View Full Version : So many Question, Need help understanding
06-26-2009, 03:49 PM
I have a lot of questions about certain food items. Can someone help me understand why these items are unhealthy, especially on a veggies and/or fruit base diet.
Agave, salt, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, braggs, garlic, onions etc.
Will eating these foods make you sick or kill you? Has anyone gotten sick or have been killed eating these food?
What about the equivalent most of use to eat when were SAD?
How much of these foods are people eating?
I use them in splashes and dashes. My base diet is veggies and fruit. Accented with the other stuff.
Eating raw and living foods is suppose to be an superior diet to SAD, so why all of the restriction and negative talk about our food.
I thought most people were eating veggies and/or fruit base diet, not a agave, salt, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, braggs, garlic, onions etc base diet.
Or maybe I am asking the wrong questions.
Should the question be Why do you choose to eat raw and living foods?
I personally feel eating raw and living foods nourish my body with real fuel, thus I function better physically, mentally, emotionally and have a better quality of life. I feel losing weight, maybe living longer and having a deeper spiritual connection are all wonderful extra bonuses of eating real fuel my body can utilize.
Thanks for any opinion given in advance
06-26-2009, 04:02 PM
Everyone needs to decide for themselves on these issue.
I basically don't want to eat anything that is shelf stable in a plastic bottle - that is neither raw nor living.
I have heard that braggs is chemically processed, and that agave is heated and besides that - is similar to HFCS to the body.
I have conducted no research myself, so I'm only going by what I read. However, when i think about the agave and braggs in their plastic bottles - I don't think it's what I want on a raw diet.
Salt and Apple cider vinegar I am fine with. I use salt and evoo for salads, ACV I use rarely.
ETA:I only use the hand gathered celtic sea salt
Onions - I hate the taste. Raw garlic make my brain feel cloudy and I can't concentrate very well. Haven't noticed this with the dried garlic from frontier....but I just use a tiny sprinkle here and there.
You can only read up on things, experiment, and then decide for yourself what's best for you.
06-26-2009, 04:16 PM
Agave - i have used very occaissionally in small amounts for maybe a dressing or a sauce, i usually use dates if i can. Have noticed no adverse effects.
Salt: Used first few months raw, now that i am off of it, i am completely intolerant, if i eat something with any kind of salt in it i get a migraine within 5 minutes of consumption, feel very thirsty and tired the rest of the day. All salt will dehydrate you, you'd get sick drinking salt water, it doesn't make sense that it would be "healthful" to eat salt without the water to dilute it in the first place.
Apple cider vinegar: used very very occaisionally for dressings, don't feel particularly great after eating it, but no where near as detrimental as salt.
Olive oil: don't use, don't like the taste of it anymore. I use flax oil if i have to add a bit of oil to something for flavour. No problems unless combined with a lot of fruit.
Braggs aminos: don't use, tried once and had an instant migraine and felt very naseous. I use tamari in small quantities instead if i have to.
Garlic: use occaisionally in savoury soups, only adverse effects, smelly breath, sweat and BM
Onions: same as garlic. Will be limiting if not discluding as i prefer to smell nicer than the food i ate the day before lol
06-26-2009, 05:05 PM
i eat a primarily veggie based diet, and a few fruits/nuts whenever i crave them.
regarding salt, i use pink himalayan salt sparingly with no adverse effects. it has a unique/distinct flavor that is very complimentary to a lot of raw dishes.
i often use agave to sweeten smoothies, sauces, dressings, marinades, and in tea. i've never had a reaction or side-effect when using agave as compared to refined sugar, which left me feeling lethargic.
braggs liquid aminos has a strange, almost spicy flavor to me, and so i don't incorporate that into my diet at all.
olive oil is something i use frequently as part of my diet, and as well as moisturizer and massage oil (same with coconut oil). again, no adverse effects.
i use quite a bit of garlic in my diet, often feeling cleansed after eating it (not sure why). i do smell for awhile after eating it though!
as far as onion goes, i crave and eat a lot of red onion, and use it to flavor many dishes. white/yellow/green onion i rarely touch.
i wish you fun and excitment on your raw journey :)
06-26-2009, 07:50 PM
Everyone has to listen to their own body concerning things like onions, garlic, etc.
I use very little Braggs, though I do use a bit of Nama Shoyu... they are similar, in my mind.
I use onions and garlic lavishly, as I believe that they are good for my blood pressure, and they keep vampires away! :p
I use pink Himalayan sea salt... and usually, less than half what any recipe calls for, as I'm becoming more sensitive to the taste.
ACV I use in recipes that call for it... I get the kind that has the 'mother' in it. I believe that it is a substance that, in small amounts, is good for you, like kombuca or raw saurkraut.
06-26-2009, 08:11 PM
Agave - Don't use. Don't trust most packaged products. We use fresh organic dates instead to sweeten.
Salt - Don't use. Like Veronica once I stopped using it I am now very sensitive to it. To add some saltiness to recipes I use fresh organic celery.
Apple Cider Vinegar - Don't use it. Vinegar is very acidic.
Olive oil - Don't use it. Adding straight fat to my foods just doesn't sound good to me. Another packaged product. If I want to add some fat I will add avocado or nut/seed.
Braggs - Don't use it. Another packaged product. Her too many nasty stuff about it. Its a super salty flavor which I have never enjoyed.
Garlic and Onions - Rarely use it. My boyfriend doesn't like me smelling of these. Like salt, once I stopped adding these to my meals I am now very sensitive to it. They kill off good bacteria (not just the bad ones). I was B12 deficient so I stay away from anything that destroys my gut.
Whole Fresh Ripe Organic fruits and veggies is what I eat most. Plain and simple.
06-27-2009, 01:52 AM
The only one on My list is Braggs. It is too Salty for me..
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