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I admit, I have wanted to be a raw vegan for some time now, but it's a very difficult transition for a college student who was raised on processed crap, and who is surrounded by processed crap all the time at school. However, with my health being what it is, I'd try just about anything to see a modicum of improvement.

I was wondering if anyone had any beginner's tips for easing in? I may start with a day a week raw, or something of that kind. I don't have any fancy food processors, but I have a small blender. I'm also on a budget, so I can't really afford anything too fancy.

What are some things I should be aware of that I probably don't know? Act as if you're talking to a complete idiot who doesn't even know what raw veganism is. ; )

Thanks for the help!
 

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I would suggest starting with some green smoothies. Try having one for breakfast each morning (you have a blender, which is all you need to start off raw) and you will notice the health benefits and want to continue eating "cleaner", believe me. That's how I started. They're delicious too, so it won't be too difficult. Just mix 2 cups of the greens of your choice with a couple of pieces of fruit (banana, mango, berries) and 2 cups of water and you're golden. Simple and nutritious!
 

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^^Very good advice. I'll add that you might want to start with a low percentage of greens, just to get used to it. Also be aware that having a green smoothie with lots of fruit and greens is potentially a lot more fiber than you're used to getting, so you might want to give your body some time to adjust before moving forward.

A raw day per week is a good start, or a raw meal every day - like the green smoothies for breakfast. When I was high raw before, I started with a smoothie for breakfast every day, and then slowly switched my other meals over. Instead of a cooked meal with a side salad for lunch, I'd have a big salad with lots of veggies and a little bit of cooked beans on top; that sort of thing.
 

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Thanks, guys! This was really helpful. I've heard about green smoothies before, and that'd be an excellent start.
 

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Oh, one more question - can anyone recommend a few green veggies that are the most nutrient-dense? I don't have a lot of money to buy a variety, and I don't mind eating the same one or two or three veggies in smoothies fairly often, so I'm looking to get a little more bang for my buck.
 

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Well, kale is awesome. I've never had it in a smoothie, though, because it's not available where I live. According to nutritiondata.self.com, one cup of raw kale has:

33 calories
no fat
no cholesterol
29mg of sodium
7g of carbs including 1g of fiber
2g protein
206% of your daily vitamin A
134% of your daily vitamin C
9% of your calcium
6% of your iron
684% of your vitamin K
26% of your manganese
and smaller amounts of lots of other things.

Percentages are based on your gender and calories I believe, but the website didn't say what they based that off; I'm assuming a moderately active woman in her 20s or 30s, based on Self Magazine's demographic. So if you're outside that range those numbers may be slightly different for you, but not by much.
 

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I agree, kale is super nutritious. It's fine in smoothies, although it's incredibly tough and quite strong in flavour so I generally prefer baby spinach or romaine lettuce for smoothies. Kale is great in soups, stews and salads (provided it is well massaged!).
 

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Green cabbage and broccoli are both packed with vitamins and minerals. Not sure about putting them in a smoothie though, as i don't make smoothies.
 

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Also, dandelion leaves! They are PACKED with nutrients and go great in smoothies because they're quite bitter so having them with fruit masks the taste well. I'm a big dandelion fan.

I agree about cabbage and broccoli (both fantastic) but I think I would keep away from them in smoothies, unless you were making a blended raw soup of sorts.
 

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I agree with the green smoothie in the AM and the gradual increase like others have posted. Once you go about 80% or so (it's different for everyone) your body will start detoxing. I found drinking lots of purified water and exercising worked well to help get me through the detox as it helps flush the toxins out faster as we detox through the skin as well. I went to a sauna during the detox and it also helped. It's also a good healthy habit to continue.


Also, at first gourmet raw is a good way to bridge the transition over, but don't look at gourmet raw as the long term healthiest option. I fell into that trap for far too long, and, IMO, it was good to help get me hooked on raw, but not good in the long term as nuts and seeds are heavier in the tummy and assist in weight gain if eaten too much. Now I just sprinkle small amounts on salads now and then and keep it minimal. In terms of balance - check out the pyramid below. Fresh fruits and veg should be the vast majority of what you eat.


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Awesome
I don't eat 100% raw, but I guess I eat about 50-60% (who knows :p) most of the time and now I'm able to enjoy things a bit simpler like just eating a cucumber or raw cauliflower with nutritional yeast, but sometimes, at least for me, you just get a craving that can't be solved with raw veggies or fruit, so I would suggest while you're easing into it (and I definitely agree with easing into it haha.. learned the hard way.. started drinking only green juices way too fast last year), is to find some raw recipes that are similar to cooked recipes you really enjoy... and maybe make some raw desserts from time to time. I am so in love with raw desserts, but I only make them when I'm staying with my parents because at least there are 3 of us to eat it instead of just me haha.

Obviously there are copious amounts of raw recipes online, but I have some raw recipes on my website, mostly desserts but something that I really love if I may point out (similar recipes are on the internet) the raw zucchini fettucini with spinach sauce... I use a Magic Bullet (sometimes it's definitely not the best option) but I too am not in the financial position to get a more powerful blender (I'm saving up for a Vitamix...oooh and a dehydrator.)

Anyway, yeah, just make really yummy things to start off and then gradually you'll most likely find that you'll get cravings for less decadent things. Although we all need to indulge every so often. Happy raw eating!
 

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Obviously there are copious amounts of raw recipes online, but I have some raw recipes on my website, mostly desserts but something that I really love if I may point out (similar recipes are on the internet) the raw zucchini fettucini with spinach sauce... I use a Magic Bullet (sometimes it's definitely not the best option) but I too am not in the financial position to get a more powerful blender (I'm saving up for a Vitamix...oooh and a dehydrator.)
Ooh, that recipe looks great! I have some nice zucchini, so I am going to try it tonight! And I like your website,
 

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A glass of water with half a lemon squeezed in daily is good. I find kale in smoothies delicious I just use blackberries and raspberries to cover the taste. But I also use sugar free OJ instead of water in my smoothies.
 

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that may have to be a meal tomorrow and more frequently, since i have a ton of zucchini from the garden right now!
 

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Well I made that yummy zucchini spaghetti recipe that clare posted. Recommend!! I added some sauteed portabellas to the sauce after, since I had some here.
 

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I need to start juicing and making smoothies again, especially now that my garden is producing more than I can eat.
 

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I looked into being raw a while ago and I found and easy read thing about the fruits which can be eaten together. It listed the name of the category then the fruits in the category. Has anyone found something like this? Google is kind of giving me what I'm looking for... but not really.
 

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sweets are a BIG temptation for me....it'd be fairly ok with implementing the strictly raw food into my diest but i'd fail with the sweets department..especially since im a commis chef
 
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