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What do I eat if I'm trying to "go raw" (or semi-raw?)


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I am trying to decide if I will ultimately go onto a "raw" diet.  I've been into brown rice, chicken, fish, fruits and veggies, but find it difficult to make such a radical change to a completely raw diet, at this point.  Mostly because I simply don't know what to eat.  (I am also cooking for my husband...)  I have poured over raw and also macrobiotic cookbooks and there are a lot of ingredients and items they mention that I have never heard of in my life..  I was sort of surprised at this as I used to work in at a health food store.   I guess I'm a bit overwhelmed.

I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on what kind of diet they prefer, particularly regarding organic, vegetarian, vegan, raw, macrobiotic, etc....

Also, I was wondering anyone would be willing to share their actual daily (or weekly) diets because, as I had mentioned, there are some items I am unfamiliar with and I'm wondering where to start.

Thanx ahead of time for your interest and feedback..

Morgan

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I would LOVE to go raw... but my taste buds do not enjoy most raw vegetables. I had this raw "pizza" once... and it was so gross to me. I'm used to eating all natural vegan food... but some things I just can't stand :( which really sucks. Wiki has an article you could read about it :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_diet

 

Vegweb has a section of raw recipes! http://vegweb.com/index.php?board=154.0

 

As for my weekly diet... well... it varies really. It depends on how much money and time I have. But typically I eat:


Brown rice with mixed vegetables (frozen, pre-packed) with General Tso sauce from Trader Joe's

Peanut Butter or Almond butter and Banana sandwiches on Ezekiel Bread

A pasts dish that is just like "Evelyn's Favorite Pasta" from the Cheesecake Factory: Penne, Olive oil, Garlic, Pine Nuts, Peppers, Broccoli, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, and Sun dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil.

Any kind of veggie or soy Hot Dogs on Ezekiel Buns

Spaghetti and Soy Meat Balls with Marinara Sauce

Orange "Chicken" with vegetables (a recipe from vegweb.com)

Trail Mix

Chocolate

Soy Chocolate Milk

Frozen fruit Smoothies

Red Pepper Hummus and Vegetable Flavored Brown Rice Snaps

Baked Potato with Earth Balance Soy Butter


I can't think of anything else at the moment :)

 

Why do you want to go that  route? It seems like it is completely unecessary and just going to lead to malnutrition.

My diet: balanced diet with lean proteins, grains, healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, legumes, low fat dairy.

UD

My love of cooking and baking would never allow me to go completely raw! But I do see the health benefits of eating raw food everyday, so I generally live by the guideline 'Include something raw at every meal/snack'

Eg. breakfast is soaked oats in soy milk w/nuts and dried fruit

Lunches can be cooked sweet potatoes with various toppings, with salad and fruit, or a tahini/nut butter sandwich with raw veg and fruit

Dinners are usually based for me around cooked whole grains (pasta/rice/bulgar wheat/quinoa etc) with cooked veg and some kind of pulse, with some raw avocado on the side, or raw fruit for dessert

For me this is a much healthier way to live. I do alot of exercise and would find it very very difficult and time consuming (and boring!) to have to eat enough raw food to get me through the day. Whats wrong with just adding alot of raw food to a balanced diet?

what are your reasons for wanting to go raw?  Even our cave people ancestors used fire to cook their food!

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Thanks for these awesome responses...  The reason I was considering going raw is I've been reading a book by a nutritionist I once went to (named Fred Bisci) called "Your Healthy Journey." It's a pretty fascinating book and he approaches eating and our bodies from a chemical/ scientific standpoint.  I think he puports going raw as sort of a final step in one's diet.  He says you don't have to go raw to be healthy, but the rewards are fantastic if you do. 

Re: meat..   some material I've read talks about how beneficial protein-rich grains are, in comparison with chicken and such, for working out and exercise.  I've read this through internet testimony and the book I mentioned earlier.  I think it might be a nice idea to try to eat raw, but .. frankly, I don't think it would appeal to my taste buds either.  In addition, I underestimated how strong cultural influences and habits can be.

I also underestimated how much I totally love to cook.  (and bake)  I didn't realize how much until I started dieting.   

I have to say, Lacey and Don, the items you listed really helped me.  And Don, I agree about including raw items in each meal or snack.  That's pretty much what I try to do. 

UD - that's good, commonsense advice and that is also what I try and focus on in my diet. 

Singing - I agree, except that our ancestors didn't pump their cows and chickens or whatever they ate up with steroids and hormones.

This has really given me insight because I think it's important to just eat healthy, trying to gather as much good information as you can, while also planning your meals well.  (to avoid snacking on junk, as is my weakness)

Thank you!! 

I would recommend to cut meat first, after two weeks cut the dairy products from your diet, and once you used to eat a vegetarian diet, you can do a cleanse like just drink fruit juices for a week this will help you give up sugar before you go totally raw.

You will feel great I promise, now in day is not hard to find tasty vegetarian meet substitutes, and if you buy the right kind of soy cheeses and yogurts you wont back to eat meat or animal products ever again.

