View Full Version : 100% vs 99% RAW!!!!
03-26-2006, 03:07 PM
Okay, first let me say, I've READ the books, I've taken classes, I've done this before yada yada.
So, here I am eating 100% raw, and I mean 100% raw.
and YES Virginia there is a difference.
a BIG difference,
I have gone raw about a gazillion times, okay okay, maybe 10 or so,
anyway, I've done the raw thing, I've always done it with some canned olives, or some dijon mustard, or some non-raw vinegar, or some bottled salad dressing,
I justified my experience, because there are other raw foodists who are teachers who say, just a little bit won't hurt, your'e only useing 1 tsp of dijon in an entire recipe.
So, I went along with it. But that isn't what Alissa says, she says 100% raw. so, I have been toying with this idea, and have actually gone and done it.
I was at a fair yesterday, and I've been 100% raw for about 10 days, and I had NO cravings,
I mean NOT ONE craving.
And I just wanted to share with you, that 100% raw makes a tremendous amount of difference.
Yes, if YOU want to eat canned olives, or bottled salad dressing, or roasted nuts, or bottled juice, or whatever that is fine,
but it doesn't work with ME.
this is the first time in my life, that I haven't tweeked it a bit, not even a little bit, and it has made a world of difference.
How do I know? Because a few days ago I did have some canned olives, and I was craving cooked food for two days, I finally realized why.
now, you can bet I won't be doing that again.
so I am eatin my banana and strawberries and kiwi and I am happy happy happy and raw raw raw 100% this time.
how about YOU?
03-26-2006, 03:12 PM
I'm so glad you made this thread.
I'm happy, happy, happy too.
03-26-2006, 03:19 PM
Yay for RP. I am so happy for you :)
I am 99% raw because I drink hot decaf herbal teas. Otherwise, I would be 100%.
Just not willing to give up my English tea time. ;)
03-26-2006, 03:31 PM
My problem is that I think that I am 100% but how do I know. I do not know that my nuts or seeds or dried fruit have not been heated. Ove here it never says Raw because not enough people want that info. I emailed the maker (Gillian McKeith) of the living food bars that I use for emergencies earlier today to ask if any ingreedent has been heated to over 115F.
Until I give up nuts and dried fruits I will never be sure. That is my target.
03-26-2006, 04:07 PM
I know what you mean! After a week or two eating 100% raw, your old favorites aren't tempting in the least! Not one. Little. Bit. I can look at a Twix or a box of Pop-tarts (weaknesses) and not feel any desire at all to have them. They may as well be wall hangings. But if I try the "just a little" line, it's all over.
Whenever I've been going strong, I get a kick out of staring at my leftovers (peels and such) and marveling at how pretty and colorful they are. (I hope I'm not the only one who does that...) Everything else just seems like cardboard in comparison.
I still have the ocasional fresh peppermint tea, but even that is dying away.
(Its a social thing)
I only eat raw vegan and i dont get cravings anymore.
The cravings stopped about the fifth day of totally raw.
I still cook for my family, but have no desire to sample their food.
raw really suits me.
I leapt into it to see what happened and im fine!
Ive had a couple of rough detoxing days and a few strange aches and pains but these were short lived.
I love the way i feel eating raw.
I have lots of energy
I never overeat any more
Ibs has gone, I suffered for 10 years!
Acid reflux gone after 22 years!
candida no longer a problem (had problems for about 15 years!)
I have reclaimed my health and my life within 2 months on raw!
I feel so alive! :)
03-26-2006, 05:00 PM
I have to agree with you raw priestess. I am at my best at 100%. And my happiest. :)
03-26-2006, 05:25 PM
I also found that if I have just one bite of something or the other (first couple of weeks) It kind of interfears with digestion. Last time, I had one fork full of my boyfriend's cooked spinach...I felt bloated for a couple of hours...
03-26-2006, 05:28 PM
WOWSERS, I like your style RP! :)
03-26-2006, 05:32 PM
I have intended to be Raw...and prefer it that way. I even dropped the things that are questionable condiments. So intention and being are two different things.
Example I have been buying my Raw Almonds locally and was told Yes they are raw and it says it on the box in the bulk dept. I am told. Well for months I have been soaking then using. Well I decided to sprout them this week...they did not sprout. I tried again..did not..so they are pasturized, must be. Man that torks me to no end.
So I am going purist...prove to me it is Raw and I will eat it. Grrr..
03-26-2006, 05:49 PM
Rawfigure, I thought that "sprouting" almonds, didn't acutally grow tales? :confused:
03-26-2006, 05:51 PM
The Monkey says.
It's the easiest way to stay raw.
No boxes ,no cans.
Peace and Love , Love, Love....my tweak to Shrivleanagadanna who lives not an hour away from me.
03-26-2006, 08:41 PM
Rawfigure, your almonds may be raw
almonds do not sprout little tails like we are used to on other seeds etc.
