I am VERY new to the raw food movement. I have been eating 50-70% raw for the last 2 weeks and I am feeling GREAT!!!
I was initially inspired to go raw after spending 4 weeks on a school program abroad whose living conditions did not allow me to make any of my own food decisions. I literally had to eat what was given to me or go hungry which really wasn't an option when we were hiking 4 to 6 miles a day. So after a month of eating NO whole grains, very very little vegetable, and GOD FORBID prepackaged food and pork products daily (which I have sworn off for the past year) I felt that I really needed to detox myself once I got back in the states.
I originally decided to go on an enzyme detox that I had read about in a magazine which recommended eating 70-75% raw for 3 weeks. However after starting, I LOVE it! I feel so good and so energized. I am ready to make this a permanent change in my life and would love any tips on the transitioning process. And I would love any cheap and fast meal ideas anyone has. I'm a poor, fulltime college student whose currently working 3 jobs, so fast and cheap are my top priorities right now.
Thank you to all of you! You are such an inspiration!
Hi, all! I'm *jen, and I'm proud to say I've been 90%+ Raw for 11 days (lost 11 lbs!). I'm pleased with the weightloss, but that's not my main reason for going raw . I have 2 little girls (Ara is 3, Lulu is 4 months) and I want to be healthy an energetic for them. I want to be a good role model for them, too, so they make good food choices as they grow into big folk.
My name is Julia and I am just starting to get into raw food. I have never had any trouble with vegges and fruit. I have also never had trouble with tofu. I'm usually the type that isn't afraid of change and I feel this could really benefit my life. Not just for weight loss and to be able to feel better from taking meds like muscle relaxers and nerve medication if I can but just overall balance. I am a massage therapist but cannot do them cause of back issues that have been plaguing me since I was 16. i'm 24 now and am ready for a change. I love animals also and if one animal is saved cause of me it is all worth it. I'm hopeing by coming here I can get some support for I really don't seem to get any here besides my mom and a few good recipes to get me started. I am very interested in changing my life for the better so thanks for reading and I hope the best for everyone!!..
I'm Sarah and I have been vegan for a while now, having been vegetarian before that. I am now making the transition into eating raw vegan food. I love how I have been feeling lately - and how much more energy I have (is that even possible? :)) Looking for some support on this forum as I have very little in the people I'm surrounded by. Most are negative and judgmental about it. Oh well, you can't please everyone. Looking forward to getting to know everyone here!!
I have been creepin' on this site for a while and I thought I should finally join! I really enjoy and appreciate how supportive and encouraging most are on this site and I look forward to participating in the conversation. I have been dabbling pretty heavily in a lowfat raw vegan diet for a couple of weeks and am feeling great. My skin looked like a minefield for a while but it is now clearing up and looking glow-y. I feel great every morning when I wake up and have been enjoying adding new regimens like dry brushing and oil pulling and am having fun with going to the market and enjoying Michigan's seasonal produce!
Here's to having energy naturally and enjoying life's adventure!
Hello, my name is Frannie. I've been lurking around goneraw for a few weeks. Love it! I am 19 days 100% raw. Feeling wonderful.
Lost 7 lbs....that was a surprise for me. I like the feeling of being satisfied and not bloated which I felt on the SAD (Standard American Diet).
I was challenging myself to 2 weeks 100% raw.....but I've gone beyond that, to day 19.
I love trying new recipes and creating my own.
My best to all.
I started to cut out sugar and processed foods a few months ago and recently began to go raw. i don't want to go 100% raw, but i think around 75% would be great for me. I'm also interested in combining foods properly and see if it has any affect on my health.
as raw is absolutely unknown in my part of the woods, i'm so glad to find others here to share thoughts! =)
Hi, I'm just on day 3 of a raw diet. I'm trying to be 99% raw, the only thing I've still been using is a splash of balsamic in my salad. I'll figure out a replacement for that. I'm eating monomeals during the day and then salad in the evening. My goal is to eat mostly whole foods and avoid processed vegan / raw foods that are an attempt to mimic non-raw foods. (I do like blended frozen banana though! Good if you also add bits of other frozen fruit.) I got "The Live Food Factor" which I'm looking forward to reading. I understand from the reviews that it lays out some of the different approaches to raw. I'm doing all of this to get healthier and get rid of nasty eating patterns I've had of undereating / overeating on processed crap food. I also would like to lose some weight, but I'm pretty sure it will just come off if I stay away from processed foods. This site is super helpful, and I'm glad I found it. Hope to make some connections in the community. :)
First, I owe a debt of gratitude to each and every one of you incredibly creative raw foodists who have posted recipes to this site and anywhere else on the internet (lol -- whether or not I've found your recipes yet). Together, you have made it possible for me to do this at all. My intention is to be nearly 100% raw (not gonna give up my toasted sesame oil, for example), and I'm proud to say that tomorrow starts Week 3.
