Ever get the feeling you might start floating away…bumping your head on the ceiling…hear the lines in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, “look out for the fans!”?
Bread is evil and sugary foods (milk is sugary incidentally). People want to blame “too much” fruit although I am not ready to take that leap. Fresh fruit is full of live enzymes that digest themselves and sticking with less sweet fruits is so much healthier than being anti-fruit. There are certain diets that just want to blame fruit for everything and I think it is really dangerous; they’ll have you cut out the fruit before the milk! Specific fruit to cut back would be fruit juices, canned fruit, dried fruit, oranges, melons. In fact increasing all raw food (including fruit) resolves bloating when you can keep the bread, crackers, and noodles out and add fermented foods.
Fermented foods, growing specific cultures and making food from it is a whole world within rawfood that I have not actively ventured yet. It is a big deal and I just haven’t made sufficient time to go there yet and many raw food books don’t spend a lot of time with it. Some rawfoodists I know dropped by with some excellent birthday presents including raw dehydrated breads, a wheat grass pallet, etc. and a culture called kombucha in a liquid in a little glass jar.
There are better resources than me!, since I have studied it little, here is what I have found so far this morning:
A book suggestion:”The Raw Truth” by Jeremy Saffron has a section on fermented foods. He talks about the four food groups of Raw eating. Fresh, Dehydrated, Fermented, and Sprouted. Great Book, you should check it out.
Nutrition Frenzy Blog This is a very interesting blog full of information about fruits and vegetables and has great “you can do it” spirit as well! There is a recent post on fermented foods, her is a quote:
“My Zone Therapy teacher was from Sweden and she taught that the appendix is the transition place between the small and large intestinal tract where the food gets fermented. The appendix secretes a chemical that ferments the food magnifying its nutrients before entering the large intestine. She said that if we take care of our intestinal tract then we have a fermenting system, if we do not take care of it, we have a rotting sewer system. One of the ways she said to take care of the intestinal tract and ease the burden of the appendix was to eat fermented foods each day. It is much the same as comparing rotting food with fermented food. There is a totally different outcome. Fermented consists of good bacteria or positive flora and rotting is when the bad bacteria takes over.
There are many fermented foods to eat. Kombucha is a wonderful fermented beverage that is naturally carbonated and a great alternative to soda. There is also naturally made sour kraut, pickles and olives. (I say naturally made because most of the ones in the regular grocery store are not fermented and have chemicals added to them). Raw cheeses, sour dough breads, kimchi, apple cider vinegar, and yogurt are also good choices for fermented foods…
Even though it can be medicinal, most people just eat fermented foods just to maintain proper balance in their intestinal flora.”
Here is a line from another article :Feeling a little tipsy after that cake? Like other yeasts, Candida eats sugar and produces alcohol as part of its digestion process. ” source
Feeling spacey, memory loss, depression, mood swings, allergies, loose yellowy stools are all symptoms of yeast infection. From various sources…the lists I am finding always seem too long to be real or quote.
Woman to Woman has a really nice overview with tips in a pleasant layout. Includes lists of what to eat as well as avoid.
Another interesting article I liked:
That is it for now, any other useful resources/habits you are aware of?