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By The Rawtarian

My name is Laura-Jane The Rawtarian, and I first went raw in August 2009 and it changed my life. As a result, I created this website, www.therawtarian.com, to share the easiest, most delicious raw vegan recipes with the word.

Since then I've had the priviledge of teaching classes, creating two recipe apps, being interviewed on national radio, being featured in Vegan Life magazine, curating one of the most popular raw vegan recipe websites, hosting The Raw Food Podcast, and speaking at national food blogging conferences across North America--from Miami to Vancouver. It is an honor to spend my days changing the way the world eats, and I am humbled every day by you.

My "before" story

Although I was a long-time vegetarian, my diet was not healthy. I knew it, and my weight fluctuated up and up.

I was often snacking on pizza, chips, and lots of processed fruit juices. I didn't feel good. I was often moody and depressed.

I wasn't much of a cook and the foods that we ate were simple and unhealthy. For example, pasta with pesto sauce--with no salad or veggies. Breakfast was sweetened soy milk with mini wheats or another processed cereal.

I barely bought or ate any unprocessed vegetables.

Every year I gained five more pounds.

In the back of my mind I realized that if this five-pound-a-year-weight-gain continued, by the time I was forty I'd be at least fifty pounds overweight. I looked around. Many women at forty seemed to be fifty pounds overweight, so I accepted that this was the way it would be for me, too.

But enter raw food...

After the first two months of being a 100% raw vegan I had released ten to fifteen pounds. I looked great and I felt even better.

I've found preparing delicious raw foods to be so simple. Inspirationally simple.

Before I began my raw food journey, I was not comfortable in the kitchen. I had absolutely no confidence and no idea how to cook. I just made pasta and sandwiches and ate frozen pizza.

Learning how to prepare raw food has been an amazing and empowering experience for me. I started very rigidly following raw recipes, but after just two months I was creating some of my own recipes. With a limited number of ingredients--fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds--I find that I now understand more about how to combine food. I experiment so much more than I ever did before.

Will I be raw forever? I have no idea. All I can say is that right now I am still excited about the raw food lifestyle and being 100% raw.

Only time will tell where this journey takes me.

The purpose of this website is to inspire others to try and love this amazing lifestyle. Check out my best raw vegan recipes right here and make your first raw recipe.

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Hi Laura-Jane. I found the raw lifestyle several years ago, but it took me a few more years to actually try it out. I went raw for about a year (I'd been vegan for almost 10 years prior to going raw). During the time I was eating raw foods, I felt amazing! I was eating lots of nuts and seeds, coconut oil, veggies, and some fruits. I lost lots of weight without even trying. THEN, I read a book (I won't mention the name here) that was written by a doctor. This book spoke about most raw diets as mainly being way too high in fat with not enough carbs. I changed the way I was eating after this (I still don't know why because I was feeling and looking better than I ever had). I omitted all oils and only ate nuts and seeds a couple times a month. I started eating TONS of fruit all day long and a large salad at night. I had so many cravings that I gave up being totally raw and instead just focused on very low fat. So I kept eating all that fruit (I'm talking 10 bananas in one sitting, stuff like that) and started eating cooked, low fat vegan foods at night (like rice mixed with tomatoes with no salt or fat added). Very simple stuff, but I was getting between 2000-3000 calories a day (I weigh around 117, so that's a lot of calories for me). I did that for 5 months and felt horrible almost the whole time. I gained weight to the point where I thought I'd have to buy a whole new wardrobe. I started losing my hair, which is what finally woke me up to the fact that it wasn't working for me. Now I've come back to the original raw diet that I was on but I'm trying to keep track of my fat intake and I'm realizing that about 50% or more of my diet consists of fat! I've stopped losing so much hair though and maybe it's my imagination, but I think I'm losing a bit of weight. I'm finally beginning to feel good again (I'm on day 2). So maybe I'm supposed to eat a lot of fat? Sorry to ramble. I'm just wondering: What do you think about low fat diets? How much fat do you consume, and how much do you think is too much? I'm very confused at this point! Thank you so much. By the way, I LOVE your website. Your recipes are amazing!!!!!
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Love it Amber! Sounds like you are on a roll. If you are feeling overwhelmed, let me suggest that you start with my "raw brownie recipe" (search for it in the search bar) - it's super easy, satisfying and hard to mess up. If you are looking for a structured challenge with online support and such you are welcome to join us in TRK: www.therawtarian.com/TRK if that's something that would interest you. But you can totally go it alone too. I did when I was first starting out :)
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i love your site...seriously when you go global..i want to invest in you- so save my email....! I have been in every program out there and raw is the way to go..i am venturing into the full blown version of rawness with the help of your web site. I have eaten organically for over 2 years now and discovered raw foods in sedona az..only when i tried to make kale chips i discovered the whole dehydrator thing and well...just blew if off four years later and tada..two dehydrators humming constantly...who need to turn on the heat... right ! i wanted to thank you and i love your mobile apps purchased both last night and loving it! One question though...is the only way to discover nutritional values (of your meals) to do it on ones own??? so lazy of me :(

