Maui Makes It Easy To Go Raw

I arrived late Tuesday night on Maui and feeling a bit tired yet excited couldn’t wait for the first morning to come. Waking at 4:00am because of the time change is part of the deal whenever I come but it’s funny how I never mind. I am not an early riser by nature, but I find it easy to do while I’m on Maui.

I settled in and had a a great first day at the beach and an awesome lunch. Maui has the best food, all fresh and the restaurants are incredible. Since it’s a beach lifestyle it’s easy to feel compelled to eat really clean.

Many people here are fans of raw food and with an abundance of great choices, it’s easy to see why many choose it. I personally love raw food and feel great when I eat a diet of foods that are fresh and uncooked.While I’m here I’ll eat as much raw food as possible. I know I’ll end up dropping body fat because it makes it easier to rule out processed garbage and bad carbs. But what’s the raw food diet all about? For some, just the sound of it is unappealing. Before you decide going raw is not for you, it’s important to see what it’s all about.

Learn here some great info about the pros and cons of a raw food diet. Maybe it’s something you would like and if you are a raw foodie we would love for you to share with us your thoughts on your experience!

As a general guide I like Michi’s Ladder and the idea is to eat from Tier 1 & 2 as much as possible. P stands for protein, C for carb & F for fat. I find it’s helpful as a sort of shopping list and great to keep handy. Avoid foods in the last tier. Tiers are from best to bad. Note: I tend to try to eat primal, so for me and those of you that do, some of this won’t apply. Remember to go organic as much as possible! To find out more about Michi’s Ladder and other great free tips check out TeamBeachbody.

Tier 1: The Pious Tier

  • Apples, with skin  C
  • Artichokes (no sauce) PC
  • Amaranth PC
  • Arugula C
  • Asparagus C
  • Barley C
  • Beans PCF
  • Beets C
  • Blueberries C
  • Bok choy C
  • Boysenberries C
  • Bran C
  • Broccoli PC
  • Broccoli sprouts PC
  • Brussels sprouts PC
  • Cabbage C
  • Carrots C
  • Cauliflower C
  • Celery C
  • Chard PC
  • Chickpeas PC
  • Cherries C
  • Citrus fruits C
  • Collard greens PC
  • Cottage cheese (nonfat) P
  • Cucumbers C
  • Egg whites P
  • Endive C
  • Fish (broiled, steamed, grilled) PF
  • Flaxseed F
  • Garlic (fresh) C
  • Grapefruit C
  • Grapes C
  • Hempseed F
  • Herbs
  • Kale PFC
  • Ketchup (homemade, no sugar) C
  • Kiwifruit C
  • Lentils PFC
  • Lettuce (romaine, green or red leaf) C
  • Melon honeydew C
  • Milk (nonfat) PC
  • Mushrooms C
  • Mustard C
  • Natto PFC
  • Nectarines C
  • Onions C
  • Papayas C
  • Peaches C
  • Pears C
  • Peas PC
  • Peppers C
  • Pineapple C
  • Plums C
  • Prunes C
  • Quinoa PC
  • Radishes C
  • Raspberries C
  • Refried beans (nonfat) PC
  • Rice (whole-grain) C
  • Salsa (natural, no sugar or oil) C
  • Spelt PC
  • Shakeology CP
  • Spinach PC
  • Squash C
  • Strawberries C
  • String beans PC
  • Sweet potatoes C
  • Tea (green or black, no sugar)
  • Tomato sauce (no sugar) C
  • Tomatoes C
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Yams C
  • Yogurt (nonfat, no sugar) PC
  • Zucchini C

