Which dehydrator should I get and why?

The date is March 24, 2011.

Since last writing, I have been attempting to follow the "Fit for Life" diet.

Here are some of their premises.

 

Top of Gala Apple by Lincolnian (Brian) - some rights reserved http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolnian/151018589/
Top of Gala Apple by Lincolnian (Brian) - some rights reserved http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolnian/151018589/ | Source

Eat raw fruit and fresh juices before noon

In the morning, you only eat raw fruit. This should be done on an empty stomach so that it does not have a chance to ferment and rot any other other food you are eating. Also, when you eat fruit on its own like this, it only takes 30 minutes to digest and pass into your intestinal tract. Bananas; however, take 45 minutes to an hour to digest. Most fruits, like Gala Apples, only take 30 minutes. I absolutely love Gala Apples! In fact, it is time to go eat one now. After all, it is still morning here as I type this from my home in East Tennessee in the good old US of A.

 

Healthy Snacks of Carrots, Celery, Red Peppers, and Organic Cucumber
Healthy Snacks of Carrots, Celery, Red Peppers, and Organic Cucumber | Source

50% of your diet should be raw

Next, try to make certain that about 50% of the food you consume is what they call "living food." In other words, try to have at least 50% of your diet be raw. This is definitely a work-in-progress.

Some days, I am better than ever about approaching this. Since I really love crunchy foods and that hand-to-mouth action, this is a really successful snack for me. I chop up celery, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, and sometimes add fresh broccoli. Then I can make several trips from the dish to my mouth as I work on the computer during the day or watch TV with my husband late at night.

Delicious Salad using Romaine Lettuce
Delicious Salad using Romaine Lettuce | Source

Try to eat 2 salads a day

This is something I find easy on some days and more challenging on others. I must admit, there are some days, I don't even have one salad a day. Once again, this is a work-in-progress.

What works better for me is to have a salad once a day and than a bunch of raw veggies to snack on another part of the day. 

Cream of Romaine, Cucumber, and Onion Soup
Cream of Romaine, Cucumber, and Onion Soup | Source

Don't mix starches and proteins in the same meal

One of their biggest premises is to not mix starches and proteins in the same meal. Their reasoning is that meats and proteins take one kind of digestive juice to digest. I believe that is the acid digestive juice. Starches (breads, potatoes, and pastas) take another type of digestive juice to digest. I believe that is the alkaline digestive juice. If you eat both types of food in the same meal, then you have acidic digestive juices and alkaline digestive juices attempting to digest what you eat at the same time. Acid and alkaline, when combined, cancel each other out. As a result, a meal that normally might have taken only 3 hours to digest might take 8 or 12 hours to digest.

This is my understanding of this premise. My apologies to the authors should I have it wrong. The authors of this Fit for Life diet are Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. Here is my review of the book they wrote on the topic below. 

I am pleased to report that I am eating a lot healthier foods as a result of reading several of their books. My favorite recipe from their book is my adapatation of this soup.

Here's the cool thing. I've made three batches of this so far - about once a week. The first time I made it, I could not even get my husband to try one bite. The thought of making a soup out of Romaine Lettuce (which he likes) and cucumbers (which he is not crazy about) and Red Onions (which he likes cooked but not raw) and celery (which he loves) totally turned him off.

The second time I made a batch, he was willing to try a small bowl of it. His pronouncement was, "It's kind of interesting-tasting."

The third time I made a batch, I added a lot more onion to it. I used three Red Onions that I juiced. I also added some Vadalia Onions that were fresh frozen. They were chopped up in small pieces. I added this in along with the chopped celery. My husband has already had two bowls of it, one a day. He actually really likes the soup and wants me to keep making it. It also makes him feel really proud that he is eating and enjoying something that is so healthy.

The next time I make it, I am going to add even more of the Vadalia Onions. I was kind of conservative this third round as I didn't want to overpower the soup. By the way, it smells really good as well.

So I am finding it really easy to follow some of their diet premises. That is a very good thing. Of course, I still love meat. So far, I can not picture myself becoming a Vegetarian.

Which food dehydrator should I purchase?

It took me forever ot get to sleep last night as I puzzled over the dehydrator issue. Since I think best by writing, I decided to make an entire hub on this topic.

To back up a bit, I ordered three recipe books on the raw food diet and have been studying them. Some of the terminology, admittedly, is a bit over my head. I would love to take a class on the topic. It has helped to watch some YouTube videos.