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Hi Laura-Jane,
Let me first say you are absolutely adorable! I am so blessed to have found you through a computer search. I have gone through much this last couple of years and my body has been taxed. I am now ready to get back to my raw food passion and I thank you for giving me the motivation and tools to accomplish this goal. The raw food world can be very lonely and misunderstood, understandably. It is comforting to be able to connect with people who embrace this concept. Keep up the good work and thank you for all of your efforts.

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Hello Julie. Thank you for your lovely words. Here's to rejoining the raw world with a passion!

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Hi Laura-Jane,

I've been poking around your site a bit and I'm having so much fun. I'm very new to the raw world...and for the short time I've been eating raw, I feel amazing. Your site takes everything up a notch for me, makes me realize it's not all bananas and carrot sticks. I'm looking forward to trying your recipes and enjoying the abundance a raw food lifestyle affords. Blessings to you and thanks for the work you do in maintaining this site.

Blissfully raw in Kentucky :)

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Love it Carol!! Welcome to the dark side :) Or the light side. Or whichever one is the good one lol

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i love your site...seriously when you go global..i want to invest in you- so save my email....! I have been in every program out there and raw is the way to go..i am venturing into the full blown version of rawness with the help of your web site. I have eaten organically for over 2 years now and discovered raw foods in sedona az..only when i tried to make kale chips i discovered the whole dehydrator thing and well...just blew if off four years later and tada..two dehydrators humming constantly...who need to turn on the heat... right ! i wanted to thank you and i love your mobile apps purchased both last night and loving it! One question though...is the only way to discover nutritional values (of your meals) to do it on ones own??? so lazy of me :(
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Hi Erin, sounds like you are on a roll! Yep, right now I do not provide nutritional data at all, although that is something that I would love to be able to provide in the future. It makes sense, if one person does it (me) then we could all benefit. Keep those dehydrators pumping! :)
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I have to say that I am super excited to find your blog. Last night I was looking at Pinterest and came across a pin from your site. I was toying with the idea of doing a raw food challenge, but since I have discovered your blog I am SO doing it. I'm planning to do it for a week and I'm hoping that the week just roll into a month into a year. I know that I feel SO much better when I eat right. When I'm nauseous all I want to eat are raw veggies. You recipes make it look so doable and I can't wait to try some out.
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Love it Amber! Sounds like you are on a roll. If you are feeling overwhelmed, let me suggest that you start with my "raw brownie recipe" (search for it in the search bar) - it's super easy, satisfying and hard to mess up. If you are looking for a structured challenge with online support and such you are welcome to join us in TRK: www.therawtarian.com/TRK if that's something that would interest you. But you can totally go it alone too. I did when I was first starting out :)
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Hi Laura-Jane. I found the raw lifestyle several years ago, but it took me a few more years to actually try it out. I went raw for about a year (I'd been vegan for almost 10 years prior to going raw). During the time I was eating raw foods, I felt amazing! I was eating lots of nuts and seeds, coconut oil, veggies, and some fruits. I lost lots of weight without even trying. THEN, I read a book (I won't mention the name here) that was written by a doctor. This book spoke about most raw diets as mainly being way too high in fat with not enough carbs. I changed the way I was eating after this (I still don't know why because I was feeling and looking better than I ever had). I omitted all oils and only ate nuts and seeds a couple times a month. I started eating TONS of fruit all day long and a large salad at night. I had so many cravings that I gave up being totally raw and instead just focused on very low fat. So I kept eating all that fruit (I'm talking 10 bananas in one sitting, stuff like that) and started eating cooked, low fat vegan foods at night (like rice mixed with tomatoes with no salt or fat added). Very simple stuff, but I was getting between 2000-3000 calories a day (I weigh around 117, so that's a lot of calories for me). I did that for 5 months and felt horrible almost the whole time. I gained weight to the point where I thought I'd have to buy a whole new wardrobe. I started losing my hair, which is what finally woke me up to the fact that it wasn't working for me. Now I've come back to the original raw diet that I was on but I'm trying to keep track of my fat intake and I'm realizing that about 50% or more of my diet consists of fat! I've stopped losing so much hair though and maybe it's my imagination, but I think I'm losing a bit of weight. I'm finally beginning to feel good again (I'm on day 2). So maybe I'm supposed to eat a lot of fat? Sorry to ramble. I'm just wondering: What do you think about low fat diets? How much fat do you consume, and how much do you think is too much? I'm very confused at this point! Thank you so much. By the way, I LOVE your website. Your recipes are amazing!!!!!
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There is a ton of research showing a diet high in healthy fats is really good for you and helps you lose weight. I'm not a raw food person, although I thoroughly enjoy many of these recipes. But even with my diet being completely different in that I consume raw milk and healthy animals raised on pasture, we believe in the high fat diet. Never felt better in my life! Listen to your body! The raw diet sounds like it complemented you beautifully.

