The Rawleotype Diet – Say What??

imageIf you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ll be aware that medical issues and pending diagnoses have turned our dietary lives on our heads.

Well, the results are in.  Mum is not coeliac – phew!  However, she still must avoid gluten and processed sugar.  That isn’t so painful, as the Raw Food diet already complies with this.  However, her naturopath isn’t a huge fan of Raw, and insists on cooked food still being the staple.  Her dietary advice comes from a few different sources, based on scientific test results, so I’m willing to work with it.  Raw food will still be incorporated into Mum’s diet though, as there are too many benefits not to.

So, what are these tests and results?

Mum is Heterozygous for the MTHFR Gene Mutation C677T. 

I’m sure that makes as much sense to you as it did to me when I first heard it.  I will go into the exact details of the mutation in a separate post.  For now, I want to look at how our naturopath has interpreted this result and developed a nutrition plan.

1. The GenoType Diet

Dr Peter D’Adamo is the author of the Blood Type Diet, and the GenoType Diet.  He has undertaken many years of scientific research into the human body, and how foods interact with different people.  The question behind this research is essentially ‘why don’t all diets work for all people?’  I’m sure we’ve all seen examples of the inconsistency in results of different people undertaking the same diet.  Some people drop the kilos, have abundant energy and feel 10 years younger.  Other people following the exact same regime feel sluggish, bloated and the weight simply won’t budge.

Dr D’Adamo has discovered that our genetic makeup has a huge impact on how our bodies utilise and react to different foods.  I’ve read his book, and I can understand his theory.  We haven’t been utilising this regime for long enough to determine if it will have real effects yet.

There are 6 GenoTypes, and these are determined by such things as your physical measurements, body shape, teeth shape, fingerprint patterns and blood type.  Mum has been identified as a ‘Gatherer’, and reading the definition of this type, I can see how she fits.

Dietary wise, Gatherers are put onto a high-protein, low GI diet, with foods designed to aid in natural detoxification and to boost metabolism. There is a list of ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ foods, essentially those that your body can utilise well and provide the most benefits, and those that will slow down your metabolism and cause problems.  The list I posted recently is the Gatherer’s ‘bad’ list.  These are therefore foods Mum should avoid whenever possible.

2. The Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet has become very popular over the last few years, particularly amongst the fitness community.  The philosophy behind it is going back to our roots, and how our ancestors ate before the development of agriculture ie the Hunter-Gatherer’s.  Food was freshly picked, foraged and killed.

In modern-day translation, this means grass-fed meat, no processed food, no cereals or grains, limited nuts and seeds, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.  Other than the meat, this diet resonates with me, as it is natural, whole food, with limited human intervention.  I do struggle with the amount of meat included in the paleo diet, especially the use of organ meat.  I am still doing a lot of reading and research into Paleo, and think I will be taking some of the ideas on board, whilst leaving some alone.

3. The Raw Diet

You of course are aware of my belief in the Raw Food Diet.  Fresh, natural food.  Lots of fruit and vegetables, good fats and proteins from nuts, seeds and coconut, and retaining the maximum nutritional benefit by not heating the food above 46 degrees C.   I am determined to still use Raw methodology as much as possible, whilst complying with the specified foods on Mum’s approved lists.

Hence, I have labelled our new dietary regime the Rawleotype Diet – a balanced use of the benefits from each of these diet styles.  The results could be interesting!

My First Raw Food Workshop

I attended my first raw food workshop yesterday, and found it very interesting and insightful. The main topic was ‘cleansing’ with raw food.  This was not looking at a detox programming or juice fast; but rather how the raw diet maintains and cleanses your body on a continual basis. As the instructor said,

How often do you shower?  Every day or only occasionally?

This is the same approach we should take with the inside of our bodies too.  Rather than clog them up with empty foods devoid of nutrients then try to flush out our system every few months, we should be maintaining it with daily high-value food. This puts less stress on our bodies and leads to an overall more healthy lifestyle.

We tried out several juice, smoothie and salad recipes, some of which I probably wouldn’t have chosen to make myself. However, that’s another bonus of workshops – you can experiment with new tastes, and often be pleasantly surprised, as I was.  I didn’t expect to enjoy carrot and ginger juice or beetroot salad, but found them both to be very delicious!

That’s another thing I am finding with this raw food experience. I need to keep an open mind, and be willing to try new tastes. Food in its pure form can taste totally different to the cooked or canned varieties we are used to.

Overall, it was a fantastic afternoon. And I plan to hunt down another raw food workshop very soon!

Seeking the Truth

One thing I’ve found is that there are a lot of Raw Foodists, each with their own spin on this lifestyle, and their own worldview.  Some are 100% raw, some are only partial.  Some are only interested in the health benefits, others have animal rights or environmental viewpoints.  Some say to ‘jump right in’, others advise a slow transition.

I have decided to review all of the information, and choose what works for me.  I am taking a transition approach to becoming Raw, and will likely not even become 100% raw.  For the purposes of this blog, I am interested in how this new way of eating will work for me and improve my health.  That is my approach, so you won’t see any other agendas here.  I may not necessarily agree with the whole viewpoint of the sites and foodists that I link to, but they will have something that I have found helpful and useful.  I hope you will find the same.