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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:40 pm 
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Hope I helped!


Big time! And thanks for being so positive and vivacious while you were at it. I love that! :D :heart:

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:10 pm 
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Yep for sure! It's great that there's a "raw" topic on this site. I think I'll become a frequent viewer. =)
I've been vegan, raw and fit for quite some time but now I really wanna start getting into heavier weights, and gain some muscle. This site is terrific for inspiration and a sense of community.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:39 pm 
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Hey

I went almost 100% raw for a couple years. I also live in BC and havent been able to handle the winter months. Even though I'm not raw this winter I still get sooo cold, I cant wait to head south next year!!
For me its never been because I was raw I guess I've just always been cold... Though I dont remember being this cold on the SAD diet.....
Summers for me, no problem I friggin love eating 100% raw all day long.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
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I've been having banana, spinach, lemon and date smoothies for a while - much better than I thought it would be. Sometimes with apple. Was having pineapple but it had BITS IN and I couldn't handle it

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:58 pm 
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something tells me you need more fat intake


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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:28 pm 
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I went almost 100% raw for a couple years. I also live in BC and havent been able to handle the winter months. Even though I'm not raw this winter I still get sooo cold, I cant wait to head south next year!!
For me its never been because I was raw I guess I've just always been cold... Though I dont remember being this cold on the SAD diet.....
Summers for me, no problem I friggin love eating 100% raw all day long.


Hmm... it seems you might have circulation/lymph problems. I used to be the same. Always slightly cold, especially my hands and feet: like ice! After I became raw, it was even worse for several months. Fortunately I pushed through (I am stubborn lol) and now - as i said - my body temp is amazing! I'm slightly warm all the time, so always really comfortable. Even in the BC winter so far, I haven't been cold once, and I don't wear much clothing.
I think initially your blood is just becoming cleaner, and a lot of it is going to other parts of your body as you're detoxing. But then once you "level out" and your body finishes the big detox, you are able to have excellent body temp regulation. I LOVE IT!

Since you're not raw this winter, I'd recommend eating a lot of "stimulating" foods; like garlic, ginger, curry, onions, cinnamon, peppers, etc. Also - make soups! Raw soups with spices are delicious when slightly warmed, and they keep you full and warm all day. I lived off them my first raw winter. Tea and other warm drinks are good choices too.
I can give you some recipes if you want =)

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:44 pm 
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I would love some recipes!

I'm cold all the time anyway, 20 years hypo-thyroid. Even though with meds the levels are fine, the feeling of being cold never stopped. So pushing through it won't be an issue for me, lol


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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:22 pm 
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Try miso soup, it gets you really warm. And like I said, drink tea regularly. High intensity cardio for a few minutes will also warm you up, but just temporarily. Add spices whenever you can like cayenne, cinnamon, garlic, ginger and onions , etc.
Try dry brush skin rubbing - just rubbing your body with a dry bristle brush. This has been shown to improve blood circulation over time and it's good for the skin. Here's a site I found really quick, but research for yourself too - http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/ar ... treat7.php

Here's a recipe for a really warming raw butternut squash soup on my blog: http://rawfoodlove.blogspot.com/2011/10 ... ourds.html

Okay here's some soup and salsa recipes, some raw and some not:
- add spices as necessary, you want them to warm you up!
(PS - the cooked soups are good, but the raw ones are A-MAZING)

Garlic-Walnut Soup (raw):
1 cup walnuts
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic
1 t ground pepper
1 t salt
2 1/2 cups or so water
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Top with chopped avocado and dill.

Miso-Mushroom Soup (raw):
4 T miso
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 T grated ginger
3 cloves garlic
3 cups water
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Top with mushrooms marinated in tamari and olive oil for a few minutes, and chopped green onion.

Spicy Corn Chowder (raw):
2 1/2 cups corn kernels
3/4 cup walnuts
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 t salt
1 t pepper
Pinch oh cayenne
Pinch of cinnamon
2 cups water
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Top with chopped avocado, cilantro, and salt & pepper.

Corn & Pepper Salsa (raw): I eat this on it's own, it's so good, and pretty spicy
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup corn kernels
1-2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 t salt
1 t pepper
Mix it all up and let sit for a few minutes to let the flavours combine.

