5. Questions & Answers
I have heard that blended salads have the advantage of enabling the consumption of greater amounts of green vegetables than would be possible if eaten whole. If one eats a regular raw salad, and an additional amount of blended salad, would you still object to the use of the blended salad?
If there is no dental problem (or other problem involving the use of whole raw foods), there is no reason why all the salad desirable or necessary cannot be eaten as intended by Nature. When one has a feeling of surfeit (or, preferably, before such a feeling) after eating salad or any food, he should stop eating, not force more food into his body by “drinking” it. The use of blended salads often results in bombarding the digestive system with more bulk than can be comfortably or efficiently handled. Blending foods does not result in making them easier to digest. It does bypass the necessity for chewing, but the food arrives in the stomach without sufficient insalivation and without any signals for the secretion of the necessary gastric enzymes and digestive juices.
Even though I personally experienced serious digestion problems, relived by a 29-day fast in 1967, today I eat mountains of raw salad and experience no problems as a result. When my body signals I have had enough, I stop eating. I have experimented with the use of additional blended salads, with negative results—cramps and discomfort. Even if overt symptoms do not occur as a result of “stuffing” with blended salads, future problems may be incubating. Enjoy your salads in their most appetizing and healthful form—whole, succulent and delicious.
Why do you object to the use of hydroponic vegetables, and yet you approve the use of sprouts, which are also usually grown without soil or sunshine?
It is true that sprouts are also grown without soil or sunshine, but they are harvested before there is a necessity for the nutrients provided by the soil or sunshine.
If seeds are grown beyond the sprout stage (to maturity or near-maturity), it becomes necessary to provide such nutrients. Hydroponic vegetables are provided with these nutrients through the use of chemicals added to the water in which they are grown.
How much dried fruit should be used as part of the regular Hygienic diet?
Most dried fruit is very sweet. Such concentrated sweets should be used sparingly. Fresh whole fruit is better food, and much more acceptable to the organism, especially in warm weather. In seasons when fresh fruit is not plentiful, or in cold weather when one may feel the need for some more concentrated food, dried fruit may be used in slightly greater quantities. We never use dried fruit more than once in the same day, sometimes not at all. A reasonable amount (used with fresh fruit and lettuce and/or celery at a fruit meal) would be six to eight medium dates, three to five medium figs, four to six medium soaked apricots, two or three tablespoons of raisins, etc. If occasionally used with salad only and no fresh fruit, the quantities could be increased to about half again as much, if well tolerated. Overeating of dried fruit can bring on symptoms of a cold.
If one never gets beyond a “transitional” food program, can improved health be expected?
Usually a transitional food program (eating less and eliminating all or most animal products and all junk foods, and utilizing a large percentage of uncooked food) will result in some health improvement, but, after a certain plateau is reached, no further progress can be expected unless further improvements are initiated. If one expects significant health improvement, significant and continuing progress toward true Hygienic living is necessary. However, if a transitional food program is accompanied by a regular, vigorous exercise program, and attention to the other facets of Hygienic living (unpolluted air; pure water; adequate rest and sleep; sun baths and air baths; mental and emotional poise; pleasant and secure environment; creative, useful, rewarding activity; meaningful relationships with other people; personal control and self-mastery; recreational activity; comfortable temperature; natural light; moderation in all activities; and dealing with illness by rest and abstinence from food, rather than the use of drugs and treatments) much greater progress toward optimal health can be achieved.
If serious problems exist, it is highly inadvisable to indulge in any compromise to true Hygienic living. An impaired organism should be offered only those foods which will provide maximum nutritional value in return for the work that must be performed in processing these foods.
Can people with conditions such as arthritis or high blood pressure be “cured” by changing to a strict Hygienic food program, using mostly raw food?
Hygienists do not believe there are any “cures”—Hygienists merely assist the body to heal itself. Most people who are really in trouble must start out with a, therapeutic fast (usually fourteen to thirty days). Pathological conditions may sometimes respond to the change in diet, along with a regular, vigorous exercise program and other changes in lifestyle, provided drugs are not used. However, it may take a long time before any progress is observed. If the pathologies are serious and aggravated, the changes in diet and lifestyle will not accomplish the desired results within any reasonable length of time, if at all.
- 1. Evaluation Of The Various Stages And Methods Of Preparation Of Uncooked Foods
- 2. Priority Of Food Preparation
- 3. Preparation Of Foods Without Cooking
- 4. The Sprouting Garden
- 5. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Well, You Wanted To Know By V.V. Vetrano, B.S., D.C.
- Article #2: Some Fundamentals Of Food And Feeding By Ian Fowler
- Article #3: Vegetable Salads By Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #4: Hypoalkalinity By Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #5: Sprouts And Sprouting By H. Jay Dinshah
- Article #6: The Marvelous Avocado