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  1. The Law of Attraction works for me, some concepts work better than others for myself. Beyondwisdom I tend to feel that you are a bit negative and that you seem in other posts to attack messages or posts of others. I hope you have good intentions be well.
  2. calusa when you say cooked meal - it depends what it is your having and how much. If I have a reaction I generally tend to limit the amount or drop the dish alltogether. I do notice a drop in energy levels with cooked food but no severe reactions like I used to have. are you eating high alkaline foods with it? play with it
  3. Medman just let your med buddies know that the raw vegan diet cured me not the vegan diet alone.
  4. DV wrote But some foods are MUCH easier digested when heat is applied - winter squash, cruciferous veggies, stinging nettles, yams. Cooking and preserving foods has allowed us to expand our menu and survive in most areas of the planet. Most raw foodies hardly eat the vegetables you speak of. Everyone knows that those listed above have bland taste and are difficult to digest. Cooking them creates toxins.
  5. http://www.beautifulonraw.com/why_raw_food.html Nature Always Right, Cooks Never: Why Eat Raw? By Tonya Zavasta It seems pathetic that we aspire to create a new product as “natural” as possible but destroy the very natural ingredients in the process. New packaged products appear on the market every day. Each time you try one of these new products, you are foregoing the old-fashioned fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. As a result, you will not get enough nutrients from your meal. Researchers are excited whenever they discover new benefits in produce of particular colors. The bright vibrant colors of fresh produce, such as the deep green of leafy vegetables, the lilac of blueberries, or the red of strawberries are a sign that this produce is packed with antioxidants, called polyphenols. The brighter the color of the fruit or vegetable, the more nutrient combatants it has to prevent degenerative diseases. Now picture what happens to the original rainbow of colors after cooking. The colors fade like old laundry. How can it not be more obvious to us: by tampering with natural products, we are losing something essential for our health and beauty. There is a scarcity of nourishment, but not of meals. In this country, we face unprecedented temptations. America is preoccupied with eating like no other country in the world. By giving in to the skillful seductions of the advertisers to try “new food," our bodies are starving while we constantly chew and swallow. Ironically, the variety and affordability of foodstuffs leads us to become overfed and at the same time undernourished. The best way to resist these temptations is to develop an attitude towards cooked food in general and adopt the raw food lifestyle. Mark Twain wrote: “To eat is human, to digest divine.” We need enzymes to digest food. Our living body also needs enzymes for every other operation and chemical reaction to take place. Enzymes constitute the difference between life and death. Only living organisms can produce enzymes, but their capacity to make enzymes is limited and exhaustible. Our body hosts two types of enzymes: metabolic enzymes, which run our bodies, and digestive enzymes, which participate in digesting our food. Only raw and living foods follow nature’s design and come with their own food enzymes to aid digestion. They are responsible for the release of nutrients out of the foods we eat. Dr. Edward Howell writes in his remarkable book Enzyme Nutrition that heat over 118° F kills enzymes. If food is cooked, it does not carry enzymes, and the body is forced to use up its own digestive enzymes. Only living organisms, be it a human being, an animal, or a plant, possess enzymes. No one would ever argue that a dead person is the same as a living one just because the chemical composition of the body is the same. And yet we never think twice about allegations that cooked food is as good as raw food or better. The plant world possesses integrity and the “life factor.” From an enzymatic approach, a picked up fruit or a cut off green is still alive, even though its own source of nourishment has been cut off. Seeds and nuts will