I have been experimenting with a fully raw plant based diet for about 2 weeks now and honestly I feel pretty darn good. My doctor told me to stay away from foods like you see in the photo and I guess that is true if your insides are in bad shape.
I have been able to maintain my weight at about 160lbs with uncooked olive oil and avocado as good fat. The calories also come from the fruit that I have in the morning for breakfast and for snacks.
The idea I am working on here is that all of these plant based foods do not activate an inflammatory immune response causing Crohn’s to flare up. I have seen a lot of research out there of foods like meat, wheat and dairy that cause the body to go on the attack for those that are sensitive. In the process it now attacks your healthy tissue = Crohn’s Disease. Then again there are those who will benefit from these foods and not receive any ill effects due to everyone being different in they way the process foods.
Many have changed over to this plant based diet and have seen a total turn around in their health ailments. Just to name a few: fullyrawkristina, Joe Cross, Tracee Sloan and many others.
I am once again Crohn’s medication free and I am trying to use the food as my medicine along with juicing every other day. I do take a small stress management medication once daily though. This was very hard for me to do and change to every other day juicing. I did that because I was eating so many good healing foods that I no longer need the juice every single day! Plus I am a teacher and I am poor:)
Here is what I have been eating:
- Oatmeal almond cereal with almond milk – Not Raw
- apple slices
- Salad with power greens
- olive oil
- apple cookies with almond butter
- Soaked raw cashews
- Sometimes a different salad
- Zucchini pasta with different food processor created sauces
- Lettuce wraps with veggies
I do need more variety and I do have a few things that are not completely raw, but most of it is ALIVE. When the food is cooked many of the nutrients and enzymes die at a certain temperature. Although there are foods that benefit from being cooked such as tomatoes which release more Lycopene then when raw. These are the components that you need to heal and feel great and your are not getting them in cooked food.
The overall plan is to put in foods and juice that totally create a new environment in the gi system. Taking a probiotic to try and do that is great, but in combination with this lifestyle it should be amazing.
Lastly, I know that the food is not cooked, but it is incredibly flavorful in its natural state!
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