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03-03-2006, 12:25 PM
to be 100% raw without grains? I'm guessing from my reading it is, but nothing addresses it specifically. Is anyone doing it? I am going to try buckwheat groats, but I'm not sure I can even handle those. I'm not 100% at this point-but I'm trying to get there. My dd and I have celiac disease (and I'm pregnant and nursing) and already have some major deficiencies resulting from a damaged gut. I just want to be safe and smart about this. Any help or words of encouragement would be welcome.
03-03-2006, 12:29 PM
It is not only possible, but it is preferable, in my opinion. I don't believe that grains are an ideal human food at all. All we need are fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Go for it! :-) You might want to read the book "Grain Damage" by Dr Doug Graham.
Just a big YES coming to ya!! I am happy to say I am 100% raw and use no grains at all. For my body type and sensitivities it is better if I don't. There are sooooooo many fruit, veggie, and nut/seeds (if u can tolerate them) recipes that you will be very satisfied.
03-03-2006, 12:29 PM
I rarely eat grains. Only when I make stuff for classes will I make something w/ grains such as Alissa's burger buns. Otherwise, no. I'm too lazy to take the time to sprout.
03-03-2006, 12:32 PM
Oh BOy, is it possible!!!!!!! there are varying opinions about raw lifestyle as some advocate more fruit aor more greens, only fruit or no grains etc.
There's no right or wrong as it is more of as long as it's raw. Personallyt, i am doing raw foods with 98% fruits and veggies with a raw treat every now and then. Some spice and herbs I use in limited quantities.
and I'm a BIG fan of reparing damaged gut! I have repaired mine with elm water and raw foods and I have been able to eat foods that I hadn't for almost a year.
How bout you any health concerns ?
03-03-2006, 01:09 PM
Just the ramifications of having undiagnosed celiac disease for over a decade. I have liver damage, my hair has fallen out due to malnourishment, food allergies, dysbiosis, yeast (not candida) overgrowth etc. I am glad to hear you all say this. I am definitely of the mindset that no grains are a far better option-just wanted some BTDT testimonials!
03-03-2006, 02:58 PM
I also have celiac disease as well as at least one of my children. I have not had a problem at all with buckwheat sprouts. In fact, it really helped me transition to all raw because I was so used to having cooked millet, quinoa and rice regularly.
I don't eat it everyday now but I do if I feel a deeper hunger that isn't going away with just the fruits and veggies.
Good luck to you!
03-03-2006, 03:58 PM
I haven't eaten any grains yet. My daughter has allegies to wheat and gluten and I try not to bring things into the house that might cause problems for her. When fresh corn is in season, I will probably eat some of that, in the form of a salad or salsa. This should not cause a problem. I might also try sprouting some wild rice. Or barley. I know barley would be a problem for my daughter so I would have to be careful that she didn't get into that.
03-03-2006, 05:58 PM
Another yes it is possible ! I tried a few grains when I first went raw...like soft sprouted wheat, got gut ache and gas, Oats are the same response. Also grains make me unreasonable hungry and I over eat them, like in a raw cracker..and buckwheat, do not care for...so I am grain free !
It is fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and sea greens for me !!!! If i make a recipe I keep the grains out.
03-03-2006, 06:18 PM
To clarify something that is easily confused by almost everyone... buckwheat is not a grain at all, it's actually a fruit. It only LOOKS like a grain, and it happens to mill up into a passable flour (as does tapioca root, a mainstay of gluten-free baked goods).
And that is why buckwheat is well tolerated by those with severe gluten allergies. It has no gluten.
Soaked or sprouted buckwheat is even better, because it loses that characteristic bite that some people don't like about buckwheat taste. The soaked or sprouted material then processes into a wonderful base for a lot of very interesting bread-like recipes. Sprouted buckwheat is very versatile, and actually fairly neutral tasting.
Oh, and buckwheat groats are NOT raw. What you want to buy is raw hulled buckwheat. Period.
Also, if you sprout buckwheat to the leaf stage (it needs a base to root into so it can stand up, like sunflower sprouts do) it is then called Buckwheat Lettuce, and is a yummy green salad veg.
03-03-2006, 06:46 PM
Dr. Graham even wrote a book called Grain Damage that solidifies why we are not meant to eat grains.. it's a short, easy read... I don't eat grains and I feel great!
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