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Hi everyone!

I'm planning on going raw for the entire month of August and I thought it would be great if we had a raw chit chat spot! I know a lot of other vegwebbers have expressed interest in either eating raw or going raw--so maybe we can help each other out here! I'm a total noob when if comes to raw, but I'm hoping my 30 day experiment will turn me into a master class raw veganist! I will be blogging everyday during August and posting pics and recipes of what I am eating--should be some great stuff plus all the "Raw Blogs" will be public!

I already have a bunch of questions! Can anyone help?

Raw milk--are there any store brands out there or do I have to make my own? Any super simple recipes for nut milk?
Dried sea weed (like wakame) how long do you soak it for?
I don't have a dehydrator and 150 is the lowest setting on my oven--how can I dry/toast oats, etc. and still have them be raw?
How the heck do I make sun tea?

OK then! That's what I got for now--I hope this can be a great place for raw info!!!

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Did a first juice fast for 48hrs. Went smoothly.
Does anyone else have non electric kitchen equipment?
I snagged a zassenhouse food mill of ebay and considering
the GSI man powered blender.

Oka-nas at a pint of blueberries, guess whos poo was blue?

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Okay, so here is my assessment of mesquite powder.... BLECH! http://bestsmileys.com/sick/7.gif
The smell was really odd and reminded me of the spices from a package of ramen noodles.  It has a mild  sweetness to it but also tasted kind of like what I'd expect burnt cardboard to taste like.  So, I think you can safely say I'm not a fan.

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Does anyone else have non electric kitchen equipment?

Nothing exciting but for the longest time I was using a hand juicer to juice citrus. Then it broke and now I don't really have anything. Mine">http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-CLR-GLASS-HAND-JUICER-W-OFFSET-HANDLE-SPOUT-... looked like this but with a bigger cup and the top actually fit it.

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Weird, Storm!  Thanks for the review!  I won't rush into buying any now.  :)

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I'm eating tons of salad lately, especially since I've been able to harvest some of the food from my garden already. I love this time of the year! My grocery store has also started selling local microgreens which I picked up to try, they're a very nice addition to my salad. I've also been putting mashed avocado on top of it.

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How's everyone doing?

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i've been raw 100% for almost 3 months again, now, but i've been a-stressin' about money and therefore not eating enough. i need to quickly decide which is worse for my health, stress of having not enough money or eating cooked food. i really want to stay raw.

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Impressive on the 3 months Hespy, but I'm sorry you're having to make that choice about your diet.  
I keep bouncing up and down on raw and my arthritis has flared because of it so I'm gearing up to hit 100% for the rest of July, or damn close to it.

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The salad is simple, but this raw salad dressing RAWKS!  It is my new favorite raw thing!  :)>>>

http://www.rawmazing.com/heirloom-tomato-corn-and-avocado-salad-w-chipotle-dressing/

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Have been about 75% raw since veggie garden took over the world. I put it out in the dog kennel, for extra, already present bunny and deer protection. Now I can't even open the gate to the kennel. Veggies are everywhere. I seriously underestimated how much squash and cucumbers and lettuce I was planting. Peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, squash, cataloupes EVERYWHERE, as quick as I pick 5 foot-long squash or cukes there are 5 more the next day. Subsequently this has given me a chance to explore a more raw diet for the past few weeks. Also, I have been getting creative sneaking these veggies into Banjo's (my dog's) diet. Verdict so far: 2 thumbs up from me, 4 paws up from Bange, although I think he is gratuitously positioning for a belly rub.

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That's awesome, Charile!  I'm jealous of your garden.  Mine is down to chile peppers, eggplant, okra, and sunflowers.  It's too hot here for tomatoes to set fruit and my squashes and cukes all succumbed to powdery mildew early last month.  It's okay though, because in September I can start seeding my fall crop....I love my year-round growing season.

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I love my year-round growing season.

Ah, see...now I'm jealous.

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charlie that's rad! i am so jealous... i have no yard  :'(

storm, thanks for the link and that blog! i printed out the recipe and can't wait to try it!

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My garden is really starting to get going now so soon I should be eating primarily out of my garden. That means I'll have blackberries, cucumbers, basil, parsley, tomatoes, green beans (I cook these though), zucchini, eggplant, 2 types of hot peppers, bell peppers, mustard greens, lettuce, swiss chard, lavender if it will bloom, broccoli, leeks and maybe some dill, cilantro and spring onions. I have more planted but I'm not sure if it's going to grow. I will also be having a garden harvest swap with my friend in a week or two. Not sure what I'll be getting from that, I'll report back when we've done it. I can't wait, I love eating out of my garden!

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My garden is really starting to get going now so soon I should be eating primarily out of my garden. That means I'll have blackberries, cucumbers, basil, parsley, tomatoes, green beans (I cook these though), zucchini, eggplant, 2 types of hot peppers, bell peppers, mustard greens, lettuce, swiss chard, lavender if it will bloom, broccoli, leeks and maybe some dill, cilantro and spring onions. I have more planted but I'm not sure if it's going to grow. I will also be having a garden harvest swap with my friend in a week or two. Not sure what I'll be getting from that, I'll report back when we've done it. I can't wait, I love eating out of my garden!

that is so awesome!

you can eat eggplant raw?

you like mustard greens? i juiced them once and thought they were awful!

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I don't like eggplant so I won't be eating that. I love mustard greens, I don't think I've ever had a green that I don't like. I've been adding them to my salads lately to add a spicy accent.

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heres what Ive been mixing of late; pint blueberries, tbsp coffee bean, tbsp cacao, tbsp or more oats, frozen banana, mango, soaked almonds, rehydrated goji berries.. other things if im fancy.

avo, mango, kale does the trick too.

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I've been giving my juicer and my Ninja a workout!  RAWR!

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I've been giving my juicer and my Ninja a workout!  RAWR!

Right on, sistah! Throw some habeneros into that juice too! DAYUM! Really gets me firing on all 3 cylinders ;)

It's true: the more raw you eat, the more you want.

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I've been buying tons of fresh peas at Earth Origins so my salads have been full-o-peas! :)
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/VegWeb/007-7.jpg

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