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Sep. 1st, 2010 | 05:42 pm
posted by: awake_too_late in skinnyvegans

 Hey y'all. I've been a vegetarian for five years and I've been an on-and-off vegan for two. This month, I'm going raw. I'm wondering if you guys have any good tips or recipes? Unfortunately, I'm a student so I eat caffeteria food and don't have much time to cook; but I REALLY want to make this work.

Also, do you guys have any tips for being...subtle about this? I don't really want my friends to know.


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from: soharavsalienta
date: Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)


Mostly, I follow Natalia Rose's Detox 4 Women, which also helps transitioning between cooked and raw, but still stays completely on the healthy vegan side of things. And it isn't heavy: there isn't an emphasis on nuts and seeds like in Ani Phyo's books, which include nuts with everything, even smoothies.

I really like Sarma Melngailis' Living Raw Food...more recipes from Pure Food and Wine, because it has everything from shakes to huge family salads to really freaking amazing dishes from their New York restaurant. It's a cocktail of gourmet experimentation, basically. And it has fewer nuts/less fat than the first one she wrote with Matthew Kenney.

I just ordered several, so I'll experiment and see if any of them are worth recommending!

The only way I've found to keep from drawing attention to yourself is to just not talk about food. If you're offered, say, a banana nut muffin or something, most people won't insist if you say you just ate something and you're full, or if you offer excuses like "I just don't want to" rather than "I don't want to because I'm only eating raw foods"--because that does leave the door wide open for defensive people to attack you or concerned people to tell you you are doing bad, unhealthy things to your body. "I'm just really craving tomatoes" or whatever else you're eating works well when people wonder why you are eating (gasp!) a salad. If it's spring, summer, or fall, it's pretty easy to get away with saying something about yummy seasonal produce.

I've scheduled classes during my lunch breaks, so I don't get suckered into people watching me eat or inviting me to burger joints, and I've found that restaurants pretty much always have (sometimes boring) salads that you can go to in a pinch, so you can still go out with people if you really want to. Honestly, I don't really eat until dinnertime. Maybe I'll have a forkful of watermelon before I leave the house, and maybe I'll sneak some of my boyfriend's broccoli in his lunch, but really I just carry a 50.7 ounce water bottle around.

Japanese sushi restaurants are good bets: they will do nori rolls without the rice and just vegetables if you ask. And some of them have seaweed salad (usually with toasted sesame oil, though, if that matters to you), and miso soup is living as opposed to raw, but still a good option. So yeah! Hope that helps.

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from: awake_too_late
date: Sep. 2nd, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much! That was actually insanely helpful. You got me re-eexcited for being raw, thanks!

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date: Oct. 30th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)

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from: withinmywill
date: Mar. 25th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)

I was a raw vegan for a few months, in college. I started a half-hearted blog about it, because I was pretty frustrated that there wasn't a lot on the internet about being a raw vegan in college. This is probably because - I won't lie - it's really hard to be a raw vegan in college. You can see the remains of the blog at: http://rawcollege.blogspot.com . I know this is a community about weight loss, but when I went from being a raw vegan at home to being a raw vegan at school, relying heavily in the dining hall, I lost a lot of weight, much too quickly. There are certain things, like raw nuts, seeds, fresh avocados , etc, that you just can't get easily, that really are necessary on that kind of diet. Yes, it's easy to fall into the trap of eating too many nuts, but it's also very necessary to eat some fats, regularly.

Also, I was trying to juice as well as keep up the raw diet, so that was a huge time commitment that I couldn't uphold without having my grades suffer. Granted, I was trying to do a very stringent raw vegan diet, so I know there are easier ways to go, but again, being raw vegan basically eliminates lots of conveniences. You can't just grab something really quick from the burrito place across the street. In this way, if you want it to work, it takes a lot of planning - have foods prepared that you can carry around with you during the day and making meal plans is probably not a bad idea so you can make sure you're getting the proper nutrition, and you don't spend as much time worrying.

Finally, I don't really have any tips on being subtle. When I did it, I didn't exactly broadcast it, but people knew. However, people also knew that my diet was the reason that I wasn't on serious medication, so they were supportive. With me, I already had a success story under my belt so to speak, so I didn't have to really prove anything to them. Therefore, my advice would be not to go out of your way to hide it but to explain it to people and learn to have a thick skin.

I know that I've been pretty negative here, only because I had a hard time maintaining the diet. That's not to say that I don't support it - if I had the resources, I would be a raw vegan again in a heartbeat. However, if you're enthusiastic about it, and you're only looking to do it short term, I think it's potentially doable. Good luck!

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