 Tier 2: The Happy Tier

  • Apples, skinless C
  • Applesauce (raw) C
  • Avocados F
  • Bagels (whole-grain) C
  • Bananas C
  • Bread (whole-grain) FC
  • Broths (veggie, chicken, etc., low sodium) FC
  • Buffalo, super lean (under 10% fat) PF
  • Cereal (whole-grain) PFC
  • Cheese (nonfat) P
  • Coffee (black or cappuccino w/ nonfat milk) C
  • Coconut F
  • Corn FC
  • Couscous PFC
  • Cottage cheese (low-fat) PF
  • Cream cheese (nonfat) P
  • Dates C
  • Eggs, whole PF
  • Eggplant C
  • Feta cheese (low-fat) PF
  • Fowl (skinless, white meat only) PF
  • Figs C
  • Granola (raw, no sugar) PFC
  • Hummus PFC
  • Juice (fresh-squeezed w/ pulp, no sugar) C
  • Mangoes C
  • Meat, wild game PF
  • Milk (1%) PFC
  • Muesli (raw, no sugar) PFC
  • Nuts (raw) PF
  • Nut butters (raw, no additives) PF
  • Oatmeal PC
  • Olive oil F
  • Olives F
  • Pork tenderloin PF
  • Plantains C
  • Raisins C
  • Ricotta cheese (nonfat) P
  • Rye Crisp C
  • Seitan PFC
  • Squid PF
  • Stevia
  • Sunflower seeds PF
  • Tahini PF
  • Tempeh PFC
  • Tofu PFC
  • Vegetable juice C
  • Veggie burger PFC
  • Yacon syrup C
  • Yogurt (low-fat, no sugar) PFC

 Tier 3: The Swiss Tier

  • Applesauce (big brand) C
  • Agave nectar C
  • Almond milk PFC
  • Beef, ground, super lean (under 10% fat) PF
  • Beef (lean cuts) PF
  • Broths (veggie, chicken, etc.) C
  • Butter (unsalted) F
  • Canola oil F
  • Cheese (hard)
  • Cheese (low-fat) PF
  • Chicken taco (baked) PFC
  • Chili (no lard or sugar added) PF
  • Crackers (whole-grain) FC
  • Cream cheese (low-fat) PF
  • Fowl (skinless, dark meat only) PF
  • Fowl, ground, super lean (under 10% fat) PF
  • French fries (baked) FC
  • Fruit (dried) C
  • Granola (no sugar added) C
  • Honey C
  • Jam or marmalade (no sugar added) C
  • Ketchup (store bought, no sugar added) C
  • Lamb (lean) PF
  • Lettuce (iceberg) C
  • Maple syrup (natural, no sugar added) C
  • Milk (2%) PFC
  • Muesli (big brand) PC
  • Molasses C
  • Oatmeal (flavored) PC
  • Pancakes (buckwheat) C
  • Pasta (whole-grain) C
  • Pickles C
  • Popcorn (plain) FC
  • Potatoes (baked or boiled) C
  • Refried beans (low-fat) PFC
  • Rice cakes C
  • Rice milk C
  • Rice (white) C
  • Sauerkraut C
  • Shellfish P
  • Shrimp P
  • Soy milk PFC
  • Soy nuts PFC
  • Sugar alcohols (Truvia, & anything ending in –tol) C
  • Sushi PFC
  • Tortillas (whole wheat) FC
  • Veal PF
  • Wine (red) C
  • Wine (white) C

