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Hi, I joined the boards a few days ago looking to make some sort of contact with other veggies. There's not many of us out there, and I think I would learn so much from long time vegans.<br><br>
Lately I've been curious about going raw. I've done a bit of research and, honestly, things like "dehydrating, and sprouting" turn me off, but nonetheless I'd like to do raw without these things. Maybe down the road it won't seem so strange.<br><br>
Other than that, I'm 19, my name really is Odalys, I'm living in florida, and living with my omni boyfriend. I don't want to get into detail here, but lets just say that I don't know how to deal with my boyfriend being omni. It drives me crazy, I guess I'm a bit militant about it. Hopefully I'll learn from some of you guys how you dealt with relationships!
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"> I hope you learn what you need to from here. This place has plenty of both new vegans (like me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">) to share the experience of going vegan with, and longtime vegans who can help you with any problems you have. We also have a few raw foodists and a raw food subforum <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Congratulations on going vegan! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:">
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><br><br><br><br>
Yes, there are raw foodists here who will be happy to answer any questions you might have about going (and staying) raw.
 

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Welcome to VeggieBOards and best of luck going raw! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 

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Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Welcome! I switched to a 70%-100% raw diet jsut last week. I'm also not interested in dehydrating or sprouting (at least not yet anyway). It hasn't been super easy, and actually I am finding the best tasting meals so far to be those that really require minimal prep work. I have been eating raw fruit for breakfast, green smoothies and some nuts/dried fruit for lunch, and for dinner some crudites and an easy raw dip (guacamole is my fave). This last weekend I had cooked dinners both Saturday and Sunday, but that was my only options based on the circumstances. I consider if both breakfast and lunch were raw, I am at 70% raw, and on days I also eat dinner raw I am 100% raw.<br><br><br><br>
Keep it up. I can both see and feel a noticable difference, but then again I was noticing those things alrady by switching to a vegan diet almost 2 months ago so I can;t say for sure if the increase in this over the last week is more associated with the raw diet or just a further continuation of the vegan diet. As long as I feel OK then I don't really care, because I am very certain it is at least healthy.
 

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Thanks alot guys for the responses, Blacklemonpepp'r, thanks for the advice, seems like we're both in the same boat. I've been vegan for since november of 2006, so it hasn't been very long I guess. I think part of the reason I want to try eating raw is because vegan is no longer a challenge, and I love challenges <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br>
I've been eating lots of fruits and veggies, and raw peanuts (I had to get used to the taste, now I love them!!) and raw oats. I'm still drinking soymilk, hopefully I can find some affordable coconut milk, and I am still eating pb and j sammiches!
 

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Hi, Odalys! Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Good luck with going raw! I've gone back and forth from a high raw diet, and I'm trying to inch my way up to 90% raw again.<br><br><br><br>
You and I used to be in very similar positions. Last year when I went vegetarian and later vegan, I was also 19 and living with my omni (now ex) boyfriend. It was extremely difficult for me to deal with, but after setting a good example, encouraging and informing, and having patience with him, he eventually made the decision to go vegan! (I didn't try to <i>convert</i> him, as it sounds. Of course I hoped he would also be vegan someday, so naturally I tried my best to provide information and support if he <i>chose</i> himself to pursue veganism.)<br><br><br><br>
My best advice to you is to not push the issue with him, because it may only push him farther away from the idea of going veg. Instead, try your best to be a healthy vegan who is knowledgeable and always has a great recipe under her belt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> After I started learning new recipes and showing how easy and delicious it can be to be vegan, he started opening his mind a little more to the idea. Also, remember to be patient. You never know, he may go veg someday, but he may not. If you're comfortable maintaining a relationship with him while he's still an omnivore, then be prepared for everything that comes with it, just in case! There are many people here on VB that have lived or still do live with a omni partner, so if you create a new thread they may be able to give you more specific advice! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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thanks for the comment veggiejanie!!<br><br>
It's been so frustrating with my omni bf lately. I think I was being a bit militant about the issue. He told me he does NOT want me pushing him...so I've decided to back off and see if he can come to his own conclusions. I mean, he's been recycling,avoiding fur, and reading labels, and eats all of my yummy vegan meals (he always adds cheese though). He understands FULLY what an omnivore diet does to his health and the environment, not to mention the animals!<br><br>
I think what takes me over the edge is his REASON is simply "I just dont want to change" Anybody else have someone give that excuse?
 
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