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03-22-2007, 06:21 PM
I am a bit concerned after reading a book that recommends eating for breakfast, fruit, midmorning juice, lunch salad, eevening a handful of nuts and that is it!!
Is that what is expected to be 100% raw?? I bought Allissa's book and DVD and was thrilled to see the kind of gourmet food that she has in the recipes. I have only tried a few but each has been delicious and not a disappointment at all.
However, if I am supposed to only be eating fruit, juice, salad and a few nuts (as opposed to Alissa's 'pastas dishes', burritos, and other adventurous cuisine I know that I would get bored and feel a bit like I was missing out on something.
Do most of you eat like the above? Or, like me, does anyone else eat like Alissa's recipes??? I am feeling a bit concerned about this as I do not want to be 'starving' myself. I hope you understand what I am getting at (I know I am rambling a bit, sorry). Thank you for any feedback.
03-22-2007, 06:26 PM
Hi and welcome Rasberry!
Many of us follow the approach to raw foods that Alissa advocates which is to eat whatever we want as long as it's raw. If you are new to raw, the recipes etc. are great for you to transition and even if you are not new to raw, they are great to add variety to your diet so that you DON'T get bored if you feel that eating simply would cause boredom and eventually slipping back to cooked and/or SAD foods.
So, relax and enjoy the delicious recipes if that is what appeals to you and if it so happens that later on down the road you gravitate to more simple raw foods and less of the recipes, then that is great too!
Alissa has been at this a very long time and has helped many people via the things written in her book...so if you own it, use it as a tool to help and guide you into this and your body will take over eventually and lead you the rest of the way! :)
Just keep in mind that there are MANY approaches to the raw foods lifestyle and "diet" and not all "gurus" agree on all aspects and it all can and does get confusing when you read/hear to "do this" and "don't do that"...but since Raw Food Talk is based on Alissa's approach first and foremost (for that very reason, to keep down confusion and fear of all the other approaches) then that is what we mainly advocate here.
03-22-2007, 06:29 PM
I liked more adventurous stuff for a little while atthe beginning. Now, I find myself gravitating toward simplicity. Still, I occasionally like to flex my kitchen muscles and make something challenging.
do what appeals to you NOW! If you like the idea of getting creative and feasting on veggie art-cuisine...AWESOME! It's supposed to be fun and freeing.
Obviously you don;t wan to eat a ten pound nut bomb with a gallon of honey, but all things in moderation. Healthy people on cooked food eat in moderation 6 days out of seven, and then have a really special Sunday Brunch, or dinner on date night. Why not do that - only raw- if you want to be in the middle?
I like to have simple fruit or a smoothie in the morning. Then a fruit mid morning snack, if I;m hungry. Big salad for lunch ( not just letuce...sometimes marinated bellpeppers and portabello mushrooms, other time a broccoli, pine & nut salad, etc) , just cause it travels well, Then a smoothie, or some carrot sticks in the afternoon, And anything I want for dinner. Sometimes it;'s just a sald or smoothie, Other times I want rawvioli, or raw spaghetti, or gaucamole and crackers and raw sour cream. Variety is the spice. Take it day by day!
03-22-2007, 06:37 PM
Hello and welcome. I think the biggest thing about raw food, especially in the beginning, is not to worry about a list of rules! Do what feels right for your body, don't be afraid to experiment, and have fun with this. Eating raw isn't a burdensome list of do's and don'ts - it's fun.
So play with your food, feed your body, and enjoy!
I've been mixing it up. Sometimes it's a piece of fruit, sometimes guac and veggies, sometimes something fancy, sometimes a green smoothie. I just sort of eat what my body wants, and that's all there is to it. I'm rediscovering and discovering new foods all the time, which is fun.
I am much more likely, however, to have the fancy stuff for dinner when we'll all share and it's more formal than when I have lunch by myself (I work from home).
Just do it however you want, and don't worry!
03-22-2007, 06:50 PM
"I have only tried a few but each has been delicious and not a disappointment at all."
I agree! Alissa's recipes are amazing. Enjoy discovering all the new taste sensations and the amazing things that can be done with living foods.
Trust your body's desires, as folks have already advised, and enjoy the journey of discovering all of the wonderful healthy raw dishes you can make.
It is so important to have variety, and true satisfaction when it comes to your food, so go for it and enjoy to the fullest!!
All the best,
03-22-2007, 07:00 PM
Depends on how I'm feeling that day.
Sometimes I "uncook" a big meal that will last for days. Like yesterday I made the butternut squash tacos with mango salsa. I've been eating it ever since, anytime I'm hungry.
Other days I just pick up a piece of fruit here and there and a salad.
Just follow your intuition... as long as it is raw, you will be fine.
03-22-2007, 07:01 PM
Thank you to all of you! I feel much better about this now. And, I like the idea of keeping it simple (with smoothies, and salads) and then perhaps having the dinner a bit more 'gourmet' with Allissa's recipes (and dessert too). Sounds doable, and not so crazy to me. Thank you all!!! I did view the video on meat at meat.org (I think) and oh my God it will stop a meat eater in her tracks !! I am looking forward to increasing the raw food. I used to think a bologna and mayo sandwich on 'fresh' white bread was flavorful. Compared to the raw food sensations - there just ain't no comparison sista! I must have been in a 'SAD' state of affairs (tee-hee).
03-22-2007, 07:14 PM
I'm glad to hear you feel better, now.:)
I like to make the desserts a meal in themselves, like for breakfast! Yum!
You can really get creative with Raw Recipes and use them at different times of day than what we're normally used to.
I used to have an amazing salad with guacomole after exercising in the morning for a long time. It just felt right. Each day you will be able to roll with what truly feels right to depending on what is happening in your life at that particular point of your journey.
Enjoy the ride~!
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