Tier 4: The Dodgy Tier

  • Artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, saccharine, etc.)
  • Bagels (refined flour) C
  • Beef, ground, lean (under 20% fat) PF
  • Beer C
  • Bread (refined flour) C
  • Butter (salted) F
  • Caesar salad (w/ chicken) PFC
  • Canadian bacon PF
  • Cheese, soft (including blue and goat) F
  • Chips (low-fat, baked) C
  • Cobb salad PFC
  • Coffee (iced mocha latte w/ nonfat milk) PC
  • Coffee (latte w/ whole milk) PFC
  • Coffee cake FC
  • Crackers FC
  • Cream cheese F
  • Fish (fried) PF
  • Fowl (with skin) PF
  • Fowl, ground, lean (under 20% fat) PF
  • Graham crackers C
  • Ham PF
  • Hot dogs (turkey) PF
  • Ice cream (sugar-free or fat-free) FC
  • Jell-O C
  • Jerky (turkey) P
  • Juice (from concentrate) C
  • Lamb chops PF
  • Lasagna PFC
  • Macaroni and cheese FC
  • Mayonnaise F
  • Meat loaf PF
  • Milk (whole) PFC
  • Muffins FC
  • Nuts (salted or roasted) F
  • Nut butters (processed) FC
  • Pancakes FC
  • Peanut butter (not raw) FC
  • Pizza (thin crust veggie) PFC
  • Popcorn (w/ salt and butter) FC
  • Pork chop PF
  • Potato salad or macaroni salad FC
  • Pretzels C
  • Pudding (w/ low-fat milk) FC
  • Reuben sandwich PFC
  • Sauce (steak, etc.) C
  • Sherbet C
  • Sloppy Joe (lean beef or turkey) PFC
  • Soup (canned creamy) PFC
  • Soy sauce
  • Spaghetti (w/ meatballs) PFC
  • Sub sandwich PFC
  • Sweet-and-sour sauce FC
  • Tortilla (refined flour or corn) FC
  • Tuna salad or chicken salad PF
  • Yogurt (frozen) C

 Tier 5: The Newburg Tier

  • Alcohol (hard liquor)
  • Bacon PF
  • Baked beans PFC
  • Beef, ground, regular, (over 20% fat) PF
  • Beef taco (fried) PFC
  • “Breaded” foods FC
  • Breakfast sandwich (fast-food) PFC
  • Cake FC
  • Candy PFC
  • Cereal (sugared) PFC
  • Chicken à la King PFC
  • Chicken (buffalo wings, nuggets, tenders) PFC
  • Chicken or fish sandwich, fried PFC
  • Chips (potato or corn) FC
  • Chocolate PFC
  • Chicken fried steak PFC
  • Cinnamon bun FC
  • Coffee (mocha, macchiato, ice blended, frappé, triple caramel vanilla buzz bomb, etc.) FC
  • Cookies (Oreo®, etc.) FC
  • Creamed veggies FC
  • Creamer (nondairy) FC
  • Doughnuts FC
  • Energy drinks C
  • Fowl, ground, regular (over 20% fat) PF
  • French fries FC
  • Gravy PF
  • Grilled cheese sandwich PFC
  • Hamburger (fast-food) PFC
  • High fructose corn syrup C
  • Hot dogs PFC
  • “Hydrogenated” foods F
  • Ice cream FC
  • Jerky (beef, pork, venison) PFC
  • Juice (sugar added) C
  • Lobster Newburg PFC
  • Margarine F
  • Milk (cream or half-and-half) PFC
  • Nachos FC
  • Onion rings FC
  • Pastries FC
  • Pies FC
  • Pizza (delivered) PFC
  • Potato skins (fried) FC
  • Refried beans (w/ lard) PFC
  • Salad dressing (creamy) FC
  • Sausage PF
  • Soft drinks, diet (read the studies)
  • Soft drinks, sugared C
  • Sports drinks & foods (unless you’re playing sports)
  • Syrup C
  • Sugar (refined) C
  • Tater tots FC
  • Toaster pastries FC
  • Vegetable oil (cheap big brand) F
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  1. Diana Adams says:

    Wow, these lists are incredible! I always learn so much from you. Ok, eat as much as possible from tiers 1 & 2 – got it! 🙂 Thank you Joyce!

  2. Joyce Cherrier says:

    Thanks Diana, so glad you liked the lists. They make you realize that there’s a lot of foods you can eat that maybe we forget about or unsure of. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  3. WOW~!! This really IS incredible, Joyce~!!! I agree with Diana!! This is a comprehensive eating guide – what a beautiful and heavenly place Hawaii must be! I need to go one day =)
    Great post! Thank you!
    x0x
    Anita @ModelSupplies

  4. Joyce Cherrier says:

    Hi Anita, thanks! You would so love Hawaii and it really inspires you in every way. Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂

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