I wanted to share with everyone what I have found to be the best diet for me after almost 4 years of being almost completely raw.
I have found the best diet for me is more about eating non mucus forming foods, vs. eating fully raw. Let me explain. Raw and organic are very important, BUT it's more about the mucus forming activty of the food than whether it is "raw" or not. Eg. Tahini, nuts, sprouted peas, lentils, buckwheat etc. can all be eaten raw, but are mucus forming. I therefore choose to eat them rarely. 100% is the goal, but make it 100% with NON mucus forming foods, not just raw for the sake of raw. Eg. I STRONGLY believe, based on my body, it is MUCH better to eat steamed veggies vs. eating nuts.
In the winter over here, I have survived two winters on just unripe apples, gas ripened bananas and acidic oranges (mostly what is available). I then learned to have a strong gag response to apples, hate the half unripe, half spoiling bananas we get here fully, and basically really struggle in the upcoming winters. So after being fully raw for a while, I made a choice, gag at my food, reduce exercise to reduce calorie needs...or eat cooked foods that don't form much mucus as well? So now, I eat sweet potatos and quinoa as part of my diet, a small part. I am working on moving elsewhere so I can be fully 811 raw, but I find that this allows me to exercise more and longer, and I am no longer gagging at my food, and have enough calories to sustain me. I tried brown rice and potatos too, but find them to be too mucus forming. Soooo...here's an interesting article about mucus forming foods.
So next time, don't just ask, "is it raw?", ALSO ask, "is it mucus forming?". A telltale sign that something formed mucus in me is a foul smell in my mouth and blocked breathing.