Raw Vegan Diet Deficiency–Brain Damage?

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I’m supposed to be finishing a job application. I’m not unemployed. On the contrary, I have three jobs, but they’re all “on-call”, which means sometimes I’m working happily  five, six, or seven day weeks and sometimes I just stay at home watching Youtube, reading, running or painting tattoo flash. This post was written early in the morning on one of my 7 day work days–the sabbath to be precise. But this post isn’t about employment, it’s about food.

You may be wondering what delicious foods have passed my lips and bowels this past year? You are weird for wondering about my bowels, but I forgive you. Mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’ve read my previous post, you also know that I gave up coffee. For the past year, you might say that I’ve been a hardcore vegan. And when I say hardcore, I mean mostly raw and mostly whole foods. Every morning, I punch in a fist-full of raw kale into my gut. I usually eat around 5 to 10 bananas a day, one or three apples, an orange or two, some dates, and “raw” nuts.

I have, however, decided to add meat to my diet. Why? First let me describe my experience with a mostly 80 10 10, raw vegan diet. For the first few months, I felt absolutely fantastic. My digestion cleared up, my energy levels soared, and my anxiety faded. But after the honeymoon, things got strange. First of all, no matter how much I ate, I always felt hungry. Although I didn’t gain weight, I was constantly grazing–to the point where my jaws were soar. I’d eat five oranges, seven bananas, eight or nine dates, and bowls of salad and be hungry fifteen minutes later. My stomach was full, but appetite had not been satiated. I felt great, but I also felt like eating was a full time job and I felt that something was missing. It was difficult to work and to socialize because food took up such a huge part of my life. I had to plan my meals and I couldn’t just enjoy a meal with friends and family. I felt isolated. Although I didn’t preach or make my friends and family feel bad for eating “their” food, I did feel a sense of isolation and separateness.

As the months rolled on, I began to feel more and more spacey. My mind was filled with brain fog. My memory would short circuit. I’d be typing or talking and lose my train of thought. It was difficult to hold thoughts in my mind. I would be driving to work when, suddenly, I’d wonder if I was going to work or coming home from work. I’d be completely disoriented for a second or two. It felt as if I had been lobotomized. It was quite frightening and distressing.  I seriously wondered if I had a brain disease or had suffered a stroke. According to the fruitarian community, I wasn’t eating enough. What a load of BS. I was eating plenty. Eating wasn’t the problem. Energy wasn’t the problem. The restrictive diet was the problem!

As I researched nutrition, I discovered the cause of my problem. BTW, nutrition is a fascinating topic. In terms of science, human nutrition is still very young. My research on 80 10 10 and raw food diets alarmed me. I quickly discovered many other people who shared similar experiences to mine. After some study, I have come to the conclusion that a 100% vegan diet is not optimal. To be fair, I’ve got a lot of health benefits from eating lots more raw food. But I have noticed that after eating a small amount of LOCALLY raised chicken to my diet that I feel much better. I’m not as hungry after a meal and my ability concentrate and to hold thoughts has improved.

I wasn’t vegan because I cared about animals. I was vegan for my health. When my health declined, I decided to listen to my body. I’m still eating whole foods and I’m still eating lots of raw fruits and veggies. In fact, I still consider my diet to be “plant-based”. But plants are the ONLY things that I eat. Human beings are omnivores. There is no denying that. All of the vegan, fruitarian, or vegetarian cultures use the diet for spiritual reasons, either to avoid bad karma or to punish the flesh. It’s not a “natural” diet. And the fact that Dr. Graham claims that its the “human diet” is absolutely ridiculous. I won’t even address the fact that the fruits and vegetables that we eat today are farmer’s foods. Truly wild potatoes, wild tomatoes, and even bananas are inedible–wild potatoes are toxic.The fruits and veggies of today would NOT have been available to our ancestors. The fruits and veggies that we enjoy today taste good because we’ve bred them taste good. Doug Graham is also dead wrong about the perils of cooking food. Cooking vegetables, especially red vegetables makes some of their key nutrients MORE absorb-able and it activates their cancer busting properties. It also makes it easier to eat higher quantities of healthy food. I’ll probably write another post debunking Dr. Graham. But for now, I’ll conclude this long and rambling post:  The secret to a healthful diet is to eat whole foods.

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Are Damaged Tastebuds Endangering Your Life?

Are Your Tastebuds Broken?

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Six Word Saturday

Just for fun, an added spleen.

Spleen is useless for digestion.
The fun spleen offers nothing in terms of digestion.

