Originally posted by 46 avocados
what do you do when you go out to eat?
No biggie. I'm not a fanatic.
So... I will look at the menu and chose from it, and not make a scene with my dietary choices (I will try very hard to eat vegan though, and vegetarian is an absolute must).
I will go for something simple and easy (steamed veggies, rice, etc), if it's possible. If not, I will try to encounter and take in the experience of eating a heavy, greasy, cooked food with an open mind. LOL, I'm a closet-buddhist as you see!
Same thing for invitations. Hell I'm a curious person, I would never say no to somebody offering me some freaky special cooked food. RF'ism not about limitations, about depriving yourself from things.
I want to go out and have fun.
But, clearly the bulk of my calories I decide/prepare for myself, and I will strive to keep that raw.
Remember, raw foodism does not have any moral aspects, like veganism. You can eat cooked food and still be a raw foodist. Just like, you can eat fatty food or sweets every once in a while, and still call yourself (and be) a health conscious person waching her diet.
do you spend alot more on food this way?
The short answer: not necessarily.
The long answer: I found that any dietary change temporarily boosts my grocery bill. I paid a lot in the store when I went vegan, because it took me some time to find the cheap stuff, to develop eating patterns that minimize costs.
Same with RF. In the beginning, I paid a LOT for all the organic fruit and vegetables. But meanwhile I have it under control. The key is to live on cheap staples, and to buy in season.
For instance, banana is a perfect staple for a RF'ist. It's cheap, always in season and has a great nutritional profile.
There is always some fruit in season. Orange, apple....
My staple vegetable is lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets.... All cheap.
Nuts and seeds can be expensive, but sunflower and pumpkin seeds are always laughably cheap, yet they have most of the benefits of the more expensive nuts (fat, protein).
Dried exotic fruit can also be pricey, so the staple here is raisins which is always cheap.
Also, I often "cheat" with buying bottled juices and shakes (which have been flash pasteurized, i.e. heated for a second or so). I also want to buy a juicer to make cheap fresh juices at home.
So by eating in season and relying on the cheap staples, a RF diet can be cheap.
If you are a pure RF'ist, you will *only* shop in the produce section, and, to a lesser degree, in the bulk section.
And I'll say also this: to me there are few things as important as what I put into my body, so I do want to eat quality food, and I'm willing to pay and sacrifice more for that.
I'm not into "luxury" very much, so buying organic, or out-of-season or expensive items (e.g. mushrooms can be expensive) coult be considered my luxury expenses...