03-26-2006, 08:42 PM
Thanks for help in to confirm a little mystery for me. I have been trying to figure out for the longest why I haven't craved anything and why I haven't fallen off the wagon considering the nature of my eating disorder beast. Now I know!
I just meant a woman who must be in her 40's who has been raw all her life her mother and father raised her raw. Not only that her parents are in their 70's, and her grandparents are 135 years old. Her grandparents still grow their own vegetables and fruits in Trinidad. She says she has never craved cooked foods.
There is a mighty big difference in the benefit department! And many other bonuses too!
GOOD FOR YOU!! I love seeing your transformation--even since becoming a moderator!!! KUDOS my friend!!!
I know for me it is 100% and that is it NO other options.
Thanks for the comfirmation....
03-27-2006, 02:44 PM
That is wonderful. I hope to be there too one day. :p
03-27-2006, 07:30 PM
Hi Raw Priestess
Does that mean you won't eat dehydrated foods anymore?
You have so many creative recipes on your website...a lot using a dehydrator I imagine.
I also read somewhere that you freeze foods, so that you always have something on hand. Does this fresh approach mean that you will no longer do that?
If I was to go 100% unequivocally raw, I'd find it a challenge at this point. Some days I am 100% acceptably raw...which means I still use tahini (I rang the company and checked temperatures) and shelled nuts.
Enjoy your journey... I'm sure it will be blissful...
03-27-2006, 10:12 PM
I went 100% raw overnight back in the beginning of January 2006, and haven't allowed myself one slipup. I had zero cravings in the beginning, but I also didn't detox very much. Then about a month ago I began to suddenly detox, and it was BRUTAL! I had an awful cold that spread to my ears and I was miserable. Interestingly enough, a few days before I began the detox, all I could think about was shrimp and pasta. And I made a date with my hubby to go to a local fish restaurant <yes, yes, I know! not very vegan of me, nevermind raw!) but i called him back 15 minutes later and told him that if we were going to go and eat out, I would rather go to a raw restaurnat to see if that cured my cravings. Which it did for a few days.
THEN the detox hit and I wanted pizza, sausages, melted cheese, anything pasta-like. I suffered for that week, but I didn't give up. Kudos to anyone who has experienced detox, and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone.
After that detox, I still have cravings for cooked food, but I noticed that it's only for the worst, greasiest and most artery clogging kinds of SAD food that is available. We're talking McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC - and I haven't eaten any of those in years! One day I tried to figure out why i was having those specific cravings, and not for streamed brown rice, grilled tofu, or even grilled chicken (the "healthier" SAD option) and came to the realization that it only happens when I'm hungry or haven't eaten enough fats.
My body really does know how to tell me what it needs, but it tells me in the only way it has been conditioned to for the past 23 years, and with time, I believe that when I need fats, I will begin thinking about creamy avocados and nuts instead of all the other junk.
The only way I've been able to analyze myself this much is because I jumped into the deep end and because I'm a perfectionist and am very harsh on myself, even in areas where I'm very understanding and empathetic toward other people. There is no way that I would be able to be any percentage less than 100% because it would be all downhill from there, and the cravings would in insurmountable.
03-27-2006, 10:29 PM
I still eat frozen raw foods and dehydrated raw foods.
I also still mix several foods together and makes sauces and things.
and I am 100% raw.
RAW RAW RAW
I love raw.
no other way to be as far as I'm concerned.
And if you are 100% raw, == WONDERFUL
and if you aren't 100% raw, == WONDERFUL
we are ALL exactly where we should be at any given moment.
no worries, no guilt, just be happy.
and the ONLY way I can be happy is to be raw.
03-27-2006, 11:41 PM
I am so glad you answered this post as you have pointed out something to me... Being a Gemini I have been told I analyze things too much... but I feel sometimes you just have to...to get to the bottom of something...
I have been wracking my itty bitty brain trying to figure out why I just can not stay raw... 100%... right now it is because of money.. only thing I have in the house now are things to cook and no money to get anything.. really rough time right now... BUT....
When I had the greens and fruits in the house I would go for days at 100%... then wham! a whopper of a craving for something didn't know what... and it seemed I would binge binge binge on something unraw... nothing did the trick... then I might decide to drink a smoothie with coconut water and meat, cacao, a banana, macca, a bit of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice... this seemed to do it for me...
It was fatty because of the coconut... sweet because of the coconut and cacao...and banana... so I feel I must have been needing something that those ingredients had in them... I was fine after that...
Sometimes cucumbers and tomatoes also are great craving killers for me..
Here lately because of lack of cash... and food being very low.... I think I am going into panic mode... I have craved bread bread bread.... but will eat cooked lentiles...and olive oil... even the smoothie didnt do it this time...and I caved... between the smoothie and bread tho I feel no cravings now...will be glad when I can buy cases of fruits etc again.... heavy sigh
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