I feel torn. I've been seeing a Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist and he keeps insisting that I need to be eating cooked food because I have a lot of deficiencies. I believe in TCM and in Ayurvedic Medicine (Indian Medicine) and they are both thousands and thousands of years old medical systems. They both say that eating raw food is very hard on digestion and should not be eaten exclusively.
I love the idea of eating raw with fruit at the basis and low fat. Something about cracking open a watermelon and sitting out in the sunshine! It just feels so right. I havent really been able to stick with this lifestyle for longer than a couple of weeks so I dont know how it makes me feel in the long run. The first few days I feel amazing and then I start getting diarrhea and feeling light headed and out of balance. The Chinese Medicine specialist told me that it is because the my body is unable to extract the nutrients from the raw food. So this morning I couldnt figure out what to eat! I really wanted watermelon but the words of this alternative medicine doctor kept ringing in my ear. He was very adamant that I eat cooked food and even suggests strongly that I eat meat. What gives? I dont know who to listen to.
What are your opinions on this? Is there anyone here that is also interested in alternative medical systems like TCM and Ayurveda that would like to comment? I just want to hear other opinions on these matters from people that have been doing the raw lifestyle for a while. One of the reasons why I feel I keep flip flopping between raw and cooked is because I really want to eat raw but then when I eat raw I wonder if I am harming myself by not listening to these thousand year old medical systems.
This really almost brings tears to my eyes. Its quite amazing that so many people still believe that we need meat to be well. How could that possibly be so? It damages the environment, it damages our bodies, most importantly it supports the killing of innocent animals. I just dont understand why everyone in my life keeps telling me that I need to to eat meat!
What are your deficiencies ?
They are correct from 1 aspect - raw food is not as easily digested as cooked food. That is the main reason you can eat more of it and still lose weight. The enzymes in raw food are almost entirely designed to aid the plant... not digest it (papaya and pineapple can aid human digestion a bit - not sure if there are others).
You definately need to ensure you chew your food thoroughly (to a pulp - always a great idea - raw or cooked).
Many of us need to eat a LOT of vegetables to feel well. I am one of these people.... without 'em... I do not feel good at all.
+1000000 now with sun it seems I can go with less, never with none, for periods, but greens are very very important in this diet.
RawDad, blood deficiency, dampness in the spleen, chi stagnation (ironic how he says that I shouldnt eat raw food when I have chi stagnation when really raw food has most chi!)
I always make sure to chew thoroughly. Maybe I do need to up my vegs a bit though
For chi stagnation I would think meditating and imagining your energy moving through EVERY part of your body, other ENENGY AWARENESS exercises and EXERCISE especially water sports could help correct that.
Ayurvedic diets are high in oil,and when you drench your raw veggies in oil your body won't produce enough hydrochloric acid to digest raw veggies "not fruits".They believe oils are medicine. it's stupid!
lots of fat and raw diets too high in hard veggies(not enough fruit) are the worst!
Oh man, I didnt even think about that but youre so right! They say that you need to drink milk mixed with clarified butter. Whaaat?!?!!?
Eat what you want to eat (HCRV) and utilize sun, clays, fresh air, sleep, yogas etc. I was told several times by TCM doctors, nutrition centers etc to eat meat eggs and salt after much testing. Their ways may have brought health to some people for a long time, but there are better ways.
Why do so many TCM doctors always say to eat meat, eggs and salt? I've been told by a couple of TCM doctors that I need to do that. It totally contradicts what I've read about TCM. In the books on TCM they always stress that a vegan diet is best (though they do think that grains are needed) and that meat should only be eaten by those who are severely malnourished and imbalanced (though I think that even that is unnecessary)
Get this, the first nutrition center not only said I should eat meat, but they specified which kind. VEAL! Any veal lol. And the salt they specifically recommended by name? Table salt! lol This center was expensive, well credentialed etc supposedly was doing great work. Closed now haha pffft lol Follow your heart. I'm sure you'll get much better results. Connect to heart.
TCM docs wanted me eating EVERYTHING cooked too. They couldn't understand why I was improving as what they called ":dampness" and "cold" went up and eating all raw vegan.
Their rice kick? At best. Sure rice is better than SAD diet, but it's only a step, one we can do without.