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post #21 of 71
So do you guys worry about eating too much fruit?? When I try for almost-fully-raw, I end up eating a TON of fruit, and feeling great, but I was always told that eating a ton of fruit is no good, because the sugar in fruit is sugar nontheless?
post #22 of 71
I don't worry about fruit much. It's not the same as cooked sugar. I track my blood sugar and eating a ton of fruit doesn't make my numbers any worse. Being fruititarian for years on end though, I don't know.
post #23 of 71
subbing ( the recipes for the raw bars look awesome!)
post #24 of 71
We all need iodine and most americans are deficient in it. Adding in seaweeds to you daily diet is a great idea. We have seaweed in everything here.

I am not concerned with goitregens (sp?) as we do rotate everything. We try to make sure we do not repeat the same food everyday. And as for oxalates, I feel it is not that big of a deal unless you are oxalate sensitive. My son is, but that is slowly fading as he had lyme and that has been taken care of. Now when we eat spinach, he is fine. Before he had classic oxalate symptoms.

For whomever mentioned blood sugar and smoothies, I had issues with smoothies and blood sugar, but now I don't. I add chia seeds to smoothies now and that stabilizes sugar. We also add a handful of soaked nuts or seeds and brewers yeast. That makes smoothies a more complete meal.
post #25 of 71
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Originally Posted by nj's_mom View Post
So do you guys worry about eating too much fruit?? When I try for almost-fully-raw, I end up eating a TON of fruit, and feeling great, but I was always told that eating a ton of fruit is no good, because the sugar in fruit is sugar nontheless?
You could get carried away and eat nothing but fruit and that I think could be an issue. But balancing it is good. On a hot summer day, nothing but fruit feel so good and cleansing.

And about chard in smoothies, that is one of our favorites! (just not the stems though)
post #26 of 71
I have a green smoothie and salad every day at least, and may try raw soon here. It is the ideal time of year if I ever were to try it. I have also tried all the other whole foods diets (TF, SCD, anti-candida, etc) for my gut with no luck (and am *gasp* going the allopathic route at the moment) but haven't yet tried raw.

My Dad healed from something like undiagnosed (had no medical insurance) ulcerative colitis several years ago by following the Hallelujah Diet for just 3 months. He has still had digestive issues off and on but said he felt 100% well for a few years after the diet.

As far as the fruit thing, it sounds crazy to me dealing with intestinal yeast overgrowth, but some fruitarians claim yeast overgrowth is caused by too much fat, not too much sugar from fruit. Also, Self Healing for Colitis and Crohns is a fruitarian diet. The author claims 100% of his couple thousand patients have recovered on it! That was enough to get myself thinking about it, and I am coming from a TF background.

Either way, I am a green-smoothie devotee for life!
post #27 of 71
Having had yeast infection for years non stop, and going on tons of crazy anti candida diets, I know tat fruit has no connection with yeast for me.

I am yeast infection free as of a year an half and I still eat fruit. It was addressing deeper issues and dealing with cronic lyme was a big part.
post #28 of 71
Thread Starter 
I feel wonderful with high fruit....but it has to be really ripe!
post #29 of 71
Joining you guys. Have been off and on high raw since last August. I always feel so great when doing it, and then I start sabotaging myself. Anyhow, here I am again and glad to have the support.
I find that keeping it simple is the best for me. Green smoothies or fruit for brekkie, big salads for lunch and dinner, with a little something extra for dinner also. The rest of the family isn't raw, or even vegan, but I find when I eat this way, more veg find their way into my kids bodies. Cheers!
post #30 of 71
HI everyone!

Hubby and I have made the decision to change our familys diet over to High Raw organic Vegan. Hubby likes his meat but said he could love without, LOL! We did tis for health reasons..we also want to be non-suger and mainly go for gluten free as well...no dyes, no chemicals etc

We have some problems though...we live in a very small town in NY with HARDLY any organic food available...in the summer it will be easy to get produce locally but thats about all. There is a small corner store that carrrys organic foods and staples but it only holds a small quanity. As for the winter Im not quite sure of where to get anything at all...we do have a weagmanns but a very small one and they dont carry much organic produce and changing our diet to organic and raw...

