I started the raw journey for three months in 2010. I lost 17lbs and felt great. Since stopping, I gained it all back. I miss the results and how good it made me feel; & now I am going to attempt to eat raw for 2011. I have a few recipes from that three month period, so it is not so overwhelming as before. I hope to share them and gain some new ones here.
That is my goal too! I don't think I could ever be 100% raw but my goal is to just get healthy and feel good. I have gained almost all the weight back that I lost and am tired of feeling like crap all the time. Good Luck!
Thanks for sharing the link! I need all the inspiration I can get. I think it would be great to start a forum or area where we could meet up and inspire each other throughout the year. I don't have anyone that is really supportive by taking the journey with me. My husband doesn't mind me eating raw, but he wouldn't dare ever walk away from cooked foods and junk food. That is the main reason why I had problems with staying raw last year. Anyhows, I am excited about it and I have already started a few days early. I am in detox mode right now and I feel great after I wake up in the morning and after a work out. I pray that I don't get side-tracked.
Great! Sounds like you're off to a great start. I've eaten raw every meal I've had at home for the past 3 days. There were two meals in there where I was a guest at someone's home. Both times I wished I were at home eating. I've felt great so far too.
Had a very yummy raw pumpkin soup:
-all fresh ingredients-
-these are the spices-
I'm back too for 2011! Tried this a couple of years ago and was feeling amazing, but had some tragedy happen that really threw me for a loop. I have already been "going" raw for the past 3 weeks and can say I'm probably 70% raw. Life just won't let me be 100%, so don't plan on trying. My husband is the same as NeshaB, he doesn't mind me being raw and he nibbles at my raw foods, but he doesn't necessarily want to be raw like I do. Last time I was eating raw he was raw with me, so this time it is a little more difficult having to fix two different meals all the time. But I was dealing with arthritis in my back (excruciating pain!) and am already feeling fantastic and am able to exercise some again, so I will keep my focus on that. I agree we need a forum just for 2011 resolutions! Good Luck to All!
I discovered Raw Food a year ago with Raw Food Real World. I was intimidated into making all the foods though because it was unfamiliar and because the cookbook was a bit too much work for a mother of 2. I finally got into eating raw with Raw The Uncook Book by Juliano. The recipes were a lot easier than RFRW but were still a bit intensive for me and seemed to have too many ingredients at times. It wasn't until I discovered Ani Phyo that I was really able to implement uncooking into my lifestyle. Ani's recipes are SO EASY and require very few ingredients and very little dehydrating time. She has created some amazing desserts which I love sharing with non-Raw family and friends. My husband enjoys the sweets as do my 2 young children. I am slowly finding Raw foods that they enjoy outside of treats. I have found an easy cheat to be appearance. Using colors and garnishes make the meal look more appetizing to my family so it actually stands a chance of being eaten. Even if it's just a few pieces of corn it can make all the difference for my little ones.
Here are some of my favorites
Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney: BBQ Crackers, Golden Tortilla Chips, Cashew Brownies, Goji Maca Cacao Bars, Sweet Cacao Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Portobello Steak...
Ani's Raw Food Desserts by Ani Phyo: Chocolate-Cashew Butter Fudge, Acai Cheesecake, Berry Trifles, Almond Frangipane Cream...
Ani's Raw Food Kitchen: Stuffed Peppers with Mole Sauce...
Ani's Raw Food Kitchen Essentials: Banana Flax Crepes, Brazil Nut Pancakes, Basic Flourless Cake...
Raw Family Signature Dishes by Victoria Boutenko: Peroshki's, Mousse Cake...
Fresh by Sergei and Valiya Boutenko: Rawkin Pizza, Green Smoothies...
Welcome (back) Nesha, and to those who've also been inspired to go raw for 2011.
For long term success I think it's important to make sure you're eating a variety of raw foods. Don't fall into the trap (like I did when I ate cooked) of eating the same six meals over and over. That can quickly lead to burnout and improper nourishment. Experiment as your taste buds change. And most of all, have fun with it!!
I've realized it's tough to do almost anything (go raw, go on a diet of any sort, etc.) without support from your family or significant other. They may not agree with the change you're trying to make, but it sounds like your hubby is OK with it as long as you don't force your ways on him. lol. Good luck!