This naturopath from Delhi has been on a raw food diet for 34 years

Brij Bhushan Goel is an insurance coverage advisor who lives in Shalimargh Bagh, Delhi, in a household of seven. While his day job sees him advising folks over the cellphone on insurance coverage merchandise, his ardour is to speak about naturopathy. Having obtained a diploma in naturopathy and yoga from the International Foundation of Health and Yoga, Delhi, in 1988, he has practised the oldest type of therapeutic for 34 years. Through this time he has been on a raw diet.

What made you start consuming raw meals?

It was whereas formally finding out naturopathy in 1986 that I first got here throughout the idea of raw food. As an experiment, I stayed on raw meals for 10 days. I felt excellent and that made me analysis additional. Through my analysis, I found that raw meals may give one a balanced diet with proteins, carbohydrates, fat, fibres, vitamin and minerals. I additionally realised that raw meals have a lot of selection: fruits, seeds, dry fruits and likewise cowl all tastes: candy, bitter, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Within 10 days I used to be capable of see adjustments in my physique.

What sort of adjustments did you discover?

Well, it wasn’t like I used to be sick or had a explicit illness, however I used to get drained after a day’s work. Within 10 days of switching to raw food, I noticed my stamina and power improve. I felt a lot lighter and fewer torpid.

Wasn’t it troublesome initially?

Not actually. I by no means compelled myself. If I had a nice urge to eat cooked food or a robust craving, I indulged in it. But I felt I used to be doing an experiment on myself, so I carefully watched how my physique felt after I ate cooked food. I may see the distinction and inside two to a few months my cravings went away. I began discussing what I used to be studying in my naturopathy course with my spouse. She too tried it. There has been no trying again since.

What about the remainder of the family?

Initially the remainder of the members of the family ate largely cooked food. But slowly they moved to a 50-50 diet. Everyone eats at the very least one plate of fruits, considered one of salad, and drinks one glass of vegetable juice each day.

Daily meals

  • Brij Bhushan Goel’s food day appears like this:
  • Morning Four glasses of water saved in a single day in a copper vessel
  • 8:30 am Breakfast: 1 glass vegetable juice: carrots, or bottle gourd, or cucumber as base, with different seasonal greens; 4 or 5 tulsi and neem leaves
  • 11 am Lunch: 4-5 sorts of seasonal fruits, a piece of raw coconut, two walnuts and a few dates (all carbohydrate wealthy); typically a few spoons of sesame paste (sesame seeds soaked in a single day and floor).
  • 7 pm Dinner: Sprouts (any lentil) and vegetable salad (with added ginger, mint or coriander leaves) plus raw peanuts and dry fruits (soaked).

How do you handle in social conditions — at a marriage ceremony or whenever you’re invited to dinner, for occasion?

Initially once I went to folks’s homes, I’d inform them I solely eat raw meals. Relatives would typically get hassled looking for one thing to feed me and likewise really feel dangerous in the event that they couldn’t. So I stared saying I’m on a full quick. That solved a lot of issues. My spouse and I at all times attempt to eat earlier than going for bigger features. Sometimes these features have fruits laid out, however at occasions we don’t discover something to eat. Over time I’ve seen folks change. The similar individuals who use to insist that I eat one thing cooked earlier, now serve fruits together with different gadgets at any time when there’s a gathering of their properties.

What in regards to the extreme pesticide use that we’re witnessing right this moment?

Pesticides are chemical compounds that can stay the identical whether or not you prepare dinner or don’t prepare dinner. The essential factor is to scrub and clear all the pieces totally. We wipe all the pieces with a dry fabric after washing. Take the instance of grapes: DDT is sprayed on them. That is why you will note white spots emerge on washed grapes. We simply wipe the grapes with a clear fabric.

Are there any ideas you observe?

I soak all the pieces that’s arduous or very dry earlier than consuming — not roast or warmth, however soak. This contains dried fruits, nuts and seeds. To draw the profit out of food, it should get correctly digested. Hard or dry issues, if not soaked adequately may cause extra hurt than good. I don’t drink milk or tea of any type. If I ever really feel the necessity, I drink coconut water or honey and lemon water. I don’t add salt to something; most greens have their very own salt. I solely eat condiments that I can eat raw, like ginger, mint, coriander, and turmeric. While all grains may be sprouted, not all get smooth sufficient to eat raw. It’s troublesome with beans like rajma, however sprouted wheat is smooth. I eat that in addition to raw candy corn.

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