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Hi everyone!

I'm planning on going raw for the entire month of August and I thought it would be great if we had a raw chit chat spot! I know a lot of other vegwebbers have expressed interest in either eating raw or going raw--so maybe we can help each other out here! I'm a total noob when if comes to raw, but I'm hoping my 30 day experiment will turn me into a master class raw veganist! I will be blogging everyday during August and posting pics and recipes of what I am eating--should be some great stuff plus all the "Raw Blogs" will be public!

I already have a bunch of questions! Can anyone help?

Raw milk--are there any store brands out there or do I have to make my own? Any super simple recipes for nut milk?
Dried sea weed (like wakame) how long do you soak it for?
I don't have a dehydrator and 150 is the lowest setting on my oven--how can I dry/toast oats, etc. and still have them be raw?
How the heck do I make sun tea?

OK then! That's what I got for now--I hope this can be a great place for raw info!!!

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e171/ginsoak/vegetables2.jpg

VR, have you checked for them in Asian markets?  The local Vietnamese market in my area has them for $2.99 as opposed to the $4.99 that the HFS wants for them.

:P

Down 3 more pounds in the past 2 days.  It's amazing how fast the weight drops off when you're on 100% raw.
:)

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Thanks for the tips, everyone! It's been interesting to see how my body reacts to 90%ish raw, especially with my IBS. I don't think my GI system knows what's up or down!

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So I'm wondering....those of you who eat somewhat, mostly, or all raw how do you typically organize your daily meals? Do you usually eat a similiar breakfast, lunch and dinner or do you do alot of snacks etc?

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So I'm wondering....those of you who eat somewhat, mostly, or all raw how do you typically organize your daily meals? Do you usually eat a similiar breakfast, lunch and dinner or do you do alot of snacks etc?

I usually eat an all raw diet mainly in the warm weather (I get dangerously cold, I have issues with body temp in winter)  and I would go to the farmers market and just buy whatever was fresh looking and I would go home and plan my meals from their. I also eat things like raw oats and sprouted grains n such though and I know a lot of raw foodists don't eat them. My meals were never the same, with the exception of I get on my fruit binges and I'll eat like 12 bananas for breakfast. I'm partial to an 80-10-10 diet BUT not that much. '

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I've just been eating raw the last couple of weeks, so take anything I say with that nugget!

I have fallen into having a smoothie and then a small something else at breakfast. I have made raw scones or trail mix bars, so I'll have one of those with a big fat smoothie.

I'll usually have some sort of big salad at lunch. Fruit snack around 3 or so.

For dinner, this is where I might try something bigger or fancier. Since I'm so new, I have lots of recipes I want to try. If I'm feeling lazy, I'll just have a salad and more fruit.

I've struggled with feeling hungry, so I have to throw in snacks whenever. I carry fruit with me, and I have cut carrots and celery in my fridge. If I'm feeling really hungry or really craving something heavy, I'll have those with some peanut butter (not raw...but delish!).

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I tend to eat all day long.  I'm up at 5am and my daughter is still asleep so I can't make juice due to the noise, which would be my preference, so I start my day with fruit....lots of fruit, which I continue to eat up until around noonish.  Then I generally have some salad or just cut up veggies.  I juice around 2ish, (when I get home) and then it's time for TurboFire and Perfect Abs.  Around dinner time I have some gazpacho or more salad or if I've raw-prepped for the week; raw tacos or raw chili or raw stuffed peppers or raw veggie burgers. 

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I want a juicer soooo bad! Are good ones remotely affordable?

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So I'm wondering....those of you who eat somewhat, mostly, or all raw how do you typically organize your daily meals? Do you usually eat a similiar breakfast, lunch and dinner or do you do alot of snacks etc?

I have been eating about 50% raw but don't always get that far even.  I think when it gets warmer up here and maybe over the summer I will attempt to eat a greater percentage of raw. 

I am extremely anal about eating and food still as part of a long battle with an eating disorder and spontaniety is still a battle so I actually have weekly menus I follow that I make for myself well ahead of time (you don't want to know just how many weeks out I have planned).  I try to get in so many macronutrients a day and since moving more towards raw have adjusted for that.

Most of my breakfasts and lunchs are on the raw side, as are snacks, but dinner is still cooked with a little raw in there and sometimes I include homemade soups or something with lunchs or tea or (uhhum coffee) with breakfast.  I am still trying to break my coffee addiction.

A raw breakfast might be a bowl of fruit (my favorite is mango with skin on and banana) with a few nuts sprinkled on and a green juice (this morning was 2 cups kale, fresh cranberries, orange, 1 cup chicory, water).  Sometimes I might have raw soaked and sprouted buckwheat groats with fruit.  I guess technically buckwheat groats and oat groats are not raw even when just soaked and sprouted as whole seed kernals  because they are pressure treated before being sold. I just read that in a raw food book somewhere.  I knew flaked oats were steamed but I was surprised to learn that oat groats are also treated with heat).  Ditto with some types of nuts like almonds that are by law required to be pasteurized if grown in the U.S.  You can order this stuff raw and unprocessed from certain places (nuts from overseas or private growers) but it is expensive and inconvenient and involves shipping from far away and I am just not that rigid about it and my income is limited with college right now. I do not have a dehydrator or other fancy equipment except my blendtec so my raw meals are limited to fresh fruits and vegetables and some sprouting of beans and grains and a few nuts/seeds.  But I like the idea that if it looks like something you'd find in nature and doesnt get too complicated to "process" by having to grind and dehydrate bla bla than it is more natura and readily available for the body.  Yesterday I had sprouted raw white beans with a 1/2 of an avocado mixed in and a squirt of lemon; and also raw cabbage, carrot, apple, and union with a tad of cider vinegar (no idea if this is raw).  I had an orange for an afternoon snack.  I cooked dinner (sweet potato, kale, black bean curry).  I have been experimenting with raw milks and made coconut milk from real coconut meat a few days ago.  I have also made my own almond milk and both are very good (but as I said the almonds arent technically raw even though I bought them organic because they are still pasteurized by law). I have a pure calcium powder I add to raw milks as I have a low bone density (clinically diagnosed with osteoporosis). Otherwise I incorporate at least three to four cups a day of a leafy "bone building" green.  I am still very new at this also and reading and learning and slowly experimenting but I want to do it right and make it a long term lifestyle.  I do not need to lose weight so I also need to be sure I am eating a balanced and filling diet that will sustain me with lots of activity and a busy schedule.  I therefore probably do eat a little more fat than others might, although I had to cut back on the nuts as my digestion has been going crazy.  That is starting to settle down now.

