An old HS friend of mine brews his own beer and every time i go over there i end up having a pint or two. I dont feel like it's bad for me, but i wanted to know if i was missing something.
P.S. I'm on a raw diet since jan 1st... may include one dehydrated raw vegan meal per week.
gut ya ;)
You say you "don't feel like it's bad" but with a raw plant diet you'd be able to notice the compromised digestion (slight to moderate stomach discomfort within hours, burping, acid reflux, hiccups, body odor, lighter sleeping, etc) shortly after you consume the beers. If you're drinking late afternoon, you may not notice some of these until the next morning. Reflect on it. On a slightly empty stomach, it only takes 1 pint of beer to get a buzz if you've had a long-term detox, unless you build up a tolerance for alcohol. After each time you drink beer, you'll need more beer the next time to reach the same state of relaxation until negative reinforcement, (not positive reinforcement) drives you to seek that elusive state of relaxation.
If you do drink alcohol, follow it up with some berries or succulent fruit to alkalize the digestive system afterward.
I found a good alternative to drinking wine was to engage in slow paced, deep, nasal breathing using biofeedback equipment. Another alternative is exercise to experience a state of euphoria.
biofeedback seems like a great idea. i found a few possible machines, do you have any recommendations?
I realize there are many social pressures involving drinking and it is very difficult for someone my age to be generally accepted by my peers without drinking. Having said that, I may have 1 to 2 drinks per year but if I am honest with myself it is because of the social pressure. I was really becoming quite the beer and coffee connoisseur myself. I really used to love Guinness! Probably still do, if I drank it. I did come to realize after sometime that my body was just too clean to handle all of the caffeine in coffee. I used to drink lattes with 6 espresso shots and take a nap right after. Now, I can't even have half a cup of dark roast coffee with out a HUGE crash. So, I guess what I am getting at is this: you are better off without it if you can find it in yourself to avoid it. If you can't avoid it, limit it to only one or two occasions a year, maybe?
Yes, i've had a similar experience with caffeine, I kicked the bean a few years back, but i used to drive an ambulance and eat SAD... so i was always sippin' of some quad caffeine shot chai.... now even having a sip of house java gives me jitters.
as for the Guinness, yes that is also my poison of choice.
p.s. what's ur favorite fruit?
Mangoes!! Although, there aren't many to be had right now! It makes me sad. Second to mangoes: dates. Mmmm, dates. :D
i really like cantaloupes, mangoes are great too but they always make me floss...
And dates... yeah i love em.
Have you dried Mulberries? they're delicious fresh, i used to eat them growing up in Romania.
Thought I would give you my perspective on your two questions....
Alcohol is toxic. Period. Our bodies are made of nothing but cells. Our liver, kidneys, lymph systems, adrenals, respiration and blood all assist in illuminating, whether directly or indirectly the removal of toxins from our cells whether we realize we are detoxing mildly or not.
Did I mention that alcohol is poison?
If you are beginning a LFHCRV lifestyle the idea of drinking just doesn't correlate with eating whole foods.
Which brings me to the idea about consuming dehydrated anything. Eating ANYTHING that's been dried out/dehydrated, is not a whole food and it is dehydrating to your body, so what would be the point of this? Convenience? A quick meal ? Then have a mono fruit meal instead. Or an uncomplicated salad. There are many amazing salad dressing recipes offered by other 30 BAD members.
Dehydrated food has in fact been heated and where as all the moisture content has been depleted, therefore the enzymes and nutrients have been destroyed. Why would you want to eat something that is essentially inert and as nutrient-less as cardboard.
Another word of caution.... The stores that cater to us LFHCRV peeps, such as Trader Joes and Whole Foods are selling as much processed crap as any other super market. Anything that has a label on it and has "vegan" on the label IS NOT a whole food. If it has a label, comes in a box or a bag, it has been processed and refined regardless of what the label says. It may be essentially vegan but the manufacturer has added either salt, sugar, fat to the product so that our brains and bodies get a hit from eating it and therefore the product has a higher chance of being purchased again.
Manufacturers put labels on products they loosely refer to as vegan. The concept of "vegan" has been distorted and abused. Many of these products contain certain plant extracts that are in essence not a health promoting product. And this is very much the case for eating trail mix and/or nuts. This is junk food not a whole food. This is another mistake newbies make. Nuts are a poor source for plant based fats. They are all very fattening, hard to digest. Not a healthy alternative.
Also, ALL oils are toxic. Why? Because they are a high concentrated source of pure fat. Yes including olive oil. The concept about olive oil being "good for us and health promoting" is completely wrong. It isn't. Its liquid fat that will harden in your body upon ingestion. At body temp the oils will thicken and harden causing clotting factor 7 in your body.
So in essence, yes, alcohol is bad for you and so is dehydrated anything.
And try to remember that eating any highly concentrated sources of fat such as nuts and seeds are really a poor alternative to eating high water source fruits and vegetables. Fats will make us fat and WILL clog our arteries.
For a small amount of whole food and plant based fat, you can eat an avocado.
Everything I'm sharing with you is based on verifiable scientific fact not conjecture.
I hope this helps you, Marius.
It's been my experience that the further away I got from alcohol, sips here and there of beer or wine just tasted like rubbing alcohol. It just tasted like poison. Something wrong for my body.
My hunch: keep up seriously with LFRV and your body will naturally start to reject it.
Thank you for the thoughtful response.
The beers i currently "enjoy' are kinda forced, i drink em 'cuz they're home made and all that jazzz... but i think i'll stick to kambucha from now on.
The dehydrated food i eat is just flax seed and vegetable crackers that i make in my excalibur under 118 degrees and sometime i make veggie 'jerkey' when i find great deals on mushrooms and have too many tomatoes.