Balancing Fruit and Vegetable Meals

from Principles of the Searchless Raw Diet (pages 31-32)

Through alternating fruit and vegetable meals, find a balance of fruits and vegetables that works based on individual sensitivity. 

In the raw fructo-vegetarian dietary practice I have Given, each meal should generally consist either of sweet fruits or of vegetables (including seed-bearing vegetables, or "vegetable fruits"). The choice of which type of meal to eat on any particular occasion or at any particular time of day, as well as which specific fruits or vegetables are optimal for the individual, is a matter that must be determined by sensitivity to the body's signs. 

Fruit meals may consist either of a single fruit or of a variety of fruits--such as apples, pears, berries, cherries, bananas, tropical fruits, and so on. Fruit meals may also consist of melons or citrus fruits, either of which should generally be taken alone, for optimum digestibility.

Vegetable meals consist principally of seed-bearing vegetables (or "vegetable fruits", such as tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, and so on), together with lettuces and other greens--with smaller quantities of stem vegetables (such as celery or asparagus), and root vegetables (such as carrots, beets, and jicama). 
Vegetable meals generally should not include either tuberous (and excessively starchy) vegetables (such as potatoes and yams) or the pungent (and inter-brain-blocking bulb vegetables (such as onions, garlic, and leeks). 
"Vegetable fruits" may also be included in a fruit meal. 

Either type of meal may include sprouts and (in moderate quantity) seeds. Nuts are best combined with vegetable meals, or (otherwise) taken alone. As a general rule, fatty foods (including seeds, nuts, and avocados) would be minimized to approximately ten percent of daily caloric intake. (For most optimum absorption of nutrients and digestibility, seeds and nuts may be taken in soaked form.)

Through the alternation of fruit meals and vegetable meals (in the by-Me-Given raw fructo-vegetarian dietary practice), there should, in the case of most individuals, be a generally equal balance between sweet fruits and vegetables. Such is a basic, straightforward, and typical approach--although some individuals may find that it is optimal to adopt an almost exclusively fruitarian approach to meals (apart from the greens and other vegetables taken in "green drinks"). When the raw fructo-vegetarian diet is rightly applied, the body should be consistently energized, but not in a stressful manner. Thus, the feeling of energized well-being is the day to day measure by which the individual should choose between fruit meals and vegetable meals. 

An imbalance of any particular type of food in the diet may have enervating or toxifying effects in the body. For example, an excess of sweet fruits can be overly purifying and create enervation in the body, whereas an excess of nuts or seeds can create signs of toxicity in the body. Therefore, it is important for each individual to balance the amounts of (primarily) fruits and greens, as well as (secondarily) seeds, nuts, and other vegetables, based on sensitivity to the body's signs from day to day--rather than attempt to hold to any absolute measure (or prescribed formula) of balance between the different types of raw foods.

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