By Bob McCauley, ND
The Structural Nature of Food – Part 1
In my 7 Components , the 5th Component is moving toward a diet of raw, uncooked fruits and vegetables, better known as the Raw Food Diet. Originally the brain child of me, Bob McCauley, and first published in my book, Achieving Great Health in 2005. It has become one of the most plagiarized documents in the raw world. There have been spin-offs and variations, but this is the original Raw Food Pyramid. There are vegans pyramids, which are fine, but they are worthless in regards to your health because they promote a cooked food diet, which will not lead to true health. And as for the original Food Guide Pyramid, frankly it’s a joke.
My salads are constructed into Raw Food Pyramids. My typical salad is composed of various greens; a smaller percentage is vegetables and fresh or dried fruit; even smaller are the sprouts, nuts & seeds and finally the herbs for the lid. About half of my power salad is comprised of foods with plenty of chlorophyll and the other half is comprised of medicinal foods that are healing and preventative. The goal is to allocate them in the proportions I suggest you do in the Raw Food Pyramid. The body requires water more than anything else. Nothing is more important than water, and there is no better water than Alkaline Ionized Water. As far as nutrients, nothing is more important for the body than chlorophyll, which is why greens are at the bottom of the raw food pyramid. They contain the all-important nutrient chlorophyll. Next are various vegetables of all kinds, followed by fruit, although it is important to remember that we need to limit the amount of sugar we put into the body. Next on the Raw Food Pyramid are sprouts, which are nutritionally dense with chemical substances that make them so incredibly healthy. Next are nuts and seeds, which we need for our essential fatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6. At the top of the pyramid are Spirulina and Chlorella, two types of algae, which are the most powerful foods in the world. They are 60% protein and have the broadest array of nutrients of any foods known. Since they are so powerful and we only require 6 to 8 grams of protein per day (not the 51 grams of meat, fish, eggs and/or dairy that the medical establishment recommends) we only need to consume a small handful with each meal, which is 2.5 – 4 grams of algae.