reproduce if put into the soil, fruits will continue to ripen even after they have been picked from the tree, a vegetable--be it a carrot, onion, or potato--when put into the ground will sprout. Enzymes are combinations of proteins, vitamins, and minerals in an active molecular form. Chemists are able to synthesize some of these nutrients, but they have not been able to “breathe life” into them. The “life factor” has never been and probably never will be re-created. Enzymes are very particular. They cannot tolerate heat, microwave irradiation, or pasteurization. Cooking always removes or spoils the goodness of food. Cooked food points down to the grave, because it is dead. Only humans apply heat to what they eat. Presently, humans apply heat to most of their food prior to consumption. Humans on average as a race, die at or below half their potential life span of chronic illness that is largely diet and lifestyle related. “You won't be surprised that diseases are innumerable--count the cooks.” -- Seneca (4 BC-AD 65), Epistles Cooking is the most profound abuse of food. Cookbooks are full of recipes on how to smother the life out of a meal. The more creative they are in doing so, the more honor we attribute to the cooks. The concept of great cuisine is based on the opinion that plain fruits or vegetables are not appealing to the eye or satisfying to our taste. Natural food is seen as an enemy. The less the dish reminds one of the original ingredients, the prouder the cooks become. Raw produce is treated not like the divine food but as something to be mutilated and manipulated. It is even called “from scratch,” as if it is a second-class product needing an upgrade. And yet, man is not capable of producing even a simple meal without using the basic ingredients he did not make. The talent of the cook should be applied elsewhere, because the basic fruits and vegetables he begins with are nutritionally superior to the most sophisticated creations he ends up with. Traditional cooking alters the taste buds into being incapable of appreciating the flavor and taste of raw fruits and vegetables. We become more concerned with pleasing our perverted palate and satisfying our coarse sensation than with providing nourishment to our body. By cooking our food, we are killing nutrients that keep us alive and healthy. After we grill or roast, bake or boil, sauté or stew, we produce some decadent matter with no nutritional value and only by using salt or sugar abundantly can we get it to pass our taste buds. All cooks rely on salt, sugar, and spices to have their creations appreciated. Cooking without spices smells awful. Not surprisingly, spices were originally used to disguise decaying and decomposing food. How delicious is a fresh apple! But we put it in an oven and it becomes a squashy, mushy, shriveled mass requiring a load of sugar so one can eat it. In cooking, the original colors of fruits and vegetables are dulled and the initial variety of flavors is altered. Make no mistake, the nutritional value is gone as well. It is ironic, but not incidental, that fresh produce is used for decoration of this bland and dead food. We decorate this lifeless, tasteless, and shapeless mess with fresh green leaves and brightly colored veggies to deceive our eyes. We add spices to disguise the smell. We load it with sugar and salt to cheat our taste buds. Nowadays, health-conscious people know processed food is devoid of nutrients and try their best to avoid it. But somehow, home cooking escapes the stigma of “processed.” Cooking is processing! And the difference between home cooking and manufactured foodstuffs is the same difference as between “dead” and “very dead.” We hear everywhere the less food is processed, the better. Why process it at all? Most Americans do not eat the 5-9 recommended servings of fruit and vegetables each and every day. And if you haven’t heard yet…in January 2005 these government recommended allotments have been increased to 9-13 serving. Between the lines government is telling us in order to be healthy we need to go on the raw food diet. Since if you eat 13 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables per day you will not need or want anything else. "This article may be freely reprinted as long as the entire article and byline are included."
