View Full Version : Questions about Alissa's book & hypoglycemia
05-09-2005, 10:15 AM
I really want to get Alissa's book but I'm worried the recipes will be too hard or demand extra equipment.I have a Vitamix but no dehydrator. Are the recipes fairly easy to do?
Also i have hypoglycemia & I don't think I can get by with the amount of fruit that some people on this board eat everyday.A few years ago i tried "food combining"-eating only fruit in the morning,protein at lunch & starches at dinner & it just didn't work for me.I have 2 serving of fruit a day,1 in the morning blended into a protein shake & in the afternoon I'll have a pink lady apple w/ some shredded coconut & walnuts.
I can't speak to Alissa's book, as I haven't gotten it (yet!).
But about hypoglycemia: I used to be seriously hypoglycemic. I followed a Zone-type diet, in which protein was eaten with every meal. That helped, but if I didn't eat every 2-3 hours, or just ate a high-glycemic food, I still felt awful.
After a few months of raw food, I don't experience the hypoglycemic symptoms anymore. This actually happened fairly rapidly; I felt much better within the first month. Now I can go hours without eating, with no ill effects. (I don't do this often, but if I find myself in a situation with nothing to eat...) I can also eat fruit mono-meals and feel great. Even sweet fruits like bananas pose no problem, when before, they would have made me dizzy and sick.
One way to ease the transition is to continue eating protein or fiber at every meal. At first, I made sure to eat some greens, celery, or a small amount of nuts with the fruit. This isn't proper food combining, but in the beginning, I don't believe that makes such a difference.
This is no guarantee, of course. Just my experience :)
You can read what I currently eat here:
05-09-2005, 12:34 PM
While I'm not hypocglycemic, I do have blood sugar that goes high and low way too quickly and am very sensitive to it.
The one thing that I like about a raw food diet is that my blood sugar is very stable, even with all of the fruit. It takes about two days for me to stabalize and then I'm feeling great. I actually miss it when I start stray from raw and start to eat some cooked.
My suggestion is to nibble throughout the day, don't over do the fruits and dried fruits at the beginning...eat lots of veggies and all of a sudden you'll feel great (at least, that's what happened to me)
05-09-2005, 01:08 PM
You don't need a lot of expensive equipment to do Alissa's recipes. She states in her book that she has tested most of them in a food processor. For me, a food processor, good blender and citrus juicer are mandatory. Oh! And a REALLY good knife.
Yanno, one REALLY good thing I've found about raw is ~ a lot of things that "should" be dehydrated ~ don't need to be in order to be edible. It's NOT like cooking. Her meatloaf is one thing. It never made it to the dehydrator. It came together sooo yummmy, we went and purchase some lettuce, chopped some tomatoes and made wraps.
One can do that with any of the burger recipes.
Just have fun and play with your food!
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