I actuaqlly teach classes and I am HACRES minister have been working at it awhile. Most folks do eat raw, and probably more than they think from salads to juice.
As a newbie, we all have done the nut thing in dishes, but the more one does it, the less the nuts because the body changes. I always tell folks as I mentioned before, just be gentle with yourself, as it should just become natural for you.
Like the nuts, I love avocados. While they are good fats, I find if I add cook food to them, I gain, however, if I stick with full raw, I lose.
Have fun with it and if you need suggestions, please e-mail me, I will share info.
The Hallelujah Acres diet is 85% raw. Their web site is www.hacres.com and they also have a free magazine where they also have recipes. I am trying to eat vegan as much as possible, but haven't done much raw other than salads and fruit. Joan
Funny as it sounds it was my meat eating husband that suggested (to put it lightly) us going raw. It never occurred to me to try going raw but since I have been trying for years to get my hubby to stop eating meat....I felt I just couldn't say no. Seems I emailed him an article (totally non-related) and on the email was a link to a raw website. He clicked and read some things that he liked. He has Psoriasis and the link claimed that eating raw can cure it. Well it didn't cure it but it improved it to the point that he stopped eating meat all together and even went vegan for a while. He is in the process of transitioning back to vegan now. I think I'm going to go with him to make it easier on him.
I have been flirting with the raw vegan lifestyle for a while. I'm not sure I'm ready to commit tho. I usually eat raw breakfast and lunch and part of dinner is raw. I share dinner with my husband. I just converted him to vegetarianism within the last year. I think asking him to forgo cooked meals altogether might be asking a bit much. Baby steps. Also where I live, being a vegetarian is unusual, a vegan: odd, a raw foodie? Well lets just say most folks around here would consider that an eating disorder. But good luck to you, I understand there are terrific health benefits. Let us know how it goes.
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I have been to two raw classes and, although the health benefits sound amazing, I honestly don't know that I can commit to the lifestyle, given my travel schedule... It seems so daunting, the amount of preparation it akes to make raw cuisine, which can be quite tastey!
I do, however, eat mostly raw nuts and have raw foods along with cooked foods daily.
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I've experimented with the raw vegan diet, and it works fabulously for weight loss for me (once I reeled in my love affair with nuts!) but it is not a convenient way of eating for my current lifestyle. I try to incorporate as much raw as I can within my time constraints.
My hubby and I went mostly raw for about 30 days or so. I ended up liking the raw cashews a little too much and put on 10 lbs. I want to go more raw. I am going to start with having one raw day a week. Just I will watch my nut and fats consumption.
I just love this life style and I dont like meat very much so it makes sense that i do this. I have been raw in highschool and was basically all muscle. and i had a baby and i got off that so i am getting back on. but i kind of went crazy with the junk food. lol
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I've eaten raw vegan once in a while, but don't claim the label, since I've never done it consistently. There have been some great raw restaurants in SF where I've enjoyed some excellent meals (the now defunct Raw, where Julian, the raw "cook"book author worked), and Roxanne's, where I had a delectable raw coconut noodle Pad Thai. Currently we have Cafe Gratitude, which is a delicious place to go, if not a bit goofy. (One orders food with names like "I am Playful" or "I am Loving.")
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