How to incorporate raw food into Ikigai Diet.
I have been talking about macrobiotics versus raw food in the last few weeks.
I also stated the similarities between the macrobiotic diet and Ikigai Diet a few posts before.
Which means Ikigai Diet is closer to macrobiotics than raw food.
And yet, I don’t deny raw food at all; I do recognize the benefits of eating food raw. So what can we do? How can we include raw food in Ikigai Diet to gain the maximum benefits?
Eating fruit in the morning is one way.
Deciding what to eat for breakfast has been rather difficult in Ikigai Diet, since making miso soup was a little troublesome in the morning when we didn’t have much time even though a bowl of fermented brown rice and a bowl of miso soup were the perfect combination.
So, I have been eating muesli soaked in soy milk during the warm seasons and cooked oatmeal in winter.
But fruit is another option considering the benefit of raw food. If I can find locally grown seasonal fruit, I will have it for breakfast as much as possible.
Another way to incorporate raw food into Ikigai Diet is to eat salad as much as possible, which I have been doing actually.
There are a lot of vegetables you can eat raw other than regular salad vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. For example, carrots, green peppers, onions, and mizuna which I usually cook to eat.
And yet, I would avoid using vegetables like avocados, which seem to be common among raw foodies, because they are not grown here. Using locally grown seasonal vegetables is a must.
Tororo is another great raw food dish. It is made of Yamaimo or Nagaimo which are types of Taro, and it is one of the few ways of eating these taros raw.
This is Nagaimo.
When you are on a raw food diet, and try to eat 75% of the food raw, the types of food you can eat will be limited and it might become difficult to practice MA GO WA YA SA SHI I, so being able to eat taro raw is fantastic because taro is part of I in MA GO WA YA SA SHI I.
What are MA GO WA YA SA SHI I?
Anyway, I wouldn’t eat 75% of the food raw because of this reason. It will be hard to practice MA GO WA YA SA SHI I and your food will be very unbalanced.
Since we eat a lot of fermented food to get enough enzymes, eating 30% of the food raw is adequate.
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