I was forced into this, tho I'd been drawn to it over the last year or so. I was introduced, sorta, by a book called The pH Miracle Diet -- except that there was no way I could "do" their diet. No way! They're not 100% raw, but emphasize it in their striving, as "alkalarians." to alkalinize their diet and thus their bodies. This diet, btw, promised something like 1/2 - 1 lb. / day weight loss, and that was certainly very attractive to me. But there just wasn't enough support in their plan. Too many of the recipes were awful, and the book contained errors that they weren't even interested in correcting when I inquired. (How useful is a "Chipotle Something or Other" without the Chipotle listed among ingredients, as just one example?) BUT, I signed up for a newsletter and day in and day out I got emails about this person cured of this problem and another cured of that serious health problem, etc., etc. just by alkalinizing their diets (and thus themselves). I was pretty much sold -- just couldn't follow their diet!
But, as I said, I noted that their approach emphasized raw food. Somewhere along the line I googled raw food and wow! what an incredible array of resources there are. Once I learned that I COULD have warm food, and I COULD have bread-like and cake-like foods, I realized that I could eat a raw food diet after all. The other key ingredient was the realizations that one of my problems following their stupid diet was simply not getting enough food.
The trigger for me for jumping in was a deterioration in my heatlh. I need to lose precisely half of me. My blood pressure has been high and I know in my heart I've been "flirting" with diabetes. Triglycerides, cholesterol, etc. have been pretty high. And I was eating all the wrong things -- addicted to chocolate candy, especially. But the worst was that I was breathless under any exertion and had no stamina or energy, and was sleeping something like 10 - 12 hours a night. I'd had these symptoms in the past, and my wonderful chiropractors det'd it was my thyroid giving me the heart/circulation symptoms -- and indeed, with their thyroid supplementation those symptoms went away. (When I still had insurance I went the medical route to double-check and my heart was fine.) In the meantime I'd get complacent and stop taking my supplements and eventually the symptoms would come back, but I needed help figuring out what supplements I needed and how much.
Well, this third last time with these symptoms I have no good chiropractor to help me -- they all moved away. I got so desperate I tried to see my M.D. to get some synthroid or something, but couldn't see him for 2 weeks so found another doctor who could see me the next day. I was so bad that I was calling myself "an ambulatory invalid." It would take me 3 attempts to just empty the dishwasher! Anything more strenuous was out of the question.
Anyway, the M.D.'s office ordered the wrong thyroid blood test IMO and the test came back just fine - - yet another closed door. Still desperate, I decided to try to see a medical intuitive. But when I talked to her by phone, I found her such a flake I couldn't countenance giving her a cent of the money I didn't have anyway and wouldn't have been able to trust her report either. Every door was blocked, it seemed, and I felt completely set back on my heels. What to do next? The only thing I could think of was to bide my time and wait for better guidance and ideas, which is what I did. (I try very hard to live my life inner-directed because I know that intuition is the Soul's whispers to one's consciousness.) Gradually, I began thinking to myself: maybe the message here is to just "do it myself" -- ???? It's not like I had no knowledge, I didn't need to think of myself as a victim. I have an excellent understanding of herbs -- and in fact, with my health problems credit the herb and nutritional supplement regimens I'd designed for myself over the years for keeping me as health as I was considering how unhealthy I was -- that is, keeping me from heart attack,stroke, etc.
So, while I was contemplating all these closed doors and going nowhere paths, I was feeling physically worse and worse, and in very short order there came a day when I hit absolute bottom -- felt as bad as I could stand. I decided that until I found a better answer or more realistic path, I would start eating a raw diet and see what that did for me (along with the herbs and stuff I was already taking).
No one here will be surprised to learn that I was better -- demonstrably, tangibly better -- within 3 or 4 days. Clearly, I was onto something! My 2 family members remain on a SAD diet, but that's not bothering me much. Tonight they had something I used to absolutely love, but it didn't even look tempting to me! Miraculously, I've also had no actual cravings -- as long as I get some warm food (usually once a day, for dinner) and some bread-like foods, I'm doing great. My chocolate cravings haven't bothered me at all because they're completely gone. My blood sugar seems fairly stable durng the day between meals so I'm not having any cravings from that -- and without all that animal protein!!!! Who knew? Also, I've lost 8 lbs as of this morning (after 13 days). I have a very long way to go, but I do believe I'm on my way.
