I am in the 'research and planning' phase of my "going raw vegan". I've been vegetarian for 30 years, but I am now ready to aspire to the raw lifestyle. I have ordered my dehydrator and Vitamix (although I don't have them yet), I am getting exceedingly concerned about something I am hoping you can calm my fears somehow. I am convinced that the raw, organic vegan diets is the healthiest you can do, but it is also looking like the most expensive diet on earth and I am wondering how I can even afford to be on the diet. I live in Northern IL in the "farmbelt" where I cannot grow my own organics (at least until summer comes back) and I live in a community where there is only one very small organic store and everything is exceedingly expensive. I've looked online to purchase stuff but everything is soooooo expensive!
My question here is PLEASE....I NEED SOME TIPS FOR BEING ABLE TO AFFORD TO BE ON THIS DIET!!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!
Re: Cost of being Raw Vegan
January 06, 2010 10:00PM
Registered: 5 years ago
There was recently a post about this at Vegansaurus; maybe you'll find it helpful: [vegansaurus.com]
Also, I saw this discussed at [www.goneraw.com] , and people there were recommending supplementing the raw diet with some brown rice or similar inexpensive but healthy cooked "fillers", to save cash. Being a purist about the raw foods thing may not be as important as being able to afford to pay one's rent :-) Different people have different priorities and means.
Re: Cost of being Raw Vegan
January 07, 2010 12:44PM
Registered: 7 years ago
Being 100% raw vegan can be very cost effective. You've got your main tools - Vita-Mix and dehydrator...do you have a food processor? These are the 3 main staple tools, other than a really good sharp knife.
The key to thriving on raw, from my own experience, is to eat high-green. Do you have a local farmer's market? It is greens season so perhaps they do have some greens available. Another option is to see if you have a local CSA or food co-op. You can do google searches to locate these in your area.
A well balanced diet will consist of a big huge salad once a day, a green smoothie, a handful of soak and dehydrated nuts/seeds, and some high water content in-season organic fruits to fill in the gaps. By the way, cucumbers and tomatoes are technically fruits.
You may also enjoy growing your own sprouts. This is very cost effective and they make great toppings on your salads. What you'll require are a few quart sized mason jars and some mesh screen. The mason jars usually come with a 2-part lid, so what you do is cut the screen to overlap the lid of the jar and place the ring portion of the lid on top to secure the screen. Fill your jar with 2 tablespoons of sprout seeds (mung beans, lentils, alfalfa, broccoli, fenugreek, etc.). Soak them over night is pure/filtered water. Drain and rinse in the morning. Rinse by filling the jar with water and swirling it around to move the seeds in a whirlpool like motion. Then place them on a dish wrack at an angle to begin sprouting. Rinse and drain morning and night, and in a few days, you will have some wonderful edible sprouts packed with all the nutrients a body requires to thrive.
My partner is a raw vegan gourmet chef, and she just released her first book "Salads & Dressing - Going Beyond the Basics" and it has 20 delicious salad dressing recipes plus many tips for creating gourmet salads easily, as well as a flavor balancing chart so you can get creative and make your own dressings. Check it out at www.ezrawfood101.com