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Hi wonderful people,<br><br>
Let me start my question by giving some back story.<br><br>
My wife is a double organ transplant patient. She hasn't felt good lately. I just got off of the phone with her and she wants to go raw. The thing is, we haven't a clue how this is done. If it's salad I'll never make it.<br><br>
What does a raw food daily diet look like? What's for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Vegetarian, I like that because it includes bread, stir frys, veggie concoctions with pastas and spices and all sorts of awesomeness. But, how to do a raw food diet is something I can't really get my brain around.<br><br>
I need some direction. My wife wants to start tonight because she feels bad right now. She has an upcoming doctor's appointment and says she doesn't think that she needs to go before then. Nevertheless, I'm trying to look out for her. She wants me to stop at the Thai restaurant on the way home and pick up some fresh salad rolls. So, dinner is covered. But, breakfast?? If I have to live off of an apple for breakfast everyday the people in my world are fixin to get real unhappy. I'm gonna be a whiney pain in the ass.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>falconbrother</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3092577"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If it's salad I'll never make it.</div>
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What do you mean you'll never make it? You don't rinse and chop greens or don't like to make salads? Try getting a salad spinner!<br><br>
Salad rolls from a Thai restaurant aren't raw typically, unless you're finding some specific raw ones.<br><br>
I like to eat fruit (chopped) (about 600 calories worth) for breakfast or a green smoothie. Of course you wouldn't just have an apple. That's only like 50 calories! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> If you want 10 apples, that'd be cool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> Maybe try chia pudding for something more filling since you're used to eating grains at every meal.<br><br>
Lunch is similar to breakfast.<br><br>
Dinner is usually a huge salad, wraps (collard leafs), pasta (zucchini or kelp), etc. You can also find flax crackers and dehydrated buckwheat crackers and crusts if you want something to transition with. Kale every day is good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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There are a lot of websites and 'cook'books and of course the lovely people here on VB that can help get you an idea. Depending on where you are, there might be some raw restaurants nearby you can eat at and get ideas of what to make at home.<br><br>
Mimi Kirk is really cool.<br>
Her website: <a href="http://youngonrawfood.com" target="_blank">http://youngonrawfood.com</a><br>
YouTube: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ub52209" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/user/ub52209</a><br><br>
Some recipe websites:<br><a href="http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/" target="_blank">http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/</a><br><a href="http://www.rawmazing.com/" target="_blank">http://www.rawmazing.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/recipes/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/recipes/index.html</a><br><a href="http://www.choosingraw.com/" target="_blank">http://www.choosingraw.com/</a><br><a href="http://rawlee.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">http://rawlee.tumblr.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.rawguru.com/raw-food-recipes/" target="_blank">http://www.rawguru.com/raw-food-recipes/</a><br><a href="http://www.findingvegan.com/tagged/raw" target="_blank">http://www.findingvegan.com/tagged/raw</a>
 

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I would recommend getting a raw cookbook. It will inspire you. And TRUST ME - if I had to live off AN apple (singular) for breakfast, I bet I'd be even MORE unpleasant than you!! Homicidal, even! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
You also don't have to eat 100% raw right off the bat if it's too much of an undertaking. Eat as much raw as possible. If you still have the occasional side of rice, quinoa, baked potato, etc, that doesn't mean you've failed, and it's not "bad" food. Eating raw is simply better! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"><br><br>
For breakfast I usually have a 1L smoothie (usually 4-5 bananas, 4-5 dates, 1c of whatever berries/fruit I want, a splash of water or juice and some greens powder). Either that or a big fruit salad, or some chia pudding (soak chia seeds in nut milk and toss in some blueberries or blackberries. Let it sit about 10 minutes to become pudding-y. It's yum), or I make a kind of granola mix: whatever nuts, seeds, berries, grouts that I have on hand.<br><br>
For lunch, I usually have another smoothie. If I'm not in the mood for that, I will have something eclectic from whatever is in my fridge. Flax crackers with avocado spread on it, celery and peanut butter, a big salad, some random fruit. You can make some really nice raw soups (warmed in the dehydrator, or served room temp or cold), and awesome salads with delicious home made dressings.<br><br>
For dinner I like the fancier stuff, but if I haven't taken the time to prep something in my dehydrator, I just have a big salad or some zucchini pasta.<br>
I like to make wraps in my dehydrator and then stuff them with veggies and sprouts. I also like to make crackers, "bread", pizza crust (my fave! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">)<br><br>
Occasionally I will eat baked spaghetti squash, rice topped with raw veggies, or grill up some tempeh/tofu for my salad... but I'm not 100% raw. Only about 98% :p<br><br>
Post often and ask questions - we can help you raw-food-ize your meals!<br><br>
A tip: try to eat your fruit earlier in the day (or before the other foods in your meal) as they digest faster. If you eat nuts, veggies, or something like rice and then put fruit on top, you may experience some gas or bloating. I tend to do fruit for breakfast and lunch, all else for dinner... but you will find what balance works for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I would imagine that any salad made up of all raw vegetables would work. Most recipe books have a salad section, and just leave out anything that isnt raw.
 

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Well, we have added more raw stuff into our diets. In fact, we were discussing last night how hard it has become to eat at a restaurant, cause I frikkin get tired of salad. Iceberg lettuce is kinda like a food cop-out. Let it set out for a few hours and it turns to slime. I prefer something with more substance. We have been eating more salads, spinach, etc.. I love the Thai and Vietnamese restaurants because they have a number of dishes that are in part, raw. And, delicious in the extreme.<br><br>
I think, at least in the short run, we're going to increase the amount of raw in our diets. Probably not 100%. I will say this, when I eat a processed food I feel sick now. I had some hushpuppies the other day with a tangy mustard sauce on them. I felt terrible for an couple of hours after that.<br><br>
Food is medicine I guess.
 

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Iceberg lettuce isn't really food, it's water <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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