Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum, and about 6-7 weeks new to Veganism. Inadvertently, the first four weeks of those I was almost entirely raw; I adopted a simple diet of apples, trail mix (dried blueberries, peanuts, and almonds), an excellent 'whole foods optimizer' supplement called 'Vega' (which I'm sure some of you have heard of), and some other protein supplements from Vegan Essentials. Essentially, I'd graze throughout the day, without meals. Sometimes I steamed vegetables or snacked on organic ginger snaps, but I'd say calorie-wise, the diet was 85% raw, at least. Along with fitness and a good sleep pattern, I felt excellent.
The last couple weeks I've been unable to run or cycle due to an ankle injury, and, deciding it would be wasteful to continue with Vega and other protein supplements while not training, the recovery period has led me to fall off high standards and good habits (I've been eating more empty calories, starches, processed vegan foods and such). Nonetheless, the break from 'Raw' eating helped me understand what a great benefit the lifestyle has had on me, so I decided it would be a good idea to find a place where I can share ideas and learn from those more experienced.
This site's aesthetic is great, and the members seem very nice. This seems to be a very awesome little community -- I'm glad to have found it, and excited to join in the discussions. I have a couple questions which I could probably find elsewhere on the site, but don't think it would be any harm to ask here:
What are some quick snacks I could throw in my backpack to enjoy whenever? Right now I throw 3-4 apples in my pack, two scoops of protein to sip on, and an 8 oz. container of trail mix. Is there some staple raw food that I'm missing, or something interesting that I should try out?
What is it specifically about heating foods that is unappealing? Is it significantly more healthy to snack on raw carrots than steamed carrots, etc..?
Thanks a lot everyone, Peace!