  6. Steve Pavalina has another great post up about raw food. This one is about measuring energy gains. Recently on his blog Steve posted an update to his raw journey saying that he's experienced vast energy gains on the raw food diet. Many of his readers wondered, "How are you measuring/comparing those gains? How can you be sure that they are not just mental?" Steve replied by using an analogy of being under the influence of alcohol. I have to say this is right on the money: Eating cooked foods every single day is a lot like drinking alcohol every single day. If you do it long enough, it will seem totally normal to you. The feeling that non-drinkers would describe as inebriated, you would define as normal because that’s the best condition you know. Until you drop the habit for an extended period of time, you’ll never know what the alternative feels like. You’ll never know what it feels like to be “sober.” Steve continues by comparing his journey from veg to vegan and vegan to raw: Going from vegetarian to vegan was like being under the influence of 8 ounces of beer at all times and then suddenly being alcohol-free. There was a short detox period, and then I felt significantly clearer. More of the fog had lifted. The positive change was more pronounced, and the benefits were greater compared to the first change. Going from vegan to raw was like being under the influence of 12-24 ounces of beer at all times and then being suddenly alcohol-free. There was a longer, more severe detox period, but afterwards the gains in mental clarity were unmistakable. The ongoing degree of improvement was more variable, fluctuating from good to great. My body-mind seemed like it went through a major upgrade. So this is how my mind is supposed to work? Wow! What a fog I’ve been living under this whole time! I feel so awake and alert! HERES the full article: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/08/raw-food-diet-and-energy-gains/
  7. Is anyone planning on going to Sedona Arizona for the Raw Food Spirit Festival. Anyone been to it???? Time to plan now for good flights. I get most of my information from Naturalnews.com. NewsTarget.com's Mike Adams Is Bullish About Raw Foods and Progress By Judy Pokras Mike Adams is nothing if not fit! October 18, 2007--Mike Adams is a 38-year-old entrepreneur and fitness buff whose online businesses empower people. (In fact, it's because of his then-business webseed.com that RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com came to be born in 2001.) In 2003, Mike launched NewsTarget.com to provide information to the public about natural health. Although the Kansas City, Missouri native wasn't into raw foods in 2001, he has since become passionate about the lifestyle. I recently asked him why. "I was introduced to raw foods by Dr. Gabrel Cousens. I live in Tucson, AZ, not far from Tree of Life. It's an hour and a half drive. Their PR guy invited me. He had been reading NewsTarget and when he realized I was a neighbor in a sense, he invited me to come down. When I was invited to visit, I spent a weekend on raw foods there and learned about the advantages of eating raw food. I was already familiar with nutritional information. I learned about how much nutrition is destroyed by high heat processing. It impacted me in a big way. From there, I did a 60 day, 100 percent raw food journey. After that I stuck with raw food about 70 percent," Mike said. Not long after I spoke with Mike, he attended the Raw Spirit Festival and went 99 percent raw. "I plan to stay that way through the end of the year," Mike now says. Did he eat anything at the festival that he loved? "I had some foods made by Bruce Horowitz that just blew me away. I'm trying to find the recipes. One was made with clover sprouts and some kind of sweet, fatty spirulina dressing that was outrageously good." What does Mike usually eat? "Every morning for breakfast I do a raw food smoothie, blending fruits, vegetables and sprouts. That's half my food for the day. Cuke and celery as the vegetable base, plus berries, sprouts, raw almond milk, stevia, and sometimes some ground flax seeds. Red raspberries, blueberries, blackberries if I can get them, sometimes a peach, plum, pineapple for variety in addition. I like cucumbers as a base because they go with all the fruits, it seems. Or I'll use avocado as a base, when I want more calories. Avocado with cacao, goji berries. Typically for the rest of the day I'll do at least one more salad--organic romaine with sprouts, tomatoes, raw onion and some kind of dressing. I love hemp protein and it's one thing I put into my smoothies regularly." Does he dine out much? "There is only one restaurant here (in Tucson) that's anywhere close to an all-raw menu. I don't go to restaurants much, because I have a very hard time finding anything to eat. I think the way it's going to work is to have a regular restaurant that will add a raw item so people can learn about it. "I'm very interested in living foods, and I have a friend here who makes sauerkraut and raw fermented goatmilk. I don't do dairy that's processed. There are certain cultures you can use--It's good to try to find living cultures people can share with you. "We have a pretty good organic produce scene here. I grow a lot of aloe vera and eat the raw gel on a regular basis. It's a really good source of nutrition. I blend it into smoothies. What are Mike's plans for NewsTarget? "Primarily I aim to continue and expand the number of people NewsTarget is reaching with the message of natural healing and personal empowerment. It's important that I continue to point out what's wrong with pharmaceuticals and the FDA and drug companies. It's important to tell people natural solutions from the world of mother nature. And to continue educating people to really help be part of this revolution in health and healing taking place right now. "I think that the days of big pharmaceuticals' dominance over medicine are numbered, and in a few more years, the pharmaceutical industry in a sense will greatly downsize or even collapse, because in this country everyone is realizing that you cannot remain financially solvent as an individual state or a nation if you're paying all your money to drug companies. "Right now, 20 percent of the entire US government budget is is being spent on treating diseases that are largely preventable, and yet there's no budget for--almost nothing is being spent on--prevention. There's been no interest in preventing disease, no profit to be found in that. [Wait until] we go bankrupt as a nation, and the US dollar and economy collapses, and people wake up and find they find out they have to do something different. Ron Paul is the only one I would support for President. Dennis Kucinich doesn't have any kind of shot. Ron Paul is viable as a candidate. He has been very outspoken against the FDA and has introduced health freedom legistation. Hillary Clinton will give us medical tyrrany. And Republicans will give us global tyrrany. Anything is better than another Republican." http://www.rawfoodsnewsmagazine.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=201
  8. Barb gluten is a killer. Unsweetened almond milk sweetened with stevia is a good choice. Or make you own, blend almonds. That's great that you made the change. For anyone else that is buying regular wheat products try to swtich to gluten free. It creeps up on you by damaging the intestinal walls.
