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Hi all,

I've decided I want to go raw for a few days starting tomorrow. I've been doing a vegan diet for a few months now which I love but I've slid into eating less healthy than I'd like (lots of grains, more processed food than I'd like). I'm in spring break now and I figured now is a good time to do a few days of "cleansing" with raw, since I have the time to prepare and gather recipes.

I tried going raw about a year ago and, admittedly, didn't do very well. I lasted a few weeks but felt very "deprived" and it drove me to binging (which I have a problem with). But I'm thinking a few days to clean out my system and then I can maybe move into doing partially raw so that I don't feel "deprived" right off and ease into it. I may from there go more raw, though I may just stay with partially cooked food.

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Nice. I read on a fruitarian website that a good thing to eat in the morning is raw melon and the juice from about 5 lemons. I tried that this morning (I diluted the lemon juice with a little water) and I felt great during my work day.
 

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Melon juice is one of the best things to have in the morning. It takes 30-60mins to be digested and is advised to drink it first then after it has been digested to eat something else. This way your body gets a huge dose of goodness first thing.

Raw food can feel a bit limited at first but if you find a good book it can really open your eyes to the beauty and joy of raw food. I highly recommender 'The Raw Gourmet' by Nomi Shannon. The pictures are so good it could be classed as food porn.

There is something called liquid aminos that can be added to food to enhance flavours and get a boost to your bodies supplies. Good luck mate and I hope you enjoy yourself on it
 

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I would highly recommend picking up Raw Foods Made Easy for 1 or 2 People if you don't already own it. Very well written, it couldn't be any easier.

Maybe you should just make a longer-term commitment to eat raw foods 1, 2, or 3 days a week. That way you'd be eating healthier more often but not going all the way with it.
 

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Good going Tam!


Yep, the raw food diet is a hard one for us living a world that revolved around cooked food. Not to mention all the fast food and junk food most of us grew up on.

There are lots of things you can make to not feel deprived. It takes some work yes but it can be worth it and also very fun!

Here are the two raw food books I recommend:

'The Complete Book of Raw food'. This has raw food recipes from tons of different and well-known raw foodists. It is like owning 10 raw food books. The recipes are unique and fun.

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-.../dp/1578261430

'Living on Live Food'. This has a lot recipes that are basically raw replacements for the cooked versions you used to eat. Raw Pizza!

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Live-Fo...3292050&sr=1-1

Alot of recipes can call for a dehydrator. Don't know if you have one of those but they can definately make raw food alot more fun and interesting. You will feel less deprived with the more options of things to make.

ooo, also check out the Raw Food recipes on VB!
 

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Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions, everyone!

Michael, I actually stumbled across the book you suggest and ordered it a few days ago - since I'm a single person, it's perfect!

queenfluff, I have Alissa's book and am going to reread it. I'll check out the other book.

Thanks for the suggestion about the melon juice. I was never much for "drinking" my fruit (i.e., juices, all-fruit smoothies) but tried that this morning (without adding stuff like hemp powder or nuts) and it was delicious. I'm going to try the melon juice too.

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There is something that you may want to try that can get rid of a lot of toxins in your body and change your entire system so you will crave raw foods. It was done by people like Jesus and Moses and most animals do it, even though the animals (not pets) eat all of their foods raw. A caterpillar does it before becoming a butterfly.

It is fasting. The site below has quotes on it from 17 MDs. Also many Christians do it for reasons other than for health. For 22 days I had a perfect diet. Now that would mean nothing not organic, the perfect food in the perfect amounts eaten at the perfect times. Actually I fasted 22 days consuming only pure water. The reason that this is perfect is because you are not perfect. You have made mistakes. But with fasting, you are totally taken out of the equation. You make no choices.

This gives your entire digestive system a rest or vacation. Otherwise your intestines are contantly doing muscular contractions known as peristalsis. According to Ben Franklin it makes you money since he said that a penny saved is a penny earned. Then you can use that money to buy something for yourself. Also you can do it with lemonade for your first time.

I do not know if they sell raw maple syrup but I do know they sell raw agave which you can use in lemonade. Also page on NATURAL HEALING tells about a group that eats 85% raw and 15% cooked healthy food at the end of the day as a reward for eating raw. They found that it was a lot easier for people to do and they found it worked as well as all raw. My favorite foods are papaya and avocados that are ripe and blueberries. Watermelon is not as good as it used to be. Maybe someday our government will outlaw food that is not organic like Russia did. Lemonade Diet and Fasting
 

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What really helped me stay raw this time without cooked cravings, is going low fat raw. I do 811 (80% carbs or more, 10% or less of protein & fat). After about 3 days your body gets used to feeling so light & clean that you really don't even see anything cooked as food anymore. Now falling back & cheating is with gourmet raw suff or higher fat meals! And boy do you feel the difference too!
 
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