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post #1 of 57
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This is a support thread for all those who support being RAW VEGAN, a RAW FOODIST, or eat mostly LIVING FOODS!!!

Whether you're new to the raw world, or just starting, whether your 50% or 100% raw, this is the place to share your trials and tribulations. This is the place to learn what it takes to become raw and to support those on their way.

Please join us!!

post #2 of 57
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I'm fairly new to the raw vegan lifestyle. A few months ago, I read David Wolfe's book, The Sunshine Diet Success System. After that, I dived into the world of raw vegan living. I ended up juicefeasting for 43 days and lost 40 pounds (www.juicefeasting.com). I've read Alissa Cohen's Living on Live Foods, and I've been slowly working toward living 100% raw. I've had many slip-ups and need much more support which is why I started this thread!!
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I am just starting out with raw foods. Not looking to go 100%, at least not at this point... just incorporating a lot more raw foods into my day. Lunches have been primarily raw lately, and I've been doing a lot of raw snacks. I've been veg. for years, but we have recently gone gluten-free and dairy-free as well. While browsing for new food ideas back in July (when we started the new diet) I kept coming across raw food sites/recipes, and it really appealed to me. I am loving the recipes on http://rawon10.blogspot.com/ and am waiting for some books from the library I'm also looking at some e-books on raw recipes for kids, esp. about packing school lunches which I need to start doing next week for my oldest!

Also have recently gotten into green smoothies!

Thanks for starting this thread!

Apparently I am into the exclamation marks tonight! lol
post #4 of 57
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I'm loving the green smoothies too! DH always asks me to make enough for him. DD1 will drink some too. I just ordered a bunch of ebooks from www.thegardendiet.com. I'm going to come back to this thread in a bit and check out the website you linked. I love getting great ideas. I think half the battle with any diet is just thinking and imagining where you want to be.
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Well, I was 100% raw vegan a while back, but lost soooo much weight even though I was eating lots of nuts and avocados. I just couldn't sustain it.

Now, I just try to get in lots of raw fruits and veggies. I try to eat breakfast and lunch raw, especially in the summer when the pickings are good!

I tend to be a mono-eater when doing raw, except for salads.

Wishing everyone a beautiful journey, whatever dietary path they take!
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I eat breakfast lunch and all snacks raw. Dinner is usually cooked with maybe raw sides. And always vegan I love eating this way I have so much more energy and feel so much happier
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i was 100% raw before having both of my girls, but ended up have cooked and dairy cravings with both, so out went the raw, but i am back to eating a ton more raw. we do tons and tons of green smoothies. i do a quart jar every morning and the girls both get a green smoothie for breakfast plus sprouted grain toast or cut up fruit. we gnosh on larabars, green bars, tons of fruit and greens and pretty much anything that we can grow during the season.

i guess that my best advice is to listen to your body. speed up the raw when it feels right and slow it down when your body is asking for a bit of cooked food. i still love cooked beans and rice, but i now take an HCL/digestive enzyme with it. we make our own veggie burgers out of oats, sunnies, greens and some other goodies and these are our addition to salads. my other advice is to NOT eat much nuts. they are exceptionaly hard on the digestive system. do them in moderation. it is easy to really eat nuts because they are so filling, but you may notice bloating and discomfort if you keep it up.

enjoy and i can't wait to hear others thoughts on this topic.

i love raw foods and there is no better time than summertime to totally get into them. enjoy!

ps (since doing a cleanse, a colonic and tons of raw food i am now 5 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight and my little one isn't even a year old yet.
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Hi. I have some questions.

A couple years back, I did the raw food diet cleanse thing. Loved how great I felt. I didn't like how much weight I lost, but that was the only down-side for me. I stopped doing it because winter came and I am a pretty thin-skinned person. I felt I needed warm foods.

Currently, I am eating a lot of raw foods. Probably mostly raw, really, when I think about it. I feel good even though I'm not eating a ton of food (I have found that eating raw is cheaper for me than eating any other way because I don't eat as much). I make sure I eat raw enzyme-rich foods mostly. I'm in CA, now, so the cold isn't bothering me as much. I drink more tea.

I want more protein in my diet, though. I don't want to do nuts much because dd3 seems to be food-sensitive and I'm nursing her. I don't want to be soy-dependent. So, what do you all suggest? I'm pretty grain-free, too, for the most part and beans aren't always agreeable for dd3, although I'm testing them again. (Had some the other day and she didn't seem to react, but I take these things slowly.)

What are the best protein sources for raw vegans other than nuts? Thanks!
post #9 of 57
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Originally Posted by princesstutu View Post
Hi. I have some questions.

