Hi there... Ive been vegan for a while when I begun to feel sick when eating processed foods, as I saw them as being no better than processed animal parts...
I became raw about a month ago, but havent made the full transition..
I am hoping someone has a word of advice or perhaps a website that would help me with day to day meal plans... I find I struggle most with food combining to create filling meals.
I work full time so I really dont have much prep time... I am still living at home and my family knows nothing, and doesnt want to open up to my live style changes so Im really on my own here... Any resources or books or words of wisdom?
If you lack the time to plan out your meals, perhaps do 2-3 days of food at a time - things like soups, salads, hummus or nut pates should keep well. Or slice and dice a lot of veggies on Sundays and then use them throughout the week in salads or nori rolls.
For me the best advice was to keep it simple. Breakfast is a smoothie, loaded with fruit and some sprouts. I make 30 ounces, but usually drink about 20. Add greens to the leftovers for lunch. Pack fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds for snacks. (I keep nuts and seeds in my desk drawer at school.) My suppers vary (raw soup, veggies, fruit, salads, what ever I'm in the mood for). You could make your smoothies in the evening and store them in tight fitting glass jars. I use Arizona green tea bottles and fill them to within about 1/2 inch of the top. They travel well, and clean nicely with a bottle brush.
Don't get too bogged down in uncooking complicated recipes every day. Let them be for special occasions or once or twice a week. Don't spend a lot of money at one time on unusual ingredients. Pick simple recipes that only use one or two ingredients you don't already have.
I sprout alfalfa and broccoli to use in just about everything. It's easy, cheap, not time consuming, and doesn't take up much room. Plus, I don't have to worry about what my sprouts have been washed with or what has been added to them.
I bought a Vitamix, but have not found it necessary to purchase a juicer, and am still stalling on purchasing a dehydrator. I think the dehydrator is more important for people who feel a need for the appearance, taste and texture of a SAD diet. Having the fancy, expensive equipment isn't necessary. Use what you have and enjoy the journey.
This site has tons of good information. If you haven't already, you might want to browse the Newbie Page (http://www.goneraw.com/node/7119) for starters. Then experiment with the Advanced Search feature on this site. And, of course, please do ask questions. This is a very caring and sharing community.