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03-16-2008, 05:50 PM
Question: I see on pretty much all the posts here that some of you are "85% raw," "100% raw," "95% raw," etc. How do you figure that out? That seems difficult to determine. Would anyone mind helping me understand how to determine where I'm at? If I eat salads and fruit and have green smoothies during the day and then at night eat cooked food what would that make ME. Just curious! I'm still transitioning. Can you tell? lol :p
03-16-2008, 06:04 PM
I don't think percentage matters, as long as you're eating a good amount of raw food a day. To me, you'd be "high raw" rather than some percentage--that's too difficult and weird. People on "normal" diets don't say "I eat 75% cooked food" or "only 20% of my calories come from meat" etc..
03-16-2008, 06:10 PM
I'm sure everyone has their own gauge of how they determine a % of raw. I don't know that it matters much but I have seen different reports that state a raw fooder is someone who eats at least 85% raw foods. Again, I'm not sure how that's determined.
I have seen people (in different blogs) state that because they eat all raw but maybe use a non raw salad dressing then they were 95% that day.
I wouldn't be too concerned with what your percentage is, as long as your striving for the optimum health that high raw gives you.
03-16-2008, 06:33 PM
Well in the literature they are referring to your caloric percentage....rather than by weight or volume for example.
I think, anyone who says they are all raw or 100% are rounding up due to the 'questionable ingredients' such as spices, herb teas, nuts etc.
I have also heard that if you are 60% or above you can 'qualify' to wear the raw food label.
This all being said, I agree with the above posts, it doesn't really have anything to do with anything and I actually think you have to watch your ego when you talk like that too...
I figure, if you're eating two meals a day raw, then you are 2/3's raw....60-70% ...although calorically that may not work, ...if you Really were curious (the healthy kind, not the obsessed kind, lol) you could go to fitday.com or something and officially figure it out....keeping in mind ofcourse that that would also be a guesstimate of your caloric intake since cups of this and that have a caloric variable themselves ;)
Just remember that the more you stress about it, the more you are defeating the purpose of gaining better health because stress is likely even worse on your health...than eating a SAD food.
ok...that's it. Officially.
03-16-2008, 10:02 PM
A good rough figure would be what % of your day you eat all-raw consistently. A 1/3 raw meal every day would be about 11% raw. 1 all-raw meal per day....every day...would put you at roughly 33% all-raw. 2 all-raw meals per day...forever...and you're 66% all-raw. All raw meals...with some spices, condiments, etc....is about 99% raw. Eating JUST unprocessed fruits and vegetables.....you KNOW its alive...and you are roughly 100% raw. Don't you think?
-David Z. Mason
03-16-2008, 10:04 PM
i look at it this way... every single mouthful (or swig) of raw foods i take into my body is GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!
03-16-2008, 10:15 PM
4 large bananas 480 cal
1 oz. almonds 186
2 oranges 120
2 cups coconut
3 cups cantaloupe 162
6 cups spinache 60
2 T. raw evoo 240
1 red bell pepper 50
1 small avocado 250
1/8 cup tamari 40*
Total Calories 1,680
*Not Raw 40
% Raw 99.75
This is a typical day for me. I would still say I was 100% raw! :D
03-16-2008, 10:17 PM
I eat 6 meals a day for a weeking total of 42 meals. Out of those 42 meals I eat out for 3 of those meals with other people who are not living a raw life style and on those 3 meals, I eat whatever I want to eat. So 3 meals out of 42 meals leaves me with a 93% raw average. Actually, part of those three meals are usually salads, so my average may be higher.
03-17-2008, 11:42 AM
OK thanks for helping me out there. I understand it now. I AM one to go to the extreme with things so I best not stress about it eh? lol I will just continue to transition into this and not think about what "percentage" I am. I just need to remember that I'm doing this for my health and the health of my family by incorporating more and more living foods. :cool:
03-19-2008, 11:46 AM
Yes, don't worry so much. I eat about 21 meals/week (about 3 meals/day, maybe more) and I eat 2 cooked meals/week, so my percentage is a little higher than 90%. But I don't worry too much about it if my percentage is a little higher or lower.
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