Because I keep a menu I am able to plan ahead for soaking, sprouting and when to buy and how long to keep fresh fruits and veggies etc but with college and working and exercise in the mornings my time is extremely limited.  I foresaw this on school break and planned for four months out.  I am such a freak...

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I want a juicer soooo bad! Are good ones remotely affordable?

It depends on your definition of "good", for me my definition was super quiet, did not separate juice (most important), and would last a long time., I first bought the Walmart 60 dollar special, which for some people works great However, its ungodly loud and broke after a few uses PLUS the juice would separate which is to be expected with any centrifugal juicer. Secondly I purchased a juiceman juicer, another centrifugal juicer and honestly, was no better than the first, it broke after 2 months when I was juicing collard greens. I used my friends champion juicer which I also wasn't a big fan of. And lastly I purchased an Omega VERT vrt330, AMAZING! It doesn't separate the juice making it taste a million times better, its whisper quiet, and so far over a year now and no issues, I did have one of the screens break because a pebble got stuck in it but omega replaced it. Thats another good thing, omega offers like 10 year guarantee on the whole machine.  :)>>>  yeah I'm a bit of an Omega fangirl LOL! :-D

http://www.omegajuicers.com/juicers/masticating-juicers/vert-vrt330-juicer.html
thats the one I have but its not in stock, this link (next down) is the one they have in stock and its the more heavy duty version of this one, they're both good.
http://www.omegajuicers.com/juicers/masticating-juicers/vert350-juicer.html

that being said, those juicers after taxes and shipping will cost 400 dollars  :-\

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I want a juicer soooo bad! Are good ones remotely affordable?

If your definition of affordable is similar to mine, I'd have to say no, the really good ones are not affordable (see fay's assessment of cost above for my definition of not affordable).

That being said, I have a Jack La Lane centrifugal juicer (power juicer classic) and I'm not unhappy with it.  It is loud but it does a decent job and I found it at the Goodwill for $8.00 (they retail for $100.00).  It will never be up to par with a Breville or Omega, but you know what they say: beggars can't be choosers, so check out your local thrift stores.  My parents also found a Jack La Lane (power juicer delux) at a thrift store for $15.00.

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i have the jack juicer and think it works great

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I want a juicer soooo bad! Are good ones remotely affordable?

If your definition of affordable is similar to mine, I'd have to say no, the really good ones are not affordable (see fay's assessment of cost above for my definition of not affordable).

That being said, I have a Jack La Lane centrifugal juicer (power juicer classic) and I'm not unhappy with it.  It is loud but it does a decent job and I found it at the Goodwill for $8.00 (they retail for $100.00).  It will never be up to par with a Breville or Omega, but you know what they say: beggars can't be choosers, so check out your local thrift stores.  My parents also found a Jack La Lane (power juicer delux) at a thrift store for $15.00.

i have the jack juicer and think it works great

agreed, check craigslist too, you'd be surprised that sometimes people Are selling brevilles and omegas for like 50 bucks.  My mom got a champion juicer at an auction for 10 bucks, so thats an option too.  I personally just don't like centrifugal juicers though, if my juicer separates I just cant drink it.
I bought a jacklalane juicer also, but if broke after a couple uses.
I agree with you though storm, my juicer is not affordable, it was a splurge purchase LOL

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wth were u shoving in the juicer fay? lol... i've probably used mine 15 times... i was on a jucing kick for a sec but got over it... i have a hard enough time waking up to drag my butt to a job i don't wanna be at anymore... hopefully that and my mentality/ spirit will change soon...

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wth were u shoving in the juicer fay? lol... i've probably used mine 15 times... i was on a jucing kick for a sec but got over it... i have a hard enough time waking up to drag my butt to a job i don't wanna be at anymore... hopefully that and my mentality/ spirit will change soon...

The juiceman juicer broken when I was juicing collard greens and kale :(   the jack lalanne juicer broke when juicing blueberries, apples, and swiss chard
I swear I'm not a juicer abuser!  :-X

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lol JUICER ABUSER!!!

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Hey guys, I've been neglecting this thread as much as I've been neglecting raw foods. I've been eating a huge salad for lunch every day and usually a smoothie for breakfast, with a cooked dinner. Today I had half of a pomegranate with half of the water out of a young coconut for breakfast, lunch will be a (not raw) taco salad. Raw pad thai for dinner!

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I'm in the market for an excalibur and omega right now.

Here's to hoping my boyfriend gets me that Vitamix I've been asking him for since my birthday LAST year. Come on, Mrs Base!

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Damn Base!  If you get all three of those I'm going to be so jealous!

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RAWR!!!  Into week 2 being back on 100% raw.  I even gave up coffee this time.  :)

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Anyone out there still doing raw or am I all alone in the world? Helloooooo......?

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