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Ok, I tried for about two weeks and I could never get myself to 100% raw for a day. It was usualy 50-70% By dinner I just wanted a meal. I was doing a lot of mono meals because whipping up raw meals still intimidate me (especially with all of the preparation involved). I guess the mono meals did not satisfy my palete. I wanted lots of flavors that all blended and complimented each other. I wanted a salad... but something else as well!<br><br><br><br>
I'm very unfamiliar with many of the staples of a raw diet. Carob? cacao? dates? Where can I find coconut milk in larger (hopefully cheaper) quanitities? All I've been able to get my hands on is overpriced coconut water (but oh so yummy) and coconut milk in a can... not enough to use it liberally as a rice/almond milk substitute.<br><br><br><br>
As far as the detox symptoms, I think I'm still experiencing them even though I'm back to my regular vegan meals. I'm breaking out horribly!!<br><br>
How could this be??<br><br><br><br>
Well, I obviously have a lot to learn. I will be ordering Eating for Beauty as well as a few others. I realize that knowledge is power!<br><br><br><br>
Now, can any of you share your success stories on going raw and maybe some tips on making the transition???<br><br><br><br>
Also, any advice on how to convince my omni boyfriend be open to eating raw? He's been very disaproving of the idea because he really likes my vegan cooking and doesn't want me to quit cooking.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks in advance guys!<br><br><br><br>
PS> I'd also like to note that I'm in college (read: low on cash) and that natural food stores are far away from where I live. Tampa is not very vegan friendly, unfortunately.
 

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I'm sorry it's so difficult. I understand, mono meals get boring pretty quick.<br><br><br><br>
About the breaking out, did you introduce anything new into your diet since going raw? Just wondering if it could be allergies.<br><br><br><br>
I get cacao nibs from a local Whole Foods store. If you are lucky enough to have one in your area, they are great for many items. I must warn you that cacao nibs are EXPENSIVE!!! Last time I picked some up it was $18.99/pound.<br><br><br><br>
Technically, anything bottled or canned from a store and labeled has been pasteurized, meaning it was heated above the temps that raw purists keep their food under.<br><br><br><br>
If I was in your shoes, I would simply go for a goal of eating as natural as possible, within your budget. Eat as much raw as you can afford, and then just eat natural yet cheaper frozen/canned/bottled foods. Their nutrient content is not as strong as raw, but better than processed and/or fortified foods. From what I have been reading, fortified foods do not really present their nutrients in a readily usable form, so you don't really get those added nutrients anyway.<br><br><br><br>
I am sure someone with great knowledge will be along shortly. Keep trying!
 

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I'm sure you will find lots of help here, but you could also try raw food forums, like rawfoodtalk.com. There are some others, but I have found the people there to be particularly helpful in this area. (Not to push you away from VB. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> You could always use both!)
 

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First off, there is no such thing as failing if you keep trying. Second, don't worry about being perfect or even 100% yet. You are new to this way of living and would benefit from easing into being all raw all the time. Real lasting changes are made easier by adding new diciplines to your daily routein rather then trying to willpower your way through. Here are some examples you can try.. Make it your dicipline to eat a salad daily. Make it your dicipline to drink a vegetable juice daily with leafy greens. Make it your dicipline to eat only fruits for breakfast daily. Make it your dicipline to try one new raw food or recipe each week (or what works for you). The more of these habits you create for yourself, the less room there will eventually be for 'the other stuff' and you will never be depriving yourself of anything you want.
 

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Hello there,<br><br><br><br>
There is no failure! :) Anytime you are eating more fresh fruits and veggies you have doing a lot of good for yourself and the environment. Be proud of efforts to change. Changing one's diet significantly can take some getting used to, for sure.<br><br><br><br>
Find an asian store in your town to buy cheap young coconuts at. At an asian store they shouldn't cost more than .99 each.<br><br><br><br>
I would recommend Alissa Cohen's book to start out with. While she does have some complicated recipes in it that require sprouting and dehydrating there are also plenty that only require throwing some stuff in the blender or food processor and can be made in thirty minutes or less. Plus the book does a great job of describing the basics.<br><br><br><br>
For now why don't you aim for all raw during the day and a large salad plus a very healthy veggie focused, whole food vegan cooked dinner? You could keep your partner happy and still be WAY healthier than 99% of the rest of the population!<br><br><br><br>
Wishing you all the best,<br><br><br><br>
Audrey<br><br><a href="http://www.rawhealing.com" target="_blank">www.rawhealing.com</a>
 