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Thanks, Audrey. I think it is so important for people to find what works best for them individually. As you said, "Listen to your body!" :)

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For whatever reason, if you are talking about an 80/10/10 diet which is the 10 bananas in one sitting diet, I had the same experience when I was eating raw without any fats. I need the nuts for whatever reason but I am still concerned with portion control so I stay within my daily calories. There is nothing wrong with fat, 1/4 cup of nuts is the serving I have at every meal and that is only 200 calories with 17-20g of fat. Another meal, I eat coconut meat, again a HIGH FAT NUT. These fats are all healthy fats so nothing to be alarmed about. Since I have been eating nuts consistently at every meal, my hair has also stopped falling out. A diet strictly based on lettuce and fruits without a high fat/high protein source is asking for disaster since a raw vegan diet is already restricting a lot of other food groups.

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Great comments Christine. I agree wholeheartedly :)

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Hi Ronni, ------------------------------------------ What a journey! My short answer is that you have to listen to your body. (Which it sounds like what you are doing!) ------------------------------------------ That being said, there are some basics that need to be followed, like: you need to take B12 supplements if you are a vegan, and you need to get enough protein from vegan sources. Beyond that, is is clear to me that I need to eat a balanced diet of fruit, veg, nuts and seeds. Completely low fat (almost all fruit and some veg) feels completely wrong to me. That is all I know from my own experiences. I absolutely need some fats to function. This is my reality. --------------------------------------------- Lately my body has been telling me to move away from *so* many nuts and to move move towards beans (kidney, sprouted lentils etc) for protein that has less fat. -------------------------------------------- I do not count calories at all, but I am extremely in tune with my cravings. I know when I need veg, I know when I need a lighter meal, and I know when I need something heavier (like nut pate). ------------------------------------------ Lastly, here is a typical day for me: ********green smoothie for breaky ********snack - fresh fruit and maybe a 1/4 cup nuts *******big huge delicious awesome salad for lunch, full of veg and with some fats, like an avocado, sunflower seeds, and a nice raw dressing **********snack- fresh fruit and maybe a 1/4 cup nuts *********dinner: nice side salad (medium size, probably just veggies only with a light dressing, like oil and vinegar) with a nice **********hearty entree, like raw veggie burgers in a lettuce wrap with cashew mayo *********dessert - a slice of raw brownie or something like that or maybe fresh fruit or some raw banana ice cream etc I have been eating this way for 4.5 years. I feel awesome. I am at my ideal weight, and all my bloodwork comes back really great. the only supplements that I take is B12 and B6 vitamin once a day. Hope this helps give insight into where I'm at and what feels right for me :)
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Hello Laura-Jane. I am teary eyed having found your site today. I have been giving with so much of my heart to make raw-vegan a part of my lifestyle. Until now, I have been in tears over how frustratingly complicated, expensive, and time consuming it is to eat raw vegan in a food desert like this rural small town. I decided to give it one more chance today trying to find simple raw vegan recipes and here you are! I cannot wait to dive in to everything you have on your site. How did I not find this before! I am so excited about this journey that I am about to indirectly start with you. Thank you!
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You can do it Fivel! Just bookmark this page and go nuts: www.therawtarian.com/raw-food-recipes I use a lot of cashews and I use my food processor a lot. I also live in a rural small town, which is why I had to create this little community online to make me feel like less of a crazy person! :) Recipes to try now that are fast and easy and good: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-brownie-recipe http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-tomato-soup-recipe http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-haystacks http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-egg-salad-recipe
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Laura-Jane been following you for a couple of months now. I was one of those women you talked about 5 pounds every year into my 50th birhtday. Then I joined Weight Watchers and dropped 85 pounds! I went to work for them, and still do, but my personal journey has turned to raw! I love it and my husband is amazed how I eat so healthy now, he is joining me a little, but tells everyone how I eat. I was so inspired by all the pages on FB that I started my own a couple of weeks ago and hope to share tips for others. I am now 54 years old and feel better than I did in my twenties. Blessings to you and love your recipes and blog!
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Hi Annette! I would love to see your Facebook page :)
