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11-30-2006, 06:11 AM
Hello! Im all new to this and want to know as much as possible to prepare to go over more and more to raw, hoping to get rid of my awful colitis... But I am so sick and tired thinking and reading about food all the time, learning one more regime again and trying one more thing (Im on paleo diet now) makes me tired and it would help so much knowing what a typical raw food day look like!
Please (if you want) also write down what preparations you do (for example putting cashews in water for the next day) and share any tips or tricks to make it easier and better.
Heard that one should have sprouted or fermented food somehow in most meals to make sure to get enough nutrition, this seems to demand a lot of preparation. Also that fruit should not be mixed with veggies and other kinds of food in the same meal (for digestion). Are you guys following that? I don't want to have an "all fruit" diet or something like that, dont think thats good for the body in the long run..
Thank you all!
11-30-2006, 10:16 AM
I will give you what I typically eat in a day.
Breakfast - fruit. This week it has been clementines since they are in season and so yummy. This will probably continue throughout the month of Dec until the clementines are no longer available. Or Sometime I just have some carrot/apple juice and am not hungry for breakfast
snack - more fruit, clementines, grapes or some other handy fruit. Or I will make a green smoothie using spinach, bananas and whatever fruit I have on hand.
lunch - lately I have been enjoying apples cut up and mixed with almond butter, bananas, coconut, dates, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon. This is very yummy, very easy and very filling
supper - a large green salad with avocado, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, spinach, romaine, arugula (when I have it) sprouts, ect. I just toss some cider vinegar or lemon juice over this and some spices, yummy good.
If I am hungry at night I might snack on some dates, or nuts. I tend to be my hungriest at night so I eat heavier then.
This week was our daughters second bithday so I made her a raw cake and last night I polished that off. It was really good.
As far as rules go I would suggest just taking it easy in the beginning. I have found that when you are just starting out it can be very diffcult to throw a lot of rules and restriction into the mix. Eat raw. Period. Try to eat fruits in the morning because it is easiest on your digestive system after not eating all night. You will become your own guide as far as combining foods and what not, but in the beginning it is just easier to first get used to eating only raw foods before adding in a bunch of rules.
11-30-2006, 12:03 PM
David Klein has extensive experience with raw foods and colitis.
Here is his website:
Hope this helps...
11-30-2006, 05:49 PM
this is a typical day for me
1 cup warm herbal tea (fresh camomile or mint from the garden)
1 cup pineapple
2 cups orange juice
2 cups orange juice
1 cup pineapple
1 cup warmed herbal tea
2 brownies (dates, nuts, cacao powder shmooshed up)
large green salad
this is pretty typical for me, or I can sometimes eat some nuts, instead of brownies or I can have almond milk shake which is almond milk and dates and spices, but that's pretty much what I eat each day on a consistant basis, although I do make gourmet things alot but don't eat them but maybe once or twice a week now. mostly I eat fruit, and fruit juice.
11-30-2006, 06:12 PM
I don't eat any fermented food and mainly eat sprouts during the cold months when I don't have a garden in the backyard.
My breakfast is really simple. On most days it's a handful of pumpkin seeds. These are not soaked or processed in any way. I just buy them and eat them. I might also have a bit of coconut (I buy that as well), or if I don't have the seeds, I will have some nuts (unsoaked). Occasionally I will have a piece of fruit, 1/2 a grapefruit or a small amount of dried goji berrries straight from the bag I bought them in. Breakfast is a really quick meal for me.
I don't always eat lunch. When I do, it might be just some cut up raw veggies and a few nuts. If I have nut cheese, I might have that. I don't keep nut cheese in the house all the time. I probably make a batch of Swiss and another batch of nacho every two to three weeks. In cold months I might have a handful of sprouts.
Dinner is usually a really big salad topped with all sorts of vegetables, perhaps some fresh salsa (I don't like dressing), and some sprouts or more nuts.
For a snack, I might have onion bread made into sandwiches with Swiss nut cheese, lettuce and tomtoes. I make onion bread about as often as I make nut cheese.
I have made dessert type things a few times. I am not a big dessert eater and find that those things are appealing when I first make them, then after that they sit around until they reach the stage of needing to be thrown out.
I don't eat smoothies. Don't like them. I own several uncook books but rarely use the recipes they contain. Often they contain ingredients I don't like, or they look more complicated than I want to make. I do own a dehydrator but unlike some people here, mine isn't going all the time. I don't soak nuts unless I am doing a recipe that requires them. But then, I am allergic to almonds and I think they are the most frequently soaked nut.
