View Full Version : Anybody not do nuts?
11-01-2005, 01:37 PM
I've never been a big nut person. But since trying to incorporate more raw into my life...nuts seem to be a big part of it. They are a nice snack when you are hungry...they are wonderful for so many recipes...
I believe my 1 1/2 year old son has nut allergies. I don't think all of them, but I think he should avoid all of them for right now. I am still breastfeeding him so I am thinking I should not have nuts either.
Oh this troubles me so. I know many people keep it simpe and just do fruit and salads most of the time. They don't mess with all the fancy prep food. I would like to be that way...but in transitioning alot of those foods are nice.
So do you think the recipes would turn out just as well with seeds? Raw sunflower seeds alone are pretty bland, but maybe they would work for the recipes? And I guess there are pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds and of course flax. I guess there are many options.
I am just momentarily bummed.
Any words of wisdom is appreciated. :)
11-01-2005, 02:21 PM
I still need to consult with a doctor on his allergies. But I wonder if sunflower and sesame seeds might be out too. due to cross contamination.
anybody have any experience with allergies?
11-01-2005, 03:12 PM
I'm allergic to a number of foods, including all nuts and all seeds (not sure about pumpkin though, wasn't tested). It doesn't have to be a part of your diet, but if you're trying to transition from the heavy dense recipes it may be difficult. I never did the heavy recipes except for guacamole and "spaghetti" and after a detox period my body reacts to these foods as if they were cooked. my body has basically detoxed and is asking for simpler food.
11-01-2005, 03:34 PM
when I first incorporated raw food diet, I ate so many nuts that I could nearly call them my staple lol! The reason this happenned was that I was used to eating dense foods. After a while my eating patterns changed. These days, I do not eat nuts at all (or very, very , very rarely, to be precise). My staple are fruit. My children eat lots of fruit too. In general, children do prefer to eat fruit (unless they have been indoctrinated to some other diets, like meat-inclusive diets etc). For example, my son when he was a baby, he simply loved bananas. Bananas was his first solid food. If only I took it as a hint on what the healthy diet really was (I was a cooked person then). Soft, sweet fruit is ideal food for small children (after their mum's milk, of course). Also, I remember reading at a yahoo rawfood forum how eating lots of fruit has helped one mum increase her milk supply. Other, non-sweet fruit are great too, avocaodes, for example. You can try giving your son soft tender greens, in a smoothie is the best bet, I think (my 5-year-old daughter will not have straight greens, but she loves fruit). Also, why not keep you both happy, and let your son eat what he wants to eat, and let you eat what you want to eat?
11-01-2005, 04:39 PM
Good observations...as time passes I find that I need less "dense" foods..though sometimes I definitely do:> But by and large I notice I'm eating more simply....having said that the enchiladas worked out well last night!
11-01-2005, 06:00 PM
That makes a lot of sense about transitioning eventuallly from denser foods. I am wanting heavier foods right now,so will probably get a dehydrator, Not wanting to do so many nuts and dates,LOL Also changing my thinking about fruit. I have been so used to staying away from it, it's odd to begin to think of it as a staple. But i am enjoying the process of finding my way with RAW.
11-02-2005, 01:10 AM
I had a leap to make from my long history for macrobiotics, too. Heavier is the name of the game with all the cooked grains and virtually no fruit. And I did spend the first couple weeks rather nut heavy - tried the pates and a few other recipes. But, now I am noticing my desire for juicier foods is increasing -= sauces without nuts, or only a small handful at most.
11-02-2005, 05:31 AM
I go through stages where I have them more (like recently when making a bunch of recipes) but went for a long time without them and just eating simple fruits and vegi's. I did learn quickly that i HAVE TO soak my nuts. If I don't, my face breaks out, my stomach gets upset, and I gain weight.
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