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    Is anyone on this forum a raw foodist? Preferably a raw vegan or vegetarian foodist? I decided to go on a 66% raw food diet for thirty days to figure out what food groups are making me feel sick; it is also for an experiment to see whether or not I feel healthier and more energized. It has been five days and so far I do feel a bit better than I did last week, but it's still too early to tell. Strangely enough—I haven't gone through detoxing yet—which I think is odd... But I am craving greens a lot more than I used to.

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    I always felt that raw foodism was best as a goal, but not something to ever actually achieve 100% consistency in. It's just much easier to get a good variety of food if you also eat things that need to be cooked, unless you have unlimited access to fabulous fresh fruits and vegetables. So 66% seems like a pretty good limit.

    Then again, I have pretty lax standards concerning my own eating habits. I'm effectively vegetarian (purely so that I will remember to eat vegetables) but I eat meat every once in a while. Again, sometimes it's the only way to get a good mix of nutrients.

    My opinion is that most eating habits need a little flexibility, and raw foodism and veganism (or the two combined) tend to discourage that, which is why I never bought into it (also, I dunno if you've seen the shit they make and try to pass off as real food ).

    Anyway, good luck with your experiment. I hope you can narrow down the foods that are giving you trouble and come up with a good diet that works for you
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    I'm a raw foodist that consumes seafood. I don't do it 100%, maybe 85%. I eat normal when I travel outside the country (2+ times a year) too.

    Thing is, I don't think everyone's body is setup to be the healthiest on high raw. Nor do I buy everything they espouse. However, everyone can benefit from having more fruits and veggies in their life. Just remember any extremes like veganism, raw foodism, and a completely processed diet aren't always the best way to go for the long term.

    I think raw food is perfect for healing periods. Why don't you try green smoothies. Kale, banana, and ice.

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    They say the benefit of the diet is what you don't eat rather than what you do eat, so your experimentation seems like a great idea. You'll probably come up with something good. I've been reading about raw food diets and other kinds of diets a lot for the last year or two. I'm mostly interested in just having more energy. People who eat these strange (or simply less common) diets always talk about how awesome they always feel. I don't think I'd ever follow a strict diet of any kind, though.

    I went 100% raw (no meat) for 3 days once. I'm used to consuming salt, caffeine, and sugar so by the third day I couldn't stand it anymore. A slow transition seems smart. There's a lot of changes that I could take on slowly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucrativeSid View Post
    They say the benefit of the diet is what you don't eat rather than what you do eat, so your experimentation seems like a great idea.
    This.

    I'm not a raw foodist, but I have taken elements of it and incorporated it into my diet. Adding green smoothies is one of the smartest things I've done in awhile. I do try to make at least one meal a day purely raw food, often in the form of a green smoothie or salad with beans.

    I don't buy alot of the hype with it, though. For one, I've never understood the enzyme argument fully. Enzymes are particular beasts that need very specific environments to be effective. The human stomach is very different from a plant. Also, animals that thrive off of raw food tend to have very large stomachs (or multiple stomachs) with special bacteria to help them break down cellulose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udog View Post
    Adding green smoothies is one of the smartest things I've done in awhile.
    I can't stress this enough. The one thing I'd ask all people to do regardless of their diet, is to add green smoothies. They really cut down the cravings, and people get the amount of greens they need in a day. Let's face it, eating a bushel of salad is hard and time consuming to do. Green smoothie is the way to go.

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    Can I get green smoothie recipes that taste yummy? If it tastes yummy I'll eat it.

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    Binary's recommendation of Kale, banana, and ice works well.

    Spinach (a handful) and a banana go well together as well. (Bananas seem to go well with greens in general, as long as they aren't too bitter.) You can experiment from there. Try adding pecans, milk, oats, wheat germ, other fruits, or other things depending on how much fat/protein you want in it.

    Protip: Make sure you have a good liquid - ice combo. If your fruits are frozen, then add water. If they aren't, use ice cubes.

    I'll post in the exercise thread as I try other types.

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    I'd try (another) unprocessed food challenge, but I don't think I'd tolerate a raw food challenge. Cooking, boiling, steaming, etc, introduce variety, and are especially important to prepare meats, which I'm not convinced are healthy to remove from ones diet outright. Reduce yes, eliminate no.

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