View Full Version : How simply do you eat?
10-20-2005, 11:28 AM
Hello all! I have a question that I'm very interested to hear your opinions on.
Since your transition to the wonderful world of raw...have you increased your dehydrated/heavier raw meals/entrees, decreased or stayed the same?
I ask because I have heard that after awhile some folks start to eat less "prepared" entrees and eat more straight raw foods...I'm going the other way and eating more dehydrated recipes!...I'm making Alissa's Chicken Fingers with sweet potato chips and honey mustard sauce (though I'm "veganizing" it and using maple syrup). Can't wait for them!
Anyway, just wanted to know really how much of your respective diets are "heavier" or "dehydrated". I couldn't live without my excalibur!
Thanks and have a great day,
Heather (Secret Heart)
Hmm I am BY FAR not an expert here...a newbie myself..but I find as the climate gets chillier--I crave denser foods..like dried foods. Are you in a colder climate?? For me, I started out with simple fruits, veggies, and a little oil and lemon--no nuts or things like flax crackers. Now I find I crave them??
What is your body craving?? Is it being full or is it needing a particular nutrient. Sometimes I try to decifer what my body needs or my head.--as I am a quantity eater. Overall, I think it is natural in the beginning to eat denser foods at higher quantities and then your body will start to simplify in time.
10-20-2005, 11:54 AM
I started off very natural and non-mixed (except for smoothies) in the beginning. But I am now finding myself eating more mixed food and the delicious recipes I find here simply because I am wanting to increase the good food my family eats. So I make it and eat a portion of it myself.
But I'm wanting to, for myself, get back into the plainer eating because it does feel better for me. I don't feel as energetic when I eat too much rich food.
10-20-2005, 11:56 AM
I find that for me I fluctuate. I started out with very heavy foods, dehydrated goods, lots of recipes and desserts. After a few months it became all green smoothies, fruit, salad every evening with the occasional recipe. I thought that was where I would stay, but nope. Next I craved recipes so I added a lot more of those. Now I am always wanting smoothies and salads and even, amazingly (RP are you listening? lol) -I am now craving avacados, which I used to despise.
So, thus far, I havent stayed the same for more than 2 months at a time before it changes. I am just going with the flow! :)
10-20-2005, 01:22 PM
I started out simply and have stayed that way, refining here and there...
I've never really been on a S.A.D; however, as a child, I had a poor diet though not typically "S.A.D."
But I've been a whole-foods vegan for years so it was not a tough transition to dive into -- what I believe to be -- an optimal raw foods regime: whole, fresh foods; no dehydrated meals. Had I been eating S.A.D. foods or unhealthy vegan dishes, I may have needed to do the dehydrated stuff.
I find eating simply during the work week quite easy: smoothies, cut veggies dipped in pate, and salads all satisfy. However, the weekends have always been my downfall, and dehydrated goodies and more complicated recipes seem to be helping with that. I think I have always associated weekends with food, and food with fun, so I have struggled to stay raw during my "fun" time, and specially during social engagements. The ability to make "fun" and raw foods is invaluable for me right now at this point in my transition, though I'm sure my tastes will fluctuate like so many others. :D
10-20-2005, 02:31 PM
Oh SG you can't be serious, next Rawkinlocs will be eating mushrooms. ***ducking***
Well, I have gone back and forth, when I first started raw, I was the Queen of Gourmet (as one member so loving called me--and I totally accept that title), and then I went on a mini-mono-fruit thingy for about a month, only eating one kind of melon for days, and only eating about 1/2 a melon a day, with lots of water, I don't know what was up with that, but that is all I wanted.
Now, I am back to gourmet, but usually one cup of warm tea in the am, one piece of fruit for lunch, then a recipe for dinner, that is how we are eating lately, but again it changes.
I think we have gotten away from many recipes in one day, to maybe one to three recipes in a month, and then we just keep making them.
