Mothering Forums - Reply to Topic

Thread: RAWctober! Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
11-04-2007 02:45 AM
maryeb Caedmyn, I think green smoothies would be perfect, as calynde already said. Good advice there! You could just do whatever fruit you would eat for the day with the greens and if you wanted to add something like coconut oil/butter for fats, you could do that. Or blended salad like you suggested, more of a savory taste. Good luck!! Mary
11-04-2007 01:34 AM
jedibunni Hi everyone! Loving this thread as usual...... got a quick question though..... My LO is ready to start some baby food and I was wondering about raw? Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
11-03-2007 08:29 PM
witch's mom A November/December thread has been started! Come on over!

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...=1#post9623582
11-03-2007 05:10 PM
calynde
Quote:
Originally Posted by caedmyn View Post
I was thinking about just adding some juices or blended salads to my diet, although I don't have a juicer and can't afford to get one.
You could just start with some green smoothies...they're cheap and easy and they even taste good! The greens can be spinach, parsley, celery, mint, lettuces, kale...anything. If you don't want a lot of fruit, you could just add a minimum to make the greens taste nice, then add water and blend! I often add a bit of cucumber as well. More greens in the diet can make all the difference for some people.

Good luck!
11-03-2007 12:52 AM
Marlet We've been doing so-so. We started eating less raw and ore cooked there for a bit. Not sure why really. DH is gone for 3 weeks so I'm using this time to get back on track and figure out more recipes for variety. Our problem is how quickly I detox in comparison to him. I'm home all day long so I can snack and do juices and what not all day. I got to the more simple desires a lot faster than he did. So he'd get home from work and want some prepared whereas I was set on a piece of fruit or veggie. These last couple days I've been living on cucumber, tomato, and avocado salad. I just chop those up and then squirt some oil and vinegar dressing on it. We make our own dressing so it's got some spices in it. Sooo delicious! I ate it three different times yesterday. I wish I had some of the hot sauce my MIL makes hers with. So good with just the right amount of bite. I think I am/was needing the fat. I ate a ton yesterday. I am tempted to go make some more. I'll need to get more avocados tomorrow. I have one left. I had 5 yesterday (one I cut open too soon though so it was hard and not ripe so it got tossed ).
11-01-2007 03:27 PM
witch's mom Hi everybody. Thanks for the insight about keeping the weight up. I did better yesterday on calories--1800. It included over 40 grams of fat, though, between the avocado and the larabar! I was a little light on fruit yesterday morning, though. If I can just squeeze in one more serving of fruit, that would help. I also suspect that I may be in a bit of that detoxing phase someone described, where the "bad" weight is coming off before "good" weight comes back on and stabilizes.

Doing huge fruit/green smoothies every morning (blackberries, banana, greens, flax seeds), plus apples and grapes throughout the morning. Lunch is a big salad with lots of raw veggies, often with avocado; and soup (beans and veggies) or a veggie sandwich (on sprouted wheat). Dinner is another big salad with lots of raw veggies, and something else cooked: tofu and steamed veggies, bean burrito or taco, pasta with raw pesto. Often I snack mid-afternoon on nuts and dried fruit (or a Larabar).

Last night I had one fun-size Kit Kat bar. Halloween, you know . . .

Looking forward to getting my juicer.
11-01-2007 01:17 PM
caedmyn I'd like to try adding more raw foods to my diet...I eat almost 100% cooked now with the exception of an apple a day. I'm not interested in going high-percentage raw, just in adding more raw to my diet. Maybe if I explain where I'm at now and what I'm thinking, someone can give me some suggestions on where to start.

Right now I eat quite a lot of pastured meat (8-16 oz a day), lots of GF grains, legumes, and potatoes, one piece of fruit a day, and some veggies. My nursling has many food intolerances and food chemical sensitivities so I'm very limited in the foods I can do, particularly in the fruits and veggies (I can do pears, golden delicious apples, cabbage, brussel sprouts, celery, parsley, bean sprouts, rutabagas, green beans, leeks, green onions, peas, and small amounts of carrots, asparagas, kale, corn, sweet potato, and pumpkin/buttnernut squash). I'm planning on weaning her in the next 2-3 months so I'll have a lot more flexibility in foods after that. Oh, and I'm pregnant, so I don't want to make any drastic changes. I have IBS, although sometimes I'm perfectly fine and my digestion is great for weeks...I haven't been able to pinpoint any foods that cause problems other than rice, which I've eliminated from my diet for a while. I've tried about everything to heal it with limited success, so maybe juicing or something would be the answer. I've tried several different diets in the past (Specific Carbohydrate Diet, very low carb candida diet) and I feel best when I eat a fair amount of pastured meat and lots of fat (right now about 50% of my calories come from ghee), and some GF grains.

