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Author:  torque [ Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:01 pm ]
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i do raw in the summer, and even in winter try to include daily green smoothies at least. it really makes me feel fantastic.
i can't stand the gourmet raw, don't have access to the fancy stuff (or a dehydrator), and don't really like nuts, so for me it's mostly fruits and veggies and sprouts.
There are other good forums and places- be careful with 30 bananas, which is kind of incendiary, and goneraw, which is the haven of neo-paleo people and other interesting types.
rawfoodtalk is not so bad
rawfoodrehab is nice and very accepting
rawfreedomcommunity has low traffic but good recipes and a place solely devoted to freebies you can download
also
giveittomeraw has a decent forum and space where raw blogs are compiled.

Author:  Veglicious [ Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:08 pm ]
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I'm increasing my intake at the moment. Staying away from forums and just reading a few blogs because it can get a bit coo-coo.

Author:  kittee [ Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:34 am ]
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I so want to try this for a week or two, but I am feeling stymied by the recipes, and I know I will get bored if I eat only salad. I have a bunch of books from the library and am loving the recipes from Judita's Going Raw. Anyone else like this book? I would love some meal plans--like stuff you would eat in a regular day. Like what thisheregiragge posted on the first page of this thread, but maybe with more ideas? I own a dehydrator, but will go coo coo if I have to plan what i eat a week in advance so it has time to dry.

Author:  Veglicious [ Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:24 am ]
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Hey Kittee, I've been mostly raw for about a week or so now and feeling good. I've tried in the past but it's never really stuck like this, I think because I saw it as something you had to be 100% all about, this time round I'm just falling into it naturally, craving fruit, veg and green juice. I made a lasanga and had a hot choc on soy tonight but everything else has actually been raw lately, which is a surprise (well pretty much raw, I use condiments and such that aren't). I think you can't force yourself to eat this way, you've just got to feel it intuitively. For raw books I like Becoming Raw and Jennifer Cornbleet's 'Raw food made easy'. I also have Ani Phyo's Raw Food Kitchen which has a few gems in it. If anyone is interested, Russell James is also currently offering all his ebooks for $10 on his website http://therawchef.com/therawchefblog/. His stuff is a bit more involved and I don't have a dehydrator, but there's some good stuff in there for that price.

My days lately have looked like:
Brekkie: Green juice and chia pudding

Snack: bowl of fruit

Lunch: Big salad of mixed greens, maybe with some nut pate or a 'burger' type thing

Dinner: Zucchini noodles with different sauces (I do have a spiraliser, although I did it before with a veggie peeler)

Other meals I've had include: a raw pad thai dish; green smoothies; sushi (with nut pate in place of the rice, although next time I might try something else); buckwheat muesli I bought from the farmers market

I've been enjoying Dara Dubinet's youtube channel, she's a little bit into the fasting and all that but it's mostly just quick, easy raw recipes http://www.youtube.com/user/daradubinet

Author:  kittee [ Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:08 pm ]
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thank you!

Author:  kittee [ Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:12 am ]
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I was really expecting to be so hungry eating like this, but it's really keeping me super filled up. I really don't think i ate enough today.

cherry tomatoes and fresh cherries for nosh
zucchini noodles with a cashew and sundried tomato creme sauce
raw buckwheat granola with marionberries.

xo
kittee

Author:  Peacefully [ Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:36 am ]
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I've tried having raw days every now and then, but as a start, living at home by family freak and get all, "That's rabbit food, you're starving yourself!" And secondly, I can last all day up to dinner. By the evening I just crave redwoods sausages and mustard mash potato or something equally un-raw. It seems the more raw I eat, the more I crave processed food. Withdrawal stages I guess!

A few questions for more experienced raw-fooders:

How do you get enough protein? Sprouted beans?
All that sugar in fruit- bad for you/teeth? (I know fruit is spiffy for you generally, but still, I eat huge amounts when having raw mornings.)
Similar thing, acid/teeth? I have terrible enamel.
Lastly (silly I know) anyone else get bored of salad? I love gourmet raw recipes (I'm a big foodie) but my blender is shocking, and I don't anything fancier than a potato peeler.

