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06-15-2009, 10:48 AM
my name is jon, im 23 and from ireland. im new to all of this. i am not raw but want to be. i am however a vegetarian.
what i would like to ask you guys is where exactly can i find out about raw vegan nutririon. i want to be sure that i am eating foods that contain all the essentials.
what id like to know is what nutrients do we need, in what quantities, and what foods have then etc.
can anybody recommend a book or somethiong where i can get all of this info?
id really appreciate it,
06-15-2009, 12:32 PM
Alissa Cohen's "Living on Live Food," and Natalia Rose's "The Raw Food Detox Diet" are good starters.
06-15-2009, 12:35 PM
It's best not to worry so much about nutrition and to just listen to your body and eat what it craves. Start with a wide variety of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, eating as much as you want. Gorge yourself if thats how you feel at the start, and your body will know where to go from there.
06-15-2009, 12:52 PM
You could definitely pick up 80/10/10 by Dr. Graham who trains raw vegan athletes, or Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier who is a world Iron man and Triathelete on a vegan diet. Definitely going to plant based, cutting out all dairy and hybridized grains like wheat corn and rice will make a big difference in overall health as well.
06-15-2009, 12:54 PM
1. Alissa's book
2. Raw energy bible leslie kenton..v good for UK guys.. tailored to our shopping etc.
jump right into the 30 day challenge whilst you wait for Alissas book to arrive
Raw Angel Mom
06-15-2009, 02:11 PM
I would say, to include greens read green can save your life by Victoria Butenko, They have a new book with green smoothie. www.rawfamily.com
Second, make sure that you eat as many variety of vegetable/fruits and as colorful as possible. This is one trick to make sure you get everything. If you are low in certain vitamin, research for the food that contain that and don't supplement. Supplement only with whole food. I take B12 and vitamin D and this is it now and sometime angstrom size mineral but rarely. The professor that read the China Study is very specific to say that vitamin don't work, you need to eat it with the whole food for your body to absorb it. It is more complex then to just take a vitamin supplement. I am not talking about supplement such maca powder etc... It is better to eat fresh, but if this is what you can get, so be it.
I recomemend that you get RAWSOM by Brigitt Mars. Very inexpensive and so informative. I think this is like bible on nutrition.
Down the road, keep getting educated with raw food, to build strong fundation, because there so much misunderstanding about plant food that this is important to a good knowledge to stand your ground. I recommend, the diet for all reason DVD and the China Study. Totally very informative. It helped me to keep the faith on vegan plant food diet.
If you don't have Alissa DVD, i recommended it to you. She is the Queen of raw food and she makes so easy to transition our journey from cook food to raw food.
All the best
06-16-2009, 03:55 PM
I would recomend books by Gabriel Cousens and the book "Live food factor" by Susan Schenck (probably the best introduction to the raw food diet there is) on top of what has been recomended allready.
06-17-2009, 11:55 PM
Hey Jon from Ireland.
I know a John or maybe its Jon from Ireland. :) Welcome !
I would suggest finding a naturopath in your area that uses EDS (electro dermal screening) Its the most accurate and pain free way of testing everything that is going on in your body! Find out what your low on and should eat more of and/or what to take a break from. Find out how your organs are doing, toxin levels.. etc
Books: 80/10/10 by Dr Doug Graham, Alissa Cohen's book are both really good.
A good site is: http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/
I like using this site when looking up info on foods: http://whfoods.org/
This site is good for keeping track of your calories/fat/protein/carbs: http://www.nutridiary.com/
06-18-2009, 08:25 AM
An excellent book to learn about human nutrition, individual nutrients, your need for them, their toxicity, what values are contained in individual foods, etc. is "Staying Healthy with Nutrition" by Dr. Elson M. Haas.
06-18-2009, 11:21 PM
Learn to sprout. It is hard to be deficient in anything if you eat sprouts, the freshest foods around.
06-19-2009, 12:48 PM
All the books that everyone has posted are great starters but don't be afraid to just jump in! Look up raw recipies, you will be amazed how many you can find on the internet or places like YouTube that are good to start with (although they don't explain all of the nutrients, etc like the books will). Also, I wouldn't worry too much about the nutrient amounts at first because, most likely, the foods you eat raw will be more healthy than you ate before anyways. So, I would say 1. order some books (buy or library), 2. start making raw food recipies found wherever you can 3. read books and online materials. Then once started I would look more into the nutrient amounts once you get an idea of the food out there. This is only my suggesstion as I know that jumping into raw food can be overwhelming depending on how much reading, etc you do ahead of time. So, once again, jump in and educate yourself as you go...and have fun! :)
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