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Hello, Everyone!

Gone Raw has had the very good fortune to have people saying very nice things about us, and so we’ve had lots of new members joining lately. Let me be the first to say that we’re really happy to have you here, and we’d really love to get to know you.

So if you have a minute, do say hello and introduce yourself in this here Introductions section of the forum. Why are you eating raw food? How long have you been? How do you feel differently now?

Thanks, and hi!



  • Hi, I’m from Los Angeles (Southbay – Redondo/Torrance area). Have been 70% raw during the weekdays and 99% during the weekend for awhile now. I’m not sure if I’ll be 100% since I don’t think I’m in that zone and generally I like to do what feels good for me. My reasons in eating raw just felt natural and seemed to make sense – I’m surprised because I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon of every new trend. Anyway nice to meet everyone and I hope to have more friends especially those who like to eat this way…It sucks answering a bunch of questions as to why I eat raw sometimes when all I want to do is have an easy conversation and enjoy a good meal lol. Cheers! :)

  • Hello and thanks to Ray and the others for starting this website.

    Except for a short period, I have been vegan for about sixteen years. Near the beginning of that time, my wife and I went 100% raw for about six months. We were following Fit for Life/Natural Hygiene, with food combing, etc. We lost too much weight, and I started having problems on the job, so we went back to a vegan diet.

    In hindsight, I think we must have been following a diet designed for someone with a serious weight problem.

    A few weeks ago, someone gave me some information about Brendan Brazier: http://www.brendanbrazier.com/ a vegan triathelete who eats mostly raw. So, after a two week transition, I am eating almost 100% raw now for the past couple of days. But this time, with all the info available on the web, I am hoping to be more successful.

    So far, I have been supplementing the raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds with hemp protein powder, chlorella, and maca powder.

    Any comments or suggestions people may have will be much appreciated. I will be sharing some recipes soon.

  • JoescJoesc Raw Master

    Hello, I am from houston and I was raised a pescetarian and decided to go raw about a month and a half ago after doing the master cleanse. I think it was a great decision and I am happy I found this website!.

  • kandacekandace Raw Newbie

    Welcome everyone!

  • Hello, I live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and attend UWO where i’m working on my BFA. I’ve been vegan for a little less than 9 months, and before that I was vegetarian for just under 6 years. I’ve been trying for a while to get into better shape, so i’ve begun researching raw foods. I’m not sure if i’ll be completely raw [at least not right now], because i feel good when i eat cooked quinoa [can you eat it raw?] and if i have some ezekiel bread once in a while.. but hey, i’m always up for replacing those things if it’s just as easy to eat raw versions. I really am interested in raw foods because [like many women i’m sure] i’ve had my bouts with insecurity about my body etc, and I would love to be able to eat whatever i wanted and not really worry.

    I love this site and everytime i visit it i’m glad i stumbled upon it. (:

  • Mango Woman, Thank you for your candor! I am not completely raw either. I’ve been doing nothing but raw before 5 for about 6 months. Then switched over to two dinners a week being raw about 3 months ago, now I’m doing two dinners a week cooked. I too was lured in by the promise of being able to eat whatever I wanted and not counting calories. The fact of the matter is, calories still do count and as I’ve been reading on this site, excessive fat from nuts is not healthy either. So, more fresh fruit and veg and very little nuts. Even fresh juice is calorie dense and you don’t get the fiber to fill you up. So, I do raw not for some weight loss miracle, but for the nutrient dense food and the enzymes. That’s my path … I applaud you for breaking free from SAD and trying to find a healthier YOU:)

    Oh, about quinoa. I personally didn’t like raw quinoa, I soaked and sprouted it and it was crunchy like bird seed. It wasn’t what I expected because the cooked quinoa is so soft.

