Why I love Eating A Raw Food Diet

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There have been some big changes lately in my diet. Over the years of eating a healthy both cooked and raw diet, I noticed that I felt better after a raw meal rather than a cooked one.

I never really thought about this other than at the moment I experienced it. Cooked meals make me feel heavier, less sharp and I started to experience intermittent signs of acid reflux which led to some swallowing issues.

This problem was solved by eating Manuka Honey. It not only healed my throat and stomach but allowed me to eat properly again. I believe the problem might’ve been caused by a bug known as H Pylori. Manuka honey is an effective antibacterial and can kill this bacterium.

So over the last few months, I’ve been doing some research and exploring the world of raw food eaters. It’s not surprising to me that eating a raw food or vegan diet can be much healthier than a standard western diet. Almost any diet is better!

Most Raw food people that I came across had previous issues relating to obesity, which I don’t have. Many people claimed to have healed from their disease and chronic conditions by eating this way.

Trying out green smoothies!

I somehow came across ‘green smoothies’ from a YouTube video. So I got out the blender and followed the instructions on the video and had my first ever green smoothie.

And wow! The first green smoothie I made came out amazingly well! It was delicious! I wish I had known about green smoothies before because they are so convenient. You can simply make them and then store them in the freezer for a few days rather than going through the whole process of making your food every day.

I’ll normally have a smoothie for breakfast. Having smoothies in the morning makes me feel great. I feel very energized and ready to take on whatever the day throws at me.

So you’re probably wondering what was included in my smoothie? Well, there are different versions! Here are three of my favorites below:

Green Smoothie 1

150g Banana
150g Pineapple
100g Red Apple100g Mango
150g Spinach
100g Kale
200-300ml Water

(I put in the water and the fruit and then put in the spinach and kale last).

Green Smoothie 2

150g Bananas
150g Red Apple
150g Frozen Blueberries
100g Spinach
100g Kale
200-300ml Water
(because of the blueberries it turns out a bit dark green and sometimes brown, but it’s mild tasting and very palatable, I very much enjoy it).

Fruit Smoothie

Water 300-400ml (depending on how thick you want it)
150g Tesco Frozen Summer Fruits (Raspberries, blackberries, red currants, and black currants)
150g Frozen Blueberries
1 or 2 medium sized bananas (this thickens it up a bit and gives it a sweeter taste)
(very simple, but nice and cold and delicious)

Still experimenting

I’m still experimenting with smoothies and hopefully, I can increase the number of greens in there without making them taste really bad. I think it’s better to start with a higher amount of fruit if it’s your first try. And then slowly decrease the amount of fruit and increase the greens.

If you’re going to try out green smoothies, I highly recommend that you add blueberries to them and you drink them slowly. Drinking too fast might induce a big blood sugar spike, which isn’t good or healthy.

How I feel after a smoothie

After my green smoothie in the morning, I feel so energized, very sharp, light, and hydrated.

My digestion is so much better, and I’ve had zero pimples since drinking these smoothies. I read over on the acne forums that green smoothies have helped a lot of people maintain clear skin.

What will be interesting is to see how my body is reacting to this change when I get my new blood test results.

I am going to leave it until April, so this will be one year from my previous one and see how things are going on in my body.

I think that green smoothies are here to stay. They make me feel good, they are healthy and are simply convenient for me to drink.

That being said, if I get my blood test results back and they have worsened since I’ve introduced smoothies into my diet, then perhaps I’ll have a rethink. But based on how I feel and look today, I’m sure everything is going to be fine!

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3 Comments

  • Hi Matt,

    I saw your post on the CR COMM list about your smoothies and BS. I have been reading the lists for about a month and haven’t figured out how to reply to them yet.

    I plan on trying your smoothies. I do have a BS monitor, however, my fasting is higher than yours. Mine is usually around 95, with the lowest at 88. But this is better than the 123 when I started CR 3 months ago. Anyway, I can report to you my fasting and 2 hr pp after your smoothie. This might give you soom idea of the effect of your smoothie, I am planning on trying #1.

    Shirley

  • Have you tried kiwi fruit in your geen smoothie? I recently tried kiwi plus kale and it tasted good and provided plenty of vitamin E

  • Hi Matt! I know it’s been ages since I’ve been over here. Glad to see you doing well. Raw is wonderful..I followed a raw diet (about 80%) for about 1.5 years. My only thought is that when you are drinking the smoothies, especially those made of fruit, you are ingesting HUGE amounts of sugar, natural yes, but sugar nevertheless. Your blood sugar is taking a big hit each time..please be sure to balance your fruit intake with good fats (avocado, oils etc.., raw almonds etc…) and eat your greens as much if not more than you do the fruit. I’m sure you’ll see this if you are tracking your raw intake..but I just wanted to mention it. Feels good doesn’t it?!?
    Cheers!
    ;-D

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