What Do I Eat? Do I Follow Any Particular Diet? Ep7

Today I answer questions about what I am eating and if I am following any particular diet, what has it been like to transition from a vegan/vegetarian diet to including animal foods and meats, and what foods are working for me.

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6 thoughts on “What Do I Eat? Do I Follow Any Particular Diet? Ep7

  1. I’m happy for you that you’ve found balance and happiness! I’m, like you, a little sad that you were forced to eat animal foods, but it’s a beautiful thing you’re in a place to do it naturally and sustainably. It’s not about dogma, it’s about true health. I admire you for honestly sharing your journey with us over the years. It really is about listening to your body and always adjusting to find what works for you. I’m wondering- what is it about animal foods that your body can absorb when it won’t absorb any plant-based forms; B12 not being plant or animal derived but a microorganism, I’m trying to figure out what it is about absorption that occurs when it is from animal-grown sources. It seems like B12 was the only issue you’ve mentioned, and our bodies can store B12 for a while from just a little in the diet, so my question is- were there other nutrients or reasons that made you want to eat so many eggs and everything, or is it just a matter of, you ate them, you felt good? I’m wondering because I’ve been everything from carnivore, omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, and now mostly raw vegan. B12 has always been my biggest concern, but I feel I’ve arrived at what I feel is the most easily assimilated form- a sublingual Methylcobalamin, and I don’t feel that we would have to supplement if we were eating a wild, raw diet of plants grown in rich, unadulterated soil. I have learned that cyanocobalamin is less bioavailable than the methyl. So do you have a naturopath that you’ve worked through this with, or what was the process that led you to the crossroads with only two choices, injections or animal food. Is the “condition” you had of not absorbing B12 common, or something most long-term raw vegans encounter? Or are there not enough people who have been on the diet for years to really know? I know there are the 811 types who say- hey, I’ve been doing it for 30 years; if you’re not succeeding on it, you must be doing it wrong; but then they don’t give concrete information that helps! Kind of exasperated over here. Ok, I know this is a really long “question” and would make a really complicated/personal answer, so feel free to pass on answering. 🙂 I’m just thinking “out loud.” Again, nothing but love and respect for ya. You’ve been there for me a lot over the years of my journey, and I appreciate every video you’ve ever made. Keep on shining. I have to say, either you’re wearing makeup, or you just happen to look healthier and more beautiful than ever, which speaks for your new diet. 🙂 XO Suzanne

  2. Thank you so much for your honesty. This will help me relax about food. I’ve been so tense trying to follow raw. I have poor digestion and thought raw would be the best. But I now know I can enjoy whole foods and plenty of raw at the SAME time. I am a mother of 9 children of which 5 are still in the home and it is really stressful trying to follow the ‘rule’. I will always enjoy fav. raw dishes and salads but am also going to enjoy my brown rice and steamed speghetti sqaush with no guilt!!! I find I have cravings for ‘bad’ foods but now with a wider variety of raw and cooked I believe this will help. I won’t feel deprived. (I actually think brown rice in a half of steamed squash with coconut oil and seasonings is a TREAT! 🙂 ) Thankyou for helping me undersatand this and will be thankful for healthy food and ENJOY it! I still am going to stay gluten free and limit sugars to fruit here and there because I have candida issues. I will keep listening! We all have something to contribute to each other 🙂 Pam

  3. Natasha, I found your videos last year when I went on a 45-day raw food diet. I grew to love the diet and was amazed that at times I had so much energy I felt almost high. I toyed with the idea of staying 100% raw for a while, but I was reading all these raw food boards were people were talking about the “dangers” of eating cooked brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, beans, etc. I found that to be so misdirected and extremist. As much I loved raw food and knew how healthy it was for me, I could not for the life of me see why eating cooked rolled oats, or some nice black beans cooked from scratch, or some lightly steamed broccoli, could be so disastrous. It’s the processed foods and junked foods that are the problem! Now, I eat my steamed broccoli and my oatmeal and other whole foods and I love it.

  4. Hello Natasha! I don’t know if you know, but it has been discovered that blood tests do not accurately reflect the levels of B12 and that many people nowadays are having B12 deficiencies, meat eaters included. The accurate way of testing B12 levels seems to be through urine tests. Dr. Brian Clement from The Hippocrates Health Institute is talking about the issue and is giving solutions here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JKvu9MJfk8 and there is an article about it here: http://hippocratesinst.org/archives/118-supplements/715-b12-deficiencies . Hugs and love!

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