Spiced Carrot and Celery Soup
Ingredients:
1 T of olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 T of curry powder
6 carrots, roughly chopped
4 sticks of celery, chopped
4 cups water
1 t salt
1 t pepper
Fry the onion and garlic in the oil for a few minutes and then add the curry powder and stir to release the flavours. Add the carrots, celery and water and cook gently until the vegetables are tender. Blend until smooth and add salt.

Curried Squash and Mushroom Soup (from The Moosewood Cookbook)
2 medium acorn squash -- or butternut
2 1/2 cups water or stock
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons vegan butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium clove garlic -- crushed
6 ounces mushrooms -- sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
dash cayenne
fresh lemon juice -- optional
chopped toasted almonds -- for garnish
Split the squash lengthwise and bake face-down in a 375 F oven on an oiled tray, 30 minutes or until soft.
Cool and scoop out the insides.
You'll need about 3 cups worth.
Put it in the blender with the water or stock and puree until smooth.
Combine in a kettle or saucepan with the orange juice.
Heat the butter in a skillet and add the garlic, onion, salt and spices.
Saute until the onion is very soft.
(You may need to add a little water if it sticks.)
Add mushrooms, cover, and cook 10 minutes.
Add the saute to the squash, scraping the skillet well to salvage all the good stuff.
Heat everything together very gently.
Taste to correct seasoning.
You may want more cayenne or salt.
And, since this is a fairly sweet soup, you may want to spruce it up with some fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
Serve topped with toasted almonds.
(Note, this soup need not be served immediately.
It can simmer a while and the flavors will mature.)

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:13 am 
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They look so yummy!

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
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I'm in the market for a good raw falafel recipe, sans dehydrator. I found this one (http://www.rawmazing.com/falafels-the-raw-food-way/) so I'm going to shop for it today. Any other ideas? I prefer a standard garbanzo base with the traditional spices. Zesty topping sauces would be most appreciated, especially green ones. Mmmmm, falafel!

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
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I get cold limbs regardless of my diet. Sometimes this can indicate glandular problems - thyroid - but this is not the case for me. My blood tests all came back excellent.

What I recommend is adding more fat - coconut or hemp oil in particular. I eat so much coconut/hemp oil it is outrageous. This will create a balanced intake of omega 6, 3, and 9. Although, you need to pay special attention to extra omega 3. A balanced fat and omega intake will really help you combat inflammation from heavy training. My recovery has improved dramatically as a result of hemp oil.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:37 pm 
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I agree with Sheldon =)

Baby Hercules wrote:
I'm in the market for a good raw falafel recipe, sans dehydrator. I found this one (http://www.rawmazing.com/falafels-the-raw-food-way/) so I'm going to shop for it today. Any other ideas? I prefer a standard garbanzo base with the traditional spices. Zesty topping sauces would be most appreciated, especially green ones. Mmmmm, falafel!

Baby Herc


Here's a recipe that DOES use a dehydrator, and it's a bit fancy... but it looks INCREDIBLE. I'll be making it one of these days as a special treat =) http://therawchef.com/therawchefblog/fa ... vegetables

I think as long as you don't mind that they won't be a little crispy on the outside and more flavorful, then just make the recipe but... don't dehydrate!
I'd pair them with a raw tzatziki recipe. Mmm!

I found one that doesn't use a dehydrator. They're in the shape of burgers... but obviously just shape them into balls and you're gold. http://soundlyvegan.com/2010/10/11/raw- ... iki-sauce/

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
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Thanks, Em. I was hoping for a good tzatziki. Garbanzos soaking as we speak....

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
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Nice! I hope it's yummy =) Let me know, because I think I'll try it myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw Vegan Experience
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:26 pm 
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Hey Em,
Just checked out your blog! Recipes look yummy!!! Definitely going to be trying them. As I'm sitting here sippin on my green smoothie I see a link "raw food face masks" I thought uhn... I have a "homemade mask" on right now... Checked out the link and sure enough you had raw honey on there, sweet thats whats on my face lol! Anyways love your blog! Thanks for sharing :)

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