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02-25-2007, 10:47 PM
Just when I thought I was eating raw I find out that a lot of the things I have been eating are not raw. It gets so confusing. The word "natural" does not mean raw and sometimes the word "raw" does not mean the food is really raw. The dates I have been eating are not raw, the nuts I have been eating are not raw, the dried fruit I have been eating is guess what? Not raw! I do not have a health food store any where near where I live. I have a Super Wal-mart and two grocery stores. I switched from 1% milk to soymilk, but soymilk is not raw either. I think I am eating better as in a vegan diet, no meat, dairy, eggs, butter, or cheese. But I am not eating raw. Only my fruits and vegetables I know are raw. I looked up some raw food sites online, but with shipping cost and the prices... wow! Can a person live on fruits, vegetables and a few unraw nuts?
02-25-2007, 11:02 PM
Yes, they can. =]
02-25-2007, 11:02 PM
I pretty much do. I have a lot of products available to me here in Portland, but not a lot of $. I eat mainly of fruit and veggies and green smoothies and nuts. There are some basic recipes that can be made with the simplest ingredients. For instance, I am stuffed after eating my dinner of 1 apple, 1 kiwi, 1 orange, 1 banana, a handful of raisins, and some almonds. All chopped into a fruit salad. I usually make a green smoothie at least once a day, and banana ice cream of dessert. I also make my own almond milk, which is surprisingly easy.
Where abouts are you located, BTW?
02-26-2007, 01:03 AM
I only eat fruits and vegetables nowadays. With things like nuts, honey, and dried fruit, you never can know for sure whether what you're eating is what they say is in the jar/packet/what-have-you. Fruits and veges are safe, so I stick with them. The same could also be said for oils. How do you know, for example, that your olive/sesame seed/coconut (etc) oil actually is 'cold-pressed' and 'extra-virgin', but I need to bump up my calorie intake because my metabolism is too fast for a purely fruit and veg diet alone. Without oils in my diet, I feel fatigued before I even begin my day. With oils, I feel like I have something in store with which to negotiate my day. But yeah, I sure do miss the honey and dried fruits.
02-26-2007, 01:23 AM
I think it all boils down to how much of a stickler or "purist" you want to or don't want to be. I mean, we can nit-pick and worry and stress out about every little minute thing or we can simply do the very best that we can (especially during transitioning to raw). Now, nuts...most nuts if you get them from a reputable source are raw unless they say otherwise. Cashews are the only ones that I hear people really "put down" as being not truly raw but even that's questionable. Thing is...who are you relying on as your source of what is or is not truly raw? Is it the online raw companies who sell the "truly raw" cashews or the truly raw dried fruit?
Let me ask you this also...when you eat cooked food, you probably get/feel some adverse reactions, correct? If so, do you get/feel those same reactions when eating the alleged not-truly-raw nuts, dried fruit, etc.? If not, why worry about it? Are you going to be condemned to a "raw hades" if you eat some cashews that the extremely hard shells were boiled in order to get the nuts out of it? Are you going to pass on to the other life if you eat some dates or raisins that maybe weren't really sundried or dehydrated at "low enough to be acceptable" temperatures?
How do you know if ANYthing that is touted to be raw (even from those companies that sell the "truly" raw stuff) is really raw? How do you know if the fruits and veggies that are touted as being organic are "truly" organic and were never cross-contaminated?
We don't live in a perfect world. There will always be something we end up exposed to that may not be in our body's best interest. But because your heart and your intent is right and you are eating the healthiest choices you can make, even if you do get a hold of some not-so-truly raw nuts, seeds, grains, or dried fruit sometimes or some not-so-organic fruits and veggies sometimes or some water that isn't the most heavenly/pure/clean/untainted ...even the AIR that you breath - your body is STILL healthier than the average "Joe" and it will be in a better position to fight and cleanse itself from anything that comes inside that may not be purely and utterly optimal.
I'm sorry if I step on anypuretoes - I just get a little flustered with so much worry and stress that we put on ourselves. Even if we tried to avoid all things not-truly-raw or organic, if it causes excess stress and worry, and lack of enjoyment and satisfaction, it's not even worth it because stress and worry will wear out a person's health just as badly as eating something that you may have thought to be raw, but found out wasn't "truly" raw.
