I'm so thrilled to see so many mamas interested! And, hey, I'm totally happy with each of you defining the challenge for yourself. It could be a couple things:
1. a raw food percentage - i.e. "I'm going to eat at least 50% raw foods this month"
2. a raw food ramp-up - "I'm going to ramp up for 2 weeks, and then eat raw for 2 more.
RE: cost. I'm really not sure, honestly. I'm on a pretty tight budget so we're a little worried about that. But then again our big weakness is eating out so I'm hopeful to save money overall. Our grocery bill will probably go up, but our burritto/hamburger/frenchfry bill will be nonexistant. I hope it all washes out.
If you have a nearby Farmer's Market that could be a good source of affordable produce, although a lot of fruit is not yet in season. You can also buy frozen pretty cheap - I know my Costco has giant bags of frozen organic strawberries, for instance. Trader Joe's is great if you have one - they have raw nuts, nut butters, and unpasteurized OJ.
We also come from a background of trying to eat NT-style. It honestly has never worked for me - I am still tired, overweight, and like you I still have this crazy cravings all the time - mostly for sweets. And I keep slipping back to S.A.D. all the time. Since incorporating more fresh food into my diet my sweet tooth has diminished significantly, for the first time ever actually. It really dissapeared when I started putting a cup of spinach in my morning smoothie.
We don't have ANY cookbooks, but I just went tonight and ordered one on Amazon for $17. It looks gorgeous, and I love recipe books with tons of preeeety pictures: The Raw Gourmet
I can post our reviews of the recipes as we try them.
Another great place to WATCH recipies is YouTube. There is a raw chef named Ani Phyo
who's stuff looks awesome. Our 1st dinner will be her avocado soup. Also if you just search "raw food" on YouTube you get a lot of interesting recipes.
There seems to be enough online that we won't really need a cookbook!
I'm so excited to begin! It's going to be a little bit nuts, but I'm excited to see some results.