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08-20-2006, 10:06 AM
I have been raw for 10 days with 1 slip up and have lost 10 lbs so far however, my diet is exceedingly boring. Green smoothies, dips, olives, raw cheese and mushroom soup.
I have several cookbooks including Alissa's just don't know where to begin cannot seem to get motivated.
Most of the recipes I have tried I do not like for various reasons.
Ugh I guess I just don't know where to start
Any advice would be appreciated
08-20-2006, 10:13 AM
It sounds like you need to get out there and enjoy the bounty of fresh, ripe fruits and veggies, leafy greens, raw nuts and raw seeds. You shouldn't eat primarily gourmet, processed raw stuff. Those should be a treat. Your main nutrition should come from whole, living fruits and veggies etc. Go get some apples, berries, bananas, pineapples, kiwis, tomatoes, zucchinis, fresh organic lettuce and cabbage, raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds etc. Just eat them simply like a child would eat them from the tree. It is so fulfilling to live this way.
When you concoct everything together and dehydrate and blend stuff you lose nutrients and some of the vitality in the food. Try it from the source as often as you can. Vary your diet and eat more naturally occuring things in their natural form.
08-20-2006, 10:18 AM
Just keep trying recipes!!! I know trying raw recipes all the time that you don't like can be really discouraging...and expensive!! But, you will find ones you really like. My faves are rawpriestess's brownies, chocolate macaroons, the macadamia/chocolate cookies from alissa, carrot pecan burgers, walnut pate and banana ice cream with strawberries, dates and blueberries. I just made the onion bread and cashew hummus this weekend, and WOW!, it's fantastic! I am having onion bread sandwiches with the cashew hummus, sprouts and red pepper tonight. I am also planning a yummy shake to go along with that. Make some almond milk and freeze some bananas. Put one cup almond milk in a blender with the bananas, agave nectar, cinnamon and vanilla extract. It's really yummy and soooo filling! My best advice is to just keep trying new recipes. You'll find ones you love!
08-20-2006, 12:22 PM
I agree with lissomllama.
To simplify, is to become liberated! You'll enjoy so much more free time and energy and your taste buds will rejoice and become more attracted to the whole delicious taste of fresh fruits and veggies.
Eat whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic fruits and vegetables.
08-20-2006, 12:56 PM
I just got home from stopping at my favorite Mom and Pop farm stand.
She has an old rickity table that sits next to the garden and she just picks what's ready and sets it on the table. There is an ancient scale and everything is 25 cents a lb accept for sweet corn (which is FABULOUS) and it is 14 ears for $3. Peppers (all kinds of specialty), tomatoes, eggplant, garlic, onions, cuckes and Oh is this stuff awesome.
$5 buys me 2 big bags of garden fresh stuff and you CAN'T beat that with a stick and both hands!!
I started with raw trying too hard to follow the dips and dehydration stuff and I have found that, for the time being and the season, it's pure simple and all I have to do is CHOP :)
08-20-2006, 03:43 PM
-Start with a list of the fruits and vegetables that you DO really LOVE. Eat mostly those. Stay away from stuff you hate - or stuff that is boring to YOU.
-There are no raw food police with guns to your head! Ha! ha! If your level is not comfortable to YOU....then go back to a lesser level...and stretch from there. Be HONSEST about what is comfortable for you....and about what YOU are prepared to do....and get motivated about THAT. Not some guru's idea.
-Just my experiences.
08-20-2006, 03:47 PM
take those smoothies, and eat them instead of blending them,
take the mushroom soup and use it as a dip, take any leaf and roll up the nut cheese inside with some mushrooms, onion, ginger, garlic, sprouts, tomato anything you like and enjoy
go to the store, and pick out at least 2 of each fruit and veggie you like to eat alone, then eat them, repeat.
make soup with other stuff in it, not just mushroom, add other veggies
freeze fruits and make ice cream out of them.
add spices to your diet and herbs, yummy
this is your life, it's supposed to be fun.
08-20-2006, 04:01 PM
Do not forget to keep some bananas in the freezer to make icecream in a hurry.
Blueberry and bananna icecream is nice and walnut icecream will keep you going for ages.
It is the change of texture and temperature that adds a little something to your diet.
08-20-2006, 04:58 PM
this is your life, it's supposed to be fun.
LOL. That's a great reminder. I'm going to make that quote into a banner and hang it on my wall. :)
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