||[Jan. 24th, 2009|11:56 pm]
RAW FOOD LIST
New here on the raw food lifestyle... well I have been a vegetarian for about two years now (lacto-ovo). And I've heard so many wonderful things about the raw food plan. I'm looking to get Dr. Douglas Graham's 'The 80/10/10 Diet' on Amazon so I have sort of a basis. I know goneraw.com is a great site, but I'd love some sort of sample format or something you know? Just to make sure I'm getting all the essential vitamins and nutrients that my body needs so I don't become deficient in anything (i.e. B-12).
I am doing this in part because I want to just feel better about myself; I have depression and major anxiety so I would like to help those improve by eating more healthfully. And secondly, I desperately need to lose quite a bit of weight as I seem to be getting bigger and bigger and feel out of control.
Today I started my 'raw' regime, with a green smoothie, an organic apple and a bottle of water. But unfortunately, being out all day shopping (got a blender to make my own smoothies at my apartment as I'm just at my parents' house at the moment, and got some organic fruits and veggies as well), I came home starving, whipped up a salad made from organic lettuce and spinach, raw tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and a bit of hummus to spice it up on two slices of sprouted grain bread (I know, it's not raw, but it really needed some spice and texture). Anyway, I thought I was full, it sure felt like it until Ms. Flow came along and made me feel awful and then I proceeded to binge on chocolate and chips. So I really messed up with that, clearly. *sigh* I'm frustrated, so anyone have any suggestions? Comments? Support?
Just keep going, incrementally. Few people can make the leap all at once. After a couple weeks of eating mostly raw, things I used to crave like chocolate and bread looked quite unappealing. And eating those things sometimes isn't going to kill you, so try and avoid an all-or-nothing mentality. It's about balance.
Don't give up if you binge once. Start again the next day. Journal and pay close attention to your emotions. Seeing the positive emotional benefits of raw food can be a good motivator. I also suffer sever depression -- a few days of consuming mostly green smoothies helps a lot. After a couple of days I begin to feel bouts of euphoria -- that more than any weight loss helps me to stay on track.
Figure out what you crave most and find raw replacements. When I need a sugar/chocolate/junk food fix I make raw ice cream (frozen banana, ice, vanilla, stevia, and cocoa powder) in the blender. (I use regular cocoa 'cos I don't think that raw cocoa is truly raw, but you can use raw cocoa).
*smile* thank you! I think I finally understand about this all-or-nothing mentality thing everyone keeps say lol (I tend to think that way about a lot of things unfortunately). I certainly don't intend on giving up, by any means. But I'll keep journalling as you said and pin-point what I'm craving. I think it's just especially brutal at the very moment because of that time of the month; I'm used to having intense cravings at this time regardless of what my diet is, so I suppose I shouldn't really be surprised. I will continue and find a balance and try and take it slowly, so as not to overwhelm myself.
I find I crave the taste of milk-chocolate (the melt in your mouth kind, no cheap chocolate here! lol), toast and butter and jam, as well as pancakes sometimes. I know the last one's sort of random but *shrug*. Oh and every once in a while, diet pepsi (I tend to drink quite a bit when visiting my family because they've always got lots of it). I don't know what it is, maybe the fizzyness, the taste- sweet yet the fact that it's got no calories or anything, plus I've been drinking it for years.
I'll definitely have to give the raw ice cream a shot, I just bought some raw cocoa nibs, at least that's what the package said. But it sounds delicious! :)
Thanks so much for the tips and support, I'll continue to work at this because it really is important to me. I'll keep in mind the green smoothies for depression relief, that'll be really helpful I think; what do you like to put in yours, if I may ask?
2009-01-25 11:16 pm (UTC)
Aunt Flow and Your Raw Food
I'm a part-time raw foodie (semi-raw is my favored term) and an omnivore. I understand your problem with your period and your raw food. Losing that much iron because of blood flow is a definite problem and can be rather challenging to fix if you do not eat meat. My vegetarian suggestion is this: Raw Blueberry Flower Honey and Spinach. Not together mind you!
Try using Raw Blueberry Flower Honey and drizzle it on raw granola (I like raw granola with raw strawberries and raspberries) for that extra boost of energy. I get massive fatigue on my period which leads me to binge on high sugar food items to get any energy.
As for the spinach, here is my recipe for Raw Burritos which I just love despite their lack of meat
Take Spinach Leaves or Romaine Lettuce Leaves (I use Romaine off period)
Rub the leaves down with fresh lime juice, salt, cumin, paprika and pepper
Slice raw green, yellow, orange or red peppers into fajita strips. Place inside Romain Leaves.
Dice up a sweet onion and place inside Romaine leaves
Slice a ripe mango into fajita stripes. Kiwi is also a nice alternative if you don't like mango.
Wrap up and enjoy.
I usually eat about two of these guys and its delicious.
Sounds like you're doing pretty well so far. It's a bit new age-y guru like, but David Wolfe's Sunfood Diet Success system is really good. And Gabriel Cousens's books tend to go into the science of things. A book with good simple recipes and lots of tips for easing your way into raw & eating out and so on is Natalia Rose's Detox Diet. It's not vegan :( but i love it anyway. My advice is to look up those, and any other raw titles you can find at your local library. Give 'em a test run & those you really like you can buy. I'm hoping ours has 'Green For Life' though from all i've heard abou that title, i'm prolly gonna want to buy it anyway.
ASo far i've found it's all about the greens. Starting your day with a green smoothie (or green juice followed by fruit) & having a big green salad for lunch &/or dinner is pretty fundamental.
80/10/10 really seems to work for some people, but it's just one of the many ways you can do more. It's a frutarian diet VERY low in fat, and i'm with David Wolfe in worrying about it as a long term plan - i can't see how anyone would get enough omega threes for a start. But plenty of people do seem to thrive on a frutarian diet, so experiment and see what works for you. There's no one right way, even though i'm of the opinion it's best to dive slowly into raw (say having green smoothies for breakfast, a salad for lunch maybe with marinated tofu or tempeh, and a salad with a cooked dinner and going from there) plenty of people prefer to go 100% all the way, and get the detox over faster.
Anyway i'll stop rambling now, and simply wish you luck!
Yeah Green for Life was the most inspirational book to really get me motivated and understanding the raw food diet. She explains why we should do the things she suggests very simply and clearly, and all of the stuff she discovered is from her own research as well as a lot of trial and error