I’ve been about 80-90% raw (closer to 90+%) for about a week now. I was not vegetarian before, but I didn’t eat dairy, beef or pork. I also didn’t eat soy (except for fermented) and gluten. My diet was high in other forms of animal protein and cooked oils. I have PCOS and have changed my diet dramatically over the past two years and lost, weight, but I sill have other PCOS symptoms that I need to alleviate. I’m wondering if there is anyone else in the group who had PCOS.
I am in the San Francisco Bay Area and was introduced to raw foods last year when I stopped in Cafe Gratitude and ordered a dessert. Needless to say I was impressed. Something that tastes wonderful but is dairy, soy refined sugar, and gluten free. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I looked into raw foods as a lifestyle (not just as an occasional treat or lunch) and decided it wasn’t for me before actually trying it. My DP already has a Excalibur dehyrator (never used it) a wheat grass extractor (we already used it on a regular basis) and two good blenders (use a LOT) and we are looking to get a juicer, a spiral slicer, food processor and maybe ice cream maker (not priority).
Something told me to just try it, gradually and see how I feel. I haven’t gone vegan (still eat a hard boiled egg some days and a small piece of steamed fish) yet. Also, the non raw foods consist of teas, agave, vanilla extract, “raw” cashews (for milk or “cream”) For the past week I’ve been having detoxing symptoms – I wonder how long this should last. Basically here is my diet:
Morning Smoothie with fresh or frozen organic blueberries or strawberries; spirluna or hemp seed protein powder, water or homemade nut milk.
Snack Salad, raw nuts or fruit
Lunch (any of the combo or single food) Salad (romaine or sprouts, avocado, red onion, red peppers, seeds, homemade raw dressing) with nuts, flax crackers, dehydrated “bread”. Raw no bean hummus and veggies or crackers. Raw marinara. I may to go a the raw food restaurant for lunch.
Dinner Wheat grass (up to 4 oz one hour before eating) Salad, hummus, veggies, crackers, coconut water and flesh, strawberries, nut milk
Obviously since I am new, I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’m sure I will adjust. If anyone has any suggestions, I’m open to it.