NOTES ON FOODS.
RAW VEGETABLES sound rather uninteresting to many people. The word salad sounds better. Vegetables which are really good eaten raw include asparagus tips, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery (including the root and the leaves), chicory, chives (allium or onion family), cucumbers (include the peel but not the bitter ends), dandelion leaves endive, garlic (allium sativum), kale, lambs quarters (called pigweed in some sections), lettuce (all varieties), garden mustard, onions and leeks, parsley, sweet peppers (both green and red), purslane (portulacca family), radishes (both red and white), spinach, tomatoes, and watercress. In addition to these, shredded or ground beets and turnips are more pleasing to the taste than one might anticipate.
Most any combination of raw vegetables will provide an attractive and appetizing salad. These salads really require no dressing. They combine well with cottage cheese or buttermilk and will thus provide a hearty as well as a healthful lunch.
Commercial salad dressings are not advised. Lemon or lime juice and a good grade of olive oil will make a splendid dressing. So will thick sour cream or if one has a sweet tooth a honey and (sweet) cream dressing will be enjoyed.
Everyone should practice partake liberally and frequently of the leafy raw vegetables. They rank with the fruits in health values. Those who habitually stress the raw foods and natural juices in their diet need have little fear of developing gall stones, kidney stones or chronic arthritis. Cases already developed will be restrained by dietary correction along these lines. However, we do not approve of carrying anything to extremes and while we endorse carrot juice we would not advise anyone to make himself miserable by trying to take excessive amounts daily to the exclusion of other vital and necessary foods.
Some very toxic and psoric individuals have been helped to a remarkable extent by limiting extent by limiting breakfast and lunch as follows:.
Breakfast 1: Raw fruit and a different kind each morning.
Breakfast 2: A mixed raw fruit salad.
Breakfast 3: Any kind of raw fruit and one glass of raw (unpasteurized) milk.
Be sure to stress the importance of variety in both the raw fruits and raw vegetables so as to insure an adequate intake of the vitamins and organic mineral salts in a natural, unprocessed and therefore undisturbed condition.
Lunch 1: A raw large mixed vegetable salad.
Lunch 2: A raw vegetable salad and a glass of buttermilk.
Lunch 3: A raw vegetable salad and cottage cheese.
Lunch 4: Buttermilk only and all that is desired.
This is especially good in cases of intestinal irritation and following an attack of diarrhoea. A feeling of soreness in the intestines is often relieved by a meal or two of buttermilk alone.
It is often unnecessary to do much with the evening meal except to advise the addition of a large raw salad. Dietary correction, except in emergency cases, should be gradual and progressive, otherwise the patient is likely to be seriously disturbed by the sudden dissolving out the stored toxins from the tissue cells.
As an experiment try placing some of your chronic patients on these dietary modifications before prescribing the indicated remedy (you may give Sac.lac. if you wish). A few weeks of hygienic living, dietetically and otherwise, will help to clarify the symptom picture and having first removed the most serious obstacles to recovery the homoeopathic remedy will bring forth results of phenomenal brilliance.