02-26-2007, 03:23 AM
I'm with you Locs. We need to stop all of the stressing. You said it better than I ever could.
DJ 247 - Embrace what you are doing for yourself and go for it. Try your best to get as much raw food as you can. I believe that what you need wiil come to you as long as you continue the path you are on. This should not be a stressfull time in you life but a happy one.
Just my opinion.:D
Stay with it. It will bring good things.:cool:
02-26-2007, 06:28 AM
I do not have a health food store any where near where I live. I have a Super Wal-mart and two grocery stores. I looked up some raw food sites online, but with shipping cost and the prices... wow! Can a person live on fruits, vegetables and a few unraw nuts?
Just wanted to say, I'm in the same boat with you! We have a couple tiny grocery stores, then 30 miles or so from here is a Super Center and a Kroger with a little health food section. Thank You Kroger!:D There are moments that are a little frustrating when you can't get some things you'd like to have. Yes a few of the things I eat are not entirely raw because I can't get them that way yet. Even though I'm limited in what I can get here, I feel so much healthier eating what is available to me than eating the way I did before. It's worth it!
02-26-2007, 09:54 AM
Thanks for your replies ladies. I do feel much better. I was reading all the posts and everyone is so far ahead in the raw food thing that I just got a little overwhelmed by it all. Thanks for pointing out all the positive things that I am doing! I live just outside Centralia, Illinois. The largest shopping area is about an hour away in Fairview Heights. I know that there must be a good place to shop there, but I don't know of any. I tried to do a search and did not come up with much. I will check out some of the larger grocery stores over there.
02-26-2007, 09:57 AM
I agree with Rawkinlocs. You could drive yourself nuts unless you grew everything yourself, which ideally for me ain't happening. I have to trust my raw sources.
Gosh. Do SAD eaters question as much as we do? Oh wait! Of course not, or they would become Raw Vegans! Duh!!!
02-26-2007, 12:50 PM
Rawkinlocs is right - of couse. I would add that there are no raw food police. Don't get too hung up on the words 'raw' or 'natural'. Your guide CAN be as simple as incorporating more of the fresh fruits and vegetables that you love into your diet. You know with 99.9% certainty that these items have active enzymes...would grow if planted...and thus are vital and sustaining to the human body. Just my opinions.
-David Z. Mason
02-26-2007, 01:01 PM
Yeah, worrying can have as much acid as a steak!
that's figurative, I'm no scientist. :D
02-26-2007, 03:39 PM
Can a person live on fruits, vegetables and a few unraw nuts?
Absolutely! I think that's the whole point. :D Complicated recipes are more to help you transition gently. You can do it! Hang in there.
02-26-2007, 03:56 PM
I agree with the others in that you can only do your best and that's what matters.
I live in a very small town on an island and I don't have a lot of variety. I eat fruit, vegetables, different kinds of lettuce, and fresh herbs. I use a small amount of dried fruits and bulk nuts.
I don't know if this means much, but I've noticed that many dried fruits are coated with oil. I avoid those because it seems to me that the oil might indicate they've been heated while drying. So now I use dates and raisins [no oil added] and figs. I can't be completely sure they are totally raw, but I am happy with them for now and I don't use them in quantity.
Currently, my staples are bananas, apples, oranges, turnips, baby carrots, and romaine lettuce. I am really looking forward to summertime! :)
02-26-2007, 04:29 PM
What Rawkinlocs said! I've been "rawing" it about 6 weeks or so, and whether I'm ever 100% or not (not really my main goal at this moment), I'm eating far and away better (meaning healthier) that I was before. Have a lost a bunch of weight? No. Is my body "buzzing" with energy? No. Has my gray hair turned back to brunette? No. But my goal is to simply to eliminate all or as much as humanly possible of artificial/processed foods and incorporate as much as possible fruits, veggies, and greens, etc. If I never advance any further into the realm of raw than I am right now, I've made huge changes in what I'm putting into my body and that's gotta make for a healthier lifestyle in anybody's book. Is the sky going to fall if I eat some ?raw? cashews or have a tablespoon of maple syrup or have a cup of ... oh, my, god ... hot tea? I'm guessing probably not. Make the best, healthiest choices that are available to you and that you can afford. As has been said, there are no raw police who will come banging on your door in the middle of the night to hall you away. My 2 cents for what it's worth.
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