  9. Thanks! I'm slowly upping the fruits, veges, and nuts and I will be hiting the gym and tennis courts more often. Oh yeah I forgot to mention what the hell was wrong with me. After picking up the book Natural Cures by The famous cocky nut job Kevin Trudeau I realized that there were alternative methods to healing and that I was wasting my time with doctors. So thanks to him for opening up my eyes cuz if it wasnt for his cockiness I would be a sick dog. The various health forums were great even though I had to sif thru a lot of BS. So what did I have?, What held me back why I'm slimm jim? Light Eczema Acne Depression Mulitiple Chemical Sensitivities Candida Lactose Intolerant Gluten sensitivity brain fog I've learned that there's is a cause and cure for every disease. I am my own doctor, naturally the Raw way. I wish everyone could go back to nature cuz it really is a great place to be:) Bambam
  10. In other forums u hear people complaining about the diet, at the end saying I feel better with meat etc. Not fully understanding what's flying. This is one of my favorite articles and explanations of the diet that I came across while transitioning. You all need to read this. It's long but worth it by Nora Lenz. Should RAW Fooders Worry about Nutrient Deficiency Since we raw fooders hear so much about nutrient deficiency, it may come as a surprise to learn that it is similar to protein deficiency, in that it is so rare in our culture that it more accurately belongs in the category of 'medical myth' than practical reality. Nutrient deficiencies are the nonexistent WMDs of the health world. When people go to war with imaginary enemies, they very often end up only destroying themselves. Raw fooders who feel the need to "prevent" nutrient deficiency with fake and fractionated nutritional supplements or superfoods are only going to prevent their own health improvements. Supplementation as a concept is as flawed as the idea that drugs can cure disease. Both of these ideas are based on belief, not on knowledge or reason. It is belief that allows people indulging the same lifestyle mistakes to convince themselves that a microbe is responsible when they get sick. And it is belief that causes even so-called nutrition experts to conclude that a deficiency existed in a symptomatic individual just because symptoms go away after the ingestion of a supplement. Most often, when you ask supplement advocates for proof that deficiency is a real concern, this is what you'll get. This is not proof, it is nonsense. Take Joe, your average raw fooder. Joe's been raw for a few months and has recently begun to experience symptoms. Since Joe follows all the raw websites that tell us how difficult it is for raw vegans to get "all" their nutrients, he worries about deficiencies. So, naturally, when Joe notices the symptoms, deficiency is the first thing that enters his mind. Joe makes an appointment to see his naturopath and explains his unorthodox dietary regimen. Joe's naturopath is entirely supportive of Joe's raw diet, but she is "aware" that raw vegans at risk of not getting all their nutrients. She immediately orders blood work and is not surprised to find that Joe is indeed "deficient" in certain nutrients. She prescribes supplements, which Joe dutifully takes. Joe's symptoms go away. Joe is now certain that he did the right thing in going to the naturopath. In a few weeks' time Joe goes back to the naturopath for follow-up and tells her about the abatement of symptoms. She does more blood work which shows that the previous "deficiency" has been "cured". Both doctor and patient are now thoroughly convinced that disaster has been averted. Joe bristles to think what might have happened if his naturopath hadn't correctly diagnosed and resolved the problem. The naturopath congratulates herself once again for having chosen a career that gives so much meaning and purpose to life. In spite of the fact that it might seem "obvious" that nutrient deficiency is indeed what Joe was dealing with, the fact remains that between the appearance of symptoms and the apparent happy ending, there are literally dozens of mistaken assumptions that have been made by both Joe and his doctor. The questions that thinking people need to ask when they hear a story like this are: 1. What are the other factors that might have caused Joe's symptoms? 2. What standards were used to judge Joe's apparent "deficiency" and are they reflective of what is optimal for the human body? How do we know this? 3. Are the nutrients from the supplements in Joe's bloodstream doing what they're supposed to be doing, or are they there being ushered out as waste? 