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  • what's wrong with peanuts?

    I agree with joannabanana when she stated that you don't have to be 100% raw. I went raw in the summer and my weight got down to 119lbs (from 130) and I am also 5'3.'. But I felt that I looked too sickly and thin so I increased fats to put on a bit more weight and am now sitting at a very healthy 125lbs and loving how I feel. In the summer it was so easy to eat 100% raw but now I am about 3/4 raw because of the frigid cold temperatures here in Canada. I am still a vegan and eat strict enough but I don't stress that I am not 100% raw. I love nuts and avocadoes and I don't see anything wrong with eating peanuts. I don't always eat raw nuts and I can afford to but I sometimes choose not to spend that extra money on them and I don't make a big deal of it. I don't think nuts are bad for you. I have an 85 year old uncle that has been a vegan his whole entire life and has lived off of nuts, seeds, veggies and fruits. He has never had any health problems and he eats roasted nuts and peanut butter all of the time. Both of his siblings ate SAD and had horrible health problems and died in their early 70's. My point is that there is good and bad in all lifestyles. We have to remember that we as vegans and raw vegans primarily eat veggies and fruits as the bulk of our meals and having a little peanut butter or other fats is needed. We need fats for survival and we need the calories for our bodies to function optimally. The last thing you want to do is put your body into starvation mode. I have olive oil on my salads everyday and I eat avocadoes almost everyday. If I feel like nut butter or peanut butter, I will have it. I am in the best physical shape of my life and I am an athlete so I need my calories. I also have great teeth, skin, and hair and my digestion works great compared to last year when I was eating an athletes high protein diet. I get complimented on my skin and hair regularly. My hairdresser has noticed a huge difference in my hair and comments on it all the time. I swear it is the fats.

    Anyway, sorry for the book but my point is do what makes you feel good and healthy. Alot of stuff out there is people's opinions. Every 'body' is different. What works for you may not work for me and vice versa.

    Good luck and welcome!