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Hello again! I am loving the raw crackers I made from your recipe. Now I am swimming among the whole high fat medium fat low fat good fat bad fat soup that is out there on the internet. My doctor and his wife went raw @ the first of the year and have been releasing weight, feeling great, and they don't really limit the fats, but they are all the healthy ones. Then I look at Forks over Knives and they really limit fat, even the healthy ones. What are your thoughts?
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Hi Richard, Great question. For me it is all about "relativity" - meaning, it's all relative. and depends what you are comparing it to. We can't all be expected to subscribe to the same diet because we all come from a different place. If someone eats breakfast/lunch/dinner of greasy McDonalds food every day for their entire life, and then converts to a high-fat raw diet and eats a lot of healthy fats well that's a win! If someone is a low-fat raw vegan and eats very little healthy fats and then suddenly gorges on lots of good fats and no greens or anything well that's worrisome. An optimal diet is a well balanced diet. We need good fats just like we need greens. For me, I don't limit my fats whatsoever, although I do feel that I "naturally" limit fats because if I eat too many fats I will feel kind of heavy and will feel that I need something "lighter" if I listen to my cravings. And the longer I have been raw the less I crave a lot of really rich fats, whereas when I was just getting off SAD food I craved a lot more nuts than I do now. So Richard it depends where you are coming from!
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Thank you so much! That really helps. I made the Ranch Dressing and found that it is so satisfying I did not overeat! I love the Raw Crackers and have been playing around with different spices. Same thing! I could eat a whole box of Wheat Thins or other chips, but these are self-limiting! Have a great Holiday Season. Best, Richard
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I hope my words are of some help. And a happy holiday to you Richard! PS: I love that ranch dressing. It goes really well with carrots and broccoli :)
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I love your sight! Tried your breakfast dish!...loved it, and the cashew milk is awesome! i want more, I need to learn more.
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You are in the right place :)
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I just started a raw diet a few days ago. Read about it on the internet. I have been diabetic for about 14 years. Somewhat overweight all my life. My parents are both on insulin. I take it twice a day. My feet started hurting and going numb I thought I was going to be crippled. Got desperate and started the diet. Am dropping weight and my feet are feeling better already, can't wait to see what happens. Blood sugar is not stable yet, goes up and down but I have high hopes. If nothing else already I feel better and have more energy. Thank you for your recipies they are awesome. I am already a fan.
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Sending you positive thoughts and well wishes on your journey to good health, Hazel.
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Hi, Hazel, I've been following Laura-Jane now and using many recipes with great results--both in diet, and how affordable it is. I celebrated 21 years being diabetic this week, but let me assure you, going raw is definitely the way to go! However, you should not stop taking insulin unless you are working with a doctor--why? If you stop taking it and your body isn't making any yet, you could get ketones in your urine. Very dangerous!! But do visit my website to get in touch about this topic. I am down to 0.2 units per hour and very little for meals--just by going raw and juicing. These raw recipes are wholesome enough to stick with long-term, just make sure you keep eating fruit, carrots, regularly until you find out more about how to make your beta cells regenerate. Jen; ps Laura-Jane--hope you don't mind me posting this information about diabetes.
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Sorry--my website is www.crossroad-diabetes-cure.com, and I am using many of Laura-Janes recipes to literally survive!
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hey! i just want to say like everyone else i love the story of your journey and i hope despite just starting to end up being fully raw myself. i'm interested in the idea that you lost weight at the beginning...although it's not my main motivation it would be an amazing positive. I have noticed in the food I'm preparing there's always olive oil and lots of nuts, foods which on previous weight loss 'plans' i've been advised to avoid. do you monitor portions a lot? or avoid recipes such as this?
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Weight loss is about learning new habits and eating differently for life. So it's important to still have YUM in your life. Try raw, don't limit portion sizes, eat whatever you want, stay raw and eating healthy foods and you will be fine if you have a good balance of fruit veg nuts and seeds
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thanks so much for the reply! finding the recipes on here so delish and easy to prepare. so thanks for that too haha :)
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My pleasure Jess
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I love your site, you are such an inspiration. I am trying to be as healthy as i possibly can. However when i lapse i lapse big! I really would love to know how you manage to stay on track?