4. Is the fact that Joe's symptoms went away after supplement therapy proof that there was a deficiency? If not, what other factors might have caused the cessation of Joe's symptoms? This is only the short list. Let's take question #4. The answer is "no" -- the fact that the symptoms went away after supplementation is not proof that there was a deficiency. Symptoms are the result of complex chemical processes that are taking place in the body. When a new chemical is introduced, the processes and the symptoms are changed. Sometimes symptoms go away completely, sometimes they go away temporarily or partially, sometimes they change into other symptoms, and sometimes they continue unchanged. When they go away, this is presumed to be proof that they were caused by a deficiency of whatever nutrient is purported to be supplied by the supplement. When they don't go away, people typically keep trying new things until they find one that "works". Then when they find something that requires their bodies to perform a more important function than what it was doing with the symptom (the more important function being the elimination of the supplement), they pronounce to the world that they have found a miracle supplement that makes them feel great. Just as aspirin doesn't 'cure' a headache, supplements do not cure symptoms, or restore healthy nutrient levels in truly deficient individuals. The chemical process that causes aspirin to make a headache go away is actually similar to the one that causes symptoms of "deficiency" to go away after the ingestion of supplements. People come to believe that supplementation cures deficiency by the same false and erroneous thinking that leads them to assume that symptoms are caused by deficiencies in the first place. It is pure belief and assumption, like the situation with our friend Joe. Residues of supplements may end up floating around in the bloodstream, and they can be measured by a doctor who will declare their levels either sufficient or insufficient (based on faulty standards derived from studies on sick people), but the fact is that fractionated nutrients do not perform their appropriate functions in the body. That they are in the bloodstream is by no means evidence that they are doing what they're supposed to do. Everything we eat, drink and breathe ends up in our blood. Our bloodstreams constantly carry both nutrients and waste in and out of our bodies. When our blood is examined for a specific substance, how is the examiner to know whether that substance is on its way in to the body, performing a valuable function, or on its way out as waste? Our paranoia surrounding nutrient deficiency needs to be replaced by rational thinking, and factual evidence. When the detectives on TV want to solve a murder, do they rule out the least likely suspects first? No. When we have a symptom, we need to look at what is most likely causing the problem, not something that is highly unlikely. How do we know that nutrient deficiency is unlikely? Because for most of us, even though we think we're living healthfully, we may have hundreds of diet and lifestyle habits that bear negatively upon our health. You don't have to be Columbo to figure out that it's far more likely to be these habits causing your problems than nutrient deficiency. An appropriate response to the initial onset of symptoms, therefore, would be to say to ourselves: "What parts of my diet and lifestyle are not conforming to those which build health?" Having arrived at the answer, we would then go about changing those bad habits. An even more appropriate response to the onset of symptoms would be to stop eating. Eating should never be done when we have a symptom, since symptoms are signs that our bodies are conducting important work. We should not give our bodies more work to do with they are already busy. Food does not give us energy until it has been digested, absorbed, assimilated and converted to useable fuel, and that takes 1-24 hours or more of WORK for our bodies. It should be noted, incidentally, that symptoms which are attributed to deficiency GO AWAY when symptomatic individuals fast on water only. If a deficiency truly existed, symptoms would get worse if a person was to ingest no nutrients at all, but this never happens. Over and over again, fasting practitioners report that they see people who fast getting relief from symptoms that were previously and erroneously attributed to deficiencies. All disease has a common cause, and that cause is the accumulation of toxins and waste in