Why not? It's Fast Food for Real
In our modern world, fast is the way, steadily increasing its pace. We want everything quick, we want it fast and we want it convenient. I find it perplexing that the very people who obsess with the fast life do not consider fresh whole fruit and vegetables "fast food". How is it not? Live food is the same as the "value menu" cholesterol increasing, artery clogging, fat filled burgers and fries when it comes to convenience: no prep time, easy to pick up and take on the go, relatively cheap and you can feed your entire family for less than $10. The crucial difference is that whole, live, raw foods are actually GOOD for you, free of fats, sugars, increasing instead of decreasing energy. When eating real fast food, you don't have to worry about triggers, dis-ease, and illness. The first stumbling block when converting to veganism is always trying to figure out what to eat. My suggestion is simple: stop worrying. Nothing complex to determine. Pick up some real fast food - an apple, bananas, celery, cucumbers, dark green leafy plants, etc. For more info, http://yogagirlgoesvegan2.blogspot.com/2011/07/ready-for-rawgust.html
Thinking About Transitioning?
Begin by substituting foods, one meal at a time. Breakfast is probably the best meal to begin with. After you have replaced a meal successfully for at least one week, move on to substitute all mini-meals and snacks before you continue with the next major meal replacement. Some simple tips:
1. Do what is best for you. Pick fruits and vegetables you enjoy to get started. If you eat something you like eating, it will be all the more easier to stick with it.
2. If you fall off the wagon, dust off and jump back on. There isn’t going to be a test at the end of the day.
3. As always, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Not only is water “brain food”, it is crucial to digestion and will help elimination process through your body consistently and in a more efficient manner
4. Eat frequently. You can eat an average of every 2 hours in a 12 hour span of time. When you and that up, that is quite a considerable amount of food. You should be satiated and never “feel” hungry. If hunger pangs hit you, a piece of fruit will always answer the call.
5. Phone a friend. Find a coach or someone who is an established raw vegan who will be happy to aid, guide you, or provide step by step resource materials as you need it.
6. Discover new ways to prepare and eat foods previously cooked. Explore! Throw away old fears – trying a new exotic fruit or vegetable you never had before.
First Steps - CUT OUT ALL PROCESSED FOODS and ‘WHITES”
(sugars, breads, flour, pastas, rices), replace breads, flour and pastas with whole grain versions. Have wild rice instead of white, and raw sugar or honey (not vegan but ok for transition as you will eventually eliminate sugar altogether)
Breakfast: Begin each morning with a glass of water and either fresh fruit, a fruit/vegetable smoothy, or freshly extracted juice.
Snacks: Fruit, carrot sticks, etc. or any easily handled fruit or vegetable that does not require any preparation
Lunch/Dinner: Salads, or special vegetable based meals. Many recipes out there on the web and social media.
Education is Key!
The more knowledge you obtain, the more comfortable and confident you will become. There are many free resources and excellent websites out there. Research what suits you best.
Finally, move your body and DRINK WATER! Do not underestimate the power of physical fitness and hydration. The combination compliments the raw vegan lifestyle.
Mono eating gives the digestive process a break. Digestion is one of the most labor intensive processes our bodies must perform. Mono-eating allows the digestive system to focus solely on utilizing and breaking down one specific food. Different foods breakdown differently in our bodies and requires different enzymes. When we combine foods, our digestion system must split resources to address each item. Our bodies work harder to digest nuts than it would piece of soft fruit. Eating them together does not allow the body full realization of the nutrients of each item. Eating each one as a mono-meal provides full benefit of the nutrients and minerals of the food source.
If not mono-eating, keep it simple - eat "like" or similar foods in the same meal, foods with the same digestion time frames. Mono eating can be defined as one food for one meal or the same one food all day. Food consumed in this manner also doesn't "stay" with you and moves through the intestinal track more quickly than combined meals. Disclaimer: Of course, mono eating is only beneficial if it is with raw, fruit and vegetables. It is detrimental if cooked foods are mono consumed.
Where do you get your protein?
The question asked of vegans every day, every second, in every corner around the world. It is simple, your protein is obtained from plant-based sources instead of animal products. Plant-based protein can provide the enough stamina, strength and energy we required regardless of our physical activity. In fact, there many high-performance endurance athletes are raw vegan. Contrary to popular belief, we actually do not need as much “protein” as we think.
According to Dr Douglas Graham, the author of 80/10/10, your body only requires 10% protein in order to function optimally. His formula (80% "good" high fiber carbs such as fruit, 10% fat and 10% protein) was developed over the past 30 years when he, as an endurance vegan athlete, could not find a source which provided the information or nutrition he needed. Dr. Graham’s book, The 80/10/10 Diet has been a best seller for 20 years and is considered the raw foodist’s bible. It is highly recommend getting a copy. Note: Several sites sell it overpriced. You can get a copy from your local library or purchase it directly from Dr. Graham’s website for $30: http://foodnsport.com/shop/books/the-80-10-10-diet.php
What our bodies really need are the amino acids that make up the protein we consume. There are 23 standard amino acids of which 8 are crucial or essential to our cellular health. A simple salad can provide a complete balance of the amino acids we need.
Raw protein sources are: nuts, seeds, fruits, deep green leafy vegetables and bean sprouts
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Vitamins & Minerals
Regardless of what foods you eat, the point is to obtain the proper vitamin and mineral intake. It is crucial to proper health. Be sure to get a complete physical and bloodwork up as you begin. It serves two purposes:
• It establishes a beginning point from which you can measure your progress
• It will identify areas which you may need to address and lets you know potential challenges.
It is always wise to see a physician prior to starting anything new nutrition/dietary or physical fitness plan. Vitamin B12 and D are two of the most crucial vitamins that raw vegans should be aware of. Deficiencies of either can cause detrimental damage to anyone vegan or not, however, many sources of these vitamins are found in animal based products. It is important to keep your vitamin intake at normal to optimum levels. Quick B12 source list: http://jinjeetalifero.com/?p=707 . Remember, the best sources for Vitamin D is the sun. However, you can find it and calcium in:
Sunflower seeds, mushrooms, almonds, dark green leafy vegetables and the King of Calcium: BROCCOLI