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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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Full too quickly!

Started by Superchef. Last reply by Mellow 3 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hi, am a beginner and finding that I can't get enough calories as I'm full so quickly (literally bursting). I am eating as much as I can and never feel hungry - but I'm not getting nearly as many…Continue

Spreading out the fruit, then what else for breakfast?

Started by Grace S.... Last reply by Grace S... on Thursday. 3 Replies

Now I don't know about everyone else but for breakfast I can't really eat a whole lot of fruit because i have to spread it out so it can last, so I usually have 1-3 pieces of fruit first up then a…Continue

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Where can I find big quantities of organic fruit in Holland?

Started by Rolf van de Pol. Last reply by Rolf van de Pol Feb 25. 2 Replies

Hello,Are there (Dutch) people here who know where to find big quantities of organic fruit in Holland? I have my bananas now from Albert Heyn (2 euro/kg), oranges from "de hofwebwinkel" (1,85…Continue

Purchasing assistance needed (beginner's question)

Started by Mellow. Last reply by Laurie Hodgdon Feb 25. 3 Replies

Hi everyone,I am at the very beginning of my Raw Till 4 journey and now I am wondering how much fruits I have to buy for the week. Usually I go to the stores once a week and I'd like to keep this if…Continue

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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.

Comment by Ruta Vaitiekute on November 22, 2011 at 5:23am

Thank god my mom supports me. My dad is silent and my brother is kinda coming with me. Well when there's so much of fruit in the house suddenly he just grabs one and another one and look and I don't have what to eat for breakfast :D So yeah, it's still unconscious but he's been eating like me a little :)

Comment by Eric Rivkin on November 17, 2011 at 9:03am

Jessica, As for tropical living please check out this excellent opportunity at off-grid Jewel of the Sun in Costa Rica. You can experience an all tropical lifestyle with all 100% local and organic, wild and cultivated on own farm, EVERY DAY! www.vivalaraw.org. Feel how you like it and compare. Nothing beats experience. Look me up on FB and I'll send you more information about that and LFRV or HCRV recipes in TO LIVE FOR!

Julie...cleansing for everyone is different. you may be going through systemic internal cleansing that is rather unnoticeable, or you're not tuning in closely enough to things like body smells, changes in taste, skin, puffiness, energy, stools, urination frequency, about 100 more symptoms you can watch for. On average, the 10th day you'll notice a difference in your face - glow, energy, sleeping better. Detox symptoms always depend on what your condition is before, and what you toxified yourself with in the past. Pharmaceuticals, alcohol, coffee, sugar, food chemicals, environmental toxins, mental state, fear vs. love, trust vs. unconfidence, etc, all play a role in what progress you are making. In 7 days, my friends were telling me how radiant I looked. In 3 months I got rid of all allergies with Reike and a raw diet. All skin cleared up in weeks, my energy soared immediately, memory improved instantly by eating lots of green smoothies. Give yourself more time and ride out symptoms that may last less than 3-4 days. Much love....

Comment by Julie on November 17, 2011 at 7:36am

I have been eating raw for five days now, I dont feel any different.How long does it usually take for my body to start cleansing?


Comment by Jessica on November 17, 2011 at 7:05am

Eric, you had me at squash soup with apricots. lol I'll definitely be getting in touch. I didn't realize 811 really pushed for eating tropical if it's at the expense of the environment. I'm not sure if that's a philosophy I can get down with - unless I actually live in the tropics one day where that kind of fruit is local. My kitchen will be packed with all the northern produce I can get my hands on. And next winter, it'll be even easier I hope with preservable produce stock piled like you mentioned

Comment by Eric Rivkin on November 16, 2011 at 5:33pm

It feels good to inspire you, dear Jessica. I have hundreds of delicious recipes available in TO LIVE FOR! with some really hearty dishes for northerners I proved that even meat eaters love, like Squash soup sweetened with apricots. Please email me at emrivkin@gmail.com if you want information. Rawk on!

Comment by Jessica on November 16, 2011 at 5:12pm

That's great to hear Etain! I also follow the "listen to my body" philosophy and if apples are all around me and delicious (and not totally void of nutritional value), then down the hatch they'll go! And judging by your well-being, apples have a lot of energy and hapiness to offer.


Eric - Thanks so much for the inspiration! This is going to be my first winter on LFRV, and i've already started to worry about what's to come. But now I can't wait to enjoy all the foods you've mentioned! And feel good about eating them, without worry that my choices are affecting precious mother earth and her ozone, or that they're affecting my body via nutrient poor tropical fruits that were picked unripe a month ago

Comment by Eric Rivkin on November 16, 2011 at 4:53pm

I have good news for raw vegans in cold climates! I lived in Minnesota as a raw vegan for 10 years,  taught raw food classes there, including discovering and teaching all about the abundant wild foods our ancestors thrived on when picked fresh in summer, and preserved dried or in cold storage like root cellars for winter. There is no need for tropical fruits when the northern areas are abundant in berries, wild roots such as carrots, burdock, cattail, and abundant nuts and seeds to store away and either sprout or eat whole during the winter to burn the calories needed. SO many northern  fruits that can be eaten fresh or preserved for winter by drying in the sun or dehydrator, or reconstituted with spring water or melted snow. One of the few things I do not agree with the 811'ers about is the non-local push for eating expensive, unripe, nutrient-deficient fruits from far away. I think a 100 mile radius is a good rule of thumb for local eating today. Northern fruits, nuts, seeds, sprouts, have everything you need - I miss them in Costa RIca sometimes - gojis, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, plums, apricots, cherries,  - yikes, the list is endless for northern fruits. Seeds and nuts are most abundant in the north for good reason - we needed them and planted them wherever we migrated. In the shell the keep for months, with nutrients intact. Many like acorns and sunnies are sprouted. You get just as much high ORAC scale anti-oxidants from rosehips grown in north american forests as you would growing goji berries in Mongolia.

I believe it is absolute nonsense to assume a raw vegan cannot thrive wherever they live gathering enough wild and cultivated food within a 100 mile radius.

Comment by Jessica on November 16, 2011 at 4:29pm

sorry jimmy, meant to give you a shout out too. That's exactly how I feel about tropical fruit where I live. I mean I feel such a guilt for the environment every time I have something like i kiwi which i know went through hell and back just to get to me, was picked unripe, and left a trail of pollution leading to my plate


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