To maintain and promote optimum health, our bodies need to EAT to get adequate nutrition. As delicious and nutritious as juice is, it doesn’t replace eating, except during a controlled fast, detox or cleansing program. There are many nutrients you need that are hard to get in juice alone. As a raw foodist, you need to get plenty of all the following in your diet, including juices and regular meals:
- Essential amino acids
- Essential fatty acids
A diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, plus some sprouts and fermented foods works together with juices synergistically to give you the best chance of getting everything your body needs. You can also use supplements for additional assurances you aren’t missing something. For example, vitamin B-12 is difficult, and some say impossible, to get on a raw vegan diet.
Amino Acids/Protein Raw vegan protein powders are available online with a little research. Avoid anything containing dairy products or soy. Nuts and seeds (soaked overnight to activate their enzymes then dehydrated to make them crunchy again) and super-green powders are also good sources of protein.
EFA’s (essential fatty acids): Your body need some natural fats for good health. You can get these from nuts and seeds – soaked overnight. Avocados and young Thai coconuts are also a great source of EFA’s. If you want to use supplements, look into things like borage seed oil, flax seed oil or evening primrose oil
B-Vitamins: Super-green powders containing blue-green algae, chlorella, spirulina or wheatgrass are available in tablet and powder form as a supplement. Many varieties of algae have a high content of B vitamins.
Juice of the Day:
1/2 Cup Blueberry
Juice from 1 Lemon
1 tsp Turmeric
dash Cayenne Pepper
Handful Italian Parsley