(It makes more sense when you know about the digestive system. HMMM, protein and fat take a lot of digestive effort, maybe that’s why carbs kick the ass of other foods.)

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7 Day Fruitarian Challenge: Day 4 (hump day)

Feeling great on day 4! Cravings for unhealthy junk foods have diminished significantly!!!!

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Fruitarian 7 Day Challenge: Day 2

BTW, when I say, “vegetables,” I’m referring to culinary vegetables. Many culinary vegetables are botanically fruits. For example, cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers are referred to as vegetables, but they’re botanically fruits. I’m eating botanical fruits & some seeds/nuts only. And I’m ONLY EATING RAW.

Why not beans too? I tried RAW, SPROUTED BEANS, they tastes like freeze dried rubber bands and they gave me a wicked stomach ache; so, I’m NOT eating them.

The Delicious fruitarian food combo I mention in the first part of the video is raw almonds (technically not 100% fruitarian, but come on, in small amounts, they aren’t unhealthy) & dates. They taste spectacular together. The almonds add a luscious texture to the sweet dates. I have switched to eating “raw caramel apples” Dates & apple wedges–delicious!

Oh, yes, here is a link to the wonderful Black Bean Extravaganza Dish:

 Engine 2 Black Bean Extravaganza

BTW, I skipped the onions and garlic. I would NOT eat those raw–if I had a cold, maybe garlic. Garlic is good natural medicine & it keeps away vampires, most reptilian humanoids, and fellow human beings within breathing range .

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The Problem with Holiday Cheer?

 (Listen to this song as you read the post. Stop when you get to the phrase, “hot shower”.)

effects of sugar hijacking
Depressed man

Trapped. I sat on the stairs looking at the front door wanting to leave the house, but feeling like my body was a block of ice frozen to the carpeted steps – the front door was right there and behind the door was the bright wide world, but I couldn’t move. I spent weeks like that.

Talking to people was like sitting naked and covered in sugar and salt in a room full stinging flies.  I abandoned my friends and family staying inside by myself.

One day, I trudged through the snow into my garage. I shut the door behind me, seated myself in the Jeep, unrolled the window and started the car. As the fumes filled the garage, I began to drift off. But something inside me shook me, urging me to wake up. I grasped for the keys, but merely jingled them on the steering wheel; finally, I managed to shut off the car, I groggily staggered out of the garage and inhaled the icy polluted air from desolate grey skies above.

blood in the snow
blood in the snow

Blood dripped down my nose onto the snow. It made me laugh hysterically. I still don’t why I thought it was funny. But the bright red streaks staining the blank, white snow seemed comical. I wanted to scoop them up and preserve them in a jar as work of high art; it was my masterpiece: blood on snow by Valen Longfeather. Instead of preserving the beautiful blood, I just walked inside the house and took a long hot shower (stop sad music).

(Now Play This Song for the rest of the Post.)

For so many years my mood had been hijacked. Luckily, I figured out how control it and so can you.

Is your mood being hijacked too? Have you ever wondered why the holidays are so damn depressing? As Santa’s Sleigh takes flight, our moods crash & burn. Is it the cold weather, the darkness, the annoying relatives?

No! It’s the main ingredient in most holiday foods that’s poisoning your mood.

Fudge, cookies, brittles, and toffees. Each one pack a deadly dose of sugar.

Overdosing on Sugar Hijacks your Brain & Can Destroy Your Life.

Did you know that excessive holiday sweets dangerously spike glucose levels in your blood, producing the following symptoms of disease?

  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • excessive sweating
  • damaged concentration
  • forgetfulness
  • excessive thirst
  • depression and crying spells
  • stomach pain
  • blurred vision.

The brain depends on an even supply of glucose. When glucose levels spin out control, the mind goes haywire. While sugar overdoses are the main culprit in raised glucose levels, other foods are just as dangerous, refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, pasta, white rice and most processed foods provide little nutrition and peak glucose levels often resulting in depression and mood disorders.

Persons who suffer from depression are especially vulnerable to mood hijacking. But that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of sweets and goodies this holiday season.

Here are some tasty desserts that tickle your sweet tooth while providing other key nutrients to offset sugar damage and prevent mood hijacking.

The key is to eat whole foods such as dates, figs, dried fruits, etc. Some of the dessert items above do contain sugar, but they also have fiber and other vital nutrients, which help to diminish the damaging effects of sugar hijacking.

You can also eliminate or cut down on sugar and sweeten desserts with Stevia:

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