Hi Raw Friends- I look at those 1 pound containers of leafy greens and Wow! does that look like a lot of roughage! Could you share how your appetite regarding greens has changed as you've progressed with your 811 diet? Has your choice of greens changed? More sensitive to bitter tastes? Eating more of them? Less? Prone to fantasizing about wheat-grass juice retention enemas? or maybe not........
Years ago when I first started eating raw vegan, I used to eat huge amounts of kale. Now, guess what, it makes my thyroid swell up.......Yep, Dr. Dough Graham is seriously onto something when he tells us to eat tender leafy greens.
I have to carefully avoid the goitrogens as well, so I'm avoiding kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, etc. I will be sticking to romaine and tender greens. I just had some baby arugula and it was too bitter for my taste.
I just munch on the leaves now with no dressing (which I would have found amazing in the past). It tastes like real food. I will begin making green smoothies soon which will make the whole process even easier - unless I decide I don't mind munching on leaves after all.
Whoa - I remember wheat grass - started to make me sneeze. That's what I get for eating my lawn.
and rotate your greens because i am reading in natural hygiene that all greens have different alkaloids to ward of being eaten.
I love them, over the last year I have been planting hard in every spare garden space and bucket/container available. I now have over 50 lettuce plants, 60 celery's , parsley, mint, coriander etc, etc. Greens. And I love alfalfa sprouts. But i8m no longer in to spinach,kale,chard etc any more either. Even the smallest amount gives me a sore throat and stomach. Oxalic acid is not the best. Maybe we just become more sensitive. Or maybe we all are and most dont know it as dark greens are generally eaten cooked, which reduces/in-activates the oxalic acid.
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Nova- that's so cool you're doing so much growing- very inspiring.... I want to give it another try. thanks!
If I have nothing to cover my greens in (dressing), they taste horribly bitter to me. This is all greens. Idk why, but just being honest I don't even crave them and it's been about a couple months on just fruit. About 3k+ cals a day, primarly bananas, but with dates sometimes and watermelons. I'm a firm believer that if you cannot eat something by itself, and you have to cover it with something to make it taste good, you shouldn't be eating it. I don't know if I'll ever like greens, but as of right now I'm in love with fruit, but dislike greens big time.
I agree with you Keith. You've got to adapt with your body but I think it's important to listen to it. And if it hates the tastes of greens, I don't think they should be forced. I did many months of raw veganism with big salads in the evenings, but have only eaten a couple small salads in the last few months. I'm actually starting to desire salad more lately, so I'll probably change this soon, though I'll only get ones that I taste and appeal to me. :)
I actually burned out pretty hard on bananas and dates too. Recently I got some bananas again and enjoy them alright but am not eating them very fast - I used to sit down and eat 10-15 in a go. Now I feel tired of banana after 4 or 5. I do a lot of mono fruit days and buy most of my fruit by the case each week, so there's a little bit of planning (usually about 2 minutes of "what do I feel like nomming on this week?") that has to go into it, but generally I just get up in the morning, and decide what fruit I feel like for the day, and just eat that. I notice that I'll get really addicted to a given fruit or fruit family for a good while, then later on not feel like them anymore, and become more interested in something else. I think this is my body just doing what it needs - I'm not 100% sure what that is but I don't need to.
I can't tell you how many times people start yelling at me that I'll just keel over dead eating fruit-only. Like, you know, that reaction you get from others who have never eaten a meal without meat as the main portion? You can get that same reaction right here on 30bad by mentioning you don't eat greens! ;)
I've eaten lots of kale for years and it doesn't bother me. If it's good kale it should be sweet, not bitter. The only greens I find too bitter to eat on their own are some of the wild ones. I never used to like iceberg because it was tasteless, but now that my taste buds are more sensitive I can appreciate its flavour. I almost never use dressings. Tonight I'm having a pound of tomatoes with my lettuce (some sort of red leaf variety) and a big handful of fresh basil torn up.