Author:  gvn2fly [ Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:12 pm ]
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Peacefully wrote:
How do you get enough protein? Sprouted beans?


The WHO recommends 5% of calories from protein. They consider 2.5% to be the safe minimum, and then double it to 5% to be really really safe. Breast milk contains about 6% of calories from protein. So, 6% is sufficient protein for when we grow most rapidly – enough to triple a baby's weight in a year.

Diets in which more than 10% of calories from animal protein and/or soy protein turn on cancer. Americans average 16% protein, and 75% of that protein is from animals. It's easy to see why Americans are so sick. (The China Study is an excellent book and explains this in detail.)

So, you want to get 5-10% of your calories from protein. Fruit supplies 4-8% protein. The greens and other veggies we commonly eat raw average 10-30%. I get most of my calories from fruit, and then eat maybe 200-400 calories from greens/veggies each day. That gives me around 7% of calories from protein, without any effort at all.


Peacefully wrote:
All that sugar in fruit- bad for you/teeth? (I know fruit is spiffy for you generally, but still, I eat huge amounts when having raw mornings.) Similar thing, acid/teeth? I have terrible enamel.


My teeth have never felt better or looked better. I no longer have the sensitivity, staining, or yellow buildup that I had even during 4+ years as a cooked vegan.

I would suggest minimizing lemon juice. I used it as a salad dressing for years. I cut it out as an experiment, and when I reintroduced it, my teeth didn't feel as good. Now I use it only occasionally.


Peacefully wrote:
Lastly (silly I know) anyone else get bored of salad? I love gourmet raw recipes (I'm a big foodie) but my blender is shocking, and I don't anything fancier than a potato peeler.


The key for me is really great, fresh lettuce. Bagged (even organic bagged romaine hearts) is just never anything near as good as the real thing from a good farm. It should be sweet and pleasantly tasting with next to no bitterness. You should be able to eat it straight and enjoy it, rather than wanting to cover it up in dressing or with other flavors. My favorites are romaine, red and green leaf, iceburg, butterhead, and all the related varieties like forellenschluss (aka "freckles").

My favorite salad lately is lettuce with lots of chopped tomatoes, nectarines, and orange pieces. Purslane, spinach, cilantro/chives/basil would be good in there too. You can make great cucumber or zucchini noodles with your peeler to mix in or instead of the lettuce.

Author:  Peacefully [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:41 pm ]
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^ Thank you, interesting about the protein and fruit and such. I do love being vegan, such a learning curve health wise.

Author:  Owlish [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:14 pm ]
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I'm really interested in eating more raw food. I'm going to try to leave most of my veggies uncooked (except for things like sweet potatoes), but I'll probably have a bit of rice now and then. I found a recipe for raw almond pesto and marinated mushrooms that look really good. I'm making a grocery list as I type. XD
I think I'll hold off sprouts though - for now anyway. My local health food store sells a sprouter thing.

Author:  torque [ Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:57 am ]
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to follow up on the salad is boring thing- i have been working my way through recipe books to build my repertoire.... summer is coming here (winter is almost gone) and i will go raw again soon, and my daughter is interested, so i have some additional momentum.
a good book with salad "extras" and sauces, despite its old-timey hippie ambience, is Raw Food for Busy People, and it can be found online with some minimal searching. It is from before superfoods and maca, and most recipes don't need equipment.

Author:  gvn2fly [ Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:20 am ]
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If any PPK raw or aspiring raw people are in San Diego, we're having a fruit party tonight at 6 in the college area. PM me if you would like to come. :)

Author:  Owlish [ Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:47 pm ]
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I wish I lived in California.

Author:  Karma007 [ Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:14 pm ]
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I'm glad Ani Phyo isn't the go-to for raw! I bought her book recently, and while some of the smoothies are okay (and will be better when I get a better blender), the amount of nuts are kind of scary. I've been afraid to try most of it.

