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11-11-2005, 03:34 PM
Ok, boring question but I'm curious.
Do you eat nuts or some form of nuts/seeds on most days, or do you eat mostly fruits and veg exclusively?
I know that many prepared/dehydrated recipes are nut-heavy, and that we need our healthy fats, but i"m wondering how much is a good amount to have?
Thanks for any input,
11-11-2005, 04:46 PM
I was eating a daily serving of almonds (1 oz or about 22 almonds) and another serving (1 oz) of pumpkin seeds as a mono snack. I do not use many recipes, eat simple so only way I get them is mono. I felt I needed the calories otherwise my caloric intake was way to low each day.
Your question is hard to answer as I am wondering this myself.
I have been reading so much negative info on nuts seeds fat in the diet (Alissa addressed this in a thread last week, not to stress just eat Raw and no worry about what we hear about fat grams..). Several of the well known (no names here !) raw food "experts" are really down on this pracrice stating nuts are unhealthy even in the raw state and fat content to high, too acidic and casue dental problems. I have yet to determine at what consumption level they are speaking of...hmmm...
Anyhow I have been eating less for the two months I have been on raw and I ave not lost an Oz. (want to lose 3-5 pds, thats it please !) and I began wondering if the nuts and seeds are detering me. It has taken me a week to wean off..I finally had to do NLP to suceed at it and today have had none.
So we will see now if I replace the nuts with fruit and veggies..what happens.
11-11-2005, 06:20 PM
I don't eat nuts everyday. I eat them when they sound good to me - when I want to feel a bit heavier, or warmer and not too lightweight and thin-ish - sorry that sounds so obvious but I don't know how better to explain it. I don't really measure amounts very much - I'm not much help there. :)
11-11-2005, 07:21 PM
Secret Heart, I'm still very new to this Raw Foods thingy and am trying to glean more knowledge. I do go days without eating nuts. However, when I first went all RAW I overdid the nuts sort of as a transition I guess. It does seem that many of the prepared meals are nut heavy and I've noticed they are much harder to digest (at least for me.) and give me gas. So, I eat these meals on occasion now. I tend to no longer eat that many nuts mono so that I can enjoy them in a prepared meal whenever I can get around to making 'em.
( I've got Alissa's Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms going now in my dehydrator and I sneaked a taste already -- now I see what everyone has been raving about recently on this forum. They're delicious and easy to prepare! )
11-11-2005, 10:08 PM
I just eat what I feel like, and in the beginning, I ate nuts every day in gourmet recipes.
Then for a month, I only wanted melon, right now I want alot of pineapple, limes, and banans, and oranges, so that is what I eat, hardly any nuts right now.
Dragggon eats about 2 to 3 cups of nuts a day right now, he snacks on these at night.
11-13-2005, 08:09 PM
I'm only 2 weeks raw, but all raw, so I'm eating as Alissa recommends-not worrying about how much or what, and making a lot of her recipes, so there are nuts in there. For example, today I made a parsnip, parsley, zucchini soup with cashews and pine nuts for dinner and then had some of her date-nut torte (which is UNBELIEVABLE-only 4 ingredients-amazing). so that was NOT proper food combining for sure, and a lot of nuts in one meal (probably about a cup with everything together), but I am trusting her advice to just eat what I want in the beginning. I'm trusting that my body will find it's balance after awhile and hopefully want more monomeals. I trust this process-I have to! It's the only way I can be raw for now. Plus the recipes are like orgasmically delicious-so full of life!
11-13-2005, 11:00 PM
I go through phases. I live alone and eat for one so I tend to eat just a couple of things for a few days then switch. Sometimes I get creamy cravings, so I make a lot of nut sauces or use them for mylks. Other times I want more lighter sauces and get more of my fats from hemp oil, sesame oil, olive oil, avocados and coconuts. Lately, except for the pates, I haven't eaten many nuts, but I'm wanting something creamy again. I guess at times I eat 1/4- 1/2 cup of nuts a day. Usually I don't eat them alone. I prefer them "in" recipes/sauces and dressings.
