Can anyone be too busy to go raw???
I've been thinking about making the move to raw for about a year now, and I could come up with a thousand excuses to start "tomorrow" but I want to start now.
I'm interested in this lifestyle because I want to be healthy and I want to be alive to do all the things I want to do. I also dont feel as young and I am and have numerous allergies.
Problem: I'm a full-time student and career girl at the same time. I normally don't get home until about 9 or 10 at night. I spend a lot of money on tuition so I don't want to jump the gun and buy all sorts of equipment before I'm really ready.
Can anyone recommend any resources that will help me ease into it without having to buy ALL raw food equipment? Can I start with a food processor and wait out a dehydrator? Are there any books out there for the busy raw foodists?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!! I'm really psyched to start...
Alissa's book is full of recipes that range from super simplistic to more complex...some require only a food processor while others may require a dehydrator OR some that require a dehydrator can be converted to dehydrator-less...for example, nut burgers can be eaten stuffed in leaves or tomatoes or mushrooms, etc as a pate' rather than dehydrated to a burger.
Here are a couple of other book title suggestions:
Raw Food for Busy People by Jordan Maerin
Raw Food Made Easy One or Two People by Jennifer Cornbleet
Also, you can always eat a more simple raw diet - basic fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds without all the recipes...but in transitioning, the recipes DO come in handy to help sustain you and make you feel more satiated.
But all in all, you can do this even on a busy schedule and with limited appliances.
I still dont have a dehydrator although I really, really want one! I have an old blender that I got in 1994 for my wedding...it outlasted my former husband and I am using that for my smoothies! I did splurge last week and got a small food processor at Target for less than $20. Thats all I have so far. You will do just fine until you save up for the other "extras"...they arent necessities, but they make it easier in the long run I think. I look forward to the dehydrator so that I can make things that somewhat resemble the crappy food I still crave. I only have one book, which I stumbled upon that only explains the reasoning behind eating raw...no recipes really at all to help me out with, though I want to get Alissa's when I have the spare cash. Also, I am a single mom of 3 little girls with very little cash to spare and somehow we are making the raw foods fit into our budget. It is possible...when there is a will, there is a way. Oh ya, if you are busy then this food is even better! Some apples, bananas, carrots, yada, yada, yada will do just perfect in between classes and work.
So there's my shpeel...just know that if you find yourself with a Big Mac in your hand, sipping on a soda, DONT THROW IN THE TOWEL!!! Never give up. Keep coming back to raw. Dont expect perfection immediately. :)
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Just mono eat cleaned produce.
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Originally Posted by luckitri
I love my kitties: Sam, Simba, Sinatra, Smash, Frick, and Frack
I have been raw for a few months without a blender (which I should have in a couple of weeks). I make a salad with a variety of ingredients (usually including avocado or olive) and eat that and some fruit. Instead of smoothies, I mash frozen fruit pulp with a potato masher. (Some fruit pulps are pasteurized and some aren't. Buy ones that aren't.)
-I worked two jobs....but carried a snack bag with me (and put in my desk) wherever I went. I always had water...salad...fruit....fresh nuts....to snack on. PREPARATION and SELF-RELIANCE should be your watch words. Don't expect unhealthy people to understand your lifestyle...appreciate it....endorse it...or accomodate it. A few will...most won't! Your happiness and confidence will determine THAT one!
You don't need any extra gadgets. Do simple meals of fruits, salads (that aren't jus tlettuce, tomato, cucumber haha, but add avocado, olive oil, ect.), trail mix bags made by you with raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Even if this isn't proper food combining don't worry about that. You're just starting out and do the best you can do for now :)
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Originally Posted by DavidZaneMason
DZM -- I can sure count on you to be clear headed, to the point, and full of encouraging wisdom. Can I toss you in my pocket?? hehe
You are definitley an integral part of my raw lifestyle on a daily bases and I do carry a printed copy of quotes from here in my purse from you and others:)
Thanks and keep the advice comin!
Thanks you guys, your replies are really encouraging... I can't wait to start! Do any of you have to take B12 supplements to keep everything in check? I had to watch that when my doctor put me on an elimination diet for my allergies...
i'd like to second the DZM advice...he's a huge help to me.
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Thank you Gracie...Lodestar...that warms my heart.
I take a B-12 supplement, since my understanding is that B-12 only is available from animal products. I'm not sure if my body (or anyone elses) really needs B-12, but I'd rather be safe than sorry, so I take it. I may get confident enough in my new 'way of life' at some point to not take it, but until then, it's something I add every day.
Originally Posted by japonessa
Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. (Robert L. Evans)
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. (Louisa May Alcott)
B12 is found in dulse, which I eat most days, so I don't worry about it. It's basically heme or chlorophyll with a cobalt atom instead of the iron or magnesium, so if you're getting enough cobalt, you should make enough. It's made by bacteria. I don't think the studies on it were done on raw foodists; we have a different population of bacteria than cooked foodists.
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