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I joined RFR a few days ago, based on the recommendation of "Give it to me Raw", a website that was closing down.
I've been a lifelong vegetarian and have off and on tried to increase the raw portion. A few weeks ago, I tried to go completely raw for two weeks, based on the recommendation of a naturopath here in south India, where I live on a 2-acre organic wooded lot. I try to eat mostly stuff grown here.
I'm male, 56, 5 ft 5 in, 160 pounds and a marginal diabetic (type II). Recently, I broke my foot and couldn't exercise for five months the way I normally do (30 min yoga, weight training alternate days, 4- /6-mile walk daily). My doctor and I have a pact to try and go off even this ity-bity medication (0.5 gm metformin at night) by working on diet and exercise. He wholeheartedly approves of a 100 pc raw diet.
For about 10 days, I was on an 80-90 percent raw diet. Then, a naturopath suggested the following 15-day programme. She said I could try this and then gradually work on going 100 pc raw, which requires a lot of planning and discipline to sustain over a long period which, she says, should be my aim.
I put on 5-6 pounds after being bedridden or sedentary following a foot fracture, but my gut size increased by 5 inches to about 40 inches. The naturopath says she has to first neutralize what she calls vata or air element (the ayurvedic vata-pitta-kapha) through enemas twice a day, a wet towel wrapped around the waist for 30 min, and some simple exercises like rolling on the floor and squats holding the ears (Yale Univ found this ancient Indian religious offering improving mind power).
The diet plan she suggested for 15 days for me, which I followed:
Wake up, eat one raw gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica) with 2 glasses of water. Phyllanthus/amla/gooseberry cures just about all ailments and is widely used in ayurveda.
one hr later, 1 cup of organic herbal coffee (made of dried ginger, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, basil, peppercorns. Said to neutralize the three doshas, a cheaper form of triphala)
One hr later, white pumpkin with bittermelon/bittergourd smoothie (Mormodica charantia) or 16 bitter leaves of bael (Aegle marmelos),which is proven to bring down blood sugar.
No filtering. All smoothies with the fiber.
2 hrs later, carrot smoothie with honey
lunch: 1/3 raw banana stem--very high in fiber, 1/3 cooked veggies, 1/3 cooked rice/wheat/grain, 1-2 tablespoons of fresh coconut, 1 glass watery buttermilk.
late afternoon: herbal coffee
one hr later: lemon with honey
supper: fruits, emphasis on papaya, with 1 tbspn coconut to add fiber and fats.
I did this religiously for 15 days and felt light and had a lot of energy. But no change in weight or gut circumference.