  • Hello! I live in Tacoma, Washington and have been transitioning to raw for about a year. Intuitively, raw food seems like the right thing for me. I especially love green juice and green smoothies. If anyone else lives near me, I am interested in a monthly potluck at my house on the last Friday of each month at around 7:00pm. e-mail me at akammers@hotmail.com Blessings to all.

  • JoescJoesc Raw Master

    Hi RawAlla!! I have been trying to add more greens to my diet so if you have any good recipes please add.

  • Joesc, Basically I just juice lots of greens (like 2 pounds) with apples and carrots to add sweet. For example I love spinach, carrot, ginger, dandilion juice. I also just love to put friut and veggies in the VitaMix and zip it up. I found inspiration from Victoria Boutenko’s book “Green For Life” not very expensive but a life changing book for me.

  • Norman Walker’s book “Fresh vegetable and fruit juices” is one of the best book in juices for me.My favorite is cellery,cucumber,apples and I always add a lemon. Also carrot,spinach and grapes.I always mix them up as I see them in the refrigerator.In every one I add a lemon for vitamin c.

  • JoescJoesc Raw Master

    I ordered that book by Victoria Boutenko and I am waiting for it to arrive. I have been doing the green smoothie every day now. It helps fill me up. I haven’t tried dandelions though. I add lemon or ginger to a lot of my smoothies. I eat a lot of tomatoes when I need more vit C. I love tomatoes!!!! I have heard of people developing allergies to tomatoes, I hope that doesn’t happen to me.

  • Hi everyone. I live in Ithaca, NY when I am at school (Ithaca College) and in McLean, VA (about 5 mins outside DC) when I’m home. I’ve been close to 100% raw since Feb 1st. I am loving it so far – feeling good though I have definitely had some detox effects. One of the main things I have noticed since I started the diet is that my complexion is much better. Acne had always been such an annoyance and now I haven’t had a break out in weeks. I have found that the biggest cost of this diet is social – people are always so confused – my friends scoff at me sometimes. They think I am going to give up on this sooner or later. Anyway, I am glad to meet other people who are raw or are getting there. Thanks for creating/running such a great site. The internet CAN BE a wonderful tool.

  • Dancin DurianDancin Durian Raw Newbie

    Hey everyone! I have been raw for almost ten months, and I was vegan for about two months before that. Yeah, less than a year ago I was a total carnivor. It is pretty interesting, I have always wanted to be vegan, but never did it, because I felt that meat was good for me. But I think it is interesting, how I have been naturaly inclined to this way of eating my whole life, even as a child I ate pounds of spinach. Did anyone else have that experience? Of really feeling naturaly inclined to this diet, before you even found out it was a diet? I actually drempt of going raw for a YEAR before I went raw. I wonder what would happen to people if they just followed their natural inclinations.

  • ZoeZoe Raw Newbie

    I used to eat earth as a child, it drove my parents mad!

  • Hi, dears, are there any video recipes? Its much easier for me to follow when i watch

  • Hey Judy, If you go to gliving.tv there is a section called green chefs and you can get some video recipes there. Best wishes ever. :) deasmiles

  • ZoeZoe Raw Newbie

    jinjee and storm do video recipes on their website: www.the gardendiet.com or there’s always some good stuff on youtube

  • Thanks Deasmiles and Zoe! I went to the websites, unfortunately gardendiet.com doesn’t work, i tried it before too as u proposed in previous msg Zoe! Does it?

  • Judy, just curious, did you visit the website gliving.com ?

    There is this raw food chef on it, Ani is her name and if you get her website info of the gliving site, Ani’s website has videos of her recipes which are all really simple and really good. Ok thats it take care, deasmiles.

  • hi Deasmiles, yes i visit website gliving, but i found Ani7’s web from you tube. and when u said i just searched by her name and found that she has her own page. thanks

  • Greetings everyone I live in Atlanta, GA. I have been 95% raw for 1 month and vegan for a little over a year. I have chosen to change my lifestyle and eat raw and living foods because I know this is what is best for me. I am on a mission to detox my body and lose weight on a physical and spiritual level.

