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Sunday, 01 February 2009
Doug Walsh

Question #1: A) What are some rawfood staples in your current diet? B) Are you 100% raw? C) How did you start?

a) I eat a just a few pieces of fruit each day. I eat almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds. I mix and match the nuts and eat different ones each day. I eat a large variety of veggies each day. My dinner is always a big salad. I supplement with spirulina, Healthforce Nutritionals Vitamineral Green, MSM, Vitalzyme.

b) 100% but I'm sure I eat some spices here and there that weren't dried at low temps.

c) I read Gabriel Cousins "Conscious Eating" in 1996. I went 100% raw after that and have never looked back.

Question #2: What is this raw hike-a-thon about? Where are you going?

My intention is to raise money for Living Light Culinary Arts Institute (LLCAI), and raise awareness of the benefits of Living Foods. I will be walking the 3000 mile Continental Divide Trail (CDT).

The Continental Divide Trail is the most challenging long distance trail in America. The trail is only 70% complete, which means I will be navigating cross-country by map and compass often. I will begin on Earth Day (April 22nd) on the Mexican border in New Mexico. There, in the desert, I will encounter 100-degree temperatures, rattlesnakes and scorpions. The trail slowly climbs out of the desert and into the 10,000 ft. mountains of the Black Range – Geronimo’s stronghold – where I will encounter potentially deep snow. Then it’s down into the canyons of the Gila River with nearly 200 difficult river crossings in spring snow melt. Then more desert with long waterless sections as I make my way into the San Juan Mountains on the Colorado/New Mexico border in early June.

Much of the trail in Colorado is above tree line. The 800-mile Colorado segment averages over 11,000 ft in elevation. I will encounter potentially deep snow and freezing temperatures in the southern Colorado mountains that will slow progress considerably. I will reach central Colorado just as summer thunderstorm season is getting under way, and lightning dangers will be on my mind as I traverse the exposed tundra above tree line. Wyoming begins with 200 miles of travel through the trackless Red Desert at 7000 ft elevation. Temperatures will soar up to 100 degrees again and water sources will sometimes be 60 miles apart. Wyoming ends with many miles of high mountain travel through the Wind River Range and the Grizzly Bear country of Yellowstone National Park. Continuing north, Idaho and Montana comprise nearly 1000 miles of trail through many different mountain ranges, sometimes traveling nearly 200 miles without crossing a road. The last 300 miles of trail to the Canadian Border are through Grizzly Bear country. The idea is to get to the Canadian Border in Glacier National Park in September before the winter snows begin in the mountains.

Question #3: What are one of you hike days like? What do you eat?

I wake up and eat breakfast in my sleeping bag. I then get out of my bag, get dressed and take care of any necessary bodily functions. :o) I start walking. I walk all day with short breaks for lunch and snacks. I get to a nice spot for dinner. If its cold I eat dinner in my bag. After dinner, I start walking again. I walk 5-10 more miles after dinner and set up a camp for the night. I then sleep soundly. :o)

I eat lots of spirulina on the trail. I nibble on spirulina all day long. For breakfast, I eat raw granola, or some dried fruit and soaked almonds. I make nut milk by grinding up sunflower seeds i soaked overnight in my baby food grinder (4 oz), and then adding juice from raisins I soaked overnight. The raisins go in the granola.

Lunch can be nut butter on a cracker, or more dried fruit and soaked nuts. Dinner can be nori rolls which i make from soaked sunflower/buckwheat that i grind in my food grinder. I spice the pate, and add veggies i harvest along the trail or carried out from my last resupply town. Dinner can also be pizza on raw pizza crust. The pizza sauce I make by adding water and spices to ground sundried tomatoes.

Snacks can be clomid online a raw trail mix or a raw energy bar.

Question #4: What was your longest hike?

I walked the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2001. The PCT goes from Mexico to Canada through the mountains of California, Oregon, Washington. A good warm up for the CDT.

Question #5: Where do you get your motivation and drive?

I am in love with the earth. Just like anyone in love, I long to be with my beloved.

Question #6: Do you have any dental problems on the raw diet? Can you explain why a lot of people on the raw diet have cavities or sensitive teeth and gums?

I have noticed some receding of my gum line. I did have a series of cavities for a period of two years. I began to measure my saliva pH and found it overly acidic. I have since cut out most of the fruit from my diet and focused on quality greens. My saliva pH has become neutral. The cavities have stopped forming. My gum line seems to have stopped receding.

I have a number of theories about this. First, fruit is not what it used to be. Typically, it is picked green and shipped around the world. It does not therefore receive enough nutrients from the tree on which it grew. It therefore acidifies the body instead of alkalinizing it.

Second, We live in a toxic world. Our bodies are beseiged by air pollution, electromagnetic pollution, and we all experience emotional stress. The raw diet is very cleansing. One channel for elimination which the body uses is through the roots of teeth and out into mouth through the gums. Acid wastes are excreted in this location in abundance on a raw diet, since the body has the energy to detox. Bacteria thrive in this area as a result. These bacteria lead to receding gums and cavities. Keeping your saliva pH neutral or slightly alkaline quickly neutralizes any acids excreted in this location.

A cooked diet leaves the body unable to get rid of a lot of these toxins, and the teeth are thus spared. Yet these toxins will eventually produce even greater problems as they remain in the body.

My recomendation is that all raw fooders get aquainted with pH paper and test saliva and urine pH regularly. Keeping these readings in the alkaline range is the greatest thing you can do for your health.

Question #7: Where do you see the raw food movement heading?

I believe that raw foods will soon become as accepted as the vegan diet was in the 90's. Everyone will learn about the benefits of including more raw foods into their diets. I hope the Hike-a-thon will be a big part of spreading that message.

Question #8: How can we help you before and during the raw hike?

You can help in two ways:

1. Make a donation to LLCAI. See

2. Volunteer your time to help the Hike-a-thon. See for a list of volunteer positions. If you are interested in this, contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Question #9: What are you going to do after you complete the hike-a-thon?

Quality relaxation. :o)

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks Alex for volunteering to get the website up and running.

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