Raw Vegan Baby Diet
In the past 38 years,
over 1,000 babies have been delivered by natural birthing methods at the
African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem’s House of Life birthing center
in Dimona, Israel. The diet has been developed to a standard that has
sustained infants into adulthood with a superior level of health. The
diet is vegan, meaning the absence of all meat (inclusive of no fish and
no chicken), dairy, and artificial additives. In addition, we observe
three no-salt days and one raw food day. Four times a year we observe a
“sugarless week,” where we consume no processed sugars.
For specific amounts of
whole food supplements, suggested daily diet plans, and a few very
simple recipes, read The Sacred Diet by Rofah Karaliah E. Nasik
Gavriel (Communicators Press)
- Birth to five
months: breast feeding only
- Five to six
months: Nursing and water each at least 3 to 4 times daily. The
daily consumption whole food supplements inclusive of fenugreek,
kelp, and blackstrap molasses to provide iron, protein, B-complex
vitamins, trace minerals, calcium, essential amino acids and more.
Citrus juices, carrot juice, soy milk*, raw oatmeal, ground nuts and
seeds, mashed or blended fruits, and tahini (sesame seed paste).
Exposure to sunshine.
- Seven months to
one year: All of the above plus the addition of fresh parsley,
wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, and sesame seeds each day. These foods
add essential vitamins and minerals that may be difficult to extract
from their food and are necessary components for the baby’s proper
growth and development. In addition, add cooked*, blended
vegetables, whole grain rice*, and sprouts to build cells.
- One to three
years: All of the above except nursing is optional. If no longer
nursing, replace with at least 3 eight-ounce glasses of soy milk*
each day. Pureed soybeans* or chickpeas* can be added to the baby’s
diet for their high-protein content.
- Three years and
older: The daily consumption of whole food supplements, plenty
of water, and fresh, whole, organic fruits, vegetables, nuts,
grains, and seeds. Lots of exercise.
Suggested Raw Baby Diet
Many have found success
with raising healthy babies on the 100% raw and living foods diet.
Although this diet is not currently the diet of the African Hebrew
Israelite Community, efforts are being made to move in this direction.
Based on research, interviews and observations of raw families raising
raw babies and children, the author of The Joy of Living Live,
suggests incorporating the following dietary options within the Vegan
Baby Diet to effectively raise raw babies into healthy raw adults:
- If removing cooked
blended vegetables and whole grain rice, replace with raw (organic
if possible) blended vegetables, sea vegetables, and sprouted
grains. Increase the amount and variety of other sprouts.
- If removing
chickpeas and soybeans from the baby’s diet, it is essential to
replace the protein for the proper development and functions of the
baby’s growing body. On a daily basis, consume a variety of sea
vegetables (kelp, dulse, sea moss, wakame, kombu, arame, hijiki,
etc.) because each one has different health properties. In addition,
one teaspoon of spirulina provides protein and vitamin B-12 (Side
note: vitamin B-12 is naturally produced in the colon). Also at
least twice a week incorporate nuts (almonds, pecans, brazil nuts,
walnuts) into the diet- nut loaves, salad dressings, nut milks, nut
pates, nut chilis, etc. (for recipes see The Joy of Living Live:
A Raw Food Journey); making sure that nuts are soaked and/or
- If removing soy milk
from the diet, replace with almond milk and fresh green vegetable
juices (kale, spinach, wheatgrass, etc.) diluting juices to half
water, half juice.
If you are ever unsure
about whether your children are getting enough of a particular vitamin
or mineral, first, do your own research, incorporated it into the diet
consistently for at least two weeks, then have their levels tested.
To see how one family raises their 4 children on
the 100% raw and living foods diet, visit