The only thing you need to do is post your goals, How long you're looking to go raw for, What percentege of raw food you're trying to eat, Etc. And keep us updated on your progress. Feel free to give any tips you have! Help is always welcome.
I don't mind any healthy debate, Just please, Keep it clean. This is my first thread. Try not to drag it down.
In the past, I've liked to eat all raw a day a week and 50% raw the other days when it's warm. I've had long stretches where I was 100% strictly raw too.
Eating a good percentage of raw when it is a little cooler isn't easy for me.
I'm eating a salad meal everyday that tends to be all raw. So, I'll commit to one meal and one snack a day raw.
I'll post what I had raw/living today:
Baby Spring Mix
Moroccan Olive oil
Apple cider vinegar
My goal: I want to eat at least 50% raw, I'm going for a minimum of a week. My overall goal is to stay near that level throughout life.
I'm trying to get my Mom to bring me to the farmers market tommorow to buy some locally grown produce, I'll start then and i'll post what I ate here.
I made a smoothie today!
Two handfuls of goji berries
A bunch of grapes
A tablespoon of wheatgrass powder
Two tablespoons of hemp seeds
Ten tablets of spirulina, crushed
Two tablespoons of cacao powder
Water to make it more liquidy
“May all sentient beings be free of pain and suffering. May all sentient beings experience eternal joy and happiness. gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā.”
My typical day is
B: Green Smoothie (no soy milk)
L: Green Smoothie (no soy milk), Kimchee, Vegan dumplings (cooked)
D: Will probably be another Green Smoothie and some Vitamix soup (which is considered raw)
I've been trying to replace traditional salads with the smoothies as I've read they digest better. I'm going to see if I can stay at 75% (or more) through March.
One thing to keep in mind is that with the exception of nuts, seeds, oils, avocados and things like dates, most raw foods are lower in calories and higher in finer than the cooked foods a lot of us eat regularly so it's natural to want to eat more.
A salad of pearl tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, pine nuts, Moroccan olive oil, parsley, thyme, sesame seeds, apple cider vinegar and a pinch of Celtic sea salt.
I also had raw almonds , chocolate, strawberries and pecans.
B: 1L of fresh veggie/fruit juice or a smoothie depending on time
S: Fruit if i'm hungry
L: Salad with lettuce, kale and veggies, avocado, hemp seeds or nut cheese, raw tahini and lemon juice
S: Fruit, larabar, hot water with lemon (this is usually my hungriest point of the day)
D: Cooked vegan dinner, usually lentils or tofu
S: Whatever i can get my hands on! on a good night it might be one raw cookie or some chocolate almond milk, otherwise chips, vegan cookies, etc.
I just wish i could get over the eating after dinner.
Raw food I had today was;
I had two smoothies today. I made them with strawberries, Fresh orange juice, Banana and a bit of (not raw, sadly). Almond milk.
For a snack I had a plum and a nectarine.
My mostly non-raw was a vegetable fajita plate, Some whole wheat cereal this morning, And I corrupted my otherwise raw salsa with tortilla chips.
Tomorrow will be better. I bought a bunch of really nice fruits and veggies.
I basically decided that 2008 was going to be my year for getting back into healthy eating, staying vegan, and working on my binge-eating patterns. I started Jan 5 with a modified version of Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan and was probably about 50-60% raw with that (E2L isn't strictly a raw food diet but Fuhrman does emphasize raw veggies and fruits). I enjoyed that for about 8 weeks (while staying binge-free!) but last week decided that I wanted to try going raw at a higher percentage for the next few weeks just for a change. This is day 5 and so far I'm loving it even more than what I was doing before.
Goals: Right now I'm just taking it one week at a time. I've tried going raw several times in the past year and I think one thing that makes me fail is the all-or-nothing mentality I have about food. So for me to say "I'm going raw for the rest of my life" is a big issue. If that happens to be the case, great. If not, so be it.
I'm probably around 90-95% raw right now. I don't consciously eat anything that isn't raw, but I leave a margin or error, per se, for foods that I'm pretty sure are not completely raw (like some of the dried fruit I buy).
Morning: tehina or nut pate or guacomole with raw veggies and fruit
Snack: all fruit smoothie with 1 tbsp flaxseed
Lunch: Big salad with either raw vinigrette and avocado or dressing made with raw nut butter (depending on what I've had for breakfast)
Snack: fruit smoothie
Dinner: Salad with veggie and fruit mix, raw nuts, a sprinkling of dried fruit
Evening snacks: more dried fruit and/or raw fudge
I know it sounds like I eat a lot of fatty foods (nuts, avocado) but so far this is what my body is craving and I feel very satisfied with it. I'm also losing weight, though I don't weigh myself so I can't say how much. One of my mottos this year is if it isn't broken, don't fix it .