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I love nutrition. I want to learn everything I can about it but I by no means know it all (yet)! I am constantly learning new things and my diet has changed a lot over the past 10 years as I battled my way through Lyme. When I originally started this blog it was not only to chronicle my Lyme journey but to share recipes. When I originally began blogging I was eating Paleo, but my diet has transitioned into a plant-based one. I’ve learned a lot about the benefits of a raw and vegan diet, especially for chronic illness. I think that eating anything natural and REAL can do you no harm (aka: vegetables, fruits, certain grains/nuts/seeds). I also do not eat any dairy since I am lactose intolerant and also because it is inflammatory.
Since starting my blog, like I mentioned, I’ve transitioned into a plant-based diet, with a focus on raw in the warmer months. I eat about 80% raw for the most part, when I can handle it (in the winter my body needs warmer foods). My goal is to stick to a gluten-free/dairy-free/low-to-no processed sugar diet. I eat kind of raw/vegan-paleo, as I like to call it. I do eat buckwheat and quinoa or rice occasionally (these are the only grains I eat- but I sprout the buckwheat and quinoa) and I do consume local, raw honey.
For more information on why I transitioned from a paleo diet to a plant-based diet, please refer to my post here. Below is some information regarding the benefits of a vegan and raw diet.
The idea behind a raw diet is that cooking foods kills important enzymes in our food. Eating raw allows you to obtain all the nutrients possible from our food. Living with a chronic illness means you have to get as many nutrients as possible. I already have a beat up digestive system and don’t absorb nutrients well, so the more I can just pound nutrients into my body the more likely I am to absorb what I need.
Like a paleo diet, a raw diet contains many anti-inflammatory foods and eliminates inflammatory foods. One of the main issues in chronic illness is inflammation in the body so the more you can do to decrease inflammation the healthier you can be!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be they food” -Hippocrates
Raw Food Diet – Some good basics about a raw food diet
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead -A great movie about juicing!
Food Matters and Forks Over Knives– Two more great documentary about diet and health. Both discuss some about raw food.