I was thinking about just adding some juices or blended salads to my diet, although I don't have a juicer and can't afford to get one. I do have a Vita Mix...could I just blend up the veggies and squeeze as much of the liquid out as possible? What veggies are good to use? I need to use cheaper ones as much as possible as our budget is pretty tight. I personally don't think a lot of fruit is good but I'll eat some. Oh, and once DD is weaned I'll start eating raw eggs and dairy again.

This is probably a tough assignment...I am open to suggestions, though!
11-01-2007 12:56 PM
calynde
Quote:
Originally Posted by meowee View Post
Still eating about 50/50 ... it's hard because I have to prepare shared meals, and not everyone wants raw. I might just have to accept a 50/50 balance for now .
I still prepare cooked meals for ds and dh. Eating raw is easy for me in the morning...I've been having smoothies for breakfast for about 6 years! Dh isn't home for lunch, so I give ds leftovers from the last night's dinner (today it was broccoli soup for example) and then I have something raw. We all eat the same together at night...something cooked veg and a BIG salad. You can definitely increase at least *your* raw if you get good at meal planning!

And although it takes a bit of time, the good example really does start to wear off on them. My dh asks for raw pretty often now, and ds has started to eat way more raw things, too. Neither one of them eats anything that could be classified as "junk". Natalia Rose has what I think is a very doable raw/cooked approach for kids/families, in case you haven't checked that out yet.

And 50% is an awesome start! Shazzie says in her book that eating at least 50% raw at each meal is enough to avoid the negative immune response...so it's not nothing!
11-01-2007 12:47 PM
meowee Still eating about 50/50 ... it's hard because I have to prepare shared meals, and not everyone wants raw. I might just have to accept a 50/50 balance for now .
11-01-2007 10:16 AM
calynde
Quote:
Originally Posted by firefaery View Post
THe CrossFit system combines olympic lifting, martial arts and gymnastics. It's a ton of fun do it doesn't feel terribly difficult.
Yeah, the website says it can easily be adapted to anyone's level...including the elderly. There were just so many photos there of burly guys in fatigues.

How awesome to have a dh that is a personal trainer! Wowsa, how I would love that kind of support.
11-01-2007 09:59 AM
Panserbjorne It's just what I'm drawn to. Prior to having kids I was a professional dancer and acrobat. I danced for a company as well as performed with several circuses. I love strength training. Actually my dh is a personal trainer-so I do get some motivation there. The things we do are very familiar to me. THe CrossFit system combines olympic lifting, martial arts and gymnastics. It's a ton of fun do it doesn't feel terribly difficult.
11-01-2007 08:42 AM
calynde
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajohnson45 View Post
I'm super excited to find this thread!!! Geez, do you think there needs to be a RAW subforum?!!
Hi Andrea...welcome!
11-01-2007 08:40 AM
calynde
Quote:
Originally Posted by firefaery View Post

I love olympic lifting and I can very honestly say that being raw helps my load and intensity.
Wow, lifting...that sounds impressive. I see myself as being rather "delicate"...I'm definitely of the yoga/tai chi variety. Having said that, I live in a place where people walk *a lot*, often with heavy grocery bags in each arm and keeping up with small children. Talk about workout=life!

Mary...I looooooove yoga, and after years of doing it have finally found my biggest inspiration in Shiva Rea's style. I love the beautiful flow of it and how she incorporates dance in the practice. It just does it for me in a big way! And it's just challenging enough.

We also love our forest walks...we learn so much there.
11-01-2007 02:33 AM
maryeb I looove yoga. Used to teach. Everyday I do a bit, but it's just really for length, breathing, and sanity. Before we moved I took a class once a week, so hopefully will get back into that. Once a week I train with a pilates teacher for an hour. At home I have a reformer and work out on my own for at least 30 min. daily. I also walk outside almost 1 hr./day, taking walks with ds or by myself on the beach. That is amazing to me, the fresh air is something I am really grateful for. Writing it out, it doesn't sound like a lot to me, but it's all I have time for at the moment. Walking in the forest sounds lovely, I would be doing that if there was one nearby! For me working out is fun, so if you are enjoying your walks and yoga, sounds great to me.

