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Mr Green goes on a high raw diet

Submitted by on Tuesday, 2 June 2009 Loading Add to favourites  6 Comments

raw-food-dietSummer is officially here! How do I know? Because Mr Green has changed his diet – radically!

For the past two years my beloved man has switched from meat and two veg with a beer to swill it down to high raw for the summer months. How he makes such an overnight transition (for it is an overnight sensation), I will never know.

But make it he does and this is the week that was.

High Raw Diet

A high raw diet is just as you might imagine – where 80% of the food you eat is raw. For Mr Green this is predominantly fruit,  vegetables, salads and sprouted seeds. He doesn’t eat raw meat or dairy, like some advocates do.

Protein and a raw diet

Where do you get protein on a raw diet? From plants! The same place as the cows, pandas and horses, in fact. It is a myth that we need lots of protein. A man only needs about 30 grams per day, which can be easily obtained from a high raw diet.

Essential fats

On a raw diet, fats come from cold pressed oils (hemp or flax seeds is particularly good), avocados and nuts. These are ‘good’ fats, essential to health and well being.

Hunger

Don’t you get hungry on a raw food diet? Initially, yes! Your stomach needs to learn to obtain its nutrients in a different way from less calories and this can take a few days. But it’s an interesting time for Mr Green and one which becomes not just a physical, but a spiritual journey.

He had a revelation the first year he adopted a high raw food diet with new feelings about what hunger and ‘feeling full’ was all about. It just feels different to him; there is a satisfaction after a meal without the bloating, which gives him lightness and energy, rather than draining him.

A typical day

A typical day might look like this:

Breakfast: large mixed fruit salad, sometimes with a little yogurt (not raw) if he’s hungry. Herbal tea to drink

Snack: fruit; a banana and an apple or handful of mixed seeds

Lunch: large  green salad, mixed herbs, tomatoes, onions, peppers and a little cheese (not raw)

Dinner: handful of mixed seeds, sprouted seeds such as mung beans or alfalfa, large green salad and herbs

Weight loss and increased energy

Two of the most poignant positive changes Mr Green experiences are increased energy and weight loss. I won’t divulge his weight here, but I’ll keep up updated on his progress! I usually have to roll him out of bed at some point in the morning, but within a few days of the high raw diet, he is springing out of bed with the dawn chorus.

What about you – have you ever gone on a high raw diet? How did you find it?

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  • russell says:

    hey we eat mostly raw as well! like Mr Green I was meat & 2 veg man, I will not go back! I feel sooo much better on a raw diet. cooked food just doesn’t appeal most of the time. the only way I can describe it is that my body ‘sings’ when i eat raw! great to see others doing the same. I think it is getting more popular as people wake up to it. It makes sense on so many levels.

  • Wilson Pon says:

    Well, Mrs. Green. I’ve practiced the raw diet since 3 years ago. Honestly, my body felt much better and healthier, soon after I started to change from the omnivore style to Octogenarian!
    Although I’m not a pure vegetarian yet, but I have the confidence that I’m going to make it someday in the near future…

  • Mr and Mrs Green, thanks for the info! i had never heard of a High Raw diet before but I am willing to give it a try after reading this article. My wife has been vegetarian for about 3 years now and when I am at home that makes me a vegetarian too! We love cooking and have found many great, and nutritious, recipes in our now large collection of veggie cook books. We will give the High Raw and try for a couple of weeks and see how things go. Thanks for the great article 🙂

  • Jeff says:

    I think getting more raw foods into your diet is a good idea. I don’t think I could do 80% since I have never tried anything like this, but something like 50% might work for me.

  • Rose says:

    I love the raw food diet. I have one rule eat what your hungry for. If that means a bowl of radish’s or slice potatoes with a dash of salt. I woke up one morning and I was craving spinach and onions. If there’s a garden handy give me a hose and a salt shaker and I’m happy.
    Now I will admit, my diet does rotate to the cooked side,but it usually lasts a few weeks before I crave my garden goodies. I grow my own produce either inside or out of the house. My family’s favorite harvest is pumpkins and sunflowers. We’ll save some for planting the following year, hang up some for the birds for the winter and I dry the rest in the oven for the family treat.
    I grow a stevia plant. My family loves it. I hate commercial sugar, and the stevia plant has provided a much needed rescue for our sweeting needs. Not to mention my kids enjoy picking it fresh and giving it a good chew.

    http://motorwitch-backtothebasics.blogspot.com/

  • Mrs Green says:

    @russell: Hi Russell, I didn’t realise you ate mainly raw food too. I am feeling more and more that we are overfed, yet undernourished in our society. Mr Green is looking great – clear skin, shiny hair and bounding with energy! There will be another update tomorrow – one week into the diet.
    Do you have a favourite meal?

    @Wilson Pon: Hi Wilson ,great to hear of your experiences and good luck with your intended changes. Eating raw does seem to suit some. I’m not sure it is for me, but I admire the changes people make and most reap wonderful benefits.
    What do you think your next dietary change might be?

    @Green Family Blog: Hi Martin (?) I hope I have your name right! I’m glad you learned something new and would love to hear how you get on. Perhaps you’ll write about it on your blog and let people know if a raw diet suits you or not. Have you tried to build a solar oven yet? That is one of my projects for this year too 🙂

    @Jeff: Hi Jeff, the key with all these things, especially dietary changes is to make the changes small enough so that you do not feel overwhelmed. This ensures greater success. If you decide to give it a go, let us know how you get on! You could start with switching just your lunch to a salad meal.

    @Rose: Hi Rose, you make such an important comment with your suggestion that we eat what we are hungry for. We’ve really lost touch with our body’s needs, I feel.

    We no longer recognise the point of ‘fullness’ nor eat the things our body requires. We tend to crave sugar, fat and salt instead and confuse thirst and hunger signals.

    I’m growing pumpkins and sunflowers this year to harvest the seeds. Is there a particular sunflower type you recommend for tasty seeds?