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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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Aw, thanks!  I love putting as many colors in as I can.  I've been back on high raw too, though I'm still using prepared salad dressings and eating some hummus.  I've tried a couple of raw hummuses but I'm afraid I prefer my chickpeas cooked, not sprouted.

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you like your salads like mine :) i call mine rainbow salads <3

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RAWCOS!!! Om, nom, nom!  Lousy picture, but oh so good to eat. 
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/VegWeb/012-3.jpg

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what's the brown stuffs

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Ani Phylo's taco nut meat from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen.  It's really awesome, though I don't put nearly as much olive oil in as she does.

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Ani Phylo's taco nut meat from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen.  It's really awesome, though I don't put nearly as much olive oil in as she does.

Same!  I love that recipe, but I hardly add any oil, and I cut waaaay back on the salt, too.  It's delicious!

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Dang, I was rawcos, those look awesome

I just had a small simple salad of romaine/spinach, carrots, fresh salsa and avocado.
http://i41.tinypic.com/2b8vw3.jpg

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SOG, that looks fabulous!  I wish my camera took pictures like that.  (I suppose that's what I get for buying a cheapo camera.)

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want** rawcos, not was!

Thanks, Storm! In truth my camera is pretty crappy too (my sister's retired "party camera") and is 7 years old but if I rig the settings right, hey, decent salad photo!

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I am giving this a go by trying to eat 50% raw each day.  It has really opened my eyes to what and how I eat beyond the usual vegan ethical issues and how much I have depended on cooking otherwise indigestible food, and just how much I cook!  I have been at this for a week, eating mostly raw breakfasts and lunches but still cooking dinners. It's too early to tell any difference but my fruit and vegetable servings have gone from 6 per day average to about 10 and I am actually getting MORE fats in my diet (not a bad thing for me because I am a bit underweight)  by including raw nuts and seeds in more abundance and my bowels are going crazy!  Has anyone else experienced this?  I have been having very loose stools and going a lot.  I can't imagine if I went 100% full blown raw all at once.  Is this just an adjustment period?  I was regular before.  :-[

ps. I dont know if I could ever go 100% raw as I still love hot food and am always freezing cold (hypothyroid issues) so I compromised with the 50/50 because I think raw is very healthy and natural and any increase in raw eating is a good thing.  Anyone else do this?

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I am on day 5 of a raw juice fast. I've had nothing but fresh raw juices for all my meals....I did eat a couple of bananas, whole, as I wanted to poop. I also used a blender for the greens part, as my juicer is not that great. I feel amazing, and have lost 5 or so lbs. I wasn't trying to lose weight, but wanted to boost my immune system and cleanse. I think I am going to do a 3-5 day fast each time the season changes. I love this!

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I am giving this a go by trying to eat 50% raw each day.  It has really opened my eyes to what and how I eat beyond the usual vegan ethical issues and how much I have depended on cooking otherwise indigestible food, and just how much I cook!  I have been at this for a week, eating mostly raw breakfasts and lunches but still cooking dinners. It's too early to tell any difference but my fruit and vegetable servings have gone from 6 per day average to about 10 and I am actually getting MORE fats in my diet (not a bad thing for me because I am a bit underweight)  by including raw nuts and seeds in more abundance and my bowels are going crazy!  Has anyone else experienced this?  I have been having very loose stools and going a lot.  I can't imagine if I went 100% full blown raw all at once.  Is this just an adjustment period?  I was regular before.   :-[

ps. I dont know if I could ever go 100% raw as I still love hot food and am always freezing cold (hypothyroid issues) so I compromised with the 50/50 because I think raw is very healthy and natural and any increase in raw eating is a good thing.  Anyone else do this?

Well I can't honestly tell you if the raw foods is causing the loose stools but I can say that when you start to increase the amount of veg and fruits in your diet (raw or cooked) it gets everything going if you know what I mean :) my husband is experiencing this as well the more veggies we get into his diet.  However on the flip side, the nuts could be doing it too since I'm assuming you're not used to that much.  Personally my advice is watch how many nuts you eat on raw foods, its not healthy (my opinion) to eat tons of fats from nuts. Considering in nature you wouldn't have access to THAT many nuts, if you've ever harvested fresh nuts, you know how hard it is, I think after a small hand full anyones gonna give up LOL!

Don't feel bad about now going 100% raw. I tried that for awhile, and wasn't for me, I found myself getting extremely cold. Raw foods (especially if you live somewhere cold) is very hard to do 100% in the winter time unless you're willing to spend a fortune heating your house, I was constantly shivering and it was almost 80 in my apartment, I dunno what caused it.  This year Its gotten down to -17 degrees F here and I haven't turned on my heat yet, although my studio apartment is well insulated, I won't turn my heat on unless it drops down to around 60 degrees. (I'm a little cold right now though but thats cause I'm drinking iced coffee LOL!)

So I got a bit off topic anyways, this could be a temporary thing and you could adjust but usually when you get diarrhea its your body trying to tell you something isn't agreeing.  Give it 2 weeks and if you're still having issues, I would cut back on the fats by half and see if that helps.

