View Full Version : Commitment issues
08-13-2007, 01:01 PM
;) Hello all,
I am a part-time vegetarian now I am ready to go raw any suggestions? I want to start today! I watched Alissa on Tyra's show sometime ago. It was like 12am. I immediatly looked her up on the web and have been toying with the idea. I did it once for like 4 days and I felt great, I lost 13 pounds (and have kept them off) but I had trouble with cravings. I am allergic to all nuts. I use to use that for the cravings. I believe if I commit now I will feel much better in the long run. Any who any suggestions would be great thanks...
scale today says 175
goal is 125
08-13-2007, 01:14 PM
WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME!!
Congratulations on your weight loss. You don't have to have nuts on raw foods. There are soooooooo many ways to eat raw without having the nuts.
In the past did you soak your nuts before eating them? Perhaps that would help you out. I soak my almonds overnight.
Browse through the archives of recipes and see that there are many recipes that do not call for nuts. If there is a pie that you want (for instance, the chocolate pie) just make the filling and leave off the nut crust.
Are you allegic to buckwheat? It's really a seed. You can make some delicious raw breakfast cereals with those. I wonder if you could make a pie crust with those as well...hmmmmm.... or crunchy cookies. I'll have to do some experimenting in my spare time (whatever that is).
One thing to have for certain are green smoothies. It's the truth. Since you have been a vegetarian for so long you might have already had them. Just grab some fruits and a handful of greens (or more if you can take it) and blend in a good blender.
Some nice things to have on raw are a dehydrator, GOOD blender, spiral slicer (for raw noodles) and a food processor. The FP and blender are the top two things to have in my opinion.
Get Alissa's book as soon as you can. Also the DVDs if you can. They will be your biggest help.
Even though you have been a vegetarian, you will probably experience some detox such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, mood swings and/or cold symptoms. It's ok. Push through.
There are so many wonderful people here with a wealth of knowledge to help you out. Just get in there and start eating your fruits and veggies. It's pretty simple. It can be as simple or complicated as you choose to make it. :)
08-13-2007, 01:15 PM
Two words: GREEN SMOOTHIES
These bad boys really help w/the cravings AND fill one up AND are a cheap (relatively) food to eat AND are easy to clean up after AND are miracle drinks...
08-13-2007, 01:18 PM
kimbi: congratulations on your interest in going raw. I am on Day 61 of 100% raw and it is going very well. I haven't had many detox symptoms, just a slight headache here and there. I did however begin raw by first doing the master cleanse for about eight days. I believe this helped to deminish those terrible detox symptoms by about 90%. If you don't know about the master cleanse, you drink a mixture of lemonade, maple syrup, pure water and cayenne pepper - 6-12 glasses per day for as long as you can do this (supposed to be at least 10 days) without eating anything. This master cleanse may sound difficult, but it isn't. It is a liberating, fantastic experience where you feel light and happy all the time. Anyway, I'm not sure about the allergy to nuts, as almond butter is a necessary staple in my raw diet. I've heard of some nut allergies disappearing on raw, so it is possible I suppose. Avocados would probably help to curb those cravings for fat, also dates are great.
The most important part of raw for me, however, is the commitment. You need to have a very strong commitment and KNOW WHY YOU ARE DOING IT. I'd recommend purchasing Alissa's book ASAP and reading it as much as possible. Doing a lot of research is really important when starting out. Learn as much as you can. This forum is an excellent support. Anytime you have a question about anything at all, you just ask and get many answers from many people. This forum has helped me a lot.
Raw is the best thing that has happened to me and I bet all 100% rawbies on this forum would say the same or close to it. I wish you the best of luck.
08-13-2007, 01:21 PM
Thanks for those words of encouragement. I am planning to get the book by the end of the week... whats good for the first day even though its afternoon, I have only had coffee(was up way to early) and water, not hungry yet?
08-13-2007, 01:22 PM
whats good for the first day even though its afternoon...
Whatever fruit you have on hand. That's about as fast food as it comes!
08-13-2007, 01:24 PM
Eat as much watermelon as you want. Eat a BIG salad. eat as much as you want. :) Isn't freedom grand?
08-13-2007, 02:04 PM
Ok so I just made a green smoothie.
hand full of pineapple chunks (frozen) is that ok its what I had
leafy green lettuce and Water
Not bad, doesn't taste bad at all!!
08-13-2007, 02:08 PM
Good for you!!!!
You can also add a bit of sweetener to help get ya started. Honey, raw agave, stevia...whatever you want. Maybe even a date!
Another combo that I like is:
water or almond milk
This morning I had a couple of handfuls of lettuce, a banana, orange, flax seed and a little water to thin it somewhat.
I also like to use parsley, apple and peach and banana Something about that banana I think I have to have in a smoothie. :)
08-13-2007, 02:19 PM
Thanks Im written it down:)
Can u use or should I say should u use raw sugar to sweeten??
08-13-2007, 02:26 PM
Here is a small thread about raw sugar:
So maybe you would want to look for another sweetener. ;)
08-13-2007, 02:44 PM
Aloha and Welcome to RFT!! Sounds like you're already off to a great start! Getting Alissas book will definitely be a wonderful tool to help you transition to the raw lifestyle very easily! Plus there's a ton of recipes in her book and they are fabulous!!
so glad you have joined us!! RAWK ON ... and blessings on your journey!
08-13-2007, 02:50 PM
Thank u very much
08-13-2007, 09:56 PM
I wanted to eat all kind of stuff this evening. I made a real nice yummy dinner
for my family, I had a super salad and it was really good, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, red peppers, parsley, avocado, tomato, sunflower seeds & a vingrette. and a bottle water. I am not full but i'm not hungry either...
08-13-2007, 10:10 PM
I bought some dates, will try them in the green smoothie tomorow!!!
08-13-2007, 10:45 PM
I wish you everything you need to Stay RAW.......Welcome to MY World.
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