Originally Posted by NiceDream
I love raw food and do raw days at certain times.
Anyway i feel i want to go more raw now but need to ask, how can i live without rice? Whats a dehydrator? Are they easy to use? Is there anything i cant sprout myself (i know you cant eat sprouted kidney beans but is there any others i cant use), how do you cope with eating out? and last of all can you give me some tips please on just eveything raw.
I've been raw for 19 days but my mom and sister have been at it for 6 weeks. When they first started I ate raw meals and then picked out on junk food still, then when they were on week 3 I jumped on board and really committed at about 90%. I'm at 100% most days but still have some non raw cocoa and carob to use up first.
You have no idea how addicted to food I was, I was hard core addict for junk food, bread and starches of any kind. In 6 days into raw I had so many ailments completely go away. I was getting migraines a lot, couldn't sleep at night because I had a pee problem (I went to alot of doctors and no one could find anything wrong), candida, lymph node pain, my body would ache when I work up every morning, I had no energy at all, would huff and puff up stairs all the time. I'm sure there is more I'm forgetting here.
In 6 days headaches, aches and pains, lymph node pain, were all gone. The other things are really starting to subside. My allergies are finally gone, I have more energy and can stay up late even. I don't huff and puff up stairs anymore like I used too.
Currently I weigh 191 lbs and want to eventually get to 115 lbs. It is not instant but the first week I dropped the most weight but eveyone is different. What also helped is my mom and sister were already raw. I'm someone who loves variety and so I'm more gourmet raw so trying recipes all the time. I personally couldn't live without a dehydrator and have a cheap Ronco that I hate but plan to get and Excalibur which is the best out there right now. Nestco is another good brand for much cheaper and has thermostat control which is what you want.
There is a huge debate on what is the right raw temp but I've recently heard nothing over 115 degrees F and on another forum I'm on most use their dehydrator at 105-115 degrees.
Your cravings will subside but some tips are to always have raw snacks when you leave your house because temptation is everywhere you go Wal-Mart, shopping of any kind. I agree start out slowly and then get into more if you want. After being raw for a bit you will feel so amazing and yes sure you will bet tempted at times but then you have to think about how it will feel in your tummy after you eat.
My mom after being raw for 6 weeks tried to have a half a tin of tuna and felt so sick after. Her stomach was so sick feeling. Also my sister ate some manna type bread and also felt sick. It also depends on what degree or raw you want to go and how strict.
For going out you are limited to salads with lemon juice or you can just eat their dressings. Or if you decide you want to eat out when you go out you can but won't feel as great.
There are some amazing sites out there to help you along the way.Alissa Cohen (her DVD set is amazing with simple easy to make raw recipes), she also has a great recipe book tooRaw Food Real World is another good book
. She has a blog too on her site.Carmella's Blog with Amazing Recipes (scroll down the the right and you will see recipe index)
This site has some amazing raw recipes tooMore RecipesGreek RecipesFrom SAD to RAW (SAD stands for Standard American Diet) Recipes
Also I focus on short goals like I'm going to do 30 days raw and then see, then I'll try 3 months etc. This is also a great place to find out information.