Ever since I decided to go vegan 2 and 1/2 years ago my diet has undergone significant changes. At first I cut out HFCS, sugar, white flour and most processed foods. Then I began experimenting with gluten free diets and raw diets. I experimented with going raw for a year, but about a month ago I found that it didn’t agree with my body type entirely. This isn’t to say that I no longer eat raw foods, but am currently trying to find a balance between cooked and raw.
I read a blog about someone who had been working with a raw food diet for 30 years and finally settled on some mixture of raw and cooked. The one thing that really struck me in his article was not to idolize any diet, if you can digest a food, then it is good for you. So keep it simple, keep it healthy. That is what I have been doing as of lately.
The most important thing you can do is listen to your body. I went to see a nutritionist about a week ago because I felt I really needed some answers about my diet. As it turns out the fact that I was on anti-biotics during most of my childhood the good bacteria in my intestines has been completely wiped out, leaving me with practically no immune system. Luckily I eat so many veggies that my Ph level is perfect, this acts as my immune system.I have been diagnosed with “leaky-gut syndrome” which means that there are small holes in my intestines and it is easy for toxins and undigested food to leak into my bloodstream.
My nutritionist also informed me that I am allergic to chicken, eggs, wheat, chocolate, onions, wine, corn, oranges and cucumbers. Most of the foods I am allergic to I stopped eating at least a year ago when I started to get really in touch with my diet. Except for the oranges, which was causing most of the bloating while I was on raw foods. I was starting to pick up on the fact that I could combine oranges with any other food, but hadn’t quite picked up on the fact that they could be an allergen.
Now I would say I am eating a gluten-free vegan diet and the amount of raw foods I eat vary from day to day. I do have a raw smoothie every morning and I am on ProBiotics, Enzymes and L-Glutamine to help heal my intestinal lining from all the antibiotics as a child.
I am staying away from any sugars, even honey when possible. I have been mainly using Yacon Powder because it is a sweet root and is a pre-biotic, so it helps the ProBiotics I am on. The cooked food I have been eating is mainly whole grains (nothing with gluten and nothing processed) pretty much brown rice, wild rice and quinoa. I have incorporated some steamed veggies and organic tofu and tempeh. If you eat non-organic soybeans you run the risk of eating GMO foods. EEk!
I only post my story because I have learned from other’s stories. I feel that we can learn from one another’s experiences. If you have any questions or advice feel free to ask or inform me!