I've been RAW now for some time, (6 years), and at first trying all the recipes I thought , "I'm going to go broke eating this way", but then slowly it became apparent that eating raw you feel fuller on less and that I would go broke if I ate gourmet all the time even if I was a SAD eater. Then slowly from there I found that eating an apple or a tomato, or just a handful of nuts filled me up. Slowly but surely the idea of having to make meals and prepare things all the time started to slide away like bad habits.
Ohh I still make those fancy recipes, but I've found that like Juliano says "When your pantry is filled with the right ingredients your ready". Ok maybe not word for word what he says but what I figured out if that when I have the staples on hand it works, and most of the time I can substitute for other things. I've even started making tea using just warm water not boiling hot. I do fall back on SAD once in a while, but the more the years roll by the more I stick to my RAW much the happiness of my body and stomach.
And these days being RAW is easier than ever, the recipes are becoming so finely tuned that most of my SAD friends can't tell a difference other than there eating vegan. But the excitement and adventure of a whole new way of eating, of living is still here and the thing is, you don't have to go broke. When you were SAD you didn't eat creme brulee and prime rib every night did you? Of course not, there are simple meals and not so simple meals.
Ohhh but those fancy recipes do but call to me! But you know what? I've found I'm perfectly happy eating for lunch a nice yummy apple with a bit of almond butter. Delicious
My meal plan today
Breakfast - Mint Tea and a few Cashews
Lunch - Apple with bit of Almond butter
Snack - Few cherry tomatoes and almonds
Dinner - Pumpkin bread and mock cream cheese
Snack - bit of cashes
Total cost around 6 or 7 dollars. If I had used pecans and picked them myself even cheaper.
So, about how much do you spend a day eating raw?