  • Hey Wizw-Femi9,

    I was wondering, obesity is what I am battling too, are you battling it personally yourself or do you mean from a professional teacher/outreach standpoint? I have been raw 19 days so far, the weight loss is slow which has been discouraging but I am feeling so much better…I have lost 5 lbs…I read about people whom have had dramatic weight loss, mine is tougher to budge rightnow. I am sure that where I am at (sprit-mind-body) has a lot to do with it. Anyway, welcome and any wisdom you may have re obesity is welcome

  • Hello,

    I did post a thread in introductions, but Ill post here too.

    I’ve been between 80-90% raw for about a week now. I was not a vegetarian before but I didn’t eat beef, pork or diary so at least I have less to eliminate from my diet. I also didn’t eat gluten or unfermented soy. I reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    I hope to be 100% raw in a few weeks. If anyone have any tips for a newbie let me know!

  • Hi, everyone

    I’ Eunice from Singapore (will like to know more folks living in this small country). I had started with raw till dinner 4 months ago and switch to 100% raw last week. I feel much better after incorporating more raw food into my diet, bye bye to depression, mood swings and consitpation.

  • Hi deasmiles, yes I am conquering obesity as well as assisting others with conquering it. Obesity is basically an imbalance in our cells just like any other dis-ease. Obesity is linked to genes, emotion and lifestyle. I also am losing weight ultra slow. Which can be frustrating at times. However, since we both are doing it the natural way and eating whole live foods. The body is actually replenishng itself. Which means the flab and stretch marks will be minimal. Have you done any detoxing? This is the most important step needed. You can lose weight, but the toxins need to be removed from your system.The organs need to be cleansed and revitalized. You also need to let go of some emotional baggage that is staying attached to you as a fat insulation. I am seeing you kickboxing. That may be what you need to do to assist with relasing stress. I would like to stay in contact with you. We can encourage one another. That is why I started the mission: Conquer Obesity. 

  • Thank you Wize-Femi9, I wrote to you at yr email address, and yes I would love to offer support and get support on my quest for greater health and reversing obesity. Peace, deasmiles

  • I think Victoria Bountenko’s website Raw Family sells videos. I really enjoy the simplicity of her books so I would imagine her videos are also good.

  • hi since i am a new i wanna know what is the most useful or most good thing of raw? will it keep me young? or have very good health or??? My main wish is to have an effect to my skin, i mean to stop acne. Could u share ur experience or knowledge about how it affect to skin etc…

  • Judy,

    First off, while surfing the net (I have a lot time in my hands these days) I found the blog of a woman who is raw in japan www.avocadogirl.wordpress.com

    Second: I haven’t read all the books that some of the people that have been doing this for a while have but,* eating raw live foods is the healthiest thing you can do for yourself. It will alkalinize your body instead of having a mostly acidic digestive tract, it will allow your body to heal itself from because most of the energy will not be dedicated to digesting food it wasn’t meant to eat*. go to Chris and Zoe’s website www.purelyraw.com and read the page How. It may answer some of your questions. I am new, this is day 23 for me and I am detoxing big time. My face is broken out, but my skin tone is changing, it is glowy…and I think the bumps are detox symptoms while the posions work their way out. Best wishes :)
    • = my opinions
  • hey everyone….I posted my info already, but I can summarize again here. I live on Portland, OR and am currently about 80% raw…I don’t have a blender or food processor yet due to financial restrictions….still adjusting to the grocery bill increase! I was vegetarian off and on for years, though not so well educated and I ate a lot of sugar/white flour, etc..following that I was vegan for about a year. Recently I’ve been eating raw except for the occasional coffee or quinoa, and toasted nori…..my energy has increased dramatically, and this lifestyle change has felt completely natural so far….I plan to keep going with it simply b/c it makes so much sense and I feel amazing.

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