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Thanks faylinameir!  I agree it most likely is the nuts and I will cut down on those a bit and see what happens. I am struggling a bit with satiety though.  I am used to eating a lot of whole grains and have only been getting one or two servings a day now (raw soaked buckwheat groats usually at breakfast with my green juice and a fresh fruit) so I wonder if the nuts have been a subconsious way of substituting for the lack of grains I am used to. I still cook beans and veggies at dinner and lunch may be all raw or mixed.  I have always been a huge vegetable and fruit eater although I cooked more of my vegetables than the amount I ate raw but have recently reversed that trend.  I do live in northeastern Minnesota right by Lake Superior so cold definitely is an issue here!  Like you we keep our heat down or off unless it gets way cold outside as we are financially strained.  I use a heating pad to curl up with when I am studying for long hours and not moving much. 
I just bought the book "Becoming Raw" by Brenda Davis and have been reading it. Very valuable nutrition info.  I also have "Raw Food for Real People" by Rob Rotondi that I checked out at the library.  I like his book because it is very basic and explains sprouting which I am new at and his recipes are very basic.  This is new for me so I have so much to learn in balancing my raw food.  it is a whole different world than my cooked vegan one.  And another challenge with the raw food lifestyle is PATIENCE!  So much food takes considerable planning and preparing to eat beyond simple raw vegetables and fruits.  Thankfully my blendtec helps with some of that.  :)  the dehyrdration thing I am not so sure about.  Seems like a lot of work to enjoy something that wont last long.  On the other hand dehydrated foods would help with the satiety factor...

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Hey everyone! I've been eating mostly to completely raw for the last week, and I'm really liking it so far. A couple of nights I've had a warm soup for dinner because it's cold and snowy and I'm full of excuses! :) But really, I'm digging it. I do have a question about Thai coconuts. I've seen sooo many recipe for them in cookbooks and on VegWeb, but I can't find them for less than $5 a piece. Is that normal? I was just thinking that as often as people seem to use them, they should be cheaper. I'd love to try out some of those recipes, but I just can't justify that kind of money.

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Yesterday I ate 100% raw and all day long I was freezing cold, and I mean miserably cold.  I wore a jacket and walked around with a blanket on most of the day in the house.  In the morning I did a vigorous one hour workout but it made no difference.  I think my thyroid might be off (I have hypothyroidism) again but I also didint have my usual morning coffee so maybe some of that was withdrawal from coffee.  Today its back to 50/50 for a while. 

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VR, have you checked for them in Asian markets?  The local Vietnamese market in my area has them for $2.99 as opposed to the $4.99 that the HFS wants for them.

I'm also at 100% raw, and plan to remain that way at least until the next cold front.  We don't get too many of them down here but when they do hit, all I want is a bowl of warm soup!  I'm even foregoing my coffee which is the one cheat I've always allowed myself on high raw.  In lieu of coffee, I made a nice big jar of Juliano's firewater and doubled the habanero in it! 

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Oh, when I said almost completely raw I was so conveniently forgetting coffee (1/2 caff) and my tea. I have tried using less hot water on the teas, if that makes any difference (does it?).

Good advice on the Asian market. Are there any other names for Thai coconuts, in case they're labeled differently? Asian markets are the best. Unfortunately, I don't think I have one around here, but I'll keep looking.

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Okay, another question. Dried coconut. How do I know if it's raw? I don't see "raw" on any of the packages. Do all the recipes mean fresh? Cuz that ain't happening.

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If it doesn't say raw it likely isn't raw.  RawGuru sells raw coconut flakes for around $10.00 a pound.

I read a while back that there was some issue with salmonella in raw coconut coming from I don't remember where (out of the country).  They were saying that it isn't processed at high enough temperatures to destroy the pathogens so it's kind of "use at your own risk".  Not sure where I read that .

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Okay, another question. Dried coconut. How do I know if it's raw? I don't see "raw" on any of the packages. Do all the recipes mean fresh? Cuz that ain't happening.

Chances are like storm said if it isn't listed as RAW its probably not. Some whole foods sell raw coconut CHIPS (raw coconut is almost always sold as chips) however if you have a dehydrator you can make it really easy at home, thats what I do most the time. Get a white mexican coconut (looks like a brown one but its white) or a brown coconut , you cannot use thai coconuts because the meat is a little too soft. Shred it up and dehydrate 110-115 degrees for like 24 hours, and store in the freezer. Very important because the oil can go rancid very easily.

Hey everyone! I've been eating mostly to completely raw for the last week, and I'm really liking it so far. A couple of nights I've had a warm soup for dinner because it's cold and snowy and I'm full of excuses! :) But really, I'm digging it. I do have a question about Thai coconuts. I've seen sooo many recipe for them in cookbooks and on VegWeb, but I can't find them for less than $5 a piece. Is that normal? I was just thinking that as often as people seem to use them, they should be cheaper. I'd love to try out some of those recipes, but I just can't justify that kind of money.

Check asian markets, 99% of the time they are selling the same coconuts as whole foods does for like half or more of the price. Here in omaha,Ne whole foods is 2/5 on sale otherwise its like 3.50 each for a coconut, thats just retarded.  The asian market will sell them between 1-1.49 each, depending on the time of year, and usually if you talk to the owner they will give you a discount for buying a case of coconuts. You can always freeze the meat, by the way, if you're not using it and then making ice cream out of it later. 
(I used to have a coconut ice cream recipe on VW but for some reason it got deleted and I refuse to post again=\ )

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