11-13-2005, 11:03 PM
We eat nuts everyday. Not that we make a point to include them, just that they're a part of our everyday choices. Crushed almonds on our morning cereal, snack on almonds and dates, sesame/brazil milks, nut to thicken our shakes etc...
11-13-2005, 11:30 PM
i eat a lot of nuts everyday, more than i'm sure is "ideal". but i'm starting to work at that. for instance, i'm saving them for later in the day rather than starting at breakfast.
while on the nut topic, can someone tell me why we should soak nuts before consuming them?
11-14-2005, 02:39 AM
When I started raw, I had many more nuts than I do now. I used them in recipes, never snacked on them. I also made raw granola that was nutty and stirred them into my once-nightly raw ice cream.
However, now I rarely have them though sometimes I'll toss some onto a salad. I go more for seeds, anyway.
while on the nut topic, can someone tell me why we should soak nuts before consuming them?shakalover, here's the very simple basics: some nuts contain enzyme inhibitors which are removed when the nuts are soaked. We want all the enzyme-rich food we can get since it is the optimum form for our bodies to assimilate. Soaked and (slightly) sprouted is even more ideal because then the "life" is really in the nut then. All nuts do not need to be soaked, but almonds definitely do. This is covered in mroe detail in Alissa's book and in many, many threads here on this board. You might want to search for some of those threads to get a more detailed explanation
11-14-2005, 03:50 AM
I do eat nuts/seeds everyday. Sometimes too much hehe. I eat sunflower seeds and almonds. I would eat other kinds, but I never have any on hand to eat. I think it's just because i'm just in the transition phase of becoming raw, so I feel like I need lots of "filling" foods and nuts/seeds do the trick.
I eat about an ounce of soaked almonds almost every day. It helps to keep my blood sugar balanced. I have some in the morning and the other 1/2 ounce at night. I find if they are soaked they digest easier. I also tried nut butters and tahini but I could eat the whole jar and need to just avoid them. I have always lost weight eating nuts..but I also food combine to be sure I am eating them in the easier form to assimilate.
11-14-2005, 09:28 AM
I eat either nuts or an avocado a day. Starting to get into seeds too.
I try not to do both on the same day. It just depends.
At 1st I don't worry about it while transitioning.
After I have been raw for a while
I try to limit since I am trying to loose weight. This comes naturally--weaning from nuts I mean...the longer I am raw, the more my appetite decreases
from heavier foods (I have gone raw several times).
I notice if I eat a lot of nutbased gourmet (a lot meaning, more than one portion) my weight loss stands still
( i do NOT gain though, but do not lose either).
If my weight was were I would like it, than I wouldn't worry about it.
A lot of nuts can back you up too, if you know what I mean.
So if one is not regular in that department, limiting nuts can help
and making sure they are soaked. I use to not soak my nuts all
the time, and I do now for the most part.
When I first started raw again 3 weeks ago, I was eating nuts everyday and then figured out that it was stalling my weight loss so I cut back to an ounce or two on Saturday only. Its not been easy, I'm having a serious love affair with raw cashews. I love nuts and look forward to being able to eat some of the prepared nut dishes when I hit my ideal weight in a few weeks. I do have some of the raw nut and seed milks, especially sesame milk.
The first dish I'll make is Alissa's Ravioli (or is it Rawvioli?? ;))
11-14-2005, 03:15 PM
My first attempt at raw, I wasw mad for nuts but didn't soak them. My second attempt in Feb 2004, I soaked them and discovered I was not chowing down on them like I was before. Now, Nov 2005 ,since going 100% raw again, I have eliminated all nuts. I only do easily digestible fruits and veggies. NO grains,nuts or the like. My body is only craving alittle olive oil 1 -2 tsp a day.
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