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****1***** you have to eat enough food. if you are not getting enough calories you are bound to crash. so don't try to limit portion sizes. you have to eat. *****2***** know how to satisfy your cravings: want chips? make kale chips. want chocolate? raw brownies or little raw chocolate pudding or my 1-minute fudge. want pasta? raw mac and cheese. want cake? raw brownies or cheesecake. want a burger? my hemp burger recipe from raw dehydrating 101. want pudding? chia pudding. etc etc. *******3****. it is important for me to be on a "streak" - if I want to cave I think, "but I've been on a raw streak for XYZ days, I can't break my streak!" this has saved me many times. *****4.******* I also focus on not "ruining" my tastebuds. I have now learned to LOVE the TASTE of heatlhy food. I do not want to screw that up by eating junk. hope these help :)
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I just found your site.. I have been really pleased with what I have tried so far:) Thanks so much for all your hard work.. I have realized that I needed to make a difference on my life. My mother and sister both died of cancer.. I have been told how much I look like my mother and it scared me, not that I looked like her:) but all the problems she. All I thought is that I am going down that road right now and unless I STOP then I will have the same problems as my mother and sister.. So thats why I have decided to change.. I started off really slow at first because I didn't want to burn myself out with all of it at once.. As of now I am almost raw.. I have lost 20 pounds and 13 inches and still have alot to go.. Feeling so much more ALIVE.. Thanks again Mary
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Beautiful Mary. Strong reasons to want to change. Sounds as though you are off to a fabulous start. :)
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I enjoy reading your story, they are very inspirational and encouraging. This is my first time and I am looking forward to the journey. I serious believe that I someday can be where you are if I continue to go in the right path.
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I believe in you Dale.
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I have spent hours looking over your website and writing down yummy recipes I want to try. I'm so excited to slowly move over to a raw food diet!! I will be visiting your site daily - you are such an inspiration! Thank you :)
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And thank you for spending your time here. We are glad to have you Crystal :)
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Hi Laura-Jane :) I just wanted to say that I loved your video. You are so inspirational. I'm 18 years old and for the last year I've been experimenting with raw foods. Lately I've been doing about 1 week a month 100% raw but I want to switch to completely 100% raw in order to clear up my skin. Your website and videos are so motivating to me! So I just wanted to say thank you :)...And by the way your skin is absolutely beautiful! You look like your glowing!
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Best of luck on your journey Kathleen. Sounds like you're off to a great start :)
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"will you stay raw forever?" Lol, I cant believe you even posted that. Girl, the older you get the more you will realize you are on the right track and will want to stay there. I hit the big 5-0 this year and had treated myself to a "comfort food" diet, for about a good month, yes all those yummy SAD meals I loved as a child, and then afterwards Good Lord, I could barely crawl out of bed, let alone potty! I believe God provided us with fresh food, herbs and nuts to keep us healthy. "he satisfies my mouth with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagles". anyways I ran across your website this morning and look forward to trying your recipes. Keep up the good work !
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Lol love it Teri! Thank you for your insights. It is so true. Sounds like you've found excellent balance in your life at the big 5-0 :)
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Hi
love your website, started my raw journey 2 weeks ago. and no stopping- no choice. i am still young- 30 in nov. i was diagnosed with arthitis in my knee and no cartiliage- nothing at all. so too young for a replacement and too young to get any real meds to help manage the pain. so i have read up and seen several testimonies of people being helped with their arthritis thru raw so its all or nothing for me.
i have a few questions for you i dont have alot of weight to loose but enough 40-50 lbs. my friend does a raw food boot camp but its majority obese people with 100+ lbs to loose and not sure how i fit into their results,&lt;
1- with all the fat- avacados, nuts , flax those type of things do i need to monitor them for weight loss? i have done standard diets before just about all of them and most of them you monitor your intake of these items- or even the sweet potatoes that are starchy.
2- i found some tofu noodles, they have sweet potatoe root as well, although i believe they are pasturized i am guessing these are not raw. i am having trouble finding kelp noodles locally and would just like to try them. if i like them i would just order in bulk from the company.
looking forward to hearing back from you.
thank you
janie vezina
from quebec