Dragggon is the snack-a-holic, he constantly has something he's munching on, nuts, raisins, dried strawberries, fruit leather, tomatoes, anything hanging off a tree or bush he grabs and pops in his mouth, and then he comes in for lunch and isn't hungry. LOL
10-20-2005, 03:36 PM
I am new to this (about to start week 4), but I do keep it simple right now. A typical day for me:
morning: freshly squeezed orange juice, red grapes
lunch: spinach salad with sunflower seeds and olive oil dressing
snack: an apple, carrots/celery/cucumber
dinner: another large salad like the one above
snack: a grapefruit or green veggies
I have never liked to cook, so I don't think I will be an "uncook" either!!
10-20-2005, 03:39 PM
I am trying hard not to loose more weight so I am eating dehydrated stuf even when I don't really want to.
10-20-2005, 04:02 PM
Oh SG you can't be serious, next Rawkinlocs will be eating mushrooms. ***ducking***
and donkeys fly!
I have pesto stuff 'shrooms in the D.... ooooohhhh yeeeeeeeeaaaahhhhh
But, I also have that recipe Cherrie posted on spring roll wraps. Awesome, man... just awesome.
Oh, and RP, my love... move over... sccoootch your heiney.. cuz.. I'm gonna sit right next to you on the Gourmet Throne!
( cheesey grinning cheshire cat )
10-21-2005, 03:33 AM
Where is the spring roll wrap recipe? I loved spring rolls!!!
10-21-2005, 07:07 AM
I find that the more dehydrated foods I eat, the more the weight seems to come off. Guess it keeps my matabolism going??? Not sure why.
But I too just eat what sounds good which can vary. It is easier to feed my large family meals that are dehydrated because it is more filling for them.
10-21-2005, 01:32 PM
Just search for .. oh gracious.. my mind went blank.. I have the thread here somewhere. If not.. go to the YELLOW BANANA UP ON THE TOOLBAR - CLICK- IN THE SEARCH BOX TYPE IN - SPRING ROLL WRAPPERS.
You should see a recipe for Spring Roll wrappers posted by Rawkinlocs.
You have to spread this incredibly thin!
Mine are not paper thin, but they look easy to work with.
If you still can't find it, let me know, and I type it out for you.
10-21-2005, 03:28 PM
I am into simple and I am loving this new diet...I hate to cook..but loved to bake. So this is a FAB lifestyle for me. No chicken to marinate and grills to clean or frypan to wash..yahoo !
I keep my veggies simple , my salads simple. The variety of fruits and veggies are SO COLORFUL it looks gourmet !! I use the Juicer and the blender daily. I rarely make a desert. The most complicated thing I do is Sprout !!!
10-21-2005, 07:41 PM
As simple as possible...and it will stay that way...raw fruits, veggies, nuts/seeds and olive oil...that's what I do. I'm just a simple person. And I eat only one cooked meal a week, but it's very healthy (hummus with tomatoes steamed in olive oil and garlic, etc). Never been much of a cook. And the dehydrator recipes look too overwhelming to me. So I just prefer being simplistic, and I never tire of it, either.
Sharon in Colorado
10-21-2005, 10:35 PM
This would make a great poll thread.
10-22-2005, 11:10 AM
I've been 100% raw since the beginning of September, but was 80-90% raw for about 2 years.
I eat a pretty simple diet but enjoy the dehydrated items for a treat several times a week.
My typical menu is a little different as I eat veggies in the morning and fruit in the afternoon and this seems to work well for me.
Fresh made "green juice" (parsley, celery, cucumber, tomato, just a little carrot).
Big salad: Lettuce, chard, red cabbage, shredded carrot, cucumber, tomato, avocado, walnuts, olive oil and lime juice.
Throughout the day:
Water with a spritz of lime.
A piece of fruit or a handful of almonds and dates.
EarlyEvening around 5PM:
More fruit OR this is when I try the wonderful recipes from alissa's book.
So far I've made the angel hair and marinara, the raw hummus on one or two crackers, I'm getting ready to make the fettucine. The portions seem large to me so one recipe usually lasts me a couple of days.
I try not to eat 3 hours before bed.
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