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'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.
Even when I don't crave greens, I feel so much better when I get tons of them in me. I juice kale, broccoli, celery, etc. I don't enjoy eating those, but if I juice them and then blend them with strawberries it's delicious and refreshing, and when I start getting lazy about the greens, my energy gets really low and I get spacey and I don't feel so great. It would be so easy for me to just eat lots and lots of sweet fruit...I love it, but I gotta get those greens in!
I'm less prone to eat romaine every day and more prone to eat more green-stuffed smoothies, and munching on raw baby greens after fruit. This year I have also planted rows of greens every 2-3 weeks in my garden since early spring, mostly mixed greens. Eating greens right out of the garden makes me feel very powerful.