the body. Disease is caused by excess, not deficiency. The excess fat, protein, toxic ingredients, unrecognizable chemicals and indigested waste that our bodies must eliminate everyday causes our organs to not function optimally. Non-functioning organs cannot absorb nutrients properly. Nutrient deficiencies, when they truly do exist, are issues of assimilation, not intake. That means they are not related to the quantity of nutrients that are consumed in the diet. They are caused by all the excess that is consumed that causes organs to be compromised to the point of not being able to properly use the nutrients that are coming in. Does it make sense to pump more nutrients into a body that is not capable of assimilating them? Or does it make sense to remove the cause of the malfunction so that our bodies can use the nutrients we eat? B12 provides us with a good illustration of this. We are often told that vegans need to supplement B12 because plant foods do not provide it. Yet roughly 95% of all individuals who are diagnosed with B12 deficiencies are meat eaters. Acid-forming foods like meat and dairy products inhibit the stomach's ability to create the catalyst (called "intrinsic factor") that B12 requires to perform its function. The issue is not that sufficient B12 is not being ingested, it's that the body is unable to use it because of excesses in the diet. Additionally, it should be remembered among raw fooders that deficiencies are always gauged against standards that are established as "normal". This is done by examining the blood of apparently "healthy" individuals, and arriving at averages. Since 98% of our populace dies prematurely of degenerative disease, however, this data cannot be regarded as reliable. We cannot know what optimal nutrient levels are by assaying the blood of individuals who are slowly dying of degenerative disease! Even if we examine the blood of people who are living very healthfully and enjoying an exceedingly high level of health, we are faced with the other obstacle I mentioned: among the millions of different chemicals present in our blood at any given time, how can we tell the difference between what is vital to the functioning of our bodies and what is waste that is being eliminated? Doctors and others make a gigantic leap of logic when they assume that a nutritional supplement that is in your bloodstream is "curing" some imagined "deficiency". Nothing of the sort has ever been definitively established, nor could it ever be. We can't possibly know what optimal nutrient levels are. We haven't even identified all of the nutrients in foods. It is estimated, in fact, that we only know about 10% of them! Considering this, is it not sheer arrogance and folly to think we can re-create the delicate balance of nutrients our bodies need by extracting them one-by-one from food and putting them in the form of a pill? What little we know of nutrients does include the fact that they work in concert with each other. Without the naturally-occurring chemicals that act as catalysts to other chemicals, vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients are so much useless waste to our bodies. The mutated, hybridized, cultivated food that is offered to us in modern supermarkets is nutritionally inferior and out of balance, of this there is no question. Yet, how are we to know which parts are there to the extent that they should be, and which parts aren't? Can we make up for this lack of balance by taking a pill which contains all the nutrients we know to exist (10%, remember)? Pills can't return balance to the foods we eat, nor can they re-establish the balance to the chemistry in our bodies. Here's another point to consider. If you put all the various diets that everyone in our culture eats on a scale from 0-100, with "0" being the worst junk imaginable and "100" being optimal, you'd find that even the most health-conscious naturopaths, herbalists and nutritionists might come in somewhere around 35, at best. These are typically the people who warn us about nutrient deficiencies. Now we raw fooders/fruitarians aren't anywhere near optimal on that 0-100 scale because of the sub-standard food we're forced to eat, but at least we're eating according to our biological design. This offers us such a huge advantage that if we're eating mostly fruit, some greens and modest amounts of nuts, properly combined, most of us can easily put ourselves in the 80's. Why on earth are we allowing 35's to tell US that WE need to worry about nutrient deficiency? They are the ones who should worry, because they kill their nutrients