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09-23-2005, 01:21 PM
I am just starting out . It has been two weeks actually and I'm not sure of exactly what I am doing. A friend of mine got me started. But I am reading everyone's ideas and I think I'm doing somethings wrong.
I am very excited about this but I also know it won't work if your not 100 percent. I just need the basics no cooked food at all? It looks like I will need a Dehydrator ???? I do have a juicer and I have been doing that.
My daughter is 14 and I have to suppliment her peanut butter sandwiches for lunch what do I do??????? Please any advice I will appreciate.
I just wanted to re-suggest, as Sweetgoddess did before, Alissa's book is such a magnificant source! I was kind of "going through the motion" until I got her book. It's a really quick read, and the recipes are fantastic! (Just ate 8 out of 12 of her carrot/pecan burgers this morning... just couldn't stop!)
But anyway, the book is a great reference, tells all about dehydrating and sprouting (I just started sprouting my first mung beans yesterday... they already have little sprouts shooting out this morning, they's SO cute!) And she's got shopping lists in there, she just makes it all so easy.
While you're waiting for the book, just eat things that are fresh, nothing canned or bottled (with a few exceptions, like Almond Butter, as long as it says "Raw" on the label.) And with nuts also make sure they're raw... available in bulk at Whole Foods and places like that.
I hope that helps! As you go along, you'll get more specific questions, and the folks here are such a well of information!
09-23-2005, 02:15 PM
It is true, in order to reap the full benefits of a raw and living food diet, 1oo percent raw is the way to go. This means, fresh, raw, unheated fruits, vegetables nuts and seeds. It includes specialty items like cold pressed olive oil, raw honey and/or agave nectar, dates, coconut(raw), raw carob powder, raw apple cider vinegar, nama shoyu(raw soy sauce) etc. Also there are raw items for sale online, like at Alissa's site such as raw crunch bars, raw brownies, raw snack bars, raw oatmeal, raw muesli etc.
Definitely Alissa's book is the best guide to changing your diet and health. Also, on this forum, there is a wonderful recipe section you can find all kinds of recipes under. And reading peoples journals in the 30 day challenge gallery is great for ideas of what different people eat.
WHy do you think you are doing something wrong??
With a dehydrator, you can make essene bread, flatbreads and flax crackers. Get some raw almond butter or make some in your food processor and used crushed up strawberries. That makes a yummy "pbj" sandwich!
Best wishes as you move forward, and welcome to the forum!
09-23-2005, 02:25 PM
I'm only into week 4 of this way of eating, so I'm not going to know everything for you, but I have teenagers ( 15, 13 )..and it's been an uphill walk getting their paletts cleansed enough to accept food for how it really tastes without being very hot, seasoned into oblivion, or changed in any way.
It really is a process, ya know? Take as much time as you and your family needs to allow for detox, changes of things.
As far as how to change a peanut better and jelly sandwich..
There are women here who make an almond butter and extruded berry sauces instead! They use a very expensive piece of equipment for that ( but in this way of eating, you can decide whether or not you are going to need that ). A food processor would make the same things, but just not as smoothe perhaps. I do not yet have the piece of equipment myself, but I will get one! The processor and a blender will get you VERY far.
As far as the dehydrator: I've used mine almost every day. It's not going to "hurt" you NOT to have it, but it HELPS TO have it. Excalibers or the like are more versatile. But, to begin with you can use the Harvests , ect.
Some people enjoy learning how to make different foods, some do not. . enjoy kitchen time.. some do not. There's no time limit on things.
Alissa says, "Just eat more raw fruits and vegetables" That will get you started. Keep doing that until you're ready to wean yourself off of cooked foods one or two things at a time.
This can be as expensive and labor intensive OR not as you can handle or want.
KISS Method works well for many here, though. I'm still working on my kids making their own meals. They're still hanging back.
There's a book for teens called, "Top Raw Men" - and another called "Raw Kids!" ( is there another called Raw Teenagers??) that you could give your daughter to give her more options sooner or later.
09-26-2005, 10:38 AM
Thanks so much for all the replies in helping me out .
The reason I thought I needed help is I was heating the vegtables and after reading things on here I figured I was not suppose to . But I will get the book and take a look on what is online at Alisha's site. It is so nice to get the support . Thanks everyone.
09-26-2005, 03:02 PM
I think Shelly brings up a good point:
When your children leave the house for school, etc., what do you send them off with?
What do they eat most of, and what comes back with them uneaten?
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