A couple years back, I did the raw food diet cleanse thing. Loved how great I felt. I didn't like how much weight I lost, but that was the only down-side for me. I stopped doing it because winter came and I am a pretty thin-skinned person. I felt I needed warm foods.

Currently, I am eating a lot of raw foods. Probably mostly raw, really, when I think about it. I feel good even though I'm not eating a ton of food (I have found that eating raw is cheaper for me than eating any other way because I don't eat as much). I make sure I eat raw enzyme-rich foods mostly. I'm in CA, now, so the cold isn't bothering me as much. I drink more tea.

I want more protein in my diet, though. I don't want to do nuts much because dd3 seems to be food-sensitive and I'm nursing her. I don't want to be soy-dependent. So, what do you all suggest? I'm pretty grain-free, too, for the most part and beans aren't always agreeable for dd3, although I'm testing them again. (Had some the other day and she didn't seem to react, but I take these things slowly.)

What are the best protein sources for raw vegans other than nuts? Thanks!
That's really tough with those parameters! I'd say sprouted quinoa (a pseudograin), soaked oatmeal (technically a grain but doesn't disagree with some people the way, say, wheat or rice might), and seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, and especially hemp (which is very protein rich nd is a complete protein). Spirulina also has a high protein content that is complete, but it's hard to eat a lot of spirulina. Oh! And nutritional yeast! Also high protein content (like, 8 grams in 1.5 tablespoons)

(can I possibly use any more parenthesis?)
post #10 of 57
Ah, thanks! I forgot that I bought some raw sunflower seeds for this very reason. I was looking for pumpkin seeds, but couldn't find them raw yet. You reminded me of the seeds. Thank you!
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Does anyone have any dessert/sweets recommendations? I am a sucker for sweets and we have been living at this amazing vegan ice cream parlour but I'm guessing that isn't raw.
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Does anyone have any dessert/sweets recommendations? I am a sucker for sweets and we have been living at this amazing vegan ice cream parlour but I'm guessing that isn't raw.
this is pretty much the best thing i have ever tasted
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Edited by BF124497 - 6/1/12 at 8:20pm
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Originally Posted by Sayward View Post
OMG that looks so good! Maybe I'm just dense, but I don't see the ingredients/instructions for the ganache in the recipe...?
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Originally Posted by Mama2Xander View Post
OMG that looks so good! Maybe I'm just dense, but I don't see the ingredients/instructions for the ganache in the recipe...?
The 'filling' in the recipe is the ganache. =)
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Originally Posted by Sayward View Post
The 'filling' in the recipe is the ganache. =)
Ah, okay. We've had a very similar looking dessert in the past (although not raw or vegan!) that had the crust, the filling, and then ganache on top, so I just thought this would have the same # of layers.

Thanks! Will have to try it out sometime
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I went on a raw vegan diet for two weeks and really noticed a difference. I felt good and healthy. As my son started kindergarden and my daily routine changed somewhat, but I want to go back to raw, because I noticed that it's good for me.
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this maybe it's a bit squeamish of a subject, but I really want some answers. I've been going more raw for about a year now and I have some "womanly questions". My husband started me on green smoothies and eating more salads and raw foods when in my second trimester of pregnancy last year. We eat about 60-75% raw now.

I've read that when a woman starts eating a mostly raw diet she'll have lighter, more infrequent periods (http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/blo...gular-periods/ and http://debbietookrawforlife.blogspot...-are-they.html ) This seems to be something of a controversial idea, so I'm just trying to find out some more information. I'm breastfeeding an 8 month old and haven't noticed my period return (he's still waking once a night). I was charting my cycles before he was conceived so I'm wondering now if my fertility signs might change some, especially cervical fluid? Do raw women have less, more or same amount of cervical fluid? How can you tell if you're pregnant on a raw diet? Any info anyone can give me on this would be very much appreciated. =)
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Nicky, thanks for the link, really interesting. I had very irregular periods my whole life and had researched the modern view of menstruation with interest. It has been my experience with raw vegan eating that my menstruation became much lighter and I stopped having any cramping or PMS. I only spot for 2-3 days now and barely need to wear anything. I only own a few cloth panty liners and find that plenty. I had PCOS, I ovulated a couple times a year and then bled very heavily but after being raw started ovulating much more regularly. Also while raw my libido goes way up and I tend to get more fertile CM during my cycle. It will be interesting to see if my bleeding becomes even lighter the longer I stay high raw or all raw.
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Is anyone a raw foodist, but not Vegan? (eats raw honey, milk, butter, yogurt, cheese, eggs, and fish?) In general, I am more of a TF eater, but for the first two weeks of 2010 I did a 100% raw cleanse (including raw animal products) and felt amazing. I would like to do this again, and wondered if anyone else had done a similar diet, or if I'm totally wacky lol
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