A few other questions while I am at it! LOL! I know we will all go thru a MJOR DETOX!!!!! This is a family that is used to eating high processed foods and TAKE OUT! ICK! Hubby and I both worked overnights and I worked 2 fulltime jobs so it was just easier for us to grab burgers from mcdonalds and go..same with the kids. Never been thru a detox Im sure it wont be good...but Im mostly worried about my children detoxing. Their ages are 6,5 and 20 months...any info on this or suggestions? We havent started eating Raw yet but trying to get some info first

Does anyone have any good websites with RAW info or Raw recipes? THANKS
post #31 of 71
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Originally Posted by jolenegreen View Post
HI everyone!

Hubby and I have made the decision to change our familys diet over to High Raw organic Vegan. Hubby likes his meat but said he could love without, LOL! We did tis for health reasons..we also want to be non-suger and mainly go for gluten free as well...no dyes, no chemicals etc

We have some problems though...we live in a very small town in NY with HARDLY any organic food available...in the summer it will be easy to get produce locally but thats about all. There is a small corner store that carrrys organic foods and staples but it only holds a small quanity. As for the winter Im not quite sure of where to get anything at all...we do have a weagmanns but a very small one and they dont carry much organic produce and changing our diet to organic and raw...
I lived in NY for years and shopped at wegmans all the time. Where in NY are you? Perhaps I may have some leads for you.
post #32 of 71
I am in Hornell NY...Small town about 1 1/2 hr from rochester...in Stuben County
post #33 of 71
Help! I was dehydrating some raw treats and I'm not sure what happened but the parchment paper stuck to them. I think what might have happened is that at some point the dehyrator got turned up too high and it might have melted to the treats? Is there anything I can do to help unstick the parchment paper or are they done for? I put them in the freezer to see if that could help. Anyone had experience with this?

Thanks!
post #34 of 71
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Originally Posted by lunamegn View Post
Help! I was dehydrating some raw treats and I'm not sure what happened but the parchment paper stuck to them. I think what might have happened is that at some point the dehyrator got turned up too high and it might have melted to the treats? Is there anything I can do to help unstick the parchment paper or are they done for? I put them in the freezer to see if that could help. Anyone had experience with this?

Thanks!
oh no! that happened to me once with a pizza crust. i was able to salvage it, but quite a bit stayed on the paper. let us know how it turns out!
post #35 of 71
Well, I think freezing them might have helped a little. I wasn't about to let them go to waste so I ended up spending an hour to peel the parchment paper off best I could. Luckily you can't really taste parchment paper too much. I got most of it off. They were still super yummy!
post #36 of 71
Thread Starter 
Thriving vs. Surviving

Fundamental Elements of Health

1. Clean, fresh air
2. Pure water
3. Foods for which we are biologically designed
4. Sufficient sleep
5. Rest and relaxation
6. Vigorous activity
7. Emotional poise and stability
8. Sunshine and natural light
9. Comfortable temperature
10. Peace, harmony, serenity and tranquility
11. Human touch
12. Thought, cogitation and meditation
13. Friendships and companionship
14. Gregariousness (social relationships, community)
15. Love and appreciation
16. Play and recreation
17. Pleasant environment
18. Amusement and entertainment
19. Sense of humor, mirth and merriment
20. Security of life and its means
21. Inspiration, motivation, purpose, and commitment
22. Creative, useful work (pursuit of interests)
23. Self-control and self-mastery
24. Individual sovereignty
25. Expression of reproductive instincts
26. Satisfaction of the aesthetic senses
27. Self-confidence
28. Positive self-image and sense of self-worth
29. Internal and external cleanliness
30. Smiles
31. Music and all other arts
32. Biophilia (love of nature)

So this is from p. 10 of Dr. Graham's 80/10/10 diet book (I don't follow this currently, just reading and learning). You are supposed to rate yourself from zero to ten in all of those above areas to get to the big picture view of your health.

