Blog: Raw Odyssey
by drpr

Transitioning to All Raw

A change here, a change there...

Date:   9/5/2007 11:25:47 PM   ( 15 y ) ... viewed 2183 times

Boy, was I sick today! I couldn't even make it through a whole day at the office.  I'm hoping the problem is just the added fiber in my diet; I started adding fiber over the past few days.   I was not well yesterday either, but today I had stabbing cramps in my side, which felt so much like my ovarian cyst attack from a couple of years ago that I was worried. If fiber is the problem, I will feel better soon enough. Adding fiber to my diet is part of my transition to an all-raw life as I look at all the areas in which my diet is lacking and take care of those before going all-raw.  

I've been looking at the McDougall Plan to see how I can use that in my transition.  I like much of what is listed on his food list, except the pasta.  Now, I know that raw foodists and vegetarians don't worry about a lack of protein, but my nutritional history has made me very leery of assuming that simply eating raw will provide me with ample protein.  I did a little comparison of dairy products with foods on the McDougall list to see how much of those foods I'd have to eat to get the same amount of protein I get from whey, Egg Beaters, nonfat yogurt and cottage cheese.  So far, it looks like I'd have to eat a whole lot more carbs and fat to get the same protein. Seeds would be lower carb/higher fat choices, and beans would be higher carb/lower fat choices. For one cup of nonfat Greek yogurt(100 cal, no fat, 5 carbs, no fiber, 3 sugar, 20 protein) I could substitute:
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds:   262 cal, 23 gm fat, 9 carbs, 10 protein
  • ½ c walnuts, black:        381 cal, 37 gm fat, 6 carbs, 15 protein
  • 1 cup fava beans:            110.0 cal, .9 gm fat, 22.2 carbs, 10 protein
I have more homework to do, of course, but I can see why one meal at the local raw cafe fills me up all day- all the seeds and nuts they use are so filling (as well as very nutritious). 

I have now lost 23.5 lbs since June 10th. My BP remains around 120/80. 

I have cut fish out as a regular part of my diet (no more weekly sushi- just occasionally) and have added more nuts and seeds.  I doubt I will buy any more tofu.  The next move in my transition to all-raw will likely be to remove yogurt and cottage cheese, but hang on to the Egg Beaters and whey for a little while.  At that point I may move to the McDougall plan. I noticed he suggests an egg substitute on his list- that means I can hang on to the Egg Beaters a bit longer.

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