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Hi Janie,

I wouldn't worry about the other people in the raw bootcamp and how similar you are to them... If you have a friend who runs one go for it!

1. Nope, you do not need to track what you are eating in terms of calories etc. But you do want to structure your eating so that you are getting a lot of greens and fruits, and a nice serving of nuts. Basically, a huge green smoothie in morn (spinach is best as your green), snack, giant salad with some weight to it (oil or nuts) for lunch, snack, nice big raw dinner that satisfies your hunger and maybe some dessert! Since you are just starting out I say eat as much of whatever you like, and ensure you are getting lots of greens
2. I can't buy kelp noodles locally here either, I order them by the case. You can buy individual packs of kelp noodles, but they are pretty expensive. Since you're close (I live on PEI in Canada), send me your mailing address and I'll send you a pack to try :)

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hi
thank you for replying back :)
can you email me- i cant see your email addy on your site and would rather not post my mailing addres here in the comments.
also what is a good juicer, food processor to get? i dont want to invest money into one that is just over priced but wont be able to do the demands of raw food items.

thanks for your help
janie

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Emailed, Janie :)

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I love your story. I have a similar background- was a vegetarian from age 10-18, then starting eating fish, and slowly incorporated chicken. The reason I added those things was because I felt like I was a burden upon other people (eating at their homes, having them over). My husband and I are trying out a 100% raw diet for 7 days this week. I'm very excited about it, and a little intimidated. I love fruits/veggies and eating healthy, but for me it's all about being prepared and remembering them. So my question for you is- what do you do when people have you over for dinner? Do you eat what they serve you? I don't want to insult people by bringing my own food...

Thanks!! :)

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Hi Stacie,

You have hit some major nails on the head :)

1. Being prepared is the most important thing! Never leave the house without lots of good snacks, like easy to eat fruits like apples and bananas and a ziploc bag full of nuts, like almonds.

2. Re: going to other peoples' houses to eat is pretty much the hardest thing to do in all of this... :( Because, as you say, we don't want to offend or reject someone else's food. In general, the people to whom I accept a dinner invitation already know in advance that I am a raw vegan. Definitely eat beforehand and perhaps bring a BIG salad that everyone can share and that you can enjoy. Also, bringing a raw dessert is always a big hit, and it can be as simple as some lovely fruits. Good luck!

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You are in NB! I live close, on PEI!!

I don't do much bulk buying online, although I do buy my kelp noodles in bulk from www.kelpnoodles.com

I am not sure if this helps you, but there is a raw food lady in NS who does a lot of bulk buying. She might be able to help! Her name is Georgia - www.cuisineforlife.ca

Do you have a Bulk Barn near you?

Yes, that darned granola is crazy addicting.

Congrats on getting back to raw!

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Hi Laura-Jane,

I'm just getting back into being raw after dabbling in it last summer for a while. To be honest I have no idea why I stopped, probably poor planning and preparation on my part I would imagine.

I'm finding that living in rural New Brunswick makes it a little difficult sometimes to find supplies though, even with the occasional trip to Moncton its sometimes hard to find ingredients. DO you have any addresses you could share for buying in bulk online?

Oh btw made your granola bars a couple of nights ago, they should come with a warning about the overwhelming desire they produce to eat all of them.

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Hello Laura-Jane. I've been wanting to go raw/vegan for many years, but ulcerative colitis and an inability to digest raw foods has stopped me every time.I recently found a probiotic and digestive enzyme that work well for me so I'm hoping to be successful this time around. I have MANY food allergies that prevent me from eating many of the healthful seeds, nuts and other foods that go with a raw lifestyle, but I'm hoping there will be enough other foods I can eat to have a balanced diet. I love your blog and will post my progress as I go.

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Hi Majeeda, Hopefully you've got a doctor and/or naturopath who can help you navigate through your health journey. Supportive medical practitioners are so important, but they aren't always easy to find!

Are there any nuts/seeds that you are able to consume?

Please keep me and readers posted here with your progress. :)

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Hi Laura-Jane! I'm happy that I've found your blog because I'm very interested in raw food, and although I think I couldn't do it 100 % (and also couldn't eat vegan), I feel that including a certain amounts of raw foods into my diet has really improved my well-being. I'm looking forward to reading more!

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Yes, the more fruits and veg you can incorporate into your diet the better!! :)

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Hi Laura-Jane! First of all, let me tell you how much I have enjoyed your simply, yet delicious recipes! I love the idea of being raw, but I don't often have the time for too much prep work. I'm a homeschooling mommy of 4, as well as part-time babysitter. My husband is NOT on board with raw at all. My oldest tolerates it and my baby likes some of it. Otherwise, it's just me! And let me tell you, it's been nearly impossible. It's too easy to eat what I'm making for everyone else. I've not been feeling good lately. Been putting on weight. Stress... so many things. I want to be raw because I truly believe it is the best way to go health wise. So why am I having such a hard time?!?! I read your blog on ruining your taste buds with SAD foods, and I couldn't agree more. How could an apple possible taste sweet when stacked next to a piece of pie or a chocolate chip cookie? Guess I'm looking for some encouragement...