Also want to say hello to the newer people stopping by to say hi! Mary
10-31-2007 10:39 PM
ecstaticmama24 I'm super excited to find this thread!!! Geez, do you think there needs to be a RAW subforum?!!

Anyways, I'm transitioning right now from SAD to RAW, my cousin has been raw for many years, my aunt is fighting cancer via raw diet, and I hope to remove ADHD symptoms from my son via raw diet.

Happy Halloween!

Andrea Johnson
10-31-2007 07:00 PM
Panserbjorne The only exercise I do is functional. I use the CrossFit system www.crossfit.com There is no strict cardio...every once in a while I'll do 2000 meters on a rower or sprint 400 meters as part of a workout. The idea is workouts that mimic life.

I workout about 5 days a week for however long the workout takes me. IF it's for time then it is usually quicker than workouts for reps.

I love olympic lifting and I can very honestly say that being raw helps my load and intensity.

If you feel drawn to more walks I would definitely say go for it!
10-31-2007 06:15 PM
calynde
Quote:
Originally Posted by maryeb View Post
I am also a thinner person but work out a lot so I have some muscle. Could not live with exercise!!
I would be interested to hear what you (and others!) do for working out, and what you might consider to be " a lot". I'm trying so hard to get into the exercise groove. : Does this sound OK?

Here is my typical plan:
1 hour a.m. yoga (3-4 times a week)
1-2 hours walking through the forest with ds (rain or shine!) (4 times a week)
15 minutes rebounding with hand weights (3-4 times a week)

I definitely feel better, but I'm not sure if I should be doing more cardio stuff. I've always focused on our long walks, because I want the fresh air and sunshine just as much as the exercise.
10-31-2007 04:55 PM
maryeb
Quote:
Originally Posted by calynde View Post
:

One of the health food stores I worked in had a juice bar and I would always sip on the bits of leftover wheatgrass throughout the day, until at one point I was up to 3-4 oz. a day. And despite only ever drinking it during the day, I was ALWAYS up at night. I think I only slept around 5 hours a night back then...and it was very convenient because I was a college student....so I had a few good extra hours of study time each day!

That's awesome!! Wish I had known about juicing in college.

A friend of mine was concerned about me ttc since she thought I didn't eat enough fat. I checked out fitday and was astonished at the amt. I was eating! I am also a thinner person but work out a lot so I have some muscle. Could not live with exercise!!
10-31-2007 04:27 PM
Panserbjorne Ditto that. Another 12 ounce juice could, in theory get you there. Fats are important to have in your diet, but you need a balance. It isn't necessary to go nuts with them (no pun intended!) because more calories could just be a fruit salad or a green smoothie.

If you'd like feel free to post what you ate yesterday.
10-31-2007 03:33 PM
calynde
Quote:
Originally Posted by witch's mom View Post

Off now to buy some more avocados . . .
And then after you eat those avocados, plug it into fitday and see what your fat percentage is!! I remember listing like half an avocado (in my salad), a tablespoon of olive oil, and a small handful of nuts, and I was waaaaaay over my daily recommended fat intake. I was wondering what the *average* person's pie chart looks like!

Adding more calories might be as simple as an extra banana or other piece of fruit in your morning smoothie and maybe another snack mid-day.

Today, for breakfast I had:

2 bananas
2 persimmons
1 clementine
2 handfuls miners lettuce (mache)
1 bunch parsley

lunch:
2 pears
big handful red seeded grapes
2 dates
handful raisins
a few chopped pecans
almond milk

snack: one clementine
fresh apple juice

dinner:
veg lentil soup (cooked)
big green salad with half an avocado


This is not entirely representative, as I normally have more salady things rather than fruit for lunch, but today I used what I had on hand. Just in case some kind of a comparison would be helpful. : Also, my trend is toward more green things and a bit less fruit...although that's not at all evident in the above example.
10-31-2007 03:08 PM
witch's mom I plugged in yesterday's intake on Fitday and I only was at about 1400 calories, and that was WITH a Larabar. Guess I better up the calories a bit. Thanks for the insight.

