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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:27 pm 
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Hey all!

My fiancé has decided that raw foods are the new best thing ever. We went to a raw food restaurant recently, and it was not only amazing, but we both felt really good that night and the day after. So I'm definitely interested in learning more. He's pretty much ready to make the switch over, and I'm supportive! But I have no idea where to start. Does anyone have recommendations for resources? "Cook"books?

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:18 pm 
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Ani Phyo's books are great:


http://www.amazon.com/Anis-Raw-Food-Ess ... 037&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Anis-Raw-Food-Kit ... t_ep_dpi_3

http://www.amazon.com/Anis-Raw-Food-Des ... t_ep_dpi_2

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
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I noticed those raw food "cook"book recipes are super complicated or have extra long prep times, but they do end up tasting freakin' awesome.
I like this cookbook - I'd check it out at the library all the time just to copy recipes out of it: Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow

Oh, and all of Ani Phyo's books look awesome, too, but I don't have any. I've only looked through them at bookstores to get some ideas.


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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:55 pm 
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Not a book, but I really like the recipes that I've tried from www.choosingraw.com

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:00 pm 
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Definitely another vote for Ani Phyo! It's actually not too difficult to keep a high raw diet, I've managed to stick to it for a couple months now!

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:45 pm 
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I'm also a fan of Ani Phyo, because she has several good recipes that are appropriate for those of us who don't own a dehydrator and are currently too broke to buy a Vitamix. Knowing me, I will end up with both of those things at some point, but you can eat pretty well out of Ani's Raw Food Kitchen (the only book of hers I own) without necessarily owning anything more specialized than a food processor.

(Please note that I am by no means a raw foodist or even high raw, but I like to mix it up every now and then.)


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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
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I have some of Ani Phyos books. I absolutely adore her chocolate raspberry cake from the dessert book when I need a delicious treat. It tastes so luscious and decadent. She also has an amazing orange-cucumber-ginger salad dressing in her first book that is so good that I will eat like three salads a day just to eat more of the dressing. I always use extra ginger.

Rawvolution has some really delicious looking items too, but I think there are a lot of steps to most of those.

Oh yeah, and definitely get into green smoothies. Whether or not you are into raw foods, green smoothies are awesome!!

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm 
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you probably felt so good because there is less fat, sodium, and processing with raw foods. please note that cooking food actually makes some vitamins and nutrients more bioavailable.


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http://rawfoods.com/ Has a forum and a free recipe section that's pretty straight forward.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:33 am 
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For nutritional info I recommend Becoming Raw. It's written by two registered dietitians. It has recipes and menu plans. But it's main focus is on getting adequate nutrition while on a raw diet.
http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Raw-Esse ... 1570672385


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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
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you probably felt so good because there is less fat, sodium, and processing with raw foods. please note that cooking food actually makes some vitamins and nutrients more bioavailable.

Actually, most fruits/vegetables lose a lot of nutrients during the cooking process. This isn't to say they aren't still good for you, though! A few foods (like quinoa and spinach) are said to be better for you cooked, but that's debatable.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:57 am 
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Wow, thanks for all the great info, everyone! I will definitely look into these ideas.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:58 pm 
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Since I superhate starting new threads for things there are already threads for, on Brian's suggestion to start a raw thread, I'm borrowing Augusta's :D

I keep waivering - waffling - tee hee - between various diet (when I say diet, I don't mean for weight loss, I just mean how a person eats) ideas. I've done raw before but always loved gluten so much I quit raw several times, but now that I know that gluten gives me migraines and makes my IBS symptoms worse, that's no problem!

I want to start doing my silly version of Raw which is raw until dinner except for a cup of coffee when I wake up :D Anyone want to increase their raw intake with me?

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:02 pm 
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Here's a thread about Alissa Cohen's newest book - viewtopic.php?f=32&t=2547&hilit=raw

Here's a thread about Ani's books - viewtopic.php?f=32&t=5349&hilit=phyo

And there's a bunch in food porn, mostly all melomeals' :)

viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5688&hilit=raw
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5495&hilit=raw
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viewtopic.php?f=31&t=4914&hilit=raw
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=4474&hilit=raw
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=2503&hilit=raw

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:05 pm 
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Me me! One of my healthier phases was huge helpings of fruit for breakfast every morning, and then gigantic salads for lunch with a well-portioned dinner. 2/3 ain't bad? If I see some easy raw recipes (and it gets warmer sooner - raw in winter is gah!) I will maybe do 3/3 meals a day. Plus grazing on raw nuts, seeds, fruit, veg, algae, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:06 pm 
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Well what I tell myself too is that most of the foods that feel indulgent to me are fresh berries and pineapples and such! 2/3 is good, and far better than most. Sometimes when I'm not aiming to be high/all raw, I find I eat almost no produce - how pathetic is that?