None of this is to say this has been easy. I am spending ALL my time and energy researching, planning and preparing foods. I need many, many more "good" entrees -- and this afternoon found a good bunch here. (I have 3 cookbooks and all 3 are a little light in the entree department -- I don't consider burgers a dinner foot, but rather more a lunch food.) I've never been a vegetable or even fruit eater, and do not like cold food period (so esp. as the winter comes on, my morning green smoothie may be harder to do). BUT I'm doing very well under the circumstances. Some of the foods I've tried have been utterly magnifiicent, some not so great. Often when I'm eating something I otherwise like, I don't like it so much I can eat a lot of it and so I get "full" of that particular dish, even though I'm not really full and within an hour or so or even right away need something else to eat. So I have to find ways to manage that better, ideally. AND, as ya'll know, it's expensive, though by this time I realize I don't have to (and probably shouldn't) eat a lot of nuts each day.
Once again: my grateful thanks to all fhe raw foodists who have paved the way for me. Each of you have made it possible for me to regain my health in a way that otherwise would have been difficult to impossible for me. THANK YOU!
such an amazing story bellesfleurs! i am so happy you have found raw food! I too had no where else to turn but to myself for the answers. It led me to the power of healing naturally with what the universe already provides. it's their big secret. Don't ever believe the lies again. you can heal yourself. You can Be kind to her, and she'll be kind to you. :) always remember there will be someone here that can offer a kind word, or an amazing recipe, or much needed encouragement. With each other we can follow this wonderful path. Best of Luck & good wishes on the rest of your raw journey..
My name is Ian, and I am attempting a raw food lifestyle to learn more about it. I am currently a vegan who sometimes eats fish when out rating restaurants. I consider myself a wannabe-foodie, so I have a blog and whatnot. This is more about doing what is best for my body and feeling great :D It's a pleasure to be a part of the community!
Hi, my name is Leah. I just recently decided to try the raw food lifestyle. I have multiple sclerosis (diagnosed in June 2008), and quite a few of the meds I take and foods I eat wreak havoc on my stomach. Actually, MS in general seems to wreak havoc on my stomach. Anyway, I've been doing some research on natural and healthy alternatives for treatment of my disease, and management of my symptoms (there is no cure), and I was introduced to the raw food lifestyle by a few moms who have a raw food forum on another site I frequent. Right now, I just hope to learn as much as possible. I'd also like to lose weight, and this is difficult to do, when you have a disease that significantly affects your ability to move.
Hello everyone. I've been vegetarian for many years. I've been vegan the past two or more years. I've just begun to research a raw diet and want to practice asap. I find what little I've seen from this site to be informative and encouraging.
I'm rather new to raw... I did a LOT of research before diving in (as a registered dietitian, the raw diet is not exactly well accepted, so I wanted to know all the details I could!) But I liked what I found, so I decided to be my own test subject :) I switched for about 2 months before my wedding, and felt AMAZING! Sadly, afterwards, the reception food was there, the cake was there, then the holidays soon followed... and I fell off the bandwagon, so to speak. So, I'm trying to climb back aboard! I have minimal support - hubby is supportive of increasing raw foods, but he's still at about 50%, while I'd like to get back to the 80-100%+ I was at before. I don't know any raw foodies in my area, so gathering info, sharing recipes, eating out with like-minded people, and learning some of the newer things (sprouting, making my own kombucha, etc) seem intimidating for me. (etc, etc.) So, I hope I can gather good help and support here!
This is my first post, I'm a 27 gal from Arizona and me and my boyfriend changed to 100% raw very recently. I'm obese and boyfriend is morbidly obese from a lifetime of the standard American diet. Right now I'm on my 4th day, and today I'm going to clear out our kitchen today of non living foods, we're going to give them away. We also are planning on getting a dehydrator. It such a relief to know I never have to turn on the oven dial again, lol
I'm excited to be here and inspired by you raw food veterans. I have much to learn, /yay
P.S. I made my name dandelion because I used to eat them from the ground in high school, and I just learned recently they are edible. YUM
Hello everyone! I'm sooo glad to join you guys :) I've been mostly raw vegan for a couple of years now. I was a junk food vegan for about 3 years before that and an ovo/lacto vegetarian for 17 years. As a raw vegan I lost 60 pounds and kicked my depression :) but I still need help with the emotional eating part and not sabotaging myself, so if anyone can recommend any books that have helped them, please let me know.
