I know a lot of us are in search of “the one”. There are many “the ones” I could be alluding to but the one that I am talking about today focuses on the relationship between you and your stomach.
There are so many diets out there…Atkins, Low Fat, Low Carb, High protein, Vegan, Raw Vegan, Paleo, South Beach… I mean the list goes on and on and on. Which one actually works? Well the truth is…our bodies are so unique that not one of these will work for all of us. It begins with getting to know yourself and what foods mesh with you and which ones just twist your stomach.
The reason why I am talking about this today is because last past weekend I took a full day raw vegan un-cooking course. As you all know, I love eating vegan as much as I can because I love fresh fruits and veggies. I wasn’t taking the class to be “converted” or anything but it did inspire my culinary creativity.Take a look at what we made!!
Collard Green Wraps!
These were soooo delicious! Zucchini, carrots, onions, and mushrooms wrapped inside a huge leaf!
I’ve never made fresh homemade marinara before and this below my mind. RIDIC. Will have to share this recipe later.
Mini portabella mushrooms filled with guac and micro greens over Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (soy sauce).
This was so sweet! I ended up drinking a quart of water after my first bite. HAHAHA. That’s raisins and walnuts mashed up as the base. Frosting is just dates and lemon juice. CRAZY!!
This class was very special because the instructor didn’t make anyone feel like they had sinned if they ate meat or anything cooked. What’s even more special though is that she told us…it’s probably not the healthiest to be 100% raw vegan.
After years of being raw, she developed cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Now she has to eat a lot of meat proteins. She said that had she had known, perhaps 20% cooked and 80% raw may have been the best diet for her.
Going raw doesn’t make you get cancer, don’t jump to conclusions…but if you’re thinking that there is one perfect diet that will help cleanse you and make you lose weight…there isn’t! Every one is so different. We all react differently to what we ingest. And it all depends what our goals are. If you want to be a body builder or fitness model, you’re gonna need more protein than a normal person trying to be healthy. There have been very successful vegan or even raw vegan competitors. We need to learn how to sculpt our diets towards our lifestyles. Don’t go too extreme that your body becomes deficient in something that it cannot defend itself or function properly anymore. And you’ve got to be careful…because you may not feel it now but 20 years down the road…every bit builds up and boom – something could happen.
Look – remember what I said? Food is your medicine and medicine is your food. You need to be careful of what you put into your body and here’s the key thing – PAY ATTENTION to what it does to you and how you feel. You are your best doctor, but you have to be conscious. If it works, eat more of it. It it makes your stomach turn and you go to bed crying, stop eating it, even if it tastes good.
For me…things that make me feel sick from what I can tell so far are milk and wheat gluten (sad because I love it in Chinese dishes).
What things make your stomach turn? Or do you have a mighty digestive system that can take down anything!!???
After much conversation and reading, what I can conclude is that what is healthiest for our bodies are:
- fresh fruits and veggies (organic if you can, but best is garden grown at home)
Everything else seems like people can say one thing good and then you’ll find books and articles saying it’ll kill you. Ha. Did you know you could overdose on superfoods? Like overmedicate yourself on certain veggies etc? It’s nuts but it’s true. There is no perfect diet or perfect food that will work miracles for everyone…you need to educate yourself on nutrition and use your body to test what works and what doesn’t.
So far, eating clean seems to be a very good diet but beyond just losing weight and giving yourself nutrients…you need to pay attention to your digestive health as well. If you take stuff in and you can’t excrete the toxins daily, there is a problem. Western medicine tells you that if you can go once every 3 days it’s normal but ummm…who wants to hold in waste for that long? The toxins could potentially enter back into your bloodstream making you feel sick and sluggish. You’ve got to keep it moving inside and outside. Stagnation is bad in any sense of the word.
Keep exercising, drinkin, water, and eating tons of fresh produce. In what ratios, I cannot tell you. You need to take the knowledge and the tools and apply them yourself!