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Starting a Raw Food Diet

Posted by idontdocrowds22 at 03/15/2009

After doing a lot of research, I have decided that I would absolutely love to transition to eating 100% raw foods, but I had a few questions and concerns. How would you reccomend going about the transition and how much time do you think I should allow my body to go through a transition period to just eating raw foods? One of my main concerns with this diet, is that it seems rather expensive. I am a college student, I don't exactly have much of an income right now, and it's hard for me to spend so much money on food every week, regardless of how good I know it is for me. I don't have any equipment, such as juicers or blenders, or dehydrators, and I was wondering out of these machines (or other machines that I haven't mentioned) Which one would be the most important for me to have? What foods do you buy that are the least expensive, but are staples to your diet? I would sincerely appreciate any help you guys couls give me about this!



kryszrich03/16/2009 03:45:50
HEre's a link to the best raw food site to ask that question.
johnnysensible03/16/2009 03:49:29
I enjoyed listening to this Dr. Joel Fuhrman audio where he discussed about "Raw" & many other topics with Tina Volpe.

It runs for about an hour - click or copy paste the following URL in your browser.

I also have some friends who swear by 100% raw - especially professional athletes.

Myself I choose to eat some steamed veggies & boiled / baked whole grains & roots - the rest of my diet is raw.
dimitri03/16/2009 05:53:06
Since I am about a year raw vegan I have to say I started through juice feast and then I turn to raw, for me the most important is a good juicer as green star type... remember about be raw the amount of food you eat is less than the cooked food, aprox statistics say cooked food you get the 1/4 of nutrition remain but in raw you get 100%.
So eat 1/4 raw food compare the amount you was eaten you get same amount of nutrition.
To mention myself i need 1/3 less food compare to cooking so expenses reduce,
Plus if you are raw you save money from the snacks and junky food around.
Of course eating organic it's also another financial factor to consider.
I suggest you to make sprouts yourself, sprouts are cheap and give you up to 10 times more food nutrition's than the dry beans and crazy amount of enzymes plus they turn 3 times or more in quantity, dehydrator is ok but not really consider as 100% raw I guess it's good for transition time... food processor goes with dehydrator so you must consider that also financial. If I was you I will focus on juicer and sprouting...
caroline999904/26/2009 23:10:39

I think a powerful blender like a vita-mix is the most important. Green smoothies rock! Use fresh fruit, water and fresh leafy greens. You'll get lots of important fiber as well as all of the nutrients in juices. I've been a vegan for over a year, and a vegetarian for decades. Nothing has made me feel as energized as these fresh green smoothies. Bananas are inexpensive, and greens are too. You can drink several of these a day, and reap enormous benefits. Plus they are delicious and raw.
tatiana04/27/2009 00:08:25
I've been wanting a Vita-Mix for a while but have been shopping around since they are expensive. I have seen lots of different models and types, is there one that isn't too pricey any of you would recommend?
veganbeader04/27/2009 04:29:58
Bid low on ebay.

There are more than 50 on sale there today.

Some are real bargains.
VeganMainstream06/13/2010 13:21:17
This reply may be a little late... haha, but in response to the VitaMix question, I find that a cheaper food processor works just as well.

I also recommend

~ Katie
Chia07/14/2010 15:32:58
Hi idontdocrowds22,

Eating raw can be totally affordable. And you probably won't have to eat too much, anyway.

Try eating foods whole. Or cut/diced/sliced in salads.

Don't rush in to buy equipments like juicers and dehydrators. Probably a blender with a food processor combo will be just fine.

Good luck.
RawFoodEffect01/09/2012 12:33:14
You really don't need any equipment. Fresh fruits and simple salads are the very best foods you can be eating anyway! I have found that bananas are quite inexpensive, delicious, and satisfying. I buy two cases a week of organic bananas from Whole Foods and they are only 35$ each. Not bad for serving the majority of my family's calories for a week!

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