I’m back on the crazy train! Two weeks after my new year’s blog about seriously getting back into raw foods based on my new-found wisdom re. how be successfully achieve goals, and my second raw vegan meal plan (my attempt at being ‘organized’), I’m going after something new! Oh dear…
If you read my raw resolutions blog, you may be wondering how I managed to refocus my goal of more raw food so quickly… I know I was for quite a while but I think the answer is three-fold:
To save you from reading (and me from writing) one long blog with all the gory details, I will provide a summary of the concept here, then drip bits and pieces of info from the book through my blogs as I experiment with it. But for those of you who have toyed with vegetarianism, veganism, raw food etc. and haven’t read The 80/10/10 Diet , read it! It’s been the most eye-opening book I have read since I first got into raw foods.
The basic premise is this: humans thrive on a diet where 80% of total daily calories are made of simple carbohydrates, 10% protein, and 10% fats, all derived from raw vegan sources (80/10/10 rv) – and ideally, the 10% protein and 10% fats could be more around the 7-8% range. Dr. Graham does a great job breaking down all the arguments for meats and milks and seeds and grains etc. if you’re still having trouble even with the vegan part of this equation.
From there, he goes on to explain how the body converts all food matter to simple carbohydrates before it can use it, and fruits (and some green vegetables) are already in that form so it is more easily assimilated by the body, freeing up energy that might otherwise be spent on digestion to do things like heal your body. I have read a lot of stuff in raw vegan books about how an ‘ordinary’ raw vegan diet will do this too, but with all the fats we eat (estimates are somewhere between 50-75% calories for a raw vegan come from fats!), I’m not sure how that’s really true… He has a whole section dedicated to breaking down the raw vegan diet which I found fascinating.
There is also a lot of info directed at the first question people ask when thinking about a ‘frutarian’ (or frugivores – people who “lives primarily on fruits, with the addition of tender greens”)…
what about the sugar??! High blood sugar? Diabetes? Candida? Chronic fatigue? Tooth decay?
The answer – it’s all about the FAT not the sugar! Fat in your blood intefers with the way in which sugar is used in the body, resulting in these types of conditions. It’s too late to get into the details right now, but I will soon, I promise.
Food diaries and random rantings begin tomorrow!
Health and fruitiness to you all,
PS. I’m also inviting people who are more familiar with this than I am to add to / correct / or generally provide insights into the diet – we all love all the help we can get!!