Hey All, ran across this great site looking for some raw foods info. I’m lucky enough to live in the greatest mountain town in the US, Asheville, NC. We have endless vegetarian restraunts with a few even having some raw options.
I’ve been a strict vegetarian and on again off again vegan for roughly 18 years. Now that I’ve turned 41 I’ve noticed that even though I watch what I eat, its become more difficult to keep my ideal weight which is for me right at 180.
The reason I haven’t been able to stick to a purely raw diet in the past is that I’m an avid mountain and road biker, I ride anywhere from 2 to up to 15 hours each week. With all of that high level excercising, when I’m eating purely raw foods that don’t contain many carbs it hard to keep the energy level I need, especially when riding with friends who ate a heaping plate of pasta before the ride which is considered the best source of pre ride fuel.
So I’m thinking for me, a diet of as much raw foods as possible, while still eating enough cooked foods to maintain the energy I need for these rides is what I’m looking for.
Any thoughts on this?
Despite being a vegetarian/vegan for 18 years I do enjoy more than my share of beer and whisky(I can hear the gasps!!) which I’m sure contributes to the difficulty in keeping my ideal cycling weight of 180.
I guess I’m looking for a good all around program that isn’t so strict that I can’t enjoy the things I like, mainly riding bikes in the mountains and having beers afterwords with my friends, but also that keeps me healthy and makes the weight control manageable.
Any help from other Raw Eatin’, bike riding, trail runnin’, beer drinkers would be helpful!!