Author:  gvn2fly [ Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:29 am ]
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You don't have to eat nuts or seeds to be raw. I stay away from that sort of recipe too. :)

Author:  happyfaced [ Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:41 am ]
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just wanted to pop in and share my raw(ish) experience...

back in 2009 i was part of a tester group for Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet. it was called the Adventure Cleanse Tune-UP (ACT). anyways...i chose to do 80% raw and 20% cooked (staying raw for breakfasts and morning snacks. then 80/20 for the rest of the day). it was amazing and awesome and i never felt better. i'd make a green juice & a smoothie for breakfast, a big salad with lots of rock'n toppings for lunches, and then try and keep it 80% raw and 20% cooked for dinner, too. i need to get back to it. i feel off the wagon and haven't felt as awesome since. i miss it and i need to get my butt in gear.

here's her site: http://crazysexylife.com

and you can check out the site for her book here: http://crazysexydiet.com/ and you can read the first chapter here: http://theyinteractive.com/Crazy-Sexy-D ... pter-1.pdf

:)

Author:  clairey.lou [ Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:43 pm ]
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I just posted about adding more food to my diet - and feeling so much better! http://dreamsarenecessary.blogspot.co.u ... y-raw.html

Author:  VeganinBerlin [ Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:58 pm ]
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i was very into 80/10/10, 30bananasaday and the whole low fat raw veganism for a long time. It messed me up so badly.

Author:  gvn2fly [ Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:05 pm ]
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VeganinBerlin wrote:
i was very into 80/10/10, 30bananasaday and the whole low fat raw veganism for a long time. It messed me up so badly.


I felt great at first on 100% 80/10/10rv, but in the long run it caused me a lot of problems, also. I would not suggest anyone do more than a month at 100% (even if you have your best month ever), and then reintroduce clean cooked foods like quinoa, winter squash, sweet potatoes, increased amount of avocado, etc.

Author:  VeganinBerlin [ Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:16 pm ]
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Oh man, yeah, the first weeks are awesome! I was so energetic. I can totally imagine it being a nice short-time diet for people, to get in a lot of nutrients and fresh fruit but... eh...

Author:  appifanie [ Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:40 am ]
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thanks for sharing you guys! i wonder about 811rv a lot, even if doug graham's book is bad bad bad. it does seem rather sensible in some respects, but i can see how it wouldn't be.

Author:  Loris [ Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:29 pm ]
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Can anyone be more specific about how 80/10/10 'messed them up'?

I've been following the youtube videos of a lot of those LFRV people for a year or so & gradually going more that way myself, because I find them pretty convincing based on their health results & physiques. I have to admit that I find some of the 30 bananas a day forum posts a bit wacky, and it doesn't seem to be a diet that makes you look younger than your years, even if you are fit. I'm curious to hear about it from people on this forum who've tried as it's usually presented as a fight between 'paleo' vs 80/10/10 if anyone disagrees. On this forum, not every problem is due to 'detox'!

Author:  VeganinBerlin [ Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:14 pm ]
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Um, basically I got so many gallbladder stones they had to remove my gallbladder. Now, there are several ways to get gallbladder stones and - surprise, suprise - one of them is not eating enough fat.

Now I have a super hard time getting full after 80/10/10 because I ate huge portions then. I crave sugar nonstop and didn't use to. oH and also: while on 80/10/10 I gained weight constantly. But people on the 30bananas board will always tell you "this is your body healing". Yeah... no...

Author:  VanillaDoe [ Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:07 pm ]
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I'm currently doing 80 10 10, I'm two weeks down the line and so far it seems to be going fine, I've been eating around 2200 calories a day and I've lost 7lbs this time around. I tried it before, but didn't see much difference. I know realistically, for me, this is not going to be a long term thing. I am a bit concerned about switching back to cooked foods, I was eating around 1500-1800 in cooked foods and not losing. I don't know if its because I'm eating fruit or my body is just willing to let go of weight because I'm eating more.

Hmmm....

Author:  Ariann [ Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:25 pm ]
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gvn2fly wrote:
Peacefully wrote:
How do you get enough protein? Sprouted beans?


The WHO recommends 5% of calories from protein. They consider 2.5% to be the safe minimum, and then double it to 5% to be really really safe. Breast milk contains about 6% of calories from protein. So, 6% is sufficient protein for when we grow most rapidly – enough to triple a baby's weight in a year.

Diets in which more than 10% of calories from animal protein and/or soy protein turn on cancer. Americans average 16% protein, and 75% of that protein is from animals. It's easy to see why Americans are so sick. (The China Study is an excellent book and explains this in detail.)


