Submitted by jferringer on February 20, 2010 - 8:35am
I am a fairly new vegan (2 months) and am interested into transitioning to raw! I tend to have an all-or-nothing mindset, but am trying to be gentle with my body and ease into this. So far I have switched over to having green smoothies for breakfast most mornings (LOVE), and a raw snack and/or lunch. I think things will be a lot easier once it warms up and I can make weekly trips to the wonderful farmer's markets around the city!
I have been lurking on the forum for a few days, but just wanted to say hi! There is a lot of information on this site, and everyone seems so helpful!
Submitted by Pure Gaia on February 19, 2010 - 1:56pm
Hi, I first learnt about Raw Food back in 2004, and it took until the end of last year, beginning of 2010 to begin to make the transition. I'm committed to this, and enjoying it...not that it does not have its own set of problems as I transition...
So, I have lost 1 stone already at 65% ish raw, got the glow...
Submitted by Joeayy on February 17, 2010 - 11:53am
Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum, and about 6-7 weeks new to Veganism. Inadvertently, the first four weeks of those I was almost entirely raw; I adopted a simple diet of apples, trail mix (dried blueberries, peanuts, and almonds), an excellent 'whole foods optimizer' supplement called 'Vega' (which I'm sure some of you have heard of), and some other protein supplements from Vegan Essentials. Essentially, I'd graze throughout the day, without meals. Sometimes I steamed vegetables or snacked on organic ginger snaps, but I'd say calorie-wise, the diet was 85% raw, at least. Along with fitness and a good sleep pattern, I felt excellent.
The last couple weeks I've been unable to run or cycle due to an ankle injury, and, deciding it would be wasteful to continue with Vega and other protein supplements while not training, the recovery period has led me to fall off high standards and good habits (I've been eating more empty calories, starches, processed vegan foods and such). Nonetheless, the break from 'Raw' eating helped me understand what a great benefit the lifestyle has had on me, so I decided it would be a good idea to find a place where I can share ideas and learn from those more experienced.
This site's aesthetic is great, and the members seem very nice. This seems to be a very awesome little community -- I'm glad to have found it, and excited to join in the discussions. I have a couple questions which I could probably find elsewhere on the site, but don't think it would be any harm to ask here:
What are some quick snacks I could throw in my backpack to enjoy whenever? Right now I throw 3-4 apples in my pack, two scoops of protein to sip on, and an 8 oz. container of trail mix. Is there some staple raw food that I'm missing, or something interesting that I should try out?
What is it specifically about heating foods that is unappealing? Is it significantly more healthy to snack on raw carrots than steamed carrots, etc..?
Why are you eating raw food?
I am eating raw food in order to combat my Fibromyalgia, improve my health in general, and lose weight.
How long have you been?
I began my raw food diet about six weeks ago. The first two weeks were healthful fasting. The last month has been a transition period. I am eating about 80% raw. It would be 100% but I am falling for some of my old cooked foods that provided me comfort. Luckily not too often.
How do you feel differently now?
The Fibro is still pretty active--painful. But, as my neighbor said, it will take time. In the meantime, I have noticed some fantastic side effects of eating raw. My hair is much more manageable and the gray is going away. My skin is greatly improved and I don't look old and aged (which is what disease begins to do to you after a while). And--Yes, I have lost 16 pounds!
Please see my blog If you want to follow my Raw journey to healing Fibromyalgia. It's a brand new blog, but I will be posting to it every day. As of Feb. 14, 2010 there is only my first post which answers why I choose living foods for life and explains how Fibromyalgia came into my life. http://www.blog.LivingFoodsForLife.com