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Beginners in a fruitarian/raw vegan lifestyle


Beginners in a fruitarian/raw vegan lifestyle

I created this group for supporting each other during transformation to raw vegan lifestyle. Also here will be given some tips how to suceed in a fruitarian diet, whats the most comon mistakes made by raw food eaters and a lot of more usefull info.

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Struggling (Day 6)

Started by Seth Taylor. Last reply by Zoltan on Monday. 20 Replies

Hi folks, I am new to this lifestyle. I've never been vegan or vegetarian before. I agree that it is likely the healthiest lifestyle out there, and that is what drew me in in the first place.But six…Continue

Day 1 tomorrow- advice please :-)

Started by TaraBear. Last reply by TaraBear Nov 22. 5 Replies

I'm going to start doing Raw til 4 properly tomorrow. I've been kinda following it in the literal sense of being raw til 4, but I've been eating high-fat junk for dinner. I'm ready to put in 100%…Continue


Started by abigail morrison. Last reply by abigail morrison Nov 18. 3 Replies

so I started my transition yesterday and lets just say im going through a detox and its not fun I had diahrrea . my stomach hurt when I transition should I go all vegan or raw till 4 I need to know…Continue

Transitioning into RT4 and stuff about eating disorders

Started by Esther. Last reply by Diana Hassmannová Nov 17. 8 Replies

Hello! I'm totally new here and literally just signed up. I'm writing here to see if I can find any people who have similar experiences as me and hoping you can give me some tips. I recently found…Continue

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Comment by Eric Rivkin on November 24, 2011 at 8:59am

Shelby, policies vary state to state, but I've usually found that when the bananas begin to spot brown, they reduce the price to get them out the door quickly. Ask around different store produce depts. or your food coop if they sell these. Its not overripe, in fact, they're perfectly ripe, just look "bad" to an indifferent general public. Otherwise, go for a wholesale buying club.

Comment by Eric Rivkin on November 24, 2011 at 8:09am

RAW FOODS CHEAP! Here's my recommendations after 20 years in finding the best food and best deals for the cheapest cost, highest nutrient organic raw foods possible.

- Buy ripe, spotted bananas usually half price, or buy by the case, share, store or freeze some if you have to
- Start a wholesale buying club with other raw people who are motivated by cheaper, higher quality organic raw foods, and start an account at favorite wholesalers, the ones who the stores buy from.
- Buy in bulk, get discounts for full sack, split with friends in your raw circle
- Join a Meetup group to get buying club members. Remember nearly all food coops started as neighborhood buying clubs.
- Ask your local coop or health food store to special order a whole sack or case for you from the warehouse, they should mark up no more than 5% over wholesale as a carrying charge.
- Even Walmart , Sams Club or Costco has discount organic produce, sometimes in bulk bags

- Learn to eat wild greens and forage - 95% of everything that grows on the planet is edible, only 5% shows up for sale, so 90% of everything that grows is free and super nutritious, organic. Pick wild berries, nettles, dandelions, in unsprayed public parks. Good book - Local Wild Life by Katrina Blair, Great recipes - TO LIVE FOR! by Eric Rivkin
- Learn how to grow sprouts so you can eat them fresh, buy seeds real cheap instead of the pre-grown refrigerated sprouts
- Grow your own.. start a garden or vertical garden kit in your apt.
- Buy produce in season
- Go to pick-your-own farms in season
- Join a CSA, consumer supported agriculture farm in your local area

- BEST SOLUTION - Eat and buy for highest nutrient level possible and watch your food bill go down 50%. Nutrient levels per calorie will soar when you go near 100% LFRV, local and fresh as possible, reducing the need for more volume of food, thus reducing your food bill. I reduced it at least 50% this way, and always ate enough, and with a wholesale buying club, reduced it further by 70% some months, eating in season, and buying nearly EVERYTHING wholesale shared with a small group of friends every 2 weeks. If you're serious about setting this up or learning a wild and raw lifestyle firsthand, contact me further at emrivkin at gmail.com

Raw Chef Eric Rivkin
Jewel of the Sun, Costa Rica

Comment by Aaron Shuster on November 24, 2011 at 7:52am

I am new to this and finding it hard to make the total change.... But on a good note, I scoured some Bananas at the store : Smart and Final in Scottsdale, AZ (day old I guess)  today at $.39 cents a pound!!!

