View Full Version : Can i have some encouragement?
02-05-2006, 09:54 PM
Hi....i have been about 80% raw this past few weeks, like two ;') and I have got all that i can have in equipments..dehydrator, VM and a saladaco...even tried to make my own tortillas..the point is//I feel so overwhemed with trying to plan my days eating and since my family isn't raw...i do eat some cooked food...very little..i want to be 100% since I have been losing weight with being semi-raw but i just feel so overwhelmed with eating... My pantry is stocked...I did purchase Alissa's book and have the complete book of raw already..just don't know how to start and stay raw for a complete month...sorry for the long post....
02-05-2006, 10:06 PM
Hi, welcome ...I will offer my best encouragement from my point of view & what is working for me.
I make sure that I start each day w/ a large smoothie.
I also only eat things I like, which means I have been experimenting a lot.
I keep things like flax crackers & pate's handy for "starving" moments...
For me, once I got away from all the "rules" of "dieting"-etc. concept, I was able to get "real "w/myself about Raw. I hope these few tips help...I am sure there will be more tips from others...good luck to you. I found reading journal help... :cool: :cool:
Lady Green Jeans
02-05-2006, 10:37 PM
Congratulations on making the tansition. I am finding out it is the journey and enjoying the trip. Best decision I made was getting Alissa"s book and DVDs. The DVDs made it so simple for me that I just got started and have not stopped. Fear of the food processor gone, fear of using the mandoline gone, fear of not doing the VM right also gonel. Dehydratjing a snap.
I usually pick a couple recipes and make a list of ingredients and make them one at a time. As I am solo, I halve the recipes so not to waste. Also can look at a recipe and adjust for my personal taste.
Some of the raw recipes I enjoy more than others. When I first started out I ate a LOT of nut-laden pates and sauces. Naturally gravitate towards greens and fruits.
Best of luck on your continued raw journey. Lots of support, tips and recipes on this great forum.
02-05-2006, 10:56 PM
I personally just make simple salads, veggie bowls, collard wraps, nut patés, and raw soups in the blender. That's about it. I make also what I call "good stuff kibbles". I take whatever produce is in the refrigerator and chop it up REALLY REALLY fine and then make some kind of dressing and add to it to marinate it and I eat it by the bowlful. It is so good because the texture of the finely chopped vegetables is pleasing.
I don't have a dehydrator or food processor but hope to get them someday. Maybe simplifiying some of your meals will make you less overwhelmed.
I see some of the beautiful dishes pictures posted and I think WOW I really want to do those. But right now i don't have a dehydrator.
I am very satisfied with what I eat now though. I think you will be too.
02-06-2006, 05:40 AM
Thank you so much for the encouragement...This board really is the best!!! I will take each day as one and be happy if I maintain one day 100% raw..
02-06-2006, 12:33 PM
I just wanted to add:
For a couple of weeks I was OBSESSED with making every possible recipe.Even though I didnt' have a deydrator yet. I felt like that was the only way I was ever going to really like raw. I got burnt out and did a few cooked binges. AFter that I was reading thru a few posts on there and how many of the 100% long time raw foodies just eat the basic fruits and veggies and only very few elaborate dishes. It inspired me to just concentrate for now on eating correctly without having to make every raw food dish ever invented. So that is where I am now and I feel a lot of pressure is off for me. I"m still looking for a deydrator and still collecting uncook books on raw, but I've tried to get back to the basics.
Just a thought!
02-06-2006, 01:02 PM
I'm getting ready to start my 30 day challenge today! I got Allisa's book in the mail today, super speedy shipping, I was impressed! But, I am feeling the same way. I'm looking at my menu plan, I'm a big planner, and I see some blank spots that I'm not sure how I'm going to fill them. I've got breakfast down for the week, I love smoothies so that is easy. Lunch and dinner.. well I'm going with the books suggestions for week one to some extent, and improvising for the other.
I have been making it very simple, lunch today was red bell pepper slices, carrots, home made guacamole to dip them in. I also had some tomatos cut into chunks and sprinkled with dry basil, then a handful of soaked almonds. Yikes that sounds like alot, but I'm not as hungry right after as I was the first day I tried lunch.
I'd love to try doing the challenge with a buddy, are you up for it? Just let me know!
02-06-2006, 06:28 PM
Thanks jinx..I would love to start the 30 day again with a buddy.. email me so we can discuss the preparation.
I just want the lollipop in your avatar. It is raw, right??
02-07-2006, 01:02 PM
First, take a deep breath....
I'm not a master of raw or anything.....I've just finished my first 24 hours!! Anyhoo....I have to admit I was overwhelmed a little when I starting reading about raw...Dr Cousens, another book on sprouting (I forget by who)....and even with Alissa's book at first read. But I bought her book with the dvd & finally watched the dvd on Sunday. I think what actually relaxed me was watching the dvd & seeing how simple the meals are to make.
I'm an artist and lean toward the visual....so I think I was able to learn more by watching & then going back to the book to make my shopping list.
If you didn't buy the dvd & can't...go back to the chapter where she gives you the shopping list & ideas about which recipes to try the first week, second week, etc.....believe it or not, this chapter narrows the focus a bit & makes it easier to figure out how to apply this diet to your own life.
Hope that helped...if even a bit.
02-07-2006, 05:54 PM
You have a PM :)
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