with fire, and they labor under the feloniously false idea that human beings are omnivorous. What can we do to assure ourselves that we won't become nutrient deficient? Well, we raw fooders are already doing the #1 thing -- eating biologically appropriate, raw food. In addition, we can strive to eat fresh, ripe, tasty food because these are indicators that the nutrients are there. We can eat wild fruit whenever we have the opportunity, because wild fruit grows voluntarily (where conditions are most favorable), it must find its own water (deeper roots mean more nutrients), and it is not treated with chemical fertilizers and other harmful substances. We can also make sure that we get sufficient rest, sleep, exercise, sunshine and fresh air because doing so helps our organs to perform optimally and gives our cells the best opportunity to utilize the nutrients we eat. Raw fooders have much more pressing issues to concern themselves with than nutrient deficiency, like learning about the real causes of disease. Disease is a result of excess, and this fact is ignored by doctors, naturopaths and nutritionists. If in every case where deficiency was blamed for disease, the excesses that are being indulged by the patient were stopped, the disease would stop as well. The most important thing to remember is that if we follow health-building habits (which raw fooders do, more than anybody else), our bodies will become very efficient at extracting and using the nutrients that we consume in food.
  11. The body is still digesting and cleaning up in the house in the morning. Fruit is the easiest to digest and will give you a lot of energy. So fruit for breakfast. I alternate, green smoothies in the morning then for snack fruit around 11AM. My green smoothie any greens like romaine spinach and kale 2 handfuls and then a banana or 2 and some blueberries. I have other fruit as well, mixing up so I never get bored of the same smoothie. I have a blendtec and its great, easy to use and the cleanup is a snap. If you need help transitioning a good book is The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. She has 5 different transition levels. when you feel comfortable at a given level say 5 then its time to move on to level 4 and so on.
  12. I saw the trailer, its pretty good the folks are great but a bit cheesy. I just ordered the video go raw for 30 days. I'll let you know how it is. As far as labels is anyone really raw or 100%. Most people aren't. Agave isn't raw even though it's labeled as such. Below is the dead list. Vegan vs. raw. I went thru vegan, being raw is much harder. You are really limited when you go out to eat. That's why most people are 80% give or take. There's more flexibility in social environments. http://purelyraw.com/deadfoodlist.htm
  13. hey for all u guys that high jacked my profile cheers! I got a kick out of that. Look dont expect serious posts from me as well! So what s my excercise - getting out of bed and getting in bed, no for real weights, curls for arms and Im working on my chest. I walk to work - 15 minutes each way. I bike too. Now that the weather has warmed up I'll be hitting the tennis courts real soon!! Don't expect body building terms cuz I don't know yet but I'm a fast learner. I am glad that Jack, lean and green came out to a great raw party last week in town, he's great to hang with and knows his stuff. I'll be eating more nuts as part of my plan, but makes me wonder if it's the right thing to do since it disagrees with 80/10/10 plan by Graham - the diet is too limiting in general. And of course I'll be upping the banana uptake!!
  14. I have to say I'm very health conscious and I love helping others. I spent over 2 years building up my health on health forums with all sorts of health issues and in return I helped others along the way. Recently, I switched my lifestyle to Raw Foods, I dont like using labels because I am still transitioning. Let's just say I'm following a plant based diet. It's definately been a trip, I'm currently working on diet issues and I've been trying to build muscle at the same time, which has been difficult. So I'm here looking to meet others who are Vegan and living healthier lifestyles through proper eating and excercise. I'm currently thin at 125 pounds and I'm 5"9 in my thirties. I get it all the time...your so thin! I don't find it to be an issue but it certainly can't hurt to put on 10 pounds. On Raw I've actually lost weight, you could eat a ton and not put anything on. Great to be here! I could use the support.
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