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You haven't failed! This a HARD diet to keep up in todays' world. Just do your best. There are lot of people who do better and feel better if they are not 100% raw - not everyone is 100%. I am not (well, I have been for the last few weeks and that is intentional but normally it is not like that).<br><br><br><br>
Here is a link to some testimonials. Some of these people struggled for YEARS to stay raw. You did good.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.shazzie.com/raw/transformation/" target="_blank">http://www.shazzie.com/raw/transformation/</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://fromsadtoraw.com/RawInProgressPictures.htm" target="_blank">http://fromsadtoraw.com/RawInProgressPictures.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
Also, check out some of the recipes on the From SAD to RAW page. Some of them are very easy and don't require any fancy ingredients that are hard to get and all you need is a blender.<br><br><br><br>
For real 'meals' that fill you up, try this:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/mushroomalfredo.html" target="_blank">http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/...omalfredo.html</a><br><br><br><br>
For the "pasta" part, you use zucchini or squash and you can use a vegetable peeler to make long pasta like strips. Or just cut to make small penne type shapes. The sauce is VERY filling. I am making this tonight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
For my going raw, I have only been doing it for a little over two years. I did good for a while (about 80%) and than a went back to a cooked vegan diet and now I am back to being more raw. Right now, I have a ton of time to experiement with recipes and stuff, so I have that luxury and now I have all these great things I know how to make and I know I like.<br><br><br><br>
It is a "journey" for you - so don't compare yourself to others - I am sure they failed to at one point.<br><br><br><br>
I see it as like sort of the same sort of journey I went through when I became a vegetarian 17 years ago - I had to spend a lot of time rethinking my diet and coming up with new things I could eat and experiment. It is the same sort of thing you do when you decide to go raw. It just takes some getting used to and some adjustment. It is hard so never feel bad if you can't get everything perfect at once.<br><br><br><br>
It is also hard to go "cold turkey" all 100% raw right away. I wouldn't recommend someone doing it like that. Yes, you will have some bad detox (that is probably what your breaking out is). Just do it at your own pace. Start doing your "replacements" for the cooked things you used to eat. What ever the easiest is first. Than you start working on the harder stuff - like the "mealy" meals. Give yourself time to do your research and than start your experimenting.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Oh, also, for Tampa. I was just there recently. Although, we hardly made it, my bf and I stopped in at a little restaurant called Grass Roots that serves raw food! They also serve some vegan stuff too. The people there were really nice. Even though they were just about to close for the night, they made us something to go.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.happycow.net/reviews.php?id=5742" target="_blank">http://www.happycow.net/reviews.php?id=5742</a><br><br><a href="http://www.thegrassrootlife.com/" target="_blank">http://www.thegrassrootlife.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
Also at the bottom of the web page here is a list of natural foods groceries:<br><br><a href="http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/florida/tampa/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.happycow.net/north_americ...mpa/index.html</a><br><br><br><br>
There is also a Raw Food Meetup group in Tampa. Going to Raw Meetups is how I got into raw - if I didn't go to these, I probably wouldn't be raw today (that is where I met my bf too!).You meet people who can support you and who are probably transitioning just like you and you learn about how to make things. It can really help.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://rawfood.meetup.com/66/" target="_blank">http://rawfood.meetup.com/66/</a><br><br><br><br>
Also, this place has the some of the cheapest prices on the web for raw food (once you are able to afford some extra special items, go here). The guy who runs it is in Tampa!<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.rawguru.com/store/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.rawguru.com/store/index.php</a>
 

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I tried to raw food as well. It turns out it just is not my "thing". I really believe in the benefits of raw fooding. ( is that even a word???<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/stupid.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sign:"> )My life - schedule- got in the way. Please don't feel bad about it. Keep at it if you feel it is the best for you. The recipes I found here are amazing. I still try to have at least 45% raw food for the week.
 
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