Comment by Brian Phillips on November 24, 2011 at 7:22am

Shelby, we're both in the midwest (practically neighbors), so if you discover certain fruits at low prices, please let me know.... or, if you wouldn't mind, sharing any progress you make in a low-cost plan.  From reading a few of your other posts, it seems you have a bit more in your budget than I do - since you're throwing out all the supplements you were accustomed to.  I was hoping to do this on $300 per month, but so far it looks like I will be at least $450 per month and maybe $600 (which was the cost for my family of 3 on the SAD diet - The wife and kid aren't eating 811rv, sad for them, good for the budget I suppose - haha).

Comment by Brian Phillips on November 24, 2011 at 7:18am

Thanks Lekoma and Irlianna.  I'm still looking for a low-cost food plan (guess I could always make my own, but I didn't want to re-invent the wheel if the info were available), and would like to know if anyone has (or has heard of anyone who has) developed an intolerance to bananas or any other main "staple", if eaten every day (?)

Thanks again!

Comment by Graham on November 24, 2011 at 5:05am


FREE BANANAS!!!  Since I've started blending bananas for lunch at work people have noticed that I eat spotty bananas.  Now for most people spotty bananas are about when they start throwing them out so people have started bringing perfectly ripe bananas to work for me.  I'm going to capitalize on this and put a sign up in the kitchen with a picture of a spotty banana.  I smile everytime I think about it.  I could be eating half my calories free by this time next month!!

Comment by Brian Phillips on November 24, 2011 at 1:43am

Hi everyone - I am brand new to 811rv - but as of yesterday, it feels really good.  My main concern is cost.  I've read just a little bit here at 30BaD, and I see that many people use bananas (obviously) to keep the costs down.  So, Is there a post somewhere that explains the basics of how to do this on a budget - ie, bananas and ??? for staples, things to throw into the mix, etc.  I guess I'm looking for a cheap, effective diet plan that targets 80/10/10 and still gets all the nutrients I need.  (I am reading the 80/10/10 Diet book, but the one day's worth of recipe's that I followed yesterday cost me about $20... maybe I overspent a little) :)


Also, should I be concerned about developing an allergy to bananas if I eat so many a day?


FWIW, I'm 42, 6'3", thin framed, work on my feet at a steady fast pace for about 3 hours per day, and the rest of my work is at a desk.  Currently, I don't do any cardio or other exercise, but am hoping to start in a couple of months. (one life-change at a time, but I definitely think exercise is important).

Comment by Nicolette Barnes on November 23, 2011 at 5:57am

Well, I'm not necessarily trying to lose weight. It's basically just an irrational fear I have that makes is near impossible for me to allow myself to have more calories - though I am trying to overcome this. I am really inactive however, so I really only need about 1600 cal/day. But yes, I know I am probably not getting enough nutrients on my current intake. I don't think my body goes into starvation mode quite as easily as other people's because I have in the past restricted much more severely, yet, I am always hungry and don't seem to be storing fat. I have a naturally high metabolism.... but I guess that could mean that when I am not restricting it would be even faster - which makes sense, because the more I eat the hungrier I am. 

Comment by Lauren on November 23, 2011 at 2:58am

Nicolette, I'm concerned about your overall calorie restriction as well. You are not getting enough vitamins and minerals in that diet let alone enough carbs to sustain your body. If you starve yourself, you will hinder your weight loss as your body will go in to a lowered metabolic state to store fat and prevent starvation.

Comment by Nicolette Barnes on November 22, 2011 at 5:28am

My mom doesn't think it is ideal. She is more concerned about my over all calorie restriction (1300/day) than anything else. She thinks I need to be more flexible so I don't get stressed out when trying to decide what to eat - like the times when I simply don't want something sweet or cold or juicy. She thinks that it's a bit crazy to say that whole grains are unhealthy.


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