I am going to be returning from Italy (studying abroad) in a few weeks and would like to start a raw diet. I am vegetarian, but I don't often eat dairy besides milk and yogurt, just because I like other foods better. By the way, is there a raw alternative to yogurt like made with almond milk or something? I know that yogurt is made from the breakdown of lactose which isn't going to be found in nut milk but there are other sugars and I know soy yogurt exists. Anyway, I am an avid athlete, I rock climb about every other day and the days I don't climb I do an hour or so of various cardio. I am a bit worried about calorie intake. Some days I may burn 800 or more calories. Is this easily supplemented? I could lose maybe 10 or so pounds, but significantly more than that would be a seriously unhealthy weight for me. And I love being active so I don't want to have to worry about not getting enough. I read a bit from Tim Van Orden's website, but he says he only eats about 2000 calories a day. I do not think that is enough for me, the last time I really focused on never missing exercise days and eating as healthy as possible I was eating at least 2500 and losing weight.
One other question I have is about nutrients. How can you know that you're getting the RDA of vitamins/minerals without examining the nutrition data for all your foods and making sure you eat a combination that gives you adequate vitamins and minerals? I don't like taking supplements besides maybe spirulina or something (for iodine, although I absolutely love seaweed and my family owns a bed and breakfast so we can order from a wholesaler) because I always forget too and I love eating so why would I miss out by swallowing a pill instead of eating?
One other question, is realistically how much does this sort of diet cost? I know produce is very cheap, but if I'm eating 10 bananas a day it's going to add up regardless of the price. Also, whenever I buy nuts they seem to be inordinately expensive even still in shells. I am going to be living in a house with a few of my friends (still in college), and my parents help me out but I don't like asking them for money if I don't absolutely need to. HOPEFULLY I can find a decent paying job this year, but I'm still only a junior so it's not like I'm going to be making a real salary.
Anyway, I just wanted to add something--if any of you like mushrooms (I love them), they are in fact INCREDIBLY easy to cultivate. You can buy spores for cheap on the internet, or find them on forums (many people will give them to you for free as they don't cost anything to make). These will last indefinitely, because when you grow them you just sacrifice one mushroom (which you can still eat after) and make a sporeprint which is used for the next round of fruiting. Mushrooms like being left alone, and if you spend a little bit you can make them basically automatically from start to finish. The yield is really only dependent on how much space you have. Seems like something a raw foodie would benefit from.
Many recommend getting at least 3,000 calories a day, more if your active and your body needs them. Getting enough calories seems more common of a problem than not enough.
Most vitamins and minerals are abundant eating raw. But you can't really tell if your hitting all the RDA's without examining the nutrition data of what you're eating. However it's pretty easy to use Cronometer(or another nutrient tracker) to either regularly keep track, or just every now and then if you're diet isn't too dynamic. You can just plug a few example meals in, see if you'd be commonly low in something, then find something to correct it(I don't like supplements either, but I know I'm always low in selenium, so I supp it). You should also examine how much faith you have in the RDA's and how they apply to you as opposed to the standard diet(like if you need as much calcium as people consuming animal protein).
Cost can be a bit much to be honest. My finances are very limited and produce is expensive, and it's one of the reasons I haven't been able to go raw long term yet. Bananas being a main staple is about the only way I can afford enough calories. A bit of other fruits and greens, and juice(which isn't raw or optimal, but better than alternatives. I should spend about $3.50 a day on food(an impossibility nutrient wise I think), however I actually spend about $7-$10 a day, probably one of the reasons why my bank account has continued to approach zero.
Hope I've helped some. There are many different opinions on things in the raw world(as with any health/fitness area or anything for that matter), and a few different views are represented on this forum, so hopefully you can find what you need here.
I'm new, just starting... I have been on meds for High Blood Pressure and High Colesterol for 3 years and recently my Dr. told me that since my BP is still high I should double up on the Benicar HCT and take it 2x's a day.... Yeah the meds don't and won't cure anything... So I'm on and I want to live....! I'm doing a green smoothie each day, also exercising each day. Now I'm excited about incorporating more raw foods and taking it day by day... I feel better already, and it's just the beginning...
God bless you for creating a plce where I can come and learn how to live healthy ..!
I am a vegan who went raw Jan.3 2011. I am finding the raw diet challenging because everything has to be fresh (more expensive if it's raw) and I am always sterilizing my measuring equIpment.
But I am starting to get a routine down. I make a green smoothie almost every morning. For my first month I chose not to go to events that centered around cooked food. This really helped. Also, I filled my calendar with many non-food events like the movies, a concert, or taking classes.
One of the most amazing things that happened since going raw is that I no longer have the desire for coffee. I simply don't like the feel of it going down my throat. Coffee feels like the acid that it is.
My system has become sensitive to this. I also notice that food taste less brilliant when it is hot.
Thank you for posting.
I'm a long time vegan but have recently made a commitment to try to go raw to a great degree. It is challenging. I'm finding myself making lots of horrible things in the dehydrator. I did have some success with some raw corn and tomato chips the other day, so there's hope.
I'm interested to hear from other folks new to this effort if you've come up with some staples (i.e. daily smoothies, snacking ideas so you don't get too hungry) and/or a routine for prepping things. One very challenging aspect of this diet is the long prep times associated with so many things (everything has to be soaked, sprouted, dehydrated, etc!). I just need to establish some routines...
FYI, I have also just lost my taste for coffee (decaf in any case) and have not had a a glass of wine in several weeks - which is amazing for me. Even my favorite old black beans and rice don't seem to taste as good - they taste... mushy and sort of dead. Urgh.
for a newbie, which raw foods/practises are the best for boosting energy?
I would like to go raw, but every time i try I seem to feel sick, tired and flat.
Now I've finally tried doing green smoothies in the morning (4 pieces of fruit and a handful of greens plus enough water to blend, gradually increasing greens) I find this is a really great breakky for fullness and for energy. But I'd like to have something more solid during the day. and need something that will suit a packed lunch. I do big salads and enjoy them but sometimes I find my energy slumps massively after a big salad and I feel hungry afterwards.
I'd like to not rely on lots of nuts/dehydrated foods and eat more fresh stuff.
ive been vegan for a number of years now and am im now at a stage where i really want to go raw. i have to be honest and say that as i research it im getting a little 'dizzy' with the information im finding, ingredients and equipment i have never even heard of never mind tried! dont know where to buy stuff from, have 'silly' questions that i feel daft asking and am gobsmacked by the recipes i find! :-)
im wanting to go raw for health benefits and to lose weight but am a little apprehensive as all i am eating at the mo is green smoothies, salad and raw veg, which is triggering alarm bells as i feel that this is not giving me the whole nutrients that my body needs, surely my body needs more that just fruit and veg? i really really want to be successful at going raw so help and advice is extremely appreciated :-)
(some of my silly questions.......what type of water should i drink? is wine raw? vinegar? isnt raw soup just like drinking a green smoothie but without the fruit and just using a spoon? and can i eat raw potatoes? i was always told that this was bad for you! )
Hello, I'm new here and to RAW. I've been eating loads more fruits and veggies since I saw FoodMatters which lead me to see lots of similar videos like Fat, Sick and nearly Dead and the Gerson Miraclel.
As I start my journey I have developed a question. It is said to start by eating 70% or 80% RAW.
My question might seem too specific to some of you but the answer would help me.
How do you know if you are eating x% RAW? Is it by weight? Do I eat denser vegetables to make up for non-RAW food