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i just realized i've posted in this thread a bunch without saying what drew me to raw.

 

it's pretty simple. i'm allergic to soy and gluten. raw diet is a really simple way to eat well and avoid those things which have soy and gluten.

 

 

I'm the same way

Can't do any nama shoyu, miso, etc.

 

But I also don't consume grains, so.. no sprouted quinoa or buckwheat

(I have eaten it a few times, but it doesn't sit well with me)..

 

 

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Sorry if you've posted this topic before, I don't tend to check whats been

posted previously, I just.. post and reply.

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Eating raw food allows me to find my balance much easier than I could before. I am stable emotionally through out the day, as where when I was eating cooked foods (whole foods vegan, and med free), I would

still have profound highs and lows.

 

I went through similar experiences. I was really emotional/moody. I still can be but I feel like I've actually gotten control over it now. I can actually feel my body get out of sync and so then I start to eat raw again to fix myself and I begin to feel much better. I've also found that I need omega 6 & 9 or I start to get really moody so, I make sure I take flax oil on a regular basis. But I'm getting tired of going back and forth between raw and cooked. I think I really need to start going all raw.

 

it's pretty simple. i'm allergic to soy and gluten. raw diet is a really simple way to eat well and avoid those things which have soy and gluten.

 

Sometimes, I have intestinal issues and fatigue that I deal with. But it's really hard for me to pinpoint specific allergic reactions. I'm really curious. what kind of symptoms you get and do you pinpoint them?

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Sometimes, I have intestinal issues and fatigue that I deal with. But it's really hard for me to pinpoint specific allergic reactions. I'm really curious. what kind of symptoms you get and do you pinpoint them?

 

 

Dairy, soy and wheat are all very mucus forming in the body.

Almost everyone is allergic to them(more or less the process they go

thru, as say..someone allergic to 'soy', could probably eat raw edamame)

rather they realize it or not.

 

Your best bet is to do an elimination diet, eliminate all potential factors,

Wheat/Gluten, soy, dairy, most cooked foods except steamed veggies..

do this for about a week or two, reintroduce them, and see how you react.

It's all about experimenting on yourself to see what works best.

 

I never knew my body didn't like wheat and soy until I stopped consuming them.

The differences are dramatic.

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Your best bet is to do an elimination diet, eliminate all potential factors, Wheat/Gluten, soy, dairy, most cooked foods except steamed veggies.. do this for about a week or two, reintroduce them, and see how you react. It's all about experimenting on yourself to see what works best.

 

I think I'll try that. I think I've been consuming way too much soy. I ordered a few raw books so I'm going to progress towards raw and then I'll try re-introducing new things. Thanks for the suggestion.

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well for me, the gluten thing was pretty specific. i'm not a celiac (google it) but i think i'm close. now when i eat anything with gluten, my throat swells and i have trouble swallowing it. so i know to spit it out. but i used to eat a lot of gluten stuff as a kid and my throat wasn't quite as bad *or maybe i just didn't pay attention). i could not gain weight. in fact, i dropped it a lot. and dropped muscle mass. and i always thought i had bloating problems, but after i isolated this allergy i realized that my intestines were swelling up just like my throat. i know it wasn't celiacs cuz it never put me in the hospital and i had no trouble growing (6' by the age of 12). i just couldn't gain weight. basically, since my intestines were freaking out about the gluten, i wasn't absorbing the right amount of nutrients.

 

with soy, the allergy is pretty straightforward. i eat soy, my face breaks out. this includes soy oil, soy lecithin, soy natural flavors, even foods cooked in the same pan as something with soy. if i eat a ton of soy, i get cold like symptoms (kind of like hayfever). lots of mucous, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, aches. for years i thought i was allergic to chocolate, but once i isolated the soy allergy, i realized that most american chocolates have soy lecithin. so if i eat dark chocolates with no soy lecithin, there is no problem. again, raw helps here cuz nibs or cocoa powder plus dates equals an awesome chocolate bar.

 

not that anyone here is eating it, but dairy is my worst allergy. i will actually run a high fever (105!) and shake. i will get achy all over with flu like symptoms. the dairy comes out the other end pretty fast too. this one runs in the family. omg! what a horrible unintended pun! anyway, my mom's side is part cherokee and none of us can do dairy without getting digestive problems, though my allergy is the worst. (i have read in multiple places that vast numbers of native americans can't eat cow's milk without complications....)

 

anyway, you'll have to do an elimination/isolation diet. it does take about two weeks for the stuff to cycle out enough to see a difference. then you can only add one thing at a time. treat wheat as separate from gluten. so instead of wheat eat only oat, barley, and maybe rye, kamut, and spelt. then soy. corn is another common problem for digestion. and i guess you can isolate tree nuts and peanuts too. but you'd probably already know if you were allergic to those because they usually cause trachial/bronchial swelling.

 

 

I'm the same way

Can't do any nama shoyu, miso, etc.

 

But I also don't consume grains, so.. no sprouted quinoa or buckwheat

(I have eaten it a few times, but it doesn't sit well with me)..

 

 

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Sorry if you've posted this topic before, I don't tend to check whats been

posted previously, I just.. post and reply.

really? don't you hate how a lot of raw chefs insist on putting nama in everything? is miso raw?? if it is, then the miso man (actual brand name) sells a chickpea miso that is vegan/organic and soy free. i have some and it's great for salad dressing. just add some lemon and maybe some agave. perfecto! i added some to some black surrant kuice once and it tasted and smelled like wine, so that was interesting.... anyway.

let's see... grains. i can't eat regular quinoa. only the red variety. dunno why. it has a lot of natural pesticides on it, so maybe my stomach doesn't like them. i know that it gives me a lot of gas so i avoid it. but buckwheat never gives me any problems. it's a complete protein and it's cheap. plus it sprouts in a days, so i eat it a lot. but i know how there are raw theories about cutting all starches. i'm not willing to go that far though....

 

i don't think i posted this tipic before (the grains... is that what you were referring to? yeah, this is probably the first i've mentioned it here...)

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I am definitely in transition to eating more raw foods. Part of the reason I have adopted a raw-friendly lifestyle is to lose extra weight that I have been carrying around for most of my life.

 

However, it is really about my journey into being a whole healthy naturally well human being. The more I learned, the more outraged and betrayed I felt from a lifetime of being flat out lied to by everyone about what was healthy and how I should eat. The more I learned about raw food, the clearer I could see how tragically we as a country have been duped to believe in a way of eating and therefore medicating that promotes perpetual illness and greed. I am angry at those who have allowed and encouraged the mass malnutrition that dominates the country, just to keep making a quick buck. In fact, its so big that sometimes I just can't even hold it all in my brain. I have to let it go and go eat some carrots, have a banana and know that I help make positive changes for a healthier planet of people by being an example of change.

 

And despite feeling this way I still am recovering from unhealthy food addictions. I choose to eat more raw foods because I believe it is a more truthful way to live life as opposed to being mindlessly manipulated by people who are driven by money, not by my health and well-being.

 

I'm aware much of this sounds soapboxey, but hey...that's my two cents.

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