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Also, I can't seem to find any raw breads here in the city. Can you recommend a place to find them online?

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Hi Laura-Jane! I'm new to the lifestyle and still inching my way toward more and more raw foods. Since I'm not a cook and am a "convenience" junkie, I'm going pretty slow, but I'm looking forward to trying some of your recipes...I need some recipes that are easy to take to work for lunch. Glad I found your website!

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Very inspiring! I can't wait to try some of your recipes!

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Hi Laura-Jane!
I have just 'discovered' you...I found you at rawfoodtalk and also I see you are on goneraw as well. My name is Bananna over there...and I'm Canadian too! (but Ontario)

Anyways, I lived the raw lifestyle much like you seem to be according to yoru little video, just one day at a time philosophy and lasted 7-8 weeks. Then another time for 4 weeks. Both times I got caught up in idealism 'are these nuts really raw anyway?', low fat, etc...and basically decided I wasn't doing it right and so what would be the difference of adding some cooked food in, instead then? ....I want to start over. I can't get the 'high raw' thing to work for me, it's a constant battle of which I am constantly losing! lol.

Anyways, I am really enjoying your site and just wanted to say hi! ...and thank for bringing back to square one :) Am looking forward to trying some of your recipes, they look just my style.

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Hi there,
I was wondering what your husbands initial feelings about raw were? Mine is not so eager to put it plainly. We both come from a meat and potato family so he has an unhealthy emotional attatchment to food, mainly starch and sugar. He also has a heart condition as well as being 50 pounds overweight at just 28. I so badly want to do this for him but the rest of the faily, too, as we are singlehandedly shaping the way our wee ones veiw food and health with our daily habits. Do you have any advice on how I might pursuade him to open up to the wonders of raw? We have a few (4) friends who are raw but he thinks theyre fanatical. My first thought is to make all raw desserts and make one night a week raw night to give him time to see how yummy it can be. But any help would be awesome. Thanks
Tandi

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Hi Laura Jane,

I was doing my usual raw food research/reading and came across a post you had on rawfoodtalk and my goodness, I recognized you from your other blog. It's really a small world. I have done raw in the past only for a few months but did have some success in losing some weight, but did it mainly for the health aspect. It can be very delicious and I have been thinking of going back. I laughed at your post above about the 50 extra pounds. Hmmmmm......I'd better get going on the raw again. Just wondering, where do you buy most of your raw food supplies? Local, online? I am in Canada (West) and shop online a lot. If you have any places you would recommend, that would be great. Love your site and can't wait to try some recipes.

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Fancy meeting you here, Heather! It sounds as though you're finding your way back to raw foods. You'll know when the timing is right. And that doesn't necessarily have to be today:)

Where do I buy my raw food items? When it comes to food I shop at my local grocery store, a bulk food retailer ("Bulk Barn") and my local HFS. I am often amazed at what I can get locally when I look around. Online I try to buy directly from manufacturers rather than from resellers to keep the costs down. For example, I buy cases of raw noodles for $3 a pack rather than $8 from a raw food reseller. That being said I am a big fan of the Raw Food World store. :)

Keep me posted on your raw journey please.

All the best,
Laura-Jane

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Hi Laura-Jane,

Tried out some of the recipes posted here, they are good! Planning to try your choc cake soon... maybe for a baby shower I need to organise in two weeks' time.

Quick question: how do I load a picture to go with my posts?

Enjoy your week!
ena

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Hi Ena,

In order to get a picture to go along with your comments here you need to sign up for a "gravatar." http://en.gravatar.com/

A gravatar account means that whenever you go to a site like this your face will show up, like mine.

What's nice about it is that you just have to sign up once and then when you go to any website online that has a similar system your face will display!

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Hi Laura-Jane,

Thank you for your helpful and thorough reply! I'll apply your advice, especially carrying food with me; will think on the 100% zero compromise move... quite bold.

Have a great week,
Ena

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Bold is good! Lol

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Hi Laura-Jane....again,

quick other question: do you wear make-up?

Cheers
Ena

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Yes I do :)

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Laura-Jane,

You look like a gentle person, that was what drew me to your website after I saw your comments on other raw sites. I am blessed by your website, it's sincere, easily accessible and uncomplicated. I'll be visiting, thanks!

Loved reading your story of becoming raw. Would like to know whether your husband and in-laws have continued their rawness? and how long have you been raw now?

