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Eating Raw

i have been eating raw for awhile now and all i get is people saying bad stuff about it, like isn't that dangerous and unhealthy. It is getting annoying, i was just hoping to find a couple other raw foodist to talk to. I love how eating raw makes me feel and i love all the benefits.

Sat. Jan 28, 11:27pm

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I was a raw foodist for a couple of years, way back before it was trendy with celebs (15 yrs ago) so I understand how you feel. People do think you are crazy and most people aren't very open minded, although that depends alot on where you live. I eventually found that while I felt light and clean, I did not have much energy on the raw food plan. And it was very very difficult socially, as I was also vegan. At the time I was living in the upper Midwest and found zero resources, restaurants, etc. Now I live in Portland, OR...which would be a great place to be a raw foodist! These days I am eating following the Eat Right for Your Blood Type plan (and also being dissed by others for it, including many on PT) and feeling better than I ever have in my adult life. It's hard sometimes, but I just want to encourage you to follow the path you feel is right for you. No one else lives in your body but you and *only* you can make the best choice for what and how you eat and live. I hope you find some others to band together with here, but if not, perhaps there is a local group of macrobiotics in the area where you live that can offer some support. Best wishes on your wellness journey!

Sunday, January 29, 2006, 2:07 PM

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what do you eat for your blood type? what is the phylosophy on that. I love raw food. It is refreshing to me. Some how I feel good eating it. You never have to much of something with sushi.

Sunday, January 29, 2006, 2:13 PM

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I'll be honest...

I really don't know anything about the raw food diet BUT I would assume that it would be fairly good for you since you would have to pick fresh, organic whole foods in order to even feed yourself. One of the major problems with the North American diet today is how processed everything is so, to me, the raw food diet seems like it could be okay. It might be difficult to ensure you get a full mix of vits & mins. but many people even on non-raw food diets, have deficiencies so I wouldn't blame the diet so much as the practitioner.

I'm quite happy with my little food plan but what are some good links to check out to learn more about raw-food plans? (Just so I can learn more about it)

Sunday, January 29, 2006, 2:29 PM

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thanks a lot for writing. I really enjoy the raw food lifestyle. I feel great on it. Although its not as fun anymore to go out to restaurants with people i still feel like im doing better for myself. Thank you for understanding and your support, I will look for a group near me.

Sunday, January 29, 2006, 4:36 PM

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I find the Raw Food diet my diet of choice, I also enjoy going out with my friends or family to a restaurant and I do that also. I eat whatever I want with others and I don't keep on the Raw plan but incorporate another plan like ww or fat smash what ever I best find at the restaurant I am gong to . Call it a mini-splurge

Raw makes me feel the best. But I don't eat raw in my social life. By myself I am raw with myself and others know little about my raw meals, because I have experienced the same negative comments.

Others think I'm always eating like I do in the restaurant, but If someone would ask How to Lose weight, I give them a Push in the Smoothie direction, saying it's a nice Jump Start to Dieting when you can use it on a 5 or 10 day start and then move on to the Diet plan of choice. Mix it up you know.

My diet plan of choice is 90% raw so I stay on it, I agree others are negative to it....I do it alot more than others are aware of.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 12:04 PM

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Raw food diet is the best for repairing the Body
Steaming keeps 91 percent of nutrition and raw 99.
Other plans pale in comparison

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 12:12 PM

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microwaving food has about 5% nutrition, yeah, I would say it pales

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 12:14 PM

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2:07 PM - I couldn't agree more!

I don't know too much about the raw diet. I try my best to eat organic, unprocessed foods and try to eat most of my fruits/veggies raw.

It is you're body and who cares what anyone else thinks...do you have a Doctor that supports your diet. If so - then that's even better!

Good luck


Thursday, February 21, 2008, 12:44 PM

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Not all food loses nutrition when cooked. Heating actually activates certain vitamins and nutrients, but it's a case by case basis.

If you boil vegetables and consume the water, say, in a soup, you keep nearly all the good stuff that "seeped" out in the cooking process.

Again on a case by case basis, the microwave is sometimes better than steaming and/or raw.

Unfortunately, figuring out what vegetables are better off raw, steamed, nuked, etc. is just more thought than I want to put into my least favorite food group. I just prepare them any way I can tolerate them.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 12:59 PM

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Oh, oh, oh!!! I'm a blood type diet person too!!!! Do you have a group? What type are you? I'm an O, swear by the diet, love it, love it, love it!!!! Slimmer, and soooooooo much healthier.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 3:35 PM

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OP, I'm mostly vegan and also eat mostly raw. I SO understand where you are coming from. When people find out about my eating habits they get all concerned about my health, making sure I take a multivitamin and am closely monitored by a doctor. It just annoys me because these are people who eat horrible diets of mostly refined grains and saturated fat and now they are concerned because I'm eating too many fruits and vegetables? I want to tell them that THEY are the ones that need to be closely monitored by a doctor but I just keep my mouth shut. Vegan and Raw eaters already have a bad reputation because of a vocal few who are agressive in expressing their views. I just let my health speak for it's self.

Sorry to vent...it's just one of my pet peeves.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 5:49 PM

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You might look at internet resources for raw food. There is a raw food store near me that I have visited, which is a very cool place. Most of their stuff can be bought online. There are a lot of raw food sources. For the 2:07 pm poster, you have to have some access to vitamin B12 if you are vegetarian, vegan, or raw foodist. That is probably why you were low energy. B12 is naturally occurring in no non-animal source foods, that I am aware of, so you have to take a supplement. Its a real way of clean living, but its also very restrictive too. So, if you are in to it, go for it. I was vegetarian for several years and I didn't know much about nutrition at that time, so I was tired most of the time too. Now I know nutrition better, but choose like an 80 percent vegetarian diet.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6:56 PM

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Hi OP, I know that raw does not always = vegan, but if you are there is an amazing PT group: Vegan Vengeance. Check us out!

And raw is healthy, as long as you do it right!! Good luck!

Friday, February 22, 2008, 2:30 PM

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B12 occurs in meat, eggs, and dairy. And it's important!

That said, if you're a cheese- or yogurt- or egg- eating vegetarian, you might not have to take a supplement.

Friday, February 22, 2008, 4:04 PM

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