I am currently trying RAW Paleo. I eat all my vegetables raw, occasionally raw sashimi, but I also have some cooked meat as well.
I felt like I needed some starch because eating raw cucumbers and raw carrots does not fill me up. So I have been eating at least 10 bananas each day for their starch content in addition to other raw vegetables and berries. This is the only starchy fruit I know. I do not know anything else starchy and raw.
So far so good, but I have a question: are there any benefits of eating bananas vs tubers/safe starches or visa versa?
What is more nutritionally dense - bananas or cooked pumpkins? Do you know any other sources of raw starch?
Thanks in advance!
Some tubers can be eaten raw, but they're pretty nasty, imho.
If you're going with a raw diet, your main calorie sources are going to be (1) sweet fruit or (2) fat. I'd recommend the latter. Avocado, nuts, seeds, olives, and associated oils.
If you're eating 10 bananas a day, you're not eating paleo. Not by any definition I know of. Bananas are not considered a fruit that paleolithic man would have had access to, because they didn't exist. Also, eating 10 servings a day of ANY fruit is really not paleo by even the most liberal definition.
I stick with sweet potatoes and yams. Yams are arguably the very best that I know of, because they're a very slow carb and tasty.
If you are restricting yourself to Raw foods, obviously raw pumpkin is not edible, so you need to eat the bananas for the carbs. Anyway cooked foods are more nutritious than uncooked foods, because the nutrients are more bio available.
But you still need a decent amount of uncooked foods because some nutrients get destroyed in the cooking process.
If it's a concern of filling you up, Kale is very filling though the taste takes some time to get used to.
Small sweet potatoes are delicious cut in half and steamed for 15-20 minutes.
The bananas makes it sound like you need a lot of easy carbohydrates to stay functioning.
I was doing something similar with Mountain Dew. I'd keep drinking it to avoid a crash. Anything else I ate made me sleepy. If I ate 'healthy' stuff (vegetables, cooked meats, and whole grains) I'd get sleepy or have no energy at first. It took about 2 months of eating just regular low carb before I didn't feel sleepy after meals, and didn't feel low energy from what I was eating.
Maybe the focus should be on blood sugar stability and weaning yourself off that much carbohydrates? It's just a thought.