Originally Posted by Trayana
I am 17 and I am a girl. When I was 15 I went vegetarian, but I had no support from anywhere, not a single vegetarian that I knew, I was the only one. After 7 months of being lacto-ovo and then later pesco, I gave up. Now I want to go raw, I simply got inspired by a few people out there who just seem to be good examples of raw food eaters. I have bought multivitamins, vitamin b12 and I have watched a lot of healthy eating documentary movies as well as I have read a lot of articles and I used a site showing the nutrition and calories in my food. So right now know what I want and what to do, but it will cost more and my family can't afford to buy me food for 5$+ everyday and also they are not supportive of this choice of mine and they think it's too restrictive, but I want to do this because I want to be as healthy as possible and look and feel as good as possible. There were a few days when I ate mostly raw fruits and veggies and I felt much more energised, but I can't afford to buy food like this everyday so right now I am thinking about making money online to have at least 5$/day, I have a very strong desire and this has been my passion for quite some time. I would like to ask you /to the raw vegans/ a few specific questions: Are oats sold in grocery stores raw/fine, rolled/? I can't live without them. Also, is processed stevia from the store raw or not and should I grow my own? Can I eat rice somehow? Can I eat corn raw somehow? What about other foods? What can I and what can I not eat in a raw form? Sorry for all these questions and if I have wasted your time, but it is important to me and I would be very grateful if someone could answer
A reputable book about raw vegan nutrition is Becoming Raw
, by long-time Registered Dietitians Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina: https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Raw-.../dp/1570672385
. If your local public library doesn't carry this book, they can get it for you through an "inter-library loan". This service should cost no more than $3.
I would strongly discourage you from other books and websites on the topic of raw veganism - there's a lot of misinformation out there. In particular, the very popular "Fully Raw Kristina" should be avoided. She claims that vegans don't need to supplement with vitamin B12, and she claims that cooked foods are harmful. "Freelee the Banana Girl" and Dr. Douglas Graham also offer bad advice. Freelee claims that if a woman loses her period, that it is a sign of health. Dr. Graham claims that vegans don't need to take vitamin B12, and that grains are unhealthy.
I haven't personally found any peer-reviewed studies showing that raw vegan diets are better than mixed cook/raw vegan diets. Mixed cook/raw vegan diets do tend to be less expensive than raw diets.
This website provides practical, detailed information about vegan nutrition and living: http://www.chooseveg.com/buildameal
“Under the twinkling trees was a table covered with Guatemalan fabric, roses in juice jars, wax rose candles from Tijuana and plates of food — Weetzie's Vegetable Love-Rice, My Secret Agent Lover Man's guacamole, Dirk's homemade pizza, Duck's fig and berry salad and Surfer Surprise Protein Punch, Brandy-Lynn's pink macaroni, Coyote's cornmeal cakes, Ping's mushu plum crepes and Valentine's Jamaican plantain pie."
from Witch Baby, Francesca Lia Block, 1991
Last edited by David3; 06-27-2017 at 11:59 AM.