As I read the recipe books, a dehyrator is a great tool to be able to warm up some food and still have it considered to be a "living food" or raw food. As long as you stay below about 114 degrees, if I recall the number correctly, it will still be considered raw. You can also make raw crackers using a dehyrator. Since I adore crunchy foods, this seems like a good way to help me stay motivated about adding more and more raw foods to my diet.

The question is, which dehydrator should I invest in? If there are any hubbers out there that have an opinion on the subject, I would be most grateful to hear it before I finally make my purchase.

Here's the deal.

My local Wal-Mart sells a 5-tray dehydrator for less than $40. I recall that I purchased one very similar to that and owned it for a few months. At that time, my whole goal was to use it to dehydrate raspberries and strawberries, etc. I used it some but then got busy with other things. I did not find it all that useful; therefore, I gave it away. Of course, back then, I ate the diet sometimes called the SAD diet. I think that stands for Standard American Diet.

My motivation is totally different now. For one thing, I want to remain cancer-free for the rest of my life. The year of 2010 was filled with breast cancer treatments. Now that I am cancer-free, I want to stay that way. I also wish to lose over 50 pounds before I get breast reconstruction surgery. I had a double mastectomy on August 11, 2010. I have to wait until November 2011 before getting reconstruction. That gives me several more months to try to safely lose weight by life-style changes of simply eating healthier and in proportion.

I suspect that $40 dehydrator will not work all that great to make flax seed crackers, etc. I think I am going to have to invest some bucks to get a dehydrator that will have me wishing that I had traded-up for it in the first place.

L'equip FilterPro Dehydrator

L'Equip FilterPro Food Dehydrator
L'Equip FilterPro Food Dehydrator

Product Features

535 Watt, programmable, variable temperature dehydrator with 6 stackable trays and up to 24 feet of drying space allowing you to create your own dried fruits, leathers, and jerky for quality, inexpensive snacks

Micro-processor controlled heat sensor for stable drying environment dries food uniformly and consistently

Patent-pending air filtration system creates clean, filtered air for drying your food

Features LED time and temperature display; precise temperature control 95-156 degrees; yogurt accessory; cord storage; 24 hour auto-shut off timer; includes 2 fruit leather trays & 6 mesh screens

10 year warranty

 

OR

 

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To state that I am confused is an understatement. I am hoping writing this hub and reading advice from readers will give me a lot more clarity.

As of this date, I can purchase the L'equip FilterPro Dehydrator for $149.99 from Amazon.com with free shipping. If I get it from this site, it is the same price; however, I will have to pay $17.04 shipping. So should I decide on this Dehydrator, getting it from Amazon.com would be a no-brainer.

Still more ?????

On the other hand, if I decide instead to purchase the Excalibur Deluxe 3500 Dehydrator, as of this date, I can get it from the discount site for $189.99 with free shipping or $219.99 if I also want five Teflex Sheets along with it. If I get it from Amazon.com, I can get it for $189.95 with free shipping. To get the Excalibur ParaFlexx PremiumTM Non-Stick Drying Sheet PFP14 by Excalibur, it costs $9.31 per sheet. So in that case, it seems a no-brainer to purchase it from the discount site.

Unfortunately, cost is a consideration. Do I currently have $219.99 to invest? Will I really stick to this diet over the next few years? If so, spending that kind of money makes sense. If not, than it does not make that much sense.

Here is what I want to know

 Here is what I want to know. Have any of you used either of the above food dehyrators or another one altogether? If so, what is your feedback on that item? Are you pleased with it? Does it have drawbacks? Did you feel like it was worth it? Would you recommend it?

Also, do any of you eat raw for any percentage of your diet? If so, what percentage of your diet do you eat raw? Do you have any tips or tricks on the subject?

I have been educating myself on this topic since January 22, 2011. I will continue to educate myself more. I need a lot more clarity, certainly, before I finally invest in a food dehydrator.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best wishes,
Ask DJ Lyons aka Debbie who is asking for your help and advice

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LeisureLife 5 years ago from USA

Very informative article! Thanks very much.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks, Leisure Life. I appreciate it so much!


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mannyrolando 5 years ago

Excellent and interesting hub! I definitely learned facts that I didn't know and will be useful to me. Thanks. I am a vegetarian and have considered eating a raw vegan diet but find it to be too difficult to even comprehend all of the terminology. I do eat a lot of fruits and raw veggies. Thanks again for sharing!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks so much, mannyrolando. I really appreciate it. Yes, the terminology is rather intense. I have a lot yet to learn about it before I get more serious.

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