know hardly anything. Research shows that most of the problems associated with meat is because its cooked (or even overcooked) and because its factory made instead of organic and farm fresh. And that meat is best fermented. But I do not know how to ferment it, and google has not helped much.
Also, I understand this website is a VEGAN website so my sincerest apologies to Raw and Kandace if this post is overboard. If it is, I can probably move it to the Other Stuff category.
Thanks a lot and God Bless You All!