My diet is a pretty simple one. I guess it always has been. I used to love to bake and cook very complicated dishes. I collect cookbooks and still love to read through them. There is just something about the chemical transformation of food that I enjoy as it goes from simple ingredients to a finished dish. But while I love to *make* complicated dishes, I do not love to eat them, unless perhaps they are prepared by someone else. For me, the longer I fuss with something, the quicker I want to get rid of it. In other words, give it to someone else! And that is what I used to do with food. Make it then give it away. One example is chocolates. I used to make beautiful hand painted chocolates. I did the fillings from scratch. But by the time I was done, I felt as though I were seeping sugar and chocolate from every pore and the last thing I wanted to do was eat them. I guess I feel the same about any complicated recipe. The onion bread and the nut cheese recipes I've tried are simple and quick to make. So they are appealing. And they taste good!
11-30-2006, 06:58 PM
I am a lazy bagger so I don't prepare a lot, except for the recipes aiming at pleasing my family. The weekends are exception, then I play with various, often new recipes.
Early morning - water, as I wake up thirsty. My kids usually have a banana smoothie in the morning. Today, it was banana-mango (mangoes are in season here now). I pack a lunch for my 6-year-old daughter Julia. Today, it was chopped up mangoes and raw Christmas pudding (my recipe). My 15-year-old som Odys packs his lunch himself. Usually, it is lots of apples and some sweet raw treats.
I pack a bag of goodies to take to work and eat them all day, when hungry. Today it is: watermelon, mangoes, apples, bananas and a few carob balls (just in case I feel like having them). If I don't eat it all, I leave it in my office, it will be OK to eat tomorrow.
When I get home, I like having vegies. Yesterday, I got home really really hungry. So, I made something quick. Sushi rolls and lettuce wraps filled with whatever I had and found appealing. Julia joined in the sushi bonanza. She loved sushi with chopped up lettuce, tomato, avocado and cucumber. I had in mine some mushrooms and parsnip as well. Odys made himself a salad - lettuce, tomato, cucumber and tahini dressing. My husband was busy making a netting for our ripening apricot tree and not hungry anyway, cause he ate something earlier. Later on, he had some raw pizza (he makes the base himself, my recipe) with avo and vegies on top. Julia ate also some bananas and Odys kept munching on his favourite apples.
Fruit is good. Without it, I feel hungry! My body demands fruit. The trick is to be able to hear that (Sometimes intelect thinks it knows better than the body.).
11-30-2006, 07:19 PM
A day for me has to include preparing food for my husband and 3 girls. I get up and start juicing. I do an orange/apple juice for the kid's breakfast, and a veg juice for my husband and I -- with celery/carrot/tomato and apple.
I pack the kids lunches -- usually with a raw honey and almond butter sandwich on millet bread, veggies, fruits and nut.
For myself..I love wraps. I make a spring roll which is rice paper with a romaine lettuce leaf filled with avocado, sprouts, zucchini, carrot and tomato. I roll it up and eat it, yum! Or I'll make a salad with olive oil and lemon as dressing.
Snacks--- I like a piece of fruit or raw hummus on a cracker. I also eat sunflower pate whenever it's made.
Dinner -- Typically a large salad, raw soup (My favorite is spinach/apple-- throw a granny smith apple, a handful of baby spinach and some water into vitamix, blend) and typically a raw pizza.
I have my own creation --
Toast a spinach lavash tortilla and spread with coconut oil. Spread tahini "cheese" on it (tahini, lemon juice and garlic) then top with diced onion, avocado, tomato, olives and sprinkle with ground flax seed and a little nutritional yeast flakes --- delish!!!
I end the day with herbal teas...and get out any grain or nut to soak overnight. Maybe toss some fruit in the dehydrator..it doesn't have to be hard. Just think about it and dont' overwhelm yourself.
A confused mind does nothing.
12-01-2006, 05:49 AM
Thank you so much!
Are the recipies you mentioned all to be found here on the forum? The carob balls sounded nice ;) But also wraps, I dont eat wheat in any form though, not rice either (except for wild maybe), but buckwheat seem ok to me, thinking that one could soak whole buckwheat, leave it out to dry for a few hours and grind it. Would be a good base maybe for bread like stuff, maybe with some coconut oil and water for example..
12-01-2006, 09:03 AM
Caroob, do you have Alissa's book? She has a hamburger bun made with buckwheat, you could very easily spread that thin and make it a cracker-type bread. What type of appliances do you have? In the beginning it's important to keep it simple....and depending on what type of appliances you have, we could direct you to some easy recipes, if your interested.
For me a good day is:
juice in the am
fruit or salad for lunch
snack on pitted dates with soaked/dehydrated almonds in the middle (simple, quick and like candy)
dinner would be a salad with guacamole or a pate, usually dinner has to be large for me, and quick to make because I feed a family of 5 and I'm the only raw fooder. Cooking everyone elses meal, I don't really have time to prepare something time consuming. Best of luck. If you list what appliances you do have, we can help you with recipes.
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