This is not quite right. The WHO recommends 0.83g protein/kg body weight for adults (the US RDA is 0.8g/kg, so that's not so off-base from the WHO recommendations; most nutritionists seem to suggest you should measure it by kg "ideal" body weight) and that figure is based on protein from a source as digestible as an egg or milk (which most vegan protein sources are not). They don't give recommendations in percentages of caloric intake as far as I can tell, for good reason. The percentage of your caloric intake that winds up being has to do with whether you're trying to maintain, lose, or gain weight. If you're trying to lose, it winds up being a higher percentage of total calories because your protein needs do not decrease (they continue to be based on your body weight). If you're trying to gain, the percentage goes down. It doesn't really work out this way in practice for most people, since you just eat more or less of the same kinds of foods whether you're gaining or losing, so the percentage stays the same. But, what this means is that people who are losing weight by eating significantly fewer calories and also wind up eating less protein are at risk for protein deficiency.

Infants and children need a higher ratio of protein/body weight, BUT they're also rapidly gaining weight, so the percentage of calories in the diet from protein will be lower than it is for adults. Infants get 6% of their calories from protein if they're taking in breast milk or prepared formula, but this is a meaningless figure to extrapolate from for adults because babies are simultaneously trying to drastically increase their body weight - they're getting lots of extra calories from fat and sugar that adults don't need because most of us are trying to maintain or lose weight rather than gain. They're managing to have a low percentage of calories from protein even though their protein requirements by body weight are higher (1.3+g/kg - WHO, 1.5g/kg - US RDA), simply because they are taking in huge amounts of calories for their size.

An adult woman who weighs 130 pounds needs, according to the WHO, 49g of protein a day. If she's active enough to eat 2000 calories a day and not gain weight, that works out to 10% of her calories from protein. It would be hard for me, when I was 130, to be active enough each day to eat 2000 calories and not gain. More reasonably, to maintain 130 pounds (back when I maintained such a weight), I couldn't eat over 1500 calories a day. That gives me 13% calories from protein, if I only ate 49 g a day. There's also plenty of research showing that vegans likely need a higher protein intake because our sources of protein are not as digestible or as easily utilized by the body as animal sources. If that's the case, we might need up to 10% more protein than people who get most of their protein from animal sources (see Ginny Messina at theveganrd.com for more info on this and other protein issues for vegans). There's also plenty of research at this point showing that higher protein intake is protective against osteoporosis. which makes me wary of vegans telling other vegans to eat a low protein diet. Here's what Jack Norris has to say about protein, which I think is pretty useful reading for vegans: http://veganhealth.org/articles/protein

And unfortunately, the conclusions of the China Study have not been replicated (critiques of the study abound, you can do your own googling). We still don't have a dietary cure for cancer, and a very low protein diet, even if it marginally lowered your risk for cancer, might cause other problems that are not worth the trade (like constant hunger, muscle wasting, bone issues, and others). I think a raw diet is perfectly fine for most adults (not for most children, though), but I wouldn't follow non-standard advice about how many macronutrients you need, even if following a raw diet.

WHO Report on Protein Needs wrote:
As for protein per se, this was examined in relation to breast cancer mortality in the 88 647 women covered by the Nurses Health Study (68). Since protein intakes have been associated
with increasing circulating insulin-like growth factor-1 levels, which in turn have been reported to show a striking relation-ship with breast cancer risk among premenopausal women in the Nurses Health Study (69), an influence of dietary protein on relative risk of breast cancer might be predicted. However, no effect of total protein or of animal
or vegetable protein was detected, although processed meat other than bacon
or sausages was shown to be associated with greater risk. A lack of significant
association between cancer mortality and protein from animal or vegetable
sources was shown in a prospective study of 29 017 women in the Iowa
Women’s Health Study (70).
Overall, the evidence indicates that there is little effect of total protein intake
on the incidence of cancer, but that specific foods, such as red or processed
meat, might increase the risk relative to vegetable protein sources. However,
it has been reported that high dietary protein results in better survival in
women with breast cancer (71)


Reference for WHO info: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/trs/WHO_TRS_935_eng.pdf

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