I was very happily raw for 8 months in 2002, and this year January rekindled that passion, enjoying it tremendously. I just need to plan ahead for raw meals because I always wait till I'm ravenous and then the nearest food isn't always raw!

Question/concern or two: I come from South Africa and my husband and I are busy applying for immigration to Canada. Is it harder to eat raw in a cold climate? And is it affordable? Would new friends be easily offended if I eat raw at their homes?

Other thing: I would be 100% raw if it hadn't been for the occasional family gathering, and then I'm afraid to offend or be otherwise, so I just force myself to eat what's on offer. Any advice?

Just want to say that your skin really glows, and even my own experience inspires me to continue eating raw for the incredible anti-ageing and beauty solution it is!

Love and laughter,
Ena

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Wow, Ena. Very interesting to read your story. Congratulations to you on your dedicated return to raw.
Answers to your questions:
Inlaws: Husband is not 100% (he never has been 100%) but he continues to enjoy a high-raw lifestyle. In-laws, haven't talked to them lately about it. I think they are both still enthused about it, but they may not be 100%.
I have been 100% raw since August 22, 2009, so that's about 13 to 14 months raw now.
Re: waiting til you're ravenous, you must learn to bring food with you ALL THE TIME!!!! Apples and almonds in your purse at all times please!
Immigration to Canada - This must be an exciting time for you! Is it harder to eat raw in the cold months? It's all relative. I don't find it difficult, although there is less exciting Summer produce in Winter. That being said I don't find it overly difficult. I just make sure to gorge myself on Summer produce during the Summer when food is in season. That way I've had my fill.
Re: being raw in other peoples' homes it is quite awkward, but the most important thing is to let your hosts know that you are raw. Also, try to eat a lot before you go so you can eat simply while there. Also, if you can present yourself as 100% raw (as opposed to 90% raw) then they will be more likely to understand that you cannot make an exception, and that it is not a negative reflection on their food or hospitality.

Warmth,
Laura-Jane

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loved this- i am researching raw foodism at the moment, currently a junk food eat whatever i can person, but only because i am fighting to keep on weight, im naturally skinny, any advice for me?? xxxx

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Lots of avocados, oils, and nuts along with a nice dose of greens and fruit...

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Hi Laura,

I loved your story. I was searching for Raw food recipes. I'm feeling so happy after finding this site..

Thank you so much...
Farhath

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Glad to be spreading the happiness around! :)

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Laura-Jane,
Thanks so much for posting. For new raw foodies like me it really helps to find sites like these. Plus the things you post look amazing and I can't wait to try them out. Thanks!

Nae

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My pleasure, Nae!

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Dear Fran,

Wow, our stories are similar! I started out wanting to go raw for a week, but then I thought, "Hey, I could go longer." And I just keep going and going and going! :) Cooked foods are losing their appeal, for the most part. :)

Ooh, sprouting lentils! I didn't realize that could be done! I've sprouted alfalfa, adzuki, mung and broccoli seeds. I've gotta try lentils. Thanks for the great idea.

Cosmic that you should have stumbled upon the raw poster at random. Good thing for those courses!

Good luck on your journey and I hope to hear back from you again.

Laura-Jane

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Laura-Jane,
Love your story. I just started the raw journey this Aug. 31st. It was just to be a 2 week challenge to myself. But as of this date I am raw.
I shed 14 lbs (which was not my goal). I feel wonderful, on the inside!
Lighter, satisfied. Alert.

I stumbled across raw quite by accident myself. I visited a local health food store and found a flyer about a lecture on raw foods. So I went. From there I challenged myself to those 2 weeks. I have no desire to stop raw and look forward to uncooking my foods for lunch and dinner. Venturing into
making raw desserts now and then. Experimenting. I even sprout my own lentils.

My best,
Fran

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Hi Chuck,

Thank you for your comment!

I believe that my mother-in-law came to raw foods a bit by accident. I think the story goes that she was in a grocery store which carried a small book by a local writer, Raw Rose.

My mother-in-law leafed through the book and thought, "Yes, this sounds right."

It was the perfect time for my mother-in-law (MIL) to come across such a book. Her energy had been quite low and she was looking to make a change in her life. She went home, read the book from cover to cover, and was totally inspired.

I find it fascinating that I had been a vegetarian for nine years and am a pretty healthful and self-aware person but I had never even HEARD of the raw food diet or raw veganism until my MIL told me what she was doing.

We need to get the word out!

Thanks again for your comment, Chuck.

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Congratulations Laura-Jane, and welcome to the wonderful world of raw foods!

I'm curious, how did your in-laws first hear about raw foods, and what convinced them to give it a try? How commendable of them!

Chuck

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