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My mom is ready to go raw! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"> (Something I would like to do eventually, too, so I am hoping to also learn from this thread.)<br><br><br><br>
She needs some advice, specifically on the following topics:<br><br><br><br>
* best to start gradually? where to start?<br><br>
* "staple" foods<br><br>
* being raw on a budget<br><br>
* what to do about grains?<br><br>
* getting enough nutrients<br><br>
* necessary(?) tools/appliances<br><br>
* helpful raw websites or books<br><br>
* any other info you think is important for her to know<br><br><br><br>
ANY help is appreciated! Even a link to a website that may answer these questions for her.<br><br><br><br>
Thank you in advance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">* best to start gradually? where to start?</div>
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It depends on your personality. I found gradual to work best with me<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Also depends on what you like. I prefer fruit and salad fixins'<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Buy in season, on sale, and bulk<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Some people enjoy grains by sprouting them. I do not eat grains.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Eat a variety. Eventually once raw, you'll crave what you need.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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None at all, but I like mono eating. When starting out a sharp knife and a blender and/or food processor is nice to have.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I have several and found none helpful. I received the best information from several sites. <a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.the gardendiet.com</a> <a href="http://s12.invisionfree.com/FLF" target="_blank">http://s12.invisionfree.com/FLF</a> and <a href="http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/" target="_blank">http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/</a> are helpful. But eventually you need to find your own path.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Throw conventional wisdom out the window. This is new ground for the modern human.<br><br>
Wish her Good Luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>veggiejanie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
My mom is ready to go raw! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"> (Something I would like to do eventually, too, so I am hoping to also learn from this thread.)<br><br><br><br>
She needs some advice, specifically on the following topics:<br><br><br><br>
* best to start gradually? where to start? <b>green vegetable juice, reading, a salad a day as a discipline, and more reading..</b><br><br><br><br>
* "staple" foods<b>leafy greens, fatty foods like avocado, nuts, seeds, coconut, coconut oil, cold-pressed oils, fats withe essential fatty omega 3 acids(flax and hemp seeds) fruit</b><br><br><br><br>
* being raw on a budget<b>look, if you dont buy organic food now...your gonna beb uying extremely expensive medical care in the future. the choice is yours, support organic farmers...or support corrupt medical doctors and pharmaceutical companies who do more harm than good? the right choice is obvious, you spend a couple extra dollers on organic food, and you invest in learning about natural health.</b><br><br><br><br>
* what to do about grains?<b>oats are one of the best. you actually can eat most grains raw and theyll soften up as you hold them in your mouth for a while, and many armies were fed this way. you can sprout them too though. quinoa is another good grain which is actually a seed..i sprout it. grain grass, like wheatgrass juice is good for you..</b><br><br><br><br>
* getting enough nutrients<b>where do you get nutrients outside of raw food??? what processed food has viable vitamins and minerals and enzymes in tact? essential fats are easily found in flax and hemp, and many un-raw foodists eat those foods for the purpose of getting these anti-inflammatory nervous system building fats. greens contain a lot of trace minerals and vitamins... and a bit of protein. hemp seeds are one of the best sources of protein, spirulina(a greenfood algae supplement) being another great one. flax seed is complete protein and so is sunflower.</b><br><br><br><br>
* necessary(?) tools/appliances<b>i think a blender is VERY helpful. food processeors and dehydrators are not as necesary imo, but helpful in making certain recipes. coffee grinders are a goodone too..good for grinding raw cacao beans.</b><br><br><br><br>
* helpful raw websites or books<b><a href="http://www.rawfood.com" target="_blank">http://www.rawfood.com</a> (look at the message board and community myspace there, and also look at all the products there so you can know what is healthy and what is not...or what is doable on the raw diet, whats in the game..) <a href="http://www.patricktimpone.com" target="_blank">http://www.patricktimpone.com</a> ( listen to the past recordings on his radio show) <a href="http://www.rawveganradio.com" target="_blank">http://www.rawveganradio.com</a></b><br><br><br><br>
* any other info you think is important for her to know<b>dont eat just watermelon and salad and expect your diet to be complete. many soils these days are deficient, including organic. superfoods and seaweed are valuable things to include in the diet because their often wild and extremely mineral rich. examples of superfoods are goji berries, raw chocolate beans, blue-green algaes like klamath lake and spirulina, maca(peruvian root grows high on mountains, cotnains 20 essential fatty acids and many trace elements) etc...things densely rich with nutrition that have a little more bang than just lettuce. lettuce is great, but its not spirulina...spirulina has a little more power and umph then lettuce. and lettuce has a little more power than pop tarts, cereal and soymilk. just work you way up and have fun...eat raw cacao and raw honey and its all good.</b><br><br><br><br>
ANY help is appreciated! Even a link to a website that may answer these questions for her.<br><br><br><br>
Thank you in advance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Thank you both for the advice! I will be sure to pass it along to her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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