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Nutritional Basics



I am becoming overwhelmed by the amount of disagreement that goes on in the world of healthy eating. I recently watched two men argue their take on diet to the point of it involving the size of their manhood. I kid you not.  Still shaking my head on that one.

At Rawmazing, I have always tried to show you healthy alternatives and then encourage you to see what works for your body. We often talk about biochemical individuality meaning, what works nutritionally for me, may not work for you and vice versa. While eating 100% raw food works beautifully for me during certain times of the year, it doesn’t at other times of the year. I love nuts and seeds, some don’t. I don’t have any serious food allergies, some to. Some people eat mostly greens, some mostly fruit. Each one has figured out what works for them, but in my opinion, they have no right to tell you that is the best for you. That is for you to figure out.

That said, there are a few things that we do  know that at this point really can’t be disputed. Some of my basic rules that I try to follow are:

1. Eat lots of Greens. Greens are probably one of the most important things that we can eat, yet one of the least consumed.

2. Cut out the whites. White flour, white sugar, and anything made with them. They are void in nutrition, high in calories and a great contributor to obesity and illness.

3. Eat Real Food. By this I mean not processed. Forgo the boxes, the prepared products. With just a little extra time an know how, you can easily prepare meals made from fresh ingredients.

4. Eat as close to home and as close to natural (organic) as you can. This is not only good for you, but better for the planet. While I realize that it isn’t always possible, when it is, I am all over it.

5. Strive for Balance. Eating a raw dessert for breakfast might not be the best idea. Yes it is made with healthy ingredients but it is still dessert and should be treated as such. Make sure you are balancing your diet. The heavy gourmet raw foods are fun to eat and help to make life interesting. But they should only be a part of your raw food diet, not everything you eat.

What are your top food rules?


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  1. Jason wrote on March 17, 2011

    Great article Susan and so true!

  2. jackie wrote on March 16, 2011

    I too get a little dismayed at the disagreement among participants in the healthy food movement. Sometimes we put blinders on and only see “one way” because that’s what we’re passionate about; however, different people respond differently because of their biochemical make up or whatever. What works for me may not work for you, although I do believe the basic rules you provided in this blog would work for everyone.

  3. Cheryl wrote on March 16, 2011

    I so agree with you. As a nutritionist, I see all sorts of people and while I try to get most of my clients to eat a minimum of 60% raw, I have to monitor them and make sure that I find the right food types for them. Many of them will then increase their raw because they learn to enjoy them but they are the ones that have found they feel better with their new life style – and it is always different. We are all so unique. On a different note, I love your site and recipes and your sensible approach to the whole subject and plan to collect your books.

  4. Michelle wrote on March 15, 2011

    Green, green, green, green :) Nothing processed (unless you count stuff that I personally ‘process’ in my food processor haha), fresh and organic and local when available, chew well, eat lighter earlier in the day, lots of green smoothies, high raw, high vegan…

  5. Faith Lubitz wrote on March 15, 2011

    This is a great discussion, thanks for starting it Susan! I love seeing everyone’s contributions, because they are sharing what has worked for them..

    I have been confused by the variety of nutritional approaches out there- one of the first places that I found something I could hang onto was the Natural Hygiene movement, an early raw foods advocacy group. They talk about observing wild animals in nature, and learning from them. Of course all wild animals eat raw all the time, and local all the time, they eat when they are hungry, they don’t go to doctors or have health insurance , they are grateful for what they can find, they have lots of movement, sunshine and company..they eat seasonally. And wild animals are some of the healthiest creatures around compared to humans, especially when their habitats are undisturbed.

    I’m not saying we are exactly like them but there is something refreshingly down to earth about this way of thinking….and you have to admit it’s time-tested!

  6. Nina Vought wrote on March 15, 2011

    1) Eat mindfully. Slow down and take several conscious breaths during each meal.
    2) Eat whole food, prefer organics. Give preference to foods that resemble the form nature imparted.
    3) Eat plants. Giving up animal products is one of the kindest most loving choice you can make three times a day. Also, eliminating animal foods wakes up your taste buds and you will discover a world of flavor.
    4) Eat a big green salad every day.
    5) Eat your bigest meal at midday.
    6) Give thanks; recognize every meal is a gift.

  7. Blanka wrote on March 15, 2011

    Yes to all and especially to eating a lot of (variety of) greens and ‘eating only when hungry’ – when did we become so ignorant about our bodies that we demand food because it is ‘dinner time’?! Thank you Susan, spot on as always!

  8. Laura wrote on March 14, 2011

    I agree with you Mindy. My husband and I feel that going raw is for our own health reasons. Susan would have a good things going for all of us that care about our health. I do appreciate your approach to raw.

    Keep it up!!

  9. Mindy wrote on March 14, 2011

    Excellent article. My reason for finally turning to raw foods is the intuitive sense that for me the missing link in my health was needing fresh, raw greens (not the cooked to a pile of mush greens which are served where I have grown up in the South). In addition to the items you mentioned above, I also aspire to include more sprouts and fermented foods like sauerkraut. I like to speak in terms of aspirations, instead of rules. As soon as I start using the word “rule”, my inner rebel starts to kick in and want to start breaking them ;), but that’s just me.

    I would have been shaking my head too, if I had overheard those two men. It’s pretty obvious to me that that “conversation” actually had nothing to do with nutrition and food. It was all about “power” and control. The impulse to lord it over our fellow men and women is not one of our more attractive qualities as a species.

    You are doing a good job, Susan. I appreciate your combination of down-to-earth sanity, joyful appreciation, and inspirational creativity. Thanks!

  10. Jodi wrote on March 14, 2011

    Well said, there is so much confusion about things and it’s good to keep things simple, healthy, natural and organic as much as possible, but we are all different and we have to remember that as well, listen to your body, it will always tell you the truth!!


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