Became a vegan May 10, 2009 and lost 40 lbs in 4 mos. Lately been trying to go 100% raw, but always had to eat something cooked at night. This past Monday I fasted all day and that was my jumpstart to go all raw. If I could eat nothing all day, I certainly could eat raw all day. So I have only been completely raw for three days now. I read Victoria Boutenko's book "Green for Life" and now I am reading her book "12 Steps to Raw Foods". Looking forward to learning tons about eating raw!
I was a mostly vegan vegetarian and now i'm new to raw, only 5 days so far but love it! I already have much more energy and happiness. I'm really noticing that i'm appreciating my food so much more. Before, i used to always cook tomatoes and broccoli and didn't really think about them much when i ate them, but now when i eat tomatoes and broccoli i think "i love this, this is so good! Why haven't i eaten tomatoes and broccoli raw before?". I'm also noticing i don't waste food as much, i eat entire apples except the seeds and stem, i eat the skin of the kiwi (which is supposed to be really good for you) I eat 100% a strawberry, before i would always cut the tops off. I'm also experiencing much more vivid dreams!
You might try reading angela stokes book I think its "raw emotions" ... but I am not 100% sure. I haven't read it yet, but I have read matt monarchs books and those go into some detail about emotional eating and what raw can do and what not. Angela is Matts wife and so I am sure hers would be really helpful. She also might talk about it on YouTube too so search for her ... & search "rawsynergytv" on youtube because this girl (not angela) talks about not going back to cooked foods and what to tell yourself and helps you stay motivated I love all her videos... However, she is doing 80-10-10 so it might be different for you if youre not doing that. I hope this helps I know how difficult these changes can be, but trust me you'll get it all figured out! Congrats on the weight loss by the way that's awesome! I was raw vegan all through 2007 then fall 2008 I went to live in the south of france to study and gained.... 27 lbs.... wow. I am raw (mainly 80-10-10) and have lost 30 lbs since I got back from Europe. I am a lot more active on 80-10-10 and eating all that juicy fruit helps me emotionally and gives me energy to do loads of cardio daily! Have a great day!! : ]
Thank you sooo much for your book and youtube recommendations. I really appreciate it :) I'll definitely check those out soon. Congrats on losing those 30 pounds, too :) I definitely need to check out 80-10-10 and see if it will work for me. This is a dumb question, but are green smoothies okay on it or is everything basically yummy juicy fruit mono meals? Anyway, thank you again and hope you have a wonderful day :)
Thanks girl!! No question is a dumb question!! I think that mono meals are best, but if I don't feel like I've had adequate amounts of greens I will make a smoothie.. some of mine are complex that are on my blog, but usually I don't have the time to make those .. it usually takes like 30 minutes. Its easier to peel 7 bananas and call it a day hehe. I am not sure what is okay and what isn't... I am not the one to ask :-/ but I would say to just do what your body feels and listen to it.. if it wants a green smoothie, give it one :D
Haha, I agree: I'm just too lazy to make smoothies! But green smoothie are definitely okay on 80/10/10. A very tasty one is 3 bananas, 2 cups blueberries, and 1 handful of romaine. I also really like the banana-strawberry-mint combo. :)
I just wanted to say thank you again for your help and encouragement :) Those rawsynergytv youtube vids are really inspiring and helpful. I definitely need to cut back on the avos and read more about 80-10-10. The only way I can choke down the hardcore greens and sprouts (collards, arugula, klale, chard, broccoli sprouts, dandelion greens) is to throw them in a green smoothie :)
To swayze, I can't say goodbye to my green smoothies, so it's good to know they're okay on 80-10-10. Thank you for letting me know that.
Anyway, thank you both again for helping me. I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend :)
Okay so it snowed and classes were canceled and soooo I read all of 80/10/10 by dr. douglas graham. I would realllllly suggest buying that book! Mine is highlighted and color coded for specific loved ones of mine... so for instance any information that would apply to my mom i highlighted pink, dad=green, grandad=blue, boyfriend=yellow and so on... then I had them the book and I say "READ EVERYTHING THAT IS HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW" so itll hit more to home for the individual lol. I am going to put some of the main points up on my blog once my dad is done reading it... I highlighted a lot for him!
basically he doesn't talk about smoothies however he does blend different things together for "soups" and what not so I think a simple .. easy to digest smoothie would be okay ... he doesn't like the though of oils of superfoods like spirulina or coconut butter/oils. His book is very good .. it makes so much sense on why we.. humans.. should be raw vegan and eat a diet consisting of 80% carbs, 10% fat, 10% protein! Heres my blog just in case .. I don't check this too much obviously :-/