I was following a low carb diet couple years ago (atkins), I did drop a lots of weight but after that I gained all back plus 20 pounds, I got sick, overweight, had acne for the first time in my life, but after I switch to a vegetarian diet I feel great, my skin and hair look healthy and I'm also dropping the weight without eating all that meat.

Remember you are what you eat, GO vegan !!!

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thanks xime -

I am having a hard time being disciplined in my diet lately, but what you said sounds tempting..  I guess one meal at a time is how to do it.. and start making healthier choices when I go food shopping!

Thanks for your help!!  I know a better diet leads to looking and feeling better, too!  And I AM addicted to sugar.  How did you know..?  I'll have to break out my juicer and start using it. 

thanks a bunch.

I am going to go ahead and throw this out there: raw foodists are CRAZY. Because I'll try anything once, I gave this a 30 day go to see how I felt. Since I eat tons of veggies anyway it wasn't a huge leap, but it can be a pain in the butt when you decide you want something different.

There are a few forums out there, rawfoodtalk.com being one of them. There are three kinds of raw foodists from what I can gather

  1. People who genuinely are into it to be healthier people (minority)
  2. People practicing a stylized form of anorexia. A lot of self-proclaimed former anorexics congregate on that board and say things like "I didn't eat for 18 hours is that ok" and they all gather around and say "yes, that's excellent! Listen to your body!" That was really the last straw for me when I realized I was hanging out in a thinly veiled pro-ana site.
  3. People who think eating raw foods can cure ANYTHING including: genetic defects, gray hair and my favorite, turn your eyes from brown to blue. It broke my heart to listen to parents turning to raw foodism to cure things like type I diabetes which is a birth defect,  not a lifestyle disease.

I'm a vegan who is really interested in incorporating more raw food into my diet for health reasons.  I don't have any intention of going fully raw because I love cooking and baking too much - I'm probably aiming for about 30-40% raw.  I highly recommend checking out Ani's Raw Food Kitchen for some great ideas.  It would probably be hard to go straight from meat eating to fully raw.  I went vegetarian first, then vegan, and now I'm working on eating more raw food. 

Here is a typical day for me:

Breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup soymilk, 1/2 banana, drizzle of maple syrup

Lunch: peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole grain bread, baby carrots, an apple, and soy yogurt  -- or dinner leftovers

Snack: bran muffin or a hand full of raw nuts/dried fruit

Dinner: baked tofu or tempeh, steamed cabbage, carrots, edamame, zucchini, bell pepper, and broccoli with brown rice and peanut sauce

Original Post by pocox3:

I am trying to decide if I will ultimately go onto a "raw" diet.  I've been into brown rice, chicken, fish, fruits and veggies, but find it difficult to make such a radical change to a completely raw diet, at this point.  Mostly because I simply don't know what to eat.  (I am also cooking for my husband...)  I have poured over raw and also macrobiotic cookbooks and there are a lot of ingredients and items they mention that I have never heard of in my life..  I was sort of surprised at this as I used to work in at a health food store.   I guess I'm a bit overwhelmed.

I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on what kind of diet they prefer, particularly regarding organic, vegetarian, vegan, raw, macrobiotic, etc....

Also, I was wondering anyone would be willing to share their actual daily (or weekly) diets because, as I had mentioned, there are some items I am unfamiliar with and I'm wondering where to start.

Thanx ahead of time for your interest and feedback..

Morgan

 

i think you have to figure out your rationale.  is it about health?  animal rights?  minimizing your environmental impact?  is it more important to you to buy local or to buy organic?

if you don't have solid reasoning for your bigger choices, it's pretty hard to make day-to-day decisions.

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spriochete~

I found that extremely interesting, what you said about raw foodism.  Originally, I started thinking about it cause my nutritionist is into it and he's very knowledgeable, but it just seems like it would be so hard to adhere to such a diet when our society, family and culture and completely different.  That's fascinating about your experience with the groups.  I don't find many raw foodists out there.  I think it's great if you want to get healthy, but you definitely need to give your body enough fuel.

veryvegan: this was really helpful for me..  It helps to see what other people eat because I have always had terrible food habits and am trying to direct them.

pgeorgian: I'm mainly trying to change my diet to be healthier and lose weight.  I have a little boy who I want to be healthy for and I want to have more kids.  Pregnancy (I found) was so much more difficult being bigger.  It's so hard to move around and it's tough on your blood pressure and such.  I was exploring different healthy ways of eating because I've learned how to eat terrible (growing up) and I've also learned from a raw-food-type nutritionist some valuable information, but I'm searching for the diet that's right for me.   A way of eating that's healthy that I can live with and stick to.  I tend to eat crappy then perfect, then crappy then perfect...    not good!  :)

I'm all about eating raw foods when I can, I did take that away from my experience. I have found, however, I feel just as good when I add things like cooked whole grains and cooked veggies as well. I love a fruit smoothie in the morning (or "green smoothie" like a lot of raw foodies eat. Just add some spinach or greens for extra nutrional boost. Can't taste 'em) and I chow on raw veggies for lunch and snacks

Raw food communities though...PA

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