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I read too much. I know I do. When I get excited about something I read everything about it that I can get my hands on. Lately I've been doing this with raw eating. It started out great! I had given up grains and sugar several years ago so all I had to do was work on meat and dairy. Meat was relatively easy but I'm still working on dairy (cheese!). Sometimes I think I have too much information. I want to get healthy and I need to lose a few pounds. I was really jazzed by Alissa's book and Shazzie's website. But then I started to read that you shouldn't eat to many avocados (nuts aren't really a problem) or to much sweet fruit, or this or that. Sometimes in the evening I get so frustrated about what I should or shouldn't eat that I just don't! I read somewhere that when you are starting out your should just eat raw vegan according to what your body wants. Is this true? Can I eat a couple of dates every day? An avocado every day? I mash up an avocado and use it like salad dressing. I'm probably making this harder that it is, I just want to be successful on the way of eating!
04-21-2005, 12:25 PM
You are doing fine. Just enjoy your foods, a wide variety of them. I'd suggest you get a book by the Butenkos called Raw Family which may put your mind at ease. Actually, I'd suggest you get a few books by them. The whole family has gone 11 years raw, have simple recipes, etc.
You have to eat fats in order to digest fat soluble vitamins. De a search here on nuts and you'll find out about which to soak, which not to. Very informative.
..and yes, you can eat an avocado every single day if you feel the desire. Dates are quite good also as one needs to enjoy the taste of "sweet".
Just remember KISS.
04-21-2005, 01:45 PM
I will (briefly) tell you my story,
I went 100% raw 4 years ago, after taking Victoria Boutenkos class, I too am a person who has to know everything about the thing I am thinking of doing.
I stayed 100% raw for 3 weeks, then blamo, I had to eat something cooked, it took me 4 years of hard struggle to finally get back to 100% raw, now on my 4th month.
So, what happened? I was limiting myself, so strickly that I felt completey deprived.
Raw eating isn't about depriving yourself, it is about eating all of the joyous wonders that God/dess has provided for you, naturally.
If you like avocados (green slimey dirt tasting things--I don't obviously) then eat the, if you like dates -- eat them, if you want a pineapple every day, by all means eat it.
Eat what appeals to YOU, only make sure it's raw. If you follow this advice, after detoxing (usually takes a week or so) you will start to feel inside what you really need, and sometimes it will be one brazil nut, or maybe a whole handful of dates, or maybe you'll want a fresh crisp apple, or a soft yummy peach.
But, please, do not limit yourself when you first start.
Going 100% raw, from a SAD or even a cooked vegan diet (where I was) can be difficult -- just to get past the cooked food cravings, so allow yourself the abundant pleasures of the most deliciouos food in the world.
Raw, ripe, fresh, organic, fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds.
Welcome, good to have you here.
04-21-2005, 01:53 PM
*hands RP a nice, succulent (well, they aren't really succulent) pretty green, avocado, wrapped nicely in juicey red tomato, sliced cukes and collard green. :)*
Heeeee!!!! It amazes me that anyone could dislike the noble avocado. In my culture (Mexican-American) it's the first solid food we usually give babies. Spread on a cold tortilla, it's the common afternoon snack for kids. And in traditional Mexican families, those who haven't given in to American SAD habits or started eating bizarre Mexican-American amalgams like yellow cheesy enchiladas, flour tortillas, crispy tacos (shudder), or the god-awful ginormous kitchen sink burrito, you almost never see overweight people.
I'll also note that I see much talk of avocado abuse in raw foods cookbooks. Some people actually put a perfectly good avocado in a blender. Blasphemy! That ruins the texture and turns them slimey. They should only be mashed lightly with a fork.
OK, glad I got that off my chest. :)
04-21-2005, 04:09 PM
threadjacker, ha! in my culture ( canadian/irish lol) i have never so much as seen an avacado or heard of anyone eating one.
Then I moved to the usa and marry a man with some spanish blood and they are everywhere!
I am with you rp, kinda icky. :p
Texy you're doing great, this will clear up for you. :)
04-21-2005, 04:39 PM
I only eat avocados that are "hidden" or presented sparingly -otherwise theyre like a big green glob o' fat -YUCK! .....and IM TEXAN!!!!!! ....unfortunatley theyre EVERYWHERE here
That's OK. Ya'll just send your unwanted avocados my way. :D
Texy, I also wanted to say sorry for the threadjack. I just take avocadoes *way* too seriously. ;)
But I also suffer from the same confusion/overload. I also like to do my research. And these raw books are fun to read. I hope some day I'll find my best path, but meanwhile I'm just meandering along, doing the best I can.
I know you're doing your best too, and will figure it out. :)
04-22-2005, 12:50 AM
Revvell, I laughed out loud, handing me a suculent avo, how cute.
And Asil, you are more than welcome to all of the avocados that the Goddess has created for me.
You all are so great! Thanks for the replys! :)
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