I've been contemplating this sort of thing a lot lately. Food is important but it's not everything and I think I neglect things that interest me less than food like number 6 for instance. haha

just some food for thought, ladies! as he says, you are only as healthy as your weakest link! what is your weakest link?
post #37 of 71
Thread Starter 
Also, we are going on vacation tomorrow to work on numbers 5, 8, and 17. I hope the thread is still alive when I come back next weekend.
post #38 of 71
Where are all the raw foodies? I'm getting back to raw after trying paleo for two months. I have to switch back because my blood sugar, sugar/junk cravings and blood pressure all went way south. It looks like raw is the only way I'm going to be healthy. I'm not complaining I just needed to experiment. Now I'm sucking down fruit and nuts and not having to worry about my blood sugar, blood pressure or gaining weight. My goal at the moment is to be 80% raw vegan and the other 20% is reserved for beans and brown rice mostly. And coffee.
post #39 of 71
Hi - I'm going to try to give up meat for the summer and start eating raw. I'm definitely going to try the Larabar recipes! Right now I'm just eating a lot of smoothies and salads. and I've been doing a lot of researching on superfoods.

To the person who was looking for salad dressing - our healthfood store carries some lacto-fermented salad dressings in the produce section. You could see if your local store carries those. I had a sample once and thought it tasted pretty good.
post #40 of 71
Just giving this thread a little 'bump' What did you all eat today?

I've messed around with varying degrees of raw for a couple of years here and am feeling the urge to incorporate it more into my diet, aiming for > 60% or so. I do vegetarian OAMC to take care of dinners, and I don't see that changing too much right away, at least--I tend to like something more substantial at dinner and most of the fancy, overwrought raw meals (burgers, "pastas", that kind of thing) just taste gross for me. I also know that if I try to cut out cheese and yogurt, I end up just getting really cranky and giving up on the whole thing!

I'm aiming to do fruit, smoothies, and maybe the odd bit of buckwheat crispies or raw granola for breakfast; a big salad with avocado, sunflower and/or broccoli sprouts (gotta get some started), hemp hearts, some sort of creamy dressing, and lots of veg for lunch, or else the avocado soup from this issue of Mothering, which is the first raw soup I've ever loved (I usually crave comfort foods mid-day and adding the fats at this time helps me get that feeling without turning to grilled cheese or something); one of my freezer meals with veggies and/or fruit on the side for dinner; and fruit, nuts, raw crackers and non-raw hummus or cheese for snacks.

I do want to dig up the "fancier" raw recipes that I have made and enjoyed and make one or two of them a week: raw cheez-its crackers, raw "pad thai" (really more like peanut) sauce, avocado vanilla milk, coconut cream pie, chocolate coconut mint bars, strawberry pie, and chocolate chip cookies have been favourites in the past.

I've learned the main thing for me when working on eating more raw is to not beat myself up and then give up completely on the days I DO end up having an English muffin for breakfast or grilled cheese for lunch. I don't do well with extremes! I also want to try to remember to incorporate more raw food into "cooked" meals--like using romaine leaves as shells and fully raw guacamole and salsa as toppings for tacos, even though they have cooked beans, rice, and cheese in them.

Gotta remember to make my green smoothies at night after the baby's in bed, too--the blender makes her cry!

I put a handful of grated carrot in my green smoothie this morning and I can't even taste it (the other ingredients are strawberries, pineapple, orange, banana, lots of spinach, a dash of soy milk--not raw, I know--stevia, lucuma, and maca). I like the idea of adding chia and sprouts, too!

Anyone have a good recipe using goji berries? I don't really like the taste of them but i have half a jar full in my pantry.

Off to do an order from Real Raw Food to stock up the pantry...
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