I want to be healthy, but not too skinny. Don't want to load up on cancer-causing, heart disease-causing, diabetes-causing crap just to keep my bod, you know?

Off now to buy some more avocados . . .
10-31-2007 10:58 AM
brighteyed
Quote:
Hee hee! No problem...there is no gluten in the grass....there is no protein in the grass. You only get gluten when it matures into grain. Wheatgrass has been shown across the board to be a non-issue for celiacs. In fact, Jordan Rubins superfood which contains barleygrass and wheatgrass is certified gluten free. Hope that helps!
:
Also, about the weight issue- I am the same way. I found online though that if your weight doesn't stabilize and you keep losing and are really worried, to up your intake of raw nuts and fruits. In fact, they warn new raw fooders not to eat too many nuts and fruits if you can't afford to gain weight.
10-31-2007 09:12 AM
Panserbjorne Okay-I just went back to look at the first email which says in it's title "Second Raw Summit beginning October 29th" Weird. At least I'm not TOTALLY crazy. This time.
10-31-2007 08:41 AM
Panserbjorne Nope...that's when it starts. I don't know what the 29th was about. The first email I got said that it started October 29th. I clearly either read it wrong or they changed their collective minds...I'm voting for them...

Weight shouldn't be a concern. You may want to check you caloric intake just to give yourself some reassurance. As Calynde said it's often normal to lose a couple of pounds. Most docs classify this as unhealthy body tissue. It is then gained right back in the form of HEALTHY tissue. Weight will jujst about always (in the absence of extreme imbalance or sickness) normalize on raw.
10-31-2007 05:43 AM
calynde
Quote:
Originally Posted by brighteyed View Post

The "Raw Summit 2" begins at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 15th 2007

Is this incorrect? Thanks!
That's what mine says, too.
10-31-2007 05:39 AM
calynde
Quote:
Originally Posted by witch's mom View Post
•how can I maintain my weight? I'm naturally pretty thin, and don't wish to lose. Just in the last couple weeks, as I've turned up the raw and begun dabbling in food combining, I'm feeling a little scrawny and boobless.
I'm the same...I really can't afford to lose anything! When I first went high raw I seem to remember losing a bit...I don't know...maybe 4 or 5 pounds max. But then it stopped and now I am at the weight I've always been and that I consider normal for myself. Many raw teachers say that it's quite normal to initially lose a bit due to shedding toxins, etc.

Having said that...make sure you're consuming enough calories. I went on nutridiary.com (or fitday.com) and entered in my usual meals once just to see and I definitely needed to up my calories (not necessarily fat!) a bit. For some reason on raw I feel less hungry, so I sometimes need to make an effort to be sure I take in enough calories! What helped for me was to exercise a lot more. I'm building muscle, which keeps *weight* up and it has increased my appetite, too. Since I've always been thin, it's been hard for me to remain motivated to exercise, but since going raw it's become crystal clear for me that I cannot be healthy without working out regularly.

hope this helps...good luck!
10-31-2007 01:43 AM
witch's mom The warranty and pulp screen sold me! I ordered an Omega this afternoon, too. Firefaery, we'll have to compare notes as we get started with these machines . . .

I'm new to raw--new to increasing it and learning about it anyway. I've always enjoyed salads, but have never eaten them to the extent that I have in the past couple of weeks. I have a question for you who've been at it longer:

•how can I maintain my weight? I'm naturally pretty thin, and don't wish to lose. Just in the last couple weeks, as I've turned up the raw and begun dabbling in food combining, I'm feeling a little scrawny and boobless.
10-30-2007 11:18 PM
brighteyed
Quote:
Oh- is anyone else doing the next raw summit?
I'm confused, I signed up for this and got my confirmation emails but it says that it is starting in November. Here is a quote from my email:

The "Raw Summit 2" begins at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 15th 2007

Is this incorrect? Thanks!
10-30-2007 09:13 PM
Panserbjorne When I said "lower" I meant under the cost of the solostar...I have never seen the Omega new for under $200 (or 199.95!) Hopefully those two sites will keep you at the number that you were aiming for.
10-30-2007 09:09 PM
Panserbjorne Here's where I got it: http://www.2-life.com/
you email them and they email you back a code. It was exactly $200 and that included shipping.

Here too: http://www.canningpantry.com/omega-8003-juicer.html
if you add it to your cart it's $199.95. THey offer free shipping.

Good luck!
This thread has more than 30 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off