Huge problem here in Romania, we do not have organic shops where we can find fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Only in summer, autumn and also late spring, when lots of organic producers bring in the local market their products (they do not have a certificate, but you can taste the products). These days, no organic products here, except nuts, seeds, grains and stuff like that, which I do not eat, only once in two weeks.
All the fruits and vegetables from supermarkets are not riped, so I have to buy in advance bananas, for example, a week before I eat them; fruits are not that sweet and the exotic ones are very expensive. I eat mainly bananas with greens, orange juice and mangoes. I also buy dates, figs and other dehydrated fruits. But I feel the need of diversity.
For 3 months I tried to do my best, but the only solution was eating rice, potatoes and grains. What to do. My belly begins to hurt. I had colitis when I was little, so from time to time my intestine hurts. What to do? Buy non-organic not riped and not that sweet fruits or eat a cooked meal of potatoes, rice and corn pasta a day?
You can live on just bananas and tender leafy greens without any problems, so you could eat just that for winter time and be absolutely fine. Dates are a great addition and something most folks include plenty of year round. Try to find a place to order large 10 or 15 pound cases from, this will give you the best price. Dried figs are great as well as frozen berries. I find frozen mango and pineapple to be unripe so I stay away from those. Never eat unripe fruit, you don't get the nutrients or calories you are looking for and it wreaks havoc on your digestive system. Cooked is a last resort, you still have better options that won't bring back and/or progress your Colitis symptoms.
Thank you. I'm at the beginning of this raw diet journey, after almost 10 vegan years. I sometimes feel the need of diversity. Yesterday, after my banana breakfast smoothie I felt like I had to cut bananas off my diet :)). Just too many bananas. I ate a big salad at lunch and felt better. Drank an orange juice and calmed down. Today, I had my banana smoothie again :P .
Whatever works for you is great! :) Dr. Doug puts people on just bananas for 10 days or so when starting them out on HCRV so that their taste buds adjust, they learn how to eat enough and learn how to eat for fuel and not for taste or "what I feel like eating", it is also very easy on digestion. You might consider joining Banana Islanders to help you jump right in to banana love since you have them so abundantly right now.