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:10 pm 
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appifanie wrote:
Well what I tell myself too is that most of the foods that feel indulgent to me are fresh berries and pineapples and such! 2/3 is good, and far better than most. Sometimes when I'm not aiming to be high/all raw, I find I eat almost no produce - how pathetic is that?


If aiming high gets your intake up, all the more reason to do it!!


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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
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I love raw food too! Acutually, I've been thinking about going back to being high raw (mostly raw, with some cooked things here and there) again. Was 100% raw for a while and felt amazing.

Since i have very little money, i don't own any books on the topic, but i do have a few favourite websites and blogs...

Raw Food Talk - extremley supportive and helpful forum, based on the Alissa Cohen books (you don't need the book to join, but it's Alissa's forum basically)
Angela Stokes at Raw Reform She's totally cool, as is her husband Matt Monarch
Give it to me Raw - another cool forum with lots of people doing all sorts of styles of raw foods
The Raw Chef - He's amazing, his un-cooking recipies are totally mouth watering

There are lots of great video blogs on YouTube, like Raw Radiant Health and Matt Monarch's Raw Food World TV-Show

Google people like David Wolfe, Gabriel Cousens, the Boutenko family, Shazzie and you'll get lots of great websites. Keep reading until you find an approch that suits your lifestyle and your way of looking at the world. I found many raw food "gurus" in blogs and websites that were a bit too "extreme" for me, but you just have to keep looking until you find people you sort of connect with.

My best advice to a beginner raw foodist would probably be (well, next best actually, the best is to find a totally obvious motivation to keep you on track) is to never go anywhere without a good amount of raw foods with you for the first month or two. Like, nowhere. You just have to make it impossible to "cheat" by making excuses like "there was nothing raw for me to eat, i was too hungry". Just make sure to have at least 2 pieces of fruit with you on any given occasion.

And, ofcourse, to make it a lucious, beautiful experience!

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:51 pm 
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SkafferiAlkemi wrote:
Angela Stokes at Raw Reform She's totally cool, as is her husband Matt Monarch


I'm a fan of these two, too and I order often from the Raw Food World. Some of their videos are just adorable and definitely inspiring.

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i am watching this thread and contributing...
there is a challenge right now (with the lovable name "eat like a rabbit, feel like a stallion", how could you POSSIBLY say no to that?) from the raw mom blog that is offering a free 7 day plan, aimed at men but could be used by anyone
http://www.rawmom.com/7-day-challenge
they do 7 day challenges for moms too, for anyone.
good videos from natasha st michael, on her blog
good videos and recipes on youtube from raw dawg rory
there's also a lot of pdf books floating around on teh webz and if you did a trawl on scribd or various other sites you might find some cool stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:07 pm 
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~Sz wrote:
SkafferiAlkemi wrote:
Angela Stokes at Raw Reform She's totally cool, as is her husband Matt Monarch


I'm a fan of these two, too and I order often from the Raw Food World. Some of their videos are just adorable and definitely inspiring.


I only order raw stuff from their store! Good prices, decent shipping, and it's cheesy but I love the photocopy of the hand written thank you!

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I only order raw stuff from their store! Good prices, decent shipping, and it's cheesy but I love the photocopy of the hand written thank you!


Right? And the little postcards before they were married and then now. Also, they are relatively close to me (RFW not Matt + Angela!) and stuff arrives super quick. They sent me hemp oil instead of seeds once, and then sent the oil again, and then finally the seeds and then didn't charge me for any of it and were so nice about the whole thing. I'm almost sad that I can source so many super food ingredients from my co-op or WF now so I don't get to order as much as when I first got serious about raw food (for the second time, if that makes sense.)

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AugustaBakery wrote:
We went to a raw food restaurant recently


Which one? (I just noted your location.)

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Breakfast - green smoothie + flax + hemp protein
Lunch - Ginger Spice (frozen banana, raw almond milk, carrot ginger juice, cinnamon) and a tiny bit of buckwheat cereal with milk and dried cherries.

I'm hungry and freezing and feeling uninspired. I'm off to stare at the fridge! :D

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I only order raw stuff from their store! Good prices, decent shipping, and it's cheesy but I love the photocopy of the hand written thank you!


Right? And the little postcards before they were married and then now. Also, they are relatively close to me (RFW not Matt + Angela!) and stuff arrives super quick. They sent me hemp oil instead of seeds once, and then sent the oil again, and then finally the seeds and then didn't charge me for any of it and were so nice about the whole thing. I'm almost sad that I can source so many super food ingredients from my co-op or WF now so I don't get to order as much as when I first got serious about raw food (for the second time, if that makes sense.)


I got 3lbs of hemp seeds plus a bottle of hemp oil once for like $17!

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Foods
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I'm going to be with you appifanie. I've never really thought about raw before, and I'm only really good at eating cooked veg, but I'll start by getting myself lots more fruit and salad and see how I go.

And thanks SkafferiAlkemi for the links to websites - I don't have any money to buy books right now, so they're great.


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