View Full Version : Need more help...(long, sorry!!!)
08-23-2007, 11:22 PM
Okay guys, I am getting so confused about so many things. I've really been researching ALOT and there is so much information out there. I just read that almonds and cashews are not usually considered raw. So, if I buy them from Wild Oats and they say "raw", are they really raw? I haven't read Alissa's book, because I can't afford it right now, but I like alot of the stuff that I've read on Storm and Jinjee's site. I guess that's the way I'd like to go. I don't wanna go real heavy on the nut loafs and stuff, except for special occasions. And what about raw hummus. Are sprouted chickpeas raw? I guess I'm just real concerned about where I fit in. My main goals are weight loss and cancer prevention (my mom died of colon cancer at 47). And I've read on some web-sites that a raw diet does not guarantee good health, so that's a little disappointing, can anyone shed some light on this subject as well?:confused:
08-23-2007, 11:41 PM
Why would sprouted chickpeas not be raw? Unless you are cooking them... However, I've made sprouted chickpea hummus and it is nasty. Doesn't taste at all like cooked hummus.
As for the nuts, I don't worry about it. I'm allergic to almonds so I don't eat them. I eat cashews that say they are raw and I have no problems with them.
As for the good health, I don't think there is anything you can do that will guarantee it. But you can do the best you can do.
08-23-2007, 11:58 PM
I'll put a prayer out that you'll be able to afford Alissa's book as soon as possible. After perusing dozens of raw books, it's the number one I'd recommend.
True, nothing gurantees perfect health, but experience is the best proof, and so many of us experience dramatic improvements in our health upon growing raw.
08-24-2007, 11:01 AM
Alissa's book is awesome! But don't wait until you can afford it to start your raw journey. I was well on my way before I got her book. I asked for it for my Mother's day gift. Also you can go to the library and get other raw food books for free! I really think Alissa's book and dvd are the best, but if you can truly not afford it right now give the others a try. I think we find excuses to put off what we can do right now. I know I have found myself guilty of this many times.
a raw diet does not guarantee good health, so that's a little disappointing
hmm, well, how much of a guarantee do you get with a SAD diet?
Point #1- an increase in raw fruits and vegetables will undoubtedly improve anyone's health.
Point #2- it IS possible to eat unhealthy on any diet. If I wanted to prove raw is unhealthy I would eat tons of cacao nibs, all things in wrappers like lara bars, and greatly limit my fresh fruits and veggies. Not to say that cacao nibs and lara bars are unhealthy, just saying in my opinion they are my "junk food" just for a special treat. So yeah, even a raw vegan diet can be twisted into something that doesn't provide a body with the right range of nutrients. The key to keeping it healthy is all things as close to nature as possible and variety.
Oh and absolutely... priority on Alissa's book. It's the one that brought it all together for me.
08-24-2007, 01:19 PM
i guess from a Raw Food perspective, even "raw" almonds and cashews are not 100% raw.. you Could get really raw almonds from www.rawfood.com but they're quite expensive :/ In the end, i don't make a Huge deal out of it. I buy "raw" cashews for now, but i try to minimize my consumption of nuts anyway (i tend to overeat :S)
I believe raw eating Will guarantee improvement in health. Of course it's better to go organic (i try to do it slowly) because fruits these days are not only GMO but loaded with pesticides.. Raw is the way to go :) i wish you good luck!
08-24-2007, 01:32 PM
I agree ~ there are no guarantees in life no matter what the circumstance. But you should try for yourself to see how amazing your life can be. I know there is so much conflicting information it can be difficult to decide what is best. Remember that we are all different beings and what might be good for someone else isn't good for us.
I gotta vouch for Alissa's book too but remember, on this site alone there are TONS of great recipes (including one for hummus made with zucchini ~ TO LIVE FOR) and you have everyone here at your disposal. Got a question? Just ask. We are all here to support eachother.
Can't afford organic? Grow your own ~ the best and cheapest way to eat! I've got things growing all over my house ~ things you can't get at the store and if you could they'd be way too expensive! Where there is a will there is a way so take care and don't be afraid to ask :D
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