|NT specifically states that 50% of your daily nutrition should be raw or enzyme-enhanced. I know everyone interprets it differently, but in my interpretation, veggies are hugely important, and I have increased my veggie intake a LOT since reading NT.
I agree. For me, raw includes more than raw veggies though, since with many veggies it's better to eat them cooked because of oxalic (sp?) acid and other factors. But l-f vegetables are very high in enzymes and an important part to include, and it only needs to be a little bit with dinner. Plus we do raw dairy, and raw egg yolks.
I used to be worried about grains because of all of the hype about them, but after time and learning and experimenting I've found that I do better with 1-2 servings a day. I rotate by breakfasts usually between oatmeal-well lately it's been the 5 grain cereal-all soaked of course. But oatmeal, eggs, or smoothies. The eggs I've been doing as omlets with lots of veggies in the middle. It's so good. I usually saute a bunch of spinach with onions until just wilted, then add tomato, cilantro, and a bit of feta or raw cheese. I love it.
Anyway, if I don't have my grains for breakfast, then I'll have a piece of sourdough for lunch or dinner or some homemade crackers. Or else I'll have rice or another grain with dinner.
I've found I have much better digestion with some grain in my diet. And also I need it for the extra B vitamins and I think it helps my nerves, mood, and energy. I just feel more satisfied with them.
Now if I have any amount of prepared foods or refined grains or sugars, then I'll definately feel like crap and gain weight.
It's good that we're all experimenting to find out what our bodies need. Amanda, that is great that you found immediate relief. I hope that your body can work things out.
It sounds like you're doing great, cjr! Keep it up!
I'm glad that you kept the bone broths in your diet. I hope that the kefir will work for you now. We usually go easy with it, about a cup or so shared between the 3 of us.